I've talked before about my newfound love of corncakes, so it should be no surprise that when berries started showing up at the market, I needed to incorporate them into my corncake regimen. So behold: Double Berry Corncakes.
But before I get to that, I want to talk about why I haven't been posting here with much frequency recently. Like, my last post was over 6 weeks ago and it was also berry-centric. But life has been happening over here.
Firstly, I enrolled in a writing program. When they told me I would need to dedicate at least 10 hours of writing to the program for the next 2 years, I thought "Easy peasy. 10 hours is nothing." Now I'm realizing just how much work that is. I'm almost 3 months in (of a 3-month cycle) and just about to turn in the project I've been working on this first cycle. Then there are 3 more 6-month cycles, a new project for each cycle. I've also been working full-time. So spending 40 hours a week at the office, plus taking this course, has occupied most of my time. So-I haven't stopped writing. I've just been focusing all of my writing time on this project. It's very challenging and at times, I feel like I'm in over my head, but it's really good for me. I'm learning. I'm enjoying it.
I've also been trying to slow my brain down. I'm really struggling with anxiety these days and I've had to decrease my internet time dramatically. The internet, and especially social media, feels way too noisy these days. So. Much. Noise. If I walked into a room where all of my friends and family and my favorite businesses and creators were all shouting about everything they believed I should know about, I would only be able to handle it for a couple minutes before I'd have to run out of the room. So that's how I'm treating social media- I just check in for a few minutes and then leave. I might check in a couple more times throughout the day to see how everyone is doing and watch a cute animal video or two, but for the most part, social media has taken a back seat.
I realize the hypocrisy of talking shit about the internet while also being someone who creates content for the internet, thus adding to the noise. And I also realize that there is a lot of really wonderful, valuable content on the internet and that I probably wouldn't be vegan today if it weren't for social media and other bloggers that guided my journey. It's all very problematic and I realize that. But for my mental health, I have to have these limits. If you're feeling similarly, limits are greatly beneficial.
But I do struggle with the balance of creating content and wanting to share my work and also staying within my limits. It's an ongoing debate in my mind. I have to say, though, as a blogger, I've become much less concerned these days with the traffic my blog gets or the number of followers/readers I have. I can't judge my success by statistics anymore. I can't judge my success by how I fit in with the ever-changing standards of the food blogging world. I can only judge my success by how happy I am and for me, at least, knowing my limits is vital for achieving that. However, FULL DISCLOSURE: I have an assistant that I pay to assist with social media for KIK (HEY SARAH!), and I can't tell you how much this helps me out. Sarah is a social media whiz, a pro writer/copyeditor, a master of puns, a compassionate animal lover, and a good friend who knows me well enough to know what I would say and/or post about. Sometimes I send her things to post and I'll reply/tweet back/retweet to comments when I can, but really, Sarah has been instrumental (and amazing!) at keeping my KIK Facebook and Twitter accounts alive. The peace she has helped add to my life (and my mind) has allowed me to focus more on content for the blog without being overwhelmed.
Another reason that I'm slowing down a bit is because I've physically slowed down due to a broken foot. I broke it doing box jumps at the gym, thinking I'd only just rolled my ankle. I spent the entire day limping on it, thinking I just had a minor injury but when it got super swollen by that night and was turning lovely shades of purple and blue, I knew it was not good. The next morning was worse so we went to urgent care and sure enough, I'd broken a bone. Now I'm adjusting to life on crutches and adjusting to needing help with a lot of basic tasks (like just getting a glass of water). Long story short: Crutches are a fucking bummer but my husband is the best partner I could've ever hoped for. So I'm taking this time that I literally can't be up and doing things all the time to just cuddle with my dogs, listen to more podcasts, binge-watch a lot of stuff, and basically learn how to be still.
Now on to these corncakes! I actually made these over a month ago, but I still daydream about them on the regs. The base of these corncakes are very similar to my last corncakes, the most noteable changes being the addition of lemon juice and that I used corn flour rather than cornmeal. The cornflour makes the batter a little more elastic, for lack of better word, and holds together better when studded with juicy berries. They come together very quickly and they're really super tasty to boot. I can't wait to make another batch- once I'm back on my feet!
- 1 ¼ cup all-purpose flour (use gluten-free if necessary. I used Bob's Red Mill 1 to 1 Baking Flour)
- ¾ cup corn flour(use certified gluten-free if necessary)
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- ¾ teaspoon salt
- 1 ½ cups non-dairy milk
- ¼ cup lemon juice
- ¼ cup maple syrup
- ¼ cup melted coconut oil or sunflower oil
- ¼ cup aquafaba
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 cup chopped strawberries
- 1 cup fresh or frozen (NOT thawed) blueberries (see note below re: blueberries)
- In a large bowl, combine the flour, corn flour, baking powder, and salt and whisk until combined.
- In a medium bowl, combine the non-dairy milk, lemon juice, maple syrup, coconut oil, aquafaba, and vanilla extract, and whisk until combined.
- Add the wet ingredients to the the dry ingredients and stir until combined. If the batter is too thick (i.e. not pouring easily), add 2 to 3 tablespoons of non-dairy milk until the batter is thick but pours easily.
- Heat a large frying pan or griddle over medium heat for a few minutes. Liberally spray cooking oil on the pan/griddle. Use a 1/3 cup measuring cup to scoop batter and pour onto the pan/griddle. Sprinkle about 1-2 tablespoons of chopped strawberries and 1-2 tablespoons blueberries onto the batter. Let cook until the edges of the pancake become firm, about 2 to 3 minutes. Use a spatula to flip the pancake and let cook for another 1 to 2 minutes or until firm and golden. Remove from the heat. Repeat with the rest of the batter.
