Shrimp and Green Onion Pancakes

Green Onion Pancake | Rookery

So it’s probably not fair to complain about a recipe when I didn’t actually follow the directions that closely.

I got excited because I love green onion pancakes, so the idea of making them myself was intriguing. I especially liked that I didn’t need to buy a lot of new ingredients that I would only use once.

But then I fell into the trap that’s pretty common when recipes just show one beautifully food-styled photo of the end result, with no pictures of the in-between steps. I had absolutely no idea what looked right so I just had to wing it. Oh, and I blatantly ignored a couple of pretty direct instructions. There was that too.

Green Onion Pancake | Rookery

Even so! These weren’t so bad. They were¬†good [said in that over-excited way when someone asks you how their new haircut looks]. I think they could be better with practice, especially to get them nice and crispy. The thing is, though, I can’t imagine myself spending time practicing. So I post the recipe and the steps with that sort of disclaimer, and shall file this under “kitchen experiments.”

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Strange and Mysterious Kefir

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I don’t know how it works, or why. It’s like having a strange and mysterious pet in our closet. We don’t really know what it’s doing, but we just know to keep feeding it.

Jesse and I are into breakfast smoothies. It started as a harmless habit and has quickly evolved into an expensive art form. The blame for this mostly lies with kefir, that deliciously tart, liquidy yogurt that gives the smoothie its texture and tang, balancing the sweetness of the fruit and honey. In our house, a smoothie isn’t a smoothie without it. Plain yogurt need not apply.

However, at almost $4 a quart, our kefir habit was getting ridiculous.

As with most of our nutty DIY projects, the idea started with Jesse, who has been convinced for quite some time that we could just get our own kefir grains and start our own self-sufficient, fermenting smoothie colony. Mmmm.

The "grains" aren't really grains, but rather colonies of bacteria and yeast. They look like little pieces of squishy cauliflower.

The “grains” aren’t really grains, but rather colonies of bacteria and yeast. They look like little pieces of squishy cauliflower.

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