orange-basil pancakes (and sabbath rest)

i slept poorly last night. probably because i can’t really breath, thanks to this cold i’ve caught, which kept me home sick from work yesterday. but i got up this morning, while tim slept on, and put on a teaching about sabbath, which had been recommended by a friend. (to give credit where it is due, i’ll tell you the teacher of this sermon was Ruth Haley Barton and the title Longing for Rest. it was delivered at Mars Hill Bible Church in Grandville, MI).

it sorta kicked my butt. I guess I’ve known that I’m bad at resting. but the point was driven home yesterday when i was supposedly having a “sick day”. i slept until 10:30, but when i awoke, i thought i felt a bit better. so i made a smoothie for myself, showered, dressed, and readied myself to go run several errands, then come home to cook a tomato sauce and prepare ice cream mix for later that night. as i got into the car, i realized i still felt like crap and that i wasn’t really resting at all! so,  in an act of rapid repentance, i reduced my errands to one (the only necessary one) and took everything off my to-do list except for the ice cream preparation.

anyway, one part that stuck with me about what Ruth said, was the part about sabbath (or rest) being an act of DEEP TRUST, not to mention humility. she said that when you resolve to keep the sabbath, you will find every week that something or another will some up and scream at you that you cannot afford to take a break. the sabbath takes you the edges of your sense of indispensability and over-responsibility every single week. and when you choose to look at your to-do list square in the face and say, “no, i will rest. God said i needed the sabbath and i will accept that from Him,” it is a radical act of trust, not to mention counter-cultural. so i wrote down my to-do lists and asked for grace to let them go. “For six days i have striven and done my best; now I trust you, Papa, to give what is needed on this seventh day.”

then t and i proceeded to have a perfectly worthless day. we made pancakes (see below), took a bath, saw a movie, ate leftover curry, laid on the couch and read for hours, and consumed some of the homemade ice cream from the day before. i did not cook. i did not email, photo-edit, or facebook. i did not plan menus or make phone calls. it was the first of what i hope will be a string of many successful sabbath days.

so, onto the recipe, which i know you’re dying to snag….

we have gluten-free pancakes every Saturday morning, but we’re always experimenting with new mix-ins and combinations. this one was good enough to make especial note of. sadly, i didn’t photograph these beauties directly, but only a slice of them, plus their reflection in Colette (the french press):

oct 10

  • ½ cup sorghum flour
  • ½ cup brown rice flour
  • ½ cup corn meal
  • 1 tsp xanthan gum
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 2 tsp ground nutmeg
  • Zest of one orange
  • 2 Tbsp shredded coconut
  • 1 cup hemp milk
  • Juice of one orange
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 Tbsp sunflower oil
  • 1 Tbsp agave nectar
  • 4 large basil leaves, cigar rolled and finely sliced
  • 1/3 cup mini chocolate chips

In a batter bowl, combine the dry ingredients.

In a separate small mixing bowl, whisk together the wet ingredients.

Add the wet ingredients to the dry ones, using a rubber spatula to combine. Gently fold in the chocolate chips.

Heat a skillet over medium heat. Pour batter onto skillet to make pancakes as large or as small as you prefer, cooking each side for 3-5 minutes, or until golden brown.

Butter and drizzle with maple syrup each pancake as you stack them.

Makes 3 large pancakes.


7 thoughts on “orange-basil pancakes (and sabbath rest)

    • no, we went to the theatre (!) and saw “Couples Retreat,” which was, at heart very celebratory of marriage (once you got through the raunchiness).

  1. I just stumbled on your blog. I really enjoy it! It’s also great to have some gluten-free recipes. I cook for a university co-op, and one of the girls living there has a gluten intolerance. Its nice to get ideas for some meals she can enjoy, too.

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