I don’t know why but I have a huge fascination with American packet mixes, maybe it’s because my mother doesn’t use things like that ( heaven forbid) or the fact that they are from America which to me at least still has an alluring otherness, mixed with something a little seedy but I am always intrigued by them. Living in an area with a reasonable number of Americans, some local shops have an American food shelf or isle means from time to time I end up buying something I don’t really need for the hell of it. Take Aunt Jemima pancake mix.
Pancakes are easy to make and I don’t think making up the mix from a packet is any quicker really. 1 cup of dry mix, 3/4 cup of milk 1 tbsp of oil and 1 egg, mix and leave to thicken. Pour 1/4 cup into a pan and turn when the batter begins to bubble. The pancakes were larger than I expected, with a dry fluffy middle and a not quite salty not quite sweet taste until covered in agave syrup and strawberries, yum.
Interestingly Aunt Jemima has been the source of some controversy as Wikipedia states “The term “Aunt Jemima” is sometimes used colloquially as a female version of the derogatory label “Uncle Tom”. In this context, the slang term “Aunt Jemima” falls within the “Mammy archetype”, and refers to a friendly black woman who is perceived as obsequiously servile or acting in, or protective of, the interests of whites. ”
Something to chew over with your breakfast!