On a Pancake mission – Day 3

Its ok that day 3 is almost a year later right? 😀

My sister in law sent me some links to recipes using chick pea water instead of eggs. Pretty cool right? Im sure you have seen some floating around also. Of course being me, I didn’t save any of the recipes she sent me, but who needs a recipe right? I made my own.

This is a small batch (will feed 2-3), double the amounts of flour and milk for a larger batch.

You will need:

  • 1.5 dl gluten free flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • a pinch of salt
  • 1-2 tablespoons of sugar
  • 1.5dl milk
  • 1 egg – or in this case, the “juice” from 1 jar of chick peas.

I used an electric whisk to combine it all and fried my pancakes in butter.

These pancakes were easy to fry, again, careful with the heat, they burn pretty easy! Taste wise they taste like the real thing! Daughter gave them a 5/5 and a visitor (not GF or Egg free) said they taste like pancakes! Cant get much better then that! I really liked these, not doughy at all. My favourite so far!

You cant taste the chickpea juice at all.

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Crazy about Dahl

I have a thing about dahl lately. My kids have a thing about dahl lately too! Sons thing is eating 2-3 bowls of it in one sitting, and daughters thing is refusing to eat any at all. Ho hum, you cant win them all.

Did you know you can make kick ass awesome dahl without having a cupboard full of fancy spices?

Let me teach you my base dahl, then you can play around with it and create your own version.

You will need: (No measurements, sorry, I suck, I know!)

  • Lentils
  • 1 onion
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • tumeric
  • fresh ginger
  • 1-2 tomatoes
  • 1 lemon or lime
  • chilli – optional

for different variations you can add spinnach, chickpeas, paprika, different coloured lentils, carrots…. the sky is the limit 🙂

So, you need lentils. For a starter outer I suggest red lentils. Wash them well and pop them in a large saucepan with water. Id say 2 cups of lentils and 4 of water, add more water if needed. Add about half a teaspoon of tumeric. Bring to a boil and turn the heat down. Red lentils are pretty fast so you can start prepping your other stuff almost straight away.

Finely chop your onion, if you have a kid who thinks onion is poisonous like me, then you can puree the onion in a mini chopper. Its magic. I do this all the time and point blank lie. Works a treat.

Mince your garlic (one of them garlic press majiggys is perfect).

Slice or chop a small amount of chilli, I use red for more colour but use such a minute amount it really doesn’t give much spice at all.  Add the chilli to your garlic pile.

Grate or slice some fresh ginger. I always keep mine in the freezer, so its easy to scrape off the amount I need with a sharp knife. Add the ginger to your garlic and chilli pile.

Cube your tomato. Some say to take the peel off, I dont bother.

Once your lentils are close to done then continue with these final steps.

Add your oil of choice to a frying pan, I use extra virgin olive oil, over low to medium heat fry the onions taking care to not burn them or let them go brown. You want them soft. This will take about 4 minutes. Then add your garlic, chilli, ginger pile. Take extra care now to not let this burn, burnt garlic is not nice.

Once your lentils are done, add all your goodness from your frying pan in to the lentils and also add your tomato. Add salt and squeeze half a lemon or lime in to your dahl.

I like to add a few leaves of baby spinach, it gives such awesome colour.

Once you graduate from this dahl you can start using more grownup lentils and spices if you like 🙂 The one pictured has baby spinach and the lentils are brown and red mix. YUM!

I serve mine with a naughty blob of butter 🙂 You can make it less liquidy and eat it with rice too.

Swedish Coconut Balls!

Yes, I know, this recipe starts out with you doing a double take and going, “coconut balls?????”

All Swedish kids grew up with coconut balls, its not something parents generally make, instead the kids do it, its an activity and a sweet treat all in one. Although in Swedish, kokos bollar doesnt sound so, eeehm…. wrong? lol

Once upon a time some people called this something else that is very very racist, those people are now being told to say chocolate balls instead. Im not sure what all the hu haa is about to begin with, I have always said coconut balls as have most my friends and family. So coconut balls is what you will call them as well 🙂

This recipe will not work if you cant tolerate oats. Make sure you buy proper glutenfree oats and not any old oats, as normal oats can contain a fair amount of gluten.

