Basic Banana Pancakes

My nutritionist has told me to cut out grains among other things. So here is a pancake recipe without any flour. Every time I cook I ask myself if she would approve of what I am making and I think she would of this recipe. 🙂

Ingredients

  • 1/2 ripe banana
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • A pinch of salt
  • Coconut oil for frying

Toppings

  • 1/2 ripe banana, fried
  • Maple syrup
  • Coconut yogurt, vanilla flavor

Directions

Blend all ingredients for the batter in a mixer. Fry in coconut oil at medium heat.

Cut the other half banana in two and fry at medium heat until golden. The sugar in the banana will make it burn easily so pay attention. 🙂

Mitate Flower Assignment

In school, we were introduced to the Japanese philosophy and method of mitate. As I understand mitate now, it means something that refers to something else that is not present. It wakens an association within us. It can be a form, material, movement, and concept. For example, in a poem rain could represent tears because they are both water drops falling.

Our assignment in this three-day course was to make a mitate flower out of paper. The brief was “Make an object that feels like a flower but that does not look like a flower.”

Our professor for the course online from Kyoto.
My first two attempts.

Here I worked with the word swaying and tried to make the leaves and then the stem move in such a manner. Swaying is a unique property of a flower. We were supposed to apply vibration or movement to the flower as well and have the vibration/movement make the mitate flower feel even more like a flower by the vibration/movement.

My third and last attempt.

For this final mitate flower attempt I made the stem thinner so that when vibration was applied to the platform it moved.

I had an unusual and beautiful experience making the final mitate flower. I had one day to make it. During the entire day I worked on a different project and I did not approach the mitate flower until late at night. All-day I had an imminent feeling of giving up, a sense of loss and giving in, letting go, and falling into whatever was beneath me. Despite this heaviness, I kept on moving.

When I finally sat down at my desk it was pitch dark outside. I told myself that, whatever turns up in front of me will do, it will be what I hand in tomorrow morning. This is not how I usually talk with myself. It is rather the opposite. To my surprise, I made an object. I also got an idea for the video part of the assignment and began to giggle.

I did not plan nor force. I did not push. I made something anyway. I am so happy that I have had this experience and I will remind myself of this day during the days to come, that I did have a day where I Did, made, with less anxiety than usual and a bit of convincing too to trust that whatever I make will be enough.

The following day I got the feedback that “It feels like a flower” and that it was elegant. This was more than what I had hoped for. 🙂

Every Weekend Looks the Same

The past three months have been a lot. The tempo was elevated and I just had to go with it. The weekends became my refuge, the time for me to recharge, the cocoon I could go into to rebuild and prepare for the week ahead. Most of the weekends I had no musts or have-to’s. I could be tired and it did not affect anybody or anything. I took my time to have long coffee moments, breakfasts, and walks. What was healing and restorative I did.

Going through the pictures I have taken to save a souvenir from each day I realized how repetitive my weekends have been. In fleeting moments I felt stuck, trapped almost, but then I reminded myself that for now, this is what I need. When I have healed a bit more, when I am more stable I will begin to move.

The first cup is the best cup.
Such a special feeling to begin a new notepad.
Trying out hydrophonic gardening.
Breakfast… lunch sandwiches with extra everything.
A long walk to fill my lungs with fresh air.

Buckwheat Porridge with Turmeric

Ingredients for oven roasted apple

  • 1 apple, chopped up
  • A dash of cinnamon
  • Coconut oil

Ingredients for porridge

  • 2 dl water
  • 1 dl buckwheat flakes
  • 1 tsp flax seeds
  • A dash of turmeric
  • A pinch of salt
  • Shredded coconut
  • A handful of dried cranberries

Directions

Clean and cut the apple into small pieces. Coat it with cinnamon. In an ovenproof dish, spread out the coconut oil and add in the apple pieces. Put in the middle of the oven at 200°C until the apple pieces are soft. It should take around 20 min.

In a saucepan, add the water and buckwheat flakes, flax seeds, turmeric and salt. Cook at medium heat until the porridge is smooth.

Pour the porridge into a bowl, add the apple, shredded coconut flakes and cranberries. 🙂

Nothing but Yourself

Last year I made this stool during lunch breaks and after school hours when my energy allowed. I wanted to make an object that could hold itself together without anything else but its own parts, no nails or glue. What was important to me as well was that the object at first did not seem stable but that it, once assembled by the person who was going to use it, could hold you, that you could put your entire weight on it and let it carry you.

Since I made this I have had another iteration in mind, a tweaked version. I hope I will be able to make it soon. It has been in my mind too long.

The three pieces cut out but not cut into their final shape.
Trying to see if they fit together.
Assembled. The most difficult part was to cut out the slots in the top part.
Excess material removed from the legs.
Stool finished.

This stool is a draft. This version of it is made out of chipboard, which is not very durable. The next step is to make it in another, more durable material.

Pasta in Tomato Vodka Sauce

Ingredients

  • 1 yellow onion, finely chopped
  • 4 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
  • 200 grams of ham, finely chopped (optional)
  • 2 dl vodka
  • 8 dl canned and crushed tomatoes
  • cream of choice (Oatly have a really good creamer for cooking)
  • dried basil
  • dried oregano
  • ground black pepper
  • salt
  • olive oil to cook in
  • pasta

Directions

Add olive oil to a large skillet. On medium heat, fry the onions and garlic softly. If you want to use ham, add it in now. Add a little salt since the ham contributes with salt already. Add lots of black pepper. Let cook for about five minutes.

Add the vodka and let simmer until it has reduced down. Taste test to be sure. Add in the tomatoes and reduce down. Add in the cream and reduce it down as well.

Cook the pasta in salty water. Save some pasta water to add to the sauce later on. Cook the pasta a little less soft than how you want it since it will continue cooing in the warm sauce.

Drain the pasta and add it to the sauce pan, toss around. Add some pasta water if the sauce does not feel creamy enough.

Plate and top up with cheese and a sprinkle of olive oil. I use vegan cheese, or pretend cheese as I say. 🙂 Some people add the cheese to the sauce but I think it disappears and that you get more out of your cheese if you add it once you have plated your dish.

House Renovation #10

In February work continued on the fixed furnishings and other details in the house, small details that you cannot really see but added together they make a difference. For example, all skirting boards have small marks where the nailheads are and all those need to be filled in and painted. You do not really see them if you are not up close, but once they are done the room feels more put together and crisp.

Moving our things around in boxes and large bags. When one room needs to get done, all our stuff has to be moved somewhere else.
Moved a lot of things out from one of the bedrooms to the snug. Life when you mix home and building site.
The wardrobe space in one of the bedrooms. Frame, rail, and soon also skirting boards and two doors.
About the get a fireplace.
Now the kitchen has a leveled frame all around it. When the doors arrive they will be on the same plane as the frame and create one cohesive wall.
Entrance wardrobe with frame, doors and handles.
The work on the garage started. First, insulation.
This will be my workshop. Due to Covid we need to create great working conditions at home.
Beautiful sunlight on the new garage doors. Of course, they will be painted red, and the door to the left will be exchanged for a red one as well.
Messy livingroom.

I might have deleted pictures from February by accident. I have been absent-minded lately. Nor can I remember what those pictures were but February had more to it than those pictures show.