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How to Eat Alone Recipes

The Solitary Galette

The pancake that changed my attitude towards being alone after a disastrous romantic weekend in Paris. From the 'How to eat alone' podcast's introductory episode, here's a recipe for galettes de sarrasin.
The Solitary Galette

This is the recipe from Episode 0 of the 'How to eat alone,' podcast. Listen to the podcast here.

I'd like to introduce you to a pancake that changed my perspective about being alone.  A few years ago, I went on a disastrous romantic weekend with a thoroughly unsuitable human. One of the most frustrating parts of this trip was that we didn’t eat particularly well because he didn’t care about food, something which I found really frustrating. But, there was one place that he took me to which served galette de sarrasins... and it was a brilliant lunch!  Galettes de Sarrasin, are square shaped, crispy, buckwheat pancakes and they can be filled with something savoury or sweet. 

Here's how to make galette de sarassin for one person...

Time: 20 minutes 

Makes: Enough for one person, or enough for two pancakes (which I would personally eat for dinner by myself). If you're not that hungry, you can make one pancake and keep the batter for another time as it will keep for up to 3 days. 

Faff Level: 7/10

Plant Based Diets: To make this vegan, use 60g of aquafaba instead of the egg and use a plant based milk. 


1 egg

50 g buckwheat

150 g of your choice of milk, I use oat milk 

A very hot, well oiled pan 

Toppings of your choice - I sliced half an apple, toasted a handful of walnuts and added a generous dollop of goat cheese. 


1. Whisk all the ingredients together until you have a smooth liquid with no lumps of flour.

2. Spoon the mixture into in a well oiled, really hot pan. What’s important here is that the batter is spread thin. If it’s not thin enough, it wont fold over and you wont get that nice, square shape.

3. Fry for 1-2 minutes either side then transfer it to a baking dish or oven proof plate.

4. Fill the centre of the galette with a filling of your choice - you can crack an egg in, or add mushrooms or cheese or spinach. I had a galette with apple slices, walnuts, honey and goat’s cheese, which was a pretty glorious combination.

5. Once your fillings are in the middle of the galette, fold the edges of the galette into the centre to make a square shaped pancake - the pancake will be square and you’ll just see the filling peeking out from the middle.

6. Pop the dish in an oven set to around 200 degrees celsius for 10 - 12 minutes, or until the pancake starts to crisp on top. 

7. Eat hot! 



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