Gluten Free “Mock” Whole Wheat Loaves

"Mock" Whole Wheat Loaves - A gluten free alternative

It is almost not fair to participate in this particular challenge. Baking bread gluten free is an entirely different ball game, and no matter how hard we try, we will never be able to exactly duplicate whole wheat bread. You can come pretty close, with a lot of tweaking.  It is so easy baking regular gluten rich bread by comparison. We remember – at one point – in what now seems like a long time ago, we baked wheat/spelt bread regularly and loved it. It just didn’t love us back. We are not complaining, however, finding out what you are highly allergic to is definitely a good thing.

Over the past several years, we’ve had many failures and also great successes, in the process of converting our many family recipes into gluten free ones. It is in that spirit, that we decided to give today’s recipe a try. Perhaps, it will encourage others not to give up, and realize that there are often many steps involved in the perfection of a recipe. Continue reading

Popovers

Popovers - A gluten free alternative

Since living gluten free, popovers are not a recipe we have made very often. Baking anything gluten free presents enough challenges, but baking without the use of baking powder, or other leavening agents, seems daunting to say the least – if not downright impossible. Since Julia’s recipe does not call for any sugar, we felt more inclined to give this a try. Popovers actually reminded me of a dish I grew up with in Germany, called ‘Pfitzauf.’ Continue reading

Mochi – Japanese Food Culture – Finale

Mochi - Japanese Food Culture

Studying Japanese food culture has been a fascinating and enlightening adventure. We loved the more healthy aspects of the food choices offered and the overall ease of  including it as part of our gluten free diet. With just a few minor adjustments and/or elimination of certain foods, such as condiments, sauces, and the gluten containing pasta,  everything is just about perfect if you are gluten intolerant or celiac.

In our research, a particular book captured our interest. It is written by Naomi Moriyama and William Doyle, entitled “Japanese Women Don’t Get Old or Fat – Secrets of My Mother’s Tokyo Kitchen.” Continue reading