Poppy seeds are a very underrated seed. Luckily, thanks to my bagel adventures at the farmer’s market, I always have a huge mason jar full of them ready to go. So, this morning when we wanted to make some tasty pancakes for breakfast but had no fresh, pancake-suitable fruit on hand, my mind went straight to nuts and seeds. As I glanced through our cupboard, the poppy seeds stood out to me. I never, ever use them in anything other than bagels, for no good reason at all. In fact, we both love poppy seed centric desserts. On top of that, the only fruit I did have were some beautiful cara cara oranges, and poppy and orange are a match made in heaven. So, poppy orange pancakes is was.
As much as possible, I try to avoid buying any type of snack food at the store. Maybe I have too much time on my hands, but I figure that whatever I can buy I can just as easily make at home (well, made not just as easily). A variety of reasons motivate me to just make things myself. The first, is that I enjoy it. I am not going to pretend that there aren’t perfectly healthy, tasty, affordable foods out there. If you don’t enjoy making homemade crackers, why would you make homemade crackers? But I think it is a lot of fun.