• Pancakes. Photo: Adi Shilon.
    Pancakes. Photo: Adi Shilon.
  • Gali Tarshansky. Photo courtesy of the family.
    Gali Tarshansky. Photo courtesy of the family.
Recipe

Pancakes a la Gali Tarshansky

Their favorite dish: Gali Tarshchansky loves to cook, especially sweets. Pancakes are her specialty. Adi Shilon made her elaborate pancakes

Gali loves animals – she especially likes horseback riding and spending her time at the petting zoo petting the furry little bunnies. And her connection with her dog Muka is profound. Gali was born 13 years ago at kibbutz Be’eri. She is an exceptional volleyball player for Hapoel Eshkol. Last summer she traveled with her team to a training camp in Serbia.

Gali loves a good celebration and puts her all into birthdays, both her’s and her girlfriend’s. And if there isn’t an upcoming birthday, a pajama party, dance marathon or a TikTok get together are a good enough substitute. When Gali’s around, your smile stretches from ear to ear, life is funnier and colors look brighter. Plus, you know any sweet cravings will be satisfied with Gali’s delicious creations, specifically her pancakes.

Gali and her older brother Lior are inseparable. They know each other’s buttons, always annoying with a hint of love. They dance and sing together and enjoy the occasional pretend fist fight filled with laughter. Gali’s got her dreams all figured out: she wants to create a dog sanctuary for abandoned dogs.

Gali Tarshchansky was kidnapped by Hamas to Gaza on October 7th. Her brother Lior was murdered. Muka the dog too. After 54 days in captivity, Gali was released.

Ingredients for pancakes

  • 3/4 cups Buttermilk (You can also use milk or yogurt, but buttermilk is best)
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup good quality, or honey
  • 1 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 cup flour (I use oat flour during the week and it works perfectly. Of course, white flour turns any day into a holiday, but you can try with any flour you like)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • a little olive oil to oil the pan

Additions (optional):

  • blueberries Or Nutella, or cubes of chocolate - whatever you like

Instructions

  • 1. In a large bowl, beat together the buttermilk, maple/honey, egg and olive oil. Add the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt and mix until just combined.

  • 2. Heat a non-stick pan (I have a special pan for pancakes. It's not expensive and I also use it to prepare other things. I highly recommend having one like this, but it's not mandatory) on medium-high heat and grease it with a little olive oil. You can make the pancakes as they are and serve them with maple and it's a dream. Or you can add a cup of blueberries to the batter.

  • 3. Regardless of whether you make plain pancakes or with blueberries, place two tablespoons of batter per pancake on the hot pan and gently spread with a spoon so that they are round. When bubbles begin to form on surface and the edges stablize, flip gently and cook for another two or three minutes.

  • 4. If you chose Nutella or chocolate chips: place one tablespoon per pancake, in rows. Gently form into a circle with a spoon, place a nice half teaspoonful of Nutella in the center of the pancake, or a chocolate cube, and cover carefully with another half spoonful of the batter. Here too, wait for bubbles and stable edges and flip for another three minutes. Serve.

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This recipe is part of Adi Shilon’s “Their Favorite Dish” project, which tells the story of 60 abductees through the recreation of their favorite recipe for a pastry or dessert. For all the details and additional recipes in the project.

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