Cottage Pancakes

Cottage Pancakes Recipe

I was cleaning out the desk drawers in my office the other day, and came across my collection of vintage photographs. They're pictures I've picked up (a couple here, a couple there) at yard sales and flea markets. A dollar for this one, two for that. I thought you might enjoy seeing a few of them. Additionally, a number of you were curious about the cottage cheese pancakes I mentioned (in passing) a couple posts back. They're pretty great, and a nice alternative to pancakes that are predominately flour-based. So, between the pictures and the pancakes, I hope you'll find something to your liking in this post...

Cottage Cheese Pancakes

Pictures first? I'll start by saying, there isn't much rhyme or reason to the photos I choose to buy. I have to like something about the image, and that's about it. Sometimes it's the expression of the person in the photo, or maybe it's the way they're looking into the camera. The pattern of a dress, the look of a sky forty years ago, the way a table is set - all things that have caught my attention at one point or another. Sometimes I'll pin a picture to an inspiration board, or temporarily place a selected shot in a notebook. It sort of depends on what I'm working on (or thinking about). Sometimes they just live in my office drawer. Flip the photos, and I often find handwritten notes sketched on the backs - names, dates, far-flung places.

Cottage Cheese Pancakes

The two shots (directly above), I have a special fondness for. The first was printed in June, 1959. Clouds from the window of an airplane. It is printed on matte paper, and you see just a bit of the metallic wing. With the image to the right, it was the expression of the main subject that caught my attention, set against the dramatic alpine backdrop. The back of the photo notes, "Kay & Carlisle, Switzerland." And above those, two Kodacolor prints date 1965 from what I suspect was a vacation to Acapulco.

Cottage Cheese Pancakes

I choose landscapes, and sometimes interiors, and also portraits. The little girl with the big orange bow and floral dress might be my favorite find. It is July, 1966 and she is watching the airplanes at the San Diego Airport in California. The sky is clear, and she is seated high on a cinder block wall. The image below her is a mystery to me. I'm unsure when, or where, it was taken. Although, it seems to have been cut from a paper scrapbook (something I see a lot of). Let me know if you like this sort of thing, I'm happy to share more found photos at some point, if you're interested.

Cottage Cheese Pancakes

Now, here's the thing with the pancakes. I'm going to share a version I make that incorporates minced cauliflower. I think of this as "the white version". That said, you can take these in a completely different direction if you like. I just typically work something with added texture, flavor, and nutritional oomph to the base batter. If it's not cauliflower - chopped spinach, blanched/chopped nettles, broccoli, dill - it's hard to go wrong. And it's fun to experiment.

Cottage Cheese Pancakes

I kept the recipe straight-forward here, but you can also do blini-sized versions of these. They're great topped with the dill butter from Super Natural Every Day. Seriously, blank canvas. Have fun with them.

Cottage Pancakes

To those of you who aren't cauliflower fans, yes, you can absolutely leave out the cauliflower. Or swap in an comparable amount of any the following: blanched nettles, broccoli, or spinach. With the spinach or nettles - blanch quickly in salted boiling water, drain well, and chop (nearly) into a paste.

1 cup /  7 oz / 200g cottage cheese
3/4 cup / 180 ml milk
4 room temperature eggs, separated
1 cup / 4 oz / 115g raw (or quickly blanched) cauliflower, chopped into rice-sized bits

1/2 cup / 75 g whole wheat pastry flour
1/2 cup / 75 g all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
scant 1/2 teaspoon fine grain sea salt

butter, for cooking

In a large bowl mix the cottage cheese, milk, and egg yolks until smooth. Stir in the cauliflower.

In a separate (clean) bowl, beat the egg whites until they hold stiff peaks.

Sift the flours, baking powder, and salt into another bowl. Add the flours to the cottage cheese mixture, and stir until just barely(!) combined. Gently fold the egg whites into the batter with a spatula.

To cook, warm a griddle or pan over medium heat, melt a bit of butter in it, then spoon a little scoop (say, ~3 tablespoons) of batter into the pan for each pancake, working in batches. You want to cook these relatively slowly, until each pancake is deeply golden on one side. Flip each pancake, and wait until the other side is golden, and the pancake is cooked through. Continue until you've worked through all the batter. You can keep cooked pancakes in a 225F oven until you finish, to keep them warm. They're great simply with a pat of butter and a sprinkling of salt. Or, if you want to get a bit fancy, whip up a bit of harissa, saffron or pesto-swirled salted yogurt.

