This is something I just can’t categorize. Its a recipe, a time traveling post, a new addition in the #ammherbarium… So I will just leave it here and let you decide what you want to do with it.
Yesterday night when we found out that it is going to rain AGAIN, we decided to get wet somewhere else this time. Lately, each night ends with some rain here in Cluj and that means for us 3 muddy dogs we have to wash. This kinda became frustrating and boring in the same time, and we needed a change. We went for our evening walk to Aghires, a commune 30 km away from Cluj. There is a lake we call the Blue Lagoon.
It was formed over an old mine, and it has a beautiful azure shade due to the high amount of kaolin underwater. I LOVE this place! It’s just magical and it looks a bit exotic with it’s sandy soil and the little robinia pseudoacacia “forest” on one part.
The timing was perfect for this little trip, because just a few days ago, my mom asked me if I can remember the acacia pancakes we used to eat when I was a child. And of course I did and I was craving for it ever since it came up. So I picked some flowers for our dinner. You are what you eat, they say. Hope it’s true.
Here’s what you need for 2:
- 8-10 clusters of acacia
- 300 gr of flour
- 1 tablespoon of baking powder
- 1 tablespoon of sugar
- 1 tablespoon of vanilla extract
- 400 ml of plant based milk
- 1 tablespoon of oil for cooking
- some powdered sugar
We washed and dryed the acacia clusters, for the pancakes. (Erno usually uses a random vegan pancake recipe like this one, as I never make pancakes. I think it’s a man’s job so he is in charge for that. Of course you can use your favorite pancakes recipe if you already have one). When the dough is ready you can mix the flowers in it and start making them floral pancakes. 🌺 When ready just put some powdered sugar over it or cocoa powder and enjoy!
It tastes like childhood, even if we used to make them in a different way back then, (with eggs), but we couldn’t find a vegan version just yet. We will keep looking and trying, for now this is all we got but we loved it and I think it is worth to be shared.
Black locust is a medium sized hardwood deciduous tree belonging to the tribe robinieae. It has a straight trunk and narrow crown that grows scraggly with age. It needs lots of sunlight and dry soil. Young trees might be spiny, but mature ones often lack spines. Black locust flowers in the early summer and it’s creamy white flowers appear in large clusters. They smell and taste like honey.