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Celiac And The Single Girl, Or: How To Make Food That Does Not Suck For One Person {Although I Suppose You Could Feed Other People, Too}


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Quinoa pudding in the rice cooker!

You may sense a trend here.

I’m having a season of stomach problems, and frankly all I want is to eat things that make me happy. Rice pudding makes me happy. 😉  However, when I posted my last rice pudding post, a friend who can’t eat rice asked me if it could be made with quinoa… so last night I tried it. I tried it in the rice cooker, because a couple of the quinoa pudding recipes I sought out used the words “bain marie”, and nothing makes me run faster than those two words. Shudder. I thought to myself, I bet it would work using the rice cooker, and so it did. Life is good, my friends. I BANNED THE BAIN MARIE!

It tastes good, although quinoa doesn’t soak up as much liquid as rice, so it was a little sloppier. However, I wanted to try the recipe with only one substitution, so I was prepared for that, and frankly, I don’t mind a bit. This morning it’s solidified and is properly “puddingy”.

If you’d like to make your own, follow the directions from the last post (linked above in the text) and just substitute 1 cup of well-rinsed quinoa. (In the interests of full disclosure, I did a typically crummy job of rinsing it, frankly: just swished it around in a colander lined with paper towel for a few rinses, then plopped it in the cooker. Just to be honest.) It doesn’t taste exactly the same as rice pudding, because the quinoa will contribute its own nutty taste (I often think of it as green), but it’s a very nice substitute if you’re looking to get more nutritional value out of your desserts or if you can’t eat rice.

Enjoy!

 

 


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Another variant of rice pudding

Because seriously, who ever gets enough rice pudding? Sometimes, you’re just sitting around in the evening, and you think: “screw it. I need some rice pudding. Stat.” But who wants to stand around in front of the stove for 20 minutes? Sometimes, OK, me. But not this evening. So I made the hinkiest, quickest, and yet still yummy version of rice pudding ever. Ready?

  1. I put 1 cup of rice (all I had was Basmati, although I prefer a short or medium grain) in the rice cooker, with 1 cup of coconut milk, 1 cup of water, and two tablespoons of butter. Put that sucker on to cook, and waited for it to be done.
  2. As soon as it was finished (so while still hot), I moved it over into a large bowl.
  3. I added another cup of liquids, this time almond milk/coconut milk mixed. (It’s what I had)
  4. Stirred in about 1/2 cup of brown sugar, added cinnamon and ground cardamom.
  5. Chopped in 3 dates.

BOOM. Rice pudding.

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What’s In The Oven: Baked Pears With Cinnamon Honey

I’ve started trying some recipes for the holiday season, and I happened to pick up two beautiful Bartlett pears (seriously. They taste like champagne. It’s kind of a shame to bake them) at the market the other day, so I looked up some pear recipes. I’m also trying to stay away from sugar when I can (without making myself feel denied), so this recipe fit the bill perfectly.
https://blog.myfitnesspal.com/baked-pears-with-cinnamon-honey/

I just peeled, cut up, and cored my pears, then added two small Gala apples I had sitting by just for good measure. Simmered the butter, honey, vanilla, and cinnamon on the stove as requested (for this I used cassia, not ceylon, because I have more of it) and added about a half teaspoon of ginger for good measure. I spooned the sauce over the fruit in a baking pan and put it in a 400 degree oven and it’s in there now. I’ll let you know how it comes out.

Before cooking


UPDATE: Just came out of the oven and oooooommmmmggggg

It’s good

It’s really good

Did I mention it’s good?

Sorry, I can’t type any more because I’m eating now.

 

mmmnf

 

(sexy music plays)

 


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Onion Rings + Honey Sesame Pork, non-Crock-Pot edition

I wanted to make the Honey Sesame Chicken recipe again today with pork, but with one thing and another, I left it too late to make in the slow cooker. So, I made it on the stove instead, and it was actually even better this way!

As a side bonus, I figured I’d fry up some onion rings as an appetizer, since I was going to be frying the pork anyway. (I miss onion rings dreadfully, and these were delicious. Hit the spot!)

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So I thick-cut about 1/4 of a sweet onion, sliced the rest thinner for the stiry-fry, and smashed 5 cloves of garlic for that as well. Mixed rice flour, black pepper, garlic powder, kosher salt, and cayenne pepper together in a bowl, and cracked one egg into another bowl. I’d heated up about an inch deep oil in a frying pan on medium heat while I was doing all this, so it was nice and hot by the time I dredged the onion ring slices in the egg and then coated them in the flour mixture. I slid the onion slices into the hot oil and let them fry while I started the stir-fry.

I heated a thin coating of oil in another pan and began frying the garlic and the rest of the onion (in thinner slices, with no flour mixture on them). Then I added ginger to the flour mixture. Meanwhile, I cubed the pork and tossed that in the flour mixture (without egg) until it was well coated. By this time the onion rings were done, so I moved those onto some towels to cool and drain, and slid the pork into the hot oil to deep fry it.

While the pork was deep frying, I added soy sauce (gluten free, of course) and sesame oil to the small pan with the garlic and onions in, then drizzled about a tablespoon of honey over that mixture, stirred, and then let it reduce for a while as I checked the pork.

As the sauce was reducing, I added about 2 teaspoons of the flour mixture to it, for flavor and to help it thicken up a bit more. Quite soon, the pork was done and so was the sauce. So I poured the sauce off into a bowl, put the fried pork cubes in it, and mixed them together. Plated a bit of that and the onion rings, and voila! It was dinner.

