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Jordan Marsh-Style Blueberry Muffins

Hello from 9,000 feet (2,743 meters) above sea level!

In between this post and last post, I moved house from the Front Range to the Western Slope.  All TC wanted was muffins once we were in our new place, so I made these blueberry muffins, complete with crunchy sugar on top.

Jordan Marsh blueberry muffins vegan gluten-free | gothic granola

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Maraschino Cookies, Music, and Lip Balm

Fun news in my life: I got food poisoning and have been having some ongoing nausea for the last week and a half, hence no blog posts.

Digestive turmoil aside, other things I have been doing include working (open enrollment season! Aaagh!), listening to “new to me” music, instagramming my Halloween socks, following P90X Plus, sorting Legos, and writing.

New Lego Halloween Monsters in some kind of metal music video setup that TC made:

maraschino cherry cookies vegan gluten-free | gothic granola

 

These are not Breast Cancer Awareness Month cookies.  They just…I’m just going to stop here.  TC asked for maraschino sugar cookies and this is what I found.

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Pick-up Sticks: Sourdough Breadsticks

This year, I avoided my annual crying jag while driving down I-95 for one reason this T-gives & X-mas of 2013: I didn’t go home. Why?




Sugar. It’s usually the story of my holidays, eating too much cookies, bread, sweet drinks.
Vegan eggnog is just soy, almond, or coconut milk and extra sugar, oftentimes. My cashew nog was mercifully date-sweetened (and rum-spiked).

I’ve become so sensitive that the slightest bit of processed sugar I eat is like giving a drink to an alcoholic. I’ll predictably binge eat after having something very sugary because of how it makes me want more to get the brief high sugar affords.


Q is starting the sugar-free now & continuing until sufficiently detoxed. I’m doing 30 days to start then just keep going. Slough off all the crap, like Pink in The Wall scene for “Comfotably Numb.” I’ve had it with the mood swings and the joint aches.

Yes, there’s sugar in these breadsticks to make ’em rise–you can use agave, maple, coconut sugar, et cetera–for the yeast to eat.

The sickness of sweets and the sourness of sourdough. “Of [noun]” constructions sound so academic, don’t they?

Sourdough Breadsticks (from Classic Sourdoughs )
Modified from Yemoos
1 cup fed teff starter
1 cup teff flour
1 cup brown rice flour
1/3 cup tapioca flour, plus more for rolling
1 teaspoon xanthan gum
3/4 teaspoon sea salt

2/3 cup lukewarm water
2 teaspoons yeast
1 tablespoon organic sugar
1 tablespoon olive oil

Oil for pan
Oil for brushing

3 tablespoons Italian seasoning 
1 teaspoon sea salt

In a large bowl, stir together all the dough ingredients until well-combined. Place in a warm, draft-free place and let rise for an hour or until doubled in size. Cover two baking sheets with parchment paper or foil and oil the pans.

After dough has risen, roll it out on a well-floured surface to a 13″*24″*1/3″ rectangle. With a pizza wheel or sharp knife, cut the bread into 1-inch sticks. Twist the breadsticks as you transfer them to the pans. Brush sticks with oil and sprinkle with seasoning and salt. Let rise for another 45 minutes.

In the last 15 minutes of rising, preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Bake the sticks for 25 minutes or until desired crispness is achieved.

No pictures because it was a busy night. Serve with soup to complement the crunch. As Gentile said, “You can do crust now.”

Parting shots:
Beer & bread yeast as a GIANTmicrobe!

Come to the Dark Side…we have vegan and gluten-free goodies.

Going Clean: Strawberry Avocado Salsa

My assignment: Go maketh something tasty with the One-Day Deal item, strawberries. I wanted Mexican food, so yesterday I made strawberry salsa, which included avocado at the behest of the marketing team leader. Mango and pineapple salsas are a thing, so why not strawberry salsa? Aguacates y fresas son frutas tambien.


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The Sticky Rice Saga

The Sticky Rice Saga
 
In winter 2012, my aunt visited a friend of hers who is Thai. The friend made sticky rice for dessert and served it with bananas. My aunt and I tried recreating it with sushi rice and then with genuine Thai sticky rice. By the end of our experimentations, we had about ten pounds of Thai sticky rice in the house and no satisfactory results from the recipes we had.
 

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Slippery Supper: Devil’s Tentacles Pasta with Lemon and Arugula

Tofu shirataki noodles and I have a contentious relationship.

At 20 calories per serving (40 calories in the entire bag), what’s not to love, you ask? (If I may put words in your mouth…)

This recipe picture is lost | Vegan Gluten-Free |  Cape | Gothic Granola

 

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Cake and ____

Stare at blank paper every morning, every day and you will overcome the fear of The Blank Page. As a matter of course, you will begin to overcome other fears of beginnings and unknowns, as well. I had this insight about Julia Cameron’s Morning Pages exercise from The Artist’s Way while taking today’s walkies. In walking the last two days, I’ve uncovered two more non-negotiables. I must make time to take a 20-70 minute walk each day. Walking not only relieves mental constipation, it’s frickin’ essential after being inside each day to remind the body, “You live on the Earth, not in buildings above the earth. This is where you come from. This is where you’ll go.”

Someplace in Westminster, MD | Gothic Granola
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