Archive for May, 2011

Mini polenta pizzas!

Posted in Uncategorized on May 9, 2011 by aliaalafaireet

A couple nights ago a bunch of us from the house got together to make a nice gluten-free dinner. I decided I would make the all important pre-dinner snacks. Something to munch on while the more intense cooking happens. Polenta is a sort of corn meal you boil in water, like grits. You can get pre-cooked polenta in a tube. This makes it really easy to slice into rounds for little treats. I even found some fancy basil polenta. I slice my rounds about a centimeter thick. Then I baked them at 350 for about 15 minutes. In the meantime I caramelized some sliced red onion, by cooking it in a skillet over medium heat, and adding a little brown sugar. This process takes about 15 minutes, so the little polenta crusts were done and I took them out to cool. I sliced half a large tomato and cut those slices into quarters. I put one quarter tomato slice on each polenta crust and sprinkled on a little salt. Then I added a bit of  my onions. I put the pizzas back in the oven at 400 for about 5 minutes. Then we ate them. Leola and Colin made buffalo shrimp tacos, Zora made a huge salad, and Mary made GF brownie sundaes.

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Side effects

Posted in Uncategorized on May 9, 2011 by aliaalafaireet

I went gluten-free on May 5th, and I noticed some side effects. For example, I am eating less junk because a lot of junk has wheat in it. I have also noticed that it is easier to make other changes whilst going gluten-free. I have worked out TWICE since the big change, more then I have in the past couple of months. But, there have also been some negative side effects. I thought going gluten-free would make me eat out less, but since a bunch of people in my house also went gluten-free we have been going on all these dates. Dates cost money.

Gluten-free for the month of May

Posted in Uncategorized on May 3, 2011 by aliaalafaireet

Some of you may remember “Gluten-free Monday,” a period of my blogging life when I abstained from gluten every Monday to further understand what my house mates who cannot eat gluten go through everyday. Well, I fell off that wagon pretty hard. Also, avoiding gluten for one day a week helped me to better cook for my house mates but didn’t really show me how is feels to be gluten-free. So, for the month of May I am giving up gluten, cold turkey. Some of you may be wondering what gluten is exactly. It is a protein found in grass grains, like wheat and barley. What does gluten do? Well, think about the texture of really yummy bakery bread, it is full of air pockets, and has a lovely chewiness. That is the work of gluten. It binds things together. Like corn, gluten, especially wheat gluten, is in just about everything, even things you wouldn’t expect, like soy sauce, for example.  Corn,  rice, and buckwheat, are all gluten-free and can be made into flour, these will be the backbone of my gluten-free experiment. Ready-made gluten-free products exist but they are very expensive, so making more food yourself is really the only way to be gluten-free on a budget. Here are some ideas I am kicking around, chocolate pumpkin cake (the pumpkin will help with the binding) learning to make tortillas and other flat breads. Please help my with ideas!