Saturday, February 24, 2018

Our Version of Idli

Below is a step-by-step process for how I prepare my version of idli batter.  A huge thank you to my friend for teaching me several years ago.  Idli have become a staple in our kitchen. 

Step one: at noon
Soak one cup of organic red lentils in pure water in glass bowl
Soak two cups of organic brown rice in pure water in glass bowl
step two: 8:00 pm
wash and strain the lentils and rice

step 3:
   after washing and rinsing, cover with a tea towel
and leave out until morning

step 4:
the following morning, rinse and strain the soaked lentils and rice

sprouted red lentils 

step 5:
add the soaked and sprouted rice and lentils to Thermomix bowl, blend
with about a cup of water

step 6:
cover the mixture with a tea towel

until evening

step 7:
enjoy the fermented poof

store mixture in mason jar in fridge
add some pink salt and fry up in cast iron pan with a little coconut oil

Yummy Soft-Baked Spiced Molasses Cookies

fresh from the oven
We were all in the mood for some warm cookies on a cold afternoon.  Little Brother and I decided to make these for snack and surprise Big Brother.  Little Brother and I enjoyed with some homemade coconut milk, while Big Brother enjoyed with some fresh Mill King milk. Next time, we will flatten them a bit more.  Three cheers for vitamin and mineral power-house: blackstrap molasses! original recipe found here

What you need:

130 g almond butter (Trader Joe's has smooth raw almond butter free of peanut cross-contamination)
130 g unsweetened applesauce
50 g coconut sugar
80 g blackstrap molasses
1 tbsp lemon juice
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp all spice
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/8 tsp pink salt
60 g coconut flour
60 g arrowroot starch
optional: sugar for sprinkling on top for added sparkle

What you need:

preheat oven to 350 degrees

combine and blend  in TM bowl, almond butter, applesauce, coconut sugar and molasses.  

add and blend the lemon juice, spices, vanilla, baking soda an salt

add the coconut flour and arrowroot

blend to form thick dough.  Dough should be sticky, but manageable.  If too thin, add 1-2 tbsp more of coconut flour

break off large sections of dough and roll into balls

arrange on cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.

you can do 6 large cookies or 10 medium ones

sprinkle with sugar if using

press to flatten

bake for aproximately 12 minutes

let cool and enjoy

Cooking With Friends: Tembleque

Tembleque is a coconut dessert pudding from Puerto Rico.  We had the fortune of making it with our friend from Puerto Rico. We love the texture and flavor of tembleque.  Free of egg, dairy and gluten and a great choice to make for friends and family with dietary/allergy restrictions. We made this on a hot August afternoon after serving a batch of not-so-perfect idli for lunch.  This is my first post in too many months away from the blog. 

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Scrumptious Saturdays

persimmons! a little early this year! the pure joy of waiting and eating locally and seasonally

Little Brother picked up with a huge, happy smile.  we share our love of persimmons.
totally excited to dig right in
while putting away market provisions-making foccacia, carmelized onions and hardboiled eggs.  eggs are only hardboiled in a specific pot which is cleaned with soap and water before going in dishwasher. 

the fresh market onions are ready
fresh, hot, allergen-friendly foccacia with Blue Heron green goddess, avocado, smoked sockeye salmon and caramelized onions. Animal Farm arucula salad along side.
just made some gazpacho in TM using today's tomatoes, green and red pepper and cucumbers

Little Brother has avocado and smoked salmon.  the rest of us take utmost care to avoid his contact with goat cheese. if you sit at our table, there are strict cross-contamination rules.

Big Brother making cucumber salad with toady's market cucs.
what I love about Saturdays: downtime, playtime, cooking time, family time. this "track" eventually runs the whole downstairs. Boys play so nicely together.

Teatime Today: acai bowl

Little Brother and I went to Trader Joe's yesterday with the idea that we would get the needed ingredients to copy his favorite treat from Sustain: the acai bowl.  We picked up frozen mango, frozen strawberries and frozen packets of acai.  Today, at 3:00, he reminded me that soon it would be teatime and that we had to make the acai bowl.  So together, along with our best kitchen-friend, Thermomix, we blended this up.

step one: add to TM bowl frozen strawberries, frozen mango, frozen cubes of almond milk and frozen acai

what mixture looks like blended on speed 8 for about 10 seconds
we added in some homemade coconut milk and blended up this ice cream

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Cupcake Love

I once read that empathy is when head, heart and hands come together and act in alignment.  These vanilla and chocolate cupcakes for our end of the year class party are a metaphor of empathy, loving care and kindness.  A mom, a friend, allowed our allergic children to join in and enjoy a treat with the whole group.  What joy to be included!  I will always remember how I felt when she told me what she was planning for dessert.  I will always remember my child eating this cupcake with his class.  Thank you! These cupcakes are from Jodycakes.  My friend requested the cupcakes be made according to the same recipe Jody uses when we order.

froze leftovers for future parties

Scrumptious Saturdays

enjoying the last weeks of peaches

fresh grapes for chicken salad

fragrant papalo showed up in my life in a few ways 
freezer drawer all summer long