Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Breakfast!


Every morning for breakfast I had been making up some Namaste Gluten Free Pancakes. And they were great! But....I had to make them. So for during the week when I squeeze in every ounce of sleep I can before work, these just weren't working. I had read another person's blog that said they made extra pancakes on the weekend and then refrigerated leftovers for during the week. However, I am not the type of person that can have a huge stack of hot pancakes in front of them and have leftovers!

So when my co-op started carrying Van's Wheat Free/Gluten Free frozen waffles, I was hopeful. Oh buddy, these suckers are GOOD! I would never know that they are gluten free! I first had the buckwheat and they were good, but then my next box was Homestyle. OOHH!! Really good. Crisp with lots of flavor! I also am trying to live a low sugar lifestyle, so I don't use syrup BUT these waffles are good with just a smattering of Earth Balance!

I have an appointment with a nutritionist actually tomorrow, but I have been doing a little bit of reading on my own as well. I had read that it was important to get in some protein in the mornings so I have also been pairing my morning waffles with a hard boiled egg. Yum! Dipped in mustard...really yum!

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Fried Chicken



So I'm going to have to change my blog profile from "Living without traditional fried chicken" to "Living with the BEST fried chicken"!!

I know I've talked about this All-Purpose Flour before. Gluten Free Pantry: Beth's Gluten-Free All-Purpose Flour is AWESOME!! It works great! I had tried it on fried green tomatoes and was really happy with the result. So I tried it out on my favorite food...fried chicken!

I am a true Southerner! The first item I moped about after getting my Celiac diagnosis was fried chicken! (The second was fried green tomatoes) And even though the Bell and Evans chicken is great, nothing is like homemade fried chicken and now I have figured it out, gluten free style!

Pour canola or vegetable oil (any oil that can take high heat) into a frying pan. I prefer my Lodge cast iron pan. The entire pan should be about 1/4 inch in oil. Heat on high. You want the oil to be nice and hot before you start frying.

While you're waiting for the oil, crack two eggs and scramble in one bowl. In another bowl dump out some gluten-free flour. After rinsing your chicken, place it directly in the egg. Then dredge: take chicken from the egg bowl into the flour bowl, then back in to the egg bowl, and then back in to the flour bowl. This creates a really nice batter. Then fry on each side until golden brown.

I have been making fried chicken for many, many years and never have I found a flour that makes such a nice batter! Usually the flour would not hold true in the oil, but this gluten-free all purpose flour holds strong! Next I'm going to try this recipe from Rachael Ray for Tempura Asparagus! I'll post how it works out!

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Gluten Coffee


So every morning I start my day with a cup of Fair Trade coffee from my co-op. I bring my own mug and make sure that my creamer is gluten-free. I pour my creamer into my mug, pump in some freshly made java.....and then stir it with a piece of fettuccine. Goodness Gracious!

For years now I had chosen to be environmentally responsible and not use plastic spoons as a coffee stirrer. Until I was reminded by a fellow Celiac that the "compostable" stirrer I was using was made out of Whole Wheat. Oh yeah. I'm real smart!

The worst part is that I have been suffering. Which I'm sure is partly due to the caffeine on my still tender digestive system. But some mornings it was so bad that I even emailed Silk to make sure my Hazelnut creamer was cool. Nothing gets by me!!

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Easy Dessert


This past weekend I went on a weekend holiday with my very best friend. She and I went up to visit another friend for her birthday. We had so much fun! An eventful weekend filled with lots of laughing and a 6 pack of Redbridge!

On our way back to the coast, we stopped in at the Whole Foods in Chapel Hill. As many of you know from previous posts, I am a Co-op girl thru and thru. But I do like to breeze in to a Whole Foods on occasion.

I hadn't visited a Whole Foods since beginning my gluten free diet, so I was excited to see what they had to offer. I ended up leaving the store with a box of 365 Organic brand chocolate cake mix and a box of Vanilla Meringue cookies.

