Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Peanut Sesame Noodles!

Peace and quiet...it's what we all try to achieve daily. My kids (the 13 I teach each day!) are resting on their mats. Peace and quiet is present for the moment. In 15 mins. lights will go on, center choice will continue and my peace and quiet will be gone. This past Sunday was my daughter's 15th birthday party. We served kid food to the teens and I prepared adult food for the rest. I adapted a recipe from epicurious.com and it was more than a hit. The guests were clamoring for more but the bowl was empty....should've doubled it. So, as soon as my sister teaches me how to put the picture on my blog, I'll send it. Meanwhile, here is the recipe. It was fabulous...next time I'll double it AND add grilled chicken.

For peanut dressing:
1/2 c peanut butter
1/4 c soy (I used gf tamari)
1/3 c warm water
2 T chopped fresh ginger
1 med. garlic clove chopped
2 T red - wine vinegar
1 1/2 T Asian sesame oil
2 t. honey
1 t. dried hot red pepper flakes

I put all of the ingredients into a deep bowl and used my immersion blender to mix until smooth. What a great kitchen tool
that immersion blender is! I have the Cuisinart one from Linens and Things...use your 20% coupon and it's $50.00.

For the noodle salad:
3/4 lb. dried linguine or spaghetti (I used Tinyada spaghetti)
4 scallions, thinly sliced
1 red bell pepper cut into 1/8 inch strips
1 yellow bell pepper but into 1/8 inch strips
3 T sesame seeds toasted (I used black sesame seeds for color)

Place the sesame seeds in the toaster oven to toast them. Watch carefully as they toast quickly. Also, refrigerate your jar of sesame seeds to avoid spoilage.

Cook pasta in 6-8 quart pot of boiling salted water until tender. Drain and rinse well immediately under COLD WATER FOR THE TINKYADA pasta. Add pasta, scallions, pepper, and sesame seeds...toss and enjoy. It's better to mix dressing with pasta just before serving.
Makes 6 side dishes or 4 main course dishes.

There, my first recipe for my blog. I hope you'll try it. Meanwhile, my peace and quiet is over for now. I am peaceful in my new endeavor. I'm almost like a peacock, strutting with pride at how gluten free my life has been for the past week and what I have to look forward to. I wish you all peace and quiet for all your days.

Thanks for your support!

Saturday, February 24, 2007

Great Saturday morning!

Writing you from sunny (70 degree)South Florida, I awoke this morn quite refreshed. Actually, tidied up a bit, put up my very first bread from ANNA into my new Breadman Pro....am waiting for the beeps that tell me it's done! I ate a GLUTINO bagel this morn. I've tried many and this one seems to mimic the "real" thing. I toast it, smear on some Smart Balance and enjoy! As Ellen used to say, I toast it until it becomes unrecognizable. I've tried Kinninnick raisin bagels and they are mediocre in comparison...go for the GLUTINO ones if you want an old fashioned bagel. My chicken caccitore (sp?) came out fabulous. Again, my sister suggested that I use the MUIR GLEN fire roasted tomatoes. OMG what a flavor. Don't miss out on this one! The rest of today I'm going to find something to cook that will feed my inspiration to stay compliant. I have all sorts of flours in the pantry....maybe a cake or cookies or how about mandelbread. You know, the hard, biscotti-like cookie that you can dip into coffee or just enjoy by itself....well, wish me luck...if I discover a good recipe I'll photograph and share...happy Saturday...p.s. thanks so much for the comments...they all actually brought me to tears...I'm really not alone any more!

Friday, February 23, 2007

Hello there, hello there it's very nice to meet you!

Hello there, hello there, it's very nice to meet you! Actually, they are the first words of a wonderful song, sung by my sister and brother-in-law. They are very accomplished childrens' musicians and those words define my introduction. They also wrote a song that alludes to my opening...it does take a village to raise a child. A child I am not...but nonetheless, trying to remain Gluten Free Compliant has been difficult for me and so, I need a village!
I was first diagnosed with Celiac Disease 5 years ago. After being misdiagnosed by my gastro with IBS and then by my hematologist, with unexplained anemia, the discovery began. I spent one year taking iron supplements to raise my hematocrit level, with absolutely no success. A gastro was contacted, an endoscope was performed, and voila, the long awaited diagnosis. The next few years resulted in compliance but not the kind that makes a difference. Okay, so I finally was accepted to donate blood...that was an accomplishment. But I never paid any attention to cross-contamination or other situations that would introduce traces of gluten into my system. I kept the same level of compliance until my mom passed away. That would be the beginning of the end for me...on and off of the roller coaster. My sister was diagnosed one year ago and like she does with most tasks, dove in head first and has not turned back. She changed her whole way of cooking, shopping, and kissing (was I supposed to say that?) Her husband, my wonderful brother-in-law is now gluten free. You may have read her blog...she is the inspiration for me to start this blog...Iamglutenfree.blogspot.com! Maybe you've met! Back to my story....Ellen has influenced me in many ways throughout my lifetime...here's just another example.....I do read her blog as well as Gluten Free Goddess, Gluten Free by the Bay, and more. Karina, the Gluten Free Goddess, recommended a Breadman, sold by Amazon. I ordered it, along with 9 bags of Breads by Anna, another suggestion made by Iamglutenfree!! I'm excited about using it tonight. After my recent gastro symptoms I decided to jump back on the rollercoaster. This time, I'm praying that with a "VILLAGE" to support me I won't fall off. I've been exhausted (the anemia), have had blurry vision (another symptom) and have been feeling just plain old blah! I'll share my recipes as I discover that Planet Celiac isn't a bad place to be, just different. And from what I have been reading, more and more people have been inhabiting Planet Celiac all over the world. I'll take pictures as others before me have and hopefully, I'll share my enthusiasm with you. Let me know what you think....good, bad, or otherwise....have a great weekend.