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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.