It’s been going back and forth in my mind in the past few weeks, months even. English, Dutch, English, Dutch. Should I switch the language of my blog to English or not? And still the dilemma is a bit unsettled. As I am a perfectionist I really do think that my blog should be entirely in English then ( I guess, I have some translating to do!). But as I am going through some serious transitions on personal, professional and most definitely on a food and health level, I might as well take the plunge to write in English.
So I did it!!! Yessssssssss! Whoop, whoop!
Not deciding will numb you with what if’s, would, could and should I's or not? And while you’re in that state it’s robbing you of all your creativity and energy. It really seems that indecisiveness keeps you from going forward, and you get stuck in a dark and gloomy place. Not good, at all. Luckily the answer is rather simple: just DECIDE! Just do it and do it with your heart (in that way it can never go or be wrong) and accept what happens in whatever way this maybe. Afterwards your mind will feel light and airy and creativity and energy are flowing again. So whatever decision it is you keep pushing forward, just do it and free yourself.
So that will be enough for today on sharing some wisdom, I feel ancient now ;). But actually it’s good thing that I have written it down so I can re-read it next time I end up in Indecisiveland.
Now onto some food related stuff.
Pancakes! Yum. Who doesn’t like them? I, certainly, can’t tell of anyone who doesn’t. And although I wasn’t all that hooked on them as a kid (I could only eat three of them tops) it was always great fun to play around with different toppings. Being a Dutchie I had my fair share of eating homemade pancakes or eating out at a pannenkoekenhuis (literally: pancake house, a typically Dutch restaurant with just pancakes) especially on birthday parties during my childhood. But it has been really quiet in the pancake department in the past few decades. Up till now that is.
Since my visit to Amsterdam, which I have told you about in my previous post, it has been pancake galore. I am totally back in love with them but not as a lunch or dinner dish. I have been tweaking a recipe that Sarah has given me and these are for breakfast pancakes. Easy, nutritious and very, very, very delicious. What a good way to start your day, even more so since I recently learned that my aryurvedic constitution is Vata-Pitta and should be eating warm breakfasts more often and certainly during winter.
Scrumptious banana breakfast pancakes (serves 2)
- ½ cup buckwheat
- ½ cup quinoa (or other gluten free grain)
- 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
- ½ cup water
- ½ tsp baking powder
- 2 tbsp coconut palm sugar
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- ½ vanilla pod, split and seeds scraped
- 1 ripe banana, chopped
- a pinch of salt
- Ghee for baking (coconut oil for vegans)
Place the buckwheat and quinoa (or other grain) in a large bowl and add a generous amount of recently boiled water. Add the vinegar and let it soak overnight or for 8 hours.
Rinse and drain the grains. Put in a blender with the rest of the ingredients (execpt the ghee). Blend until completely smooth.
Melt the ghee in a hot large skillet. Pour the batter into the pan so that you can make three pancakes at once. Cook the pancakes until little bubbles form on the surface or the batter is drying on top. Flip them over to cook the other side till nicely browned. Repeat with the remaining batter.
Server while hot with maple syrup (or any sugar replacement of your choice), butter or some warm berries on top.