Makes ~1 1/2 dozen medium pancakes.

Prep time: 10 min - Cook time: 15 min

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There's something other worldly about vintage photos.....a time and place far away. They are beautiful.

These pancakes sound great without so much flour as plain ones. I've made somthing similar with ricotta cheese and they are divine.

Anna @ the shady pine

I've never heard of adding chopped cauliflower to a pancake batter... and only rarely have I heard of cottage cheese pancakes. These sound delicious though! Next time I make pancakes I'm trying out this type of version.


I love cottage cheese pancakes but never make them at home. Looking forward to trying this recipe this weekend!


Yes, I get a kick out of seeing old photos. The pancakes look great too.


The pancakes sound great. I have both cottage cheese and cauliflower in the fridge, so sounds perfect for this weekend. So interesting to glimpse into another age with the pictures... feels oddly intimate...

charlotte au chocolat

yum, so pretty!


I can't really think of anything that wouldn't be delicious with that dill butter. I recently had to buy dead-of-winter dill to make it because I couldn't face waiting until summer to have it again. These pancakes look like another great excuse to whip up a batch.


I make cottage cheese pancakes with grated apples. The cauliflower sounds delicious, and would be great for dinner pancakes. I have cauliflower but not cottage cheese right now. I might have to make a trip to the store tomorrow.


I never thought of putting cottage cheese into the pancakes! 35 years ago, I used to make oatmeal pancakes for my sons, topped with cottage cheese and grated apple. A substantial meal for growing boys.


I'm too distracted with how GORGEOUS the light is in your kitchen. DANG.

Ok now i'm gonna go look at the pancakes. *yum*


These look yummy! Could you tell me where your beautiful dishes are from? Or do you have a list of sources for your pots, pans, and china/ceramics.


Heidi, sorry to post about this in the wrong place, but comments are closed on your 2009 recipe for Wheat Berry Breakfast Bowl.

I was surfing for wheat berry inspiration when I noticed your recipe is posted on the earthlychoice brand website without a credit. Hmm...

Annie Hollywood

The cottage cheese doesn't surprise me, but the cauliflower does! That's a unique ingredient, but I'm sure it's delicious. I love when sweet meets savory.


I have a feeling that my dad will love this, thanks! I really like your sweet collection of vintage photographs!


I love all the photos you showed in this post; so vintagey and cozy and lovely.

And the stack of pancakes looks..perfect! My grandma used to put cottage cheese in her recipe and she made the best pancakes.

Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga

I have to try out those pancakes but I might use spinach instead of cauliflower as you suggested!
Thanks you for this fantastic recipe

Mike @TheIronYou

I love the sweet-breakfast pancakes but I've never tasted a salty version of them.
I've just some cottage cheese in the fridge. I'll try this recipe! thanks! :)
best regards from Italy


I've been experimenting with savory ricotta and cottage cheese pancakes lately as well! A version with roasted winter squash and sage has been making frequent appearances. I was trying to make a muffin out of it originally but found that the cheese would stick and I'd lose half my muffin to the tins or liners, so I gave up on muffins and switched to pancakes. Thanks for sharing this version!


Pancakes that are healthy. A dream come true. Love love love it.

Skye from Skye Loves...

Oh! Delicious! And I can make them in my Thai kitchen, though I might have to also make my own cottage cheese.

Beautiful photos, too.


Thanks for sharing some of your photo finds with us Heidi, what a neat thing to collect. I'm with you too, that one of the little girl with the bow would be my fav pick of the bunch too. Keep em coming, love it!

Emma Galloway

Cottage Pancakes-great idea. Would have never thought to add cauliflower. These are the reasons you are so innovative Heidi! I too love the photo of the girl with the big orange bow dress. Just beautiful. Glad you shared these. Would be happy to see more of these again sometime.


Great photos. I love the use of cauliflower here - great way to add something something!

Belinda @zomppa

vintage pictures always make me sad for some reason. A far away world, and yet so near. But they are lovely.

Thank you for the pancake recipe. We love pancakes here, and a healthier version is more than welcome.


ooh - another clever way with cauliflower!!
It's printed and put on next weeks meal plan!
Last week I came over a recipe (on another blog) that uses cauliflower as "rice" in a "Cauli-otto" - delicious and nutricious!!


