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Pizza, Pop-up and Pancakes.

This is what I felt like by the end of last week....Let's recount.

Monday: Realize Spring Break is over.  Do lots of laundry, ennui sets in and we have frozen pizza for dinner.

Tuesday: Back to work.  Guess what's for dinner.  At least I made a salad with the pizza.

Wednesday: Work again. Sophie has to ride late bus home---and I mean late--we get home at 7:30.

Thursday: Give talk at local methadone clinic.  Reality check, worst parenting moment this week=two nights of frozen pizza.  First world problem for sure.  Sophie has stellar performance at first track meet placing 2nd in the mile with a time of 6:47 and 3rd in the 800 meter.  I sneak Harris into track meet where he is mobbed by Sophie's teammates.  The Pom Diggity!  We have McDonald's for dinner at 9:30-french fries and a chocolate shake.

Friday: Good day in clinic which almost makes up for Friday night traffic that makes the drive home >1 hour.  Grill a steak and make cous cous for dinner with parsley from the garden. 

Saturday: regret red wine I had with dinner.  Farmer's Market and an excellent breakfast at the CIA cafe: pain perdue for Sophie and poached eggs for me.  Buy some chard and spring onions.  Harris is a hit again.  Excited for tonight when I will help at the Special Project's Social Anniversary Bash.

Live!  View from the stage into the tiny kitchen.  I didn't cook, just plated and cleaned/waited tables.  It was great fun.  Pictures of the event will be posted here eventually.  They will convey the uber-coolness of the event much better than my iPhone photo I took when I was checking for texts from Sophie.

Up bright and early thanks to Harris.  I ignored his 4:30 wake up call and we all went back to sleep until about 7.  We decided on pancakes for breakfast.  From Gwenyth Paltrow's cook book "My Father's Daughter"

Bruce Paltrow's World Famous Pancakes

3 cups unbleached all-purpose flour

1/4 cup + 2 TBS sugar

1 TBS plus 1/2 tsp baking powder

2 tsp fine salt

3 cups buttermilk

6 TBS butter, melted and cooled

Whisk dry ingredients together in a large bowl. Whisk wet ingredients together.  Mix all together just enough to combine (small lumps are OK). Let the batter sit, covered, overnight (We did not do this).  The next morning thin batter with a little milk if necessary and griddle. 

Good pancakes for sure even without the waiting.  We wound up cooking the rest of the batter after it sat out for about 6 hours.  Curiously, it was a thinner batter at that point, and the pancakes were crepe-like. Crapjacks?  Delicious with Nutella and strawberries.

The rest of the morning was spent waiting until we could go to the theater for The Hunger Games.  An outstanding movie.  I predict Oscars all around.  Apparently you will have to wait until November 2013 for the sequel.

Leek, leek rhymes with weak

Erin go Bragh?