Granddaughter Madalyn is back home and today she started her first day in the eighth grade. As always she was a joy during her visit with us. The last few days she was here she asked if she could prepare a dinner. Now who is going to turn down someone else wanting to cook for them? So, of course, I said, “Yes”.
I asked her what she would like to prepare and she said, “I would like to make pancakes. Actually I would like to make my dad’s pancakes”. She said, “they are delicious” and that we could make a whole breakfast for dinner one night. That sounded really good so I said okay.
The pancakes Madalyn’s dad makes on the weekends are Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s pancakes that Kevin found in the book, Can You Take The Heat? By Jim Ross and the WWF Superstars. (WWF-World Wrestling Federation) Knowing that Kevin is a big wrestling fan Kristine gave him the cookbook for Christmas. Evidently he is putting it to good use as he makes these pancakes for the family every weekend.
During an appearance on the Rachael Ray show, Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson said, I love cooking for my little girl,” he beams. “I cook simple things because she is six, like pancakes. I do special ‘Daddy Pancakes’ in the morning – I slice some thin bananas in them, some chocolate chips, some powdered sugar and she goes to town!”
Now Kevin doesn’t put bananas in his pancakes but the same amount of love goes into the making of each and every one for Madalyn and her brother Derek. That is obvious when you watch Madalyn’s face as she talks about her dad making her pancakes on the weekend. It really doesn’t take much to make a loved one happy now does it?
Pancakes (from Duane ‘The Rock’ Johnson)
- 1 ¼ cups flour
- 2 Tablespoons sugar
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 egg, beaten
- 1 cup milk
- 1 Tablespoon cooking oil
- 2 bananas (optional)
Sift together flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Combine egg, milk, cooking oil; add to dry ingredients. Whisk together just until flour is moistened. Spray griddle with no stick cooking spray. Makes about eight 4-inch pancakes. (**Madalyn said that her dad adds a teaspoon of lemon juice to his pancake batter and that makes them yummy!!!)
Okay so we decided pancakes would be part of the meal now what else? We sat down and decided that we would also have bacon, Maddie’s special scrambled eggs, fresh fruit and cinnamon scones.
There is a tea club, The Tequila Rose Club” here in my community and one of it’s members, Emilie Schmidt, makes wonderful scones for the teas. It just so happened that Madalyn and I attended a tea with Emilie and I asked if she would share her recipe for cinnamon scones and she did. The recipe for the Cinnamon Bun Scones is so simple and easy to make. They are just scrumptious so I knew they would be a wonderful addition to our breakfast-dinner.
Madalyn’s recipe for scrambled eggs is her own concoction and according to her, “it is different each time I make it. I change the amount of the ingredients every time I make them”. She adds to her eggs a little bit of salt, pepper, chili powder, garlic powder, paprika, a little bit of milk and sometimes sprinkles with a little cheese. They are very spicy and she loves them that way.
The kitchen was alive with activity with every measuring device, utensil and bowl put into use. Randy was a wise man to have stayed away until the dinner bell was rung! Even I kept my distance while Madalyn worked her magic assisting with cutting the fruit and putting things into the oven.
The breakfast for dinner project was a great success. The pancakes were light and tasty, the scones were delicious, the strawberries and bananas were ripe and sweet, the bacon crisp and we topped it all off with glasses of refreshing orange juice. What a meal!! You go Madalyn!!!