Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Homemade Cashew Cream

Homemade Cashew Cream

The original idea for this is from a blog that is no longer in existence (and I can't recall the name to save my life) but it's basic and easy, so not too hard to pass on. There will eventually be photos, when my camera comes back to life.

If you don't know what cashew cream is, it's AWESOME is what it is. It has a hint of sweetness to the taste, but it thickens up like dairy, like really thick, so it's a great dairy substitute for dishes that need thickening during heating, especially if the flavors blend well.

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Dairy Free mashed potatoes

This is the simplest recipe for mashed potatoes and is shockingly good.

rendered beef fat.

Make mashed potatoes like you normally would except use beef fat instead of butter and milk. In other words, boil the potatoes, drain them, mash them, and mix with fat and salt to the desired texture and taste.

It's seriously pretty awesome.  If the potatoes are too soft, you can add some homemade potato starch to thicken them up.

Vegetarian Version:
For my vegetarian friends, I tend to:
1.  Make mashed potatoes cooked in veggie broth instead of water (and save the broth to make into a soup that night later or something)

or 2. Add some oil and veggie broth to the mashed potatoes later along with some homemade potato starch to make up for the extra liquid.

The one challenge with this has been the flavor of the oil. I don't have a lot of choices for oils, so there really isn't a neutral tasting one I can use, which flavors the mashed potatoes unless I have them heavily seasoned. But any oil will do, in a pinch, if you need it. And if you don't have oil, the veggie broth and a thickener (starch, for me) will do fine, too, just a bit less creamy, is all.

Monday, October 13, 2014

What I eat

I am trying to put this up periodically, in large part as a reminder to myself, for when I'm feeling down about my diet, or to remind me how far I've come. Because folks with MCAD so often have very, very limited diets that I am doing REALLY well, and I want to hold on to that for the days when I'm feeling down...like right now when I need to lose a bit of weight and have to diet, ouch.

So, reminder to self!
Two weeks after going gluten free, I was reacting to so much that my diet of 'what I can eat without reacting' dropped down to:
Bison meat, carrots, sweet potatoes, quinoa, avocado, and salt.

Within a few months, I tried and discarded a few more items and was able to add amaranth, too. I don't think it was really any improvement, considering how little I liked the texture of amaranth.

And what I can eat now (without an unpleasant reaction):

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Gluten free is definitely not always gluten free

New study just came out, and it's saying what a lot of celiacs have been saying for years: gluten free products are not always as gluten free as they claim.

In the study, out of 158 products labeled gluten free, 5% of those with the gluten free label with not gluten free. 4% of the products labeled as certified gluten free were not gluten free, and these are the ones that are supposed to certify as having half the allowed gluten contamination as the regular gluten free label.


Personally, I think this is the canary in the coal mine of contamination.  Gluten currently is one of the only allergens to have actual ppm contamination standards on the books. The other allergens do not.  You would expect that having to meet actual standards would increase compliance, to avoid prosecution if nothing else.

So if gluten free foods are only gluten free about 95% of the time, what's the level of 'free' for other allergens that list themselves as soy free, egg free, and so on?

Obviously, it's something we have to figure out for ourselves. But for those of us with serious allergies, or who have very serious reactions to allergens, I think this may be a factor to consider for our food. Yet another potential reason to start looking at whole foods rather than processed foods when making dietary choices.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Day 7 - Butternut Squash and Beef Skillet Meal

Pinterest Day 7
The Pinterest recipe I looked at today was Super Easy Butternut Squash with Ground Beef and Onions by Tom Denham.

Mine was more like Easier Butternut Squash with Ground Beef and chiles.

Beef and Butternut Squash

Friday, September 5, 2014

Day 6 - Homemade Lemon Jello

Pinterest Day 6
The Pinterest recipe I looked at today was Citrus and Pineapple Gummies by Arsy Vartanian

This is the ugliest jello ever made. But quite tasty.

Ugly lemon jello, already melting in the heat