Pancakes with Thyme, Grilled Mango and Mango Syrup

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Crepes and mangoes I sorted for you all. Now well they are tricky, more technique requiring and demand more patience. But then pancakes are better. This one is a multigrain pancake. I usually take a big jar and just add various coarse grain flours and keep it for such handy use. So be more we proceed lets get this little tip on multigrain flour out of the way.

Multigrain flour.
Add all the flours below in a jar and shake it up.
250 gms Buckwheat Flour (Mothi /Kuttu Atta)
250 gms Maize Flour (Makai Atta)
250 gms Bengal Gram Flour (besan)
250 gms Sorghum Flour (Jowar Atta)
250 gms Pearl Millet Flour (Bajra Atta)
250 gms Oats Flour
250 gms Ragi Flour
500 gms Whole Wheat Flour
250 gms Rice Flour

So I made these same pancakes all the time. This one here had a mango syrup, grilled mangoes and there is thyme in the pancakes. Ya odd. But works beautifully. I personally love some cream with my Pancakes, so you will find them a regular feature.
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Ingredients:
Grilled mangoes:
2 ripe Fibrous Mangoes
2-3 tbsp Honey
2 tbsp Balsamic Vinegar
1 tbsp Ghee
Mango Syrup:
500 ml Mango Juice (they are only now going to be preserved ones)
1/2 lemon
Pancakes:
1 cup 9 Grain Flour (as mentioned above)
1 cup Buttermilk
1 cup Ricotta
1 cup Diced Mango
1 pinch Salt
1/2 tsp Sodium bicarbonate
1 tsp Thyme
2-3 tbsp Ghee

1. For the grilled mangoes. Peal the mangoes and try not to lick your elbows while at it. Heat a grill pan and brush with some ghee. Place the mango chunks. Brush the chunks of mango with Honey and balsamic vinegar alternatively. Keep the flame low and keep turning the mango chunks on the grill pan. Once you can see that there is colour on the mangoes. Take them off the flame
2. Simultaneously take a heavy bottomed pan and add the mango juice and let it simmer away and reduce slowly. Keep stirring occasionally. Once it starts coating the back of a spoon, turn ff the heat and add the lemon juice. The lemon juice is to prevent any crystallisation and also makes the syrup more fresh and zingy
3. Heat a non stick pan and coat it with some ghee. In a mixing bowl, add the dry ingredients of the pancake batter. Then add the ricotta. Use a balloon whisk and add the buttermilk. Then fold in the mango chunks
4. Take a ladle and pour the batter on the greased nonstick pan. Allow the pancakes to form shape. Bubbles will emerge from the pancake and it will appear cooked on the sides. This is time to flip the pancakes. Place them on a serving plate once cooked on both sides.
5. Serve the pancakes with chunks of grilled Mano and mango syrup, some quark cheese or sour creme
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Watch
Netflix – 13 Reasons Why – http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1837492/
Movie – Room – http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3170832/

Listen –
Come Together – Paul McCartney, Paul Weller, Noel Gallagher – for War Child – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FQVPZI7dvWs
The Pogues Featuring Kirsty MacColl – Fairytale Of New York – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j9jbdgZidu8
Song for the Deaf in general – No One Know – Queens Of The Stone Age – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s88r_q7oufE

Read
Blog/ Webpage: http://www.refinery29.com
Book: Beautiful Maria of My Soul – by. – Oscar Hijuelos – https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/7600936-beautiful-maria-of-my-soul

Poem
Moonlight, summer moonlight

‘Tis moonlight, summer moonlight,
All soft and still and fair;
The solemn hour of midnight
Breathes sweet thoughts everywhere,

But most where trees are sending
Their breezy boughs on high,
Or stooping low are lending
A shelter from the sky.

And there in those wild bowers
A lovely form is laid;
Green grass and dew-steeped flowers
Wave gently round her head.

– Emily Bronte

Jam the Mango and Mummify Summer

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For a lot of us a morning breakfast is a morning ritual. Something repeated time and time again. For me there are phases. One of the phases I go through is the tea and toast mornings. And this specially when I settle back into the morning routine. After an hour of running, kickboxing or yoga. There is comfort in the familiarity of tea and toast. How boring you might say. But change the jams, experiment with nut butters and tea combinations and it never is boring. I love fresh home made small batch jams. It keeps me interested in the toast morning after morning.

And just as the mangoes are bidding adieu, what better way to savour them a tad longer than Jamming it.

