Recipe- Gluten Free Garden Biscuits

this is a new one:

GARDEN BISCUITS

3 cups Gluten Free Baking Mix

1 bag of pre-made Salad (I like American)

2 cups cold water

1/2 pint of cherry tomatoes

1 tsp Pumpkin Seed Butter

1 tsp Becel Vegan Margarine

2 tbsp salt

1 tbsp Lawry Seasoning Salt

1 tsp Baking Soda

 

Take the pre-made salad, and blend with the water, add to the baking mix, mix until smooth and  the consistency of a tea biscuit dough. Then add pumpkin seed butter and margarine and mix well. Stir in the cherry tomatoes and baking soda. Drop by spoonful on a prepared baking sheet (i use gluten free pan spray) and then sprinkle salt and Lawrys on top. Bake at 400 for about 20 minutes or until a toothpick in the middle comes out clean.

Serving Idea– Warm a bowl of  soup (I used Cream of Celery) add some fresh tomatoes to the hot soup (semi poaching them) then top with a Garden Biscut and a dollop of margarine or organic sour cream. And BAMO! You have a fancy looking meal.

Ways to Jack It Up:  Toss some cheese in the mix, I like a shredded marble. Toss in some jalapenos and chipotle peppers for a e-spicy biscuit. Bake it in a brownie pan for a base for a delightful quiche.

until next time

– be a river with me

Recipe- Gluten Free Magic Sauce……

so that change i was talking about.

its not world rocking but it is to me. so here it is.

about a week ago i started cutting back eating meat and gluten, and i feel fantastic.

Its tough being surrounded by delicious pub food that has meat and gluten all over it. But the little victories in everyday make it worth it.  I had yesterday off and had time to make some g-free food from scratch, and couldn’t have been happier with the results.  Heres one of the recipes I invented yesterday:

Magic Sauce. 

1 can Sweetened Condensed Milk 

1 large Granny Smith Apple, cut into small chunks (about the size of a dime) skins on 

1 can E.D Smith Strawberry Pie filling 

1 tbsp Becel Vegan Margarine 

In a frying pan on medium heat, put 1/2 the can of milk, the apple, and the margarine. Let simmer for 5 minutes. Then add half the pie filling and the remaining milk. Let simmer for 5 minutes again, then add remaining pie filling. Turn to low and let it all hang out for 10 minutes. Then your  sauce is ready.

The sauce will be thick, almost like a pudding, but heating it will thin it out. And if you have a thing about chunks in your sauce, you can easily strain it in a colander or if your so inclined, a cheesecloth.

I put this on top of a low fat cottage cheese as a treat last night and it was awesome! Not gonna lie I also ate a bowl of just sauce.  Its a perfect topper for your favourite dessert, try it on cheesecake, ice cream,  or use it as a pie filling.

If apple/strawberry isn’t your favourite flavour combo, heres some suggestions:  Apple/Rhubarb, Pear/Cherry, Mango/Strawberry ….. no combo is wrong. But do be careful when you use a softer fruit (Mangos, Fresh Strawberries, Blueberries) in place of the apple, they will cook quicker.

Make it your own. Have some fun!! And DONT USE CIRTIS as the fresh fruit…bad things will happen to good people.

-until next time

be a river with me

An Attempt To Tip The Scales

Diet is a dirty word,

but much like other dirty words, the older we get the more we tend to use it.

My body type is often described as the following: Plus Size, Curvy, Voluptuous, Soft, Real, Horizontally challenged and my personal favourite : “Just more for a Man to love”. So if you haven’t guesses yet, Im a size 16-18. (5’6″ and a nice sized “upper deck”). And most of the time I am ok with that.

I’ve cared about my weight since I can remember, I remember sitting with my cousins on their dock when I would have been 13 or 14 eating Sun Chips and looking at the label thinking “Maybe if I only eat a few, I can look like them”. That didn’t work. I was still the one with a one piece suit while they wore cute little bikinis that when I look back were borderline in appropriate. Anywhoozle.

I started my first real diet when I was a Junior in high school, it was a modified Atkins diet (Low carb essentially) and I felt great. My guy friends started telling me I look good. Then I got a job as a sports camp councillor and I was being paid to be active for 8 hours a day for 5 days a week. I started my senior year looking as good as I ever would in high school. I was tanned, blonde and in the neighbourhood of “in shape”

I kept it pretty much under control all through senior year, then came university. The freshman 15 turned into the freshman 30 pretty quickly for me, I didn’t diet again until mid-way through my Junior year of university. (seems like I have a thing for losing weight in the 3rd year of things)

That diet started by accident, I got super sick for a week (I’m sure it was Strep Throat) and couldn’t eat for a week. I survived mainly on Honey Lemon Tea, coffee and Chicken Broth. At the end of the week, one of my good friends at the time looked at me and we had this conversation:

Merhan: Keir you look great, what have you been doing?

Me: I’ve been sick and not eating

Merhan: Its working for you

Me: I havent ate something solid in a week

Merhan: Thats awesome! 

So I kept it up, and steadily lost weight for the rest of the school year (I was also hella poor and couldn’t afford to eat out or drink) Then I went home for the summer and my parents and I went on Weight Watchers together. I lost almost 45 pounds, my mom (small to begin with) lost 20 and my father lost almost 65. Again I started my senior year feeling great.

Since then I dieted off and on, nothing more serious then a month. Sometimes giving myself “challenges” to try to push myself to be healthier but they never seem to work after the challenge ends. I’ve gained and lost weight, never really keeping a constant weight. But sometimes thats how she goes.

When I came back East to see Springsteen this summer I decided to change some things, so when I went back I tried to be healthier, and was loosing a bit, my friend Salma commented a few times that I looked thinner. Since I’ve been back with my parents I’ve been trying to eat better, and I am happy to report that my pants are a bit looser and so are a few of my tops since I got here.

I think what I want is to just feel good again, to feel good in the clothes I have and not get depressed when I buy new ones. I want to feel pretty, I want guys to buy me a drink at the bar and make me feel pretty, I want to be able to borrow clothes from CJ and Salma, and I want to be more confident, and its on my shoulders to do that. No one else will stop me from eating the entire bag of chips, or adding gravy to my fries at work but myself.

When I go back, I’m going to make some changes to my eating habits and my life in general. But I’m not 100% sure what they are yet.

‘An Attempt to Tip the Scales’ is a season 3 episode of One Tree Hill and its a song by Bright Eyes. And its what I want to do, tip the scales in a good way, not a bad way.

so stay tuned

until next time

– be a river with me