Hello Palate Peace-Seekers! Seek no further; The Palate Peacemaker has returned for good from a long hiatus in which more of this happened. Healing. Working on myself. Uncovering the lost bits and pieces. Embracing the new and letting go of the old. Basically: learning the things we’re on this earth to learn. That old chestnut. No big deal.
Having been in dire need of physical, mental, and emotional healing over the last few years, I must admit that I haven’t felt deserving of this soap box (a.k.a. The Palate Peacemaker). What right did I – someone struggling in my own search for Peace – have to speak on emotional, physical, or mental peacemaking… let alone offer advice on such things? Reflecting on this lately, a lightbulb unexpectedly switched on:
Dear readers, while on this earth, I will never reach a place where I have it all figured out.
Neither will you. No one has it all figured out – no matter their degree, badge, or indicative headpiece. That’s why we’re all here. And if or when we do figure it all out, we’ll have no need of being here anymore. Nonetheless, we acquire Peace bit by bit on our journeys as we spiritually grow and evolve. The Universe continually presents us with opportunities to learn the lessons we’ve set out to learn in this particular lifetime, and it’s up to us to gain self-awareness and adjust, or stay right where we are.
So far, my 2014 has been a year devoted to falling back in love with living. I’ve resurrected the parts of Desi that I’ve missed, and somehow beautifully woven them with the parts of Desi I’ve gained. And for the first time in a long time, I feel somewhat whole again. I feel capable. And I feel deeply compelled to help others who’ve embarked on paths similar to my own: one of living harmoniously. Living harmoniously with nature. Living harmoniously with our fellow beings. Living harmoniously with our obstacles.
I may not have it all figured out, but that shouldn’t be the point of a blog. You are here to teach me just as much as I am here to teach you. I’ve always intended The Palate Peacemaker to serve as a platform for honest discussion, the exchange of ideas, and most importantly, human connection. One cannot “figure it all out” in a vacuum. It defeats the purpose of being on this earth together. I want to continue growing, evolving, and “figuring it all out” with you. And as a passionate independent researcher for 5+ years and seasoned member of the human race, I do happen to house a treasure trove of knowledge… so learning something here might just be a bonus… Like – for example – the recipe for the most incredible gluten-free pancakes you’ll ever eat.
Dearest Palate Peace-Seekers, I know we all have different needs when it comes to pancakes. Having tried all the stock gluten-free mixes and a variety of homemade recipes, I have searched high and low for the winning gluten-free pancake. This one – courtesy of my mother – is my personal favorite. The flavor is divine and the texture is ideal. How do you like your pancakes? Leave me a comment below!
1 1/4 cups GF flour mix*
2T unrefined sugar of your choice
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1⁄4 teaspoon of salt
1⁄2 cup of plain goat yogurt (or plain yogurt of your choice)
1⁄2 cup of goat milk + 1 T white vinegar (or milk of your choice)
2T melted unrefined coconut oil
1 large egg
1⁄2 teaspoon vanilla
Optional: 1 apple – shredded coarsely on cheese grater (The pancakes you see in the photos are apple because they’re my favorite! You may substitute, blueberries, raspberries or your favorite fruit instead of apples.)
*Flour mix: 2 C brown rice flour + 2/3 C potato starch + 1/3 C tapioca flour
1) Mix wet and dry ingredients separately.
2) Combine wet and dry ingredients together. If dough is too thick and does not fall off spoon add 1 or 2 tablespoons more of milk.
3) Add shredded apples (or other fruit) last.
4) Pour a little coconut oil (coconut oil is key for optimum texture!) in cast iron skillet. When pan is hot enough (but not smoking), drop spoonfuls of dough and flip when bubble.
5) Serve with pancake fixings of choice! I chose ghee and pure maple syrup.