I was just wondering what to do with leftover cauliflower- perfect! what a great new recipe- thanks!

Simply Life

i have some good friends who just made something like this for us a few weeks ago...LOVE it!

Heather (Heather's Dish)

These are just adorable, Heidi. Right up my alley. Missing you at the Cookbook Conference this week! Seems like an event you should run. :)

Maggie at Eat Boutique

i love that you've posted the vintage photos! my dad has been working on archiving our distant family's photos and piecing together our genealogy for a few years now. i love looking through those photos with him and learning about the people behind the faces.


You make these pancakes sound almost as virtuous as my morning oatmeal. :)

p.s. share more of your picture collection with us!


I am Russian and one of our staples is a farmers cheese pancake called a Syrnik. It's traditionally made with farmers cheese, flour, egg and sugar. I make these for my kids every week, as they are perfect for breakfast or lunch on the go. I never considered making them savory, but this looks interesting. Do you think its important to use cottage cheese? We use farmers cheese because its less runny.


These sound amazing! I would totally drizzle them with maple syrup though. Is that weird?


The photos are so so so sweet! And the pancakes look amazing! I will definitely try making them with spinach !! yumm.


These are so unique! Love this idea.

Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar

Savory pancakes-that is so to my liking. These go on the weekend want-to-do list.

Thanks for sharing your thoughts on the why of liking these vintage photos and sharing some of your creative process. A different eye, a new perspective for inspiration. Appreciate.


I love the idea of savoury pancakes. We always seem to make them sweet here and serve them with maple syrup.

I think the photos are wonderful and love that you have a connection to them even though they are of strangers. Lovely bits of the past.


I love cauliflower and these little pancakes look divine. I have never seen pancakes with cauliflower in them. What a great find.

Laura @ SweetSavoryPlanet

I like your intuitive photo selection process. I cannot think of a better way to go about it.

Denise | Chez Danisse

Pancakes are not really famous in Italy, but I'd like to try them on Sunday! Thanks for your recipe!

The Life After

The life after

This is probably a silly question, but ... do you measure the cauliflower before or after you chop it?

HS: Hi Missy, after - and quite honestly, it doesn't have to be a perfect cup.


Uh oh. Cottage pancakes. I'm in trouble now.....I LOVE cottage pancakes.

Elissa |

I, too, collect vintage photographs and tintypes. We keep most of them in a large corked jar on a shelf but will soon frame some of the more interesting ones.

Thanks so much for sharing and I would love to see more!

Dina Avila

Wow! i didn't realize 1966 was vintage already! That's the year I graduated from high school. Holy cow! Er... cowabunga! Far out!


Thanks for sharing the vintage photos, it's always fun to see what's inspiring you. I like the savory pancake recipe, and think I'll definitely try these with broccoli.

la domestique

Che belle queste frittelle! E che bello il tuo blog. Complimenti


I love cottage cheese pancakes and have been making them for years. We serve then with lemon curd, or fresh raspberry preserves.

But I have always struggled with them sticking to the pan. My most recent effort has been to use coconut oil instead of butter. etc to grease the griddle. Tastes lovely, but still not totally effective.

What do you recommend?

Diana Bonyhadi

Which flour can I substitute to make them gluten free?


Oh my this recipe!!! What a great way to add in some veggies!! Loving all the old pics too...beautiful!!

Danielle @BigLifeLittleGarden

Lovely. I love all the clean whites in the photos; somehow they mirror the light cottage cheese in the pancakes....Thank you! The photos are very cool, too.


I haven't seen chopped cauliflower in pancakes before, but it sounds like a pretty good idea. I would definitely love to have these for brunch with a rich cheddar sauce on top. Mmmm...

Divya Yadava

Beautiful, Heidi. Such an unusual but awesome combination. You know, finding old photos of other people's lives is such beautiful insight to our own past. As a writer, I love imagining the people and their stories - how by some strange, magical way they're connected to us now. Thanks for sharing your finds.


Do you have a preferred brand of cottage cheese? Is 2% ok?

HS: Hi Darien - should be fine.


Always loved the idea of cottage cheese in pancakes for the tang and protein it adds. But the cauliflower-that sounds remarkable!


