Dear Mum,

Happy Mother

No words, gifts or acts of kindness can fully and adequately return your unconditional love, selflessness and care. Through the years, especially after the ravages of ED, our relationship had its ups and downs. Many a times I was defiant, stubborn and even downright rude. But you never gave up on me. Although I (hopefully) had made you happy on this special day, I will try my best to be the good daughter to the bestest mum in the world. For Mother’s Day should not be limited to just an annual affair.

Many woman do noble things, but you surpass them all.
Proverbs 31:29.

Happy Mother
Blue frame [Ikea]. Pearl string, Prima flowers [Made With Love]. Photos [self].

Failed banana pancakes
Banana pancakes topped with raw cacao chocolate “sauce”, fresh strawberries and cashew nuts
I chose to experiment with the newly bought egg replacer which turned out to be a nasty decision. The pancakes, if they could be named pancakes in the first place, were thick, stodgy and not even round. Clearly there was not enough leavening power this time round. The chocolate “sauce” faired slightly better. Although I was aiming for a sauce, the consistency turned out to be a thick spread instead. I used manuka honey as the sweetener which probably wasn’t the best choice because of it’s strong profile. I believe agave nectar, maple syrup or a milder type of honey would do much better.

Infinite recipes can be found online for the ideal fluffy pancakes but I think it is important to know what constitutes a failed recipe to know the mistakes to avoid. So you want a recipe for failed pancakes? Here’s one.

Failed Banana Pancakes
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How NOT to make vegan pancakes.
Recipe type: Breakfast
Cuisine: Continental
Serves: 2-3
For the Pancakes
  • 1 cup 10-grain pancake mix (Bob's Red Mill)
  • 2 teaspoons egg replacer (Orgran)
  • ¼ teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • ⅓ cup mashed bananas
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 2 tablespoons water
Raw Chocolate Spread (makes ¼ cup)
  • ¼ cup raw cacao powder (Pacari)
  • 1½ tablespoons hazelnut oil (vom Fass)
  • ¼ cup manuka honey
  1. Since both recipes still need much tweaking, I won't put up the step-by-step instructions yet.
Vegan and refined sugar-free.
Did you do anything special for your Mum today?


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