Marche des Producteurs de Pays

This week France rather quietly announced that visitors from the U.S. and Canada were allowed to come to the country without any restrictions. Things are still moving in the direction of getting back to normal, and while last year is still sort of a haze to me, I believe the markets in Paris remained open the entire time, operating under different conditions. Outdoor markets are…

This week France rather quietly announced that visitors from the U.S. and Canada were allowed to come to the country without any restrictions. Things are still moving in the direction of getting back to normal, and while last year is still sort of a haze to me, I believe the markets in Paris remained open the entire time, operating under different conditions. Outdoor markets are extremely important in France and, of course, pre-dated les supermarchés which are now everywhere and have more agreeable hours – some are now even open on Sundays, which was controversial when it happened. But the outdoor markets take place six days a week in Paris, and in a country where holidays and vacations, and Sundays, are sacred, they remain open no matter what, even on Christmas, Easter, and New Year’s Day.

The outdoor markets are an integral part of French life and while in Paris there are over 100 marchés alimentaires (food markets), many of the stands are run by négotiants, or middle-men and women, who get their fruits, vegetables, meats, poultry, and fish from Rungis, the wholesale market outside of the city. There are many small farms in France but many stay, and sell, only in their regions due to their size. So I’m always happy when I see signs posted about an upcoming Marché des Producteurs de Pays, where you can buy things directly from the growers and producers, who bring their foods to the city.

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Buckwheat Pancakes

Ever tried buckwheat pancakes? Sure, they aren’t the prettiest pancakes around, but they make up for their humble appearance with wonderful flavor and texture. Buckwheat, a gluten-free…

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buckwheat pancakes recipe

Ever tried buckwheat pancakes? Sure, they aren’t the prettiest pancakes around, but they make up for their humble appearance with wonderful flavor and texture. Buckwheat, a gluten-free relative of rhubarb, has a delicate, almost nutty flavor all its own.

Thanks to the buckwheat flour, these pancakes are naturally gluten free! These pancakes possess a light and airy consistency that quietly surrenders to the pressure of a fork and soaks up maple syrup like a sponge. I just love them.

buckwheat pancake ingredients

This recipe was originally adapted from a fun cookbook called Pancakes, by fellow food blogger Adrianna Adarme of A Cozy Kitchen. I visit Adrianna’s blog any time I need some creative recipe inspiration or a laugh, which is often.

It’s been eight years, so I’m revisiting this recipe to update the photos. I also tweaked the recipe a bit to work even better with 100 percent buckwheat flour. I added another egg and a smidge more flour. Hope you’ll give them a try soon!

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Vegan Bacon Bits

The best allergy-friendly, quick & easy Vegan Bacon Bits ever. Nope, not the usual soy-based or nut-based option. We turned cooked buckwheats into delicious, smoky, crispy bacon bits you can use in any of your favorite recipes. We don’t reall…

The best allergy-friendly, quick & easy Vegan Bacon Bits ever. Nope, not the usual soy-based or nut-based option. We turned cooked buckwheats into delicious, smoky, crispy bacon bits you can use in any of your favorite recipes. We don’t really do fake meats. Not at least in a sense to try to replicate the texture...

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Ultra-thin Gluten-free Pizza Crust

Ultra-thin, no-knead, easy to roll, and without any specialty flour mix. Are these the features you are looking for in a gluten-free pizza crust? If yes, let me tell you this recipe will deliver. I know it as I tested and tweaked this gluten-free pizza…

Ultra-thin, no-knead, easy to roll, and without any specialty flour mix. Are these the features you are looking for in a gluten-free pizza crust? If yes, let me tell you this recipe will deliver. I know it as I tested and tweaked this gluten-free pizza dough recipe for years. When it comes to gluten-free baking,...

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Gluten-free Pop Tarts (with 3 Flavors!)

I am telling you that you can make delicious Homemade Pop Tarts! And I have 3 different flavors for you to try: frosted strawberry, brown sugar cinnamon, and cinnamon apple pie. There is no long list of weird ingredients, no box mix, only a couple of s…

I am telling you that you can make delicious Homemade Pop Tarts! And I have 3 different flavors for you to try: frosted strawberry, brown sugar cinnamon, and cinnamon apple pie. There is no long list of weird ingredients, no box mix, only a couple of simple pantry staples. The best part is that these...

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Flaky Vegan Gluten-free Pie Crust

Do you need a perfect flaky vegan AND gluten-free pie crust without pricey GF flour mix, without xanthan gum and other unusual ingredients? This recipe is exactly what you need. It is easy to mix, easy to roll and delicious. You can use it to make swee…

Do you need a perfect flaky vegan AND gluten-free pie crust without pricey GF flour mix, without xanthan gum and other unusual ingredients? This recipe is exactly what you need. It is easy to mix, easy to roll and delicious. You can use it to make sweet or savory pies of all kinds.  Pie crusts...

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Easy Gluten-free Vegan Crepes

Easy-to-make, thin, rollable French crepes that are not only vegan (aka eggless and dairy-free), but gluten-free as well. You will not need any fancy gluten-free flour mix to do it, only 5 simple, pantry ingredients and they are ready in a hitch. …

Easy-to-make, thin, rollable French crepes that are not only vegan (aka eggless and dairy-free), but gluten-free as well. You will not need any fancy gluten-free flour mix to do it, only 5 simple, pantry ingredients and they are ready in a hitch.  Eating vegan and gluten-free might not be easy at first, but there are...

