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Pumpkin Pie – Gluten-free/Dairy-free

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This Thanksgiving Pumpkin Pie making had an extra element of enjoyment and pride for me as I was able to grow my own pumpkins!  The best variety for pie purees are the little Sugar or Cinderella pumpkins, I managed to yield just three little ones this crop which turned out to be just enough for the pies and cheesecake I made.    This is my gluten-free, dairy-free, healthier version of the traditional that is tried and tested many times over.  Side by side most people even chose my version over a store bought traditional.  Love it.

2013-10-09 16.16.00Roasted Pumpkin:
1              Sugar/ Cinderella Pumpkin
2              tablespoons Olive Oil
Pinch     Sea Salt

Gluten-free Pie Shell

Pumpkin Pie Filling:
3/4         cup Coconut Sugar
2              teaspoons ground Cinnamon
1/4         teaspoon ground Allspice
1/4         teaspoon ground Cloves
1/4         teaspoon ground Nutmeg
1/4         teaspoon ground Cardamom
1/2         teaspoon Lemon Zest
1              teaspoon Sea Salt
1              tablespoon Tapioca Starch
1 1/2      cups Roasted Pumpkin Puree
1              teaspoon Vanilla extract
3              large Eggs, beaten
1              cup Coconut Milk

To Make Roasted Pumpkin:

Oven to 350 degrees. Carefully cut the pumpkin into wedges; cut off the stem. Scoop out the seeds and pulp (save the seeds for toasting).

Rub the pumpkin wedges with olive oil, and sprinkle lightly with sea salt.

Bake on a cookie sheet on the center rack until tender, about an hour. A knife should easily pierce through the pumpkin wedge.

Scoop flesh from the skins and puree in a food processor.

To Make Pumpkin Pie:

Oven to 350 degrees.

In a large bowl, mix together spices, salt, zest and starch.  Beat the eggs in a small bowl then add to cool pumpkin puree with vanilla and coconut milk, then mix all together until well combined.

Pour filling into pie crust.

Bake for about 50 minutes or until filling is firm and set or until a knife inserted near the center comes out clean.

Cool on a wire rack for 2 hours. Note that the pumpkin pie will come out of the oven all puffed up (from the leavening of the eggs), and will deflate as it cools.

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Smokey Potato Corn Chowder – Vegan, Gluten and Dairy Free

cornonthecobHere is a delicious healthy grilled corn chowder recipe I threw together to use up the corn I grew in my garden.  Actually the corn, garlic, jalapeno, celery, red pepper, yukons, thyme and parsley are ALL from my garden, absolutely loving cooking from my backyard!  You can easily get fresh corn on the cob and yukon potatoes at your local farmers market at this time of the year.  Trying to get non-GMO corn is tricky though!  I know Whole Foods sells non GMO frozen corn and you could make this recipe with frozen corn, it’s just not going to have the same creaminess that you get from the corn right off the cob but I’m sure it will still taste great.  I also throw a couple of the stripped cobs into the pot while the soup is cooking and remove when done, this helps infuse flavour and get as much of the corn milk from the cobs into the soup.  I didnt put this step into the directions because its not nessessary as you get enough corn milk by scraping the cobs with the back of your knife.  Your choice here!

potaotcornchowderI made this recipe vegan and gluten/dairy free just because it makes it a bit more specialized but feel free to use butter/milk, and gluten sauces if you wish, I have almond milk on hand but I would likely make this one again with goats milk and goats butter too.

Enjoy!

Large heavy bottom soup pot
Food processor or blender
6              large Corn on the cobs, shucked and silk removed
2              tablespoons Grape Seed Oil
6              medium Garlic Cloves, minced
1              large Red Onion, minced
1              Serrano or Jalapeño Pepper, minced
1 1/2      cups Celery, diced
1              medium Red Pepper, diced
1              tablespoon non-hydrogenated margarine, I use Soy-Free Earth Balance
3              tablespoons Tapioca Flour
4-6          medium Yukon Gold Potatoes, diced small
4              cups Broth
2              cups Unsweetened Almond Milk (or Goat Milk if you aren’t going dairy free)
1              tablespoon Vegan, GF Worcestershire Sauce
1              tablespoon Braags
3              tablespoons Dry Sherry
1              Bay Leaf
1              tablespoon fresh Lemon Thyme Leaves, chopped (or regular thyme)
1/2         teaspoon Smoked Paprika
4-5          dashes of Hot Sauce (like Tabasco)
3/4         cup Flat-Leaf Parsley, minced
Sea Salt and Black Pepper to taste
Lemon Wedges

Grill corn cobs on the BBQ (or broil in oven), until lightly charred on all sides.

Cut the kernels from the cobs and then, using the backside of your knife, scrape the milky kernel centres off the cobs as well.  Set aside.

Heat oil in your pot and add the garlic, onion and hot pepper and sauté for a few minutes.  Add celery and red pepper then sauté for another 5 minutes or until the vegetables are just soft.

