Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Onion pancakes extraordinaire

Ever since my friend, Jane, brought me some amazing onion pancakes (pan fried dough with green onions), I have been pleading with her to have her dad show me how to make them.

This past Saturday, Jane organized a pancake making workshop. I think her mom and dad were very sweet to take time to show me how to make them. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!!! And of course many thanks to Jane for having me over to her house :)

Her dad showed me how to make them and her mom showed me how to fry them up. Here are step by step pics.

First I will introduce you to the chefs. Here is Jane's dad and daughter.
Here is Jane's mom. Now onto the instructions. The dough isn't just a yeast dough. It also has baking powder in it to help it rise while being cooked.

Roll out the dough into a rectangle.
sprinkle some salt on the dough,
then spread on some oil,
then sprinkle on chopped green onions roll the dough into a long snake.
Roll the dough snake, so it looks like a cinnamon roll. here are all of the onion pancakes in cinnamon roll form. They rested for a while. Not too long.roll out each "cinnamon roll" until it is very thin.
Fry them in a covered frying pan with a tiny bit of oil. When the pancake starts to bubble, it's time to flip. You will end up with a stack of very delicious pancakes that have a nice onion flavor. Here is the start of the stack.

Jane and her mom made the most incredible feast & it was all vegan. Yay!

Here are some soybeans that her mother in law had boiled, drained, put spices on (5 spice), then baked in the oven. They were sort of chewy and very very good.
Soup with tofu and enoki mushrooms.
A big bowl of delicious mushrooms including woodear mushrooms and some frozen then thawed tofu. This was a great dish for me because I love mushrooms :)pea vines. They are really good. They taste a tiny bit like spinach.

Kabocha (?) squash. I think everybody that reads this blog is a squash lover. The skin of this type of squash is edible.
Edamame. yummy.
Tofu, sesame oil, cilantro and some spicy red pepper mix. The cilantro was from Jane's garden. It still surprises me what will live/grow in the Seattle winter.
Wow! as you can tell that was a huge and wonderful feast. I brought some of the onion bread home and it didn't last long. I was nice and gave Andy 1/2 of them. I also got some of the other leftovers to bring to Andy, but I ate them myself.
After the feast, Jane's daughter played the piano for us, which was a treat. She plays very well. She has an upcoming recital, so wish her well.

Here is a pic of the only time I have seen Faline stealing some of Kobie's food. This is not something she or the other cats do. Typically it's the other way around.
This was before Faline stopped eating. It took many weeks, but it turned out she has a hyperactive thyroid. She is now on meds and has stabilized. For some reason when she was initially having issues, the thyroid tests came back as normal. She just wanted to put us all through a long discovery process and stress me out.


Tami (Vegan Appetite) said...

I've never had onion bread and am in awe of your incredible feast!

For the Love of Guava said...

Aww... eat Faline eat!!! And that was quite a post miss lady! Savory pancakes... NOM... our green onions are really taking off so I'm definitely going to have to try those...

Tara said...

I'm glad that Faline has stabilized but sorry that you had to go through all that worry! The onion pancakes look delicious, as does the rest of your feast!

Jeni Treehugger said...

My god that food looks amazing - ALL of it. I especially like the Onion Pancakes though ....mmmmmmm.
Ah look at Faline - what a cutey, I think she knows she's been caught on camera. It is really weird for cats to eat dog food though isn't it!

Sal said...

that's so nice of your friend's parents to show you how to make the pancakes, which by the way look awesome.

It all looks so good.

Felicity said...

All that food looks amazing. I used to buy pea greens when I lived in Vancouver... so delicious. I definitely want to try the onion pancakes.

I'm glad you figured out what was wrong with Faline, and that she is on the road to recovery!

Suzanne said...

Yum! Except for the 'shrooms acourse. ;)
Naughty kitty!

beastmomma said...

That looks so yummy!

Vegetation said...

Mmmm I wants some of that onion pancake bread!!!

And Faline is so cute! Haha, my Charlotte never stops stealing Toby's food. In fact, she growls at him and pushes him away so she can eat it. I'm always having to rescue it for him!

jd said...

This is such a cool post - I love the step-by-step photos!

And it looks like you had some great helpers making those onion pancakes. However, FYI, if you ever need any help eating them, I'm definitely available :)

Joanna said...

bethany, this is some grade-A food porn if i do say so myself. how fun was the pancake workshop?!?!?! and the edamame- my god- this stuff always makes me laugh. i used to eat it all the time but my friends would make fun of me for it. they said no one in the right mind eats soybeans!!! but i guess that makes sense- you and me aren't exactly the most normal, sane cats in town.

my heart goes out to faline!!! hope she gets better :)

River said...

What a feast! You must have felt like a vegan Queen!

The pancakes look so good, and I love how they have to become "cinnamon rolls" first!

The tofu and mushroom soup looks SO delicious. Chunky tofu!! Stupid soy abstinence!

Good luck to Jane's daughter on her recital and I hope Faline gets better soon!! Poor kitty.

wingraclaire said...

Glad that Faline is feeling better. Your feast at Jane's house looks amazing! I once took a class where we made those pancakes, and seeing your photos makes me want to make them again!

wingraclaire said...

I just realized we have left identical comments on Felicity's blog. I'm done with Uglies and Pretties, and am now on to Specials!

Suzanne said...

I hope you're practicing making the pancakes, because it seems that Vegan Garden is no more. :( Michele mentioned the other day she thought it was closed, and I tried to call last night and the number is diconnected. I am SAD.