Every moment of light and dark is a miracle.
~ Walt Whitman
Last night, I watched a spectacular sunset – one which said clearly, “Stop. Pay attention to me.”
That reminded me to be present in each moment… to know that the Good Life is not the Perfect Someday, or the Hive of Meaningless Activity. It is right here, right now. Walking on wet grass, releasing the scent of rain with each step. Feeling the wind graze every inch of my skin. Drinking in the glow of the setting sun. Gazing at the mist. Pausing on purpose. Dreaming, yes, but not losing sight of the waking moments or the really important things. Being thankful.
So this morning I met Herman for breakfast and there it was again – something which said, “Stop. Pay attention. Take a photo if you like…” Of what? The bright sun, the table askew, the berries stacked in his glass and the avocado spread on my toast. Or, in the case of the photo below, the End of Breakfast and the Start of Mid-morning Tuesday…
Conversation. Friendship. My work schedule for the day. The buzz of business people walking past clutching meeting agendas and other such things. Morning.
The mornings like every other morning – those are the gems.
The merry year is born like the bright berry from the naked thorn.
~ Hartley Coleridge
Good morning, and best wishes for a merry Monday.
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1 tbsp sugar
1 and 1/2 cup milk
2 tbsp melted butter, cooled
zest of 1 lime
lime or lemon wedges, sugar, maple syrup, banana slices or toppings of your choice
Preheat oven to 100 degrees C.
In a medium-sized bowl, mix together the flour, baking powder, salt, sugar and lime zest. Set aside.
In another bowl, beat egg yolks into milk, then stir in the melted butter. Gently stir this mixture into the dry ingredients, mixing only enough to moisten flour – don’t worry about a few lumps.
In a small bowl, whip the egg whites till stiff. Fold the egg white into the batter. Golden rule: do not overmix.
Heat a large skillet over med-low heat. Drizzle olive oil in to cover the base of the skillet. When the oil shimmers, ladle batter on to the skillet, making pancakes of any size. Drop a handful of frozen blueberries onto the pancakes as they are cooking. Adjust the heat of your stove as necessary; usually the first batch will require higher heat than subsequent batches.
When bubbles appear on the surface and the bottom browns (approximately 2-3 minutes), flip pancake and cook until the second side is lightly browned.
Serve immediately with toppings of your choice, or hold on an ovenproof plate in the heated oven for up to 30 minutes.
When I was 13 years old, I said to my parents, “I want to make pastry.”
~ Michel Willaume
A delightful morning is had by: making pastry for dinner tonight and blogging now to “Coffee Cantata” by Freiburger Barockorchester
Though I am now rapidly running late for work… more thoughts later!
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