gradually add water and stir until you get a playdough like consistency.
Bake at 12o˚ C oven for 1 hour (if they are thick leave longer).
A lot of people in my personal life question the initiatives I take and the changes I make to our lifestyle. They don't see why our family eats only vegetarian food, why I insist on buying secondhand and handmade, why we eat organic, why I refuse to buy bottled water or over-packaged products, why my little one is in cloth nappies or why I make my own bread. I hear the chorus ring inside their heads, "Why does she make life so difficult for herself?" No one says much aloud to discourage me, but I can often sense a lack of understanding and alienation when friends and family hear I am taking another conscious stand and replacing "such and such" with a greener version. A slight roll of the eyes or judgemental smirk is all I need to know that they believe many of the changes I make are trivial and make no difference in the grand scheme of life.
Of course, I wouldn’t do any of it if I truly didn’t believe in my heart of hearts that it was making a difference.
So, what difference does it make? In my humble opinion, the over-consumption and abuse of Mother Earth and her precious resources will not end until there is popular demand for it to end. Simple economics- supply equals demand. And Mother Earth, like any infinitely loving mother, will give and give and give until she has absolutely nothing left; while the human race, like any spoilt rotten child who is not taught not to respect his/her Mother, will continue take and take and take until there is absolutely nothing left. I am a child of this planet, just like everyone else, and I want to show my Mother support, love, understanding and respect while she gives me life, and to pass these values on to my own children. Doing the right thing is not always easy, but as cliche as it sounds, the best and first thing one must do to see positive change is to start “with the man in the mirror”. Never be discouraged by the imperfections you see in the reflection but use them as inspiration. No one becomes Mother Teresa in a day. Every action we take to stand for what we know in our hearts is good, is a stepping stone in the right direction. And every step that we take transforms us into a newer, more educated, empowered, loving and respectful child of the Earth.
I am by no means an eco-saint, but I challenge myself everyday to think about the consequences of each and every action I take and then to change what I can, bit by bit, for the betterment of myself, my family, my community, Mother Earth and all of her inhabitants. I am a mother, a wife, a vegetarian chef, a writer, a creator and above all else a believer.
Believe with me.
1 cup organic milk
1 free range egg
3 tbs melted margerine
6 tbs white flour
6 tbs buckwheat flour
2 tsp cane sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla essence
1 tsp bi-carb soda (no more than that!)
butter or veg. oil for frying
1 tbs brown sugar
1 tbs dessicated coconut
zest from one lime
juice from one lime
In a separate bowl mix the dry ingredients together and in another the wet ingredients
Add the wet to dry and mix until smooth with no lumps
Let sit while you prepare the bananas
Mix brown sugar and coconut in a bowl and dip sliced banana until coated
Put a little vegetable oil in a pan and fry both sides of banana for 2 minutes, remove and cover to keep warm.
Heat oil in frying pan over medium heat and spoon batter on frying man to make 2-3 pancakes at a time
When lots of little bubbles have formed at the top, they are ready to flip and cook on the other side for 2-3 minutes until golden.
While the pancakes are cooking remove zest from lime
Mix 1/2 cup maple syrup with the juice from the lime.
Sundays are a time for sleeping in, having late, long and wholesome breakfasts, sipping tea, reading the paper, planning the meals for the week, trips to the market, mending, cleaning, reorganizing, recharging, spending time with family and friends, reading books, playing in parks, taking naps in the sun, baking bread or any of the above in combination.
In light of this, I will categorize my Sunday entries as “serene sundays” and put up photos that describe my mood, thoughts, ideas, inspiration or general weekend goings-on, instead of writing an entire entry.
I’ve been thinking a lot about Easter. Specifically, how to celebrate it authentically in a spiritual but non-Christian home. What traditions to keep, what traditions to scratch, what traditions to create. It’s a funny thing raising your children with no religious affiliation but keeping the Christian-Judeo traditions you grew up with. Lucky for me, a lot of religious traditions were heavily influenced by the Pagans, whose beliefs and traditions I feel more comfortable passing on.
Here are a few of the thoughts I’ve been scribbling down on the subject in the hopes that we can create our own family easter traditions
- No over-commercialization of the holiday- cheap chocolate, excess wrapping paper and plastic toys that are thrown in the trash all too quickly
- Special day for the children on which they can enjoy a few surprises and treats (eg. one chocolate bunny, a couple small wooden toys and an item of handmade clothing to mark the change of season)
*On this note, in Australia, this is the time of year to mark the coming of Autumn, so it’d be nice if this became a seasonal celebration marking the quietening and cooling of Mother Nature.
- Spend some time on the long weekend setting up our seasonal table, putting out fall themed things like fallen gumnuts, gourds, leaves, pinecones, coloured silks etc. The children can become more and more responsible for collecting and creating this as time goes on.
- Keep the bunny and chickens in the picture, but also include some native Australian wildlife- perhaps talk about how they all leave little gifts behind for children to play with and enjoy before the winter comes. But, also make it a reciprocal thing- the animals give gifts in exchange for gifts from the children- perhaps the promise of leaving some food and water out in the cold months (ex/ homemade bird feeders) and the promise to be kind and never hurt them.
- Create a respectful awareness of what others celebrate on Easter- the death and resurrection of Jesus, but I want to make it clear that this is what others believe and that they can believe whatever holds true in their hearts (clearly not a concept I have to worry about just yet as I have a 1 1/2 year old and another in-utero)
- Above all emphasize values such as family connection, honesty, respect and appreciation for Mother Nature, understanding of seasonal changes and respect and love for animals of all kinds
Now I just have to figure out Christmas...