Doug Stewart and Angie Reed make pancake breakfasts every Wednesday morning at the Major Mitchell Caravan Park, with all profits going to the Royal Flying Doctor Service.
Beginning at 8 a.m. and finishing at 9:30 a.m., Doug and Angie cook and serve pancakes in an attractive outdoor setting at the caravan park. Travellers pay five dollars and can have as many generous-sized pancakes as they can eat.
Toppings include ice cream, lemon and sugar, golden syrup, honey, three types of home-made jams and toppings (strawberry, chocolate and caramel). The most popular topping is vanilla ice cream, followed closely by freshly squeezed Mitchell lemons and Queensland sugar.
Donations are always welcomed and often come from people with personal experience of the Flying Doctor Service.
Doug makes up the mixture the night before, at home, using this recipe:
1 cup self raising flour
1 cup of milk
Doug also sets up the cooking equipment the night before: a couple of flat-surface gas barbecues and several tables.
So far, Doug and Angie have organised 11 pancake breakfasts at the caravan park this winter, and will continue for as long as they can clear $200 per breakfast. Doug estimates that he cooks 200 pancakes per breakfast, which means that in total he's cooked around 2000 pancakes! Angie does everything else: collects the money, organises the toppings, and keeps everything clean and tidy. They make an excellent team.
All profits go to the Royal Flying Doctor Service, with the grand total to date being $2240. I think this is a great effort, especially since many of the mornings had below zero temperatures.