Our family has embarked on virtual travels to various countries and regions. To explore these countries and their cultures, we have followed along with the festivals, cooked and eaten traditional foods, learned of traditional handicrafts with hands on exploration, along with many activities to immerse ourselves. Chronicled here are some of these activities.

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Around the World with Pancakes

If I were to ask most of my Canadian friends what a pancake is, they'd say a soft, light and fluffy pancake, drizzled with table syrup, eaten for breakfast. And though I've come to appreciate these "traditional" breakfast pancakes, growing up French Canadian, we rarely ate them. We enjoyed, for breakfast, lunch and supper, buckwheat crepes, filled with ham and cheese, and covered in maple syrup.

"Pancakes" take on many forms around the world, across regional and national borders. Whether for breakfast, snacking, or even dinner, we'll be trying plenty of pancakes (crepes, flap jacks, blinis, dosas) from
Around the World, with new recipes once or twice a month.


Chinese Jian Bing - a popular street food, often eaten for breakfast, that resembles a crepe with egg, scallion and chili sauce filling. 

Chinese Red Bean Paste Pancakes - a tasty, sweet snack, these thin eggy pancakes are filled with sweet red bean paste and fried in oil.

Korean Hotteok - yeast dough pancakes with a brown sugar and nut filling, that deliciously oozes when you bite into it. 

Thai Roti - another popular street food, these thin rotis are filled with bananas and egg, then topped with a drizzle of sweetened condensed milk. 

Mongolian Gambir - break off pieces of this warm, slightly sweet pan friend dough as a great afternoon snack. 

North America

Jamaican Banana Fritters, - very similar to banana pancakes, with a more pronounced banana flavor, topped with a sprinkling of lemon juice and cinnamon sugar.

Crepes au Sarasin Quebecoise - a traditional breakfast in Quebec, these French Canadian pancakes are buckwheat crepes, with the optional filling of ham and cheese. Tasty, filling and great for breakfast, lunch or supper.

French Acadian Ployes - a breakfast treat of traditional French Acadian buckwheat pancakes, smeared with butter and brown sugar, folded up and eaten in hand.

Mexican Hot Cakes - similar to North American pancakes, these have a base of masa harina, giving them a distinct cornmeal flavor, the perfect base for liberal drizzle of cajeta, goat milk caramel.


Icelandic Cream Pancakes (Ponnukokur) - Thin crepe like pancakes filled with fruit preserves or jam and whipped cream.

German Apfelpfannkuchen & Baked German Apple Pancakes - which, as it turns out, are not one and the same. Both with an egg based batter, traditional German apple pancakes are pan fried and thin whereas baked German apple pancakes are an Americanized version that puff up when baked in the oven. Both recipes are included because they are oh so tasty.

Portuguese Panquecas - savory crepes with a ground beef and pork filling. Makes a nice light lunch or supper. 

Croatian Palacinke - Often eaten for breakfast or dessert, these thin crepes are stuffed with a sweet cottage cheese filling, then rolled and baked with a sour cream topping. Delicious and filling!

Dutch Poffertjes - A small yeast pancake you need a dozen for a serving. They are so popular in the Netherlands they have their own restaurants and stands! So tasty sprinkled with icing sugar.

Irish Boxty - Traditional Irish potato pancakes are a great lunch served with sour cream and green onions. 
Italian Crespelles - Savory dish that's great for dinner, with crepes stuffed with a ricotta and spinach filling, topped with marinara sauce and baked.


Kenyan Vibibi - a common breakfast and snack on the Kenyan coast, these pancakes are made with soaked rice blended with coconut milk, giving them a distinct and tasty flavor and texture. 

Ghanaian Tatales - often served as a side dish or lunch, tatales are sweet and savory pancakes made with plantains, cornmeal and spices. The classic way to eat them is with a bean stew that really complements the pancakes.


  1. This is AWESOME!!! We love pancakes! And how neat of an idea to take one food and see how it is prepared throughout the world. Reminds me of the 2 books Everybody Cooks Rice and Everybody Bakes Bread. Thank you for sharing your wonderful ideas! I am in love with your blog!!
    Amanda :)


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