A planned weekend and buckwheat pancakes with maple syrup


I am currently reading a book called “What the most successful people do before breakfast” by Laura Vanderkam. Yes it’s a self-help book and no I’m not too keen on the title, I don’t exactly think I’m going to get successful by reading this book if you get my drift. However…. this book is different to other self-help books that I have read, the ones when you get inspired but as soon as you have finished the book, it’s completely forgotten and nothing has changed. With this one I can see a couple of changes happening already, small things……It’s just simple advice, easy to implement. Lessons I have taken away from the book so far

a) if you don’t do exercise in the morning chances are…it won’t happen because you have had a hard day, you get lazy, that very tempting after work drink becomes way too tempting or the sofa just looks too cozy! So I have been doing 15 min every morning, for a month on Monday so I guess it’s a habit by now. Not a lot but it helps, and it sets up the day in a very positive way. Now I can step it up one notch, perhaps some additional morning meditation…..

b) even if you want to do NOTHING during your weekend you have to plan it. (This is especially true when you have kids because lets face it, doing nothing rarely exist with little ones) And you don’t have to plan every minute, just some key points. Planning it early in the week also means you have a nice weekend to look forward to, like a mini holiday : )

So my weekend plan that I have been looking forward to

Watching the last 3 episodes of Breaking Bad with hubby on Friday night

Some me time and some quality time with my son whilst hubby and daughter is in the park.

Finish off Christmas decorating ( I love Christmas so it’s not a chore for me, it’s fun )

Christmas party at my sisters on Saturday night

Reflexology session on Sunday afternoon followed by..

Carols by candlelight at St Barnabas church with activities for the kids ( not usually a church goer but Carols, mulled wine and activities for the kids in one of the hidden gems of Hackney…sounds worth checking out)

And one of my favourite weekend breakfasts this morning;

Buckwheat pancakes with bananas, maple syrup and blueberries

Serves 2

3/4 cup buckwheat flour
1/2 cup rice flour
1 teaspoon of baking powder
2 tablespoons of flaxseed
1 cup of milk of your choice
1 egg
1/2 banana
2 handfuls of organic blueberries
Maple syrup

I use the Dove farms buckwheat flour and rice flour. It’s both organic and naturally gluten free. Dove farm is a company with great ethical and environmental policies.

Mix together flour, baking powder and flax seed. In a separate bowl whisk the egg and milk. Add the flour mixture to the egg mixture. Prepare the banana, cut in slices. Wash the blueberries.
Pour a little bit of olive oil and then the mixture into a blini pan, plett pan (not too shallow) or non-stick egg rings. As soon as you have poured in the mixture put a couple of banana pieces on top. Cook on a low heat. Once the pancake is bubbling on top turn it over for another minute or two.

Serve with the blueberries and maple syrup

Buckwheat flour is gluten free and comes with lots of benefits. It may lower the chance of high cholesterol, high blood pressure and diabetes and also contains a lot of magnesium and anti-oxidants