lemon poppyseed pancakes

Look, a recipe! The Shortstack’s been closed up for two whole months now, but pancakes have never stopped. There have been many Sunday flapjack brunches and there will be many more, though it’s true that nothing’s quite like breakfast to the tune of our favourite folks playing the sweetest songs. Still, these pancakes are worth making! Gather your friends and fiddles and fry these up — and it’ll probably be just as tasty as a Shortstack Sunday.

LEMON POPPYSEED PANCAKES
(these are the real Shortstack ones – fully vegan)

Makes enough to serve two hungry eaters. Double for four.

Ingredients:

2 cups flour
3/4 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 tablespoons lemon zest
2 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons poppy seeds
2 cups water
3 tablespoons lemon juice
3 tablespoons oil
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
3/4 teaspoon baking soda

In a medium-sized bowl, mix together flour, salt, baking powder and poppy seeds until fully combined. In a separate small bowl, massage the lemon zest into the sugar until the sugar is fragrant and yellow. Add zest and sugar mixture to the dry ingredients.

In a medium-sized bowl, combine the water, lemon juice, oil and vanilla. In a separate container, mix together the apple cider vinegar and baking soda and then add immediately to the wet ingredients.

Add the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and stir until just combined. Don’t overmix! It’s okay for your batter to be a little lumpy. Overmix and you’ll get lemon poppyseed biscuits.

Fry in a lightly-greased pan over medium heat, flipping once when bubbles ring around the edge of the pancake. You can store these in the oven until ready to serve if needed.

We served these with pomegranate glaze, but really, you don’t need much more than maple syrup to make these divine. If you’re not vegan after all (then what are you doing here? Go make this recipe instead!), you could serve these up with cream cheese and everything would be wonderful.

april 28th: our very last shortstack!

Well, we’re finally coming up on our very last Shortstack. It has been one hell of an amazing year-and-a-bit with this thing — we’ve been so, so lucky to do this gig for so long and to have you all come out and support us again and again. We’ve tasted a lot of pretty great pancake combos and listened to some of Vancouver’s finest folk treasures. And the number of new friends we’ve made just from flipping flapjacks is enormous. Thank you for dreaming along with us. We would so love to see you one more time before we close up shop for good!

Join us this Sunday for one last seasonal extravaganza and our final Shortstack — we’ll be serving up Stewed Rhubarb Pancakes with Chocolate Sauce. Look for our usual homemade yogurt, homemade butter, and delicious maple syrup on the side too. As always, all organic and homemade, gluten-free and vegan stuffs available.


Sunday, April 28st, featuring, for a final time:

DOGTOOTH MOUNTAIN STRING BAND

You know this bluegrass jam band only plays for the Shortstack, right? You can’t find ’em anywhere else. We’ve been more than lucky to have these guys share their music with us over the past year and we’re stoked to have them back one more time for tunes to raise the roof.

 

april 21st: blueberry pancakes with maple butter and a shortstack birthday

This Sunday is our second-to-last Shortstack ever and also happens to the birthday of our head kitchen kid, Ben, who mixes and flips like nobody’s business. Come celebrate with us as we serve up — by birthday request — Blueberry Pancakes with Maple Butter. Can you believe we’ve never actually had blueberry pancakes at the Shortstack before? Time to change that! We’ll have our usual homemade yogurt and delicious maple syrup on the side too. As always, all organic and homemade, gluten-free and vegan stuffs available.

Sunday, April 21st, featuring:

THE COSMIC WINK

The Cosmic Wink shares joyful, jubilant, heartfelt fiddle tunes and songs to delight your ears and hearts! With Chika Buston on guitar and Caitlan Read on fiddle, together they deliver inventive, original tunes and harmonious covers from many inspiring artists.

& 2POC

2poc consists of two pansies of colour who do not require an audience to have a good time. They create ridiculous musical numbers, utilizing a good mix of acoustic, analog and digital instruments, and a healthy amount of falsetto. These masters of mash-ups invite you to experience their strange, mostly random musical ruminations. Please don’t take them seriously, they sure don’t.

april 14th: garlicky nettle pancakes with homemade ricotta and tangy beet relish

Three more ‘stacks left! Coming up this Sunday is our last Savoury Sunday — we’ll be serving Garlicky Nettle Pancakes with Homemade Ricotta and Tangy Beet Relish. These beauties are cooking on the stove right now for a test batch and they smell so good. As always, all organic and homemade, gluten-free and vegan stuffs available.

