One of my fondest Christmas memories is going to my Grandmother’s for a Christmas dinner. She always made enough food to feed Cox’s army (as my grandfather said) and it was always delicious. I wasn’t gluten or dairy free back in those days so I could eat anything and no one had to worry about my diet.
This picture doesn't begin to do it justice because we had eaten most of it when I remembered I had not taken a picture. Guess that means I'll have to cook another one and update this post. Lesson learned! Don't start eating until the pictures are all taken.
She always made an orange date nut cake in a big Bundt pan. That recipe has been a favorite in our family for decades and someone always makes it at Christmas. It was my Grandmother’s version of the Christmas fruitcake.
My husband remembers the same cake as one his mother used to make. Our families are from the same county in Texas, so the recipe must have been passed around quite a bit at some point in time. When I made my gluten and dairy free version, he said it was every bit as good as hers. It is one of his favorites when it comes to gluten free baked goods.
I like to use scrubbies on my dishes that will not scratch the finish. Being that I cook from scratch a lot, I’m washing pots and pans almost every day. I’ve always kept a few of the plastic scrubbies on hand, but I hate how they come apart and unravel, plus you can’t just throw them in the washing machine and reuse them. When I saw the Red Heart Cotton Scrubby yarn at my local craft store, I decided to give it a try. No, it’s not organic but it is machine washable.
I believe gut health is especially important when you have celiac disease. I’ve tried probiotic pills but suffered dire consequences, so instead I decided to learn how to make my own ferments. I have to say I prefer naturally made probiotics to the pill version and you have delicious munchies to boot.
I had planned to make a big batch of kimchi, but couldn’t find any decent looking Napa cabbage. Instead, there were some very nice organic bok choy, so I decided to make a little variation in my recipe. It turned out quite good.
Being from New Mexico, where chile rules, I feel I have to say that ‘chili’ and ‘chile’ are not the same thing nor is it a typo. ‘Chili’ powder is a blend of spices, with ground chiles being only one of many ingredients. ‘Chile’ powder is the dried, red chile pods ground to a fine powder with nothing else added. I used the second because I haven’t had any luck finding a certified gluten free version of the Korean spices normally used in kimchi.
I got a new book that is primarily hot sauce (because we love all things spicy) and decided today was the day to give it a try. I had 5 habaneros in the fridge that needed to be used while fresh and there is nothing I can think of that I want to cook with 5 habaneros in it, so I pulled the book out of my cook book collection and gave it a peruse.
I put 2 quarts of kimchi up a week ago. After it fermented for a week, we gave it a try. Last night we mixed it in with stir fried cabbage and chicken and it was delicious! Even my husband, who sometimes looks askance at some of the things I make, loved it.
I used organic heirloom Tobasco peppers that my mom gave to me from her garden. I dried a bag full and stored them in the freezer. It only took about a half dozen peppers to make it really spicy. The picture is below, with before (right side) and after (left side) shots. I used all organic ingredients to avoid any possible chemical contaminants that might interfere with the fermentation. The recipe specifies bok choy or napa cabbage. I used bok choy.
I am looking forward to trying more recipes from the book, Wild Fermentation, by Sandor Ellix Katz. It was much easier than I thought it would be and I am very pleased with the results. A link to the book I used is below that. It is an affiliate link, but the pay to me is minimal and I received no compensation for providing this information.
I was diagnosed with Celiac Disease in 1982 and have been gluten free ever since. I went dairy free two years ago. I share recipes, DIY projects and crafts, gardening tips, life philosophies and thoughts on this blog. This is just my story. In no way should it be taken as medical advice because every individual is different. There are also a few affiliate links for products I use and recommend. I make a tiny amount of money if you buy something and it in no way changes the price you pay.
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