Recipe: easy gluten-free banana pancakes 

  
This is my go-to recipe almost every weekend, because it’s incredibly tasty and simple! This serves me and my other half, but you could freeze some, if you don’t eat as much as us, or increase the quantities, if you have more mouths to feed. 

Ingredients:

2 bananas

2 eggs

1/4 cup plain gluten/wheat-free flour (I use the Dove’s Farm range)

Optional: 1 dessert spoon of chia seeds and a tablespoon of blueberries 

Serve with: honey or maple syrup; seasonal fruit

Method
:

1. Mash the bananas in your mixing bowl, to a consistency that you like (my personal preference is not to have too many big lumps of banana).

2. Chuck all the other ingredients in with the mashed bananas. 

 
3. Mix it all up (by hand or in a mixer) until you have a runny and slightly lumpy consistency – it won’t look terribly appetising!   4. If you have time, leave to rest for 20-30 minutes. I do this because I found that it gives the ingredients time to combine and makes for bigger pancakes.

5. Melt some butter or coconut oil (according to your flavour preferences or whatever you have in) in a large frying pan. Just use enough to cover the base of a large frying pan, not lashings so your pancakes are swimming.   6. Pour in the batter to create four pancakes. It does spread out, but, if they merge, you can use your spatula to divide them up once they start cooking. One of my friends pours her batter into cookie moulds to create fun shapes for her children.   

7. Cook each side of the pancakes on a high heat on the hob for about 3-4 minutes. Some people prefer their pancakes a lighter colour, but I like mine a bit darker, just to make sure they are cooked through!   8. Optional: Serve with honey or maple syrup and berries. Enjoy! 

   

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Eat and Drink: Percy and Founders, Fitzrovia, London W1

  What to do on an extremely rainy August bank holiday? Well, the options were either go to the Notting Hill Carnival or take cover in one of the restaurants on my “To visit” list. Not fancying soggy feet and paying or queuing to go to the loo, I opted for lunch, with unlimited prosecco, at a recent discovery of mine called Percy and Founders. It’s a new venture from the group who run two of my favourite venues in Pimlico, The Orange and the Thomas Cubitt.   

There are nice, high ceilings and the interiors are calm and easy to relax in. I particularly liked the art work everywhere.   

We started with oysters, which were heavenly and vanished within minutes!   

  
Our mains were just as delicious: crab linguine and prawn and lobster fish cakes with parmesan and truffle fries.     

  Dessert was a delectable key lime pie, which I reluctantly shared!   

I’m already looking forward to my next visit!