Gone With the Sweet Potato Pancakes
|November 23, 2011||Filled under Breakfast, Main Dish|
She is at the end of her rope. The land is war ravaged. Her father has gone mad, seeking council from his dead wife for advice on what to do. All others in the house are looking to her for answers. The baby is sick, who will take care of him? What will we eat? There are only radishes in the garden. Who will milk the cow? Dirty and shaken to the core the once refined lady Scarlet stumbles numbly through the house and out to the grounds lit only by a blood red sunset. Life has changed so much in just a short few years. Once she was consumed by parties and social gaieties. But now the world seems to wait for her decisions, its weight resting heavy on her shoulders. She yanks a radish from the earth, quickly brushing the dirt away with her soiled hands. She tears at its bitter flesh with her teeth. I imagine her stomach grumbling from hunger pangs as she forces herself to swallow. Choking, her body wretches forward, unable to keep the bitter vegetable down. Her heart is as broken as her southern homeland. With the last of her energy she straightens her body erect, shoulders back and fist in the air, she proclaims:
“As God is my witness, as God is my witness they’re not going to leave me. I ‘m going to live through this and when it’s all over I will never be hungry again. No, nor any of my folk. If I have to lie, steal, cheat or kill, as God is my witness I’ll never be hungry again!”
Makes me cry every time. I love this movie. Maybe it is my southern roots. Or maybe it is my family of strong women going back to great great grandmothers. But this scene just stirs my spirit like no other movie.
If only poor lady Scarlet had planted sweet potatoes rather than radishes. She could have Sweet Potato Pancakes!
- 1 cup mashed sweet potato (can use canned)
- 1.5 cups 1% milk
- 2 eggs
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 tbs melted butter
- 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
- 1 and 1/4 cups flour
- 1 and 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
- dash salt
Putting It All Together:
- Combine the first 6 ingredients in a small bowl.
- Combine the remaining ingredients in a large bowl.
- Pour sweet potato mix into flour mix and stir until well combined.
- Cook 1/4 cup batter in heated skillet until browned on both sides.
- Serve with warm butter and maple syrup.