Grapefruit Cardamom Polenta Pancakes


I called Mr. Prevention yesterday afternoon…to let him know that Bruce Weber, head coach of the Illinois men’s basketball team, had been fired. He showed no surprise before telling me he was “cleaning”.

I didn’t interrupt. If he’s cleaning, I am not going to stop him, slow him down, or get in his way. I’m smarter than that.

It’s no lie — I’ll tell anyone. I don’t see dirt. Or hair. Or dust. And I hate cleaning. I do what needs to get done — the laundry, the dishes, keeping the counters clean. Outside of that…meh.

cardamompancakes6 But in terms of the blog, it was time. Time for a new look.

Did you notice the spiffy new look? You’re not at the wrong web address, things are just cleaned up and tidied up a bit. Pretty, huh? I probably care more about the state of my blog than I do the state of my living room.

So what? We all have priorities.

One of my first missions was getting my recipe index under CONTROL. After 2 1/2 years, that list was getting quite out of hand, wouldn’t you say? We have some semblance of order now.

cardamompancakes5 My second order of business was figuring out what to do with a few grapefruits that had seen better days. I had stashed them away in my fridge’s produce bins, hoping for their survival until I was struck with genius intentions.

Thankfully, that moment came.

I saw these pancakes on my friend Joanne’s blog and I knew immediately that they would be made and they would be stellar. I wasted no time, and they were just as expected — stellar.

Pancakes + cardamom + grapefruit. Pure genius.

cardamompancakes1 These pancakes were simple to make and gave me the perfect excuse to whip out my electric griddle. They are fluffy and light, but filling and FILLED with flavor. The most pronounced flavor, by far, is the cardamom. But there are certainly hints of grapefruit that come through, especially when these pancakes are complimented with a glass of freshly squeezed grapefruit juice. Yum.

Is there anything better?

Grapefruit is one of those foods — you either love it, or you hate it. Clearly, I’m on Team Grapefruit, and these pancakes were the perfect way to highlight my beloved, juicy grapefruits.


Other than a bit of grading, this weekend is bare. I intend to sleep as much as humanly possible…and get in a great run today. I hate to nap when it’s nice out, but I do believe that will be in order ;)

Be well,


  1. I LOVE IT!! This looks GREAT NIcole!! I Will have to get in touch with your web designer, one of these days….. I Just spend less and less time on my blog as the months go by, but mine needs a new look too. I love the avocado.

    When I first looked at this recipe I think I missed the fact that they were POLENTA PANCAKES! This is awesome. Who would have ever thought of such a concoction of ingredients?! Not me. Too bad I work both mornings this weekend and can’t make anything special. I hate weekends like this.

    Enjoy your weekend!!

  2. I love the sleek new site! And the pancakes don’t look half bad either!

  3. I LOVE THE NEW LOOK, Nicole! Seriously, it’s so pretty!

    Have a great weekend!

  4. Those look awesome! I saw a similar flower plate at my local grocery store and I may have to go back and snag it after I see how cute it looks here.

  5. This recipe looks delish! I love cardamom but the only thing I’ve really used it in (so far) is my grandmother’s Christmas bread. Can’t wait to try this recipe! Thank you!

  6. Love the new look Nicole – so clean! And I like the header too. Enjoy your Saturday!!

  7. Yes, the blog looks just amazing!!! I love it!
    And I love these pancakes! Fantastic.

  8. Wow…….your blog got an Extreme Blog Makeover! I love, LOVE the new look………so clean and pretty! Go you!

    I’ll have to try these pancakes……..I love new flavor profiles!

  9. Like the new look and lovin the pancakes!

  10. Ahh, I need to make some pancakes! These look delicious and the grapefruit flavor with the texture of the cornmeal/polenta sound so interesting. It’s funny, sometimes I love grapefruit and sometimes I’m not a huge fan. Lately I’ve been loving it though so these sound so yummy :D

  11. Spring cleaning – it’s not just for homes anymore!

  12. The site looks FANTASTIC!!


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