Sunday, July 28, 2013

Mushroom Risotto

I made this fabulous mushroom risotto a couple of days ago—no oil, no cheese or cream, just yummy goodness!  Here is a link to the recipe; it calls for oil or margarine, but I just left it out.

Dairy-Free Risotto Recipe

Thursday, July 18, 2013


I found this recipe on this website today:
I was out of applesauce so I used 4 ounces of pureed baby prunes; also did not have any tapioca starch, so I used acorn starch.  They turned out really nice!  Not very sweet, so if you want this to be a substitute for doughnuts, I would add more sugar and maple syrup.

Monday, July 15, 2013

Leftover Mashed Russets In Lunch Skillet

Lunch today is leftover mashed russets, kale, mushrooms, smokey tempeh, and nutritional yeast with sliced pickled beets on the side.  Yummy!  I just got a non-stick skillet out and put a couple of large spoonfuls of potatoes in the pan, then I added sliced mushrooms, ripped pieces off of several stalks of kale, cut 4 smokey tempeh slices into small pieces, cooked it all together, served and sprinkle on nutritional yeast and added some pickled beets on the side. 

This is so good!  The more you eat vegetables for your meals, the more your taste buds adjust to those flavors, until you crave the tastes. 

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Acorn Bread

I made acorn bread this morning for the first time.  I have been reading about foods that are native to Texas and then expanded that to foods that early peoples might have eaten, especially hunter-gather groups.  Acorns came up frequently as a food source.  I read about how to make your own acorn flour, which involves removing the tannic acid from it, but it is a lot of work and I just wanted to try cooking with it. 

I ended up going to a Korean grocery store and buying Acorn Starch.  I am still not sure it is what I want it to be and have found opinions differ widely online, but I tried it and it worked just fine.  In all fairness though, it feels like corn starch and when it was in the bag, it had the "squeaky" feel when I pinched the package together, just like starch.  But I tried it anyway.

The dark color comes from the acorn flour.  I used Korean Acorn Starch, which some people say is the same as flour and some say is not.  I found a place online which quoted a man who teaches cooking with acorn flour who said that the Koreans grind their flour so fine it is as small as starch, but that you could still cook with it if used with some whole wheat flour.  So that is what I did.
There is a lot of interesting information on the web about acorn flour and how much it has been used for thousands of years.  I was intrigued and wanted to try it.  It is kind of cool to eat something that human beings have been eating since at least the Mesolithic period.  I watched a documentary by the BBC on YouTube called Wild Food.  It is a five-part show on hunter-gathers in Great Britains' history.

 Here is how I did it:

1 cup acorn flour
3/4 cup whole wheat flour
1/4 cup white flour
1/4 cup maple syrup
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 eggs worth of Ener-G Egg Replacer
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup soy milk

Preheat oven to 400F.  Mix all ingredients in a bowl and put into a loaf pan.  Mine is silicon so I did not have to oil and flour the bottom.  Bake for about 30 minutes.

It has a nice flavor.  Try it!