Thursday, May 26, 2016
Ragout is a very flexible dish - made with or without meat - generally cooked slowly, over low heat. It's another one of those meals that can be different every time, depending on what's in the fridge, once you get the basics.
You all know I like a quick, one pot meal, so of course I had to tweak this dish to make it fast and easy. This recipe is inspired by a ragout my husband had the last time we were in Greece, staying in the small town of Sparta, eating in one of the handful of restaurants there. The cheesy Greek music and dirty pink walls were less than appealing, but the food was excellent!
So to appease my husband, who appreciates only having to wash one pot after dinner, I made this gluten free version of Spartan ragout!
Saturday, May 21, 2016
For this week's meal plan my main issue is that I'm having people over for dinner two nights in a row.
My plan? Serve Mediterranean & Middle Eastern tapas both nights.
It's the easiest thing to do, as most tapas can be served at room temp so I don't have to worry about timing everything so that it's warm. All I do is arrange everything on serving dishes, then pack it up and store them until the next night. It's a little trick I learned while in the Middle East and watching women cook for big families for the whole week. They made salads, cheese, sliced veggies, and all kinds of things to last for days.
So I've included a list of a few of the things I'll be serving, in case you want to have your own assortment of tapas!
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Saturday, May 14, 2016
Friday, May 13, 2016
You know I never used to be a huge fan of barbeque sauce. I didn't think it was really all that useful. However, my husband loves it, so I thought I'd try making some gluten free BBQ sauce (since buying it can be really expensive!)
It's a darn good thing I gave it a shot, because it turns out I can put this BBQ sauce on just about anything and my husband will eat it! Furthermore, I have discovered a newfound appreciation for this tangy stuff. It's so good you could eat it straight off the spoon.
And I have. I've been looking for excuses to dip a spoon into the jar, and this little photo shoot was the perfect opporunity ;)
Now that we're heading into BBQ season, it seemed like an appropriate time to post this easy recipe!
Saturday, May 7, 2016
Last weekend I didn't meal plan because we were invited at the last minute to join some friends at a lovely cabin on the waterfront off the coast of British Columbia. It was a wonderful little getaway, but now that I'm back in the real world, I'm back at meal planning!
The weather is definitely heating up here, so there are a couple of my "warm-weather" dishes this week, including sushi and green juice.
Friday, May 6, 2016
Most of you probably don't know this, but my very first real job in my early teens was at a greenhouse, and I worked there on and off for almost 20 years (sometimes just going in to help out one or two days a year at my old boss's request - Mother's Day and Victoria Day which are the busiest days of the year).
My old bosses and their kids even attended my wedding, and in fact supplied all the flowers, pots, and baskets to decorate the location and tables :)
And over those years, depending on the season, I made moss baskets.
Hundreds of moss baskets. Likely even thousands.
So this week's post is not a recipe, but an easy picture tutorial. I can't say that I ever made hanging tomato baskets at the greenhouse, but I do know how to make moss baskets, and this year I decided to try my hand at hanging tomatoes. I could have gotten one of those hanging tomato planter thingies, but frankly they're ugly, and at $10 a pop (without soil) I knew I could do it for cheaper. Here's how I planted my hanging tomato baskets.
Tuesday, April 26, 2016
I have been wanting to re-create these little Arabic pizza pies / pockets forever! Well, at least since 2009, when I first discovered I was gluten intolerant.
Fatayer is an easy, delicious Middle Eastern pizza / stuffed biscuit / pie type thing that varies in shape and fillings. You can make them with meat, cheese, or - as in this recipe - spinach and other greens. They can be a meal in themselves, as a snack, or as part of a spread of mezze/tapas dishes.
They're so delicious, btw, that I've been eating like three of them for breakfast every morning... and then another one or two with lunch...
Saturday, April 16, 2016
Here we go again, I'm back on the meal planning wagon! Every time I fall off I realize how much better things are when I'm planning. We buy and throw away less food, I waste less time trying to decide what to make, we eat better, and I experiment more.
So here we are, another gluten free weekly meal plan! And it's mostly one-pot meals, cuz you know I hate doing dishes ;)
Thursday, April 14, 2016
What a miraculous discovery! These gluten free pizza rolls were a complete fluke, and a total hit! This last minute attempt to use up leftover pie dough scraps turned into a recipe that I will use again and again. It's very easy and totally delicious.
This weekend we had the in-laws over for dinner and I decided to make gluten free pot pie (the recipe for the pie is in my book, Living with Oral Allergy Syndrome but don't worry, the recipe for the crust is in the post below). I doubled the recipe and ended up with extra pie crust.
Now normally when I end up with extra pie dough I make little tartlets, like these Miniature Gluten Free Chocolate Pudding Pies but as it happens I already have 16 tart shells in my freezer waiting to be made into something.
So I thought, why not try an appie of some sort?
Well behold, friends, gluten free pie dough pizza rolls - an appie/snack that can be made very quickly, served as an appetizer or snack, taken to potlucks, and definitely shared with others!
Wednesday, March 30, 2016
Updated April 14:
Sorry folks, this giveaway is now closed, but stay tuned for updates! You never know when I might run one again :)
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