Monday, August 23, 2010

South of the Boarder S'mores

I'm running out the door to run errands, but I randomly wanted a quesodilla. So I went to make one. I only had one corn tortilla left(who does that?) and it was falling apart. So I threw it in the pan with some margarine(vegan, soy-free, of course). It didn't look like it would hold my vegan(and soy free!) cheeze very well. So I changed my game plan. I toasted it on one side, flipped it over, sprinkled it with cinnamon and sugar, and threw some marshmallows on it. It needs a couple of safe chocolate chips, but it's mighty tasty.

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Allergy Update!

I haven't actually talked much about CupCake's allergies on here. She passed Sunflower, and now Sunbutter is a staple in her diet. She can eat soy oil and soy lecithin, and I'm not opposed to shared lines, but actually eating and drinking soy is out. We did a soy trial and it as going well for the most part. It isn't going to kill her if she eats it, however her eczema got BAD. Cracked, bleeding, oozing, painful eczema. Luckily only in a very small spot was it that bad. But it was enough for me to pull it again. She's nursing ~5 times in 24 hours now, so I still need to watch my diet. Now the unofficial, official allergy list is as follows:

Avocados (hives/swelling, tests - on SPT)
Dairy (tests + on SPT)
Peanuts (tests + on SPT, has been around it without issue, still peanut free house, no shared lines)
Eggs (tests + on SPT, doesn't react to occasional baked in egg in MY diet, but reacts if I eat scrambled eggs, so avoiding all egg)
Sesame (+ on RAST test, avoiding due to severe eczema flares)
Tomato (never been tested, severe and immediate eczema upon direct consumption, thank Ketchup)
Wheat (tests - on SPT, causes eczema if I eat it and nurse her)
Almonds (never tested, ate a marzipan cookie and had some NASTY rashes. No more)

She's avoiding all Tree Nuts and most Gluten. I let her have an occasional barley cookie from Newman's though. I can eat cashews and macadamia nuts w/o issue, but we're not giving them to her yet. I think that's it.

The Joys of Sleeping Children

Mine is passed out. In my arms. Typing is interesting. More often than not when I'm blogging, she's sleeping. On me. Life happens, and when you're sick, with a sick little one and a new house(did I mention I moved?! This house is AWESOME), life tends to get sticky. Currents are sticky. Natures gummy candy. I sound just like my dad.

Anyway, I made some corn cakes from ... I thought they were from fatfreevegan. But I can't find the recipe. In any case, I could never get them to cook up right. They stuck to the pan, weren't light and fluffy. Probably user error, since I hate following recipes. AND the last time I tried to make them I only had vanilla kifer, which I didn't realize until AFTER I had added it. The onions were already in. EW.

Today, I went to find corn bread recipes. I REALLY wanted corn bread with my split pea soup(that hasn't been made yet...).I found a recipe that looked promising. I didn't want something that I had to tweak too much because my kitchen isn't set up yet. In fact, we have no plates. Seriously, we have bowls, little tiny cereal bowls, and some pyrex measuring cups, and I dug out my metal measuring cups and a measuring spoon(1/2t in case you're wondering). I have my tea cup and mesh strainer so I can have tea in the morning. OH. And NO counter space. I mixed it on the stove. And the mail comes flying in through the front door. Except it's Sunday, so we shouldn't have mail. Maybe it's the gardeners coming back to clean up their mess from yesterday. If they wake the baby(who's not a baby anymore) I'll be Pissed. With a capital P.

I found this recipe from CupcakePunk. I knew immediately that I'd love it. Before I even saw the recipe. haha

I scaled it down a bit, and tweaked it a tiny bit(I can't help it!) and fried it up like pancakes! We have a gas stove/oven now and I couldn't figure out how to get the oven to work. The result was light, fluffy, crumbly, corn cakes. DELISH!

Vegan Gluten Free Corn Cakes

1 3/4c Coconut Milk Kifer PLAIN
1c corn meal
1c corn flour
2t baking powder
1/2t baking soda
1T sugar
1/2t salt
2T olive oil

Whisk together dry ingredients. Make a well and add in oil and ~1c of kifer. Stir to combine. Add the rest of kifer and mix well.

Lightly oil(you can use bacon grease if you're not vegan, or canola oil if you are. Or peanut oil if you're not allergic) a cast iron pan and preheat it(just like making pancakes). Add ~1/4c of batter to the pan. I cook 2 at a time. Watch carefully. After 2-3ish minutes check the bottom(my stove cooks hot) and if they look nice and golden, flip them. Give them another 2-3 minutes on the other side then move to a plate with a paper towel on it. Repeat. The ones at the end wont be as fluffy, and that's okay. They're still good. Really good. This made ~18 I think. But I can't remember how many I ate already, so I can't be sure.