Wednesday, March 16, 2011

GLUTEN FREE MAC N CHEESE

It snowed today in Calgary. March 16th. Calls for some nice comfort food. Mac N Cheese? Gluten free and very easy. Take your favorite pasta, make a nice cheese sauce, bake it all in the oven until nicely melted and brown.

Sorry, no measured recipe, but it is easy to wing actually.



GF MAC N CHEESE WITH SOME LOBSTER AND SHRIMP

 FIRST, MAKE A ROUX WITH GFP FLOUR MIX (WORKS PERFECT!)

 NICE, LIGHT, NOT TOO STARCHY

 FOUND SOME LOBSTER TAILS IN THE FREEZER

 HEAT SOME MILK, ADD THE (COLD) ROUX TO THICKEN

 MIX IN CHEESE OF YOUR CHOICE UNTIL CHEESY.....THEN ADD SOME MORE



TOP PASTA WITH SEAFOOD AND SAUCE, ADD MORE CHEESE.....

PUT IN OVEN UNTIL ALL IS MELTED TOGETHER AND THE TOP IS BROWNED

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Tuesday, March 15, 2011

GLUTEN FREE THAI CURRY

I made a gluten free green Thai Curry. From a recipe. A novelty! With minor modifications. Nothing major, just added my mushrooms and omitted the onions (Victoria's tummy says so). All other ingredients, to my disbelief I was able to find at T&T. An excellent source of all things Asian. Loads of bargains too. If you have one close by, you should check that store out. Here is a post from a while ago: http://theceliachusband.blogspot.com/2008/07/t-supermarket.html

This type of Curry seems so popular, it has it's own website! http://www.thaigreencurry.org/  You'll find all the ingredients and instructions there, so that saves me a lot of typing....serve on rice or with rice noodles, you'll be amazed how easy it actually is to prepare. Gluten free!

All the leftover exotics (Lime leaves, lemon grass and peppers) I stuck in the freezer for the next attempt.

LOADS OF INGREDIENTS

BLEND MOST INGREDIENTS TO A SMOOTH PASTE

CHOP THE VEGGIES & MEAT

GLAZE THEM

ADD PASTE & COCONUT MILK

SIMMER FOR A WHILE - EAT!

Monday, March 14, 2011

EAT ALBERTA - APRIL 30TH


This event above is being put together by Slow Food Edmonton and it is worth your time. Victoria was going to attend with her GF insights, unfortunately due to the date April 30th (Saturday) she is unable to host a gluten free baking seminar. Another time, another place.

Valerie Lugonja and her dedicated team up in Edmonton will make this an incredible event to showcase what Alberta, even with the harshest weather patterns, can produce.

So. Go to: www.eatalberta.com , register for this event and enjoy the talent at hand. Some of the events include:



· Sausage making
· Cheese making demonstration
· Apple pie and pastry making
· Bread making
· Pasta making
Tasting sessions include:
· Fruit wine tasting
· Honey tasting
· Coffee tasting
· Canadian wine and cheese pairing
· Goat Cheese Tasting







OK. THE TURTLE IS NOT LOCAL.....

Wednesday, March 02, 2011

GLUTEN FREE CAESAR SALAD

Naturally. If you order it without the croutons. No sweat. But I used GF PATISSERIE'S sandwich bread to make crunchy, buttery croutons to complete this Caesar Salad. After all, they are a must for this dish.

Basically all you do, cut up half a loaf of bread into small cubes, melt some butter or heat some Olive oil, roast the cubes on medium heat until lightly brown, salt & pepper, done. No need to overdo the spices on cubes, they are a compliment to an already flavorful salad.





I made my caesar with anchovies, garlic, lemon juice, egg yolk, Worcester sauce, Dijon mustard, olive oil  and parmesan. Mix it all together for a creamy consistency and toss a head of Romaine, dinner is done.

Tuesday, March 01, 2011

FRENCH CONCESSION SHANGHAI

If any of you are heading to Shanghai, let me recommend you stay in this part part of Shanghai. Close to downtown, yet completely different in many aspects, the french concession is a very walkable, residential and commercial neighborhood.

Wikipedia says this:

The French Concession was established on 6 April 1849, when the French Consul to Shanghai, Charles de Montigny, obtained a proclamation from the Governor (Daotai) of Shanghai, which conceded certain territory for a French settlement.

Its borders were expanded twice, in 1900 and 1914. During the 1920s, the French Concession was developed into the premier residential area of Shanghai. In 1943, during World War II, the government of Vichy France announced that it will give up its concessions in China. The French concessions of Tianjin, Hankou and Guangzhou were handed over to the Wang Jingwei Government on June 5, and the last, the Shanghai French Concession, was handed over to the Wang Jingwei Government on July 30. After the war, neither Vichy France nor Wang's Nationalist Government were universally recognised as legitimate, but the new post-war government of France acknowledged that it was a fait accompli in the Sino-French Accord of February 1946. This accord, signed by Chiang Kaishek's ruling Kuomintang led to Chinese troops pulling out of the northern half of French Indochina in exchange for France relinquishing all its foreign concessions in China as well as the colony of Kwangchowan.

In 1902, the Concession introduced platanes (London Planes) as a roadside tree on Avenue Joffre. Because this tree, now popular as a roadside tree throughout China, was first introduced in the French Concession in Shanghai, it is known in Chinese as the "French Plane".

The French Concession remained largely unchanged in the early decades of Communist rule in China. In the late 1980s and the early 1990s, however, largely unregulated re-development of the area has torn apart many neighbourhoods. For example, the London Planes that graced the former Avenue Joffre were removed in the 1990s, only to be later replaced after public outcry. The old French Club building and its gardens, which used to be a sports field in the early days, were gutted and became the base of the high-rise Okura Garden Hotel.

I stayed at  Moller Villa, a distinct small hotel that reminded me of a miniature Banff Springs hotel. From there, I was able to walk and walk, every corner bringing a new surprise.




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