We may be geeks, but that doesn’t mean we don’t know how to create great things in the kitchen. Some of the best dishes can be made quickly and easily as long as you know what you’re doing. Let’s get cooking!

I’ve always hated making pancakes. For the longest time, I thought they were a giant pain to make and I always had to throw out a couple of them. Pancakes were definitely not my thing, which is why I usually just let my wife take care of making them.

But the other day, my three-year-old exclaimed that it was my turn to make the pancakes, my wife agreed and so I was in the kitchen making a breakfast of blueberry pancakes. Thankfully, my wife was there to guide me every step of the way. Otherwise, these may have turned out quite suspect.

Despite my inability to actually make decent pancakes when I was younger, they really shouldn’t be that tough to make. The pancake mix we have lists two ingredients: the mix and water. Man, that’s just wildly boring. My wife, being a culinary queen, suggested a number of alterations to the basic pancake recipe on the box. When my pancakes were done, they were absolutely delicious.

Before we start getting the pancake mix prepared, we should get a griddle out on the stove and add a layer of canola oil. Turn the burner to low and let the oil heat up on the griddle.

And then we have the pancake mix. For our uses – two adults and a toddler – I put in 1.25 cups of pancake mix into a medium sized bowl. Instead of the water, I used 3/4 of a cup of buttermilk and one egg. Mix it all up and then add in a couple handfuls of blueberries. Still pretty simple, but we need to add a little bit more for flavor.

Perfect circles are not required.

As you mix in the blueberries, also add in cinnamon, nutmeg and vanilla to add a little bit more flavor. If the mixture is a little thick, add a splash of water until you get a more watery mix to cook.

With the mix all done – and the griddle warmed up – it’s time to make the pancakes. Use a quarter cup measure to scoop up the batter mix and pour it onto the griddle and repeat until you’ve got four pancakes (more or less, depending on the size of the griddle) cooking. When the underside is cooked, flip them and get the pancakes to cook evenly on both sides.

The amount of mix used here made up about 11 pancakes.

Once the pancakes are cooked, slather them in as much syrup as you want. And then it’s time for a delicious breakfast!