Friday, January 14, 2011

A week or so ago, I baked a loaf of bread from Bob's Red Mill bread mix. I'm very pleased! It was an easy recipe and came out much lighter and more ''airy' that most of the loaves I've made before, whether from a mix or recipe. I took a couple of photos too and will upload those when I'm finished with this post. I am also very pleased with the flavor and texture of this loaf. A lot more like regular bread. I think this is a mix I will user again!

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Gluten Free Peanut Butter cookies without the Peanut Butter.

Judy Cameron, bless her heart, brought GF Peanut butter cookies to Kay's Christmas tea. They were to die for! And Major and Vince agreed. But, since peanuts are a bit iffy for me, I decided to try making them with Sun Butter instead. He recipe is dead easy! 1 cup peanut butter, 1 cup sugar, 1 egg, 1 tsp vanilla. Mix it up, drop on the cookie sheet (I did spray mine), press down slightly with a fork and bake ca 20 minutes at 350*

So I didn't have all that much Sun Butter left, so I made a half batch using egg substitute. Ok, the texture is a bit different. But Sun Butter has a grainier texture than peanut butter. I think I might cut back on the sugar next time, and maybe use brown sugar instead of white, but I'd say they are pretty much a success. These are a bit drier than Judy's; not as chewy; but my oven tends to be wierd even tho the temp tests as correct at 350*. So next time I might try 325*.

I bet it would work with Cashew Butter too, but cashews don't have as much oil, so I might have to add 1/4 tsp of say, sesame oil.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

How to make GF food I don't have to actually chew.

On 12/29, I topped off 2010 by having some pretty major oral surgery to place 8 dental implants in my upper jaw. This is in anticipation of having permanent bridgework added in about 4 months. The reason I needed the implants is because 1 1/2 years ago, while looking at a house in Ft Wayne that Kay's daughter was interested in renting; I caught my toe on worn carpet on the stairs, and fell. When I landed, my upper teeth collided with the absolutely gorgeous oak surround of the living room entry in this nice little 1930's Craftsman. The result was to snap off 4 of my front teeth at the root, necessitating their removal. If that had been all, there would have been a fairly simple addition of a couple of implants and a bridge. But: One of those teeth was the only thing on that side of my mouth supporting a partial denture. Without that tooth, I could no longer wear a partial - so they all came out.

So far, the owner's insurance company refuses to admit any fault; even though within a couple of days, the owner had a handyman over there nailing down the carpeting on the stair where I'd caught my toe. So I am pursuing the case to recoup at least some of the cost of replacing my front teeth.

And so, to my dilemma. I'm now trying to make tasty, nourishing meals that I don't necessarily have to chew. I have Kefir and yogurt, plus I'd made Vegetable soup in advance. I have eggs, and more soups, but I find myself wandering around my kitchen, opening the refrigerator, scanning the pantry shelf; and everything that looks appealing has to be chewed, or has nuts in it, or dry fruit. Something is definitely missing, but I can't figure it out. I've eaten icecream, but vanilla is not my fave, and the Butter pecan is out, and the mint choc chip has hard chunks of chocolate that I can't bite. Chocolate is pretty much out too, unless I let it dissolve in my mouth

Yesterday morning I made myself a smoothie with a banana, yogurt, pomegranate/blueberry juice & frozen blueberries. But that much cold that early in the morning tends to upset my stomach. Veggie soup for lunch, and for supper last night we had bratwurst that I simmered so they were tender, cottage cheese, and I had some Roasted red pepper & tomato soup as my vegetable. I made succotash for Vince. This morning I made Oatbran cereal with brown sugar & a little milk. More veggie soup for lunch and then tonight we had Turkey vegetable soup with fresh corn muffins. I'm pretty sick of soup!

Does it sound like I'm whining? Well, yes, I am. But it's my blog and I'll whine if I want to, whine if I want to, whine if I want to...You would whine too, if it happened to you... LOL

More another day.