“Won’t I — won’t I see Mama again?” Jemmy’s eyes were huge, and he couldn’t keep from looking at the stone.
“I don’t know,” Roger said, and I could see the tears he was fighting himself, and hear them in his thickened voice. He didn’t know whether he would ever see Brianna again himself, or baby Mandy. Probably…probably not.”
Jamie looked down at Jem, who was clinging to his hand, looking back and forth between father and grandfather, confusion, fright, and longing in his face.
“If one day, a bhailach,”Jamie said conversationally, “ye should meet a verra large mouse named Michael — ye’ll tell him your grandsire sends his regards.” He opened his hand, then letting go, and nodded toward Roger.
Jem stood staring for a moment, then dug in his feet and sprinted toward Roger, sand spurting from under his shoes. He leaped into his father’s arms, clutching him around the neck, and with a final glance backward, Roger turned and stepped behind the stone, and the inside of my head exploded in fire.
Diana Gabaldon, A Breath of Snow and Ashes (Chapter 120 – If Only For Myself)
(Click on the recipe below for a printable version of the recipe.)
Light and fluffy, with just a bit of crunch from the cornmeal — there to remind Jem of the people and life they left back on the Ridge.
Yield: 6-8 Large Mickey Mouse Pancakes
- Cornmeal – 1 Cup
- All-Purpose Flour – 1 Cup
- Sugar – ¼ Cup
- Baking Powder – 2 tsp.
- Baking Soda – 1 tsp.
- Salt – ½ tsp.
- Buttermilk – 2 Cups
- Eggs – 2 large
- Vegetable Oil – ¼ Cup
- Blueberries, fresh or frozen – ½ to 1 Cup
- Butter/Oil for frying
Preheat oven to 250° F.
Stir together the cornmeal, flour, sugar, baking powder, soda and salt in a large bowl. Whisk buttermilk, eggs, and oil in medium bowl; add to dry ingredients and whisk to blend. Let stand for 15 minutes.
Preheat a large heavy-bottomed skillet or griddle over medium heat and brush with butter or oil. Working in batches, ladle 1/2 cup batter near the bottom of the pan for Mickey’s head. Spoon a little more batter onto each side of his head for the ears. Make a smiling face in the batter using the blueberries.
Cook until golden brown and just cooked through, about 2 minutes on each side. Transfer to a baking sheet in the oven to keep warm.
Serve with butter and maple syrup.
Ith gu leòir! (Eat Plenty)