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Your Sunday Morning Plan

We’ve been thinking a lot about art this week, what with Aelita Andre’s NYC gallery show and Bunchlander art, not to mention the kickoff to Luminato. We know that Sunday Morning is a specific brunch food and activity, but this week they are one in the same! What do we want you to eat? Artsy pancakes! What we want you to do? Artsy pancakes!

EAT:

You can fancy things up, or go most basic of basic, but find a good pancake recipe. Pick something like this, or even grab a box of your favourite instant mix. The key to this breakfast is in the toppings/art supplies.

You’ll need:

  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 3 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 1/4 cups milk
  • 1 egg
  • 3 tablespoons melted butter

Topping suggestions:

  • syrup
  • Nutella
  • sliced bananas
  • icing sugar
  • sliced strawberries
  • sliced apples
  • blueberries
  • mango pieces
  • shredded coconut
  • mint leaves
  • whipped cream
  • jam
  • sprinkles?
  • really, whatever you think would be good/fun/colourful

Mix all your dry pancake ingredients together (not the toppings), make a well and add in the wet ingredients. Mix all together until your batter is smooth and cook the pancakes until each side is golden brown.

DO:

Play with your food. Each parent and kid should have a blank pancake canvas on their plate. It might be helpful to have all your toppings/art supplies in little bowls on the table within easy reach of everyone. (Maybe enlist a prep cook to slice fruit while you’re mixing the batter, or vice-versa)

Art suggestions:

  • Grab a dull butter knife as a palette knife and paint down some Nutella, drop a variety of berries from a height of six inches and see where/how they land
  • Make a face from various kinds of fruit
  • Later whipped cream on top of jam and drag the end of a spoon through it for a marble effect
  • Probably someone at the table should make a pac-man

When you’re done, show the decorated pancake off to the family and have them critique/praise it for 10 seconds before you dig into your masterpiece. (And, as always, if you happen to have a camera handy at the breakfast table, we’d love to see your pancake creations.)

Photos by Dvortygirl and Gadget Virtuoso via Flickr

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