I love the vintage photos. I collect vintage postcards found at flea markets and rummage sales -- the handwriting is what I find enticing as well as the images on the front. Please share more as you have the time or inclination!


OK let me start with the photographs first,
They are amazingly beautifully in their own way, speaking of a time, a life and so many things along with... Gorgeous...
Now for the pancakes... God I wish I can have one now. I have eaten cottage cheese pancake before But have never made them before. And the raw cauliflower addition is making these quite interesting...
All in all Heidi I like everything about this post.. :-)

Reem | Simply Reem

I like old pics and pancakes so this was a doubly good stop this am!

Rocky Mountain Woman

Love the idea with raw cauliflower. This will definitely be made this weekend! Thanks :)


I love the way you explain the recipes and frame them in a story!
Thanks for sharing this one (plus the pictures), it´s great to have other stuff in the pancakes...I don´t eat wheat, so, is it possible to use rice or quinoa flour instead?

HS: Hi Dani - I'm not sure, but please let me know if you try either.


Lovely vintage photos! You might enjoy the book Glaciers by Alexis Smith. It's a little novella, beautifully written, and set in the Pacific Northwest. The main character collects vintage postcards and photos; the storys she imagines for them are a charming part of the book. It's a Tin House book I believe.


Another beauty!

The Healthy Apple

These remind me a lot of the pancakes my mom makes (she makes them with farmer's cheese). I love your collection of vintage photos!


This looks great,I plan to try them this weekend. However I like to comment on the lemony olive oil banana bread,it is wonderful, delightful . Thank You for sharing.


I just made these for lunch and they were simply wonderful. I halved the recipe, used romanesco, and topped the cakes with a dollop of greek yogurt mixed with herbs de provence.

Thank you for the recipe


This is a gorgeous recipe. This may be an impossible question, but: is there any way to do a non-dairy version of these pancakes? If anyone has a suggestion for a tasty alternative, I'm open to it!


I was just thinking about buying some cottage cheese and these pancakes have convinced me! Love that you added some cauliflower in there too.


The vintage photographs are so interesting... I always wonder who the people were and why did their photos end up in flea markets or antique stores. Interesting pancakes... a recipe I must try. Thanks Heidi for sharing!

Lizzy (Good Things)

Yum! I love that they're such a blank canvass. I can't wait to try them with some dilled creme fraiche and smoked salmon.


There is something sad and also wonderful about old photos. They bring up so many unanswerable questions. Truly a captured moment. I've been known to buy a few myself; some images just speak to me.


I've never quite seen a recipe for pancakes like that one. How interesting. I'm sure they are delicious, I've put them in my recipe "to-do," pile. The pictures are so lovely, brings me back in time. :), Miriam@Meatless Meals For Meat Eaters

Miriam@Meatless Meals For Meat Eaters

Love your collection of vintage photographs. I have the same red striped MT tape you used to pin one of the photos. The pancake recipe sounds great, I am going to try these out with ricotta. Have a lovely weekend Heidi!

Sneh | Cook Republic

Cauliflower and pancakes! Two of my very favorites in one package - I had to make them for lunch. So what if I didn't have any cottage cheese or milk? I used thick yogurt and half-and-half, and they were terrific....with just butter and with maple syrup (I know they're supposed to be savory, but...they're pancakes). I made half a recipe and got 16, 8 for lunch and 8 in the freezer for a future treat.

HS: Wow - now I have to try this version!


I ❤ It


Thanks for the trip down memory lane! I used to make my children cottage cheese pancakes when they were little as none of them cared for milk. I used the pineapple in them for sweetener and in lieu of flour I added corn meal. Now that they are all grown up I will have to make them your version when they visit!

Jill Mant~a SaucyCook

What a fascinating recipe with interesting ingredient variations. Can't wait to try it!


Beautiful recipe with the cottage cheese alone - but the cauliflower addition is so interesting! I love the idea of mini ones topped with your dill butter. And some smoked salmon for us, perhaps. I also love these photos. The girl with the bow is particularly divine, you're right. I love the mystery, the history. Yes please, more :)
Heidi xo

Heidi - Apples Under My Bed

Heidi, thank you so much for sharing these! Especially that one of the girl with the bow - what a find. I love finding old photos... they're such treasures.

These pancakes look great. I adore cottage cheese pancakes but have never gone the savory route with them. That may have to change soon!


I love the idea savory pancakes.

