Saturday, August 31, 2013

Rich Berry "Ice Cream"

Instant "Ice Cream" made in a VitaMix or blender, no ice cream maker required.
Quick, easy, rich, creamy, decadent, delicious, and nutritious too.
3/4 cup Raw Cashews (or other high-fat nuts)
3 oz plain Yogurt (made with half & half or cream is best, or greek or dripped yogurt would be good too . . . 3 oz = 3/8 cup, or 6 Tbsp, or 1/4 cup + 2 Tbsp)
3 Tbsp Honey or Maple Syrup
1 oz Coconut Water (or other liquid, more as needed to make it blend . . .  1 oz = 2 Tbsp)
3 Frozen Bananas
3/4 cup Frozen Berries (raspberries are good!)
optional 1/2 oz Dark Chocolate
6 cubes Ice
Place the Cashews (only!) in the blender and blend until smooth
Add the remaining ingredients in the order given
To be SCD legal, use Honey and homemade SCD yogurt, and do NOT add any chocolate.
Start blender on lowest speed and work up to highest speed (don't take long or you'll melt it too much!)
If needed to make it blend, add more Coconut Water 1 Tbsp at a time
Blend just until smooth. It should be the consistency of good soft-serve ice cream
Serve immediately (or prepare shortly before serving and pop into the freezer for a few minutes)
This recipe makes 4 small servings or 2 large servings - it is very rich so a little goes a long way!
If you can have it, it's really worth adding the dark chocolate!
It really whips up easily in my VitaMix, and a !/3 size batch in my Magic Bullet comes out decently; other people make similar "ice cream" in regular blenders, but I do not know whether every blender will give a satisfactory smooth and creamy result.
Today is HOT, which is something we are not accustomed to as hot weather is most unusual here in our ultra-temperate little micro-climate. The grandchildren are at their father's for the weekend, and we three adults needed something to eat but did not want to cook and didn't feel like having much, so I made a batch of this "ice cream" for our dinner and it hit the spot! It's starting to cool off a little now so we're off to have an evening stroll. Perhaps we'll have a light supper later, but this was refreshing and filling enough for us for now. Usually, though, we'd have this "ice cream" for dessert.

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Coconut Flour White Chocolate & Pignoli Cookies

Z-Man and his Mommy went way down south for the day to attend a PWS study Z-Man is participating in, leaving the Big Two home with us GrandParents. At lunchtime there wasn't much to make so we all walked to the corner store where the Big Two became sweetly enthusiastic about a cute little 1 cup bag of reasonably priced White Chocolate Chips. As there happened to be Pignoli languishing in the freezer, leftover from some special occasion, it suddenly (after lunch and a visit to the library) became mandatory to figure out a recipe for and bake

Coconut Flour

White Chocolate & Pignoli Cookies

dry ingredients
1 cup Coconut Flour
1/2 cup Sugar
2 Tbsp Gelatin
1/2 tsp Salt
1/2 tsp Baking Soda
1/2 tsp Ginger
wet ingredients
1 cup Butter, melted
2 Eggs, lightly whisked
2 Tbsp Vanilla
stir in
1 cup White Chocolate Chips*
1/2 cup raw Pignoli (pine nuts) or Macadamia Nut pieces

Wednesday, May 29, 2013



For use on chicken wings or whatever you like
4 Tbsp Butter (1/2 stick)
2 Tbsp Honey 
3 ounces Louisiana Hot Sauce (I use Crystal, it is SCD legal) 
2 Tbsp Vinegar (White for classic taste; usually I use Apple Cider Vinegar) 
1/8 tsp salt 
1 tsp Lecithin* (certifiied GMO free)
In a small saucepan melt the butter over low heat
Whisk in the remaining ingredients
Your hot sauce is ready ~
Toss your wings in the sauce and serve with celery and blue cheese dressing/dip, or use the sauce in a recipe, and
Alter proportions according to taste
Best used warm or room temperature as the butter will congeal
*Lecithin is optional, it is added as an emulsifier and to promote adhesion.

Domestic Buffalo are generally de-winged

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Chocolate Jelly (& carob jelly)

Go ahead and try this different slightly gelatin dessert! It's incredibly easy and is inexpensive to make. Don't be put off if all you're accustomed to is fruit jellos; you'll be surprised how really delicious this is. Adopted for making with cocoa from RusCuisine.Com's recipe for Russian Chocolate Jelly.

