One of life's greatest pleasures is cooking delicious food for the people you love, and then watching their delight. Food has a special power to convey to those around us just how much we care about them.
That's why, apart from the flowers and the presents and the fun activities we'll all share, I most look forward to joining my young sons, Oliver and Alexander, this Mother's Day morning in preparing breakfast for their mother, Gelila.
Finally, the cooking method should be straightforward and deliver results quickly, while also avoiding potentially hazardous contact with hot objects. I wouldn't deep-fry anything, or even simmer or boil anything for too long, on Mother's Day morning. Child participation should be fairly simple, with tools that are easy and safe to handle, and paternal supervision is mandatory to make sure that little ones stay safely clear of hot objects.
That may sound like a lot of rules, but I can boil them down to just a few brief words: Keep it simple. Keep it safe. Keep it delicious.
And I have a perfect, favorite recipe I'd like to share for this coming Mother's Day morning that follows those rules: my Sour Cream Pancakes with Fresh Berry Syrup.
Almost everybody I know loves pancakes. They're easy to make: Just stir up a batter, let it rest awhile so the flavors and textures develop, and then scoop it onto a hot griddle or pan, and cook until golden brown on both sides. The payoff comes quickly -- just a few minutes of cooking per side, and they're ready to eat.
I've added a few easy touches that mike this recipe extra-special. Some sour cream gives the batter a hint of tanginess, and its acidity results in extra-tender cakes. And warming some fresh berries in pure maple syrup yields a topping that's as simple as it is impressive.
And the kids can play a role at every stage: measuring ingredients, stirring the batter, and then carefully pouring it onto the griddle and flipping the pancakes. (Be sure to supervise them carefully to keep hands and clothing safely clear of hot surfaces.)
That's it: A wonderful breakfast-in-bed treat for Mom. I'll leave the rest of the Mother's Day planning to you!
SOUR CREAM PANCAKES WITH FRESH BERRY SYRUP
Makes 12 pancakes, 4 to 6 servings
SOUR CREAM PANCAKES:
2 large cage-free eggs, separated
1/2 cup sour cream
1/2 cup nonfat milk
4 ounces unsalted butter, melted, plus extra for cooking
1/2 cup pastry flour
1/2 cup all-purpose flour