I had never tried Vanilla Meringue cookies before. YUM! A tiny taste of heaven. AND 17 cookies are in ONE serving!! That's pretty rare these days. Plus they're pretty versatile. I love "added value" recipes. The picture above is a recipe that I would consider "added value". You take store bought meringue cookies and slice off the top. Stew up some fresh fruit for only about 5 minutes. Scoop a little bit of fat free sour cream (or whipped cream) onto the top of the cookies. Top with the warm fresh fruit. I find that these are even better if you let them sit for about an hour.

Thursday, August 7, 2008

My Boyfriend is the BOMB!


Last night my boyfriend made the BEST dinner. I took a picture with my low quality camera... It doesn't do it justice. Grilled chicken on top of baby bok choy, roasted mushrooms, fresh salsa; ALL drizzled with a balsamic glaze.


I have decided that balsamic glaze is my new favorite food. I want to eat it on everything. I'm even thinking about just straight drinking it! It's pretty simple to make. You just heat equal parts of balsamic vinegar and of sugar on medium heat. Whisk it until it's a slightly thick consistency.

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Testing Fate


This morning for breakfast I ate oatmeal. Eeks! I know, I know. I may possibly be regretting this in about 30 minutes but I had to know for myself. Plus this morning I was STARVING and the only things on the hot bar at my co-op were turkey bacon, biscuits, and oatmeal. I obviously can't do the biscuits and turkey bacon just isn't my thing. I like crispy, crispy bacon.

Everything online about oatmeal is so "gray area". Gluten-free girl has a blog that I trust and she had this post on Oatmeal. All my other online resources are also giving me mixed signals.

So now I just have to wait and see. Keep your fingers crossed!

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Velveeta Rice Elbows and Cheese


WARNING! This post is naughty. (food naughty that is!)

My boyfriend is not gluten free. He suffers enough with all of my belly-aching that I don't want to ask him to keep our kitchen free of gluten. So for about a week I have been eye-ing some Velveeta Shells and Cheese in our cupboard. I should also say that since finding out that I have Celiac's, I have not eaten gluten. I have been glutened by accident twice, but I have not "cheated". But that doesn't mean that I can't lust.
I had some gluten-free elbows in the cupboard and decided that I would go ahead and make some homemade mac & cheese.
But I had no cheese! I had one piece of Havarti in the house, which while delish would not be enough!

So I did the unthinkable. I was truly naughty! I took the Velveeta cheese pack out of my boyfriend's macaroni and used it on my gluten free noodles. (And I added the one piece of Havarti)

Holy deliciousness! It was good. I read the ingredients in the Velveeta cheese and it was fine! Also, I had no reactions! Creamy. Cheesy. Good. And the Tinkyada elbows were awesome!

Friday, August 1, 2008

Taco Night!

I bet most of you feel the same way I do about eating out. I've eaten my weight in salads and pieces of grilled chicken in past few weeks. I don't get overly excited about eating out anymore. Plus I hate being that high maintenance girl who asks about the ingredients in everything! I'm already going to ask for a billion condiments...now I have to ask if those condiments contain wheat!

Last night some friends and I went to see a show at our local public radio station, WHQR. They have a program called Soup to Nuts which is all about music and have recently decided to change it up a bit. They are recording live music with an audience for their full hour show. I think they plan to do four live shows total and last night was the first recording. I love public radio and volunteer with them often. Luckily my friend had the foresight to reserve us some spots and we were front row for the taping. The show was a local band called The Barnraisers. The show was great!

Afterwards we walked across to a restaurant/bar called Firebelly's. It's a great source for Southwestern food in the Southeast. I typically would get a big basket of the best mozzarella sticks in town followed by a burrito. Looking at the menu initially all I saw was a Taco Salad, which I would have to ask for without the shell. While my friends enjoyed their beers, I sipped on my Diet Coke and decided I would just skip dinner tonight. I had eaten a big lunch of gluten-free spaghetti and meatballs.

Then my friend asked the waitress if their nachos were 100% corn. The waitress went to check and brought out this huge bag of round corn tortillas. She said that they use these raw tortillas to make their own chips and taco shells. They deep fry them fresh! I checked the ingredients and they were 100% corn! So I changed my mind and quickly ordered 3 beef tacos with the works. It's amazing how quick you can go from "No I'm fine" to "I'm starving" when there is something gluten free being served!