You will need:

  • 100g butter, room temperature
  • 1.5 dl sugar
  • 3 tablespoons coco powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla sugar (scrap this if you dont have it)
  • 2 tablespoons strong coffee (or water if you dont want to risk making the kids hyper)
  • 5 dl GF oats
  • desiccated coconut, for rolling the balls

The rest is really very simple. Add all the ingredients in a bowl and get your kids to mix it.

Really really mix it, squish, sqash, knead, bash….. until its all mixed. Then roll the mix in to small balls which you then roll in coconut. Once done, refrigerate. Then eat. Or eat as you make it. With a spoon. Then you can skip the coconut too 😛

For a healthier version play around with it, add some coconut oil, chia seeds, less sugar etc. The possibilities are endless.

Enjoy!

Bone Broth vs Stock

I see a gazillion people out there asking about the difference between broth and stock, and another gazillion who think its the same thing. It is, and yet its absolutely not.

See, they both do the same thing in terms of taste and flavour, but thats where the similarities end.

A stock and a broth start out the same way, but where as you would finish off a stock just a few short hours later, the broth keeps going for a day or even two to get all the valuable nutrients out of the bone and in to the broth. Stock is great to flavour soups and sauces, broth can be used in the same way, but oh my goodness (pun intended) the nutrient value is just oh so much better.

Can you buy broth? Not really unless you find a stall that sells it, most broth you find in a supermarket etc is actually stock. I used to make all my own stock anyway, so taking that extra step to make broth was not a big deal at all. The only adjustment I made was investing in a slow cooker, Im just not comfortable leaving stuff on the stove while I sleep or when I leave the house. A slow cooker is a safer option (in my head at least).

There are probably as many versions of stock / broth recipes out there as there are personalities, but here is my version!

In to a large pot or slow cooker, put:

  • 1 good quality chicken, organic if you can get it, if not, at the very least get free range.
  • 2 small onions, no need to chop, just slice in half
  • 3 carrots, if organic, don’t bother peeling, just wash and pop the whole thing in (if not organic, peel and trim the top and bottom off).
  • 3 stalks of celery, if organic, pop in as is, if not , trim top and bottom off.
  • 1 parsnip. Im not a huge fan of parsnip, so I add only one, you can add two, but be aware if you add 3 the broth will taste of parsnip.
  • 3-4 garlic cloves (optional). No need to even peel, just plop them in the pot.
  • a good amount of good quality salt, I use himalayan pink salt, use whatever you usually use, if you are a “normal table salt” user, take some time to investigate the health benefits of a good quality salt. You will thank me for it. I promise.
  • Black pepper, yum. It needs it, add a good amount.
  • Add enough water to cover your chicken.

NOTE: You are supposed to add 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar to help the bones release their nutrients, I don’t always bother doing this with chicken, but for other bone broths you should absolutely do this and let the bones sit in the cold water with the vinegar and bits in for about 30 minutes before turning on the heat.

Set your slow cooker on high, or if in a large pot on stove, bring to a boil. If your chicken is good quality there shouldn’t be much scummy stuff to remove, but look out for it and spoon off as needed (Scummy stuff looks like dirty dishwater, browny bubbly stuff, its the impurities leaving the chicken). Once this is done you can lower the heat if its a pot on the stove, leave a slow cooker on high.

Slow cooker version:

After about 4 hours, remove the chicken from the pot and take the meat off. Add all the bones and bits back to the pot. At this point I also like to taste test and add more salt and pepper if needed. Lower slow cooker temp to low. Add more water as needed. Then give your broth another 12-24 hours. Keep an eye on it and add more water as needed. Once done, strain the bits out and discard (I use a rice strainer for this). If you want to remove the fat you can let it cool in fridge and then remove the fatty top layer. I leave mine in and freeze in small portions.

Stove top version:

After about 1-2 hours, remove your chicken from the pot and take the meat off. Add all the bones and bits back to the pot. At this point I also like to taste test and add more salt and pepper if needed. Make sure your broth is at a very gentle simmer, on my cooker lvl 2-3 is perfect. Add more water as needed. Give your broth another 12-24 hours. Keep an eye on it and add more water as needed. If you need to go out for say 2-3 hours, you can turn the heat off and turn it back on once you return. If you sleep with the cooker going, make sure you add water before bed, and please be careful.

