Lisa Douglas' Hotscakes -
On the rural situation comedy GREEN ACRES/CBS/1965-71, Eddie
Albert and Eva Gabor played Oliver and Lisa Douglas, two New
Yorkers who moved from the big city to a farm near the town of
Lisa and Olive Douglas, new to
In New York City, Lisa Douglas was accustomed to maid service
in her posh Manhattan apartment, but now as a simple farm wife,
she had to learn such domestic duties as cleaning her house,
milking the cow and cooking. Sadly, her skills in the kitchen
were, at best, minimal.
One of the staple foods served at mealtimes were Lisa's hotcakes
(pronounced "Hotscakes" by Lisa) that were created from a heavy
mixture of flour and water.
Her hotcakes were so tough that they came in handy as backup
shingles when the roof needed repair, and acted as a mold to fix
a blown head gasket for a truck engine. Oliver even used the
hotcakes to steady a wobbly table leg.
Lisa's infamous "hotscakes"
A variation on Lisa's hotcakes was her waffles (pronounced "Vaffles")
which were nothing more than the hotcakes pressed in a waffle
Iron. They were nicer looking than the hotcakes but still
inedible. Sometimes, the hotcakes doubled as bread when Lisa
needed to make Oliver a sandwich. To make toast, Lisa placed two
pieces of bread in the toaster and them placed the toaster in
Occasionally, Lisa's hotcakes recipe varied from her regular mix
to "veatcakes" (wheat stalks pressed into a batter mix), onions
hotcakes, flaming hotcakes (Lisa's attempt at Crepe Suzettes),
pizza hotcakes. hot-kebabs (flaming hotcakes on a skewer),
hotscakes stew and hotcakes hash (left-over breakfast hotcakes).
For a change of pace, Lisa made Oliver fried oatmeal, cupcakes
(hotcakes cooked in a coffee cup), and hotcakes a la mode
("cold" hotcakes on top of "hot" hot cakes. In reality, the only
one who enjoyed eating Lisa's hotcakes was her cow, Eleanor.
Apparently, it helps to have two stomachs to digest them.
The remaining dough makes a
great head gasket
Besides hotcakes, Lisa found the time to make other food
items. They included:
- Eggs fried in the shell
- Hot water soup
- Tuna fish and jelly sandwiches (or Peanut Butter w/ sardines or
- Liverwurst, jelly and ketchup sandwiches
- Raw spaghetti
- Spaghetti with orange juice sauce
- Spaghetti ball (spaghetti rolled into a ball shape and cooked in
a pot without water)
- Chopped chicken liver and chocolate syrup
- Upside downside up cake
Also on the menu at the Douglas house were homemade preserves
(Lisa just tears off the labels on store bought preserves),
banana jelly, dehydrated meals (Dee Dees' dehydrated Mason Dixon
Southern fried chicken dinner; Dee Dees' dehydrated New England
Boiled Dinner; and Dee Dees' dehydrated New Orleans Pompano -
with a dehydrated bottle of wine). And once, Lisa baked Oliver a
cake whose contents included an earring, one of Oliver's
neckties, a salt shaker, a spoon, and a thermometer.
To wash down all of Lisa's fine gourmet cuisine, Oliver's choice
of beverage was coffee. Unfortunately, Lisa's coffee can be very
thick and syrupy. Sometimes, Lisa will brew the coffee, cream
and sugar together for that special added flavor. To make iced
coffee, Lisa placed a "can of coffee" in a champagne bucket
filled with ice.
Other drinks on hand were hot chocolate (made by sticking a
melted chocolate bar in a cup) and lemonade (Lisa puts whole
uncut lemons in a pitcher and adds water).
For another "not so great" cook check out
"Elly May Clampett"
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