Saturday, May 3, 2014

Pasta fail and chicken strips

A friend of my mom's, Jolie , gave me a pasta roller because she thought I would like to learn to make pasta, and I do.

My mom looked up a recipe online and we decided to try it. I also wanted to try to make chicken strips from my book Make-Ahead Paleo: Healthy Gluten-, Grain- & Dairy-Free Recipes Ready When & Where You Are.

We got all the ingredients from the store and read over recipes so we knew exactly what to do.

We started the pasta first in the food processor. It was very gooey, so we added more flour. We kept adding more flour until it looked like dough.

Then it had to sit for 30 minutes. 

 While we waited, we started on the chicken strips. 

First, I made a flour castle:

There's a little door and a moat. 

Then I crashed it with fork. 

We had to make three pans of ingredients to dip the chicken in- flour, eggs, flour. I really liked the dipping part, but it was really sticky because of the egg. And the flour, and the other flour, and I got it all over my hands and then I had chicken fingers! 

Then we put those in the pan in coconut oil and cooked them. 

Meanwhile, back to the pasta... 

I tried to roll it out. 

And it turned to mush. 

We just couldn't make it work. 

So then, we turned them into little balls, mom said they would be like gnocci, and we boiled them.

Our chicken was done. That part was easy! And they were really tasty, my mom and I kept eating them instead of waiting for dinner. 

The chicken strips were DELICIOUS! The gnocci tasted a little doughy, so I put more salt on it and it tasted all very good. 

Maybe we will try a different pasta recipe next time. Or maybe someone else can help me because my mom is out of patience with trying to make the gluten free pasta. 

Monday, April 28, 2014

Swirl Cookies

I was looking through my cookbook,Make-Ahead Paleo: Healthy Gluten-, Grain- & Dairy-Free Recipes Ready When & Where You Are, and I found these Almond Butter Swirl cookies and I knew I had to make them!

Well, we had to go grocery shopping to get all of the ingredients. I wanted to set them all up and take a picture like people do on Pinterest. We had to buy a lot of stuff for these cookies!

Mom said put the ingredients in the bowl, but she wasn't being very descriptive, so, I put the ingredients in the bowl. Then she told me to take it back out and crack the egg. I was just trying to follow instructions! 

The almond flour looked really good like crumbs, but it does NOT taste good plain! Don't eat it until they are actually cookies. 

After all the ingredients were together, I had to swirl them. So I took one chocolate and one vanilla and had to roll it in a ball. It was so sticky! 

My swirly cookies on the cookie sheet. I thought they were going to turn out into big blobs. 

But they didn't! They turned out beautiful! 

These cookies were so delicious. They lasted a very short time because they were so delicious. 

Buy the book from my Amazon page below to get the recipe and make them for yourself! 

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Carrot Pancakes

Carrot Pancakes

Once upon a time, my mom made carrot muffins. Then on the weekend she started making pancakes that Angelena can have, which she uses flax seed instead of eggs, which is gross. 

Then I said "Mommy mommy! Can we use the same ingredients we used for the muffins to make the pancakes?" 

Mom said "Use the carrot instead of flax seed for the eggs?" 

I replied "yes! and some cinnamon!" 

And so we did. 

First, we had to cook the carrots and blend them in the Ninja Mega Kitchen System (BL770)

We had to blend it really well until it became soft. Then added 1/2 cup of carrot to the pancake batter. 

And I sprinkled some cinnamon in it. 

And then I made pancakes for my whole family! 

So we didn't have any syrup or sugar or jam or peanut butter in the house so my mom invented a carrot sauce to put on the pancakes with the leftover carrot puree. She poured in the rest of the molasses and it made this cool design. 

So basically it was the leftover carrot puree, the rest of the molasses in the jar and some water and she cooked it. 

Here are the finished pancakes and carrot sauce! 

It was so good! My ideas always work! I even liked the carrot sauce too. We sprinkled more cinnamon on them and they were delicious! 

