Saturday, August 1, 2009

Lammas & summer adventures

Had a lovely time at our family reunion in the Cascade Mountains Aug 1 (my mom's side). Since my last uncle died last winter ~ 93, my generation has moved up into the 'senior' category - hard to believe! It's fun to watch my grandkids play with their various cousins, & to chat with folks I see once or twice a year. Good people. Love that a couple of family BDs fall in early August, so we celebrate Lammas each year :)

I made hummus using garbanzo bean flour (nice shortcut!) & found this lovely hummus dressing recipe - yum! I used 3 T coconut oil & 2 olive, plus some fresh basil from my CSA share :) Made a cucumber salad to share, & put out the hummus & pesto.
& here's another from Kalyn: slow roasted tomato hummus - mmm (I dried a bunch of tomatoes & still have some, so would prob do that variation) My friend Kylene used to make a puree of sun dried tomatoes & another of pesto that she'd serve at her gatherings - plus she (& her goats) had the greatest goat cheese!!

Next weekend I head to the mountains (Cresent lake this time) for several days with my 'Moms Group' friends. Since going gluten free a few weeks ago, I need to plan a bit more for shared adventures . . . I was already a 'label reader' & trying to avoid a bunch of junk - now avoiding gluten containing products as well - & trying to stick to coconut & olive oil (or butter :)

Donna is bringing 'regular' dough & pizza fixings, so I'll bring gluten free (flour plus the wet ing seprate, as it doesn't have to rise!) I volunteered for Sun AM breakie geaturing homemade granola, my fav. yogurt & fresh fruit from the farmers market. I'll prob pick up some rice cakes, & may try my hand at gluten free bread. I also plan to bring hummus & pesto, maybe some artichoke hearts, kalamata olives & sun dried tomatoes for my fav. kind of pizza :)

My dau. made up several bread mixes from one of her GF cookbooks, & I've been gathering ingredients for my own. I hate it when I find a bag of flour I bought in bulk & DIDN'T label!! What is it?? Working on remembering to do that, & to transfer it to jars & label those!!

Since going gluten free, we've noticed a big change in the 4 year old's behavior - she's much mellower! Her 9 yr old sis no longer has circles under her eyes! The blood work didn't show that the gene's been activated, but for various reasons, my dau decided to give 'gluten free' a try, & just see if folks felt better (we all have the genes that could make us gluten sensitive).

My blood type is A+, & for years I've known I did better with a minimum of wheat - so the shift feels good. As my dau says, '
if it were only bread!' there are so many places gluten containing products 'hide!' . . .

Brown Rice Flour mix:
2 C brown rice flour
2/3 C potato or corn starch
1/3 C tapioca flour

Pizza Crust:
1 C BR Flour mix
1/3 C quinoa ground with sesame seeds (~ 1/2 each)
1/4 C coconut flour
1 tsp xanthan gum
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 - 1 tsp sugar
1 tsp Italian Herb blend
1 Tbsp active dry yeast
2/3 C warm water or buttermilk
1 Tbsp coconut or olive oil
Mix dry ingredients, add moist ing. & beat for 3-5 minutes. (soft bread dough)
Sprinkle pizza pan with cornmeal & pat dough out/ roll ~ 12" circle & pinch outside rim.
Bake at 425* for 10 min. -
I use a pizza stone & don't pre-heat oven.
Top with favorite toppings (pesto or red sauce, layered with sun dried tomatoe strips, artichoke hearts, olives, etc. sprinkle with grated cheese or feta) bake 7-15 min.
I added fresh tomatoe slices & basil after cooking.


This Guy said...

Glad to hear you had such an amazing time! :) How do you feel that you are now in the "senior" category? I've made the move up the latter too. lol

Mmmmmm the hummus sounds awesome! I definatly want to try it! The pizza dough looks like a GREAT recipe! I will have to try that too! ;)


Sorrow said...

If you can get your hands on some millet flour, it has a nice"cornbread" texture that I add from time to time.
Thanks for the yummy recipes!

Ron said...

Hi Dia!

Just wanted to stop by to say Hello, and to also thank you for dropping by my blog earlier today.

Is was so nice meeting you.

The minute I saw the word HUMMUS on this post, I went, "ooooo...hummus!!"

I LOVE hummus! It's one of my life staples.

...artichoke hearts, kalamata olives & sun dried tomatoes...

Love em'!

Interesting to read about gluten free. I may need to look into that more closely. I'm A+ too and eat a TON of wheat.

Thank you for sharing this information.

I'll be back!