I’ve been completely absent from the world of blogging these past few weeks. But it’s been for a good reason. Bear with me – I’m going to nerd out for a minute.
Besides my full time job, I’ve been working on a case with my previous employers. It’s a case that I’ve worked on from the very beginning, starting three years ago when it was at the trial level. I was there when our client was acquitted and the Crown appealed. I was there to help write the factum for the Court of Appeal and watched my boss argue the case (and unfortunately lose – the acquittal was overturned and a new trial ordered). I then helped draft a leave application to the Supreme Court of Canada (because you don’t get to go there as of right – the Supreme Court has to agree to hear the appeal) and then was thrilled when they actually granted leave. It’s a big deal because they only do so with a small percentage of appeals every year and your case needs to raise an issue of national importance. We worked our asses off writing our factum (a 40-page legal argument) and preparing for the hearing.
So what does this have to do with blogging (or an absence of)? I was in Ottawa this past week with my previous bosses, watching them argue the appeal in the Supreme Court of Canada. I know this isn’t that thrilling to most people but as a young lawyer still finding her way, it’s been the most exciting experience of my legal career and definitely one of the coolest experiences of my life. I had the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada correctly pronounce my name (which is rare) and then watched as some of the brightest legal minds in the country made their submissions and answer questions from the full panel of 9 judges.
This experience came at just the right time. I’ve been going through a bit of crisis with respect to where my career is heading and it reinvigorated my love of the law. It’s made me want to be better at my job, which is a feeling I haven’t had in a long time. For better or worse (hopefully better if the decision goes our way), I’ve helped change the law of this country through my part in this case and that’s an experience I will cherish for the rest of my life.
I was also happy to come back home and have a nice long weekend to get back into the kitchen. This week’s Sunday Supper is all about citrus – bright, fresh notes that just burst with the feeling of Spring. This week’s host is the amazing, hilarious, and extremely talented Jen of Juanita’s Cocina. I respect this lady so much, not only for the delicious meals she whips up but also for her fierce, intelligent wit and her sense of conviction on important issues.
I also love baking with citrus. The Husband especially loves lemon desserts so it’s a flavour that’s featured often here on this blog. This week, I didn’t want to go my normal route of cake so I chose pancakes. I was inspired by the Big Sis from Another Miss who recently made blood orange ricotta pancakes. When I saw her version, I knew that this was something I needed to get in mah belly.
Orange Ricotta Pancakes (lightly adapted from Chow.com)
1/3 cup unsalted butter, plus more for frying
1 cup whole milk
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon fine salt
3 large eggs, yolks and whites separated
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
zest of 1 orange
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3/4 cup whole-milk ricotta cheese
Heat butter in microwave in 15 second increments until it’s melted (don’t be like me and heat it too long – melted butter explodes in the microwave. You’d think I’d have learned from the first three times this has happened).
Allow the butter to cool slightly. Place the egg yolks, 1 tablespoon of sugar, orange zest and vanilla in a large bowl. Whisk to combine. Add the milk and then the butter. Whisk until smooth (mine had lumps of butter – don’t sweat it).
In a medium bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, and 1/2 teaspoon of the salt. Add this flour mixture into the wet ingredients and stir with a rubber spatula or wooden spoon until just combined (don’t overmix – you want it lumpy). Set the bowl aside.
In a medium bowl or the bowl of your stand mixer, whisk the egg whites until they form soft peaks. Halfway through mixing, add the remaining tablespoon of sugar and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Using a rubber spatula, fold the whites into the batter until just combined.
Gently fold the ricotta into the batter. Again, don’t overmix – the batter will be lumpy and streaked with ricotta.
Heat a large nonstick frying pan, griddle, or seasoned cast iron skillet over medium heat until hot. I used lots of butter to fry my pancakes. Ladle the batter into your pan and cook until bubbles form on the top of the pancakes, about 4-5 minutes. Flip and cook the other side until the bottoms are golden brown, about 2-3 minutes more.
