I put whatever ingredients I want in pancake - banana, nuts, carrots, raisin, dry berries, sweet potato, eggs, chia seeds, hemp seeds, cocoa powder, peanut butter and just a little bit of brown sugar and flour - they are all optional please don't put everything in one pancake! There's no recipe. You just got to experiment. It's gonna be good anyway.
I started to pay more attention on cooking since I moved to Niwot, CO and lived with a very nice roommate. It's kinda painful to see someone having unhealthy diet or same meal everyday. I guess the easiest way is just offering them healthier option. My roommate loves what I cook (almost) everyday. Well, sometimes he's just being nice.
I usually don't follow any recipe either in cooking or baking. I already have lots of guides and rules in work (design.) Cooking is the time for relaxing. But I do find inspiration in Netflix series Chef's Table.
When I go grocery shopping, I usually don't buy processed product. I just don't trust them. When I studied chemical engineer, I learned that few drops of organic chemicals can make your food taste "wonderful". I prefer do everything from scratch and plant herbs by myself.
I used to be a vegetarian for a while, then vegan. Now I just can't afford it. I still keep plant-based diet.
"You are what you eat."
Alright I made too much dessert. Most of the time I would share with neighbors or coworkers so I don't need to eat all of them!
I think cooking/baking is same as design - it's a creative trial and error process. Now I like cooking/baking more because I'll eat it anyway. It's also because it's not my career - it can be more playful I have more fun with it! (Once I take something seriously, I would start to feel frustrated.)
I don't like to make the same thing over and over again. I always modify every time I make it. I'm not looking for the consistency. Sometimes I don't even know what I'm making.
I did follow recipes when I just started to bake 10 years ago with my mom. At that time I would put everything on the scale and carefully measure the portion. Then I stopped baking for about 6 or 7 years. I still have the basic knowledge and some experience which might help.
What makes me want to pay more attention on cooking or baking is the people I care. To be honest, I wouldn't spend so much time making this if it's not for my roommate (he's really nice like my father) or my friends. I even made an instagram account for my no-recipe food experiment lab.
If you're patient enough to keep reading, check out my previous cooking article here.
I was thinking about merchandizing my healthy pancake but I'm not sure if people would like it since it is not like a traditional American pancake. It's too healthy.
Just in case you're curious about the camera I used - NIKON D5100 and iPhone6. Of course I want a professional DSLR but I just don't have any money. So I'll keep making my pancake until I can buy one haha.