Monday, June 6, 2016

Update, making your own kombucha,and Neil Gaiman

Hi! It's been awhile and I apologize for that. But, here I am. It's June and the summer has been, if not officially, as its 70-odd degrees here, the birds are going nuts and the Gypsy Moth caterpillers are eating all of our trees.

Some updates for ya:

*I'm working full-time and taking a Pharmacology Calculations course at the local community college, hence why I have neglected my blog. Time is short.

*I still haven't been taken off the wait-list at the 2 schools I applied to, which is good, I guess, but bad because I haven't been accepted yet and the WAIT IS KILLING ME! >< I can't make any long-term plans until I know about school and they have until September. UGH.

*My health is fair. Meds have been changed, PT for my back starts soon, and life goes on.

How about some talk of food, as this is a food blog? Lol. I picked up some O'doughs Gluten Free Flax Bagels at my local Shaws last week. Never heard of em? Me either. I wonder if its because it's a Canadian company. Anyway...

They are frozen, whole bagel thins. They cut easily with a bread knife once thawed. I was skeptical, as I always am about gf bagels, but these are great. Plus, the 1st bag I bought had a $1 coupon inside it! These flax bagels are soft, doughy, and toast very well. I like to eat them toasted with almond butter (I'm currently using Justin's Maple Almond butter) and raspberry jam. Such a good on-the-run-to-work breakfast!

Here is O'Doughs website http://odoughs.com/products/. Their products are also available at the Gluten Free Mall, Check out their website and product list because there is a LOT more available than just bagels!

Kombucha

The post title mentions making your own Kombucha. Well, I am doing that now! What is Kombucha? Well, it's a fermented tea drink that has a SCOBY (symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast; apple cider vinegar like Bragg's, also has a mother). Basically it contains tea, sugar, and water. I made it when I live in Providence, RI, and forgot about it, so I had to discard my SCOBY then. At work we sell several kombuchas, from GTS/Synergy and Katalyst, both of which are great, but at about $4 a bottle an expensive habit. So the solution is to make my own. A regular customer makes his own and he brought me a SCOBY mother, which I set to brew last Sunday. This morning I skimmed off some of the tea and bottled it with mango puree, to get somewhat close to my favorite kombucha, Synergy Mango.

Why does anyone want to drink this? Well, there is some debate about its benefits, of course. Kombucha popped up in the US in the 1990s, but the origins are probably Japanese. Kombucha is full of awesome probiotics and gut bacteria, such as Saccromyces and Gluconacetobacter xylinus
It's been touted as having all sorts of benefits, such as curing AIDS, cancer, diabetes, and boosting the immune system. These are unfounded and untested. BUT it's very tasty. I like to use it because 1) it's tasty, 2) it seems to help with my gut, and 3) I like it!

LOTS of resources (mostly pro, sorry):
http://whatiskombucha.com/
http://www.motherjones.com/blue-marble/2010/11/kombucha-really-good-you
http://www.globalhealingcenter.com/natural-health/what-is-kombucha-10-facts-need-to-know/
https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/wellness/2014/10/28/7ba5f68a-5ad6-11e4-8264-deed989ae9a2_story.html


How do you get started? Well, you can always use a search engine. You can find SCOBY's in lots of places. A great website to start with is Kombucha Brooklyn  which sells SCOBYs and LOTS of other stuff, plus great FAQ. Ask around your area, neighborhood, local health food store; you never know who has one.

I'll let you know how mine turns out! Here's a picture of the set-up I use.
Day 7 


OH! You know I LOVE Neil Gaiman and he just put out a new book: The View from the Cheap Seats. Here is the link on his website http://www.neilgaiman.com/works/Books/The+View+from+the+Cheap+Seats%3A+Selected+Nonfiction/

CHECK IT OUT! Also, read this great article, where Neil talks about his book, Ray Bradbury, and other stuff., Brain Pickings article


OFF to work. love, love, love
K


Sunday, May 22, 2016

Hello. Long time...

Hello folks. It is a drizzly Sunday morning here on Cape Cod and I am headed to volunteer at the Piggy Trot. I want to start the blog out by apologizing to the few readers that I have. I am not good at blogging. I am not good at setting aside a half an hour to sit down at my laptop without other distractions and write a little snippet to you guys. It's not that I don't have ideas; it's that I have so much other stuff going on and this is not a priority.

