Milwaukee TV (take two!)

by Holly on June 1, 2012

in breakfast,Milwaukee,rambling,recipes,TV appearances,vegetarian

Back-to-back TV segments…that’s how I rolled this week!

First, a veggie-packed Farmer’s Market Salad with my Madison peeps.

Then yesterday morning, a healthy pancake recipe with my Milwaukee peeps. We all know breakfast is the most important meal of the day but most of all, it’s my FAVORITE meal of the day. Hands down. In fact, breakfast was a major motivating factor in forcing myself out of bed at 4:45am two days in a row to perform these TV appearances. Well…that and coffee.

You’ve seen me without my coffee. It’s not pretty.

Anyways, let’s talk pancakes. Specifically, buckwheat oatmeal pancakes. Despite what I said in my TV appearance, buckwheat is NOT related to wheat (please excuse my I-was-up-at-the-buttcrack-of-dawn-tired-brain whoopsie). It’s actually gluten-free! When mixed with oatmeal and eggs and homemade buttermilk and a little bit of sugar, pancakes happen.

But not just pancakes…rhubarb lemon compote too! It’s surprisingly easy to make – just 10 minutes of simmering rhubarb, sugar, lemon juice and lemon zest. It cooks down to a thick, rich compote that’s perfect to spread on pancakes. But by all means, don’t stop there! I’ve already devoured it on graham crackers, oatmeal, ice cream and a spoon.

Kim agrees with me. It’s gooooooood stuff.

It’s the type of good stuff that gets you through the busy, crazy times in your life. Is it just me or has anyone else had an insane couple of weeks? I know the world is conspiring towards whimsical and wondrous things, but in the meantime, things are in a weird limbo of weirdness.

Weird limbo of weirdness?

Gah, I really am losing it…losing it so much that I may have quit my job. But as long as I am losing it and unemployed while eating these pancakes, I think things will be okay.

Pass the compote, please.

Buckwheat Oatmeal Pancakes with Rhubarb Lemon Compote
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 10 minutes

5 to 6 cups diced rhubarb
1 cup coconut sugar*
juice of 1 lemon
zest of 1 lemon
1 cup buckwheat flour
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup rolled oats
1 t baking powder
3 T sugar
1 t salt
1 t lemon zest
2 cups buttermilk**
2 eggs

*I used coconut sugar but regular sugar, maple syrup + agave nectar would all work too

**To make homemade buttermilk, whisk a scant 2 cups of milk with 2 T lemon juice. Let sit for 2 to 3 minutes. Milk will curdle. This works with cow’s milk as well as alternative milks, including soy, almond, rice, etc.

In a saucepan over medium-low heat, mix rhubarb, 1 cup sugar and juice + zest of 1 lemon. Let simmer until rhubarb has broken down and compote is thick + slightly syrupy.

in a medium bowl, sift flours, oatmeal, powder, sugar, salt and lemon zest together. Add buttermilk and eggs, and mix. Batter will be slightly thick. In an iron skillet or fry pan over medium-low heat, pour 1/4 cup of the batter in the pan. Let cook 3 to 4 minutes or until golden brown. Flip and repeat.

To serve, top with rhubarb compote.

Makes 12 pancakes


chelsey @ clean eating chelsey June 1, 2012 at 6:22 pm

You’re basically awesome. That’s all. I love how that other lady just kind of swooped on in right before the food was done – HA!!!

Lauren June 1, 2012 at 7:32 pm

I’m pretty sure I would have assumed buckwheat was made from wheat too. How would you not? :) Regardless, these look insanely delicious!

mammaeverythingtarian June 1, 2012 at 7:49 pm

you aughta be in pictures you aughta be a star!!!! Great job-nice christmas sweater!!!

Meister, Running While Smiling June 1, 2012 at 8:42 pm

1.) Did you quit your job so that you can make pancakes on TV? Because I’m way into that.

2.) How is it that I can’t manage to make remotely edible pancakes in my own kitchen but you can make them ON TV???

3.) Keep killin’ it dead, lady. You’re awesome.

Robyn @ Blueberries and Oats June 1, 2012 at 10:20 pm

Congrats on being on TV again!! These pancakes look excellent.

Stacie June 2, 2012 at 7:45 am

Awesome job, I’m so happy for you Holly!

Andrea@WellnessNotes June 2, 2012 at 9:52 am

Great segment, great pancakes, great compote, great YOU!!! :)

Have a great weekend!

Hillary June 2, 2012 at 10:54 am

Sounds like big things are in the works, eh? I like it!

Mattie @ Comfy and Confident June 2, 2012 at 2:24 pm

so cool!! and so good! great job!

Julia H. @ Going Gulia June 2, 2012 at 10:39 pm

Ooof. Pancakes. I am no match against the power of pancakes…
I just so happened to have had a strawberry rhubarb pie in the house a few days ago (delish, btw. Hit up Trader Joe’s for that), so these pancakes sounds extra good because of the rhubarb!

Sissy#1 June 3, 2012 at 2:15 pm

Great segment !!! The lady who came in at the end was awkward haha you did a good job keeping the pace quick n fast during such a short time frame

Alysha @shesontherun June 3, 2012 at 4:02 pm

Hi Holly – So great meeting you again this week. How cool is it that you are on TV! I bought some rhubarb at the farmers’ market and would so make that compote (a great topping for ice cream ;)

Charlotte June 4, 2012 at 1:53 pm

These look delicious! I want them in my face right now.

Also, I love that when your segment ends and they send it over to the other folks, the one lady in the yellow shirt is slouching and playing on her iPad – totally unprepared.

joelle (on a pink typewriter) June 4, 2012 at 8:35 pm

These pancakes look phenom.. and yes – I’ve had a pretty insane last couple of weeks myself. I ran home to my mama for my very favorite food (pancakes, duh) to provide some comfort after an unexpected breakup. Pancakes can’t be topped (unless served with red wine).

lora June 5, 2012 at 1:18 pm

amazing holly! I love how you are popping up on TV all the time now…super fabulous. And you quit your job? I am very impressed and admire you for going after what you want and love to do. Get it girl! I wish I could come to the Eat for Equity event next week :( Sad that its in WI and I work. I am very prepared to come visit you this summer though, so does July work?


Megan (Braise the Roof) June 5, 2012 at 2:18 pm

Is it weird that I kept thinking how Kim must be REALLY tall? I know you’re not a shorty and she is towering! Jeez Louise! Seriously, though, that compote sounds fantastic.

Amber @ Busy, Bold, Blessed June 6, 2012 at 7:13 am

Congrats on your tv feature! I didn’t even know there was such a thing as coconut sugar… those pancakes look awesome!

Lauren @ Oatmeal after Spinning June 7, 2012 at 10:28 am

Love the video- and the recipe!! You speak SO well and look so comfortable (and adorable!!).
I grew up on buckwheat pancakes. They have a special place in my heart and always remind me of my grandmother. :)

Jocelyn @ Peace Love Nutrition June 7, 2012 at 12:35 pm

Awesome taping segments like that- I would love to do that one day!

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