Your photo collections are lovely. I have a huge box from my Grandmother that date back to the 20's, I need to preserve them and scan them. Your post is a great reminder. Thanks!

Maria @ Sinfully Nutritious

Beautiful post, i love all of the white in these photos.


I am so into these.


Yes luv seeing / hearing about the old Photos

Cottage chees sounds like a health less fattening alternative



They look so good. I love pancakes.


hey heidi i ve been reading your recipes for quite sometime now. And i must say all of them are very compelling. The girl with the orange bow photo reminds me of myself Thanks for making me a walk down the memory lane n the clicks are beautiful.


Yes please, more vintage photos. The coconut palm one was my favorite.

Jasmine Pahl

I am fascinated by old photos and have spent many an hour in antique shops perusing boxes of lost and forgotten memories. When looking at old family photos I can sometimes discover some familiar resemblence but whether I'm related or not to the subject or place, there remains a romatic mystery, a time gone by that I long to know more about. I try to imagine what was happening in the lives of the people in the picture or who was photographing that moment in time. I love that you've posted some of your favorites, I thought I was alone in this strange fascination. I'll look forward to more if you choose to share and as always I'll look forward to reading about your travels.


Heidi, I love cottage cheese pancakes. I usually make the recipe from one of my Jewish cookbooks.

I also love vintage photos. I inherited all the family photo books and there is a whole book of my dad's pictures from when he was in the army in Italy in the late 1940's and they are B&W. So cool. Dad in army fatigues, in front of the Tower of Pisa with his army buddies and his album of his college days - he was in the drama club. They are all amazing - the clothes, the accessories, the cars, the whole feeling. So different from current styles.


My late grandmother, on my dad's side, had a real penchant for cutting photos into strange and unusual shapes. All dads albums from his childhood are trimmed into strange shapes. It doesn't seem that Granny was cutting out particular pieces, pure coincidence (or human nature) that the pieces missing are the parts me talk most about. More please x

victoria hargreaves

wow che delizia! Meravigliosa, questa ricetta :) Un bacio!

Claudia Annie

Have to ask: are you simply using masking tape on the photos? Would love to tape things up in a way that isn't fussy, but want to use something that could later be removed cleanly from the photo. Have you (or anyone) found it? Thanks-

HS: Hi Tina - it is Japanese paper tape, so it comes off no problem :)


I love cottage cheese pancakes! I've never had them with cauliflower though. Another version of this is ricotta pancakes with lemon zest mmmm!

monica @ Soirees & Such

The possibilities are endless! I am so excited for this recipe. You always inspire...thank you!


We have an old family recipe that is similar and incorporates apples. They are so old-style and special!

easy recipes

The photos are intriguing, so more would be fun. And the pancakes look lovely, nice recipe.


To be able to use inspiration from an isolated moment from someone's life that they left behind is truly artistic. It takes intuition, curiosity and compassion. By using inspiration from not just your life but those you have never met, your culinary and expressive capabilities are endless.

Jessica @ Hungrygems

I am really delighted with blog. It's beautiful, well structured, interesting, sweet, amazing [probably your own qualities right?] and it has completely got me hooked, so I'm your new follower now... i think we're going to get along just fine! ;)
I'd like to invite you to visit my humble "house" as well. I’d be very pleased.

I wish you lots of success and will surely come back often.



I've never thought to seek out vintage photographs, but now I want to go out and look for some. Speaking of photos, I really like your picture of the pancakes at the top of this post. The composition is so unusual but it works.


i adore cottage pancakes, for their light, custard-like loft, and their added protein oomph. that said, we usually make ours with ricotta, as i've a child who's not fond of the "white bits".

we usually take ours in the sweet direction, with a touch of maple syrup, and soft butter at the table. they are out of this world with tiny frozen blueberries, and/or lemon zest, and/or nutmeg, and/or orange zest + tiny cranberry bits.

also, the photos, yes, more please!


This sounds yummy! I will have to try it a few times so that I can try several of the suggestions from the comments as well.
I love the blog layout- haven't been on in a while, it has changed a bit.
On a different note; Heidi, do you have a recipe to share for squaw bread? I used to get it when I lived in CA and can't find it anywhere else. It is a sweet brown bread, that I am thinking of. It has no rye and it is not as dark and heavy as most.
If you have a recipe for this please do share it. :)


I love the idea of using cauliflower in pancakes - not something I've ever come cross before. Gorgeous.


ok now I'm really hungry


My grandmother's vintage photographs are amongst my most treasured possessions. I have been meaning to try savory pancakes lately, I think this recipe is just the inspiration I needed. Thanks Heidi!

