Assalamu-alaikum (peace be upon you) fellow readers,

We are not quite sure what is going on here with this pancake. Let's move on to the next photo, shall we?

As the weather has been getting increasingly cold in West Lafayette, it has now become time for us to move our youth activities indoor. To help our youth warm up from the chilly temperatures, we decided to allow them to challenge their inner creative genius and make homemade pancakes and omelets. This event is part of our ongoing goal of preparing our youth with important life skills to meet challenges they may endure in the future. One of these challenges is learning to cook for yourself. Regardless if it be trying to make a dish to thank family members, having to make breakfast while in college, or making a dish for work, one can never go (too) wrong with pancakes and eggs!

Br. Ihsan helped devise the basic recipe our youth utilized for making their homemade pancakes and omelets. We split the youth up into 3 stations in order to achieve maximum kitchen efficiency (and reduce foot traffic in the kitchens!). One station had youth finish their short stories for the upcoming Parents Appreciation Event next Saturday (in the multipurpose room of the ISGL). Station 2 was manned by Br. Ihsan and it was here where youth were able to test their wrist strength by gleefully tossing omelets high in the air and into a frying pan. While the basic omelet consisted of two eggs, our youth were given the freedom to add special ingredients into their omelet to test their culinary palates. Ingredient choices included – cheese, chopped onions, salt, and black pepper.

Station 3 was under the direction of Br. Salah and it was here where youth learned to make creative shapes and various sized pancakes (as you’ll see below).  The basic pancake consisted of milk and a standard pancake mix (from Walmart). After the wet dough turned to a semi-solid pancake, our young men were allowed to top their pancakes with a variety of delicious items – cherries, blueberries, strawberries, butter (top choice), mini chocolate chips, mini peanut butter chips, white chocolate, and, most importantly, syrup!

Below are the recipes and ingredients we used to make our pancakes and omelets in case your family would like to enjoy making these dishes at home:

Homemade Omelet

 

Ingredients (for one omelet):

1.     2 tablespoon chopped green pepper

2.     2 tablespoons chopped onion

3.     1 teaspoon butter

4.     2 eggs

5.     Salt and pepper

6.     2 tablespoons milk

 

Directions:

1.     In an omelet/frying pan, cook the green pepper and onion in butter until the vegetables are tender (~4-5 minutes) but not brown. In a bowl, beat the eggs with milk, salt and pepper, until blended.

 2.     Pour the egg mixture into the hot pan. Carefully push the cooked portions at edges toward the center so the uncooked portions can reach the hot pan surface. Tilt the pan as needed. When top is thickened and no visible liquid egg remains, fold omelet in half. Invert or slide onto plate. Your omelet is ready. Have at it!!

 

Homemade Pancakes

 

Ingredients (for two small pancakes):

1.     2 cups original bisquick mix

2.     1 cup milk

3.     2 eggs

 

Directions:

1.     Stir ingredients until blended. Pour slightly less than 1/4 cup full onto hot greased griddle. Cook until edges are dry. Turn; cook until golden.  It should make 14 pancakes.

 

Equipment needed:

1.     Skillet (8 inch)

2.     Large frying pan

3.     Cooking spoons/spatula

4.     Mixing bowl

 

Additional ingredients used:

1. Chopped green peppers

2. Diced onions

3. Salt and black pepper

4. Stick of butter

5. Mini chocolate chips

6. Fruit toppings (cherry, blueberry, and strawberry)

 

After all of the hard work in the kitchens, our young men finally had the chance to sit down, reflect upon the new skills they learned, and enjoy the creative (we hope tasty) dishes they created. Afterwards, the young guys enjoyed a few games of Sock Wars to burn off all the calories they had just ingested into their bodies.

We hope you enjoy the picture below which were taken from the event.

Malik and Ali diligently work on their favorite family memory short story for the Parents Appreciation Event. Yo Ali, keep your eyes glued to your laptop...NO PEEKING!

Danyal and Hamza carefully mix their pancake gooey creation together as Salah watches. In the other corner Ihsan instructs Murtaza on the art of omelet production. Is it just me or is that stick of butter on the counter rather ginormous?

 

Kids important safety lesson here - always wear oven mits when working with hot dishes; plus it makes for a cool fashion accessory!

A little itty bitty cheese slice never hurt anyone, right?

 

Somewhere along the way, Mickey Mouse lost his way, and ended up on our pancake tray. How do like our rhyme? Yes we know, we're pretty talented.

 

A rather happy looking pancake; if it only knew whose tummy it was headed into, we doubt it would look so happy.

 

This poor guy looks like he got into a street fight and suffered two black eyes. Did anyone remember to bring a first-aid kit?

 

Mujtaba cautiously looks down at his pancake concoction. It's okay Mujtaba, the pancake can't hurt you (unless it is undercooked).

 

Nabeel and Mohamed give their pancakes four thumbs up. Yippee for success!

 

Though they had already eaten dinner, Malik and Ali happily scarfed down their delicious pancakes. In the background, our sage high school senior, Tassawar, advises the younger lads.

 

Omar and Essa carefully inspect each others dishes. "Dude, I can't believe we actually made this. Our food actually tastes GREAT!"

 

You can never be too old to play on the little kids playground...or can you?

 

A little friendly game of Sock Wars to burn off the calories we just consumed...it would appear that the march-up is Salah against ALL of our youth!

 

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