Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Bread Mix (version 3.0)

My Bread Recipe Version 3.0

Dry ingredients (makes 2 batches)
4 cups superfine brown rice flour (Authentic Foods)
2 cups tapioca flour (bob's red mill)
2 cup Maskal Teff brown or ivory flour

1/2 cup sugar (I use cane sugar from Trader Joe's, coconut sugar works well too)
6 tsp. Guar gum (don't skip this!)
1 1/3 cup DariFree milk substitute~ use in powdered form...   (It is powdered dairy free milk that is potato based) OR Sunwarrior Protein Powder (or a combination of both)
3 tsp salt (I use sea salt or real salt)

Combine ingredients in gallon Ziploc bag and shake well.

To make bread: (follow directions in order written!)
*Preheat oven to 400 degrees
*Heat one cup of water to 110 degrees, add 2 tsp sugar, 4 tsp yeast, and  let it sit 5 minutes
*Measure out about 5 cups of mix from above dry mix

*2 TBSP flax meal
*2 TBSP rice bran
*4 TBSP. oil (I use olive oil, coconut or safflower) or use your allergen free butter substitute of choice
*1 tsp apple cider vinegar
*1 cup water room temp
*3 eggs (or use egg replacer ~ 4tsp of the dry powder plus an extra 1/4 cup water)
Add in the yeast mixture and beat at medium for 2-4 minutes.  Add water if too stiff.  If too thin add rice flour or more rice bran.  Should be thicker then cake batter but not as firm as regular bread dough. 

Grease hands really well, it is very sticky.  Keep some palm shortening close by so that as your hands get sticky you can grab some more.   To raise the bread...Place bread on top of stove, cover with towel, let rise 30 minutes.  I drape the towel so that the heat vent from my stove blows under the towel and over my bread.  Or let it rise inside your microwave with hot water in a pan.  Cook in oven for 55-65 minutes for a loaf of bread.  For 4 mini loaves I cook mine for about 45-50 minutes.  This bread seems to require longer cooking time then the original version.  Rolls and buns cook around 25 minutes.

Sunday, March 10, 2013

And the Salts Have It!

Is is just me?  Or does it seem sometimes the EASIEST things we put off as hard and then we realize, DUH!, we could have done them easily a long, long time ago.  Well, these two mixes are ridiculously easy.  And tasty.  And have no added chemicals in them.  When you make them and try them, you will totally agree, these salty mixes rock!

Seasoning Salt

2 tablespoons salt
2 teaspoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1/4 teaspoon turmeric
1/4 teaspoon onion powder
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon arrowroot starch or tapioca starch

Put ingredients in jar and shake until well combined

 This next one is, um yeah, really, really this simple.  Sigh.  Don't say I didn't warn you.  Double sigh.

Garlic salt
1 TBSP garlic powder
3 TBSP salt

Put ingredients in jar and shake until well combined

You can easily double or triple this recipe.


Friday, March 8, 2013

Homemade Mixes Tips

Funny thing with certain food allergies...  You can't buy many things that are premade or packaged.  One of the worst offenders is dry mixes and sauces.  Being corn free is especially tough.

One of the first things I made from scratch was Worcestershire sauce.  Its pretty darn good to, if I do say so myself.  I look forward to the day when we can add/try a bit of anchovie paste in it to really, really make it.

The next mix I mastered was taco seasoning.  It is so good, and you know what?  I can make it cheaper and healthier then premade/premixed.   

One of my favorite mixes is my homemade bread.  People are always surprised when they try it and will tell me how good it is.

I recently taught a class on mixes and thought I'd share a few and some timely tips that really help.  Today's post focuses on tips and tricks.

Tools needed for making homemade mixes

Measuring cups

Measuring spoons

Variety of sizes of clean and sanitized glass jars with fitted lids

Mason jars with lids and rings

Permanent marker for labeling


Large gallon or two gallon Ziploc

Tips for making homemade mixes

If you are making a mix and come up short, ALWAYS label what is missing until you can add it.  Then when you do add it… CROSS off the item you had listed so you don’t add it twice.