Chocolate Jelly

2 cups Milk
2 Tbsp Heavy Cream
3 Tbsp Cocoa
6 Tbsp Sugar
1 Tbsp Vanilla
2 Tbsp Gelatin
1 cup Water

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Yummy Gummies

Yummy Gummies

Easy peasy delicious and nutritious real food "candy"

1/2 cup Frozen Fruit Juice Concentrate (defrosted)
3 Tbsp plain unsweetened Gelatin

Monday, May 20, 2013

Z-Man and the Sheila-Roo

Zander, The Z-Man, is my 8 year old grandson, my little Nugget.
Help unite Zander with Service Dog Sheila
Donate at Zander needs a Service Dog
Share, Pin, and Send it everywhere!
SWEET LITTLE ZANDER NEEDS A SERVICE DOG! A good doggie match has been found and now funds must be raised - every dollar helps. His dog will help him in many ways, but most importantly she will help keep him safe. Please help unite Zander with Service Dog Sheila!
Zander has Prader Willi Syndrome, which causes him to constantly feel starving hungry. This uncontrollable and incurable hunger is referred to as Hyperphagia; in PWS this means "Compulsive eating and obsession with food. The urge to eat is physiological* and overwhelming; it is difficult to control and requires constant vigilance.". And because if it Z-Man will do anything, however dangerous, to find food. Given the chance he literally could eat himself to death (due to gastric rupture or necrosis, or even from choking), he could be seriously injured or killed in one of his escape attempts to look for food, or he would at the least become life threateningly obese.
*based in physical and chemical functions, activities, and phenomena of the body
There is much more to Prader Willi Syndrome than hyperphagia, and there a number of ways in which a service dog will aid Zander, but the critical thing, THE reason Z-Man NEEDS one, is that a specifically trained service dog will help KEEP HIM SAFE. A service dog trainer has recently identified Sheila, a 4 yr old black lab, as a suitable match and already begun training her to meet Z-Man's particular needs.

We are appealing to everyone to help unite Zander with his service dog Sheila by donating if they are willing and able (even one dollar - every dollar counts!) and by promoting his cause. An added, and ultimately more important, benefit of sharing Z-Man's cause is that doing so will also help spread Prader Willi Awareness. Those interested in supporting the PWS cause directly can donate to the Federation for Prader-Willi Research help fund important research or to the Prader-Willi Sydrome Association USA or the International Prader-Willi Syndrome Organisation to help support families and individuals with PWS.
See videos about Prader Willi Syndrome on my last entry, PRADER WILLI SYNDROME AWARENESS MONTH.

Thursday, May 2, 2013


Welcome to May, Prader Willi Awareness month. Man I am hungry; I've been foraging through the kitchen looking for something to sate my appetite (not much luck though; we're low on groceries and there's not much for a non-grain-eater to ingest, grrr). When I eat, this will go away until I need food again. But it never goes away for Z-Man or others with Prader Willi Syndrome, no matter what or how much they eat. How would I deal with a hunger that was worse than this, and that was constant, unremitting, insatiable? How would you? And what if this hunger came with a host of other insults and difficulties?

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Gathering Food and Bargain Shopping in and near Ventura

Hate California, it's cold and it's damp
I'm just starting this page, will add more as I get to it - starting off with places to obtain fresh produce from its producers with

San Buena Ventura Market Days:

Monday, April 8, 2013

Would you do me a really huge but oh so easily accomplished favor and tell me whether the "Index" page link right up there in the blog title box at the top of the page, on the lower edge of the box and second in from the left, is working properly? You'll be rewarded with many thanks!

Simple Lentils

Simple Lentils

3 cups cooked Lentils
1 tsp Salt
1 Tbsp dried Parsley (or 1/4 cup or more fresh chopped)
1/2 tsp dried Oregano (or 1 Tbsp or more fresh chopped)
1/2 tsp Turmeric
1/4 tsp ground Coriander
1/8 tsp Cumin
1/4 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil

If available, add chopped fresh herbs and tomatoes (or sundried tomatoes, or, if serving hot, tinned tomatoes).

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Quick Kidney Bean Soup With Savoy Cabbage

Quick Kidney Bean Soup With Savoy Cabbage

1 cup Carrots, thinly sliced
2 Tbsp Olive Oil
1 qt Vegetable Broth
1 qt Savoy Cabbage, finely shredded
3 cups Red Kidney Beans, cooked* (or 2 15 oz tins, drained)
2 Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 clove Garlic, or 1 tsp garlic granules
1 1/2 tsp coarse Salt
1/4 tsp Black Pepper
1 tsp Turmeric
1/4 cup Quinoa, uncooked, rinsed 

Cinnamon Ginger Turmeric Ptisan (infusion)

Cinnamon Ginger Turmeric Ptisan
Tisane, or ptisan, is a term for herbal or spice "teas" 
which do not have Tea leaves in them.

1/2 tsp Ginger
1/2 tspTurmeric
2 whole Cloves
1 Black Peppercorn

 2 cups water for hot Ptisan, 4 cups for cold Ptisan

Quick & Easy French Bread

Quick & Easy French Bread

From McEwen and McEwen's "The Best Bread" Recipe

A Fast & Easy Stand-Mixer-Kneaded Yeast-Risen
French Bread for Normies

1 1/2 cups Warm Water, divided 
1 Tbsp Sugar, divided
as follows:

1/2 cup Warm Water
1 1/2 Tbsp Active Dry Yeast
1 tsp Sugar
3 1/4 cups Bread Flour
         (unbleached organic white flour)
    OR      1 3/4 cups White Flour
    AND    1 1/4 cups + 1 Tbsp White Whole Wheat Flour
2 tsp Sugar
2 tsp Salt
1 cup Warm Water

Gluten-Free CornDog Casserole

My grandchildren love corndogs, but they are not gluten-free and have awful ingredients.  This casserole is easy peasy and my grandchildren think it's better than the real thing; best of all everyone (excepting me) can eat it. I adapted it from a recipe on Just A Pinch.


