Pasir Ris Park has always been our favorite park. It’s close to where we live, has a huge playground, ideal place to cycle, ad if we’re lucky, we can still find The Uncle Ice Cream Stall near the playground on weekends. So no wonder if we don’t have plans on holidays / weekends, we always choose this place to spend the afternoon. Morning is also nice, but it can be very hot at around 10 am, so 3 pm and above is usually the perfect time.
Although we love Pasir Ris Park, so much, but we feel that is is not an ideal place to have picnics. For family picnics, our number one choice is still Singapore Botanic Gardens.
Although the children’s playground is located far away from the picnic ground and we can not cycle inside here, but we still love the greenery of this park where we can put our mats on the grass and lay down while reading books or just fall asleep slowly.
We love the huge picnic space, and we usually come here by 3 pm. Although it’s a little bit hot, but we like it when this place is not too crowded by people. When it’s still quiet, we have big space to play Frisbee or ball without hitting other people. By 5 pm, this place start to full and by 6 pm when the Saturday music concert starts to play, it is even hard to move or even play. You definitely will not have many choices of where to put your mats when you come around this time.
When going out for picnics, you have to bring food…………..because the best part of picnic is eating outdoor, rite?
So although it’s a hard work, I love to prepare and cook our own food to be eaten at the picnic ground. And I don’t know why, but we eat a lot when we’re outdoor and more often than hen we’re at home. Maybe the fresh air and the open space boost our appetites.
After our late lunch, usually we just relax first because it will be too hot to play. If it’s still not too crowded, we can easily choose the best spot under the tree so it’s not too hot but also windy………truly a nice weather for our picnic.
Two hours after our late lunch, the two boys polished up all the pancakes that I brought. I grabbed one before everybody else because I knew if I didn’t do that than there would be nothing left for me. I made these pancakes in a hurry because just before we were about to go, they asked to bring pancakes too……….so I made 9 pancakes and I ate one and each of them shared 4 pancakes each. The lil boy’s favorite spread for pancakes is always Kraft Cream Cheese Cheddar Spread (the ones that I bought in Australia and never see this kind of spread in here).
He took a spoonful of the cheese, spread on his pancakes, and when he saw some of the cheese left on the spoon, he looked at it and would say: “and the rest (of the cheese on the spoon) goes to charity…..” I said: “huh, what charity?” and he put the spoon onto his mouth while saying: “my mouth..,” and we laughed together…………..
After my failures of making pancakes (the first one was not even edible and the second one was BLEAGH….), I finally found the perfect recipe and made good pancakes since then. The most important point is that everyone in the house LOVES my pancakes so much and they keep asking me to make pancakes again and again (hi five to myself for this…..)
The key is in using real buttermilk which I always find easily in the supermarket. Buttermilk is a bit pricey (almost $ per carton), but from one carton of buttermilk I can make (about) 25 pancakes, so it it worth the money, especially when I compare to Mc’D hot cakes which cost almost $5 and we only get 2 small cakes and the taste is just average, or to expensive Swensen’s buttermilk pancakes which are good but the taste is just the same as mine…………..so yeah, it is worth the money. Plus, we can choose whatever toppings that we want at home.
Once, I made pancakes for afternoon snack, and after finishing his shares (4 pancakes), he said: “You know, pancakes are supposed to be for breakfast only, not for afternoon snack…….”
I said okay, next time I’ll make for breakfast, and I added: “How about for your school snack at recess time………..it’s still considering morning too…..”
He said: “Okay, next time make pancakes for breakfast or school recess time only, ok!”
But anyway……….who can resist good and soft and smooth and fluffy pancakes………at anytime of the day…….
Mix in Bowl A:
- 1 cup all purpose flour
- 1 tbsp sugar
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
Mix in Bowl B:
- 25 gr unsalted butter, melted, let it cool
- 1 egg, beaten
- 1 cup buttermilk
- 40 ml plain milk
- Make a well in the center of bowl A, and pour the ingredient in bowl B. Mix together by stirring with a fork (not too fast and not need to be very smooth. Just as long as the ingredients mix well, than it’s enough
- Heat a non stick pan over medium heat until the pan it is really hot . Pour or scoop the batter onto the skillet. (I use 12 cm diameter pan, fit for 2 spoonful of batter each time)
- Wait until bubbles appear on the surface, flip with the spatula, and cook until brown the other side (for about 1 minute)
Did I ever burn my pancakes? Oh yes, of course……………especially when I woke up at 5 am in the morning to prepare the pancakes while cooking breakfast and preparing lunch (if the boy has extra classes, he brings lunch too), while doing many other things in the kitchen, and when my eyes were not fully opened because I was still sleepy. And what did I do with the not so good pancakes? Well, since the taste was still good………I just ate them myself and continue with the next round…………..