Fans of Portlandia are going to love Fred & Carrie’s new cookbook. There was a lot of material to draw from – food plays a major role in the series, from cult-raised heritage chickens named Colin, Stu’s stews, pasta addictions and marketing celery to pickling everything and waiting in line for brunch.
Of course Fred Armisen is now the bandleader on Late Night with Seth Meyers – he was a drummer in Trenchmouth in the late eighties, toured with the Blue Man Group for a couple years and has had a great run as Ian Rubbish, a spoof punk rocker who started on SNL. (Check out this short documentary about The Clash by Ian Rubbish – a classic.) And Sleater-Kinney, Carrie Brownstein’s band with Corin Tucker and Janet Weiss, is releasing their album No Cities to Love in January.
While the cookbook is a fun read, it isn’t all comedy – it’s full of recipes I’ll actually make, like their grilled cheese birds in a nest (which they recently made on Rachel Ray) and Marionberry pancakes, pickles, and Ellen the adult babysitter’s mac & cheese.
We’re hoping to have a chat with Fred or Carrie about music and food – while we pine by the phone, here’s a recipe for Marionberry (really just blackberry) pancakes.
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1 cup milk
1 large egg
1 Tbsp. canola oil, plus extra for cooking
2 cups fresh or frozen blackberries
1/4 cup sugar
In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt. Add the milk, egg and oil and whisk just until combined.
Set a heavy skillet over medium-high heat, drizzle with oil and wipe it around the pan with a paper towel. Reduce the heat to medium-low, pour in about 1/4 of the batter and cook until bubbles start to break through and the surface looks matte. Flip with a thin spatula and cook until golden on the other side. Repeat with the remaining batter.
Meanwhile, simmer the berries and sugar (no need to add liquid – the berries will provide their own) until the berries pop and it looks saucy.
Serve the pancakes warm, topped with berries. Serves 2-4.