Posts Tagged 'Gluten free'

Pie Crust – and a Goodbye to Gluten-free

Well, I weighed for a while whether or not to write this post up, then decided that since I took all the pictures, and a few of my teensy handful of followers started reading this regularly for gluten-free recipes, that I may as well.  This will most likely be my last one like that, and I thought I should explain.  This is a blog about food, not my personal life (WordPress is not Xanga), but often, we cannot separate the two.  We cook for many reasons, and we love food for many reasons.

I myself am not celiac, nor on a gluten-free fad diet.  I began exploring gluten-free baking last summer, when I met a guy with celiac disease.  We hit it off, I returned to Spain, we kept talking, and we hit it off again when the economy drove me home.  But everyone who has dipped their toes into the tumultuous waters of romantic attachments knows that sometimes, though a connection may be real, sometimes time and circumstance may interfere.  To start angling back towards the food aspect, sometimes you may have gourmet ingredients, but forgot to take into account that you’re living in Colorado until your souffle deflates because of altitude issues.

New fancy pie shield from my stepmom for my birthday! It’s adjustable.

So, no more gluten-free, unless I run into more celiac people.  Which is probably going to happen.  Who knows? But I couldn’t leave this recipe out of the gluten-free chapter of my life and my blog, because of who I am.  That’s right.  We’re talking pie.

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Obvious repost – of myself

Hey everyone.  I’ve managed to get some hours of work in the two weeks – from my parents.  Both jobs involve sitting for long hours in front of the computer, which does not bode well for my thesis, let alone my blog.  So I do have quite a few pictures lying around, waiting to be hussied up and stuck on this page, but they are going to have to wait until I have enough patience to sit out and think how best to entertain the almost twenty people I have somehow duped into following me.

In the meantime, I’d like to share an interesting pairing of two recipes I’ve covered in the past. All thanks to my new favorite Mexican restaurant, Poquitos.

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Spanish Food Parties


Volver = To return as well as a rather good movie.

Well, the academic year has kicked off, which means I’m back in Spain.  This year may be a little on the light side, blogwise, as I’m going to be doing a Master’s program as well as my teaching assistant job.  So to make up for it, I’m going to kick out a huge mega entry while I’m still on ‘vacation’ – I had to come back early in order to fix up my immigration status.  I do want to learn several things yet, like migas, lentils, and chocos, so I’ll do my best to carve out some time to cook and share.

Spanish food is trendy in magazines and in foodie circles but most people in the US have never had Spanish food or have a mental image limited to tortilla española and paella.  If they had indeed tasted some of the things Spain has to offer, then it was most assuredly not home cooked.  I decided to throw a Spanish food party as my own goodbye to everyone, that promptly grew into two separate food parties.  As you may have seen more than once before here on the blog, these may very well be the only types of parties I know how to put together.  I don’t know if that’s a bad thing or not.

Some of these recipes I’ve got here are dredged from the internet, but all of them have been altered or influenced by me and my friends here in Spain.  The rest have been jotted down in Spanglish (1 kilo tomato, 1 diente de ajo, trocito de bell pepper) directly from real live Spanish people.  So if it isn’t authentic enough for you…move to a tiny pueblo?

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Churros Redux – Gluten Free!

Shortest post ever: gluten free churros are awesome.

Take your normal churro recipe, substitute in your favorite gluten free flour mix with 1/2 tsp of xanthan gum and BAM! Gluten free churros.  They taste almost exactly the same.  The only thing to watch out for is that the dough is super sticky due to that magic xanthan glueyness we talked about before.

So cool.

Gluten-free Bagels

If you know me personally (and honestly, most of you who are reading this do) then you know that as soon as I meet someone and try to form a friendship, the oven will be involved.  Michelle remembers the first time I met her, Gabrielle called home to give me a heads up to stick around and my response was “Great! I have a strawberry rhubarb pie going in the oven right now!  Perfect timing!”  Major (and minor) life events are usually marked by some baked good as well; that same pie just came out of the oven a week or so ago as another Goodbye Pie for Caroline, to see her off to Hotlanta just a little bit plumper. And will probably be making an appearance here soon to break in our new oven when it finally gets here and puts me out of my misery.

Another theme in my bake-ery has been taking on nutritional challenges.  I personally am an inveterate omnivore who eats processed sugar, animal byproducts, lactose, strange beasts, preservatives, whatever.  I have cooked vegetarian, vegan, and sugar-free.  So when I struck up a new friendship with someone who is type celiac, I knew that a new challenge had presented itself.  When Alex mentioned how much he missed bagels, the challenge took shape.  To the fancy flour section!

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Hey, I'm Desa. I've been bouncing between the Pacific Northwest and Sevilla, Spain in the last few years and from tiny apartment to tiny apartment. I cook mainly for one, which means some potentially boring meals, but here I'll be sharing the food that excites me. Feel free to offer suggestions, commiseration, or desires. And thanks for coming by!


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