This weekend in cooking adventures:

Tragically, Thursday’s Pasta Carbonara was made, scarfed, and fondly remembered before having ever been immortalized on my iPhone. If a foodie prepares a meal and doesn’t take a picture, was the food ever really made at all?

At least Saturday’s Sourdough Pancakes & Mexican Sausage (recipe here) and Sunday’s Cauliflower & Butter Bean Salad (recipe here) both enjoyed stylish 10 second-long photo shoots before promptly being turned into energy.

I had never made either recipe but quickly found things to love about both. Sourdough pancakes? A bread maker’s life saver. Something about sourdough starter that you may or may not already know: if you don’t use half of it every week, you have to throw that half out. Not a huge deal, since it is just flour and water, but still a bit of a bummer and a waste. And since bread takes time and a bit of scheduling to bake, and some weekends there just isn’t enough sunshine to get through the kneading, fresh loaves don’t happen as often as I would like them to. Sourdough pancakes to the rescue: swap out the baking soda for starter, throw the batter on the cast iron, and try to remember to chew at least a little. Now, I finally have an excuse to make emergency pancakes. Feeling left out? Let me know if you want any of my starter or, if you just want to get straight to the pancakes, to come over for brunch 🙂

I got the recipe from a great blog called Frugal Feeding, which makes an effort to profile delicious recipes that can be made cheaply. According to Frugal’s math, two servings of the pancakes would set you back about $4 (I swapped in tomatoes and arugula for spinach, but used a cheaper meat).

The butter bean salad is worth adding to the recipe rotation for the same reason–its main components are cheap and filling. The barley, canned beans, head of cauliflower, parsley and lemon cost me about $16 for 8 servings. I doubled the beans and barley and still had over half of the barley, parsley and tarragon left. The cost doesn’t take into account the price of the olive oil, mayo, and mustard. And no, a serving isn’t the tiny amount pictured below–I just thought that it might look a little nicer in a white ramekin than in the plastic tupperware I was actually eating out of when I remembered to take a picture…

But most importantly, I am now set on lunch for the week and have enough left over pancakes for tomorrow’s breakfast which means at least 76 minutes worth of sleeping in over the next 5 days. Delicious.

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