Monday, November 30, 2015
I had all the ingredients in my kitchen, except coconut butter, which I replaced with regular butter. Sadly I forgot that my Sun Warrior protein powder(this is what I use. ) is not flavored, and I was out of vanilla, so I just threw the mix into the pot. I used Trader Joe's Gluten Free Rolled Oats, Nutiva's Coconut Flour, and Kate's butter. I didn't take a pic because I was WAY too hungry and dove in. This is SO good, gluten-free, vegan if you don't use egg and butter, and low-sugar, unless you use sugar :P , and OH SO GOOD. This will be added to my collection of favorites!
Arman makes some fantastic foods, so you should check his sites out.
The Big Man's World website
Tell him the Cynikal Kat sent you!
Love, love, love, K
Oh, here is an empty bowl :p
Friday, November 27, 2015
Last Friday I made a vegan, gluten-free chocolate raspberry torte to bring into work the next day (there's only 3 of us that work Sat, and A & I spend most of it just ourselves). I have 2 coworkers that are vegan and I am gluten-free (obviously). The recipe comes from Bakerita, found via Pinterest (follow me here!).
I used Bob's Red Mill Almond flour/meal, one of my favorite flours, for the crust. It took me a few minutes of reading labels in the baking aisle at my local grocery store to find a baking chocolate that was suitable for vegans, but Mrs. Meyer's 66% Bittersweet baking chocolate looked safe. I had organic raspberries from work and I found a yummy raspberry preserve at Job Lot. Unforunately my springform pan turned out to be 22" where it needed to be 9", so I used a 9" pie plate instead. I am amazed how easy this recipe is and that it didn'te require fridgeration!
THe next day I brought this torte into work for consuming. As A & L dug in in the kitchen, I heard "oohs" and "ahhhs" and gasps, even got a "you're an angel!". Clearly they loved it and I did too. A job well done! Thank you, Bakerita!
Remember to get the recipe from Bakerita and go say hi to her from me!
Thursday, November 19, 2015
I saw Kashi's new gluten free cereal, Indigo Morning, in the grocery store and brought it home. I do not like it all. It is puffed corn (organic), which doesn't soften up very well (in almond or coconut milk), so it's very crunchy. It also left pieces of hull in my mouth. I did like the berries, which I believe are freeze dried. Good effort Kashi, but no thanks. I'd rather eat sawdust. A+ for organic and non-GMO ingredients but D for taste.
kashi organic corn flakes indigo morning cereal
Sunday, November 8, 2015
Sadly I did not attend the GF in CT this weekend b/c finances would not allow it. That really bummed me out, but it needed to be done. Plus, I really needed the time with my o.s.o. and time for ME. (That is probably the most important!)
So, a few blog worthy things...
I came across Wellness Mama's post about Carrageenan and decided to share it with EVERYONE. I have been thinking about carrageenan, way back in my mind next to the thoughts about not eating meat/animal products before 6 (Thank you VB6 diet by Mark Bittman http://markbittman.com/book/vb6/). I was thrilled to see that my favorite almond milk (Blue Diamond's Almond Breeze Hint of Honey Vanilla) does NOT have carrageenan in it (http://www.almondbreeze.com/?navid=334. Now I need to look at the rest of the stuff I eat/drink and see where it stands. I do NOT need more inflammation (damn autoimmune illnesses).
Wellness Mama's post is here: http://wellnessmama.com/2925/what-is-carrageenan/
This is a very informative post from someone whose blog I just adore. She has so many great recommendations, recipes, and more. You should follow her on all the social media sites. (Please go check out her blog.)
I went shopping at Target last weekend. Sadly the closest one is 45+ mins away. (sigh). Island life. I found some great gluten-free items there for cheap!
Seven Sundays: their website
Qia via Nature's path
Wow Baking bagged cookies
I haven't made anything spectacular lately..OH! But I did. For Samhain (Halloween for non-pagans) I made 2 amazing Samhain pumpkin breads. The recipe is courtesy of LApagmom2 on Allrecipes.com recipe is here. I didn't take any pictures of it but I brought 1 loaf to work and it was scarfed throughout the day. This will be a staple recipe for me. I did finagle it a bit but I can't remember what I did exactly now.
Speaking of food, I need to get started on dinner. Tonight I'll make some gluten-free stuffed shells. Since TJ doesn't like ricotta cheese (weirdo) I'll make a few for him and just use mozzarella with meat instead of ricotta and mozz and meat. Perhaps I'll remember to take some pictures.
Lots of love to you fantastic people. Again, I'm sorry about the delay, but life gets in the way sometimes. love love love
Friday, October 23, 2015
Monday, October 12, 2015
For more info on the fest go to their website:
The good news also is that I have 1 ticket to give away! (As ticket #1 is for my friend who's going with me.) Please message me if you are interested in a free ticket!
Friday, October 9, 2015
Recipes came from:
Real Food RN
For the chicken I used basic white rice flour. I think this one might be from Goya but I'm not certain as I have had it for awhile. Otherwise I followed the recipe. I did wind up using more coconut oil though.
