EAT pancakes. Gluten-free, Dairy-free

Gluten free super yummo pancakes inspired and slightly modified from a new book on our shelves entitled EAT by Gilles Lartigot. Really, the best gluten free pancakes I've tasted to date.

Pancakes (GF, DF)

  • 1 cup rice flour
  • 1 cup buckwheat flour
  • 7g sachet of baking powder (approximately 5 teaspoons)
  • 1 1/2 cups rice milk
  • 1 banana, mashed
  • coconut oil for cooking

Mix the flours and baking powder. Add the mashed banana and the milk. Adjust the amount of milk as needed, the batter should be liquid enough to pour into the frying pan. Cook one at a time in the frying pan with some coconut oil. Flip to cook other side. Eat with sliced banana, other fresh fruit, maple syrup or whatever your heart desires!

Dirty hands, our 3rd permaculture workshop

Our third and final permaculture workshop was held Sunday 27th April 2014, (yes I had this blog post sitting in drafts and overlooked for the month of May, oops). In the days leading up to Sunday we were madly checking the latest weather forecast updates and despite the looming great thunder-clouds threatening to downpour, we crossed our fingers for good gardening weather. And it worked, in the end it was a perfect day for digging in the garden. Plus we had a great turnout of helping hands with over 20 people big and small. Our 3 new chickens were happy for the company (especially the grey clucker who is more like a dog than a chicken) but at times were also petrified of the very energetic and over-excited children. (They still managed to each squeeze out an egg by the end of the day - the chickens that is. Thank you ladies!) We are now waiting until Les Saints de Glace pass which is mid May, when the freezing cold winds swoosh elsewhere, the risk of frost has cleared and the timing is right to plant outdoors. Grow green grow!

Much loved chocolate cake. Gluten-free, Dairy-free

Our big boy turned four years old. (Happy birthday my lovely boy I am so proud of you!) Some of his favorite people came over for a party, and to meet our chickens, and to eat cake of course. It was chocolate at his request. With fresh strawberries too since it's the season and because glistening red berries look and taste amazing with chocolate cake. We're not usually into icing over here, but I needed to stick the strawberries on somehow, so I made an alternative icing using honey, arrowroot, raw coconut oil and raw cacao inspired by Sarah at My New Roots. Super yum. A huge hit with parents and children alike. We actually make this cake often, and since we avoid gluten and dairy (and feeling great because of it), this recipe is a wonderful treat. It's based on a recipe from Beth at Tasty Yummies which is full of super duper delicious gluten-free recipes. I say "based on" because I rarely stick to a recipe, terrible habit of altering the ingredients and drastically simplifying the method wherever possible, although this one is pretty identical. Thanks Beth!

Chocolate cake (GF, DF)

  • 2 1/2 cups ground almonds
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 cup cocoa
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted – or butter
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons non-dairy milk
  • (optional: dark chocolate chips for big birthday boy treats)

Mix the dry ingredients. In another bowl combine the wet ingredients. Add the wet mix to the dry mix. Pour into a greased and/or lined pan and bake at 180 for about 25 minutes or until a knife comes out clean. Timing will depend largely on the size of your cake pan and also on your oven. I usually make this in a large pan so it's more like brownies.

A hole and a hot house

The boys worked hard in our heavy soil and dug a 3 metre long hole for a pond. And next to it up went a hot house. Before it was complete, I started moving in my green babies, that is my seedlings. They LOVE it in there, and so do I. Hot and humid and full of lush, green, happy plants. Reminds me of the first time I landed in Honolulu air port. Steamy and buzzing with life.

It seems correct, but why are we left with extra screws? 

It seems correct, but why are we left with extra screws? 

The pond beginnings.

The pond beginnings.

The first of the lasagna vegetable beds, layers upon layers of organic goodness, come hither worms!

The first of the lasagna vegetable beds, layers upon layers of organic goodness, come hither worms!