Happily Ever After

September 21, 2008

We decided to do a lazy Sunday pancake breakfast: Cheese Danish Pancakes.

Into the bowl:


-Cottage cheese

Egg………….whoa. stop. NO EGGS in the fridge.

Somebody forgot to put them on the list when he used the last ones. Grr!! What to do without an egg?!?! I decided that if vegans can eat pancakes it must be possible, so after Googling a few vegan recipes that seemed to just use some baking powder instead, we added baking powder and proceeded.

What a mess!!! The pancakes had absolutely no structure and turned into a scrambled pile:


So we decided to see if they would turn into oatmeal. After all, the only thing missing from a usual oatmeal recipe  (other than the fact that we blended the oats and that there was lots of cottage cheese weighing them down) was more water. So we put the failed cakes into a pot along with the extra batter, added some water, and cranked up the heat –


It worked quite well! Not as thick as regular oatmeal, but more like oatmeal porridge.


With some granola plank and almond butter –


And a cup of tiramisu coffee –


And they lived happily ever after!

I updated the Tribute To Oatmeal page. Check out the oatmeal fashion show!

We’re headed up to Meredith’s lake house (about an hour drive) in a few hours, but I think I’m going to mow the grass for some low-intensity exercise first. We were supposed to run today, but I’m feeling a little stiff so I think I’ll take it easy today. And I need to fit in some school work today too…. I’ll be back after dinner 8)

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1 Megan September 21, 2008 at 8:51 am

As always, your oats look delicious!

I love Tiramisu coffee. What a wonderful way to start a Sunday!


2 VeggieGirl September 21, 2008 at 8:54 am

Hooray for oatmeal porridge!! However, may I still recommend a vegan pancake recipe that DOES turn out well?:


Have fun at the lake house!!


3 Kath September 21, 2008 at 8:57 am

VeggieGirl ,
Those look perfectly pancake-y! I guess the cottage cheese was just too heavy (and obviously not vegan :) )



4 Erin September 21, 2008 at 9:17 am

How resourceful of you to make those pancakes into something else. :)


5 Jenny September 21, 2008 at 9:21 am

Sorry for the failed recipe! Looks like you made a pretty improvisational turn around though, bravo!

Have a great Sunday! :)


6 caitlin (seebriderun) September 21, 2008 at 9:25 am

hahah at least you saved the failed recipe! i hate it when you run out a key ingredient and dont realize it until you’re cooking.


7 yadi September 21, 2008 at 9:25 am

So glad you “recycled” your oats into a much better breakfast. Good thinking? Kath, you said your drinks last night weren’t any good, did you drink them anyway? I think the combo would have hurt my stomach, one because i would drink them without enjoying them and then, the different types of alcohol.


8 Kath September 21, 2008 at 9:28 am

I didn’t drink the pineapple vodka (got the cosmo instead) but the cosmo and wine weren’t bad, just not as good as I’d hoped.



9 Sonia September 21, 2008 at 10:13 am

Hi Kath! I’d just like to say I just LOVE your blog.
i think it’s amazing how much you’ve accomplished without sacrificing healthy habits and neglecting your body.
I have a question though, as I’ve noticed you run a lot!
I’m a cross-country runner, and lately my legs have been dead. They literally feel like metal lugging around, and it makes it very difficult to run as my muscles are fatigued.
I don’t know if it’s nutrition related, but if you’ve had the same problem I’d love to know what you did to solve it!


10 Meghann September 21, 2008 at 10:13 am

As much of a mess as those pancakes are… you made me realize I haven’t had cheese danish pancakes in a while and I should really make them sometime soon.


11 hk September 21, 2008 at 10:27 am

hahah messy turned delish! looks good, as always :)
enjoy the Sunday!


12 Christie I. September 21, 2008 at 10:33 am

Good job on salvaging the oats!


13 Biz319 September 21, 2008 at 10:40 am

Too bad the pancakes didn’t work out, but at least it became edible!

Have fun today!


14 Kinder September 21, 2008 at 11:02 am

I am surprised with how bad those pancakes looked that you managed to turn them into a beautiful breakfast! Enjoy your day!


15 Denise September 21, 2008 at 11:03 am

Kath, the same thing happened to me yesterday! I wanted oat pancakes, but there were no eggs! It sort of worked, i added some other stuff like flour and applesauce. That might have held all up … Oh well, how many times have my omelettes become scrambled eggs..??? Normal.


16 Samantha September 21, 2008 at 11:12 am

I made the Cheese Danish pancakes a few days ago and they were soo good. They held me over for hours just like you said. They’re a nice variation to the standard bowl of oatmeal.


17 Nick September 21, 2008 at 12:07 pm

Haha, what an interesting disaster you’ve had. I’ve had this kind of thing happen before where something turned out a mess and we tried to turn it into something else. It usually ended up in something edible but not very good at all. I need to try your cheese danish pancakes, they’re just like the banana pancakes we all love but a different ratio. But I have so much trouble getting myself to deviate from that recipe….I may skip the vegan idea though =).


