Tuesday
Jan112011

homemade chips 

I really do not know why I am posting this recipe but people always look at me a little strange when I say I make my one chips.

Easy easy.

Turn your oven on to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.

Put a couple tablespoons of olive oil on a baking sheet.

Cut corn tortillas (gluten free preferably) in quarters.  I usually use 8 but you can use as many as you like.

Put them on the baking sheet (my case, that is a cast iron pizza pan)

Sprinkle with one pinch of salt.  You really do not need more then that.

Put in oven for ten minutes.

Stir around.

Put in oven for ten minutes more.  Stir around again.

This is where you can decide how crispy you wish them.  I find I like them darker but they go fast so keep an eye on them.  At twenty minutes, some will be crunchy and some not, but I find they are enjoyable this way too.  

Yumminess!  I have been doing this instead of buying them recently.  big grin!

Monday
Jan102011

roasted chickpeas - gluten free snacks

My Beloved is thinking about going gluten free again.  To me this means I have been perusing all the new gluten free cookbooks that have come out recently (I love the library).  I got this from Cooking For Isiah.  I have to admit that I have already tried different spices and baking times.  I personally like more crunchy but my Beloved likes less.  He thinks these are fabulous snack foods.

Roasted Chickpeas

One 16 ounce can of chickpeas, rinsed and drained ( I actually use 2 cups of my home cooked ones)

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper

1/4 teaspoon cayennne (or 1/8 teaspoon ground ancho, 1/8 teaspoon smokey paprika, 1/8 ground chipolte)

Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.

Put the oil on a baking sheet.  Spread it around and then pour the chickpeas over it.  Sprinkle with salt, pepper, and cayenne.  Toss or stir about to cover.  Bake for 20 minutes.

Roasted yumminess.  My Beloved said these got him through the eighteen hour days he was working.  They were originally for salads.  Just a nice change to croutons if you if do not have to worry about gluten.  The ancho/paprika/chipolte option is more savory then spicy which really surprised me!

Friday
Jan072011

the rest of the yogurt parfait - granola

I am truly not a cold cereal or granola fan.  My Beloved is.  On a camping trip, I actually found a granola recipe I liked.  Adding it with fruit to the yogurt I made make the best yogurt parfait I have ever eaten.  My Beloved likes this with plain hempmilk as a cold cereal.

I am giving you all the options here but I find that I like the simplest the best.  No nuts.  No fruit.  My Beloved likes all the additions.

Granola

3 cups quick oats (the better the oats, the better the granola.  Quick oats are really better then old fashioned rolled oats)

4 - 8 tablespoons butter or olive oil

1/2 to 1 cup brown sugar

2 teaspoons cinnamon (or less or more dependent on your taste)

2 teaspoons ginger (or less or more dependent on your taste)

1/2 cup dried fruit (optional - I only do this on request)

1/2 cup chopped nuts like pecans or walnuts (again, optional and I only do this on request)

In a large skillet over medium high heat, put the butter or oil.  Melt the butter or warm the oil.  Add the brown sugar, cinnamon, and ginger.

You want this to cook until it is bubbly.

Add the oats, nuts, and fruit and turn off the heat.  Mix it together.  I find a wide spatula or a large wooden spoon works well.

Turn out on a silpat or parchment paper and let cool.

Yummy granola.

I gave the options in the butter and sugar because sometimes I want sweeter or I am doing something with the granola that I want more buttery.  This recipe also easily doubles.  A lot of times I am working with 5 1/2 cups of oats at once.  I just open the bag of oats and dump in.  I like that I do not have to bake it and watch that it will burn in the oven!  Easy easy.

Thursday
Jan062011

yogurt

I like yogurt but it does not always like me.  But I had a yogurt parfait at lunch recently and I did not crash that afternoon.  It was a "aha!" moment.  I have been crashing in the afternoon and having troubles finding what I really needed to eat.  My naturopath was telling me it is an adrenal crash and I believe it but I still needed something.  The yogurt and nice beasties worked.  The thing is that if there is yogurt in the house my Beloved eats it and it starts getting very expensive.  I do not like the least expensive yogurt on the shelf.  I always seem to like the most expensive yogurt! 

What is the answer?  Make your own of course.  But I normally do that in my oven with my oven light as a heat source for the beasties to grow and be happy to make my yogurt.  My oven light went out during my Christmas baking and I needed to find an alternative.

 

I got on the internet and found out that YES! I could use my crockpot to make yogurt.  This was very simple.

Yogurt

Whole milk

Heavy whipping cream

1/2 cup active yeasty beasties yogurt (same as bread, just different!)

My Beloved wanted me to try making yogurt with heavy whipping cream in it so I did.

Very every two cups of whole milk add 1 cup of heavy whipping cream to your crockpot.  Fill the crockpot with this mixture until about 1 to 2 inches from the top. Cover.  Turn on low for 2 1/2 hours.

After 2 1/2 hours, turn off and unplug your crockpot for 3 hours, never lifting the lid.

After 3 hours, put 1/2 cups of yogurt in a small bowl.  Uncover the milk/cream mixture.  Take two cups of the mixture out of the crockpot and whisk it into the yogurt.  When well mixed, pour it back into the crockpot with the rest of the milk and stir well.  

Cover.  Wrap with a thick bath towel.  Let sit for a minimum of eight hours.  I let mine sit for closer to twenty.

Unwrap and you will have yogurt.  It will be on the thinner side.  If you wish thicker, line a colander with a clean towel.  Pour the yogurt in.  Cover with a plate and let drain for a couple hours or until it is the consistency you wish.

Yummy very smooth, very rich yogurt!  Without breaking the grocery budget or running to the store every two days.  I may need a larger refrigerator (smile).  I may try it with hempmilk and probiotics for my Beloved.  Hmmmmm.

Wednesday
Jan052011

aerial yoga

When I have been weaving for any length of time or sewing or cooking or gardening or.....  I start to ache.  That is the arthritis and chronic pain syndrome I have.  I find yoga helps even though I really do not like it.  Russell and I were looking at a friends pictures and were like "why is hanging upside down and what is she doing?"  Come to find out she was doing anti-gravity yoga in Salt Lake City.    We do not have such a place but we did some research.  There is an aerial yoga manual published which is similar but different.  The idea of doing yoga while hanging from the ceiling or upside down really appealed to me, especially since it is supposed to decompress your joints and back.

Russell got the silk installed the day after Christmas.  With the book, this is really cool.  I have to admit that there are some fearless people around here so there is a bit of looking at the world upside down.  It is decompressing my joints but I am surprised how much muscle I am adding.  I can already tell there is a difference and I am using the silk everyday.  This is actually on top of the twenty minutes of yoga I do everyday just to get moving.  It is so cool!  But not tonight.  I am so tired I am about to fall over and I have a few chores to do.  Tomorrow I will fly again!