Thursday, April 18, 2013

{Weekend Rahma #2} Pancake Party!

بِسْــــــــــــــــــــــمِ اﷲِارَّحْمَنِ ارَّحِيم
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Weekend Rahma:

Islam has emphasized the importance of the family unit, and has laid down its governing rules and regulations in great detail in the Qu’ran and in the Sunnah. The family unit is the foundation of societies and the mainframe of civility. 

So in the theme of connecting the family ties, I introduce to you "Weekend Rahma" - little acts of mercy and charity to make life shine. Two times a month on Friday  I will be sharing an idea or inspiration. A small act of love, service or hospitality to honor the people we love.  It's the small gestures that channel our affection and gratitude more than our words ever could, isn't it?

 When a flower blooms, its colour and scent first touch the garden near it, and then spread. In the same way, a Muslim ’s acts of human mercy, charity and kindness should first touch those nearest to him, his family and his neighbours.

This Friday I made a slightly special breakfast for my family, , namely my children! A Pancake Party!

Being inspired by the fabulous creations at Jim's pancakes I thought a special pancake breakfast would be nice for the kids!

I kept it really simple! It wasn't a feast! I didn't break the bank ... and I didn't slave over it for hours!

Here are some easy ways that you could do that:
  • Make a the pancake batter the night before. Here's how I make mine.
  • Use healthy whole grains.
  • Add in some pureed fruit or vegetables into the batter. 
  • Try experimenting with new ingredients such as barely, millet, kamut, spelt, wheat germ, oat bran, wheatberries, flaxmeal, rye or grain-free pancakes. Or mix it up by adding dates, seasonal fruit, vegetables or herbs.
  • Use cookie cutters to form fun and famililar shapes.
  • Create a fun familiar child's figure such as Spiderman.
  • Add natural food coloring such a carrot, beet or orange juice into the batter.
  • Set up a pancake bar with various options for your children to decorate their pancakes with: fruits, chocolate chips, jams, honey, etc.
  • Make cute animals shapes.
  • Introduce some culture and botany to your kids by preparing "spring" themed pancakes.
  • Teach early literacy by spelling out your child's name with pancake letters.
  • Prepare a special coffee concoction for your spouse.
  • For more adult-friendly pancakes, try making savoury pancakes such as these.
  • You can use the opportunity to teach practical life skills like cooking but also fun pancake Math skills like measuring flour, counting eggs, making geometric shaped pancakes, graphing (how many pancakes did each family member eat?), 
  • Make little labels for your containers. I personally love the idea of a blackboard  which can say Pancake Bar or Welcome to the Pancake party. 
  • You could also have a prize for the best pancake!

credit: Jim's pancakes
Here's some pancakes that I've made.

Beghrir choco - Algerian chocolate pancakes with 1000 holes 
Strawberry - Flax pancakes 
Beghrir Express - Algerian pancakes with 1000 holes 
Whole wheat date pancakes with raw date pancake syrup
Remember, keep it simple! You don't have to be an artist or spend too much money. Kids' won't remember the amount of stuff you've bought them or money you've spent on them ... but they'll remember all these "special" moments! 

I'd love it if you'd join me2x a month for Weekend Rahma in intentionally honoring our families with one small and simple gesture. Each "Weekend Rahma", there will be a different, but it will always be an accessible, inexpensive and a cinch to do!

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1 comment:

  1. mashallah that looks so super cute, what a fun idea.


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