Pancakes And An 18th Birthday Party

What a lovely weekend I have had. Saturday morning began with pancakes.  I used a vegan recipe from The Happy Herbivore.The Happy Herbovire cookbook



1 cup wholewheat flour
1 tbsp baking powder
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/8 tsp fine salt
1 cup non dairy milk
2 tbsp maple syrup


Whisk flour, baking powder, cinnamon and salt together in a large bowl
Combine non dairy milk and maple syrup
Pour wet mixture in to dry and stir until well mixed
Let rest for 10 minutes
Heat a non stick frying pan over a low heat
Spray pan or add fat, melt and ladle in 1/4 cup of batter per pancake (should make 8 small or 4 large)
Cook on one side until bubbles form, flip and cook for another 2-3 minutes

pancake ingredients

I added blueberries to the batter before cooking as I love squidgy soft blueberries.  I served the pancakes with more blueberries, banana and maple syrup.  A delicious start to the day.

blueberry pancakes with bananasA walk in the woods with 3 canine companions today because we had Oscar visiting us.
3 dogs in woods A short walk on Saturday so we could take Dylan who is not able to do long walks anymore but he does love going out.Dylan in water 3 dogs for walking I was in Tunbridge Wells at lunch time so I had lunch in Basil.  A very light lunch as I was quite full from the pancakes; kale salad with a peanut dressing and a beetroot and rocket salad.kale and green salad It was a really modest portion so no wonder I was hungry by the evening!Basil saladHarvey and I had a fun evening celebrating Holly’s 18th birthday party.  It was lovely to see so many dear people and good friends.  Michelle brought Charlotte along who I have not seen since she was a young child.
Michelle, Charlotte and Justin It was a real treat to sit next to my God-daughter, Maddie, for supper.Maddies, Gini and John Happy birthday Holly.  The speeches were perfect as they made us laugh and cry which I think is the desired result.  Well done Sally and Troy; well done for a lovely party and well done for Holly, she is such a treasure.Troy, Holly and Sally

Today was a very BORING day as I spent nearly all day producing a tax return.  Dull, dull, dull.  The highlights were Harvey making pancakes for breakfast, a longer dog walk with the fitter dogs and a roaring fire which I enjoyed snoozing in front of for a while this afternoon.

Supper was an experiment.  We had baked sweet potato which I mashed with a vegan cheese which was ok.  An Ottolenghi tomato and pomegranate salad which was very good.  Some buffalo cauliflower bites which were disappointing.  They did not have the promised crispy outside so I will try again with another recipe.  The flavour was good.  Plus some green leaves.dinner 17-12-15

I also had some nuts and dates and an apple, plus a glass of red wine.  So in review, this was a pretty good weekend of eating.  I remained vegan, managed a walk every day and ate plenty of fruits and vegetables so I am rather pleased with my efforts, particularly since I was out a lot on Saturday.  I hope you all enjoyed your weekends.

About Lose Weight and Gain Health

Hi! My name is Zoe and I live in Hastings, East Sussex, with my son Harvey and dog, Milton. I have been fighting the fat for years but this time I am serious. I want to lose weight and gain health. This blog is about how I am changing my lifestyle so I can lose weight but not by just "being on a diet" but by making small changes to our lives so that as I lose weight, I gain health. I want my family to be healthy too and never have to struggle with their weight like I have. In common with many large people, I have gained and lost weight many times over the years. This time, I want to lose it and maintain a healthy low weight. I am interested in eating food that is nutrient dense and delicious and that appeals to children and adults. I do not eat animal products so follow a vegan diet. I try to use locally produced food supplemented with what I can grow myself. I support and try to use local farmers markets and farm shops. Another objective is to add more exercise to our days. It sounds so simple when I write it down :-)
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2 Responses to Pancakes And An 18th Birthday Party

  1. Wren says:

    You’re doing awesome. The food looks as delicious as ever, especially these cauliflower dishes you keep making. That cauliflower cheese looked so yummy the other day, even with the vegan “cheese” — It’s not so common here in USA (cauliflower cheese that is) but I would try it some day… also, that salad looks yum at the bottom!

    • Thank you wren. Cauliflower cheese was a common dish from my childhood. Maybe you are more familiar with macaroni cheese. My mother didnt really like pasta so we tended to have cauliflower cheese. I love it and do miss the real Cheddar taste but the vegan alternative was quite good. I do like cauliflower – it carries other flavours so well.

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