Wednesday, June 7, 2017

easy lower-sugar strawberry compote

We got a big box of strawberries from Costco on sale today, and many of them were just about to be a tad too ripe.

A Mamatouille original compote!

You'll need:

  • halved strawberries to fill the bottom of a small saucepan (I had about 2 cups)
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 15 drops stevia 
Do this:

Just simmer till the strawberries are a bit mushy, and be sure to clean up the sticky mess after it all overflowed when you left the lid on and went to manage your kids' teeth-cleaning time. Taste the compote and adjust flavors as needed. Do lots of extra dishes and take apart the stovetop to get in all the sticky cracks and crevices. 

Enjoy on your favorite compote-worthy food. 

Sunday, May 28, 2017

easy tuna curry salad lunch

There was leftover basmati rice in the fridge, so I pulled some tuna cans out and did some conjurin'.

You'll need:

  • cans of tuna, drained
  • cooked and reheated basmati rice
  • mayo
  • salt and pepper
  • curry powder, powdered coriander, cumin, and turmeric
  • onion and garlic (I used dried)
  • chopped walnuts
  • a dab of mango chutney
Do this:

Mix the tuna, mayo, spices, and walnuts, then serve over rice with a spoonful of mango chutney. Just a spoonful of chutney helps the yummy lunch go down. Sprinkle with a little dried parsley if you like the color green (I do).

Saturday, May 13, 2017

gluten-free dairy-free savoury rosemary-garlic drop biscuits

It was a dark-ish wet day, the kind of day that cried big raindrop-tears for soup. Also, I knew that I needed to get dinner in the slow cooker this morning, so hamburger soup it was. (Ground beef cooked in a pan, then added to the slow cooker with chopped carrots, sweet potatoes, onions, garlic, peas, corn, water, canned tomatoes, tomato sauce, salt, pepper, basil, bay leaves, and beef bouillon cubes.)

And I was craving some kind of savoury biscuit to go with it (biscuit as in the American style: soft lumps of cooked dough, a bit crispy on the outside and mealy on the inside).

I've used this recipe from Elana's Pantry before, but today I heavily adapted it as I didn't have enough almond flour and I wanted to make it savoury and herby.

You'll need:
  • 1 cup almond flour
  • 1/2 cup flaxseed meal
  • 1 cup gluten-free baking mix (just flours, salt, and baking powder; no sugar)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • chopped rosemary from the front porch, powdered garlic, dried parsley, and Italian seasoning
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/4 + 1/8 cup extra virgin olive oil
Do this:

Mix dry ingredients and herbs and spices in a bowl, and in a separate bowl, beat eggs and oil together. Then blend the wet ingredients into the dry, and drop in big spoonfuls onto waxed paper on a baking sheet. Bake at 170 C/350 F for about 14 minutes.

Serve with soup and self-respect. 

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

gluten- and dairy-free chocolate-strawberry mug muffins

The J-Bean is officially nine! He's always coming up with new and nifty food combinations, and he requested these for his birthday because "mug muffins are bigger than regular muffins."

I made up a recipe just for him, and now I will share it with you (even if it isn't your birthday).

You'll need:

  • a (greased) mug, of course 
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon grapeseed (or other neutral-flavored) oil
  • pinch of salt
  • pinch of baking soda
  • frozen-and-defrosted chopped strawberries (or double the amount of fresh, but boy howdy, the fresh ones are expensive in Japan right now)
  • fresh strawberries
  • 1 tablespoon sifted dark unsweetened fair-trade cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon pure maple syrup
  • 3 tablespoons almond flour
Do this:

Grab your partner (erm, greased mug), swing him round and round, and land him gently on your biggest work space. (If you live in Japan, granted, it won't be very spacious.)

Beat an egg in the mug, then stir in the oil, salt, baking soda, defrosted and chopped strawberries, cocoa powder, maple syrup, and almond flour. Stir well and lick that spoon because eggs are so nice in Japan you don't have to worry about salmonella.

Cook in your microwave for a couple minutes, then splash with some soy (or other dairy-free) milk, if you like. 

Top with fresh strawberries and birthday candles. Eat with a spoon, but don't forget to take the candle wax out first.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

round the world in however-many days

These guys were born and raised in New Zealand, hitched a ride to a Japanese Costco, and will be made into Italian-stuffed peppers by a British-American family tonight.

Hey, stay tuned! The Beans and I are working on a collaborative cookbook. It might be awhile, but we're having fun in the process.

Friday, January 20, 2017

sunshine smoothie

We celebrated sunshine yesterday with a bright-tasting smoothie: spinach, frozen mixed berries, carrot, apple, navel orange, fresh ginger.

Monday, January 2, 2017

new year's eve celebration grub

We hardly ever stay up till midnight because we know our sons will be up early the next morning anyway, but we like to celebrate in style no matter how early it is.

This year we stayed home, had communion together as a family (I found this so meaningful), had an appetizer dinner with sparkling juice, brownies, a board game, and then we went outside to shoot off some crackers (poppers that spit out confetti streamers). In bed before the new year and happier for it.
I made homemade hummus and veggie sticks, edamame, Paleo artichoke-spinach dip, a salami and cheese tray, German pickles, and our friend and Seattle neighbor Yetta's delectable curried deviled eggs (I used 9 eggs, mixed enough mayo with the yolks to moisten, and then added 2 teaspoons each of Dijon mustard and white-wine vinegar, plus 1/2 teaspoon curry powder). We said Happy Birthday to 2017 with a special birthday plate from my college friend, Holly. I do not have a photo of the brownies, but they were made with coconut flour and were outrageously delicious, moist, and dense. (The recipe is here on the Elana's Pantry website.) A happy, joyful 2017 to you all! May your days be filled with goodness, good food, and light.