I froze and then took a gulp of my cocktail.
I had to respond as the second call was even more insistent.
There is a way Grandma bellows my name. No one can replicate it. Every syllable is enunciated and placed, for the moment, on steroids. It is the sort of tone that you cannot ignore. She calls me like this, and it tickles me every single time.
“Yes Grandma, coming,” I yelled back and headed over to the living room to see what she wanted.
I found her sitting propped up in an arm chair, flicking through the Economist on her iPad, and jabbing the screen with her finger. Grandma is a retired veteran journalist and while she is no longer
breaking balls running a newsroom, she makes it her business to keep up with every bit of news as it breaks.
“Yes, Grandma,” I said to let her know I was there, and she said, without looking up, “hello darling, please can you make me banana pancakes for supper?” It was a statement rather than a request.
Then she reached for her Campari cocktail – the twin of the one I was sipping earlier when she summoned me (because at about 4pm we looked at each other and just knew it was cocktail hour because this is how Grandma and I do) – and gave me her most beatific smile.
Well, I had my orders. When your 80-year-old Grandma demands pancakes on a quiet Tuesday evening, you have got to tear yourself away from your online shopping carts in various states of completion and get to cookin’. I looked longingly at a hot pink AQ/AQ dress – the last in my size – and then shut my laptop.
I am pleased to say the results were fabulous. Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you my Banana and Chia Seed Pancakes. I used soya milk this time because that’s all I had, but you can certainly use any other milk you like. You can also swap out the plain flour for any other flour, especially if you want to make them gluten-free. Instead of chia seeds you can use flax seeds or shelled hemp, or crushed nuts or if none of those is available, just make up the amount with flour. It is a really adaptable pancake recipe of the fluffy, American-style variety; which in my opinion is the only righteous way for a pancake to be. And of course it goes without saying that these work fabulously for breakfast too – never mind that we had them for supper!
Both the Huffington Post and PopSugar have interesting articles on Chia seeds and why you should add them to your diet. In Lagos, they are available at the Fig Health Store in Lekki 1. If you are reading this and know of anywhere else to get this, please leave a comment and let other people know.
Recipe below. Enjoy! xx