This week I am in Chicago, enjoying time with friends and family and celebrating the wedding of a dear friend. Expat friends generally agree that trips home are bittersweet. I usually find myself going into sensory overload as I try to take in all of my friends and family, sounds and smells, sights both familiar and new. A simple trip to the grocery store can turn into a mini trip down memory lane as I wander the aisles, greeting familiar foods like old friends. Sometimes it is the most mundane foods which prove to be the most alluring. This time I walked out with chips & salsa.
There is never enough time. We end up running from one visit to another. Monday with the rents, Tuesday with friends, Wednesday morning a visit to gram’s house, Wednesday evening Mexican food with my siblings. Feelings get hurt because we can’t find time for everyone. No matter how you try to organize it, there is never enough time.
This week I am surrounded by family and, even as I drink in their presence, I feel their pending absence even more strongly. People often ask me about my decision to move overseas for love and wonder how I could move so far away from my family. Some even rudely assume that it must mean that we do not have a close relationship. Nothing could be further from the truth. I love my family dearly and we keep in close contact with regular visits, phone calls, and emails. It is because of their love and support that I had the courage to move. It has not always been easy, but 5 years later I am more in love than ever and I would do it all over again.
In the midst of it all I did manage to get in this week’s French Fridays with Dorie recipe, Corn Pancakes. Of all the June recipes this is the one I was least excited about, and it turned out to be the one I liked the most. Go figure.
It was also a bit different from what I was expecting. I was expecting fritters, and instead Dorie stays true to the recipe’s name and delivers up pancakes. Like regular pancakes these were insanely quick and easy to throw together. My husband enjoyed his with creme fraiche and lox. I enjoyed mine plain with a side salad. I could absolutely see making these again, maybe even for breakfast.