It’s done! I actually managed 29 days of rice to celebrate our new house 😀 Thank you to everyone who has been following along this crazy little meander into property talk, infinite rice, and wacky ideas! To celebrate I made a baked pancake with all the fixings. I figured that today is totally on par with graduating or having a birthday – any excuse to go large!I’m also going to detail some things I’ve learnt from these 29 days of rice through 4 tips for the long-haul blog post theme, just because it’s been a real experience! Alas, with all this madness I figured it wouldn’t be fair to show a WIAW on top of all the inevitable text and pics from a thousand angles, so you’ll have to forgive me this week’s breather on that front. 🙂
This…is just scrumptious! I say that it can possibly serve 2, but that’s all a big lie actually. Also, everything together is pretty healthy that you can afford to munch all the pancake and all the ice-cream together. The date syrup…yes, if you’re wearing stretchy pants :p
Baked pancake (serves 1 – 2):
- 1/4 cup brown rice flour
- 2 TBSP cornstarch
- 1.5 TBSP NuNaturals NuStevia NoCarb Blend/1/4 cup sugar of choice
- pinch salt
- 3 vegan eggs (use the powdered box kind – chia and flax eggs will be too heavy)
- 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
- 1/2 cup non-dairy milk
- 1 dropper NuNaturals NuStevia Liquid Vanilla
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp nutmeg
- 1/2 TBSP coconut oil
Mocha raisin strawberry ice-cream (serves 2):
- 2 cups whole strawberries, measured then sliced
- 1/4 cup non-dairy milk
- 2 TBSP raisins
- 1/4 cup coffee
- Optional: nuts, chopped dates, rum
- 1/2 cup dates, soaked for at least 1 hour
- 3/4 cup water (including soaking water)
- 1 dropper NuNaturals NuStevia Liquid Vanilla
- 1 tsp psyllium husk (optional, to thicken)
- An hour or so before starting, slice up your strawberries finely and freeze them on a baking tray.
- Soak your raisins in the coffee and set aside (OR soak them in alcohol – whatever floats yer boat!)
- Preheat to 200C/400F and spray a skillet or 8″ round pan thoroughly with non-stick.
- Mix together your three vegan powdered eggs in a big bowl and set aside to gel.
- Whisk together the flour, starch and spices, as well as the salt.
- Meanwhile, place your 1/2 TBSP coconut oil in the preheating oven and let it melt for a few minutes while you carry on with the next steps, then remove (2 min or so).
- In your “egg” bowl, add the milk, vanilla, apple cider vinegar and sugar, then whisk til combined.
- Add the wet to dry and whisk til smooth.
- Pour your mixture into the pan/skillet and bake for 20 – 25 minutes. Remove from oven and cover with a cloth.
- Just as your pancake is about done baking, remove the strawberries and blend them with the milk and vanilla until they become smooth – don’t blend for too long though or it’ll become a milkshake! Fold in any extra ingredients you’d like, such as the raisins.
- Spoon your ice-cream over the pancake and serve with date syrup! You can add nuts if you like, sprinkles, or anything really 🙂
4 tips for the long-haul blog post theme
1) Organization: This is the most important blogging tool, and from now on I’m going to plan my weekly posts! A month or so before I started my 29 days of rice I started assembling ideas for dishes I could make. Every idea that popped into my head I’d add to a growing Word document, after which I printed it out, sat down with some coffee, and made crosses and ticks everywhere according to not only what I could do, but what I wanted to do. I also didn’t want to lose the spontaneity of my posts, so even if I’d already planned, photographed and written up the recipe for a post, I kept the rest of the post blank so that I could fill in details about the process or my day – the little things I can’t help sharing!
2) Be realistic: Closer to the time I started weighing feasibility versus what my brain demanded and had the two negotiate. A new recipe every single day? I knew that between packing and unpacking, miserable days and chirpy ones there would be a need for some breathing space, which is why I iinstituted#ThrowbackThursdays and #MeatlessMondays as fixtures, to give myself the chance to slip up if need be. In the end I created recipes for all those days, but it’s good to have a plan B that is firmly rooted in reality.
I’ve also realized from reading other blogs that it’s not always about showcasing brand new recipes only – sometimes people end up documenting a trip to the farmer’s market, or the weather, or even a day in the life. That stuff is just as awesome, and doesn’t detract at all from a blog. If you need a breather from your theme but still desperately have this thing in your gut that says “POST” then make a plan, but don’t slay yourself over it.
3) Do research ahead of time: I spent hours every night looking up different recipes I could modify, researching properties of different ingredients, checking what was gluten-free or not. If I find out something won’t work quite as I’d imagined I then have time to look for alternate solutions or else plan a different post altogether. I also contacted bloggers well in advance to ask permission for photos for themed collections of their recipes, depending on their website’s policy regarding the use of photographs and how to link back to their blogs.
4) Plan ahead: The whole 29 days I was making rice-cream and boiling rice and soaking stuff on schedule, making notes on my big countdown list so I knew when I had to do what. Sometimes it’s easy to think “I’ll make that tomorrow” and then not realize you forgot to soak something. Cashews, anyone? That’s foiled many an intended cheesecake! If you don’t remember or something bad happens, always have a plan B. Some evenings I’d planned to make some ingredient or do prep, and then real life happened, like an invitation to eat out or a sleepless night before – then I simply switched up my recipes to something simpler, and made sure that the next time I’d be better prepared.
Anyway, what a hoot! I can’t wait to do another blog theme, but next time it’ll be short and sweet, not 29 days 😉