Monthly Archives: April 2015

Tasty Tuesday: Banana Pikelets

I am so exhausted right now. Looking after three kids is a tough gig! Thankfully two of them are 6yo so they can keep each other entertained – BUT they’re also quite similar temperaments so they clash aaaaaall the freaking time. And they tattle. And snipe. And whine. Oh my GOD the whiiiiining!

Still, it’s worth it for the good times. And given the chaos my friend and her daughter are going through right now I’m glad to provide them with some stability while they find their feet again.

Everyone is too distracted to sit and eat at the moment so I have to make every meal count. These pancakes pack a lot of nutritional punch and are tasty enough without any toppings so they’re great for excitable little ones on the go.

As always, they are Meg-safe and therefore both gluten- and dairy-free.

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Ingredients:

Makes 8 – 12 pikelets

1 large banana
2 eggs
1 tbsp oil
Pinch each of baking powder and salt
1 1/2 tbsp almond meal
1 1/2 tbsp coconut flour
2 tbsp buckwheat flour
1/2 tbsp flaked quinoa
1/2 tsp cinnamon
Water to desired consistency (ca. 1/2 – 3/4 C)
Nuttelex or other oil for frying

Method:

– Mash the banana and stir in the eggs and oil.

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– Add the dry ingredients and mix thoroughly to combine. Slowly stir through the water a tablespoon or two at a time until you reach your preferred consistency – the thicker the batter the denser (and fewer!) the pikelets.

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– Heat a sturdy frypan and add some Nuttelex or other butter substitute (I like the saltiness this adds but you could also use coconut or rice bran oil if you prefer). Using about 2 tbsp – or a scant 1/4 cup – of batter per pikelet, fry 2-3 at a time and flip when the edges are cooked and the top starts to bubble.

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While they are delicious enough plain they are absolutely DIVINE with a drizzle of maple syrup and some fresh strawberries. I’ve only just started playing around with coconut flour and I can see why people rave about it. Check out how fluffy these things are!

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So glad I ended up making a second batch. MOAR PIKELETS FOR MEG!!

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Boo!

Still here. Still kicking. Kinda.

Had a pretty bad bout of depression for a while there (triggered by a few things on top of my normal brain fluctuations) so I had to knuckle down and take one day at a time. Then the shit hit the fan for a good friend of mine and, well, long story short: she and her 6yo daughter will be crashing with us for a bit after a messy eviction.

So on top of all my crap we have to make physical, mental and emotional space for all their crap too.

Worth it, though. No way am I letting them be homeless. That is not how Meg rolls.

All I can say is THANK ALL THE GODS THAT THIS IS HAPPENING DURING SCHOOL HOLIDAYS!!

So, a rundown of where things stand for me right now:

– I’m not sure being a freelance writer is a good fit for me after all inasmuch as 1) I tend to freeze and have a heap of trouble knocking things out to others’ specifications and 2) I’m already sick of potential clients disappearing into the ether once I start throwing around preferred fees. I think for now I’m better off looking into monetised blogs that I can write for myself and branching out from there.

– The hubster finally got his promotion and pay rise formalised AND I finally got my issues with Centrelink sorted out, so immediate money pressures have been slightly eased for now. *big sigh of relief*

– Still hate the school run although thankfully my big girl is starting to get a bit more of a groove going. I don’t have to worry about any of that for two glorious weeks now though.

– I bought some 5×5 old-school Expedit shelves from a friend recently so finally have the capacity to put away all my books properly! (Plus I’ve been lusting after a set of these for years now so am SUPER excited to finally have some.) Will post about it once it’s all set up.

– I should have emptied 13 boxes by now but have stalled at 10 (and only blogged up to 8). Was hoping to make more headway over the holidays but we’ll have to wait and see how that pans out now.

– Even before my friend brought all her stuff over, the house was in chaos again anyway. I just cannot stick to a routine. It’s, like, not in my DNA or something. Not cool.

So that’s where I’m at right now anyway. How are things with you?