- If you are not serving the pancakes right away, preheat your oven to its lowest setting. Place a cooling rack on top of a baking sheet. Once the pancakes are cooked, transfer them to the cooling rack and place the cooling rack/baking sheet in the oven. This will keep them warm until ready to serve, though, I wouldn't leave them there longer than about 20 minutes.
- Serve topped with a bit of vegan butter, maple syrup, and perhaps a sprinkling of more strawberries and blueberries. Enjoy!
If using fresh blueberries, be aware that they may pop and bleed. It's not a big deal, just something to be aware of. You'll probably need 2 tablespoons of fresh blueberries per corncakes.
If using frozen blueberries, do not thaw them beforehand. Keep them frozen right up until the minute you sprinkle them in the batter. If your kitchen is warm, you may consider keeping them in the freezer while the corncakes cook. You'll probably just need 1 tablespoon frozen blueberries per corncake.
You can use blackberries or raspberries as well, if you'd desire. Just be sure to chop these berries in half so that they're not too large.
What do you do when you need to slow down?
Photography by Chris Miller
Wow! Those pancakes look delicious 7 fulfilling!!! I wish to make these asap!
These look beautiful! Quick question. Is the corn flour corn meal or corn starch? Thanks!
Thank you! It's neither. It's corn flour. http://www.bobsredmill.com/corn-flour.html
Thank you for the info. When I looked up corn flour it said corn starch, so that's why I asked.
Hey Kristy, I 100% relate to the need to take a step back from social media. I recently deleted my Facebook account and have limited myself to Instagram and only check it a couple of times a day (mostly to see cute animal videos as well!). You are my favorite vegan blogger though, and I'm always happy to see when you have posted, even if those posts are not happening as often!
Wow, Kristy! I made it tonight and it was delicious! Thanks a million!
I love your work! You're amazing! Ditto that.....crutches are a fucking bummer! Had to be on them for five weeks and no weight bearing at all on my left leg when I had a little bit of bone removed from my hip. It sucked!
Thank you, for being you!!
Wow these look amazing! I want to try these!! I love yummy food too (check out my Peaches + Kale Smoothie Recipe here --> https://healthyhabits.sendlane.com/view/healthyhabits) It may not be quite as sweet as these, but it's still pretty good 😉 Thank you so much for sharing this! Love your blog!
Also - I hope you heal quickly and are back at it in no time!! <3
Cassie Autumn Tran
These corn flour pancakes look amazing! And ten hours of writing sounds like a lot! I'd have to spend at least 3-4 hours of writing a day in a week! Also, I hope your ankle feels better! I can imagine how much of a transition it was to adjust to crutches! Get well soon! xxx
Now that is just one heavenly plateful of summer sweetness. It's everything I've ever wanted in a brunch!
I can definitely relate on the social media overload, and I'm so glad you're putting your own needs first instead of getting sucked into that madness. Take care of yourself, because your contributions to the vast and often overwhelming internet are ones that are genuinely worthwhile.
I don't know how I've only just come across your website but I can't wait to try your recipes! I'm always looking for inspiration and delicious new food to make. Your photography is incredible - it's making me drool just looking at the photos!
PS. I hope your ankle feels better! Ouch!
Hi Kristy, sorry about your broken foot! Here's to a speedy recovery!! Good for you for taking a writing class! I have been wanting to do so for a few years to continue writing my children books. My new employment took too much of my time and was not able to plus not able to keep my blog going. I will get my blog going at some point soon and only mention this all to say I totally understand. And ditto to the social media and too much noice; the perfect way to description. Love your recipes and stories!!
Wow looks delicious – I’ll have to make these pancakes. I always have so many over-ripe bananas in my freezer!
-Enrique, Vegan P2P Facebook Group
Would you mind telling me what kind of ankle fracture you have? I twisted my ankle too and it bloody hurts still and is swollen after 2 weeks. I went to see doctor yesterday and he thinks that the ligament is over stretched. I'm to rest, use anti-inflammatories and return to see him in 2 wks at which time he will do an xray. The problem is I have had a couple of stress fractures in the past (this is when I used to run way too much-I don't do any high-impact exercise now). Anyway, I am quite nervous about the state of my ankle. Thanks,
I apologize for not responding sooner- I've been pretty busy with work and haven't kept up with my blog. I did not fracture my ankle. I fractured my 5th metatarsal (in the foot). My ankle was fine. I hope you're doing better now.
Understood. Yes I am better which is especially wonderful as I live in Barcelona and things are very dixwy right now with the recent proindependence core.
Kristy this is amaaazing - your food photography is on point as usual. Also, good luck with your ankle and your writing class. And I can totally relate to not letting the stats get to me anymore with food blogging - it was such a major issue for me when I first started (which wasn't even that long ago, lol) but now I just focus on enjoying it and spreading a good message 🙂 Sending love xox
Hi Kirsty! Thank you so much for sharing these - they look incredible and your food photography is amaaaazing 🙂 Hope your writing class has gone well so far and I can totally relate to not letting the stats get to me anymore. It was a huge problem when I first started (which wasn't even that long ago, lol), but now I just focus on loving what I do and spreading a positive message! Much love xo
Monica L Carten
Would you mind telling me what kind of fracture you have? I have an ankle/foot problem and doc says just bad sprain but I'm concerned I might have a stress fracture.
These look delicious. Can't wait to make them for breakfast. I was interested to read about your ups and downs lately. I, too, am trying to recognize my limits and trying to cut back on internet time because everything is a bit overwhelming lately. Hope your foot is better now.
Yum. These corncakes look amazing. Making them as soon as I get the berries. The best recipe I've seen all week.
Wow, this looks incredible!! I'm definitely going to try this recipe by myself, it must be sooo delicious!!
Worked very well with real milk and an egg instead og aquafaba too.