Friday, December 11, 2009

Butter Pecan Cookies

I freed these delicious Martha Stewart cookies of gluten, and boy were they delicious. Butter Pecan Cookies. Unfortunately I left them in for 5 minutes too long, but I'll know for next time.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

For the suburban mom in me...

I can't wait to get my hands on one of these little contraptions. The "Pocket Pie". Really Williams-Sonoma, what will you come up with next?

Soup, etc.

homemade vegetable and white bean soup, and baking gluten-free crackers
These are my first attempt at a gluten-free version of the crackers from Food in Jars. Not as puffy, but without gluten, it's understandable. I'm going to keep experimenting with toppings for them, but these ones were absolutely delicious - sesame seeds, garlic powder & garlic salt, and fennel seeds.
I also finally started a jar of what will hopefully be delicious pickled eggs in beet juice. Idea and recipe courtesy of Miss Stacy McCool. If all goes well (and really, how can it not?), I will make lots of giant jars.

To market, to market

I love going grocery shopping in Kensington, and then coming home and dumping my bag out in the kitchen. So many lovely things. I love the giant carrots.

This was all for an Indian dinner party I had a few nights ago. It was my first time cooking a ton of Indian food, and I think I did fairly well - veg curry, saag aloo, chicken tandoori, and a cucumber/tomato salad in a goat yogurt mint sauce.
Of course, I forgot to take any photos of my feast.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Gluten Free Bagels... delivered to my door!

This story is actually so wonderful, it's going to seem made up.

So i was given the name of this women who does amazing gluten-free baking (she bakes gluten-free stuff for The Beaver Cafe). I emailed her yesterday about ordering some bagels. She lives at Ossington and Dundas, made them for me today, and because she had an errand to do in the area, just dropped them off at my house! What a wonderful woman! I just consumed the most delicious everything bagel I think I've ever had! (and the first everything bagel I've eaten in over 5 years!)

My six-pack of bagels. Hand made. Hand delivered.

Spiced Maple Pecans

I also made these last night.

1/4 cup maple syrup (I used dark amber)
1/4 tsp. cayenne
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1 1/2 cups pecans

1. Whisk together first 3 ingredients. Set aside.
2. Toast nuts over medium heat on stove.
3. Add maple syrup mixture. Stir until all of the syrup has coated the pecans.
4. Remove from heat and let cool.
5. Snack.

Ethiopian Sweet Potato Stew

The flavour was simple, but delicious. Perfect for a cool fall evening. I used fenugreek for the first time. It's a great flavour. Definitely something I will have to play with further. I was rather disappointed I couldn't get a better image of this. A new camera is surely in order.

My goal for this winter is to really get back into the kitchen. I've been slacking lately. And when I slack, this ends up being every single meal....

Seeing as how my lovely partner in crime is vegetarian, I suspect most of these upcoming adventures in the kitchen will consist of veggie dishes.

To make in the upcoming months....
- more vegetable pot pies
- cabbage rolls
- vegan/gluten-free goldfish crackers
- cheese bread/cheese bread sticks (a sentimental favourite)
- tofu jambalaya
- gluten free yorkshire pudding
- vegan sausages
- shepherd's pie (veg and meat)
- gluten-free/dairy(cow) free lasagna
- gluten-free/vegan Twinkies!! (seriously. this would be amazing!)
... I'll add to the list when I think of more things I'm dying to make.