Sunday, January 19, 2014

Gluten Free Pizzelles

Gluten Free PizzellesI made a couple of different gluten free/sugar free holiday cookies this year. I posted a recipe for the spritz cookies earlier and wanted to share these too because they turned out surprisingly well. If you've never hard these they are like a flat crispy waffle, made much like you would make a waffle. The batter texture and consistency is similar but as they cool they become crispy and you can even form them into a cone and fill them up with fruit or whatever else you'd like.

I looked at a few different recipes online and finally decided on a recipe on queenofquinoa.com. I wasn't sure how well a gluten free version of these would come out. I didn't really think they'd be as crispy but I was pleasantly surprised.  The recipe actually calls for adding cooked quinoa to the batter which I found strange but I went with it.  I made a couple of substitutions to the original recipe. I'm used to traditional Italian pizzelles which are anise flavored and have anise seed in them so instead of using vanilla and almond extract I used vanilla and anise and added some anise seed.  I have 17 different gluten free flours but sorghum isn't one of them so I substituted amaranth.

Recipe: Gluten Free Pizzelles

Adapted from: queenofquinoa.com
Yield: approximately 25-30
Total time: 20 minutes

INGREDIENTS:
1 Cup Amaranth (or sorghum) flour
1/4 Cup brown rice flour
1/2 Cup potato starch
1/2 Cup cooked quinoa
2 tsp baking powder
2 tsp anise seed
1 tsp powdered stevia
3 large eggs
1/3 cup coconut oil, melted
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp anise extract
1/2 cup maple syrup

INSTRUCTIONS:
1. Preheat cookie press and spray with non-stick cooking spray.
2. Add dry ingredients, including quinoa in medium mixing bowl.
3. Beat eggs in large mixing bowl until smooth. Whisk in the coconut oil and extracts. Add syrup slowly while whisking until well combined.
4. Beat in dry ingredients until smooth.
5. Add a tablespoon of batter onto pizzelle iron and close, cooking for approximately one minute.
6. Let cool on wire rack. 

Pizzelle Making

Wednesday, January 01, 2014

Year in Review

It's a new year and it's time to take a look back at the happenings of last year. One way I have been doing this every year is by creating calendars using photos I've taken over the past year and giving them as Christmas presents to close friends and family. This year I did a food one which is made up of photos of dishes I've had at restaurants this year in the Pacific Northwest. Due to health reasons I haven't eaten out much for a few years but things have been improving and I've been able to eat out more this past year. The calendar features dishes from the following restaurants and food trucks: Urbane, Blue C Sushi, Veggie Grill, Facing East, Stumbling Goat Bistro, Ma'ono, Hugo's, Adam's Northwest Bistro, Pinky's Kitchen, Pho Hung, Six Seven and Frolik Kitchen + Cocktails.
Pacific Northwest Dining 2014 Calendar
CALENDAR AVAILABLE FOR $15 WITH FREE SHIPPING
I had extra calendars made so have a few available for selling. Let me know if you are interested in one.

Below are my most popular Flickr photos, tweets, blog posts, Facebook posts and instagrams over the past year.

Blog

Gluten free recipes seemed to be a big hit this year. My top 3 most viewed posts were gluten free recipes.

Most viewed posts in 2013:
  1. Gluten Free Oatmeal Cookies (posted in 2012)
  2. Gluten Free Banana Bread
  3. Gluten Free Asian Dumplings (posted in 2012)
Most viewed posts actually posted in 2013
  1. Gluten Free Banana Bread
  2. Methylation: MTHFR CBS Genetics
  3. Genetic Testing: 23andme

Twitter

Unfortunately couldn't find an embed code for the video that Vizify created so will just share the link: https://www.vizify.com/paula-thomas/twitter-video

Facebook


Flickr

Most popular photos on Flickr this year
Most Popular Photos of 2013
1. OMD video setup, 2. Fall Sky, 3. Blueberry Fly, 4. Olympus Holy Trinity, 5. Jeep O Lantern, 6. Lumix GX7, 7. Blooming Geraniums, 8. Sunrise, 9. Jessie, 10. Chicken Pho, 11. Jeep Back, 12. 2013 Supermoon

Instagram