Take two on this post. For some annoying reason it posted a draft version and not the finished one that i’d spent a while typing. Could have been because I was doing it on my phone but still, normally that works. Anyway, so here I go again, I do apologise for the unfinished email you may have received, forget that one and focus on this one. Don’t read everything you if don’t want to, just skip to the recipe, just thought I’d give a little update on my life for those who are interested
It was my birthday on Sunday the 10th, we went down to my parents place in Victoria for it. It was great catching up with them, walking the dogs, getting spoilt and having some cooler weather. Mum and I went up to Melbourne and she bought me some beautiful plates from Made in Japan (go there if you can) , you will be seeing them in photos on here trust me.
Waking up on Sunday, I finally turned 20! Goodbye teenage years. I was expecting some jewellery or clothes etc from Brayden but he pulls out this great homemade card and in it was a photo of him and MY PUPPY! Biggest surprise and best present ever. He’d bought him about 8 weeks before and set up the yard perfectly. He thought I knew but I was clueless the whole time. I was a bit hard being in Victoria whilst I knew my beautiful chocolate border collie puppy was waiting for me on the Gold Coast but we had I great day bike riding and I got to pick him up the next day. I still look at him now and I can’t believe I have a puppy! His name is Blaze and I make sure he eats lots of veggies with his chicken mince. I don’t know if I can ever top that birthday present, I can try though. We may end up with lots of puppies…
So this previous weekend was very go get em! We have been living in this unit for about 6 months and so we know all the things that aren’t working so well. For me, the kitchen does not have enough cupboard space. Everytime I’d open this door all the beautiful food would fall on top of me. It was unorganised and messy because I’d just throw it back in and hope it didn’t fall again, not a fall proof system haha (pun intended). A trip to Ikea was set in motion! We drove there in one of the storms we seem to be having a lot of lately, feeling slightly guilty for leaving Blaze but more excited for the possibility of finding kitchen shelves and trolleys.
After two hours dodging other people and looking at various pieces of furniture we were successful! There is now a great stainless steel trolley topped with pretty jar of chia seeds, quinoa, nuts, seeds etc and a great shelf with a spice rack hanging off it. The dreaded cupboard is now safe to open and the kitchen is just so so much better ! And prettier ! Go Ikea.
Now let me get onto the pancakes. We stayed up late building and reorganising the kitchen (thanks to a great homemade chai tea i think) and yet somehow I still woke up at 6:30am on a Sunday morning. I was feeling super hungry and so I decided to get up and had a look in the kitchen as what to make. The pears sitting in the corner caught my attention, ripe for the cooking I decided. The coconut oil came next and so pear and coconut pancakes were born! I’m so glad they turned out to be delicious, especially going off 5 hours sleep (maybe I cook better on no sleep?) They were so moist and the subtle flavour of the pear gave it just the right amount of sweetness, plus the coconut flavours worked well. The walnuts, greek yoghurt and maple syrup complemented the pancakes, I’ll have to make them again though, I think blueberries and and toasted coconut flakes would be awesome!
Brayden was sound asleep still so I got to surprise him with breakfast in bed. He definitely deserves it, thanks for always being such an amazing guy who buys me a puppy <3
So put pears on your shopping list and make them this Sunday, early or late in the morning.
Serves 2 – 4 depending on how hungry everyone is
1/4 cup coconut flour
1/2 cup white spelt flour
1/2 cup wholemeal flour
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon cardamom
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup milk
1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
1/2 cup of milk or Greek yoghurt
2 tablespoons of coconut oil (plus extra for frying)
1 tablespoon of maple syrup
Combine all dry ingredients together in a large bowl
Pour one cup of milk into a small bowl and add the apple cider vinegar, allow to sit and curdle for 5 minutes, this makes it like buttermilk
Grate the pears into another bowl, skin on or off, up to you
Add everything else and the buttermilk mixture, mix well
Tip the wet mixture into the dry and stir until just combined
Let sit for around 15 minutes in the fridge if you can
Heat a small pan on medium heat and toast the walnuts (and coconut flakes)
Heat a knob of coconut oil in a large pan on medium heat
Ladle batter into the pan, make either big or small pancakes
Cook for about 3-4 minutes on each side, there should be bubbles before you flip
Place cooked pancakes in a warmed oven while you must the rest if you wish
Serve with toasted walnuts, greek yoghurt, maple syrup and maybe some berries and coconut flakes