February 22, 2012
On Sunday I whipped up a delicious batch of banana pancakes, I had done a long run the day before and still was feeling the need to refuel, so my usual green smoothie was out and pancakes were in.
I also realized that we were approaching shrove Tuesday, and according to Wikipedia, pancakes are associated with the day preceding Lent because they were a way to use up rich foodstuffs such as eggs, milk, and sugar, before the fasting season of the 40 days of Lent. The liturgical fasting emphasized eating plainer foods. In many cultures, this means no meat, dairy, or eggs
Our pancakes were a good kick start to Lent, because of course they already had a healthy twist, made with whole wheat flour, almond milk, flax, and of course bananas.We topped them with lots of diced berries and a drizzle of pure maple syrup – Divine.
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Blissful Banana Pancakes – makes 6-8 pancakes
- 1 cup whole wheat or spelt flour
- 1 tbsp baking powder
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon
- 1/8 tsp sea salt
- 1 cup non-dairy milk, such as almond milk
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1 tsp ground flax mixed with 3 tbsp water
- 1 medium sized ripe banana, sliced thin
In a large bowl combine the flour and baking powder, add the cinnamon and salt and stir to combine. In a small bowl, combine the non-dairy milk, vanilla and flax-water mixture and stir through. Add the wet mixture to the dry and stir through until just well combined, if it seems a bit thick add a tbsp more non-dairy milk. Stir in the banana slices
Heat a non-stick skillet over medium-high heat for a few minutes and then reduce to low. Scoop the batter into the skillet to form pancakes and let cook for a few minutes until small bubbles start to form on the outer edge of the pancakes and then the center. Flip and cook on the other side for a few minutes.
Top with fresh sliced fruit and pure maple syrup.
February 17, 2012
Carolyn, an Elation Centre member, was working at her bank on the Friday of last Book Club. She had enjoyed reading Stephen Cope’s book, Yoga and the Quest for the True Self, and was looking forward to discussing it at the Book Club that evening. She was chatting with one of her clients and somehow the topic of yoga came up. Within minutes she found out that her client Eric Peters was a yoga teacher/therapist who had been at Kripalu when Stephen Cope released his book and that Stephen Cope inspired Eric to write his own book about how yoga impacted his life.
Eric Peters wrote his book “Out of the Cage” about his experience with a severe scoliosis and the metal cage treatment that he endured for years of his growing up. His book describes how even when Eric was finally released from the cage, he suffered from pain, physical ailments and addiction to painkilling narcotics. He describes how yoga allowed him find his way through those difficult times.
Eric has kindly agreed to join us on Saturday, February 25 for our Book Club. There are copies of his book at the studio for sale. Even of you are not able to read the book, please feel welcome to join us for a discussion of Eric’s experience.
Time: 7:30PM – 9:00PM
All are welcome!