Gluten-Free CornDog Casserole

1 package Hot Dogs, halved lengthwise & sliced (Trader Joe's Uncured Beef Hot Dogs)
2 cups Cheddar Cheese, shredded (sharp, pref. grassfed or organic white cheddar)
1 1/2 - 1 3/4 cups Milk
1 Tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar
3 large Eggs
1/4 cup Oil 
        1 1/2 cups CornMeal (organic nonGMO yellow)
        1/3 cup Coconut Flour
        1 tablespoon Baking Powder
        1/2 teaspoon Salt (sea salt)
        1/4 cup Sugar (organic evaporated cane juice)

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Bulk Gluten-Free CornBread Mix

Bulk Gluten-Free CornBread Mix

12 cups Cornmeal (organic yellow nonGMO)
3 cups Coconut Flour         
1/2 cups Baking Powder
2 Tbsp Salt (sea salt)
2 cups Sugar (organic evaporated cane juice)

Monday, April 1, 2013

Cake Keeper Tin Thingy, random image.

BBQ Sauce

BBQ Sauce

1 Tbsp Olive Oil
1 1/2 tsp Pepper
1 1/2 tsp Dry Mustard
1 Tbsp ground Thyme
1 Tbsp ground Basil
1 Tbsp ground Cumin
Could be useful!
1 Tbsp Sweet Paprika
1 1/2 tsp Salt
3 large Onions, minced
12 large cloves Garlic, pressed
6 cups Tomato Juice (or 1 large can [46 oz]; just tomatoes & salt, check ingredients!)
3/4 cup Apple Cider Vinegar
3/4 cup Honey - SCDers, use the darkest honey available to compensate for lack of molasses
1/2 tsp Liquid Smoke
optional - 1/4 cup Molasses (NOT for SCDers!!!)

Happy Accident Cake

Happy Accident Cake

Gluten-free and Grain-free

3/4 cup Milk (organic grassfed non-homogenized whole, was on sale)
1 Tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar
1 tsp plain Gelatin
3/4 cup Coconut Flour
3/4 cup Almond Flour (blanched)
3/4 cup Sugar (organic evaporated cane sugar)
1 tsp Baking Soda
1/2 tsp Salt
1/8 tsp Ginger
6 Eggs (happy eggs)
2 Tblsp Orange Juice (freshly squeezed)
2 tsp Vanilla
1/4 tsp Almond Extract
1/4 cup Sliced Almonds for top
1/4 cup Butter, browned, for glaze

Sunday, March 31, 2013

Greek Homemade Bread

Psomi Spitiko

Greek Homemade Bread

A Fast & Easy Stand-Mixer-Kneaded Yeast-Risen
Round Bread for Normies

3 to 3 1/2 cups Bread Flour 
        (unbleached organic white flour)
1 1/2 cups lukewarm Water (about 100°F; at least 75
° & not over 115°)
1 Tbsp Dry Yeast
(1 packet, or 1/4 oz)
2 Tbsp Olive Oil
1 tsp Salt

Friday, March 29, 2013

Waffles from GF Pancake MIx

GF Waffles w/ Bob's Red Mill Gluten Free Pancake Mix 

1 cup Milk
1 Tblsp Cider Vinegar
3 Eggs, lightly beaten
3 Tblsp Oil
1 3/4 cups GF Pancake Mix
1 tsp Baking Soda

Measure out milk, add vinegar, set aside.
Whisk the eggs.
Whisk all the ingredients together.
Pour some* batter across a heated and generously oiled waffle iron.

Cook as directed by the waffle iron manufacturer.
Actually I have to DOUBLE this recipe, or even triple it on days everyone is home to eat, but a single recipe should be plenty for two.

Monday, January 28, 2013

Chorizo Quinoa Con Huevos

“It may be hard for an egg to turn into a bird it would be a jolly sight harder for it to learn to fly while remaining an egg. We are like eggs at present. And you cannot go on indefinitely being just an ordinary, decent egg. We must be hatched or go bad.” 
C.S. Lewis

still possess no capacity to upload pics *sigh*

Chorizo Quinoa Con Huevos

1 cup quinoa
2-3 tablespoons olive oil 
3/4 lb (12 oz) ground chorizo 
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 tsp black pepper
1 cup frozen bell pepper,  diced
    (you can use fresh)
1 large yellow onion, diced
1 cup grated carrot 
3 cloves of garlic minced
2 - 2 1/2 cups vegetable or chicken broth
    (less if quinoa is soaked)
1 bag frozen peas (petite)
1 pound tomatoes, diced
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 bunch fresh cilantro, chopped
2 tablespoons olive oil
6 eggs (1 egg per person)