An Adoption and an Adaption: Diet, Dessert and Dogs

I decided to adopt Ricki, and her (not so) little dogs, too, because I like her philosophy toward real, unprocessed foods and avoiding processed sugars.  She’s creative and not afraid to go out on a limb.  All of her recipes are even dairy free and vegan! Though she uses a lot of whole grains in her cooking, not all recipes are GF, but she does have a tag for GF recipes so they’re easy to find. A requirement for adoptions is to make a recipe as-is, or pretty close. With all of my restrictions, that’s easier said than done! So for the adoption, I made Ricki’s Spicy Cauliflower Soup. But I have also been on a huge baking kick lately, so I adapted her Maple Walnut Cookies to be GF with the following changes:

  • I increased the flour to 1/2 cup (actually, even 1 tsp or two more) and changed it from barley to brown rice
  • I used hazelnut praline paste rather than tahini (leftover from the last Daring baker challenge) since I’m allergic to sesame
  • I used just a tiny pinch of vitamin c crystals instead of the apple cider vinegar since I don’t do anything fermented
  • I reduced the maple syrup to 1/4 cup, since the paste was sweetened
  • I made a few without sea salt for a friend who can’t have any salt, and those turned out well, too.

I planned on using teff because I like the flavor and it’s quite a bit more nutritious than brown rice, but I’ve been on a baking binge lately and so I was out!  I might also try unroasted (light) buckwheat flour, or add in a pinch of mesquite.  Ya know, just for the sake of scientific experimentation.

They were delightful and cooked up beautifully! I will certainly make these again and play with variations.  Flax is very healthy, and I often avoid taking it because I’m not crazy about the taste.  These will give me good incentive 😆

One thing, though…since you GF bloggers out there all seem to be getting pregnant, recommendations are to eat no more than 2 Tablespoons a day of flax seeds while pregnant.  So you can eat half a batch, but not  the whole thing!  At least not in one day. 😎

Spicy Cauliflower soup

Summer time isn’t usually soup time, but I love soup.  It’s just so comforting and soothing, even when it’s 90 degrees out (or 93, I think, but who’s counting!).  The spices are a lovely mix.  I made it according to the recipe, but put in cauli stem instead of potato because *sigh* no potatoes for me, and used almond milk instead of soy.  I also have some in my freezer for the next rainy day!  I’m sure this will be a regular in our rotation in winter months.

Due to camera issues, I made the soup twice.  It ended up being a very good thing, because when I have a tummy ache, blended soups are the perfect thing.  The second time around, I blended in a few overripe apricots and the gave a subtle sweetness, and I added a little ground nutmeg on top.  I can’t wait to explore the different ways to enjoy Ricki’s soup!

So, check out Ricki’s blog.  Her recipes are great, and the stories are always entertaining.  And the doggies are too cute for words, too.

This post will be part of the Adopt a GF Blogger round up.  I’m hosting, which is why I wanted to make sure to post it on time!  Adopt a GF blogger is the “baby” of Seamaiden of Book of Yum.  If you want to adopt someone, you still have time!  Just email me or put it in the comments, and post by August 11th.

About Cheryl Harris

Life played a funny trick on me. I've studied nutrition for years, and much to my surprise, found out that I could manage many of my health issues via diet. I've been GF for years, and I've got a bunch of allergies and sensitivities. But it definitely doesn't keep me from cooking, baking and enjoying my food. Thanks for stopping by.
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4 Responses to An Adoption and an Adaption: Diet, Dessert and Dogs

  1. Ricki says:

    Thanks so much for adopting me!! I am SO glad you could find a way to enjoy those cookies–yours look fabulous. And I’m really glad you tried the soup, too, even if you can’t have the potatoes 🙁 . This is such a great event, I am going to have to participate next time round (once I get back into blogging after my “summer break”!).

    Oh, and thought I should clarify: ALL (not just some) of my recipes are dairy free and vegan! 🙂

    PS. “Hi” from the Girls!

  2. Jennifer says:

    I would like to make these now however, can’t do rice or barley and am not sure what to sub with?? On hand I have buckwheat, quinoa, bob’s all purpose flour, garfava bean flour…I think thats it. Thanks for any suggestions!

  3. Hi Ricki–
    Sorry, I changed the post! Thanks so much for all the inspiring/super yummy recipes. Now my tasters are bugging me for more cookies!

    Hi Jennifer,
    I would do buckwheat, quinoa or garfava–start with 1/4 cup or so, grind it with the nuts, and then add flour until the cookies are “cookie-ish” consistency. It seems to be a very forgiving recipe. Please let me know how it goes!

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