I started today with an early-morning run with the boyfriend and the dogs around the parks near our home as the sun came up. It was absolutely stunning and properly set us up for the day.
Very proud of Ste for managing this run after not having been for a few days, I decided to make him a special breakfast of banana pancakes, which of course we deserved after our run! Normally on weekdays we have porridge, and cooked breakfasts are strictly a weekend thing, but since I was working from home today and didn’t have an hour’s commute I decided to make a lovely breakfast instead. And actually, it turned out to take less than ten minutes!
Banana and Oat PancakesServes Two
- 50g self-raising flour (or plain plus 1tsp bicarbonate of soda)
- 50 g oats (finely ground in food processor or nutribullet)
- 100ml milk
- 2 ripe bananas
- 1 egg
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
Mash the bananas in a bowl, add the flour, milk, egg and cinnamon and mix until smooth. Heat a frying pan sprayed with oil/Frylight, and using a ladle add the batter to the pan in three blobs (I made six pancakes altogether, they are thick ones as opposed to crepe-style). Cook until the pancake starts to bubble, and then use a spatula to flip them over and cook for the same amount of time on the other side. Serve with whatever you fancy. I had some lemon and sugar with mine, Ste had his with raspberries and maple syrup, but I think they would be delicious with some berry compote and plain yoghurt, or some honey or Nutella drizzled over for a really decadent breakfast.
After enjoying these yummy pancakes with a steaming cup of coffee I sat down to work at my desk. Even this simple act today was a bit of a thrill, because last night we did a little DIY in our office (Ste works from home so we have a dedicated office that we share) and put up some new shelves, and finally hung up my calendar and pinboard.
Tarquin was happy just to have my chair to himself. He loves rubbing his face on the carvings on the edge of my desk, which is a family heirloom. It used to belong to my Great-Grandfather and I love that it is now where I write my PhD and work on my blog! 1800s meets 21st century!
I have just put a few things on the shelves for now, but I need to have a think about how to organise things. I needed extra space for all my books and papers related to my PhD, which were all a bit inaccessible, so I am really pleased with the result, and it has made a huge amount of extra space on my desk! So even sitting down to work today felt a bit special!