Serve immediately with whatever you like (syrup, powdered sugar, fruit, whipped cream…the yummy possibilities are endless).
These are damned good pancakes. I served them to friends for brunch and they loved them. Frying them in butter made the edges ridiculously crispy and the insides were incredibly moist. These aren’t fluffy pancakes – the texture inside is almost pudding-like. The Husband couldn’t stop eating them, which is always a good sign that I’ve made a winning recipe.
When life hands you a lemon (or limes, oranges, grapefruit…) make something delicious from this amazing list of citrus recipes!
Better with Citrus Breakfasts:
- Orange Ricotta Pancakes from Gotta Get Baked
Big On Citrus Breads & Condiments:
- Honey Lime Dressing from Ruffles & Truffles
- Lemon Poppyseed Sweet Bread from Food Lust People Love
- Meyer Lemon Pistachio Loaf from The Girl in the Little Red Kitchen
- Moroccan Preserved Lemons from MarocMama
Make You Pucker Salads, Sides, & Main Dishes:
- Ceviche from Cookistry
- Cilantro Lime Rice from Crazy Foodie Stunts
- Citrus Ginger Chicken from Kudos Kitchen
- Easy Indian Lemon Chicken from Soni’s Food
- Grilled Orange & Lime Chicken Thighs from Big Bear’s Wife
- Meyer Lemon-Garlic Shrimp & Asparagus with Brown Rice from Daily Dish Recipes
- Orange Chicken from Cindy’s Recipes and Writings
- Red Cabbage and Red Pepper Salad with Citrus Dressing from Family Foodie
- Seared Cod with Grapefruit Fennel Slaw from Magnolia Days
- Tangy Lemon Rice with Grated Mango & Roasted Cashew from Sue’s Nutrition Buzz
Sour Citrusy Sweets & Desserts:
- Blood Orange Sorbet from My Cute Bride
- Broiled Oranges with Toasted Coconut from Neighborfood
- Clementine Curd from Small Wallet Big Appetite
- Creamsicle Cupcakes from The Meltaways
- Dairyfree Key Lime Meringue Bliss from The Not So Cheesy Kitchen
- Fresh Lemon Mousse from Comfy Cuisine
- Frozen Lemon Dessert from Gourmet Drizzles
- Gluten Free Orange Pound Cake from Simply Gourmet
- Honey and Lemon Cake from Happy Baking Days
- Key Lime Biscotti from Juanita’s Cocina
- Key Lime Cheesecake from Flour on My Face
- Key Lime Cookie Bars from Supper for a Steal
- Key Lime Truffles from What Smells So Good?
- Lemon Blueberry Polenta Cake from Vintage Kitchen Notes
- Lemon Coconut Cinnamon Rolls from Chocolate Moosey
- Lemon Cookies from Basic N Delicious
- Lemon Cream Pie Push Pops from Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks
- Lemon Layer Cake from Crispy Bits & Burnt Ends
- Lemon Ricotta Cake from The Urban Mrs.
- Meyer Lemon Snack Cake with Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting from Peanut Butter and Peppers
- Mini Meyer Lemon Pies from Cravings of a Lunatic
- Mini Orange Cream & Lemon Cream Scones from The Foodie Army Wife
- No-Bake Lemon Cheese Cakes w/Blueberry-Lemon Sauce from Momma’s Meals
- Olive Oil Cake with Orange Marmalade from Hip Foodie Mom
- Omiyage California Citrus Cake from Ninja Baking
- Orange Cake with Orange Syrup from The Lovely Pantry
- Pink Grapefruit Pie from In the Kitchen With Audrey and Maurene
- Pink Lemonade Pound Cake from In the Kitchen with KP
- Sugar-Free Lemon Meringue Pie from Webicurean
- Tarte au Citron from That Skinny Chick Can Bake
Sour Sips & Drinks:
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