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. 😎
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!
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.