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One of Investigator’s favorite foods is fried cauliflower. He can eat half a cauliflower by himself🙂 So I make it pretty often, as both my husband and I like it too. You basically split cauliflower into florets, boil like pasta (with some salt until al dente), then mix with beaten egg, a pinch of salt and (gluten-free) breadcrumbs, and fry, covered, stirring occasionally until egg is cooked.  Time consuming, but easy and well known.

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Smells great!

However, as it does take time, I started asking Investigator to help me out. Suddenly, splitting the cauliflower into florets is a creative undertaking to rival the Mona Lisa😀 He made florets in the shape of: a duck; a crocodile; a sofa; a face; a pyramid; a plane; and more and more and more. Who knew?

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See? Arrow; chess piece; duck.

Gluten free breadcrumbs are either: gluten free crumbled bread of choice, chickpea flour, crushed gluten free cornflakes/rice puffs.

Bon Apetit!

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A thing of beauty…

I haven’t written in ages. I haven’t stopped cooking or reading; just didn’t have to time to write about it🙂 but today I’m lying in bed with a bad back (after soooo long without any problems😦 ) so I find I suddenly have the time. Silver lining, right?

So. This used to be the cake I made for my mom’s birthday… until it wasn’t. Then my mom suddenly requested it again. As I no longer have wheat flour, I made it gluten free, but use the flour you have on hand. This is based on “Fruit and cream cake” in “Cakes for all Seasons” by Nira Scheuer.

Ingredients

Dough: (this makes double the amount, I put half in the freezer for the next pie)
2 1/4 cups all purpose flour or Tami gluten free flour
1/2 cup white sugar
1 egg
1 tbsp vanilla
1 tbsp lemon zest
pinch salt
150 gr margarine or butter

Cream:
1 box whipping cream (250 ml)
1 cup milk (240 ml)
1 packet instant vanilla pudding (80 gr)
1 box white cheese (5% fat)

Fruit Topping:
Canned (600 gr with the juice) or fresh (1/2 kg) soft fruit, sliced. I used canned peaches.

Instructions

Preheat oven to 200°C.

Dough: Mixed everything in a food processor until it forms a ball. Do not over process. Put half in a bag in the freezer for next time; press the rest into a pie plate*. Bake for 10-15 minutes until golden. Let cool.

Cream: whip the cream,milk and pudding together until fluffy. Add the white cheese and whip until blended. Put mixture into cooled pie shell. Flatten top.

Fruit: Arrange slices on top of cream in an aesthetically pleasing way (or not😉 ). Cover in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 3 hours before serving.

Tip: if using canned fruit, blend the syrup with leftover canned or fresh fruit and freeze into popsicles.

Bon Apetit!

* There’s a rumor that someone has invented the “rolling pin” with which you can roll the dough into a perfect circle and then transfer it with panache to a pie plate. I’ve never believed it.

My MIL wanted a cake Insightful and Investigator could eat, and in addition she thought about buying a chocolate mousse cake. I took up the gauntlet and said, “I’ll bake a gluten free chocolate mousse cake!” (Gulp).

In the end I took two recipes – the base from one and the mousse from another. The result was good, except the fact that I didn’t think of amounts when I did my patchwork, so there was too much mousse (an oxymoron, I know. Nevertheless.) However, if that’s the only problem…😀

So here it is in all its glory (but with the amounts fixed).

Ingredients: (26 cm baking pan)

Base:

5 eggs
3/4 cup powdered sugar (or white, I didn’t have)
1 packet (80 gr) instant chocolate pudding (Osem is gluten-free)

Chocolate Mousse:

1 box (250 ml) cream or non-dairy substitute
1 packet (100 gr) bittersweet chocolate (be careful, many kinds contain gluten!)
5 tbsp water

Ganache:

1/2 box (125 ml) cream or non-dairy substitute
1 packet (100 gr) bittersweet chocolate

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 160°C.

Prepare the base: Separate the whites from the yolks. I add a pinch of white vinegar to the egg whites, it makes them more stable, but that is up to you (you can’t taste it afterwards). Beat the egg whites. When foam starts appearing, add the sugar, 1/4 cup at a time, beating continuously, until stiff. Add the yolks and continue beating the eggs. Add the instant pudding, and continue beating until mixed. Pour into baking pan and bake 45 minutes. The cake will rise high – don’t worry, it will fall when cooled. Let cool to room temperature.

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Fell flat. It gets even flatter with the mousse on top.

Prepare the mousse: Melt the chocolate with the water in the microwave until smooth. it should be liquid enough to pour out of the bowl, if it isn’t, add more water, heat, and mix again. Cool so won’t be burning hot (warm is OK). Beat the cream until soft, pour the chocolate into the cream and continue beating until stiff. Spread over the cooled base and freeze for at least 3 hours.

Prepare the ganache: Melt the chocolate with the cream and mix until smooth. Let cool to room temperature and pour over the cake.

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This is too much mousse. Yummy🙂

Freeze overnight, take out of freezer two hours before serving, or leave in the refrigerator for a day.

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Bon Apetit!

