|Shirley Temple Cupcakes at Simply Gluten-Free|
Carol sent me a package of her gluten-free flour blend a while back, and I wanted to write a post on it. However, I was so busy having fun experimenting that I ran out of flour before I perfected any recipes. Well, that and the photos I took looked horrendous. I can't even find them, which leads me to believe I probably deleted them in disgust. Carol's blend is perfect for desserts though, and it's a great flour for converting your old recipes to gluten-free.
This month, a friend and I tried out one of Carol's recipes for homemade pasta. As part of Adopt a Gluten-Free Blogger, there were so many other recipes I wanted to make, but time got in the way, so I'll share with you my pasta experience, and leave you with links to the recipes I would have made if time (and in some cases, food sensitivities) permitted.
My biggest surprise with this fresh pasta was that it was really as easy to make as Carol said. Now to be fair, I didn't really do the work. My friend made them while I sauteed veggies. But I watched, and it looked really easy. Note all the plastic wrap in this photo? That was my suggestion for minimizing gluten contamination in a gluten-filled house. I loved the process of making and eating a meal like this completely from scratch. How many people can say they've made their own pasta? It's certainly not something I would have even considered before being gluten-free opened up so many new cooking avenues for me.
My only issue with the pasta was that it was a bit rubbery, but that was not Carol's fault. She explicitly says in her recipe to cook the pasta for 2-5 minutes and not to overcook it. I definitely left it in the pot too long, so I'll take the blame for that one. But the structure, the flavor...it was all there, and I know I'll be making this recipe again, being sure to follow Carol's instructions to the letter the next time!
Now, if I could plan a perfect day, here's what I would like to eat:
I would start with a hearty breakfast of mini-frittatas and ricotta lemon pancakes. Since breakfast was filling, I'd have a light morning snack of salt and vinegar roasted kale chips with roasted red pepper and sundried tomato dip. After playing a rousing game of soccer with my friends (this is my perfect day after all), I'd be plenty hungry for a lunch of grilled vegetable salad and grown-up tomato soup and grilled cheese. Then I'd get to read my book in the sunroom with warm heat lulling me to sleep until I was awakened by the scent of peanut butter banana muffins coming out of the oven. I'd take a muffin and savor it slowly, the afternoon sun creating a warm glow in the kitchen. Then I'd be off for a light hike on the mountain in my backyard (who says you can't have a mountain in the backyard?), coming home just in time for the supper bell to ring. Dinner would begin with a light cold shrimp with tropical fruit salad, then I would enjoy grilled pizza with a side of quick roasted beet salad. And then finally, when I was sure I could eat no more, out would come that most glorious of meals. Dessert. And I would swoon at the array in front of me, sure I could not choose just one, so I must have a bite of each pecan tassie, cherry brownie bite, strawberry cheesecake pie, and chocolate pavlova heart. Finally, I would sleep in contentment, sure that no more satisfying day could be had.
Okay. Are you hungry yet? Good! Head on over to Simply Gluten-Free, and get cooking!