Friday is a gift from Allah (glorious and exalted is He) to the Muslims. So a while ago I decided I was going to try and make Friday sort of a big deal in our house. Culturally Friday has been a day off in Muslim countries, until a few years ago they started to change that to keep up with the business days and economies of the West.
So children today are sort of deprived of that anticipation of Friday that we had. From breakfast to dinner, it was pretty much a celebration (also because it was the weekend). Bathing, wearing your nice clothes, going to the mosque, shopping and hanging out with the family. Unfortunately in the Pakistani culture women never went to the mosque, although I heard this is now changing, thankfully. It is a great injustice I think. It is a missed opportunity to keep women away from mosques in Pakistan and the consequences of keeping the women generally away from Islamic education has caused the biggest loss for our generation, many just left to wander blindly in our ignorance.
Anyway, it is a massive topic which cannot be addressed in this post, because this is about pancakes.
On Friday we have pancakes for breakfast and I would take Khaled on our infamous bus/train trips (that I have often blogged about) as a special treat. We also have no therapies on Friday and try our best to make it to the mosque to be with the community.
Here is the recipe for Friday pancakes. It does keep changing though, which is the best part about pancakes, you can't go wrong!
My measurements usually go by "some of xyz" but I tried to keep track of quantities today.
Organic Brown Rice Flour 1 cup Organic Tapioca Flour 2 tablespoons Organic Coconut Flour 1 tablespoon 1 really ripe banana 1 egg 1/4 tsp baking powder (maybe 1/2 ? I am bad at measuring) 1/4 cup ghee or sunflower oil (or was it more? aargh) Almond milk - seriously this I just kept adding until I got the right viscosity. Lets just say 1/3 cup! (or more!)
Sometimes we add cinnamon. My husband (if he is around to make them, wants chocolate chips in his!! Khaled hates chocolate).
The only time Khaled will set the table mindfully on his own, without being asked is for pancakes.