Sunday, June 11, 2017

Blueberry Pie: dairy and gluten free!

My husband has always loved berry pies and I never have, mostly because of the crust. One day I decided to make him a treat, but I had to change of the crust, partly because I couldn't stand the taste and partly because shortening is terrible for your body and I refused to buy it. That pie turned out pretty good and it was the first berry pie I actually liked.

Fast forward to a couple years ago when we found our our son cannot eat any wheat or gluten, I had come up with a new pie crust which is just as amazing as the first. 

This pie only has one picture, because it never is around long enough for me to snap a shot of it!

For the pie crust:

1 1/2 c gluten free flour (I use Pamela's)
1 T sugar
1/2 t salt
1/2 coconut oil (if liquid, refrigerate a bit to firm it up)
4 T water

1. Mix the flour, sugar and salt together. Cut in the coconut oil until mixed well. Then add the water and continue cutting the dough until it is completely mixed.

2. Take a little more then 1/2 the dough and evenly press it into an 9 inch pie pan and up the sides.

3. Bake the crust at 475 for 10 minutes until browned

4. Remove from the oven and add pie filling***

5. Press the rest of the dough on a parchment paper into a circle the size of the top of the pie pan. Quickly and carefully flip the dough onto the pie and peel off the parchment paper. Pinch the edges to the pan and cut some slits in the center of the crust to vent.

For the blueberry pie:

5 c frozen organic wild blueberries (Trader Joes)
3/4 cups sugar
3 1/2 T gluten free flour blend (I use Pamela's Bread Mix)
juice of 1 lemon

1. Make the pie crust above, ***add the filling then the top.
2. Bake at 425 for 10 minutes
3. Reduce temp to 325 and bake for 40 more minutes
4. Broil 1-3 minutes until the top is browned
5. Remove from oven and cool a bit and eat warm and enjoy!


Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Gluten-Free Holiday! Candied Yams

This whole world of food sensitivities has been a bit rough, but after a couple years of working on recipes, substituting things and finding what works it is starting to come together for me. If you are gluten, dairy or corn free, don't worry, you can still enjoy your holiday favorites. Today's recipe is Candied Yams. I never liked them until I tried my husband's aunt's recipe. Actually, I never liked any of the Thanksgiving meal when I was younger and now that I do, I can't eat any of it without being in pain.

I have 2 varieties of this recipe, today we are going to do the Gluten & Corn free version. Tomorrow we will go with dairy free also.

You will need:

1 c gluten free flour (I use Pamela's Artisan Gluten Free Flour)
1 c gluten free oats
1 c brown sugar, softened
2/3 c butter

2 cups cranberries
pure maple syrup
4 fresh yams

This picture is a smaller batch...

1. Peel and chop yams. 
2. Boil yams till tender but not mushy.
3. While the yams are boiling, mix gluten free flour, gluten free oats, brown sugar and butter in a bowl until crumbly.
4. When the yams are cooked, put them in a baking dish and drizzle with maple syrup. Add the cranberries and 1/2 the crumb mixture. Mix it all up. Top with remaining mixture.
5. Bake at 350 for 35 minutes.

If you are very adventurous in the kitchen you can make some homemade marshmallows and when the yams are finished, top with marshmallows, broil them till golden and watch them closely so they don't catch fire.

Don't forger to check out gluten-free spiced cranberries!

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Tamarindo and the Estuary

We had heard so much about the estuary tour, so we decided to go check it out before our visit to Tamarindo. The estuary is on the river between Playa Grande and Tamarindo. Both are very popular surf beaches.

It was very pretty, but hard to see because we have a couple of big tall people sitting in front of us in the boat. I could only see right to the side.

We stopped at one point to take a little walk and see the howler monkeys.

There were a few little babies and one monkey decided to pee on Cole more then once. The first time a little go on him and the second time Cole got out of the way.

This area is a natural habitat for crocodiles. Apparently there are a ton, we saw 2. One was a tiny baby on a tree and the other was this giant 9 foot croc who lives at the mouth of the river.

About 4 or 5 days before there was a surfer that was crossing the river from Playa Grande to Tamarindo. This is not something that many do and it is not safe since it is the mouth of a river that is natural crocodile habitat. There is even a boat that sits there to take people across. Well, this guy took his chances and go a chunk taken out of his leg by this guy right here.

They will not be doing anything to the crocodile. It is his home and the people should respect that. They will leave him rightfully so in his home.

We got to Tamarindo for lunch just in time for a beautiful thunderstorm.

After lunch it stopped raining and Dr. C rented a surf board for the kids to surf a little with.

Little C did great and he is hooked!

L did great also, but she could take it or leave it.

I think little C could stay in the water forever! He is part fish. After the beach we stopped at a beach club pool and then headed back to the hotel. By the time we got back to the car, it was pouring really hard and more thunder. We spent the afternoon at our condo relaxing with the rain. The power went out from the storm. We loved it!

Next is Playa Grande.