Cookie and Kate

Yum! My mom just introduced me to the desi savory pancake using chickpea flour and this seems to be a perfect way to merge both recipes.


Love the fabulous flavor of cauliflower in these pancakes. Reminds me slightly of Gobi indian flatbread stuffed with cauliflower mash. Yummm!


What beautiful photos and a wonderful recipe - I think I might make these with spinach and have them cold with some hummos for dipping at work this week.

Sarah @ studiofood

If you haven't already seen it, you might like "Shooting the Past", a two-part Masterpiece Theater production about a mansion housing a huge collection of old photographs, the staff who cares for the collection, and the new owner of the mansion who wants to clear them out and turn the building into a business school (Netflix has it). Can't wait to try these pancakes. They sound wonderful!


I love old photos, aren't they just the most interesting windows into our past? So evocative. And I love the idea of these pancakes, especially blini-sized. They look so light and fluffy, perfect for a lazy morning.

The Cozy Herbivore

Hi! such a great recipe! please check out mine that is the old traditional russian recipe of Syrniki. I'm using cottage cheese as well.


Huge fan of the little one taking in the big bird that's either coming or going. Goosebumps.


These cottage cheese pancakes with cauliflower today was a huge hit today! I adored them so much!!! The plan yogurt with pesto swirled in was a perfect touch. This recipe is definitely a keeper with my family! Thank you, thank you!!

Rachel Azarnoff

Hi, Heidi.

I love these old antique photos! How lovely they are with hidden memories. So nostalgic but very sweet. Thank you for sharing your precious collection.

Pancake recipe sounds and looks so yum! I should try this one out asap:-)


I love this. Cheese pancake, it is special and must be delicious. I love cheese and pancake. Definitely have to try it. Maybe add chopped onions instead of cauliflower will be nice too. :)

love cooking

my mom had cottage cheese latkes (more cottage cheese, less eggs and add flour) and i make them for my family served with sour cream. they are my daughter's favorite meal and requested always for her bday dinner.


These pancakes look so delicious. And then, all the old photos, it feels like being in another world, gorgeous.


It's not just your taste in food we relate to. I'd love more posts with old snapshots. . . I regret not purchasing an old wedding portrait I found at a Beijing flea market. I was young and questioned my "silly" impulse. I'll never forget the bride's gigantic black-rimmed glasses and the insecurity on the groom's face. Was it an arranged marriage? Unfortunately I can't ponder over the evidence. I've since learned to give in.


Like Kath, this post made me think of Glaciers by Alexis M. Smith too. Beautiful story. I highly recommend it.


The vintage photos are just lovely!! And we'll have to try these pancakes. I'm personally always one to try new breakfast foods. :)


It's great fun to go through the old photographs. I really enjoyed the lost and fund pictures.
Will definitely try to make pancakes.

shubha gupta

Hi Hidi! I love old photos too! In my work I often use old photos and vintage objects to make up stories with is beautiful how our imagination can create a world out of them!
Thank you for sharing the recipe, I'll defintely have to try the pancakes maybe with spinach, not very fond of cauliflowers here :-(


I never thought of adding cottage cheese to pancakes but these look incredible. Going to whip some up this weekend, maybe with some lox...yum

Kristen @Slender Kitchen

We had a cottage cheese frittata at a bed and breakfast a while ago, and it made it so light and fluffy. I am not surprised they make for a great addition to pancakes as well!


I make a cottage cheese pancake all the time. except I mix the dough in a blender. Then I make them like crepes. they are great. My family begs for them. hmmm great with maple syrup..


I've never tried making cottage cheese pancakes before. But your version looks delicious and the addition of veggies is great.

Jeff @

I am completely fascinated by the young girl watching the airplanes .... is she missing someone? I someone coming home soon?

Virginia hepp

I have been reading your blog for the past year and ABSOLUTELY love everythng you post. Even though I don't get a chance to cook everything; your postings about your life and food are fabulous. Thank you so much for letting us into your life...


This kind of small pancakes are very popular in my country. But I've never tried it with a cottage cheese before. As always, very interesting post.

