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Crab chickpea pancakes (gf) and giant flying toddlers

‘My son is a numpty’. That’s what I wrote on the ‘reason for absence’ ticket when Léo missed school on Monday morning to have both wrists strapped up. I prefer to avoid Emergency if at all possible now, and take broken bones to visit our GP; his eyebrows are less judgmental and upwardly mobile than the hospital receptionist’s, and he knows deep down that we’re not intrinsically stupid and that I’m not an irresponsible mother. We’re just all a bit challenged when it comes to remaining upright.

Léo has been recuperating from a very nasty bout of flu/chest infection and, when I dropped him off in town this weekend with friends, it was not without apprehension. I’m now wondering how he took my parting words, ‘be careful and don’t do anything silly’ to mean ‘make sure to propel yourself through the air stuntman-style using your bike as a springboard’. It’s really quite puzzling. His father and I are hardly in a position to criticise though: We have more broken bones between us than we could count on the fingers of our four hands. Just yesterday, Luc, who was painting on the roof, asked me to open one of the upstairs windows in case he lost his balance so that he could ‘throw himself in’. On reflection, perhaps all three of us should take the precaution of being strapped up. In straitjackets.

These savoury pancakes make a great starter or a delicious light supper served with green salad.

Ingredients (serves 4)

1 egg, beaten

150g chickpea flour

200ml water

2 shallots, chopped

1 small courgette, peeled and grated

Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

½ teaspoon bicarbonate of soda

½ teaspoon cumin seeds

1 teaspoon chilli powder (optional)

200g white crabmeat

Nigella seeds

Olive oil for frying

Mix the egg and flour together, gradually adding water until the consistency is smooth and similar to heavy cream. Add the shallots, courgette and seasoning, mixing well. Finally stir in the crabmeat. Heat some olive oil in a frying pan over a medium heat and spoon in enough batter to make a pancake of roughly 5cm diameter. Sprinkle with nigella seeds and fry until golden brown, roughly 2-3 minutes on each side.

Chickpea flour pancakes (gf) and hens with attitude


Hello it’s Salt writing today. Just so you know, I’m the prettiest of the hens. hen
It also seems that I’m the only one to be doing any work at the moment. Pepper has been nesting for the past ten days (to no avail – when will she learn? 🙄 ) and we have two new recruits: ginger adolescents with huge feet and no brains. The first day they arrived, the big black dog called Hugo came to say hello and put his paw on one of their wings, not in an unfriendly way I thought. She was so traumatised that she completely disappeared for a whole day. How silly – what a chicken! Any fool knows that Hugo wouldn’t harm a flea. In fact, he’s such a wuss that he’s probably even scared of us *evil cackle*. Anyway, I just wanted to say that I’m in favour of anything the yellow-haired one cooks, especially when there’s lots left over. The only things I’m not keen on are her chicken dishes for some reason. Anyway, I must dash – there are eggs to lay, dogs to unnerve and teenage hens to boss around.chickenfootprints

These deliciously fragrant savoury pancakes are gluten free and may be served with Indian food or as a standalone. Chickpea flour is rich in vitamins A, K, thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, pantothenic acid and folate. It is also an excellent source of minerals: iron, manganese, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, sodium, zinc, copper and selenium. What’s not to like?

Ingredients (serves four)

140g chickpea flour

250ml water

half tsp salt

half tsp cayenne pepper

1 small red onion, very finely chopped

4 cloves of garlic, very finely chopped

2 fresh green chillies, very finely chopped

olive oil and coconut oil

nigella seeds to garnish

Put the chickpea flour into a large mixing bowl, slowly adding the water to obtain a smooth batter. Add the salt, cayenne pepper, onion, garlic and chillies, stir and set aside for at least 15 minutes.

Melt 1 tsp of olive oil and 1 tsp of coconut oil in a non-stick frying pan. Once the oils are hot,  pour enough batter to cover the pan once tilted in all directions. While the batter is still raw sprinkle with tsp of nigella seeds. Cook as you would cook a crêpe until reddish golden brown on both sides. Remember to stir the batter before each new pancake.