Add the Earth Balance and potatoes, stir for a few minutes then add the tapioca flour.  Cook and stir for a few more minutes.

Add the roasted corn, stock, almond milk, worcestershire sauce, Braags, sherry, bay leaf, thyme, some sea salt, smoked paprika and hot sauce. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer until the potatoes are tender. Approximately 20 minutes. Sea Salt to taste.

Remove and discard the bay leaf.

Scoop out 2-3 cups of the soup and puree in a food processor or blender. Stir the puree back into the pot, add pepper and adjust sea salt and paprika to taste.

Add the parsley and stir to combine.

Serve with a lemon wedge.

Serves 6

Gluten-free Plum Cake

20130830_124746Wow, pretty proud of this one, I very much enjoyed this cake.  I have a tree in my backyard that is loaded with tasty dark purple tart skinned but sweet fruit plums and I was trying to come up ideas on what to do with them all.  A dear friend of mine was visiting earlier this week and asked if he could have a bag to take to him Mom to make a plum cake, now, to be honest I have never tried or even heard of plum cake so naturally I was intrigued.  A few days later, I got to try his mom’s cake, and, it was good, really basic but…cringle…ingredients: oil, sugar, white flour and a few eggs… which in my head screams CHALLENGE!    Today a friend came over to have a cook day; we harvested the plums (also apples, recipes for those to follow) and made a bunch of fun stuff. 20130830_172730 I pretty much just wung it with the cake, I took Mom’s recipes into account and started swapping, we had so many plums we made two cakes right away, she took one home to bake and I baked mine a couple hours ago.  Nailed it.  Wouldn’t change a thing.  Love when that happens!  It’s super moist, fluffy, tarp and just the right amount of sweet.  I used coconut oil and only half a cup of raw cane sugar to health it up a bit too. Also, I made a gluten free flour blend for this one, usually I try to measure per recipe but since we were making two it just I’ve made sense for me.  It’s always good to have a good gluten free flour mix on hand anyway.  I didn’t use any of my previously posted blends simply because I was missing some ingredients, so, technically I wung it here too, ha. I’ve posted the blend below but you can obviously try a store bought blend if you prefer, just look at the ingredient list for something with a couple flours, a starch and xanthan gum.  Sometimes the blends already have baking powder in them and that would probably mess the recipe up.   Have fun and enjoy! x

Oven 350 degrees

8 inch glass baking pan, greased with coconut oil
2           cups Fresh Plums, chopped
Small bowl
1/2       cup organic Cane Sugar
1/2       cup Coconut Oil, melted
3            large Eggs
1/2       cup Coconut Milk, room temperature
2            teaspoons pure Vanilla Extract
Large Bowl
1 3/4    cups Gluten-Free Flour Blend*
1             teaspoon Baking powder
1/2        teaspoon Baking soda
1/2        teaspoon Sea Salt
10          fresh Plums for topping, cut in half (approx.)
1             tablespoon Coconut Sugar mixed with Cinnamon for Sprinkling 20130830_182314In your small bowl combine the sugar and melted coconut oil and mix.  Add eggs and hand beat until sugar is melted and slightly whipped. Add Coconut Milk and Vanilla and mix again.  Set Aside. Combine dry ingredients in the large bowl and stir.  Add wet to dry and mix well. Add chopped plums combine then pour into your prepared baking dish. Sprinkle with Coconut Sugar and Cinnamon then completely cover the top of the cake with plum halves, open side down. Bake for 45 minutes to 1 hour or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.   Let stand before serving. 20130830_202936

*Gluten Free Flour Blend

2              cups White Rice flour
2              cups Sweet Sorghum Flour
2              cups gluten free Oat Flour
1/2         cup Potato Starch
1/2         cup Arrowroot Flour
1              cup Tapioca Flour
4              teaspoons Xanthan Gum

Mix all the ingredients in either a glass container or large ziploc bag.  Sift together using a large wire whisk to really incorporate all of the flours.

Chia Buckwheat Seed Flat Bread

Hello!

Well I’ve just been too busy to create or post any recipes,  I moved from an apartment into a house with a huge yard and besides that being a ton of work in itself I planted a huge vegetable garden, very exciting and having my own organic fresh veg, fruit and herbs to work with is awesome. I am off today to my family cabin for most of August so I was up late last night blending my green smoothies for freezing and making breads and crackers.  The recipe below is one I created from gluten-free bread and cracker recipes, it’s kind of a cross between a cracker and a bread. Very filling and nutritious, loaded with protein, healthy fats and fibre.  I used my fresh herbs but you can use dried if that’s what you’ve got and feel free to experiment with different herbs or flavours.   You can top these gems with most anything, I love them plain or avocado spread on top. Hope you enjoy them as much as I do!

