Sunday, January 10, 2010

Goodbye L.A., Hello San Diego!

Happy Sunday! Tomorrow's the last day of my vacation, and I'm not relishing going back to the cold...

Again, I'd like to say that vacation should last forever...

On Thursday night, Grace and I ordered in from Fresh Brothers. For those of you in the L.A. area, it's pretty good gluten-free pizza. Not the best I've ever had, but then again, I've lived in New York City for the last five years, so I can be a bit of a pizza snob. My only complaint about the Fresh Brothers pizza was that I could tell it was a rice crust, and that's really not my favorite. I want my crust to taste like normal pizza crust, like at Risotteria in Manhattan. But that's just me being critical. Would I order from them again if I lived in L.A.? Most definitely! Sometimes you just want to lie on the couch, eat pizza, and watch True Blood. And in that case, Fresh Brothers pizza would be perfect.

On Friday, Grace and I said goodbye to L.A. and hello to San Diego! My older sister, Shani, and her husband just bought a big beautiful house. They have limes, tangerines, mint, rosemary, even a little apple tree. Eventually they want to have hens and maybe even goats one day! Imagine how much fun they're going to have cooking here! Shani made us a delicious juice with apples, carrots, beets, and celery. I don't have a juicer at home, so I was very excited to start my day out with fresh juice. I also remembered reading about making juice pulp crackers on Choosing Raw, so I thought that might be a fun idea.

My sisters weren't so sure about it. The idea of eating juice pulp actually gave Shani goosebumps!

Since our juice was sweet, we added some cinnamon and paprika to the mix. Then we added flax meal (about half the amount of the pulp) and a handful of chopped up cashews we had in the fridge. I'll admit our crackers weren't raw because we baked them at 200 degrees to save time. But they were still really fun. I loved the texture, although the flavor was only so-s0. Dipped in greek yogurt though? Loved it! Since I think it's difficult to find gluten-free crackers that I like at an affordable price, this is something I would make all the time if I had a juicer.

Yesterday, I made a modified version of my Basil Thai Noodles for a quick lunch.

But the food highlight of our weekend was our sushi dinner! Like I said, Grace is a sushi master. Well, at least compared to me. We made vegetarian sushi with avocado, carrots, sweet egg, sauteed portabello mushrooms, and cucumber. Yum! I took pictures of her rolls because the ones I made didn't look as pretty. I have to work on my sushi skills when I get home!

What else? I was very excited to be featured on this week's Flipping Fast Fridays at The Crazy Kitchen! Flipping Fast Fridays is a delicious monthly blog carnival dedicated to healthy food made in under 30 minutes. And Chelsey's got some great looking gluten-free recipes, like her Apple Muffins and her Angel Shine Cake! I highly recommend browsing around her blog for healthy ideas!

So what's on the menu for today? My mind is on the brown sugar flavored ice cream in the freezer, but that doesn't seem quite appropriate for breakfast. I'm off to scrounge around in Shani's fridge and see what I can come up with. What are you having for breakfast today? Or if you're on the east coast, perhaps the question should be, what did you have for breakfast today?


Heather @ Life, gluten free said...

Yep! We've made pulp crackers before!

Love sushi too. My favorite is a plain cucumber roll and a plain avocado roll. We're pretty good at making sushi, but I remember it was tricky at first! It's fun isn't it? Now I have a hankering for some.

Heather said...

Not sure how I missed your blog before? I'm going to add you to my blog roll!

Grace said...

Like I said, ill pay your rent and all other expenses if you serve as my live in sister and cook forEVER!

Juanita said...

Sushi looks yum!

I always feel weird about throwing out the pulp from my juicer (I was thinking of composting it when hubs and I have our own garden). Did you make those crackers in a conventional oven or a dehydrator?

Had a banana and hemp powder smoothie for brekkie :-)

Always sad when vaykays end, but seems like you've got good memories to hold onto to!

Iris said...

Thanks Heather! Just added you to my growing list of wonderful blogs too. :)

Grace, You know I'll take you up on that offer one day.

Juanita, I used a conventional oven and baked them for about 3 hours at 200 degrees. Let me know if you try it!

gfe--gluten free easily said...

Wow, some great photos, Iris! Sorry your vacation is coming to an end, but so glad you're having such fun. Now that's the kind of sushi I could enjoy! (That other raw seafood from questionable sources stuff ... forget it.) Enjoy S.D! "See" you at home all too soon. ;-)


Iris said...

Thanks Shirley! I guess it's time to get back to my life. Good thing I've got my blog to entertain me when I'm busy with school!

Just Call Me Zippy said...

The vegetarian sushi ingredients sound wonderful! I echo what Shirley raw seafood for me. I had a bad experience with a raw oyster once and have never forgotten it. I think it would take lots of practice for me to get it to roll up pretty like that, but I bet it would taste good regardless.

Iris said...

Zippy, I'm not a big oyster fan, but I do love raw fish in my sushi. And I have a great GF restaurant for you to try when you're in San Diego! The post will be up soon. :)

Lauren said...

Congrats on the feature! Looks like a great trip you've had =D.

Farty Girl said...

You are becoming popular... and for good reason! Those crackers make a juicer look necessary for life. :)

Iris said...

Farty Girl - I really want a juicer now! Not as much for the juice as for the crackers. :)

Thanks Lauren!


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