The recipe for the mozzarella balls I pretty much followed to the T. I used Aleia's gluten free Italian bread crumbs. They are SO damn good. (http://www.aleias.com/aleias-gluten-free-italian-bread-crumbs/ ). Take Jenny's advice and refrigerate these sticks/balls before frying them up. I have tried making these twice. The first time I only rolled the mozz once, but tonight I rolled it in egg and flours twice., which was still not enough. The cheese will leak out. You should roll it a few times.
But, in the end, Tj and I both feasted.
Sunday, October 4, 2015
For dinner tonight we're having spaghetti. Well, techinically I am and TJ is having rotini with sauce. :) I threw some left over hamburger in a skillet with home grown (TJ's parents grown) tomatoes diced up, some Herbs de Provence, s & p, and organic tomato sauce. I am baking my last sample of the bag of Buddha Bread by Bread Empire in our toaster oven as the actual oven is broken. (giant pain in the ass!) added in some organic cut spinach to my sauce. TJ is playing Destiny in the other room and I hear lots of swearing. I'm going to find it down with a Sonoma Cider Sarsaparilla Vanilla flavor and this:
I use Tinkyada pasta every time I want pasta. From their Brown rice lasagna noodles to Brown rice shells everything I have tried is fantastic. I'll probably make stuffed shells on Wednesday (at our friends house while I babysit).
Tinkyada can be found online: http://www.tinkyada.com/
**I am in no way paid or sponsored by Tinkyada or Bread Empire. I just love their products and hope you will too.
Friday, October 2, 2015
Friday, September 25, 2015
So why is SLS bad? Well, some studies have shown that SLS is irritating to the mucous membranes and even has carcinogens! Plus it can cause more canker sores and thank you, I have had enough of them. I am going to try this and see how it goes. Bonus, Weleda toothpastes are free of fluorides, detergents, and synthetic fragrances, colors, and preservatives. Yay!
Wanna read more about it? Here are some links
There is a snopes.com article that is an opposing view but I cant link it right now.
Also, there are lots of scary things in your toothpaste. Look up yours at ewg.org and see for yourself.
Cheers. More gluten free to come, I swear.
Saturday, September 19, 2015
STEAM by Stacey Rourke
Books 1 & 2
Unfortunately I haven't finished this book yet, but it is good! Here we have Ireland and her group, including HG Wells, and some witches in Salem during the Burning Times. This book is tying the other 2 and the stories all together. I love it!
About the Author
About the Tour
Wednesday, September 16, 2015
Thursday, September 10, 2015
Today is World Suicide Prevention Day. I am a suicide attempt survivor. I am not ashamed of this. It was a difficult time but here I am.
Dec. 6, 2005. My girlfriend at the time and I broke up. I was really in love with her and I fucked it all up. It happens. But then it was devastating and I didn't have the coping mechanisms I do now. Most of that night is hazy, but I know these things:
-I took a bottle of pills
-I chased them w/ almost an entire bottle (or maybe the whole thing) of Carlo Rossi Sangria (I didn't drink that brand again for YEARS)
-I locked the doors in the house and stumbled up the stairs
-I reached out to Mel (an ex-gf who's a friend) and April (another ex) (Did I reach out to her? I can't recall) and Mel called 911
-I think I unlocked the downstairs door
-I hate IVs in my hands (both hands!)
-I woke up in the ER and was GRATEFUL to be alive
-gf was pissed, sad, and distraught and we never were right again
That was 10 years ago. Wow. Okay...so 9 and change, but nonetheless, 10 years. A lot has changed. A lot has happened, but it has all shaped who I am today. I do not regret this experience, per se, but 32-year-old me is sad that 22-year-old me couldn't cope and tried to take the easy way out. That was rock bottom for me. It got better. LIFE GOT BETTER!
Suicide is fucking awful. No matter what the reasons, it's awful. Sure it may relieve the pain/self-hate/rage/etc etc etc RIGHT NOW but it will devastate the ones you love. I am not going to preach here. I just wanted to share my experience.
If YOU ever think about suicide, there are billion resources. Please get help.
Here are a few:
Call the National Suicide Prevention Line ANYTIME Call 24/7 1-800-273-8255. You can also chat with people online. Lots of helpful stuff
TWLOHA has been one of my saving graces through the years. https://twloha.com/home/
Email me or comment! Reach out to SOMEONE please.
You can help out in so many ways. Buy a shirt from Sevenly:National Suicide Prevention Lifeline via sevenly for example.
Buy a Suicide Prevention pack from TWLOHA http://store.twloha.com/collections/wspd15
BE A FRIEND and LOVED ONE. Be a shoulder and an ear. Seriously.
Never give up.
Monday, August 31, 2015
Love love love
Friday, August 28, 2015
Again, the original recipe can be found over on Paleo Newbie's site http://paleonewbie.com/paleo-cranberry-orange-muffins-recipe/.
- I subbed the almond flour for some of GF Jules' Gluten Free Flour ((find that HERE) and some of Bob's Red Mill Gluten Free All Purpose flour because I ran out of GF Jules (Bob's Red Mill is here).
- I did not use raw honey but used some local honey which worked out well.
- I subbed pecans for walnuts which I LOVE.
- Orange zesting was difficult but I managed to get SOME. (I need a zester or a better grater).