Chia-flatbread-2Chia Buckwheat Seed Flat Bread

 

Oven 350 degrees
Coconut Oiled Baking Sheet
Food Processor

1        cup Gluten-free Oats
1/2  cup Raw Buckwheat Groats
1       cup Chia Seeds
1       cup Pumpkin Seeds
1       cup Sunflower Seeds
1/2  cup Hemp Seeds
2       teaspoon Coconut Sugar
2       teaspoons Oregano, chopped
1       teaspoon Thyme, chopped
1       teaspoon Sea Salt
1/2  teaspoon Garlic Powder
1/2   teaspoon Onion Powder
2       cups Water

Grind your oats and buckwheat in a high powered blender or food processor until you get a flour.  Move to a large bowl, add remaining ingredients and  mix well.

Transfer to a coconut oil greased baking sheet and use a spatula to spread and flatten.  Sprinkle with some more sea salt and bake for approximately 25 minutes or till firm to the touch.

All to cool for a 5-10 minutes then cut and transfer to cooling rack.

Store in the fridge for a few days or freeze.

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Here they are!!!  Very proud of these treats, I have made them several times trying to get this recipe right.  As my goal is to make healthier recipes, I used goats milk and butter instead of dairy, all organic ingredients, … Continue reading

Strawberry-Rhubarb Pie

pie-before-bakingHere is another classic pie I made this weekend (and often). I used my basic gluten free pie shell recipe and two shells. This pie is tart and not very sweet, you can add sugar if you prefer a little more sweetness. I just noticed I haven’t posted my blackberry pie recipe either! I make a few of these from fresh picked berries here in North Vancouver in late August or September, its probably my favourite =)

Oven to 425 degrees

1-2     Pie Shells of your choice
Large bowl
3          cups Rhubarb, thinly sliced
2          cups Strawberries roughly chopped
1/2     cup Honey or sweetener of choice
1/4     cup Tapioca Powder
1           tablespoon Lemon Juice
1          teaspoon Lemon Zest

Combine all in a large mixing bowl then add to your pie shell. Cover with more dough and cut a hole in the top or crisscross or, simply leave open. Loosely cover with tin foil and bake at 425 degrees for 20 minutes then, reduce heat to 350 degrees, remove foil and bake another 30 minutes or until less filling is bubbling and crust golden. When using a gluten free crust I always egg wash the top in the last few minutes of baking to get a golden top. Allow pie to cool for half an hour or more before serving so it sets. You can always reheat it on a low temp covered in foil.

pieEnjoy =)

Home Made Almond Milk

*Addendum :  You can make quick nut milks (no soaking required)  with just a Nut-Milk-Bag_1024x1024nut bag and a good blender.  Creamy nuts like Cashews and Macadamias make great milk for coffee, tea, granola or smoothies.  Don’t be afraid to experiment either, I like  Cashew Almond or Macadamia and Toasted Coconut,  simply toss 1/2 – a full cup of nuts with  equal parts water (less or DIY-Coconut-Milk-All-Sorts-of-Pretty6more depending on the thickness you desire), a pinch of sea salt, flavour if you like: vanilla or cinnamon and/or sweetener like honey or stevia and blend until smooth.  Sheeze through the nut milk bag and you’re done!

 

I’ve been meaning to post these simple instructions on how to make your own nut milk for years, if you Google almond milk recipes you’ll find pretty much the same instructions, its super easy and much healthier and tastes fresh. You can make any sort of nut milk you like, Hazelnut is awesome, Walnut for an another example, Pecan, Brazil Nut, Macadamia, Cashew, the list goes on, or, mix more than one nut together like Almond Hazelnut! Yum! Beware this is raw, natural food so it will only keep for 3-4 days (as real food should). I used to make my nut milks with layered cheese cloth, its super cheap, you can buy it at a hardware store but eventually I bucked up and bought a re-usable nut bag, and honestly it’s well worth it. Look for future posts on using the left over nut pulp!

Makes 32 oz.
High powdered blender
Nut bag or Layers of Cheese Cloth
Pitcher or large bowl
2     cups Raw Almonds
4     cups Fresh, Spring or Filtered Water
Pinch of Sea Salt
Optional:
1    teaspoon Vanilla
Healthy Sweetener of your choice: stevia, coconut sugar, honey, maple or add dates to the soaking nuts and blend too.

Soak the almond in the filtered water over night or for 8-12 hours. Rinsing and replacing the water at least once is a good idea.

Drain and rinse your soaked almonds then blend with 4 cups of fresh water and sea salt on high for 2 minutes. If using a regular blender (not heavy duty, like a VitaMix) you may need to do two batches, blending 1/2 at a time.

Strain the milk from the pulp using your nut milk bag by squeezing as much of the milk out as possible. Add vanilla and sweeten to taste if you desire.

Reserve and store the pulp in the freezer to make other delicious recipes like crackers, cookies or bread.

Variations:

Chocolate Milk
32 oz    Almond Milk
1             tablespoon Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
1/4       cup Honey or Dark Agave
1            teaspoon Vanilla Extract
Blend.

Chai Milk

32 oz     Almond Milk
1/4        cup Honey, Maple Syrup or Dark Agave
1             teaspoon Vanilla Extract
1             teaspoon Cinnamon
1/2       teaspoon Garam Masala
1/4       teaspoon Nutmeg
Blend.