Food has taken over my life. I eat five times a day; I obsess over how much water I drink; I mourn the loss of dairy and gluten and fight against my cravings to devour them; and I obsess about getting a gluten-free recipe to work that tastes good.
The other night I tried making a Quinoa Garlic “Bread” recipe I found online. I was hoping it would work well as a pizza crust so I could have homemade pizza again. It was horrible. It took an hour to make and turned out very bland. Which seems to be an on-going theme with the majority of gluten-free recipes.
Last night we had friends over. We had planned for homemade pizza and at the time I had hoped the quinoa crust would be my new pizza dough. But after the garlic bread disaster I scrapped that idea and decided to just sub out the all purpose flour in my recipe with the gluten free version.
I love the pizza dough recipe I have. Its quick and easy and it rises very nicely. The dough is fluffy and chewy and very delicious. So I made four pizza doughs – three regulars for Mike and our two friends and one gluten-free. I kept my fingers crossed for mine.
When I pulled it out of the oven it was browned nicely but flat and really dense. When I cut it I was really worried it hadn’t turned out. And then I took a deep breath and took a bite. And it was edible. Edible! It wasn’t wonderful but I could actually eat it. Finally, I had made a gluten-free recipe that wasn’t absolutely disgusting. And now I have hope. Hope that I can make delicious gluten-free food from scratch. And hope, that in time, I’ll be just an average, regular foodie again.
A few months ago, I started seeing a nutritionist. We met by pure chance. And it has been a great experience. When I first started seeing her, she discovered that a lot of the digestive issues I was having were a result of a dairy intolerance I had developed over the years. And while I had gone with lactose-free milk it hadn’t been enough. So I gave up dairy. Completely. And felt significantly better. I tried coconut milk. So Delicious Vanilla flavoured coconut milk to be exact. And fell in love.
My passionate love affair with the fruit grew from there. I’ve been obsessed with finding more coconut related recipes. I bought coconut oil and started subbing it into many of my recipes. I started hunting for anything coconut related on Pinterest and discovered a huge amount of information and recipes. Recently I discovered recipes for homemade coconut milk, flour and butter. There are even recipes for homemade scrubs and lotions.
And now I’m excited about making food from scratch again. I fell out of it for a bit – spending hours in the kitchen prepping and making meals ahead of time and from scratch. I enjoyed it a great deal but feeling exhausted all the time, and having a pretty busy schedule made it quite impossible to stand in the kitchen for hours on the weekend making food magic. But now I’m excited again, and looking forward to spending a few hours in the kitchen tomorrow. Just me and my coconut.
Sundays seem to be the day I bake and do any freezer cooking. Right now hubby and I are partaking in the delicious banana bread I made this morning. Yum!
Daylight Savings Time has ended and we turned the clocks back an hour. I didn’t get to sleep in. My two pet boys got me up at 0700 for their morning feeding.
I trudged downstairs and fed the boys. A quick shower, a tea and a 5 minute yoga routine later and I was ready to start my morning. I started with a long search for a good white bread recipe. Pinterest is my go to place these days but nothing was catching my eye. Some of the recipes called for ingredients I didn’t have, while others required the dough to proof overnight. That wasn’t going to happen. I checked the brand of yeast we bought for a company website. They had a simple bread recipe there so I decided to try it out.
This is my very first attempt so we’ll see how it goes. I’ve already made a few mistakes with it and know what I need to alter in the recipe. The dough is proofing on the stove right now. Its the perfect opportunity to update my blog and eat banana bread.
Have you ever made bread from scratch? Do you have a favourite recipe?