Buckwheat Pancakes with Mixed Berry Compote

Some mornings call for lush breakfasts, don’t they?  Christmas Day was one of those days, as we were able to enjoy a day off together to relax and experiment with delicious vegan recipes. Here’s how we made these!

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Serves: 2

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cooking Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of buckwheat flour
  • 1 tablespoon of LSA (linseed, sunflower and almond) meal
  • 1 teaspoon of baking powder
  • 1/2 tablespoon of cinnamon
  • 2 cups of rice milk (can also use soy, almond or other plant based milk)
  • 2 cups of mixed berries
  • 1/2 cup of coconut nectar
  • So Good Choc Almond ice-cream as desired
  • Vegetable oil or margarine for the pan

Instructions:

  1. Put the mixed berries and 1/4 cup of coconut nectar in to a pot and simmer until the berries have softened and taken on a jam like consistency. This could take up to 15 minutes. Keep and eye on it and stir every couple of minutes to check the consistency. Once the berries have broken down a little, take it off the heat and put it aside for later.
  2. Whilst the berries are simmering, place all the dry ingredients (the flour, LSA, baking powder and cinnamon) in to a bowl. Mix it all together by slowly adding the rice milk. Take notice of the batter as you keep introducing the rice milk. Too much milk will make the batter too runny and will result in thin, flat pancakes and too little batter will make them too thick and difficult to cook all the way through.
  3. Once you are satisfied with the batter’s consistency, put it aside and place some oil in the pan. You may not even need oil if you have a nice, non-stick pan. Medium heat is ideal. If the pan is too hot, the pancakes will be crisp or burnt on the outside and uncooked on the inside so adjust the heat if need be. Once it’s heated, pour some batter in to the pan. It should spread in to a nice circle shape.
  4. Cook the first side until you start seeing little bubbles forming in the pancake. Once there a dozen or so, flip it over and cook the other side. Keep going until all your batter is finished!
  5. To serve, place your pancakes on a plate. Put a scoop of ice-cream on top of the pancakes and then place your mixed berry compote on top. Lastly, drizzle your pancakes with coconut nectar and…
  6. ENJOY!

Fun Fact:

  • If you want a protein packed meal, put a couple of servings of your favorite plant based protein powder in to the mixture.
  • These pancakes are naturally gluten free.
  • You can use other syrups such as agave nectar or the more traditional pure maple syrup.
  • Have fun experimenting with other ingredients such as banana as an egg replacement or for flavor, dark chocolate chips, berries in the mixture as opposed to on top… your imagination is the limit!
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Gathering Oranges

My husband and I are in the local supermarket, shopping for groceries. I’m leaning on the trolley, trying to stay out of the way and my hubby is off collecting veggies for our stash.

I start observing my surroundings and basically begin to people watch. I notice how intriguing it is to actually observe people doing their modern day version of “gathering”. A tall, slender, beard clad man rummages through the monolith pile of oranges. I see him pick one up, examine it and either put it back if it doesn’t look, smell or feel right, or, place it in the plastic bag he has in his other hand. As I watched his process, an insight hit me. He’d approached this mound of oranges as it was the only trestle in the store with oranges, right?. As in, he’d chosen this particular supermarket, and to be fair may not have even been thinking about oranges till he saw them sitting there. He wasn’t thinking of who’d already been to the oranges, which oranges they’d taken, or about the quality of the oranges that had already been claimed. He’d have arrived thinking, “Right, oranges, need those! Let’s see if I can’t pick the best in the pack.” Or something to that effect.

It got me thinking about his behavior on a wider scale. About how this behavior plays out in our psychology.

Let’s use all the oranges that are picked at any given season an analogy for what’s possible in life. Given that anything is possible, let’s imagine that those oranges were picked in every condition that an orange can be picked at any given harvest. Fully grown, immature, untarnished, damaged, genetically modified, organic… you get my drift. Somewhere along the process, they get assessed, some get taken home for the farmer to enjoy, others get thrown out for not being up to standard, some get sent to location A for this reason, some to location B for that reason, the list goes on and on. Eventually, after who knows what kind of rigorous (or flippant) decision making, there is a pile of oranges that end up on a trestle, with a beard clad man standing over them, choosing his pick of the litter.

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By this stage, the number of oranges left to be chosen from has diminished markedly. Yet this man is relating to them (out of sheer convenience I’d assume) as his only option for oranges! Is this how we relate to our lives and what we think is possible?

Did we at some point start off with an abundant supply of oranges, an anything is possible mindset, and as other people handled certain ideas, notions and beliefs, did they then create a hive mind understanding of those concepts? And if so, were these predetermined concepts then handed down to us and presented (as a mound of oranges if you are to use the analogy) in such a way that entailed: “this is how it is and inside of that level of understanding, you have option A, B or C (or D, or E etc.). What would you like to go with?”

Now, to expand back from oranges to human nature, have we all just become a product of others beliefs about what is possible? If so, do we even know who these people are? How would we feel if we did know? Do we really understand that the whole harvest is available to us? Or are we just so used to accepting what’s in front of us, comfortable, convenient or easy as the only path available? Caring to think on such a shallow level that we can look at a mound of oranges in the supermarket and be satisfied with our options? Not to mention, we then end up feeling completely unsatisfied because we are convinced that we are choosing wisely, meanwhile our higher self is quietly going insane and knocking on our soul’s door, daring us to remember that there is more to life than meets the eye… that the whole harvest is what we could be going for. What our hearts are calling for. What’s truly possible…

Little Nuggets

Have you ever been mid conversation with somebody, listening intently to what they are sharing with you when they casually say something in passing that stuns you, hits you to the core, and jolts your very existence?

Or have you ever just been minding your own business, contemplating how you’re going to deal with the fact that you’re really upset with a friend or family member, and then out of nowhere, BOOM! That phrase, quote, line or saying that someone once told you years ago in one of those casual conversations hits you like a tonne of bricks, just makes sense, and you think, holy shit, that’s what that meant!

You might call these moments insights, breakthroughs or light bulbs going off. But now, after hearing someone talk about them in this way, I like to call them Little Nuggets (of Gold).

So welcome again to My Lifetime Subscription blog. Featuring: Little Nuggets, the term formerly known as Insights (tips hat to Prince). Little Nuggets have the power to shape my beliefs and way of relating to the world. They can alter my actions and inspire my visions- not to mention inspire the things I write about in order to share with you.

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Love,

H x

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