Last night I dreamt that my raft was my bed and that we were floating between islands in the pacific northwest. In my dream I awoke to strong oranges and reds setting over the distant Olympic mountains, the water was glass like and so calm that I just happily let it lull me back to sleep. I would continue waking and realize that my belongings were drifting out to sea and I would panic, frantically trying to nudge my bed closer to retrieve them, then I would look around and realize I didn't really care and would lay my head back down.
I haven't remembered one of my dreams in a while, and I'm not really sure what this one means, but I just like referring to it, almost as a life goal. A place of flowing without care about belongings, content to be where I am.
Or maybe it means I should pay another visit to that part of the world.
And speaking of that part of the world, my dearest friend Melissa came to visit me in the city from over there. Words can't really express how nice it was to see her, we were like teenagers again, giggling and roaming around the city. I made these pancakes in honor of her last day here! She assisted me, actually flipping them (look at how well she did) and having patience with me as I took a bunch of photos before we could actually eat them.
Hazelnut Sweet Potato Pancakes
makes about 8 pancakes
1 cup all purpose flour
1/2 cup spelt flour
3 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
4 tablespoons brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon cardamom
1 1/4 cups mashed, cooked sweet potato
2 egg replacers, beaten
1 3/4 cups hazelnut milk
1/4 cup vegan butter (I used Earth Balance)
I. Sift the dry ingredients into a mixing bowl. Mix the remaining ingredients until combined and then add to the flour mixture. Stir until all the ingredients have just come together.
II. Heat skillet over medium heat and coat with oil. Pour about 1/2 cup of batter onto the heated skillet and cook until browned on each side. Serve warm with Juniper Maple Syrup!
Juniper Maple Syrup
1/2 cup pure maple syrup (aka liquid gold)
1 tablespoon lightly crushed juniper berries
Heat maple syrup and juniper berries over medium low heat for about 5-8 minutes. Just enough time to get that juniper flavor in without thoroughly caramelizing the syrup. Pour warm syrup over your pancakes and enjoy the coziest breakfast! Perfect to warm up these last cold days.