The last few weeks have been get up, go to work, come home, make dinner, go to sleep, and repeat, with court appointments, doctor's appointments and x-rays and MRIs and visits with friends from out of state or out of the country thrown in between. I have put this blog on the back burner because I have not taken enough time for myself and I apologize. And in case you're worried, everything is fine. Nothing is life-threatening.

I also have not had time to experiment with any gluten free recipes or do much of anything else food-related. I did make a yummy but very salty chicken salsa verde in the crock pot last week which was good. I want up having to dump the quinoa and wash off the chicken so that I could eat it because it was way too spicy so I know how to fix that in the future. I'm hoping to get back into the swing of things again soon. TJ and I have also been sick for the last week. I have to thank Vietnamese and Thai restaurants for noodle soups because they really help when I am feeling under the weather. My favorite place to go to for this is Thuan Lo on Rt. 28 in South Yarmouth. Every time I go in tell the older gentleman what is wrong with me and he gives me exactly what I need. Fabulous.

This Blog has been brought to you today by voice texting which for once did not mess up that many words. Hope everyone is doing well. Have a wonderful weekend I will try to get a blog post up later this week .love love love, Kate


Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Hiatus

Hi folks. Sorry, I have been on hiatus. I was out of the state for a week and today has just been SLAMMED. I will try to get a post together for next Wed.

Please stay tuned.

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Thursday, April 7, 2016

Review of Royal II Yarmouthport, MA

Yesterday I had an absolutely fabulous lunch at the Royal II Restaurant & Grill on 6A in Yarmouthport. A customer at work had recently recommended it to me as they have a good selection of gluten-free items on the menu. 

A friend and I arrived shortly after they opened (open @ 11:30 a.m.) and sat at the bar. There was one couple at a table but soon more people arrived. They have a great drink menu with lots of options. One of the owners, Paul Bolanos, waited on us. My friend and I know him from their other place, Royal Pizza, which we used to go to in Dennisport (also fabulous!) when we lived there and my friend worked at Chase & Merchant. Paul is such a nice guy and very knowledgeable. 


He served us each a slice of pizza, which I gave to my friend.It smelled amazing!  Paul saw this and asked "gluten?", to which I agreed. So he got me something special, which was a fantastic Greek soup, called Avgolemono, that has lemon, chicken, rice, and egg in it. "Greek penicillin," Paul joked. It was very good, a hint of lemon and a wonderful broth. Then we ordered vegetarian stuffed grape leaves, which are one of my favorite foods. These came with cut tomatoes and a marvelous Tzatziki  sauce. True Greek amazingness food. For entrees G ordered Veal Parmesan, but I was indecisive. I told Paul that I had been checking out the menu on-line and got excited about gluten free cheese ravioli, but sad because it wasn't on the menu in restaurant. Paul assured me that they have it (I was not looking at gluten-free specific menu), and they even have gluten-free bread! G's Veal Parm was "sexual" as he called it, which I will take his word for (no veal for me). My ravioli was PERFECT! I ordered marinara sauce with it, though I could have had vodka sauce. See the picture below. SO FREAKING GOOD! 


Paul and I talked about gluten-free cooking and what they use. They have gluten-free pizza dough, penne pasta, cheese ravioli, and bread. He didn't disclose the names of the products, or where they get them specifically, but he did tell me that they use GF cheese ravioli and stuffed shells which come from a woman on Nantucket. (They try to use local ingredients as much as they can. Most of the meat and fish are local. ) Paul noted that the veal parm and chicken parm can be gluten-free as well! Also, they can accommodate for vegetarian/vegans as well. 


5 stars. This place is absolutely wonderful. I recommend it to EVERYONE. Please check it out and tell them Kate sent you! 


Royal II is located at 715 Rt. 6A, Yarmouthport, MA. Here is their website: Royal II Grill



gluten free cheese ravioli

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Nothing much to say

No major updates to give you. I didn't make anything new. No new recipes to share that I can think of. It's the end of March and I am grateful. March is one of my least favorite months.
See you in April.