I am planning to go to Europe in the beginning of August this year with my family for a three-weeks holiday around the West Europe, it’s really exciting for us but there is just this one tiny problem.
I still hold an Indonesian passport that does not let me walk into Europe without applying for a visa, and damn the visa application process was so tedious. I had to prepare everything from employer’s letters, bank statements showing some required amount, all hotels and flights bookings, a comprehensive itinerary, travel insurance and must have a booking for an appointment with the application centre which usually takes about a month or two.
The day for my appointment arrived yesterday and I was there from 9 in the morning until 1pm with a few bunch of people grumbling about the waiting time and some unfriendly front staffs who treated us like we owed them something. My application was not accepted at first because the hotel booking did not have my name on it so yesterday I ran back to the office and printed everything again so that my application could be accepted yesterday.
I was completely exhausted afterwards, and kept thinking to myself – should I convert my Aussie PR into citizenship so I don’t have to go through this again every time I’m travelling overseas?
Anyway, after the unpleasant day I think I deserve a pretty indulging pancake for breakfast this morning to get my spirit back. So I took out my leftover bacon that I used for carbonara, some leeks and tomatoes, of course not forgetting my pancake batter that I prepared earlier in the week. Pop the tomatoes in the oven, sweat the leeks, grill the bacon and cook the pancakes.
I felt pretty satisfied with the flavour. Bacon and pancake is already a pretty good combination but once you add the braised leeks and the umami braised tomatoes, it lifted the dish up by a few notches.
The sweetness of the leek and tomatoes, the smoky bacon and the fluffy pancakes – ohh you don’t even need a sauce for this and everything was done in under 15 minutes. These bacon, leek and roasted tomatoes pancakes really helped both my partner and I feeling happier for the day. It’s pretty amazing how food can affect your mood.
I made my pancakes using recipe from Taste. It always works for me!
I’m currently doing a series of pancakes for breakfast this week for my Instagram and this recipe of bacon, leek and tomatoes pancakes would be my entry number 3. To view all my related posts for this series please visit this page.
- 1 leek, chopped thinly
- 25 grams of butter
- 1/2 tbsp of brown sugar
- 2 slices of middle bacon, halved
- 100 grams of sweet tomatoes
- 2 serves of pancakes
- Preheat oven to 200 C or 400 F.
- Melt butter on a frying pan and add chopped leeks, cook over low heat for 5-6 minutes until soft. Add sugar and saute for another 2 minutes until caramelised.
- Cook bacon on a frying pan over high heat. Remove from heat and place tomatoes on the frying pan. Coat tomatoes with bacon fat for the added umami. Place frying pan into the preheated oven and cook tomatoes for 5 minutes or until bruised.
- Spread caramelised leeks on the pancakes and top with bacon and roasted tomatoes.