I’ve been on my own more the past few weeks in the sense that I’ve not been using cookbooks but trying instead to adapt old cooking methods to new ways. Some success, lots of dangers.
I realized that the almond flour and other nut flours were still difficult for me to digest. I’ve tried soaking raw nuts in water then baking them but overall I’ve concluded that I have too many gut problems – still – to do much with nuts or seeds. Bummer, but I need more healing before I move to that step. The daughter is always whipping out an animal carcass to cook with veggies and telling me I need to do broth, and pushing not just GF but more paleo. I’m not sure I’m ready to cook that myself but I think I may try some canned broth from Amazon or wherever I can find the recommended brands.
Giving up on nut flours I wandered into bakeries and the GF foods at my local stores. Lots of good stuff. I like the stuff at GF Miracles in Lexington because they also have paleo offerings and I trust their homemade cookies and other baked goods. I’ve been happily using GF pasta and hamburger buns, congratulating myself for eating grass fed burgers or whatever. That’s true, and it is an excellent way to transition into eating meat when you’ve been a long-time vegetarian who’s averse to meat eating. But it’s murder on your blood sugar and I don’t think it’s particularly healthy on a daily basis. It would be an excellent way to get a younger, healthier person to eat meat or go GF but this GF ready-made food is a trap that keeps you from going to a higher level of eating Paleo. I’ve decided to cut way back on them for only occasional use. Such as the King Arthur GF Brownie Mix, which I bought yesterday at my local Kroger but only to support the GF cause and I swear I’ll only make it for a special occasion or when lots of people can share it.
Missing the nut flour baked treats, I fell into the trap of fruits as dessert, in smoothies, on GF pancake, everything. No matter the diet, too much sugary fruit is a common trap.
To make it easier for me, some food manufacturers have made truly lousy products, while some need quite a bit of tweaking. I had some lousy rotini that I used for a healthy pasta salad using lots of my homegrown veggies. Ugh. Going to try and adjust cooking times and recheck but the recommended times didn’t work.
The daughter had better results with the Pillsbury refrigerated crust she used to make a chocolate pie but she had to tweak not only the baking times but the technique. She cooked the crust longer and kneading the crust a much longer time than the pkg recommended. It was well worth it. She used the filling from a cookbook called Mrs Rowe’s Pies, from a pie shop/restaurant in Staunton, Virginia. We don’t know Mrs Rowe from Adam but all her recipes are fabulous. A special treat we have a couple ties a year, so it was nice to adjust it to GF.
I did try a little dessert the other night, mostly to use Rome Beauty apples, which my husband loves but gives me cramps if I eat raw. I sliced 2 apples thinly then cooked in a grass fed butter in an iron skillet with just a teaspoon or so of raw brown sugar and 2 T pecans till nice and caramel-y, then added 3 T shredded unsweetened coconut. While cooking that I nuked a large GF tortilla- made with teff and millet for a minute on each side then cooked them 4 minutes on each side in a dry cast iron skillet, which is quite a bit more cooking than the pkg recommends but it it works better. Then I put the apple mixture inside the tortilla, added a little whipped coconut milk and wrapped it up. It had the taste of a decadent autumn treat but it’s not too unhealthy. Two tips: the apple mix turns to hard praline pretty quick so eat it before it cools and sets, it also helps to not toast it too long and use goodly amounts of butter. Also, I can’t get these tortillas to easily cut with a fork so wraps work well.
So my goal next week is focus more on paleo. I may be going in that direction: Yesterday we ate at Moe’s, a regional fast food Tex Mex place my husband likes but I like less now that I don’t eat gluten. Yesterday I ordered a salad with tofu chunks, which I used to often eat there. Yesterday I kept rolling the pieces in my mouth, couldn’t stand the…. texture. I left in the bottom of the bowl. My daughter says I’m becoming a meateater. Maybe. Have a good day and enjoy your food.