Thursday, July 26, 2012

Crunch Time

It's getting down to crunch time here in the land I love.  Just two weeks left before I am back on American soil.  Wow.

I'm going to be taking a blogging hiatus from both blogs until then.

See you on the flip side!

Homemade Corn Tortilla with Sweet Potatoes and Chicken

Roasted Mangoes and Red Onions with Black Rice Pasta in Thai Curry Sauce

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Honey Butter Cornbread

When I was little, one of my favorite weekend breakfasts was cornbread dotted with butter and covered doused in real maple syrup.  This was also my dad's favorite breakfast, so the two of us would sit at our kitchen island and talk politics and eat syrupy cornbread.  I felt awfully grown up.

Unfortunately, the long list of ingredients on out boxed cornbread mix scared me long before they were actually off limits.  I don't think partially hydrogenated vegetable oil belongs in any meal, much less breakfast.  Today, I had a real breakfast cornbread craving, and with all the ingredients tucked safely in my fridge and cupboard, I decided to go for it.  The results were, in a word, perfect.  In fact, I'm devouring a nice big piece with butter and syrup as we speak.

Keep reading for the natural, sweet, wholesome, and delicious version of my favorite cornbread from childhood.

Friday, July 20, 2012

Lemon Almond Pancakes

Last time I made gluten-free pancakes, they were pretty gross.  Rubbery, flat, and 100% blah.  After making both cookies and cake from almond flour, I realized I really liked the stuff.  My last almond-flour pancake experiment was also semi-successful, so I had a good idea it might work.  To "replace" the gluten (what keeps regular wheat pancakes together) I used a lot of eggs -4, in fact.

I came up with this recipe.  It's not perfect yet, but the best GF recipe I've tried.  Simple, too, because it doesn't use an abundance of gums and blends and extras.  The only big thing I'd change is fiddling about to reduce one of the eggs.  These were quite eggy.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Tall, Dark, and Handsome

My parents both really like Medjool Dates.  I can't stand the things.  I think they taste weird.  I pick them out of my granola, I extract them from salads.  I don't understand how some people rave about them and call them dessert. Where I come from, a chocolate craving must be honored.

So how did I choose to make these?  I am a big fan of no or low added sugar.  In fact, most of the time I make dessert, I reduce the sugar by at least a quarter or substitute with honey.  I use raw sugar whenever I can.  Making a delicious cookie with fruit as the sweetener?  Yes please!

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Food and You: Healthy? NOT.


College can be a really difficult time to eat healthy.  Even if you steer clear of pizza and too many cookies, there are lots of things we are told are healthy that actually aren't.  After the jump, see a list of five common so-called "healthy" foods and better substitutions, as well as a "bonus" tip ;)

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

The Simplest (and most delicious) Soup Ever

Yes, it's summer.  Yes, I had a craving for tomato soup and grilled cheese.  Lucky thing, because the farmstands are totally overflowing with fresh, glowy, beautiful tomatoes.  I knew these beauties could really shine in soup, so I went ahead and picked up just over two kilos (four and a half pounds) of assorted tomatoes -green and stripey, romas, yellow, red, sauce tomatoes.  They were all perfect and ripe and juicy and colorful.  Just look!

Strawberry Cake

Mmmmmmmm, delicious.  That's what I thought when I saw that cake on this sweetly-named website.  My first foray into gluten-free sweets was a pretty delicious success.  I (as usual) made a couple changes to suit my tastes, what I had, and what was in season.  Without further ado, pics (cause you know you want them) and my adaptations.

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Arepa Caprese Sandwiches

Whew.  This whole "no bread" thing is quite the challenge.  Thankfully I discovered the "Arepa" a kind of South American corn English muffin.  Incredibly simple to make and very delicious with a wide array of spreads, they're my new go to.

Saturday, July 14, 2012

New Leaf

It's been a couple weeks now, folks, but my silence has been for a good reason.

For a variety of reasons, cutting gluten out of my diet was a much-needed change.  I cannot begin to explain how much better I feel and look -inside and out.  I didn't know I could feel so GOOD.  No idea that I could have so much energy and feel pleasantly sated after eating.  All full and happy tummy, clearer skin, and bright shiny eyes over here :)  And so much ENERGY!  ENERGY!  ENERGY!  Did I mention that?