How To Incorporate Traditions:

We’ve started a new ritual in our family this year, one I’d always longed for as a child – Sunday Pancakes! We all look forward to it, and Sunday breakfast is the perfect family time – because there’s nowhere to rush to afterward. Traditions are amazing ways to stay connected, share values, contribute to identity, anchor us to our heritage, and help us communicate. When traditions involve the sharing or food and the gathering around the table, bonds are formed whether that be with family or friends.

A super easy pancake recipe that we’ve made a tradition and we’d love to share with you is my Lemon and Ricotta Pancake cook-up. Follow the recipe below to begin your own pancake tradition.


  • 1 ½ cups of flour
  • 3 ½ tablespoons of sugar
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup of milk
  • ¾ cup (180g) ricotta
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1-2 tablespoons of lemon zest (depending on your love of lemon!)
  • ¼ cup (60ml) fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon butter (melted)


  • Preheat your pan to a moderate-high heat
  • Mix together the dry ingredients (flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt) in one bowl, make a well in the centre, and put aside
  • In a second bowl, whisk together milk, ricotta, eggs, and vanilla until blended.
  • Add the butter, lemon zest, and lemon juice to the milk mixture and whisk to combine (if it looks a little curdled, you have done it just right!)
  • Immediately pour milk mixture into the flour mixture and whisk to just combine (batter will be lumpy – this is perfect)
  • You know the drill – pour 3-4 small ladle-fulls of mixture onto a buttered pan and cook until bubbles appear, flip and cook until golden on both sides. You can rest the cooked pancakes in a warm oven (50 degrees) while you make the others
  • Set a table, make breakfast an occasion. Enjoy with all of your favourite toppings

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