Our house was built in 1964. After we bought it and moved in and were settled and comfortable, a relative who works for the water department informed us that the original owner died in our living room 12 months before we closed the sale. An elderly widower, he laid for several weeks before his body was discovered.
So… last week I was cleaning out a kitchen cabinet and I found a folded piece of paper that had gotten caught in a slight separation between the cabinet’s back and side. I pulled it out and found that it was a handwritten recipe for something called, “Happy Pancakes.”
What bearing does the story of the elderly man’s death have to do with this recipe? He choked to death eating Happy Pancakes…dun! dun! dun! Actually that’s not true. There’s no real connection. There’s just something vaguely mystical about holding an artifact of the life that transpired in your home before it knew you.
Okay, since you asked, here are the ingredients:
11/2 cups all purpose flour, 1 tsp. salt, 3 tbsp. granulated sugar, 2 tsp. baking powder, 1 cup milk, 1/4 cup concentrated orange juice, 2 eggs (beaten), 3 tbsp. unsalted melted butter, 1 tbsp. grated orange rind
We’ve not tried to make them yet. I’ve avoided combining these ingredients as if the list was an incantation that will raise the dead.
But, if you’re going to raise the dead, it may as well be over pancakes.