Monday Potpourri

Oakley scared me this morning. He left food in his bowl, which doesn’t happen very often. Then I realized that I had committed the unforgivable transgression of incorrectly layering the egg, pumpkin, and goat kefir in the bowl before mashing them together. An additional dollop of goat sauce (what it’s called around here) earned my way back into his favor. 

Drinking green jasmine tea. It’s one of the few greens that I enjoy, as is gunpowder green. Gunpowder green has roasted notes and the wow factor of unfurling itself into the full leaves when the water hits it. Very cool to watch. 

Hubby came home, so I’ve been cooking. Scrambled eggs yesterday; almond and coconut flour muffins this morning. Turkey cutlets with rosemary, but do I want to do a rosemary and mushroom or orange sauce? After three weeks of cooking for himself, he really appreciates my culinary efforts and likely doesn’t care.  I’m leaning towards the orange sauce. I have some oranges that need to be used up.

On this day in 1536, Anne Boleyn was beheaded. A note of Tudor nerdiness for the day. Other than wearing black and watching the episode of “The Tudors” where she meets her fate, nothing planned. 

So we go on to this week.

 

 

 

 

Suffering and Blueberry Muffins Do Not Exist in the Same Space

Been spending a lot of time perusing the gluten/grain-free sites. So far, I’ve made some incredibly luscious blueberry muffins with coconut flour and an almond/coconut flour chai-spiced sweet potato bread. No complaints. Both were as good as their wheat counterparts.

The biggest problem I’ve had is remembering that while my body does prefer grain and dairy free, I still have to mind calories. Since last fall, I’ve gone down two pants sizes and hope to lose two more. If I’m eating lemon bars with an almond crust followed by cookies topped with coconut milk ice cream, it ain’t gonna happen.

The non-grain flours do behave differently. Coconut flour absorbs moisture at an unbelievable rate, so you only need about 1/4-1/3 of a cup to a cup of wheat flour. Almond flour can be substituted at a 1:just under 1 ratio for wheat flour. 

Many of these flours are lower on the glycemic scale as well–the odds of them contributing to blood sugar spikes is a lot lower. 

Next up: finding a tortilla substitute. I think I’ll try socca, a flatbread from southern France made with chickpea flour. I found a recipe for a pizza that uses it as the base….