Sunday, April 25, 2010

Quick Pizza Pasta

With all the restrictions with which we live daily, it is really rather difficult to find meals which can be thrown together with minimal effort and time. Here's one.

Quick and Easy Pizza Pasta
1- 6 oz can tomato paste
6 oz water
2 tablespoons safe oil (I use EVOO)
2 teaspoons Italian spice mix (I used 1/4 tsp each crushed rosemary, thyme, oregano and basil)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 teaspoon safe vinegar
pinch cayenne pepper
Mix all ingredients well together and set aside.

1 package (8 oz) small pasta (I tend to use quinoa macaroni elbows)
1/2 can large black olives, quartered
6 large fresh mushrooms, sliced
1/2 bunch spring onions, chopped
1/2 pound Italian sausage
12 slices pepperoni, quartered
cubed ham, to taste
nutritional yeast (optional)

Cook your pasta according to package directions. While it's cooking, and if using, brown and drain your Italian sausage. Drain your pasta. Mix all ingredients, including sauce, together well over low heat for about a minute (just to heat). Sprinkle with nutritional yeast, if desired, and serve.

EDITED: So, I was re-reading this and realized I forgot my "secret" ingredients for the pizza sauce. They're there now.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Orange Sherbet

Well, I gave it the good old college try. I suppose it's important to know that, when you're trying to make sherbet that isn't the consistency of shaved ice and you don't own an ice cream maker, you should allow yourself a good many hours.

Jacqueline's Dairy-free Orange Sherbet
1 cup sugar
1 cup water
1 1/2 teaspoons orange zest
2 cups orange juice

1 cup plain rice milk
1/4 teaspoon xanthan gum

Combine sugar, orange zest and water in a sauce pan and bring to a boil. Allow to boil for 1 minute, without stirring, creating a simple syrup. In a medium sized metal bowl,
whisk together orange juice, rice milk and xanthan gum. Add the simple syrup to this mixture and whisk well then place in the freezer. Remove from the freezer every half hour to one hour, whisk well and then return to freezer. Do this until you can no longer whisk the mixture then allow to freeze. Remove from freezer 2o minutes before serving.
I'm sure that this could also be done in an ice cream maker but, since I don't have one, this is how I did it. :) If you have an ice cream maker and try it out, please let me know how it goes!

Friday, April 9, 2010

Weight Loss and So forth

Way back before allergies became an issue, one of my favourite desserts was orange sherbet. It was my lower-calorie go-to dessert and indulgence. Ever since we went dairy free, I have not found one which is satisfactory to me. This is distressing to me as I presently weigh the most I ever have while not pregnant. And I have a sweet tooth that would put any self-respecting Icelander to shame (I'll post more on this at a later date).
Of course, part of the problem is that sherbet contains dairy. This is what makes it, unlike sorbet, more ice-cream like rather than similar to shaved ice. I am attempting a dairy free version. Wish me luck. I will post with results and, hopefully, a recipe and photos! :)

Monday, April 5, 2010

Just to taunt you...

I am uploading pictures of the cake my toddler and I have been working on. :)


Friday, April 2, 2010

Ketchup replacer for use in recipes

6 oz can tomato paste
1/4 cup vinegar (I use apple cider vinegar)
1/4 cup water
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon dry mustard powder
1/8 teaspoon cloves
1/8 teaspoon celery seed
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1/8 teaspoon allspice
3/4 teaspoon salt

Mix together sugar and spices. Add paste to this mixture. Add vinegar and water to achieve desired consistency (although I usually use it all).

Sloppy Joes

Just a quick post. My girls have been discussing sloppy joes. I've been working on mine for a while and they're still not perfect (when is anything I make perfect?) but I figured I'd throw them out here for them to take a shot.

Jacqueline's Sloppy Joes

1 1/2 lbs ground meat (I use ground beef)
1 onion, chopped
1 green pepper, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 small can diced tomatoes
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
2 teaspoons prepared mustard
1 teaspoon black pepper

1 tablespoon tamari plus 1 tablespoon lemon juice plus a dash of cardamom
2 tablespoons Worcestershire

and either:
1 1/2 cups ketchup
1 batch ketchup replacer

Brown and drain the ground meat. Add the onion and garlic and saute until tender. Add all other ingredients and mix well. Simmer for 20 minutes and serve over rice, bread, biscuits, buns or however you usually eat sloppy joes. :)