Category Archives: Grain Free
… I haven’t listed out dinners for almost 2 weeks.
I know this as I have each nights dinner scrawled on my fridge blackboard. Its actually been quite enlightening as it shows how much variation there can be.
So here we go:
- Pork chops with vegetables
- Lamb Steak with salad and homemade chips
- Apricot chicken with rice and beans
- Lamb Rissoles with vegetables
- Roast chicken with roasted potato, pumpkin, beetroot and steamed beans
- Tempura Fish and homemade chips
- Pork stirfry with fried rice
- Pork sausages with fried potato and peas (this was a Dad creation as I was attending a lecture)
- Chicken Korma curry with rice and peas
- Pork Sausages – a slack night where this was all we felt like – no veges.
- Lamb casserole made with chops, potato, pumpkin and carrot and served with a side of Kale and red cabbage sautéed with bacon and garlic until wilted.
- Lamb spaghetti Bolognese with rice pasta for our son and rice and corn pasta for the rest of us.
- Pumpkin soup made with stock made from the carcase of the roast chickenwith GFDFCFSF bread rolls
- Devilled Sausages with mashed potato and peas
Wow, it really has been a while!
I’m still not having success with baking though. Those ‘yummy’ fig and honey muffins didn’t turn out very well. My raspberry and apple variation sounded yummy but tasted tart and its pinky brown colour made them look like half cooked rissoles. Next I made it to the recipe but I didn’t like the gritty texture of the figs. My mum said she often made it with sultanas as she didn’t like the texture of the figs either. Dates or apricots might work well too.
I have soaked some nuts this week so our son can have his much adored cashews without it upsetting him. I’m so glad I asked my mum if I could have her dehydrator. I put the nuts in to soak in the morning, drain whilst I’m preparing dinner, put on to dry out over night in the dehydrator and in the morning they are done. From these I will make my own nut flours as I think I should soak the nuts first before grinding into flour so as not to upset our sons stomach as he obviously can’t digest unsoaked nuts. I will do a post about the benefits of soaking nuts soon.
Coconut flour is also on my radar. I can buy organic dessicated coconut and I want to try making coconut milk with it and using the left over pulp to grind into flour. I will buy a bag of commercial coconut flour, which apparently is defatted, to compare it with. Hopefully they are similar and I can use this possible waste product in my baking. Its very low GI and high in fibre, so a very healthy baking ingredient.
Fortunately I have a week with my mum soon so we can experiment. She has already been trying out recipes for me and my dad says the carrot cake she made was quite good. I can’t wait. Lets just hope the Chilean volcanic ash cloud doesn’t disrupt our travel plans.
Bah – I new I wouldnt’ be good at blogging! I have to apologise for the lack of photos. I know they make a blog much more interesting to read. Plain text is not very interesting to read, but I appreciate you sticking with me whilst I organise myself.
Life has been a bit hectic around here between sickness and getting ready for a trip away to my brothers wedding in less than 2 weeks.
On the weekend I attended a lecture given by two very well respected doctors on the field of bio medicine. I’m still trying to absorb the information presented and when I do I will do summary on here. One thing that was mentioned and I’ve been doing some googling on since the lecture was removing all grains from the diet – not just gluten containing grains and corn but ALL grains. This along with the mantra’s of “Heal the gut, heal the child” and Hippocarates, “All disease begins in the gut”, really drove home to me the importance of my job of feeding my family.
At first I thought, ‘how can you do that and still have a diet resembling something normal?’. With a little googling and a phone call to my mum, I have what sounds like a yummy fig and honey muffins and a grain free baking book in my cart. I’ll be trialling this recipe today with a bit of a twist. Cross your fingers for a success. I’d recently also heard of crumbing fish in almond meal which was apparently very yummy, so I’ll try some nut crusted nuggets today too.
I haven’t discussed going grain free with our doctor as yet, even though she was also at the lecture. It does seem to take some confusion out of the gluten free baking maze though as removes some of the gluten free options. I found myself getting paralyzed by all the options and baking mix recipes I’d found. To go grain free and remove sorghum and rice from the options, actually makes it easier in my opinion. It basically leaves nut flours,bean flours, quinoa flour, potato and tapioca starches. I still have some sorghum and rice flour here so I will use that up whilst I get myself organised for grain free and going away. We visit our doctor again a few days after we are back from our holiday so I will discuss a completely grain free diet with her before going hard core. The only issue I see with using so many nuts though is that our son has a bowel reaction to nuts so they need to be soaked and dehydrated first to kill the enzymes causing this reaction, then ground into a flour or meal. Just another layer of complexity to deal with but it will be worth it – I know it will.