Sunday, December 19, 2010

Ful Mudammas

Nothing says breakfast (or lunch...or dinner...) like a warm bowl of creamy, earthy fava beans seasoned with lemon, garlic, and jalapeƱo pepper, and topped with olive oil. 

Ful Mudammas is an authentic Egyptian dish, dating back millennia, but has long been eaten throughout the Middle East, where it's not only cooked at home, but also sold in many little ful shops. Each area and home has a slightly different recipe and accompanying vegetables, but it is always eaten with warm pita bread and hot tea. Unfortunately, delicious as tea is with ful, it actually blocks the body from absorbing the iron in these beans. 

As I have yet to bake my own gluten-free pita, I ate this with a spoon!

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Mushroom and Onion Quiche

Why not use the Whole Foods gluten-free pie crust for a savory dish?

First, I sauteed onions and mushrooms.

Then I added a bit of swiss and white cheddar cheeses, and poured the egg, nutmeg, and half and half mixture in.


And sliced!

Maple Sweet Potato and Pecan Pie

Those who play in the kitchen usually fall into one of two categories: cooks and bakers. I am definitely a cook. I just don't have the patience for baking. Which is why you won't find too many baked items on this blog.

I found baking just barely tolerable during my gluten days. But now that I am gluten free and baking would involve half a dozen flours and what not...well, I'm just not ready for that. So for now, I'll rely on either pre-mixed flour blends or ready products, such as the Whole Foods gluten-free pie crust used here.

Because the crust was ready to go, I was able to have fun with the filling, made of sweet potato, cinnamon, nutmeg, cream, and maple syrup, topped with pecans. I'm definitely making this one again.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Lentil Soup, 2

I was introduced to this lentil soup later in life, this being the one I grew up with. With just 6 ingredients (lentils, carrots, celery, onion, salt, and cumin) you can make a warm, delicious, vegan meal. Also yummy with some hot sauce added to it.

Monday, December 6, 2010


So, I baked my own very first gluten-free birthday cake, using Gluten Free Dreams chocolate.cake mix.

Rice Pasta with Pesto, Andouille, and Red Pepper

A fairly simple and quick Friday night dinner, I tossed some rice pasta with a basil and almond pesto, and added some organic chicken and turkey andouille and red bell pepper.


Small, sweet, and seedless!