18 SmA033 September 21, 2008 at 12:51 pm

hey kath, random question: where did you guys get your scale from??


19 sirenjess September 21, 2008 at 1:07 pm

I have a question about the granola planks. Are they the size of the box? I saw them at whole foods but couldn’t really tell. How big are they?


20 coco September 21, 2008 at 1:26 pm

hi Kath, i love the oatmeal page!!! it’s so inspiring! i love it! since i check out your blog religiously everyday, my breakfast has become religiously oatmeal!


21 coco September 21, 2008 at 1:28 pm

and what’s tiramisu coffee?


22 Justy2003 September 21, 2008 at 1:51 pm

I finally just got all caught up on the past week’s blogs! Ike put me out of touch with the world for a week since we lost power and I just got my internet back today. I realized that I was starting to go through food-blog withdrawl! So glad I finally have my internet back! :) Looks like you had a fun/busy week, as usual! Off to catch up on the other blogs!


23 Bev September 21, 2008 at 1:55 pm

We also had Danish Pancakes. Thank goodness we had egg whites. You always find a solution to your mistakes….good job ! Have a great Sunday :)


24 HangryPants September 21, 2008 at 2:39 pm

Kath, Like how you saved that one! I’ve made pancakes with eggs or any sub and they are ok tasting, but not fluffy. Also, you can use ground flax + water instead of eggs.



25 caitlin (seebriderun) September 21, 2008 at 3:03 pm

sonia – make sure you’re eating a pre-run snack before you go! if i don’t eat before i run, if eel very won out and tired.


26 Cyclist Kate September 21, 2008 at 3:15 pm

Oh my gosh, I can’t believe you managed to make an edible breakfast out of that! I usually just scrap the whole project out of frustration when something doesn’t turn out. Maybe you figured this out, but I think an essential component to that kind of thing is a binder. Banana is a great vegan egg substitute and probably would have tasted delish! I usually go with some kind of binder (flax eggs, soy yogurt, banana) plus a little extra leavener and a touch of apple cider vinegar. Anyway…rambling about food again.

Hey SmA033–I just bought a great digital kitchen scale (similar to the one Kath has) from overstock.com. It’s fabulous and I got it for only about $30 (they can run double that in kitchen stores). Overstock.com is generally pretty great for that sort of thing…

Hope you’re having a great day at the lake!


27 emmy September 21, 2008 at 3:50 pm

I’m not Kath, but I got a cheap scale from Target ($15 – on my wedding registry actually!). It doesn’t have fancy features, but I think all you really need is a general idea anyways, I’m not sure how much I believe in bottom of the feet body fat testing.


28 Juliet September 21, 2008 at 4:37 pm

Nice! Who knew that you’d end up with such a beautiful looking bowl of oatmeal. It is amazing how these things end up working themselves out! :) I guess that is what makes food so fun.


29 Josie September 21, 2008 at 6:47 pm

Genius! That’s too bad the pancakes didn’t turn out, though. Usually vegan pancakes work fine.


30 Kath September 21, 2008 at 7:37 pm

Sonia ,
My legs usually feel like lead if I run too often, and while it may seem I run a lot, I try not to run on back-to-back days unless I’m on vacation and/or can’t get to a gym because of my foot surgery weakness. But I also realized having been sidelined for foot problems for many years that running is probably the hardest activity on my body and it just doesn’t take well to many days in a row. So I ask you how many days a week do you run? Is it possible to add in more cross training? Since you mentioned cross country, maybe you could do shorter runs and add in cross training instead of just longer runs?

SmA033 ,
Amazon. Check the FAQ page, #12.

sirenjess ,
They’re slightly smaller than the box (so they’ll fit inside).

Justy2003 ,
Welcome back!!! I missed you :)

Cyclist Kate,
It did have banana!! I think it was just too wet and heavy.



31 Sonia September 22, 2008 at 4:48 am

since i run my high school team, we run 5x a week, usually no more than a hour. our practices usually last thirty minutes – lots of hills & we run our 5K course a lot. there is usually two practices a week where running lasts a hour.
i noticed today when we were sprinting that my legs felt perfectly fine. it’s just towards the end of the week that i just feel extremely pooped! :[
the only reason i can think of is that they’re over trained. but i want to know what I could eat to keep my energy levels up? usually im exhausted which makes it harder. if i had more energy it’d be enough for me to power through our runs.

thank you so much for replying kath! i really appreciate it =)


32 Kath September 22, 2008 at 10:35 am

Sonia ,
As an UN-registered dietitian who just took Sports Nutrition, it sounds like you’re running out of fuel. The solution? Eat more :mrgreen: Since your workouts last about an hour, try having a carbohydrate-rich snack 2-3 hours before your practice to fill up your glycogen stores before practice. Maybe half a PB&J sandwich or some fruit and yogurt. If you’re worried about eating too much in total, try taking some of your post-workout (dinner) calories and redistributing them where you need them (pre-workout). If you have an extra long workout (60-120 mins) try adding a sports drink to sip on mid-way through.

Here’s a good Mayo Clinic article:



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