Sunday, April 14th, featuring:

MYRON GROOVER

Our heroic open jam leader is back — to take the stage himself this time. Folksy, groovsy, and lots of fun.

& LEWIS KANE

Lewis has played Celtic and folk music from a young age, growing up in the highlands of Scotland. He studied piano and accordion at the Scottish National Centre for Excellence in Traditional Music and played in the bands Force 10, Fèis Rois and Hoodja amonst others. Lewis’s act combines tunes and songs of Ireland, Canada and his native Scotland. A contemporary twist on traditional accordion playing takes the lead with lively tunes or makes a rhythmic accompaniment to his folk and self-penned song repertoire.

april 7th: classic flapjacks with carrot cake jam and apple cider jelly (by guest jam-makers trivia and carnie!)

This is our last month! Four more ‘stacks before we close our doors, and we couldn’t be more excited about what we’ll be serving up for our last stretch and the tunes that are gonna be taking the stage.

This Sunday is also our very last time serving up Classic Flapjacks! The wonderful Trivia and Carnie, who have kept our for sale table stocked with fabulous preserves for the last few months, are making a variety of jams for the topping this week. Look for Carrot Cake Jam and Mulled Apple Cider Jelly, and maybe a couple other surprise flavours. Of course, there will be homemade yogurt, homemade butter, and maple syrup as well. As always, all organic and homemade, gluten-free and vegan stuffs available.

Sunday, April 7th, featuring:

MARINA MARINA

MarinaPicforAlmostFamousOrganic Free-range Folk Pop. Imagine hearing a live performer whose voice sounds like a big healthy moist tree, where the trunk is almost like rotting mulch that you could dig your fingers into, and the high up needles are dark green and soft…Then there are the recordings: Like golden mist caught in a strong wind twisting into patterns and sparkling in the gentle muted sun. Listen here: aboutmetoyou.com

Marina Marina was just featured on Autostraddle! Check it out.

& JENNA EARLE AND TIM RIOPELLE

timjennaJenna Earle and Tim Riopelle from the band Ghostess join forces as a duo this Sunday. Jenna Earle creates moody yet inviting soundscapes that stem from her unique slide and open-tuning guitar techniques, her music couples distinctive lyrics and vibey production with sultry, almost haunting vocals. With Tim Riopelle accompanying on guitar, mandolin, slide and vocals this duo will stop time and make your pancakes last forever. Backup vocals from S.A.S.

All three performers are avid fans of fingerstyle guitar.  Think Kaki King and Don Ross melded with Feist and Cat Power.

march 31st: earl grey pancakes with honey tea syrup

We have five more Shortstacks left! Luckily, March is giving us an extra Sunday, so we get a kind of bonus day to make pancakes and music for y’all. Coming up this Sunday we’ll be serving Earl Grey Pancakes with Honey Tea Syrup. As we do, there will be homemade yogurt, homemade butter, and maple syrup as well. As always, all organic and homemade, gluten-free and vegan stuffs available.

Sunday, March 31st, featuring:

SISTERS RIVERINE

Sisters Riverine comes from the mouths of two women whose inclinations to farm brought forth a shared love of song. Meeting on Cortes Island in late February 2011, time steeped repertoire in the kitchen, on the fields, in the woods and of the wilds, anchoring the beginning with a certain sense of place. The music is bare and simple: two voices carrying sounds from Appalachian, sacred harp and folk traditions. Their vocal robustness meets tender subtleties and is tempered with flexible surprise.

march 24th: poached pear pancakes with rosemary butter

Happy spring everyone! We’re moving into our very last season of shortstacking – only six left! Join us this Sunday for Poached Pear Pancakes with Rosemary Butter (and Rosemary Earth Balance for the vegans). For extra deliciousness, we’ll have homemade yogurt and maple syrup as well. As always, all organic and homemade, gluten-free and vegan stuffs available.

Sunday, March 24th, featuring:

LEWIS KANE

Lewis has played Celtic and folk music from a young age, growing up in the highlands of Scotland. He studied piano and accordion at the Scottish National Centre for Excellence in Traditional Music and played in the bands Force 10, Fèis Rois and Hoodja amonst others. Lewis’s act combines tunes and songs of Ireland, Canada and his native Scotland. A contemporary twist on traditional accordion playing takes the lead with lively tunes or makes a rhythmic accompaniment to his folk and self-penned song repertoire.

