Today I saw a pancake and thought of Club Med. There, no matter the country, every afternoon at 4pm they boot up the hot plates and make fresh crepes for all. A petit sprinkle of sugar and a squeeze of lemon later – one usually leads to two..to three..
This however was Planet Organic, a top up treat at the end of three hours of yoga, including an hour of Nidra Yoga – translating basically as Yogic sleep.
I approached the demo stand with some interest. Um they look good I thought and picked up a recipe leaflet: Buckwheat gluten free flour, soya milk, egg replacement this, organic sugar that.. My eyes glazed over: ‘I think I’ll stick to my Mum’s recipe’ I said to the smiley chap behind the stove, but I may as well try one of yours while I’m here’. ‘You can’t beat Mum’s recipe’ he replied, flipping a pancake as he spoke. ‘Here you go’. I looked at the plate – a small delicate round thing of beauty in the middle; a few bubbles and lightly browned. I put a dollop of coconut yogurt with berries in the middle and sat down to eat.
I bit in to a fluffily sponge like warm wrap of deliciousness, the berry filling oozing out, and found myself pleasantly surprised by how delicious it was.
I approached the stand again sheepishly. ‘Ah ha!’ said the chef. ‘Well, they are superb’, I said. ‘A little more crumpet-like I have to say….’ ‘That’s because they have no egg in them: So Mum’s recipe has a challenger?!’ he responded. ‘Well, I’m making hers later but I think I’ll go get a coffee – before I give it up for Lent – and then I’m back for more’. ‘I’ll give you one straight out of the pan next time’ he said, beaming.
As I paid for my drink, I ran into a few of my fellow Yogic Sleep classmates. We giggled. It appears as much as we enjoyed the deep relaxation afforded by the meditation we all wanted that caffeine hit. I popped back for my second pancake, hot off the griddle this time, and then sat down again.
In between bites of my seconds, cradling the warm mug, I savoured the last latte before Easter and thought about balance. Finishing the last drop, I put the slowly cooling cup down and rose to continue my day.