Sunday, 12 July 2020

Peanut Butter Pancakes and Groundnut Curry with Kale

I am already whimpering at the thought that tomorrow morning when the alarm goes off, I have to return to work (albeit I am still working from home).

The weeks annual leave does not feel enough, that I am contemplating taking another week off in not too long.
I feel like I have hardly done anything worthwhile.  

Then D gently reminded me that I did a lot of learning.  And this is true, I did a lot of reading, I even attended a on-line Cyber School.  We went for a walk and discovered for ourselves the most magnificent tree. I've done some gardening.  I have overslept without feeling guilty.  I have stayed up late and watched some films and documentaries and mostly and more importantly.  I switched off from thinking about work and got to rest and I guess that is what matters. 


I also got to revisit and thumb through some academic and non-academic books that were tucked away in boxes from my youth as well as from my University days.
Then I began to mourn all those I gave away when I moved from Scotland to Wales because I did not have the space to put them, you see we were renting a house at the time.  Some things had to go and it was hard parting with many of them, but then I remind myself that many went to good places.  Some went to a community centre library and others to a women's library, some were donated to Oxfam Bookshop on Byres Road in Glasgow, so perhaps found their way to appreciative readers homes.
I've also done quite a bit of cooking and baking and  a lot of eating.  I've experimented further with vital wheat gluten too, making  these Seitan Chick n , but more about that later. 
Today I share these delicious vegan 'Peanut Butter Pancakes' that were made for brunch.  They were light, fluffy and delicious.  I served them with sliced banana and maple syrup.  The recipe for the Peanut Butter Pancakes was bookmarked from Colour Me Vegan by Colleen Patrick-Goudreau. I will be making them again, for sure.
I've also made this flavourful Groundnut Curry with Sweet Potatoes and Kale which will be good for three days.  The recipe was adapted from this Sweet Potato, Kidney Bean Groundnut Curry, I  replaced the kidney beans with adzuki beans in place of spinach and the addition of homegrown kale. Okay, I am off to enjoy the rest of my Sunday in the sunshine. 

10 comments:

  1. Your holiday sounds wonderful. I wish I had done more on my holiday - my motivation is not great lately - and now we are in lockdown again I feel I should have done more when I had the chance (not that we were properly out of lockdown but at least could get out more) - I really miss getting out and about. Your books and meals look lovely - esp those beautiful pancakes. And if it is any consolation - I have a lot of books from uni but I get sad because I don't have time to read them all over and over as I would love to - and whenever I want to look up a book often it has gone awol.

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    1. Thank you Johanna, just flew by quickly i am taking another week off come August, really need it. Good to hear you too hold dear some books from uni. Shame about the books that have gone awol :(I went out to the shops for the first time yesterday and was quite anxious.

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  2. I was just thinking that curry sounded good...and peanut butter pancakes sound yummy too!
    ~Have a lovely day!

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    1. Thank you, the peanut pancakes were esp. good

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  3. Peanut butter pancakes sound like a great idea!

    be well... mae at maefood.blogspot.com

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    1. Indeed they were and good to eat too :)

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  4. That is a fabulous tree! I'm glad you enjoyed your leave. I think working from home is too intense full time. I've been trying to take at least 1 day off every 2-3 weeks otherwise the weeks and weekends just fly by with no let-up. Get that next lot of leave booked!

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    1. Thank you Belinda.
      I agree working from home is intense, and made more intense and compounded through external worldly factors like inequality, which indeed has had a great impact on me individually and through work. I am thinking of maybe having long weekends too going forward.I will get that next lot of leave booked too.

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  5. I think D is right; you made fabulous "little" things during your holiday. But still, I wish you can have another week or 2 (or 3!).
    Those trees you discovered are sooooo beautiful!

    I see lots of brilliant books on this pile!

    And this curry.... i'm envious! Made one last night with a store bought curry paste... it tasted nothing ;-( So i am still craving for one!

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    1. Thank you Ephee.i am planning on taking another week off start of August, really feel like i need it again.Things at work have been intense. I hope you get to make a good curry at home. I've never used store bought curry paste in my life, oh i lie - i used to once upon a time use Thai green and red curry paste brand, but don't do so anymore.

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