First of all I’m proud to say that it feels like living my second life. After the death of my sister almost 15 years ago, breaking up my first marriage almost 13 years ago, I took a second chance with Iris. It still feels as if I gained the life that my sister lost, and I really want to enjoy it for 200%. The decision to move abroad gave us the opportunity to have real quality time as a couple. I willingly stopped my career in Belgium as family physician, after almost 30 years. I always loved cooking, organizing dinners, reading cookbooks, in between my, often, more than fulltime job. How did I do that?? I just did it, without questioning. Today, I have time, enjoy it more than ever, but it remains rather difficult to understand how I did it in my past life.
Please, do not consider this post as a question to you. It is a daily reflection of my ‘second’ life knowing that a lot of people struggle to find their way in the unpredictable track.
If you’re still reading…what about pumpkin pancakes?
Most pumpkins, even the most tasty ones, are too big for 2p. Remove skin, seeds. Weigh the amount you need, 500 grams today. Chop the rest of it, put in an oven dish or in baking paper. Mix with bay leaves, fresh rosemary, some unpeeled garlic cloves and a drizzle of olive oil. Cover with aluminum foil and bake in the oven ( while using the oven for another recipe) until tender, approximately 1h.
Grate the 500 grams of pumpkin in a kitchen robot. Mix with 1egg, 170 ml of semi skimmed milk, 2 teaspoons of grinded cumin, 1 teaspoon of paprika powder, 1/2 of a teaspoon of cayenne pepper, 4 chopped garlic cloves, 80 grams of flour. Taste, add pepper and salt. Store in the fridge until dinner time.
Put baking paper on a oven tray. Spread some olive oil. Spread 5-6 piles of pumpkin mixture and create circles.
Bake in the preheated oven at 180° for 30-40 mins. Turn halfway.
Serve the pancakes with a green salad, some maple syrup, crispy chicken filet seasoned with pepper, salt and cumin ( or a vegetarian variety),green salad and the last coriander of the season.
PS the leftover pancakes are perfect as lunch for the following day.
PS never stop questioning your life, but never forget : live it as intense as possible!