Making pancakes is a pretty simple task. You don’t even need to make it from scratch; just get the box mix and add water. But since Jimmy Kimmel is anything but a simple man, he has to take griddle duty to a whole new, artistic level. His pancakes are almost too pretty to eat, though his daughter Jane would never say no to them. In fact, Jimmy’s pancakes are so good, there’s really only one person who doesn’t love them: his wife, Molly McNearney.
In an essay written for the Washington Post, McNearney explained how annoying it can be to have a husband who takes what should be a fairly easy task, turns it into something creative and complicated, then have to live up to those standards when she’s responsible for breakfast.
“He makes pancakes,” she wrote. “And not your average pancakes. He makes art. With pancake batter. Like a lumberjack psychopath.”
McNearney acknowledged that she doesn’t take Kimmel’s talents in the kitchen for granted, but things started going downhill for her when he began experimenting with food colouring, squeeze bottles and decorating pens.
“I wake tired and guilt-ridden and resigned to sluggishly pouring my toddler a bowl of Cheerios, and magically, Dad marches down the stairs to make pancakes,” she complained in her essay. “That would make a mother happy, right? It does. The first half-dozen times. Now I feel inadequate.”
Jimmy started pretty simple with red, heart-shaped pancakes, which “he freestyled.” But then he decided to get his art on and that’s when the characters began.
There was Thomas the Tank Engine.
And Lightning McQueen.
He even paid homage to Dory and Ellen DeGeneres.
— Jimmy Kimmel (@jimmykimmel) February 23, 2017
And don’t even get us started on his Oscar the Grouch creation — made on the day he was hosting the Oscars, no less.
Then there was Halloween.
And Valentine’s Day, when heart pancakes alone wouldn’t do.
He even managed to make these doughnut-shaped pancakes after a late night of hosting the Oscars.
Is there anything Jimmy can’t do? If so, Molly — who admitted that she “can barely draw a stick figure” — wants to find it. “Being a mother is hard enough,” McNearney wrote. “Pancake artist is NOT in the job description.”
For now, Molly’s going to leave the edible art to Jimmy and stick with waffles. Smart move.