Showing posts from July, 2012

Recipe: Thai-Style Quesadilla

As a quick and easy to assemble lunch or dinner--also delicious--this recipe has no equal. I recently made these thai-style quesadillas for friends, and everyone to the last and least gluten-free of the bunch devoured them and asked for more. It's a cheap meal, satisfying, and although not peanut-free, it can be nearly everything-else-free.

Fusion-food has gotten a leg-up recently, and this a perfect example of it at its best.

Thai-Style Quesadilla  [ gluten-free, corn-free, optionally dairy-free ]

(1 serving per tortilla; dbl all other ingredients for each added tortilla)

1 rice tortilla (Trader Joe's Brown Rice Tortillas; although Food For Life work as well)

For inside spread:

1 tbs crunchy peanut butter (TJ's Organic Crunchy PB with Sea Salt)
1 tbs. GF Tamari Soy Sauce
dash sugar / pinch stevia (I generally use stevia)
pinch lime zest OR 1 tbs. lime juice
1 tbs. chopped fresh cilantro
1/4 c. shredded carrot and zucchini
1/4 c. roughly chopped cashews
pinch ginger
pinch ch…

Recipes: Quick-Fix Granola

I miss granola. I grew up between States, between countries, noshing on Trader Joe's Orange Granola, and it brings to mind summer days, canvas bags, the Pacific ocean and sea-brine smell on the air.

But anyhow, that granola is out gluten-free-wise. And I think it may be out Trader Joe's-wise.

That said, I improvised an easy muddle of ingredients a few weeks ago to take on my stint as a camp counselor. It is dairy-free, peanut-free, oat-free and corn-free.

Vanilla-Date Granola

1/2 cup shredded zuchini
1/8 cup toasted/puffed amaranth
1/4 cup teff flour
2-4 shredded/roughly chopped dates
1 tbs oil of choice (or, as I used the first time, the skimmings off the top of a newly opened Once Again Almond Butter)
1 tbs vanilla extract
1/4 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
1 tbs other GF flour (I used buckwheat the first time, amaranth the second: amaranth is a sweeter, nuttier taste)

Mix roughly until well-combined--all flour should be nicely lumped into balls and pieces. Spread flat on p…

Shoestringing It: Like a (GF) Boss

Most people trying to eat gluten-free know the cost--either in time or money, if not both--can be a bit more than eating with the rest of culture, gung-ho, unconscious, and full of whatever's thrown at them.

Personally, I would say that the cost in time more than repays the person taking it--to eat consciously and peacefully is a habit that pays out like anything. But the remainder of the coin shelled out doesn't have an immediate payback. After all, what do you get out of paying triple for hot dog buns, and spending an extra hour driving to the shop that sells them? (Er, perhaps character-building patience practice and acceptance of life-as-is?)
Then there's the question: Can I really afford $6 buns, when ordinary wheat ones cost $1.50, and I've got to buy sausages that are GF to stick in them?
In all honesty, I am DIRT POOR. I haven't got the cash to toss about on new-fangled faux-wheat GF baked goods, breads, new breeds of granola and tiny packages of specially …

It's Not My Life, It's My Life!

I skipped on to Facebook a week or so ago to find this: 

Udi's has done an extraordinary job getting gluten-free out of the mud-buckets of soggy, silty rice bread and peculiar co-op vegan groceries (though I haven't anything against the latter, and nothing against the former if it's in bread pudding or a joke)--but I had an immediate reaction to this banner.
Gluten-free is not my life.  Because  I have a life, I can be gluten-free, and because I can be gluten-free, my quality of life has improved tremendously. But my quality of life devolves with the rapidity of a pool party in a lighting storm when gluten-free--solely and inescapably--becomes my life.
This may sound a little odd--it would have sounded a little odd to me when I was first diagnosed with Celiac disease. At that point, I was so desperate and on-edge, being gluten-free struck me as the be-all and end-all. It drove  me to tears, and new recipes and new brands made me jig; and I planned happily--and sometimes no…

Fellow Bloggers: Spunky Coconut!

Beautiful blog for sweets, inventive flour combinations, and, well, spunk!

The Spunky Coconut

Breakfast, Lunch, Afternoon Tea? Dinner, Supper--

Pippin: "What aboutelevenses?Luncheon?Afternoontea? Dinner? Supper? He knows about them, doesn't he?" 

That was always a favourite quote of mine from The Fellowship of the Ring. And it is the perfect segueway into a recipe that can be a breakfast, elevenses, lunch, afternoon tea, snack--even a dinner or supper if one has the taste for it.

It is an Almond Butter Chocolate Quesadilla (sans cheese, unless one has a bit of cream cheese and can manage dairy).

It is gluten-free, dairy-free, peanut-free, and soy-free.

It makes an excellent easy-packed lunch, or a quick breakfast especially. I like using Trader Joe's rice tortillas, although Food For Life makes a comparable product. (Only be warned: Gluten Free Watchdog has tested various batches of FfL tortillas, and found three to be well over the 20ppm gluten levels.)

Almond Butter Chocolate Quesadillas

1 rice tortilla
1-2 tbs almond butter (Once Again or Maranatha Raw Crunchy)
1 tbs cocoa powder
dash stevia
1/2 tsp vanilla extract…