Monday, December 12, 2011

Who Said You Can't Have It All?

Anyone who has had a conversation with me about my future knows that I love working with people who have food restrictions.  Whether it's allergic, intolerant, or they just don't like the taste, I grab the opportunity to create something incredible that will be enjoyed to the fullest.  Living without gluten, nuts, etc, doesn't mean that the person cannot have satisfying and flavorful foods.
Examples:
Taste – A friend of mine had a complete aversion to beets.   I made her roasted beets and she loved them!  I found out she had been eating canned beets.  Of course she found that not appealing!  She liked beets, she just never had them the right way. (Doesn’t always work, but I’ll take on the challenge!)
Allergic – Oh nuts!  For those unfortunate ones who are allergic to nuts, I’m so sorry.  The flavors or textures, you just can’t replicate.  If a protein or snack is what you are looking for, try munching on having a yogurt with fruit and oat granola, or carrots with chummus.
      Intolerant – Gluten free, Lactose intolerant…they are annoying, I’m not going to belittle that.  It’s on that conflicting tightrope that it won’t kill ya, but it will put you through a lot of pain.    My sister is gluten and sugar intolerant, and at one point, eggs, corn and milk too!  I have tried to adapt many recipes to make things tasty for her.  I have had a lot of successes and A LOT of flops.   Baked goods usually turn out gummy or dry, depending on what was added (or not) to them.   A few successful recipes included: cupcakes, carrot muffins, cinnamon buns, and my most recent…Birthday Cake!!    Her birthday was last week and I really wanted to make her something special.   No one should be without a birthday cake on their birthday!  It turned out successful and she was more than pleased.



Becca and Shimra cheer to a great meal!
Shimra Enjoying Her Frozen Lemon Nana Drink with Coconut Sugar Rim. Health benefits and other sugar substitutions visit glutenfreegoddess. Note: Coconut sugar digests differently than beet sugar and cane sugar.
Course 1: Mesclun Salad with Yellow Tomatoes, Blackberries, Onions, Cucumbers and  Radishes.  Dressed with a Lime Red Wine Vinaigrette










Corn and Egg Drop Soup with BBQ Sauce
Rib Eye Steak with Red Wine Mushroom Pan Sauce Reduction, Caramelized Onions, Avocado Mashed Potatoes and Sauteed Green Beans with Shallots.


The Ultimate Sugar Free and Gluten Free Birthday Cake

1/4 Cup Vegetable Oil
1 Cup Coconut Sugar
2 Eggs
1 Tbs. Grated Lemon Peel
1 Cup Rice Flour
6 Tbs. Potato Starch
2 Tbs. Tapioca Flour
1 tsp. Xanthan Gum
1/4 tsp. Baking Powder
1/4 tsp. Baking Soda
1/3 tsp. Sea Salt
3/4 Cup Almond Milk + 2 tsp. Lemon Juice
1 tsp. Vanilla Extract

Preheat oven to 350.  Spray 2 round cake pans (cake rises better in small pans). Using an electric mixer and a large bowl, cream together the oil, sugar, and eggs until blended.  Add the lemon peel.  Ina medium bowl combine the remaining dry ingredients.  In another bowl, combine the milk and vanilla.  On low speed, add the dry ingredients in the egg mixture , alternating with milk and ending with the dry mixture.  Mix till combines.  Spoon batter into pans.  Bake for 30 min or until toothpick comes out clean.

Chocolate Frosting
1 Cup Earth Balance
1 Cup Cocoa
1/2 Cup Agave
1/4 Cup Corn Starch dissolved in water

Melt and mix over stove till it comes to a boil.  Cool in Fridge.  Spread when set and cool.




The infamous, gluten free, egg free, sugar free, dairy free cinnamon bun!Gluten Free Goddess

4 comments:

  1. Alison you have outdone yourself once again! Seriously amazing!!! Shimra, lets have your birthday every week, k?

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  2. This looks like it was probably the most amazing meal ever. I wish you would invite me over for dinner some time your cooking looks amazing and so do your models on this blog!

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  3. This meal looks incredible! And I can't wait to try out that gf birthday cake.

    About the salad- I think you mean "mesclun"- mescalin(e) is the active ingredient in peyote, a hallucinogenic compound. Or, the salad could just be *that* good. It's possible!

    Looking forward to following your site!

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  4. jsj...enjoy! It's a great cake!
    Thank you for catching the spelling error...it's been changed, but it IS that good! Enjoy the site. Thank you for following!

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