Wow. Portland is beautiful in the Summer. But what a Summer we've had here. We've experienced record temperatures and acres of forest lost in wildfires. The wildfires have been on everyone’s mind here while national attention has focused on the hurricanes affecting the Southeast US and Caribbean. Locals have been evacuated, highways closed, state and national treasures destroyed or threatened and the worst air quality in the nation affecting Portlanders’ health.
This morning relief came in the form of rain. We woke to a Portland kind of morning - cool, cloudy, and gray with the air heavy with moisture. Rain is on the agenda today! The weather transition is late in coming and offers a feeling normality to the oddly hot and long-lasting Summer.
As we struggle to wake on this gray heavy day, William decides to make GF pancakes. We’ve been in Portland for a couple of months now and since we’re here temporarily, I haven’t made my GF pancake mix from scratch, nor have I made almond milk. We have a great local Co-Op - People’s Co-Op - where I purchase high quality, organic, and local ingredients, including GF organic pancake mix.
William reviews his ingredients with me to be sure he has everything he needs. I forgot to buy cinnamon, so he adds some Golden Milk powder for spice.
2 c. GF flour mix
1.5 TBSP Baking Powder
2 TBSP Golden Milk powder
dash of Salt
He mixes these in a large mixing bowl using a whisk and then adds the wet ingredients.
1 TBSP Olive Oil
1 tsp. Vanilla (or more depending on your taste)
Almond Milk (or other milk) to your preferred consistency
It’s a perfect day for the anti-inflammatory effects of the Golden Milk. William is noticing that every injury he has ever had is "talking" to him due to the damp weather. The pancakes are awesome! The texture is light and the spice is just right with pure maple syrup.
After our yummy breakfast, it’s off to the office – our autumn is gearing up to be a busy one . We start traveling this week to launch our gem facial sets and to teach their use both in professional settings and at home. We look forward to seeing you in Salt Lake City, Oregon, Washington, Phoenix, and Los Angeles. Check out our calendar to see when we'll be near you!
Dr. Christine Girard is a physician and educator. Prior to medical school, she worked as a sous chef and baker at a vegan, macrobiotic restaurant. She lives off-grid in Northern Arizona.