Sunday tradition adaptation week2

So, yesterday was our pancake Sunday again. This time we also had Keven’s parents driving over to have dinner with us and to meet our new family member Nora. As I already wrote, they were very agains us having a pitbull as a family dog, but at the end of the day it is us raising a dog not them. However, because they are afraid of this type of dogs, I think it is a great idea for them to see our puppy as often as possible so that they would not see her growing that much and would feel comfortable around her. It is really easy to feel comfortable around Nora because she is super calm and low energy dog, especially when you compare to Chihuahua that my sister-in-law has. My sister-in-law came around with Johny Cash (her chihuahua), so that later on Nora would not “kill” him. I could definitely see some pitbull features  in Nora when she finally decided to play with Johny and got too much into game. They are similar wight category now, just Nora is much more clumsy and her direct movement definitely could be treated as an aggression sometimes. But it was a good lesson for us to learn how to snap her out of it.

Getting back to breakfast. I made for everyone crepes with wholewheat flour mixed with all purpose flour. I also made some sliced melon and fruit salad that consisted of cubed apples, kiwi, banana and blackberries. As I can’t use any sugar in any form, I did not put anything on the fruits, especially because everyone can add to their crepes what they want: nutella, maple syrup, honey. For myself I decided to make a zucchini pancakes (of course I shared them with everyone) that I found on Diane Sanflipo website. Sorry that I did not take picture of it, but it is definitely worth making 🙂 Everyone tried them and liked them, I ate them with Sunshine sauce 🙂

Zucchini Pancakes

Ingredients:

  • 1 Tbsp coconut flour
  • 3 eggs sea salt & pepper to taste
  • 2 cups shredded zucchini (I used grater, and 1 zucchini is about 1 cup)
  • brew leaves of fresh basic (finely chopped)
  • coconut oil or bacon grease to pan-fry in (amount will vary)

Process:

Mix all the ingredients together. Make sure that coconut flour is not in lumps. Diane advises to sift them into the eggs and beat together, but I simply mixed and left to stand for 5mins. I think standing gives time for coconut flour to absorb more liquid. Heat the pan with oil over medium-low heat. Spoon the pancakes of desired size. I got from the batter 8 pancakes,  as I made them fairly small, but you can make big ones and have one in a pan per time. Eat them alone or with sausage or bacon.

 

Paleo birthday cake

As I decided to follow both Paleo and Zone diets, well, still more zone, as I am not ready totally to with to Paleo, so gonna take it slowly. However, I definitely took off wheat from my diet, except my friday night when we have pizza nights 🙂 but I will try to change that as well. So, of course, I could not find better way to star new year as with Paelo birthday cake. It took sometime of research to find one, but the result was AMAZING. For me it was the best chocolate cake that I ever ate, I took it from Paleo Spirit :))))

So, here it comes 🙂

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Place the medjool dates in a food processor and pulse until completely pureed (it might take some time and for me it is most tiring process as the dates are really sticky thing to deal with). Add applesauce (or banana or applesauce and banana) and continue to pulse until pureed and combined with the dates. Add the eggs, vanilla, coconut oil and coffee and mix on low-medium speed until well combined. Combine the dry ingredients in a separate bowl and slowly add to wet ingredients until you have a smooth batter. Grease a 8×8 glass pan with coconut oil, pour in the batter and smooth it with the back of a spatula. Bake at 350 degrees for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick stuck in the middle comes out clean.

I also made a chocolate frosting, however, most that I checked were calling for too much oil, so I just created on the spot, combining some of the recipes:

  • around one cup of 72% organic cacao chips
  • 1-2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

In a bowl over boiling water melt chocolate chips, add the rest of ingredients. When it is all mixed, pour it over the cake and let it sit. After this cake I am not worried anymore that baking will banish from my life as actually there are so much more sources than flour and that actually eating them makes you feel good 🙂