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Caramelised Banana Buckwheat Bread

Thanks to Doves Farm for sponsoring this post. Doves Farm has a new feel-good, colourful look, which celebrates the joy of home baking. To celebrate this, I’m sharing 2 of my favourite feel-good recipes. Banana bread must be one of the most well-loved things to bake in the UK! It’s not surprising though as it’s such a simple thing to make and uses up those brown bananas from the fruit bowl or freezer. When I was growing up my mum would bake a simple banana bread, often with walnuts and demerara sugar on top for crunch. We’d eat slices of it with cream cheese as a comforting afternoon snack. It’s such a classic, easy bake which everyone loves, which makes it ideal as a feel-good gift for friends and family. Over the years I’ve made many iterations of banana bread. One of my favourite little twists to do is to swap out a portion of the plain flour for Doves Farm organic wholemeal buckwheat flour. I find this makes for a very tender, light banana bread with a nutty, earthy flavour which goes so well with the sweetness of the bananas. Due to the lack of gluten in buckwheat flour, […]

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Thanks to Doves Farm for sponsoring this post. Doves Farm has a new feel-good, colourful look, which celebrates the joy of home baking. To celebrate this, I’m sharing 2 of my favourite feel-good recipes.

Banana bread must be one of the most well-loved things to bake in the UK! It’s not surprising though as it’s such a simple thing to make and uses up those brown bananas from the fruit bowl or freezer. When I was growing up my mum would bake a simple banana bread, often with walnuts and demerara sugar on top for crunch. We’d eat slices of it with cream cheese as a comforting afternoon snack. It’s such a classic, easy bake which everyone loves, which makes it ideal as a feel-good gift for friends and family.

Over the years I’ve made many iterations of banana bread. One of my favourite little twists to do is to swap out a portion of the plain flour for Doves Farm organic wholemeal buckwheat flour. I find this makes for a very tender, light banana bread with a nutty, earthy flavour which goes so well with the sweetness of the bananas. Due to the lack of gluten in buckwheat flour, I like to combine it with a small amount of plain white flour to help the loaf hold together well.

This batter is super easy to blend up so takes little time to prep. I use really ripe, frozen bananas which I’ve let defrost at room temp until they’re completely soft. They usually seep some liquid when this happens so make sure they’re in a shallow bowl of some kind as you don’t want to lose any of that moisture!

I sprinkled some buckwheat groats onto the cake batter before baking which crisp up in the oven for an easy, crunchy topping to the cake – delicious but optional! You can always replace the buckwheat groat sprinkle with some roughly chopped walnuts or pecans.

Stockists for Doves Farm Organic Wholemeal Buckwheat Flour are Morrisons, Ocado, Sainsbury’s, Tesco, Waitrose & Partners, dovesfarm.co.uk


Caramelised Banana Buckwheat Bread

Yield: serves 12-16

A vegan caramelised banana loaf cake made with nutty buckwheat flour & topped with crispy crunchy buckwheat groats

Ingredients

Banana Buckwheat Batter:

Caramelised bananas:

  • 1 or 2 small, ripe bananas
  • 30g (2 tbsp) unsalted butter or vegan butter
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • Pinch of ground cinnamon
  • 2 tbsp buckwheat groats, optional

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C fan (350°F). Grease and line an 8-inch square cake tin or a 2lb loaf tin with baking paper.
  2. Place the overripe bananas, sugar, oil, salt and cloves into a blender or food processor and blitz until smooth (or alternatively use a stick blender in a large bowl to blitz together). Add the flours and bicarbonate of soda and blend again to combine.
  3. Pour the batter into your prepared cake tin and set aside.

For the caramelised bananas:

  1. Peel your 1 or 2 ripe bananas (I like to use 1 if I’m making a loaf cake or 2 if I’m baking a square cake) and slice in half down their length.
  2. Heat the butter, maple syrup and cinnamon in a medium non-stick frying pan over a medium heat. Once the butter has fully melted, add the bananas cut side-down into the frying pan. Fry for a couple of minutes until the undersides start to get a bit golden.
  3. Gently lift the bananas from the pan, taking care not to touch the hot caramel. Place them, cut side-up onto the cake batter. Drizzle over any remaining caramel from the pan then sprinkle on the buckwheat groats (if using).
  4. Bake for 25-30 minutes (if baking in a square tin) or 50-60
    minutes (if baking in a loaf tin)
    until a toothpick inserted into the centre of the cake comes out clean.

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Flourless Grain-free Tortilla

Flourless, grain-free, whole foods, high protein tortilla that is not only soft and easy to make but the healthiest thing you can imagine to have on taco night. Beginners are welcome as you don’t need a tortilla press to make these.  It is so dam…

Flourless, grain-free, whole foods, high protein tortilla that is not only soft and easy to make but the healthiest thing you can imagine to have on taco night. Beginners are welcome as you don’t need a tortilla press to make these.  It is so damn hard to find a good gluten-free tortilla. The first one...

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Juicy Vegan Lentil Loaf (Grain-free!)

The Best Vegan Lentil Loaf should be deliciously rich, moist and juicy, and easy to make. Well, the good news is that you don’t need to look any further. Jump to the recipe and check out how our secret ingredient makes this Lentil Loaf the best e…

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