Marta @ I love breakfasts!

Cauliflower and Brussels sprouts are my favorite vegetables and I am ALWAYS trying to find new ways to prepare them. I am definitely going to try this. Thank you so much for sharing the recipe.


What a fresh and lovely recipe. I'm always looking for new ways to incorporate cottage cheese into things (given its versatility and protein content). Thanks!


Love your recipes and also your photos. Great photography.


These look fabulous; I think they sound perfect to accompany a smear of cream cheese and chives for a nice side to a lunch salad or bowl of soup.


I made these for dinner and they were great. To make the pancakes gluten-free, I used almond meal for the whole wheat flour and garbanzo/fava flour for the all purpose. Perfect! Fried in coconut oil & topped with a bit of goat cheese, it was lovely. Thanks!

HS: Thanks for reporting back Meg - happy to hear they turned out!


I am on a Gluten Free Diet since 1981
To make Gluten ffree Pancakes you
need potato Flour, Tapioca Flour,
a lttlle Corn Starch, Eggs and half a cup
of Milk, you can add cheese or a
vegetable if you like, I add Cheddar cheese- Fantastic taste. Fry in Olive oil
When cooked I put Butter & Jam on mine. Delicious.

Sylvia Walcot

Hi Heidi!
Just stumbled across your lovely little space here. =)

Pictures of the past are always very fascinating, its like a time machine or a window to an other world and time. I used to take home lots of pictures like yours from flea markets to make collages.

Your cottage cheese pancake look so perfect. I d surely love to have one with a nice green salad and vinaigrette.

thanks for sharing!

Helene Dsouza I Masala Herb

Hi Heidi!
Three things,
1) I love this recipe, can’t wait to try it.
2) My friends and I always reference you, “This is a Heidi recipe,” or I made Heidi’s soup, you know the one?
3) If you lived on the East Coast I think you would want to visit this place. Maybe it could make it to a favorites list!

HS: Thanks for the heads up Sarah - that place looks super cute!


Ooh- I love all these photographs + the way you've displayed them!
I too collect vintage photographs (my favorite find is a post WWII soldier's album which chronicles his time in Japan/ marriage to a Japanese woman and finally them meeting his family somewhere in the midwest)
I'm also extremely excited to try this recipe as I have a particular fondness for pancakes!


I love the photographs!
I want to try making that pancake one day!


These were a huge hit! Great texture, greta taste. I used cauliflower and dill and simply topped with with some plain yogurt. Yum!


that light, those pancakes, and that little bit of history in your photographs....well, surely a pleasure to look at!


I made these on Saturday and could not stop eating them. These were so yummy!


i usually use yogurt in my pancake batter, but never thought to sub cottage cheese. made these this morning with caramelized onions and spinach instead of the cauliflower. topped them with some homemade roasted orange bell pepper sauce. even my 1y/o devoured them! great way to add more veggies into the diet. might try some grated citrus zest and chopped herbs next time. thanx for the inspiration, heidi!


I love cottage cheese in pancakes for the extra protein boost and love your idea for adding chopped vegetables.


Great recipe - thank you! Now my husband asks for these pancakes instead of the package (!) variety.


Over the past few years I have grown quite the addiction to going antiquing. My attention has always been diverted away from photographs and smaller 'knickknacks' and memorabilia by old furniture and tools. But recently my attention was grabbed by one vendor and their vintage photo print collection. I fell in love with this one immediately and took a picture of it to share with you:

The photos are adhered to thick card stock with the description: "On Glacier Rock, Yosemite (3,200 feet from the ground below).

The woman with her dress blowing and her hat in her hand so far above ground is just so captivating. I'm drawn to it without being able to explain why.

Anyway, thanks for sharing your collection with us. I don't think I'll be turning away from the vintage photo areas of antique shops any longer.


My boyfriend and I have been searching for the perfect pancakes recipe. This might be the one.

Sweet Faery

Thank you Heidi for including me in your e-mailing list. I really like to try new recipes .Your Cottage Pancakes are so intriguing and really look so yummy. And healthy too. I have to try it one of these days.

Nenita Mercado

These were delicious, perfect winter comfort food. Thank you for the recipe!


First off, I really like the idea of using cottage cheese in the pancakes. And now, I'm already thinking about how much I want to make pancakes this weekend!


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