Well, it’s been a hot minute since my last post!
How are you? I hope you’re doing well…considering the year we’ve all had. I can typically look at my life and easily see that the blessings outweigh the struggles, but it was still a very challenging year for us. We said goodbye to our beautiful cat Chloe (age 16) at the beginning of the year. In the fall we lost our beloved pup Romeo – in one day without any warning, to cancer. About a month later, my husband had a stroke as the result of a freak positional “accident” while flying his hang glider, but is now recovering and feeling well. And I felt like I was sick with one thing or another all dang year. All heavy stuff. Thankfully, in between the difficult times, there were also memorable moments where we were able to find rest and joy. I love how we fickle humans have the tendency to yell, “The sky is falling!” (and sometimes it really does feel as though it is), but God says, wait a minute and trust Me, I will make sure you see and experience fruitful things from all of this. I could write a 5 page blog just based on the lessons from 2020 – couldn’t we all?!
I hope throughout the last year, you too were able to find rest and peace in between the crazy. I think “clarity” is one of the most common words I am hearing from my friends. We all feel like we’ve been given an opportunity to refine our focus. We pay more attention to the truly important things and work harder at pushing the unhelpful clutter away. We recognize more deeply the gift of time, and can see the trap of focusing on things we cannot control. We see how the joy and blessings of right now are so easily overshadowed by useless fretting! Then we see how God uses so many things to steer us back onto the path of peace. There is nothing like the gritty ugly behavior and atrocities of humans and the chaos of this world, to drive us toward God and plunge us so deeply into His Word for rest and restoration. There, our eyes are opened, and while we hate what we see in this broken world, we are thankful for the awareness of it because while it is a harsh reality, clarity through the eyes of God, is a tremendous blessing.
I am praying for you, and I hope you are able to find the peace and rest that outweighs the inevitable chaotic and challenging moments throughout the year. I’ll try to fill your inbox occasionally with fun and tasty things to try, and maybe even a few adventures.
Gluten Free Zen
Savory Sweet Potato & Buckwheat Pancakes
Day 1 – Grind 2 Cups of buckwheat groats in your blender and pour into a large bowl. Add enough water to make a pancake consistency (not too thin!) Add a splash (about 1 1/2 teaspoons) of apple cider vinegar, whisk it all together, cover it with a kitchen towel and set it somewhere out of the draft to ferment for 48 hours. You can allow it to ferment longer, but keep an eye on it as you do not want it to form mold.
Day 3 – Add to the ferment:
1/2 Cup of Warm Water
1 1/2 teaspoons of Instant Yeast
1 1/2 teaspoons of Pure Maple Syrup
2/3 Cup of Pureed Sweet Potato (I used canned)
1/4 teaspoon of Sea Salt
3/4 teaspoon of Garlic Powder
1 teaspoon of Dried Basil
1 teaspoon of Dried Oregano
Whisk together, cover, and rest it in a warm place for 60 minutes.
Heat a large heavy skillet over medium heat. Brush with 1 Tablespoon of avocado oil. Stir the batter and spoon or pour into pan (I like small pancake size). Use the back of the spoon to spread the batter out a bit thinner into a circle. Sprinkle with more sea salt and more dried oregano. Cook until bubbled and browned on the underside and flip. Move to a wire rack to cool. Store in the fridge for three days or freezer for 30 days in an airtight container between parchment paper.
I filled mine with a bit of dinner leftovers of roasted chicken, roasted sweet potatoes and yams, roasted beets, roasted onions, spicy fermented cabbage, and drizzled them with a tiny bit of plain coconut milk yogurt and a sprinkle of freshly chopped parsley. But of course, you can fill them with whatever you like!