I do not add any flavour or spice in mine, but you can add chilli flakes or cinnamon or cardamom. Just a hint of after taste. Let the mango shine
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Ingredients
2 cups chopped mango
3/4 cup of raw sugar
1/2 lemon juice

1. Chop the mangoes and add them in a pan on low heat. Add the sugar and cover with a lid. Stir occasionally.
2. Cook till the consistency you like has been reached. I like my jams chunky, so for me its all about tenderising the mango.
3. Before turning the heat off, add a squirt lemon. Stir and turn off the heat. Pour in a clean try jar. As the sugar quantity of the jam is low, it is not apt for long term storage outside the fridge. So store in the fridge and enjoy with toast, pancakes, crepes etc.
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P.S.
Watch?
Netflix – Are you done with Game of Thrones?. I am not. – http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0944947/
Movie – Out of Africa – http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0089755/
Listen –
Wolfman ft. Peter Doherty – For Lovers – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oLY0eUtVlXo
Electronic – Getting Away With It – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DSfjtdnUsls
Arctic Monkeys – Knee Socks – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IZvn3KsUYwk
The Chemical Brothers – Come With Us/The Test Clip – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CsHzrbebhjc

Read
Foreign Affairs by Alison Lurie – https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/202897.Foreign_Affairs

Poem
Tis the Last Rose of Summer Tis the last rose of summer
Left blooming alone;
All her lovely companions
Are faded and gone:
No flower of her kindred,
No rose-bud is nigh,
To reflect back her blushes,
Or give sigh for sigh.

I’ll not leave thee, thou lone one!
To pine on the stem;
Since the lovely are sleeping,
Go, sleep thou with them.
Thus kindly I scatter
Thy leaves o’er the bed,
Where thy mates of the garden
Lie scentless and dead.

So soon may I follow,
When friendships decay,
And from Love’s shining circle
The gems drop away.
When true hearts lie wither’d,
And fond ones are flown,
Oh! who would inhabit
This bleak world alone?

– Thomas Moore

Mango Loaf with NO ADDED SUGAR

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Mangoes. I guess we are so busy enjoying the fruit on its own when it is in season, that we forget that mangoes make for a great fruit to cook with. In keeping with the same aim, I tried to bake a mango loaf, just like a banana bread.

Why a mango loaf, because I thought that it can be a great base for stone fruit and yogurt or mascarpone , just like or better than a typical pound cake. And its true. Freshly pureed mango is airy and hence the cake is surprisingly light without any egg white whipping involved.

I served these with honey and fresh mangoes. You can choose any fruit and greek yogurt or whipped cream or better still mascarpone cheese. I was skeptical about using or not using vanilla extract in this recipe, worried that the cake will turn out to be more eggy than mongo-ey. But thankfully, they turned out to have only delicate mango flavour
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Ingredients
125 gms butter
2 eggs
1 cup mango puree
100 gms all purpose flour
155 gms fine polenta
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp whole oats for garnishing on top of the loaf

  1. Cream the butter and the mango puree. Add the eggs one at a time and whisk through.
  2. Add the rest of the dry ingredients and fold the cake. Be careful to do this delicately so that the air incorporated in the mixture is not released.
  3. Pour the mixture in a parchment paper lined loaf tin of 10 inch length. Sprinkle the whole oats on top and bake in a pre heated oven at 180 degree centigrade for 45 minute or till a poked skewer comes out clean.
  4. The loaf will rise and tends to split down the middle. Don’t worry about that.
  5. Serve with fruit of choice and cream/ icecream/ cheese.
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    P.S.
    Watch
    Netflix – Ranch http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4998212/
    Movie – Binge watch all the LOTR series https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Lord_of_the_Rings_(film_series)

Listen
John Mayer – Love on the weekend – John Mayer – Love on the Weekend (Audio) – YouTube
Gary BB Coleman – The sky is crying – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=71Gt46aX9Z4
Caught a Ghost – Time Co – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f_LqBYI10fM
The Black Keys – Gold On The Ceiling – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6yCIDkFI7ew

Read
Blog – Urban outfitter and the content on the blog is ever illuminating. http://blog.urbanoutfitters.com

Book – The Glass Castle by Jeannette https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/7445.The_Glass_Castle

Poem:

Still I Rise
You may write me down in history
With your bitter, twisted lies,
You may trod me in the very dirt
But still, like dust, I’ll rise.

Does my sassiness upset you?
Why are you beset with gloom?
’Cause I walk like I’ve got oil wells
Pumping in my living room.

Just like moons and like suns,
With the certainty of tides,
Just like hopes springing high,
Still I’ll rise.

Did you want to see me broken?
Bowed head and lowered eyes?
Shoulders falling down like teardrops,
Weakened by my soulful cries?

Does my haughtiness offend you?
Don’t you take it awful hard
’Cause I laugh like I’ve got gold mines
Diggin’ in my own backyard.

