Saturday, April 4, 2009

Point Reyes, California

My Dream Assignment? Cooking breakfast for a summer at Point Reyes Station, California. That's the little three block town in this edge of Marin County. If you had a magnifying glass, you could find it on the map, a little crooked finger jutting out from the coast along the San Andreas fault line. It's remote beaches with their high cliffs support a colony of elephant seals. The beaches are incredible. White sands and grassy dunes surrounded by gigantic stony cliffs that rise straight up from the sea. The area is part of a National Seashore Park administered by the federal park rangers.Very few people live there and the whole place is breathtakingly beautiful. I dreamed of the summers I spent at Montauk Point first with Patty, then with everyone in the family when the only thing you had to plan for was what you were having for dinner that night.

Here's my recipe for Polenta Blueberry pancakes.

Dry ingredients: 1/4 cup instant polenta, 3/4 cup AP flour, 2 tsp. sugar, 1/2 tsp. salt, 1/2 tsp. baking powder, 1/4 tsp. baking soda. Mix the dry ingredients. Melt 2 tbs. unsalted butter. Mix 1 egg yolk (retain the white)with the melted butter and add to a cup of butter milk. Add the milk mixture all at once to the dry ingredients and stir to incorporate. Then whisk the egg white till stiff peaks are formed and fold that into the batter. Drop them onto a hot, greased griddle Add a few blueberries to each pancake as the first side cooks.

It will make about 14 "dollar size" pancakes. Enough for two people who aren't having anything else or for 4 people as part of a brunch at the beach. Try them. They are delicious!


  1. PS If you need to thin the batter, use a little regular milk.

  2. Blueberry pancakes are always yummy! This recipe looks like a good one!