Day 2 has been an extremely productive one. Well I have eaten a lot of nice things!
Actually I have done some baking, learned some valuable tips (thanks blogosphere), made almond milk & meal and gathered a bunch of exciting recipes. I am therefore going to get straight into the second day instead of wittering on.
My menu for day 2
Banana & almond milk shake
I have been on a banana milkshake frenzy since I discovered how good they are with peanut butter. In an effort to make this healthier I am doing 2 things, freezing the banana so that ice cream is not necessary (it is much creamier with frozen fruit) and today was the first time I used almond milk. I bought some from the supermarket and found it to be pretty tasteless so I also made some of my own. I have to say the homemade is good but would work out ridiculously expensive in volume. I also tried it in my tea which I was convinced would be terrible as, let’s face it we English are pretty particular about tea but it was fine. I could see myself using it regularly. I think this whole pursuit was a result of spending too much time reading food blogs as I had never even thought of using anything other than dairy until I started reading about it all the time, Pinterest is to blame. Back to gluten, or the absence of it.
Potato waffle, bacon, egg, baked beans and tomato chutney.
I had such virtuous intentions for lunch but bacon got in the way. I was planning a goats cheese salad with veggies from the garden and somehow ended up eating the lunch of a picky ten year old. I have to say though that this is not a blog about healthy eating, there was no gluten in my lunch, unless it is in baked beans, I forgot to check.
Vegetable spring rolls with peanut & coconut dipping sauce then pan fried sea bass with rice noodles and stir-fried vegetables.
I reckon a gluten free dinner is easy. I used rice paper on the spring rolls and rice noodles in the main. Dinner is not going to be my stumbling block (until I go out for a curry). Snacking and lunch are more difficult.
Coconut chickpea bars.
I got this recipe from a lovely blog called Forgiving Martha. I was attracted by her crazy idea of making the previous dinner into dessert. These cake bars came after falafel and the main ingredients are chickpeas. It sounded so bizarre I wanted to try them and I am pleased I did as they are yummy. A definite success here.
Whilst making these cake bars I also learned a very important lesson, never put linseed in your blender. Linseed is a great gluten free ingredient as it turns gummy when you mix it with water. I did not read the instructions properly and thought this should be done in a blender. It does not. The 20 minutes I spent trying to get gummed up seeds out of the rubber seal on the blender were not the best part of my day. Next time I will mix them by hand in a cup and it will take approximately 15 seconds.
I wanted to try adapting a recipe I am familiar with to gluten free, so I decided to have a go at nanna biscuits. You can guess where the recipe comes from. We all went crazy for these as kids and still do. I have no idea where my nan got the recipe but they are basically an oaty, gingery biscuit with a hint of golden syrup. I made them almost the same just swapped normal flour for gluten free and they are lovely. I am really pleased with them and can’t tell any difference. I will have to test them on the lady herself to make sure.
Gluten free bread
The bread I made yesterday was pretty inedible. I really hated the flavour but it was a pretty strange recipe. I decided to try something more conventional and chose a recipe from the appliances online blog. They have really great recipes and this one looked like proper bread. It is by Carol Poirot and I really liked that it didn’t have tons of complicated ingredients and it has pumpkin and sunflower seeds. I am just enjoying my first slice. It has a good texture and is really tasty. With a bit of homemade raspberry jam I can’t tell much difference from regular bread. The texture is a little crumblier and not as chewy but I really like it. This gives me hope that I can be gluten free and still enjoy bread – SCORE!
All in all it has been a very successful and interesting day and I am stuffed. Hopefully my bread is going to make some great toast in the morning. Tomorrow night I am eating out and my lovely friends are letting me choose the restaurant as I am the one “on the weird faddy diet”. I can’t decide whether to go somewhere normal, like a pub and see how many gluten free choices there are or make them go for sushi, I miss sushi.