I wrote before about the pear pie with great filling and crumbly dough. With some tweaks, it came out quite good and was gone within a few hours🙂 Here is the upgraded version, including the filling from before:

Ingredients:

Crust:

1 1/4 cups Tami flour or other Gluten free flour substitute
1/4 cup almond butter
50 ml oil
pinch of salt
2 tbsp dark brown sugar
cold water
(My SIL suggested adding some baking powder and baking ahead of time with some beans inside so it doesn’t rise too much, but I haven’t tried it yet)

Filling:

8-10 small pears, unpeeled, cut into halves, seeds scooped out with a spoon, sliced
1/4 cup dark brown sugar
1/4 tsp freshly grated nutmeg
1 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 tbsp Conditor flour (cornflour)

Instructions:

In the food processor, mix all the crust ingredients except the water. It will form a ball pretty quickly. Pulse until it falls apart again. At this point, start adding water slowly, mixing thoroughly before adding more water, until it forms into ball again. It will be sticky to the touch.

Put in a bag and refrigerate for 3 hours.

Preheat oven to 180°C.

10-15 minutes before taking out the dough, deseed and slice your pears and mix gently with the rest of the ingredients. Let rest for 15 minutes.

Press the dough into a pie dish. Refrigerate for 10 minutes.

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See? Sticky.

Pour the pear mixture into the crust, including all juices. Flatten.

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Before Baking

Bake for 55-60 minutes, until the filling has set (might be a little jiggly in the middle still).

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Eat!

Now that’s pie!

Bon Apetit!

I had some leftover meat, rice, half a packet of mushrooms, and half an onion. I even had an open box of soy milk. All that was missing was the flashing neon sign: “Make Beef Stroganoff!”

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Leftovers!

Ingredients: (for 1 person)

About 1 tbsp canola oil
1/2 onion (or few slices leek), chopped
~100-150 gr champignon mushrooms (about 1/2 a packet), sliced
~100-150 gr leftover meat (I had turkey and beef cubes), sliced
1/2 cup soy milk
1 tsp cornflour (or Conditor gluten-free flour)
Fresh nutmeg
Salt
One portion leftover rice in a microwaveable bowl

Instructions:

Saute the onion or leek in the oil until getting transparent. Add the mushrooms and salt, saute until you can smell them. Add the meat, mix. Put the rice in the microwave for 1 minute (or less depending on your microwave). Add the soy milk, a couple dashes of freshly ground nutmeg, and the cornflour. Mix a bit until thickened. Pour over rice and eat! (If you really want to, you can photograph it first😉 )

Bon apetit!

 

I heard this on the radio the other day, and BAM! I’m seven years old again, singing my favorite song. Music is the best time machine🙂

Do you have a song that can bring you back in time? What is it?

I had a humongous amount of pears – the sweet kind that go soft after about maybe 5 minutes? My kids won’t touch anything if it even has a slightly different colored spot on it, so they refused to touch them🙄 So I searched for pear pie recipes, that would be non dairy (as I planned this for dessert for a meat meal) and gluten free. I quickly gave up and searched just for non dairy pear pie. I have Tami flour, that is supposed to be a 1:1 gluten free flour substitute and I figured I’d use that. I went for this recipe. I skipped the liqueur (we had Druze guests for that meal, Druze don’t drink alcohol), and used yet another flour substitute for the filling. Whew!

The result? Depends on your outlook (hence the title). The pear filling was excellent. The crust left much to be desired, being very crumbly. But it looked great!

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Wow!

Investigator, as usual, ate it with gusto, the others didn’t touch it. I’m definitely keeping the filling part of the recipe, and I’ll continue searching for a gluten free crust that’s worth making (and eating!).

Do you have any good pie recipes? Post them below!

Ingredients:

Crust:

1 1/4 cups Tami flour or other Gluten free flour substitute
1/4 cup almond butter (maybe more will make it less crumbly?)
50 gr margarine (maybe oil would be better?)
1/4 tsp salt (too much for a sweet pie, using a pinch next time)
1 tbsp dark brown sugar
ice cold water

Filling:

8-10 small pears, unpeeled, cut into halves, seeds scooped out with a spoon, sliced
1/4 cup dark brown sugar
1/4 tsp freshly grated nutmeg
1 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 tbsp Conditor flour (cornflour)

Instructions:

In the food processor, mix the flour, the sugar and the salt. Add the margarine and the oil, and process until large crumbs. Add the ice water a tbsp at a time until dough comes together (maybe more water?). The dough came out with a great texture, which just made the result even more disappointing😦 I’ll go for sticky next time😀 Put in a bag and refrigerate for 3 hours.

Preheat oven to 180°C.

10-15 minutes before taking out the dough, deseed and slice your pears and mix gently with the rest of the ingredients. Let rest for 15 minutes.

Press the dough into a pie dish. Refrigerate for 10 minutes.

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Does look crumbly, now that I  look at it again… definitely more water.

Pour the pear mixture into the crust, including all juices. Flatten.

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Before Baking

Bake for 55-60 minutes, until the filling has set (might be a little jiggly in the middle still).

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Smell that pie!

Eat!

Have a great weekend!

 

 

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