Sunday, October 24, 2010

Zucchini Pancakes shredded by Grimes, Breathe Owl Breathe and Jonny Cola and the A Grades

Zucchini was really cheap at the farmers market a few weeks ago so I picked some up thinking that I would settle into my courgette routine of making grinders. But then Vegan Dad posted a recipe for Zucchini Pancakes and, well, why not? What transpired next was one batch, followed by another and another until I got a recipe J-Fur could handle (the Vegan Dad version was too squishy for her texture neurosis).

Zucchini Pancakes (adapted from Vegan Dad Blog)
(printable version)

-1/2 cup plus 1 Tbs. flour
-1/3 cup bread crumbs
-2 Tbs. corn starch
-1/2 tsp. baking powder
-1/4 tsp. baking soda
-1/4 tsp. salt
-black pepper
-1/3 cup yogurt
-1 tsp. apple cider vinegar
-1/2 cup soy milk
-1 Tbs. sage
-2 zucchini, grated
-oil for frying

1. In a large metal bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients. Set aside.

2. In a separate bowl, whisk together the yogurt, soy milk and cider vinegar. Squeeze the moisture from the grated zucchini. Add zucchini to the soy milk mixture and stir until evenly distributed.

3. Pour wet ingredients into dry ingredients. Mix.

4. Heat oil in a cast iron skillet. Scoop batter from the bowl, 1/4 a cup at a time. Drop batter into oil. Using the back of the measuring cup or scoop, flatten the batter (slightly) to create a smooth top. Repeat. Fry the pancake for three minutes. Flip. Press down on the pancake to make it as thin as possible. Fry on this side for three minutes as well.

5. Remove from heat and place the pancake on a paper towel lined plate. Continue this process until the batter is gone. Serve with your choice of condiment (I used hummus).

The light and airy nature of these pancakes remind me of Grimes. Her latest album, Halfaxa, offers a number of tracks that could fit this description. The one I enjoy the most is "Devon." Thanks to GvsB for the notice.


Imagine walking through the woods on a brisk October day and you come upon a crystal blue lake. The way the sun shines off the water makes you wish you had visited the scene earlier in the year when jumping in, splashing and breaking out your infantile version of the crawl stroke would have been possibilities. That's "Swimming" by Breathe Owl Breathe in a mouse carcass.

Breathe Owl Breathe-Swimming

A sure way to get me to not listen to your band is to call it the lead singer's name and the insert clever grouping. For example, a song by Billy Floyd and the Condescending Anarchists (which as far as I know I just made up). It isn't that the band name bothers me, its just that I usually don't like the music that bands with this naming pattern make. Jonny Cola and the A Grades now becomes an exception. "Shooting Up" is some great "glam glazing" rock 'n' roll. The remind me a little of the Cribs. You can check out other tracks for free download from their website. It's all the Devil's fault I've found these guys.

Jonny Cola and the A Grades-Shooting Up