Gluten Free Pancakes

These were inspirited by Dale Figtree. Thank you!

Serves 4
1. In a blender mix until smooth:       
8                      Eggs
4                      Bananas, ripe
2 cups             Walnuts
2 Tbs               Coconut Oil
1 tsp                Vanilla
½ tsp               Nutmeg
½ tsp               Cinnamon
1 dash             Salt
2. On medium heat butter a large skillet using measure cup to pour batter
    to keep the pancakes small.

3. Cook until golden brown and turn over and let pancakes puff up a bit.

Potato Pancakes with a Twist

Serves 6
1. In a large bow, mix together:
            2                      Leeks, sliced thin and chopped
            1                      Fennel Bulb, sliced thin and chopped
            8 medium        Potatoes, grated
            4 cloves           Garlic, minced
            8                      Eggs, beaten first
            1 cup               Almond Flour
                                    Salt and Pepper to taste
2. In a large pan warm:
            2 Tbs               Coconut oil
3. With hands make medium size balls and flatten down into the pan.
    Cook until browned on both sides.

    Serve with Crème Fraiche or Yogurt

Holiday Nut Loaf

                                                                   This yummy nut loaf is gluten free

Makes 3 loaves for 12
1. Sauté in large pot in the order given     
                        2 Tbs                             Olive oil
                        2                                    Onions 
                        2 large                           Carrots, chopped
                        3 stalks                          Celery, chopped
                        1                                    Leek, sliced thin
                        1 ½ lbs                          Mushrooms, Shitake and Button 
                        4 Tbs                             Ginger, peeled and chopped
                        I head                            Garlic, peeled and chopped
2. Turn heat off and add: 
                          cup                         Rice, cooked
                        1 ½ cups                       Almond, chopped
                        1 cup                             Walnuts, chopped
                        ½ cup                            Pine Nuts
                        4                                    Eggs
                        ½ cup                            Parmesan cheese
                        1                                    Lemon zest
                        1 cup                             Cheddar cheese, grated
                        1 Tb each                      Parsley, Sage, Rosemary, Thyme
                                                              Salt and Pepper to taste
3. Place in two buttered loaf pans.

    Bake at 350º for 45 to 60 minutes. Test with toothpick or knife

New Cookie Jar Top

When the glass top from the cookie jar fell and broke, Enrico, my husband offered to make a new one. I have to say I am delighted.
Inside are my Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookies which I have blogged before. I make
them all the time.

Preheat oven to 350º
 1. Mix together:          ½  cup            Butter, melted
                                    ¼  cup             Coconut Oil
½  cup             Sugar or Xylitol (or ¼ cup each)
2                      Eggs
1  tsp               Vanilla Extract
1  whole          Lemon Zest
2. Add and mix:          2 cups             Almond Flour
                                    2 cups             lmond Meal
                                    ⅔ cup             Cacao Nibs
                                    ½  tsp             Baking Powder
                                    1 pinch           Salt
                                      cup            Dark Chocolate Chips  (72%)
3. Make into small balls and press down gently on cookie sheet lined with Parchment paper.

Bake at 350º for 18-20 minutes until just browned.

Vegan Cheese Ball

I’m so excited to have made vegan cheese. It is surprisingly delicious. I adapted this recipe from the internet. It can have many variations to give it different qualities.

Vegan Cheddar Cheese Ball
1. Soak for 2 hours, drain and rinse.
                        1½ cups          Cashews, raw
                        2 Tbs               Sun Dried Tomatoes, cut into tiny pieces
2. In food processor blend cashews and tomatoes and add the rest:
This will take up to 10 minutes scrapping down the sides incrementally.
                        ¼ cup              Nutritional Yeast
                        ½ cup              Coconut Oil
                        1½ Tbs            Miso Paste
                        1 Tbs               Rice Vinegar
                        1 tsp               Turmeric Powder
                        ½ tsp               Smoked Paprika
                        1 pinch            Cayenne
                        1 tsp                Salt
3. Place in bowl and refrigerate for 4 hours.
4. When firm remove with spatula and roll into ball.

5. Optional: Roll over nut pieces or parsley or thyme.    

Ratatouille Omlette

Serves 4
1. I n a large pan on medium-low heat sauté until softened, about 10 minutes.
                2 Tbs                      Butter or Olive Oil
                2 medium               Japanese Eggplants, sliced thin with skin.
2. Add to skillet, cover and cook another 5-7 minutes.
                2 large                    Heirloom Tomatoes, cut into chunks
                3 cloves                 Garlic, minced
                1 bunch                  Cilantro, with tops cut into small pieces
                2 cups                    Spinach, fresh
3. Add and cover again, until eggs have firmed up on top and cheese melted.
                6                            Eggs
                1½ cup                  Swiss Cheese, grated and sprinkled around.
                                              Salt and Pepper to taste.

Plum Punch

I had a book signing party for my new memoir 
Stairway to Paradise: Growing Up Gershwin
and offered this punch.
1. Heat in a Medium Pot for one hour and chill:
                        1 cup               Water
                        40                    Plums, pitted
                        ½ cup              Sugar
                        3 cloves           Clove
                        8 Inches           Ginger, freshly grated
                        6 inches           Turmeric, freshly grated
                        1 stick              Cinnamon
Serve straight or add:             
                        ½ cup              Sparking Water

                        1 sprig             Mint