Once your broth is done, strain the bits out and discard (I use a rice strainer for this). If you want to remove the fat you can let it cool in fridge and then remove the fatty top layer. I leave mine in and freeze in small portions.

For stock:

Boil for 2-3 hours only after removing the meat. This is insanely good still, its just not broth.

How to use it:

Regardless of if its stock or broth you made, you can use it the same way. I add it to anything I can think of! I use it to boil my quinoa and millet, I use it to make sauces and obviously soups. I also drink it in a cup in the evenings, and its actually delicious! Add a spoon of tumeric for even more health benefits.

Variations:

Use beef, pork or lamb bones (pre roast for yummy flavour). Boil these for 24-48 hours. After discarding the bits you can save the bones and use them for a second batch!

Add herbs, ginger, and other flavourings.

Always use good quality bones, you don’t want the hormone fed on antibiotics standing in the dark animal bones, you want the happy kind, from animals who roam free and eat grass the way nature intended.

Happy brothing!

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I added tomatoes in the one above to see how it would affect the flavour, pretty nice 🙂

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Zucchini Fritters

Im back on LCHF. Because you know… Im getting a bit to blobby. Yesterday I had SUCH bad cravings for crisps or popcorn and sweets and, well, pretty much anything non LCHF. So Pinterest to the rescue (again) and I found some zucchini fritters. Hurraaah. I had what I needed in the fridge! So, 1 zucchini got itself sliced and 1 chunk of parmesan got itself mini choppered in to a powder and in the oven it went. and about 10 minutes later I had this AWESOME snack in my mouth, and the kids LOVED it which is always a bonus when you have kids, so Im totally doing this again. Forgot to take photo of finished product because piggy here had to eat them straight away. Ha.

So easy. Slice zucchini, add grated parmesan (I salted and peppered my parmesan to add flavour), add some evoo and pop in a hot oven for 5-10 minutes. Thin slices = crispy yummy zucchini thingies, thicker slices = softer and SO delicious! Originally saw this on pinterest here zucchini fritters,  if you search zucchini fritters or baked zucchini on pinterest, you will see HUNDREDS 🙂 -Linda

Stress + Food = weight gain!

I am the heaviest I have ever been, I actually weigh more now then I did when I was pregnant! Im not super fat, Im actually not really overweight even, but having always been super skinny I feel like a huge big blob!

60kg, I mean hello? I never thought I would weigh a number like that (I am 162cm).

LCHF was great for me, I started in June last year and quickly lost 2-3 kg, then stalled a bit but kept at it because I felt great. Then cheated lots at Christmas and in January I fell off the wagon completely, not my fault really, I was in hospital with celiac kid and lived on bread. Just didn’t really manage to go carb free again after that. To much stress and with the stress this hunger that can only be “cured” by eating popcorn, quinoa, millet and potatoes. Not the worst carbs in the world perhaps but carbs all the same.

Then the weight gain, aaaagh. Been reading about stress and cortisol and what it does to your body, puts you in fight or flight mode, long term stress has a direct link to belly fat, which is where all my fat sits! So I guess I am forgiven? Things have been so crappy lately I figured if a piece of chocolate makes me feel better then I totally deserve a piece of chocolate… right?

I will go back on LCHF, when Im good and ready, I will also start doing my steps properly again with my fitbit. When you are at home with an unwell kid or in hospital then its hard to go above 3k steps!

For those of you who want some LCHF inspiration, check out my LCHF album on facebook! 

-Linda

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Goji Berry and Blue Cheese Salad

Originally Posted on Gluten Free UAE in January 2012

Just my kind of meal, no cooking required!

You will need:
Baby Spinach
Blue Cheese (I used Cambozola, its rich and creamy and perfect for this salad, any blue cheese will do, just be careful as although most are gluten free some are not)
Tomatoes
Goji Berries

Rinse your spinach well and get rid of any big stems by pinching them off.
Roughly chop your tomatoes and cut the cheese in to cubes.
Line your plate with the spinach, top with the tomatoes and cheese and finally, throw on a handful of Goji berries.

I drizzle mine with some extra virgin olive oil, then add some salt & black pepper.

Thats it 🙂 Enjoy!

-Linda