Fitzroy Market so he could play with his ukelele group there. We really love going to the Fitzroy Market but felt it lacked a little of its charm with the new site. But there were some great new food stalls. I had a delicious falafel made by Palma's Pantry and a dense chewy chocolate cookie from Mumbles and Rumbles. There was also ukeleles, waffles, face painting and the playground.
banana oat pancakes. I had a vegan buckwheat pancake recipe from here I wanted to try. It seemed like a good way to use up my buckwheat flour until I discovered it was all gone. By then I had promised we would make shapes with the pancakes so I found a thinner pancake recipe that. So thin that it was quite easy to pour into a squeezy bottle.
The pancakes included wholemeal flour, maize flour (because I need to use it but cornmeal is what the recipe originally specified) and oats. The original recipe fascinated me because it was for a gift pack of pancake mix, apple cider syrup and candied walnuts. I wish I made those sort of gifts. I wish I was given them too.
Scienceworks with my sister Fran and Stella and Ashy. I was disappointed that the House Secrets exhibition was being replaced with another exhibition and there interactive displays in the pumping station (below) were gone. We still had fun in the Nitty Gritty cafe. The highlight was seeing a show at the Planetarium. Sylvia has been learning about the planets and stars and solar system at kinder so she was really into it. And those chairs that lean back are great fun.
I didn't think the food was great last time so I made tofu-bacon and spinach muffins (leaving the spinach and onion out of half the batch for Sylvia) and chocolate almond and coconut balls (substituting ground popcorn for half the coconut). We also took along lots of apple slices.
The Reading Room on the Footscray campus of Victorian University. The food was very nice with lots of gluten free cakes. I had a mushroom and pumpkin quesadilla. It was lovely but lacking a bit of protein. I wish I had noticed the savoury muffins earlier. They would have been great with the salad. The kids were fascinated by the typewriter. The cafe has an extended menu on weekends. We must return and try that some time.
- Active memory - a new website by our national broadcaster, the ABC, following Todd Sampson's amazing television series Redesign my Brain. Freaky to see how much we can change in our minds and bodies with some brain exercises. And now the ABC is offering a website where we can try it ourselves (for a price).
- Greg Hunt used Wikipedia research to dismiss links between climate change and bushfires. Hot on the heels of our Prime Minister being taken to task by the head of the UN's climate change negotiations, Christiana Figueres because he plans to ditch the carbon tax, we now see why the government is reluctant to fund university research. Who needs rigourous peer reviewed evidence when you have Wikipedia! (Wikipedia has its place but not here!)
- Disability - a fate worse than death - a great opinion piece by Stella Young, about her relief at the Tasmanian parliament defeating the Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill 2013 when there are not yet safeguards for vulnerable people. It is not often I see a commentary about euthanasia from the perspective of a disabled person.
- Are these the top 25 albums of all time? NME thinks so - I love a good list, especially when it involves great music. Not sure I agree with all of it but was pleased to see Pulp at number 6.
- 31 haunting images of abandoned buildings that will give you goosebumps - These are gorgeous dreamy photos. You will feel a little sad that nothing lasts. You will sigh with pleasure to see such beauty in our world.
Previously on Green Gourmet Giraffe:
One year ago: Vegan Sweet potato and cheeze scones
Two years ago: Vegan Party Pies: Aussie "meat" pies for the footy
Three years ago: Pate, Goslings and Bubbies
Four years ago: All About Apples: history, culture and soup
Five years ago: Milestones and Rissoles
Pancakes with oats and cornmeal
Adapted from Tora's Real Food
1/2 cup white flour
1/4 cup maize flour (or cornmeal)
1/4 cup wholemeal flour
1/4 cup rolled oats (or oat flour)
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1 1/2 tsp maple syrup (or granulated sugar)
1 1/2 cups milk (I used soy milk)
butter, for frying (I used margarine)
Blitz the oats in the blender to make oat flour. Mix dry ingredients into a medium mixing bowl. Lightly whisk maple syrup, milk and eggs into dry ingredients to make a smooth quite runny batter. Pour batter into a squeezy bottle or jug (or use a mixing bowl with a lip for pouring).
Heat heavy based non-stick frypan over medium high heat.. Take a small knob of butter in a metal teaspoon and run it over the frypan until the pan is just covered with melted butter. Pour 3 to 4 small pancakes or 1 large pancake into the pan, leaving quite a bit of room for spreading. Fry until bubbling and flip over. Leave another minute or two until golden brown both sides. (I don't time this so this is an approximate time).
Eat warm with your favourite pancake topping. (Mine are lemon and sugar or maple syrup and butter.)
On the stereo:
Yes Virginia... - Dresden Dolls