You may shoot me with your words,
You may cut me with your eyes,
You may kill me with your hatefulness,
But still, like air, I’ll rise.

Does my sexiness upset you?
Does it come as a surprise
That I dance like I’ve got diamonds
At the meeting of my thighs?

Out of the huts of history’s shame
I rise
Up from a past that’s rooted in pain
I rise
I’m a black ocean, leaping and wide,
Welling and swelling I bear in the tide.

Leaving behind nights of terror and fear
I rise
Into a daybreak that’s wondrously clear
I rise
Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave,
I am the dream and the hope of the slave.
I rise
I rise
I rise.

– Maya Angelou

Melons and Honey

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Super stoked to receive a bag of goodies from Societé Naturelle. Big shout out to Preet Singh. Totally loved the raw honey and bee pollen and immediately put it to use.

With summers at its peak, melons are at their best right now. They are a great snack and are very good for keep you well hydrated.

I love a bowl of cantaloupe or honey dew or musk melon or watermelon with a drizzle of good honey. It tends to bring out the flavours of the melons. This here is a great snack and requires just about no effort to assemble. Served cold it is a great refreshing snack.

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Ingredients: (Makes 2-3 Jars)
1 cup musk melon
1 cup water melon
1 cup cantaloupe
1 cup chilled whipped yogurt
1 cup bran flakes
2 tbsp sunflower seeds/ flaked almonds
2 tbsp bee pollen from Societé Naturelle
2 tbsp honey from Societé Naturelle for garnish. (Extra for sweetening the yogurt if you like)

1. Skin, deseed and cut the melons in cubes. It is best to work with cold melons.
2. Take a tall wide jar, I have used one that is 6 inches in diameter and 6 inches tall (approx)
3. Whip the cold yogurt. You can sweeten it with 2 tbsp. Honey.
4. Assemble. Simply spoon the melons in the serving bowl/ jar. Add the whipped yogurt on top. Sprinkle the top with bran flakes and seeds/nuts of your choice. Drizzle over delicious ‘Raw Honey’ from Societé Naturelle. Thats it. Dig in.

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P.S.
Watch
Netflix – Are you watching Blacklist. Because Raymond Reddington has me hooked. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2741602/
Movie – The Hours. A Meryl Streep, Nicole Kidman, Julianne Moore starrer movie on how Mrs. Dalloway affects three generations of women.http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0274558/

Listen
Ásgeir – In The Silence – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nWCUdy2Af58
Agnes Obel – Riverside (Official) – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vjncyiuwwXQ
Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds – The Boatman’s Call (1997) – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wcKYaf0LW2g
Goldmund: Threnody – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mdEuCRiW2l0&list=PL6EC19B29711523B4&index=5

Read
Blog – Road tripping in america. This is a great guide to the eating your way through it. https://roadfood.com

Book – The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/16158542-the-boys-in-the-boat

Poem – Childhood nostalgia, this poem
I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud

I wandered lonely as a cloud
That floats on high o’er vales and hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd,
A host, of golden daffodils;
Beside the lake, beneath the trees,
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.

Continuous as the stars that shine
And twinkle on the milky way,
They stretched in never-ending line
Along the margin of a bay:
Ten thousand saw I at a glance,
Tossing their heads in sprightly dance.

The waves beside them danced; but they
Out-did the sparkling waves in glee:
A poet could not but be gay,
In such a jocund company:
I gazed—and gazed—but little thought
What wealth the show to me had brought:

For oft, when on my couch I lie
In vacant or in pensive mood,
They flash upon that inward eye
Which is the bliss of solitude;
And then my heart with pleasure fills,
And dances with the daffodils.

By William Wordsworth

3 Portions of Fruit Sorted, that too for Breakfast

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Some friends of mine are constantly travelling to Ubud and punishing me by posting photographs of their fruity breakfast bowls. And they have been making me salivate. As the temperature rises here in India, the cold fruit and yogurt bowls are more tempting than ever.

This one here is berry involved and sorts our daily 3 fruit portion requirement easily. Nutrition concentrate and taste un-compromised, these bowls of goodness are ideal pre workout meals too. The fibre of choice for me was oats (rolled oats if made overnight, or if like me you are lazy then the regular oats work just as fine) and psyllium husk. These two things almost give this smoothie bowl a dessert like quality as they give texture and adds to the fibre consumption. What’s not to love.

