(Hank at one end of the sofa and Molly at the other having both spent the past 3 days completely flattened by flu)
Me: Yah, buddy.
Hank: Can we have waffles?
Molly: (bouncing strait up from full flat in one shot) Waffles!
Me: You feeling up to waffles, sailor?
Hank: It is the only thing I can think of eating that doesn’t make me want to vomit.
Me: Then waffles you shall have.
Molly: I misk it! I misk it, okay?
Me: Sure, MaGoo. You be the chef and I’ll be your sous chef.
Hank: (getting up and following us into the kitchen) What is a sous chef?
Me: Someone that knows just enough to be a head chef, but wants to work under a more experienced, established chef for the street-cred.
Me: We need the recipe.
Molly: I misk it!
Me: We have established you are the misker, MaGoo. (retrieving the family recipe book from the bookshelf)
Hank: Why do we use a pancake recipe to make waffles?
Me: Because it is the iron that cooks the batter that changes the definition, not the recipe.
Hank: Ohhhhhh, i get it now! Pan-Cake, because you make it in a pan.
Me: No one ever called you dumb, not one day.
Hank: Where did we get this recipe, Grammy Kate (my mom)?
Me: Nope. We used Bisquick in my house growing up. When we were moving to Portugal I knew there wouldn’t be Bisquick sold in stores, pancakes weren’t a thing here yet and box cake and pancake mixes still aren’t a thing (gathering measuring cups, flour, milk, vanilla, oil and an egg), so I asked around and my co-worker, Lisa, brought in a photocopy of her grandmother’s pancake recipe for me to immigrate with and we’ve been using it ever since.
Molly: (hefting noisily, pushing the kitchen step-stool over to the counter all by herself)
Hank: So this is an Indiana pancake recipe?
Me: It is.
Hank: Can I do the measuring?
Molly: (climbing up the step stool) And I misk it, okay mano (brother).
Hank: Okay mana (sister).
Me: (standing back)
Hank: Now, first is the flour. Do you know which is the flour?
Molly: (pointing to the flour bag) Here!
Hank: Correct and do you know how to say flour in Portuguese?
Molly: Flor (flower)!
Molly: (hysterically laughing because I am laughing)
Hank: (giggling) This flour is called farinha, but you are also right because you are so smart and tomorrow you will be three!
Molly: (singing) Happy Birthday to Meeeeee! (practicing blowing out her birthday candles)
Me: (beaming at these two completely unique, utterly wonderful and silly chickens that I get to share my life with)
In honor of Mz. Molly Magoo’s 3rd birthday I present our tried-and-true Easy Light Pancake (or Waffles) recipe for you all to make in celebration! Enjoy!
(serves 2.5 hungry people – double the recipe for 4 and tripple for 6)
One cup flour
2 tablespoons sugar
1.2 teaspoon of baking powder
1 cup milk
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 teaspoon vanilla
Mix all of the above but do not over mix! Lumps and bumps are just fine.