& FIST FULL O’ SNACKS

Fist Full o’ Snacks is the song weaving adventures of Vancouver’s Robyn Jacob; Fist Full o’ Snacks’ influences are diverse, and include minimalism, Balinese Gamelan, and New Music. Her music has graced concert halls to living rooms to seedy pubs. She attacks the piano with rhythmically asymmetrical arrangements, complimented by soaring vocal experimentations. Her songbank includes love songs to her bike, tales of epic pilgrimage, and memories of life’s many journeys and adventures. Currently, she is working on a capella quartet arrangements of her songs, in addition to her piano and vocal settings. Take a listen at: fistfullosnacks.bandcamp.com

march 17th: buckwheat pancakes with green cabbage apple juniper berry sauerkraut

The countdown continues! Seven more ‘stacks of deliciousness! This Sunday we’re so happy to be partnering up with Fiona our favourite fermentation femme again to bring you a seriously good fermented topping. We’re getting savoury and will be serving up Buckwheat Pancakes with Green Cabbage Apple Juniper Berry Sauerkraut!  We’ll also have the usual homemade butter, yogurt, (and maple syrup, in case you need to go the sweet route). As always, all organic and homemade, gluten-free and vegan stuffs available.

Read more about Fiona’s adventures in fermenting on her blog Counter-Culture. She’s just started a CSF (Community Supported Fermentation!) and all the shares are already gone for the first season. We love working with Fiona!

Sunday, March 17th, featuring:

DOGTOOTH MOUNTAIN STRING BAND

Did you know that this bluegrass jam band doesn’t play any other venues besides the Shortstack? Shoot, we’re lucky! Your penultimate time to see these guys – don’t miss it!

march 10th: lavender pancakes with raspberry sauce

Countdown is on! We’ve got eight more ‘stacks left and we hope to serve you up some flapjacks before this whole game is over. On the menu this Sunday is Lavender Pancakes with Raspberry Sauce, plus the usual homemade butter, yogurt, and maple syrup. As always, all organic and homemade, gluten-free and vegan stuffs available.

It’s also daylight savings time this Sunday, so don’t forgot to turn your clocks forward!

Sunday, March 10th, featuring:

EDZIE OO

EdzieOo is not your average female singer/songwriter. She’s a sultry, mesmerizing, magical lion creature with a heart in her throat. She captivates audiences with her haunting harmonic vocal loops, modal guitar changes, piano ballads, and banjo tunes. Her sound is best described as a mixture of indie folk rock, and jazz with a dash of cabaret old time country. EdzieOo is described as small but mighty, a smokey voiced siren, a bluesy little firecracker, a beautiful haunting voice, and a good friend… to name a few. Her songs are inspired by life, the human condition, heartbreak and letting go. You can expect music to sway to, lyrics to relate with, and a voice that will creep into your dreams.
Hear Edzie’s sounds at soundcloud.com/edzieoo

& NIKOLAS JADE FEAT. BRANDON HOFFMAN ON BASS

Just like a good ‘ol fashion nature walk, but instead of trees there’s a guitar and instead of birds chirping there’s a human making sounds with his mouth… oh, and if you’re really lucky he might even spill a glass of water and it’ll be like a waterfall. Listen here: http://nikolasjade.bandcamp.com/

march 3rd: classic flapjacks with a choose-your-own-jam topping

So the cat’s out of the bag: The Sunday Shortstack’s going to be closing its doors for good at the end of April, but we’ve still got another two months to make merry and eat many flapjacks. So join us! This Sunday we’ll be having Classic Flapjacks with a Choose-Your-Own-Jam Topping (we’ll have a delicious assortment available). We’ll also have homemade butter, yogurt, and maple syrup. As always, all organic and homemade, gluten-free and vegan stuffs available.

Sunday, March 3rd, featuring:

SEAN TRAVIS RAMSAY

From a very accurate review by Fraser Dobbs: “Their odd, whimsically organic improv-folk is a constantly changing beast, and no two of their performances could ever be compared. Instrumental climaxes fall into place seemingly out of thin air and the coordination between musicians seems at once orchestral and random; the sonic qualities of plastic cups are just one element that could be explored to its natural end over the course of a show’s journey.”
Check it out here: http://paradiseinfirmary.bandcamp.com/album/you-will-know-when-you-are-happy

& ARTHUR KRUMINS

Equal parts Townes Van Zandt and Mississippi John Hurt. A 60s folkie with a guitar, out of time yet knowing perfectly well how to honor traditional roots music while bringing it up to date with his own songwriting. He is joined this time on percussion by the multi-talented Galen Elfert on a makeshift percussive kit. Have a listen here: http://arthurekrumins.bandcamp.com/