Tuesday, 26 August 2008

Off on holiday.

I know I haven't been posting much anyway, but we are off on a wee family holiday tomoor for 4 days. I'll try and take pictures! and will see you when we get back.

Sunday, 24 August 2008

Update. Challenge 8.

This time I've even got photos and a recipe to share! About time I hear you all say. Challenge #8 was Non Wheat Gluten Grains. Barley, Spelt, Rye, Oats (not technically gluten containing just usually contaminated) you know, those guys. I'm not sure about them - gas, headaches, sneezing, and other not so pleasant. Nothing really major, just a little uncomfortable, maybe another sometimes food ?? So I'm giving them a fail and will try again later.

As part of my testing I did some baking with Spelt Flour. Yay, baked goods! First up here's a PPK tester recipe - Spelt Chive Biscuits, which I served with the Corn Chowder from VWAV. Yum.
Then there's one of mine - Spiced Date Spelt Muffins. Super Yum. R loved them too.

Spiced Date Spelt Muffins
Makes 12

1 C Almond Milk
1 t Apple Cider Vinegar
2 ¼ C Spelt Flour
2 t Baking Powder
1 t Baking Soda
½ t Salt
1 t Cinnamon
½ t Nutmeg
¼ t Cloves
¼ t Allspice
2/3 C Dates – finely chopped
¼ C Brown Sugar
½ t Vanilla
2 T Maple Syrup
2 T Oil

6 seeded Dates – halved

Preheat oven to 375F and prepare muffin tins.
In a medium bowl combine the almond milk and ACV. Stand for 5 minutes.
In a large bowl sift together the flour, baking powder / soda, salt and spices.
Add the chopped dates and toss to coat.
To the almond milk add the sugar, vanilla, maple syrup and oil, whisk well.
Pour the wet ingredients into the dry and stir to just combine.
Spoon mix into tins and top each one with ½ date.
Bake for 18 - 22 minutes until tests done, then cool in tray for 5 minutes before transferring to rack.
Anyhow. Thats an update. See you next time after I test wheat!

Monday, 18 August 2008

Update. Challenge 7.

Well, I used the challenge days for SOY to make a whole bunch of PPK tester recipes which were tofu based, as I haven't been able to do much testing while eliminating. I am, unfortunately, out of the habit of photographing everything I eat so have no photos of delicious foods to share - let me assure you they all tasted great. I'm going to have to start the photo taking habit again when I am eating more normally again.
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So, while everything I ate tasted great it didn't do such great things for my tummy. Aches, bad gas, and I also had a few other (head ache, sore throat) symptoms which may be related. However it has been really hot and the non digestive symptoms may be due to the heat. (??) Final result, I'm giving soy a fail for this time round, and will test again at a later stage in smaller quantities. I mean I really ate A LOT of tofu and soy sauce, so I may have over done it. It may end up having to be an occasional, in small quantity food for me, but we'll see when I re test.
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Thursday, 14 August 2008

Update. Challange 6.

Nuts. In many shapes and forms nuts are fine in my tummy, peanut butter, almonds, cashews, almonds, pecans, walnuts - not a symptom or tummy gurgle in sight! YAY! Not that I eat all that many nuts all that often, but they are great to add to salads, give bite to burgers, sprinkle on breakfast or dessert. You know.

Next up is soy. I'm planning tofu scramble for breakfast already!!

Sunday, 10 August 2008

Four Leaf Clovers.

No food, just these guys.

Must be something in the weather here this summer as between us M and I have found 6 four leaf clovers in the last 3 weeks! In different places in our neighbourhood too so its not as if there's one big patch of them or anything. They are all being pressed so we can keep the luck - still waiting on them to help up win the lottery!!
Anyone else (apart from Auntie L as I know you have) found lots?

Friday, 8 August 2008

Update. Challange 5.

Citrus.

A partial pass. I'm going to re-test lemon zest and juice by itself at the end, along with the other things I have trouble with. I had no response to all the oranges I ate, or when I used lime zest / juice in meals, but I had lemon zest and juice in my lunch on the second test day and reacted with a headache, watery eyes, runny nose that afternoon. All I can think of, and I had no other citrus in that meal, so will test some more.

Next up is nuts. I'm not expecting a problem which is why I haven't broken it down into nut families, or even individual nuts, but if I react I will have to go back and do them at the end too.

Having more options now is great!!

and yes it is August so I need another update! I may not change the pictures as I haven't been taking any!

Sunday, 3 August 2008

Update. Challenge 4.

Berries this time. I used Blueberries - fresh and dried, Raspberries, Strawberries and dried Cranberries in a variety of ways, cooked and raw, and its all good. They pass. Yay!!

One thing I did make that I haven't experimented with much was Kanten - you know with Agar agar to make jelly like treats. I cooked up some old frozen raspberries, passed them through a sieve to get rid of the bits, sweetened with agave, added a bit more water to make it up to 2 cups worth, back to the pot with 2 t Agar powder, then brought to the boil, poured into moulds and let set in the fridge. They're pretty good, and refreshing. Texture is a little strange and I may not make often but nice to know I can right!



Here's a (not all that good) picture!