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Ingredients
1 cup frozen blackberries
1 cup frozen bananas
1 cup fresh strawberries
2 tbsp oats
1 cup thick yogurt/ coconut yogurt
1 tbsp psyllium husk
1 tbsp hemp powder
2 tbsp roasted pumpkin seeds

1. In a blender wiz together blackberries, bananas, half of the strawberries, oats, yogurt and hemp powder.
2. Stir in psyllium husk.
3. Pour over your favourite bowl and decorate with the half cup of strawberries sliced and the roasted pumpkin seeds.
4. Dig in
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P.S.
Watch
Series – F.R.I.E.N.D.S. – Who said you cant watch something over and over again and from anywhere
Movie – As a runner I am inspired today as we started on the Adidas #100daysofrunning. There are some inspiring movies that come to mind
Silver Lining Playbook – Jennifer Lawrence twisted and loveable to the core – http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1045658/
Marathon Man and Dustin Hoffman in it – http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0074860/

Listen
Never miss the theme of Chariots of Fire when talking of running – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RY3XiM7oGj0
Great peppy songs to run to:
Something Different – Why Don’t We – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4QKreWPyPwc
Gypsy from Catch Me if You Can – Norda and Mike de Ville – https://itunes.apple.com/de/album/gypsy-catch-me-if-you-can-feat-joanna-jones-single/id1227738030
Shape of You – Ed Sherman – if you have ever kick boxed you will love it – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_dK2tDK9grQ
Rockabye ft. Sean Paul & Anne-Marie – Great story, great peppy number – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=papuvlVeZg8&list=PLx0sYbCqOb8TBPRdmBHs5Iftvv9TPboYG&index=2

Blog – https://www.halfbakedharvest.com this blog is a recipe treasure trove

Book – The Handmaid’s Tale – Margret Atwood – http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/38447.The_Handmaid_s_Tale

Poem – Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein

There is a place where the sidewalk ends
And before the street begins,
And there the grass grows soft and white,
And there the sun burns crimson bright,
And there the moon-bird rests from his flight
To cool in the peppermint wind.

Let us leave this place where the smoke blows black
And the dark street winds and bends.
Past the pits where the asphalt flowers grow
We shall walk with a walk that is measured and slow,
And watch where the chalk-white arrows go
To the place where the sidewalk ends.

Yes we’ll walk with a walk that is measured and slow,
And we’ll go where the chalk-white arrows go,
For the children, they mark, and the children, they know
The place where the sidewalk ends.

Morning Credits – Mango Chia Breakfast Bischer

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To what do we owe the start of a good day. A good Breakfast perhaps. If you do not eat eggs in the morning then you are struggling like me to not get bored with breakfast. Thankfully we Indians have a lot of savoury non egg options but come warmer weather then you want something cold and refreshing and filling for breakfast.

So breakfast bowls are an easy answer, a combination of fruit and a slow digesting grain. They take care of about 3 portions of fruit consumption (if thought through) and are easy to prep the night before. One can also can enjoy them on the run if prepped in take away jars instead of bowls

My sister hates granola and that makes breakfast bowls a struggle really. Finicky eaters these younger ones and if you suffer like me then this quick recipe is sure going to help. Oats are replaced by chia seeds along with the seasons first mangoes, this is quite a tropical breakfast. Plus this one is vegan.
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Ingredients:

1 cup mango pulp
1/2 cup mango slices
1/2 cup coconut milk
2-3 tbsp chia seeds
2-3 tbsp dedicated coconut lightly tossed in a pan to enhance flavour, save some for garnish
2-3 tbsp sliced almonds for garnish
1 kiwi/ banana to top up the bowl

  1. Mix together the mango, coconut milk, chia and desiccated coconut.
  2. Leave it overnight.
  3. Serve with sliced almonds, kiwi/ banana slices.

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P.S.

Watch
HBO series – Big Little Lies – This Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon and Shailene Woodley starred HBO 8 episode miniseries is the series of the season. Great who dunnit with great stories of each of the leading ladies.
Movie – The Breakfast Club – Since we are talking breakfast movies

Listen
We are in the times of great cinema and greater television series. The power of being in our drawing rooms and the greatness of opening credits
Cold Little Heart – Michael Kiwanuka – Big little Lies  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nOubjLM9Cbc
The Crown  – Hans Zimmer – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LLhBEeT4wQg
The Affair – Fiona Apple – Container – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6muh9kTlr88
The Suits – Ima Robot – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lWYNr4rPads
Narcos – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PtJ6yAGjsIs

Read
Blog – Sarah Britton has been an inspiration to a generation to create plant based recipes and the writing is just as amazing as the photographs.https://www.mynewroots.org/site/

Book – All the Odes – Pablo Neruda – http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13538718-all-the-odes
Poem –

Auguries of Innocence

By William Blake

To see a World in a Grain of Sand 

And a Heaven in a Wild Flower 

Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand 

And Eternity in an hour