Here is the recipe:

Gluten Free Carrot Pancakes:

1 1/2 Cup of All Purpose flour (we use Bob's Red Mill because it doesn't have rice or corn in it for Angelena)

1 Tablespoon baking powder

1 Teaspoon salt

1 1/4 cup of water

3 Tablespoons oil

1/2 cup of carrot puree instead of eggs. (to use flax, mom grinds up flax seeds in the coffee grinder: two tablespoons of ground flax seeds and 6 tablespoons of water, let it set up). 

Mix it all together and make pancakes on the stove or griddle! 


Sunday, March 16, 2014

My First College

My mom gave us all coupon books for Christmas with things to do through the year with us. One of the first things was a tour and cooking demonstration at LeCordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in downtown Portland.

We took a tour first. We saw an ironing room and my mom was taking pictures of that. They have an ironing room because when the students are on campus they have to wear their chef jackets and they have to be ironed because they work with food and they are suppose to look professional.

We took a tour of the kitchens, and there were large mixers and huge tables. It was very impressive. Only, I could smell the gluten and feel it in my lungs and it started making me feel a little sick. 

Next up, we went to the demonstration kitchen where the chef taught us to cook a meal. The chef was a teacher who had been a chef in fancy restaurants and cruise ships all around the world.

He taught us to make lettuce wrapped steaks with veggies. It looked really easy to make.

Then... he called me up to the front! I was pretty scared but I did it. So I stood up in front of everyone and made the wrap and tasted it! It was so exciting for me.

Sunday, January 5, 2014

This really is a miracle day!

January 4th, my mom and I went on a shopping day.

First, we went to the Williams New Seasons, and first, I brought over some bottles to recycle that I get from my neighbors. I got one dollar and thirty cents this time!

So then we went in and I got my money and went over to the bakery and looked at the cupcakes but I couldn't decide! I was looking at these big fat cupcakes from Gluten Free Gem and also the cheesecakes.

My mom went shopping for soup so I could decide.

Then I went over to these four pack deals from Udi's and showed my mom and my mom said "you can get four for less, and have more than just one" so that's what I decided to do.

I also got a Blue Sky organic soda and a Justin's candy bar. I bought all these with my bottle money and my gift card I won.
the swirls on the top were my favorite part. 

This was chewy, crunchy and delicious. The chocolate makes me feel happy. 

Next, we went to Fred Meyer and I saw dairy free ice cream for 82 cents! I thought it was my lucky lucky day! AND THEN... my mom got REAL bacon and I was jumping up and down and I was saying "wow! this really is a miracle day!"

So I made breakfast today with my muffin and real bacon, and some tea.

Taking a picture of myself drinking the tea. It was so good! 

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Craft Fair at The Arbor Lodge

This Saturday evening my mom and I are going to be vendors at The Winter Bazaar at The Arbor Lodge.

I made some felt play pasta for kids. I have "pesto farfalle" and "cheesy agnolotti". They will be on sale for $4.00 per package. I will also have some aprons for sale too!

My mom is going to have her belts and dresses there too, and my sister will have a table as well. Come by and say hi if you are in Portland and buy some play pasta!

Sunday, November 17, 2013

New Cascadia Cupcake

My mom and I were grocery shopping and we went to New Seasons. I had my gift card that I won so I went to the cupcake area and chose a vanilla cupcake with chocolate frosting from New Cascadia. 

The frosting was at first hard, because it was refrigerated, then it softened in the car. Now it tasted like chocolatey butter.

The candy sticks tasted like chocolate and vanilla swirl.

The cake is vanilla and I LOVE vanilla, and it tastes moist; it's soft, nice in my mouth, and it's powdery, in a good way, not grainy.

It's very sugary!

You should go get one of these cupcakes at New Seasons or New Cascadia, they are delicious! Fancy, divine, wonderful.