Archives for: May 2005, 06
I guess it's quite an accomplishment to have succeeded at a few corn free days. It is about 10X harder to get corn and all it's derivatives out of my diet than it was to get gluten out. (Natural Flavoring, artificial flavors, citric acid, ascorbic acid, xanthan gum, etc. etc.) The after-effects aren't as incapacitating as gluten, fortunately, but I do like to be able to sleep at night without itching all over, so it's worth the effort. If only I didn't have the same reaction to rosemary, sometimes I can't pin down what ingredient or product is causing the problem...was it the "spices" in that turkey stick, or was there rosemary in that chicken soup? I try to eat fewer than one processed food item each day, and it's come down mostly to Shelton's brand, so I'm starting to figure things out. I never think of checking on things until after business hours...drat.
Something in my crustless pumpkin pie was causing me trouble and I have yet to figure out what...I don't think my glycerine ever gives me trouble, could my molasses be corn-contaminated...could the canned pumpkin itself have traces of corn in it? One of the spices? I have lots of phone calls to make to figure that one out.
I finally mixed up some of my own baking powder, I used sweet rice flour as the moisture-absorber, along with the baking soda and cream of tartar (see previous post for formula). Then I proceeded to make some quinoa blueberry muffins from one of the mailing lists. They were a success. I had to use a little tahini in the first batch, as I didn't have enough almond butter, so the second batch was better. Also, I haven't found an almond extract that's both corn-free and gluten-free, so that will make it even better. Still, they are great as is. My son's GF muffins are expensive, so I figure making my own will help finance his organic apple juice. He loves the homemade ones, unfortunately so do I, but they aren't a problem for me as long as I show some constraint...but man oh man do they taste good plain or with agave-butter on them! I'm sure my fetish for them will fade with time and I'll leave most of them to my son. My husband even likes them, and he's picky when it comes to muffins. He still doesn't want to eat our food, but I tell him these are cheaper than the ones he buys too, so he might as well eat these!
Oh, I got some Buffalo meat at the neighborhood grocer's annual buffalo sale. The pot roast was delicious! I coated it with sweet rice flour and amaranth flour, browned it, then added onions, then carrots and rutabaga and baked covered for many hours. I like rutabagas better than turnips, but I'm not crazy about either of them. Next time I'll try sweet potatoes or celery or just onions and carrots. The eye of round steaks needed a bit more tenderizing, I just slapped them in my Foreman grill and chew chew chew. Not bad sliced thin with salad though.
Ok, I'm blogging while hungry...I'm going to go have a salad!