Run jars and lids through your dishwasher on the sanitizer cycle if you have one.

Use a tally mark system on a pad of paper so you don’t ever lose count.

Measure accurately, especially in really large batches.

Label baggies and jars before you start measuring.

Assemble and line up ingredients before you start assembly.

Have fun, experiment, and enjoy!

Best to use organic, quality spices.  Dried spices last for 6-12 months.  For safe spices look at brands like Organic, however most Trader Joe spices, and McCormick spices are “safe.”  However, always double check.  Blends are not usually safe, but single spices usually are.

Check back for more mixes!

Monday, March 4, 2013

Steal of a DEAL!

I love good products, I love them even more when they are on sale!

Our favorite chocolate chips are the Enjoy Life ones.  They are basically EVERY allergen free.  They contain (listed straight from their package) Evaporated cane juice, chocolate liquor (non-alcoholic), and non-diary cocoa butter.
Made in a dedicated nut and gluten-free facility.
The facility also processes dairy and soy; however, this product is produced on a dedicated dairy-and-soy-free line. Ingredients have been additionally tested to ensure strict allergen control standards are met.

If you visit Vitacost and join up, following this link, you'll get a heck of a deal on them.  Buy one, get one 50% off!  That brings these yummy bits of delicious chocolate to only $3.06 a bag.  Plus $10 off your first order of $30 or more!  Making them even cheaper!  They do freeze well, if that last that long

Vitacost - take the cost out of healthy living

PS  If you follow my link I do get a $10 referral credit.  Just keeping it real folks!  

Happy Shopping!

Sunday, March 3, 2013

25 pounds of WHAT?!?!?

One of our new favorite grains is Teff.  Read more about it here.  My poor, wonderful dearest, you should have seen his face when I asked him to lug these beasts bags inside.

We love Teff pancakes.

We love Teff hot cereal.

We love Teff in our bread mix.

As far as gluten free flours go, it is pretty inexpensive.  But I snagged a deal for a 25 lb. bag of the grain and 25 lb. bag of the flour.  I mean it was a great deal.  Saving me about $1.75 to $2.50 a pound.

What's a 25 lb. bag look like?  Well, bigger then I thought.  Here is a comparison to a 5 lb. bag of flour.

Now to just find a way to safely store it and keep it from going bad.  But I'm not really all that worried.  Those boys eat... A LOT!  Hope they don't get sick of it anytime soon!

Friday, March 1, 2013

Dutch Oven Roast

In case you can't tell, I am really digging my Dutch oven and cast iron pans lately.  They have become a new staple for me and I love my recipes I'm using them for.  My posts the past few months were, well, non existent.  Why?

Well, here are a few reasons:

My sweet birthday boy

Umm, can you say stitches?

Conservatory field trip as we learn about flowers

This pic is just 'cause it's plain ol' pretty....

Hockey, hockey, hockey

Oh and more hockey!
Oh, and this... Don't ask.  But it is called living with boys.

Celebrating 15 years of marriage.... 

To this handsome guy!


Oh, wait!  This was supposed to be about food... right.  Let's get on with it shall we...

Dutch oven pot roast


Pot Roast
Coconut oil
Portobello Mushroom Soup
onion (sliced into quarters

(this is more of a guideline, then a recipe, feel free to experiment)

Brown in olive oil
Brown in olive oil
remove from pot

generously season a roast with salt and pepper on both sides

Brown both sides of roast in juices left behind from veggies and remove.

place veggies in bottom of pot

place roast on top of veggies

season with Thyme and Rosemary (fresh if you have it)

Add portobello mushroom soup

Cover and cook for 3-4 hours at 300 degrees
I don't have any pictures to share because I was at work when my sweet babies ate it ALL!  That's right, not a morsel left for the hard working mama.  (But, that's ok because I was teaching a cooking class and may have had some sweet treats!)  And I just love that they loved it THAT MUCH!