perfect paleo pancakes | recipe

I do allow some dairy in my paleo diet, so with that in mind, here is the yummiest grain-free pancake recipe for your sweet weekend breakfast!

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Ingredients
serves 2
– 2 organic eggs, lightly beaten
– 225g ricotta
– 1 tsp vanilla essence
– 1 orange
– 1 tbs coconut flour
– coconut oil for frying

Blueberry sauce
– 1 punnet blueberries (fresh or frozen)
– the juice from the orange above
– 1 tbs agave syrup or honey

(1) combine the beaten eggs, ricotta & vanilla essence in a large mixing bowl. Stir through the zest of the orange. Add the coconut flour & mix well.
(2) allow the batter to rest for 5 minutes.
(3) in a small saucepan over medium heat, combine blueberries with juice of the orange & agave syrup, cover & bring to the boil. Turn down heat and summer uncovered until fragrant & sauce thickens to a syrup. Cover and set aside.
(4) fry spoonfuls of the pancake mix in a pan with a tbs of coconut oil over gentle heat until golden on both sides. Cook the pancakes in batches and keep warm in the oven.
(5) divide the pancakes among two plates, top with blueberry sauce & serve with yoghurt & sliced banana if desired.
(6) EAT!

This recipe is adapted from Teresa Cutter @teresacutter_healthychef

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the deliciousness!

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the aftermath!

| weekend |

It’s been 11 days since I tore 2 ligaments in my ankle.

Today I went outside!!! Into the real world, with real people and real interactions that didn’t involve my physio! Yay! Being inside, with my foot up has seriously been messing with my chi. Today I managed with just one crutch, so I’ll see how that went later this evening with the swelling.

Yesterday, for #flashbackfriday on Instagram I posted this picture of my brother & I with our Dad in 1986. It was during the 2 years we travelled around Australia in our caravan.
I was ‘home schooled’ but basically the ‘school of nature’ was my teacher!
During these 2 years I did an Indigenous Walkabout, I ate snake and other weird foods, I went on a crocodile hunt, rode camels in the desert, caught game fish all up the western Australian coast, learnt how to cook what we caught or hunted, met a myriad of people from all walks of life and had the most amazing experiences that I still think back on today.

Looking back, it was probably the best thing my parents ever did for me.

(R-L) Dad, Juz & me
(R-L) Dad, Juz & me

I also received some Instagram prints in the mail from Social PS. These are going on my fridge!

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We (I really mean Jay) washed our filthy hound.

squeaky clean Harley
squeaky clean Harley

And dressed him in Jay’s Knights jersey!IMG_20130831_184505

Saturday

After running early errands we went to brunch in Glebe.
Delicious.

pancakes with fruit, maple syrup & icecream!
pancakes with fruit, maple syrup & icecream!

Then to the park to give Harley a run with the frisbee. Jay’s been teaching him to catch it on the fly; he’s doing so well! He caught 5 in mid-air today!IMG_20130831_133203

my boys! Jay & Harley
my boys! Jay & Harley
Harley & me
Harley & me

The Sydney weather has been perfection. Today, the official last day of winter, was mid-20°Cs, sun shining and just beautiful. We got home about mid-afternoon and spent some quality time on the balcony in the sunshine.

a nice crisp drop from Tasmania
a nice crisp drop from Tasmania
winter sunshine in my apartment
winter sunshine in my apartment
evening snack time!
evening snack time!

After all these pictures of alcohol…..let’s drop a gear and talk about my brother…

He’s been doing well in rehab. It’s officially 5 weeks, so next weekend he’ll be able to make phone-calls on Saturdays.

We’ve been regularly getting 2 letters a week. It’s been really interesting and encouraging to see his progress through his written word. For the first few weeks there was this desperation in his writing; constantly fretting and worrying about ‘things‘; minor things like wanting money for cigarettes, lollies & chocolate, postage stamps, etc. But over the last few weeks there has been clarity in his thoughts and a lot more honesty and a lot less fretting over ‘stuff’.

He’s in for a full 12 months, so it’s going to be a long, tough road, but for the first time I’m actually feeling confident that this just might work.

my brother 2 days before entering rehab for drug & alcohol dependency
my brother 2 days before entering rehab for drug & alcohol dependency

Anyway, I hope you are all having a fabulous weekend.
We’ve ordered Lebanese for dinner, which should be arriving any moment! 
We’re going to eat baba gannouche, felafel, tabouli & fried cauliflower and watch Robert De Niro & John Travolta in ‘Killing Season’ on DVD.

Namaste my lovely peeps,

signature - melly xox

banana pancakes | paleo style

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Remember when I wrote about becoming a cavewoman [this post]?  Well, it’s been three weeks living the paleo diet and I’m feeling fantastic. I’ve dropped a couple of kilograms as well!!!

I’m not a good baker on the best of days, so I’ve had a few kitchen fails with the paleo baking (burnt muffins, failed bread…) but these pancakes are awesome! I got the recipe from Ultimate Paleo Guide [here] but it’s not just for paleoists; they’re flour-free, gluten-free and tasty, so give them a try!

Paleo Banana Pancakes

INGREDIENTS

  • 3 bananas, mashed
  • 3 eggs, beaten
  • 1/4 cup almond butter (like peanut butter but made from almonds)
  • butter for frying
  • toppings of your choice*

*if you’re paleo, keep it in the family. I topped mine with goats yoghurt, maple syrup & raspberries (but caramelized banana would have been awesome).

mixed ingredients
mixed ingredients

METHOD

  • mix ingredients together, fry in batches
  • serve with toppings
  • feeds two people
fry it up!
fry it up!

Yummo!!! Enjoy!