It was very, very good, too. 😀 I wasn’t really sure this would work without the crock-pot, so I’m gratified that it was actually a little better, in some ways.

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Especially because there were onion rings. Oh, onion rings.


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Mmmf mfmmmphgluten-free candychewchewmmmpf*mmmmmmmmm

So here’s just a quick note: I recently saw, on Celiac.com’s excellent list of gluten-free and gluten safe Hallowe’en candy for 2014, that Haribo’s Gold Gummy Bears are gluten-free.

Well.

Let me tell you that since I made this discovery, there’s been (to paraphrase “Hedwig And The Angry Inch”) a trail of rainbow-colored carnage” at my house. Oh my lord. I’m sure I’ve eaten more artificial coloring in the last two weeks than in the previous two years. But it’s been GLORIOUS.

In other, not-as-awesome news, I think I got glutened by a bottle of Strawberry Nesquik that I picked up last night. 😦 By the time I finished it, I had symptoms, including sores in my mouth and a slightly swollen tongue. The manufacturer won’t say it’s gluten free, or if they do, they word it very very carefully… apparently they don’t test, and won’t guarantee gluten status. Unfortunately, I found an old list that had it as “gluten-free”, and only started doing more comprehensive research after my tongue swelled. DOH!

Well.

You know what this means? Time to quell my vexation with Gummy Bears!! NOMNOMNOM


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Light Ranch Dressingish Kind Of Thing

How’s that for a moderately descriptive title? But this thing I’ve made is (as in the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy) a substance almost, but not quite, entirely unlike ranch dressing. I’m sure if you make it properly to the recipe, it’s much more convincing.

However!! I was instructed to eat more broccoli by my doctor a few years ago, I truly dislike plain broccoli, and this concoction made it possible for me to eat half a head at one go. Hooray!

The recipe: http://www.marthastewart.com/872927/steamed-broccoli-lighter-ranch-dip

What I actually made:

(I haven’t taken a photo yet – can’t find my phone at the moment – and I didn’t measure anything because I’m having a migraine and I’m lucky just to be preparing food. 😀 So you’ll only get vague descriptions, I’m afraid. Migraine days are like this: everything’s missing or not working, and you might as well just relax and do what you can with what you’ve got.)

about 1/2 c yoghurt (all I had was vanilla, but plain would have been *much* better)
1 Tbsp or so of mayonnaise (maybe a little more, to offset the sweetness of the vanilla yoghurt)
Italian spice mix
Salt & freshly ground pepper

Mixed ’em up and ate it. It wasn’t the best thing I’ve ever made; I wanted to add more tangy and hide some sweet, but that is beyond my mental capacities (and my caring) this afternoon.

If you’re in a pinch for chip dip, it may be closer to hand than you think!! 😀


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Paneer and Onion Pakoras

Not my image; courtesy of indobase.net

Made these for the first time, went according to the recipe, and they were yummy – despite some of my spices being (I think) a little out of date. The recipe is only for paneer pakoras, but I love onion pakoras and haven’t had them in an age, so I chopped some long onion slices, dipped those as well, and — yum!!

My big tip would be to make sure the batter isn’t too thick. Mine was quit thick at first, and my first paneer cubes looked like marshmallows and the batter didn’t cook all the way through, because it was too gooey… they wanted to burn on the outside and not cook on the sides. Still yummy, once I got them cooked enough to eat, but much more difficult than necessary and not crispy!! I added more water (and salt for my taste) and the next batch were better.

I’m thinking for the next time out, I might slice the paneer thinly instead of cubing it, because melted paneer is super-yummy as well… although this may make a horrific mess… well, I’ll let you know. I’ll probably be making this again soon!!

They were also delicious the second day, which is not always something I can say about fried food. :}  If you’re tentative about cooking Indian food, or about frying, these were pretty easy for me, and they turned out pretty well!

No photos, I’m sorry — I forgot in the excitement of battering and frying! And, of course, eating. NOM.

Oh!! One last note. I don’t know why, but the paneer didn’t seem to bother my lactose intolerance as much as other (richer?) cheeses do. Part of that might be that my system might finally be mending after my December glutening, but it might be something with the cheese. Who knows? I’m just recording what I see.

http://vegetarian.about.com/od/vegetarianappetizers/r/Fried-Paneer-Pakora.htm

In case this site’s down, here’s the recipe:

Paneer pakoras are Indian paneer cheese cubes or slices fried in a gram flour batter. Ah fried cheese, is there anything more indulgent? Fried Indian paneer cheese, battered and fried like a traditional Indian pakora is absolutely delicious. Enjoy these little vegetarian fried paneer pakoras as is, with a chutney or barbecue sauce.Paneer pakoras are made with chickpea flour, which is “stickier” than regular flour when making pakoras. Check in a large health food store or Asian grocer if your regular grocer doesn’t stock it. It’s a common ingredient in vegetarian Indian cooking.

Ingredients:

  • 1 package Indian paneer cheese (250-300 grams), sliced about 1/2 inch thick
  • 1 cup chickpea flour (also called gram flour or besan)
  • 2 tsp oil or ghee (Indian butter) – I used oil
  • 1/2 tsp garam masala (optional) – aw yayuh, this is the stuff
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 – 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper, to taste
  • 1/3 – 1/2 cup water
  • oil for frying

Preparation:

Whisk together the chickpea flour, oil or ghee, garam masala, salt and chili powder. Slowly incorporate water, adding just enough to form a thick batter.Dip each paneer slice in batter, turning to coat well.

Fry in hot oil just until lightly golden brown. These fried paneer slices are best when they’re fresh, so enjoy your paneer pakoras hot.