Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Inspiring... must read!

Reading this book took me some time. With Max, who doesn't have even a 15 min nap during the day, it wasn't easy. Of course he wanted to read it too!
Thanks a million (as the Irish folks say) Shauna! I found your absolutely fantastic website just by chance, googling for: "gluten free kid Ireland". It was the last step before starting our blog, you just encouraged us! I'm so happy about having your book and the possibility of reading about your exciting life (not to mention the recipies).
My childhood in Poland (seventies) was completely different. My mother cooked the majority of meals from scratch. I had a warm soup every day, always the seasonal vegetables and fruits. I used to spend my summer holidays on my grandmother's farm, being in a deep contact with nature.
Then came the eighties, which meant the martial law and economic crisis in Poland. Empty shops, people queueing for everything, but I was lucky having the family in the countryside. They always had fresh milk, eggs, poultry, potatoes etc. You can't imagine how creative people were at that time, whether in cooking or thrifting.
With the nineties and the economic progress, there began the consumption in the Western style. Supermarkets slowly pushed out the small shops and even our mothers became their loyal customers (how sad).On the other hand the farmers markets are still popular and it is getting easier to buy organic products every year.

Back to the book with that wonderful energetic cover. It's about a passion for life and also an amazing real love story, I haven't read about for a long time. Shauna, you are like a delicious strawberry-rhubarb muffin in the middle of summer :-) :-) Thanks a million once more!
And below the recipe for muffins, unfortunatelly this year without strawberries (because of Max's allergy test results*).
We don't have much experience in the gluten free baking (frankly speaking almost in any baking). Up to now Max's diet consisted mostly of the cooked meals.
The first GF muffins were a challenge for me. I found this recipe (thank you Christan) which we tested succesfully several times, playing with ingredients and proportions.

Rhubarb muffins (makes 12):

Dry ingredients:
  • 1/2 cup organic sugar
  • 1 cup brown rice flour
  • 1/2 cup corn flour or millet flour (you can ground millet flakes in a coffee grinder)
  • 1/4 cup potato flour
  • 1/4 cup ground flax seed
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
Wet ingredients:
  • 2 free range eggs
  • 3/4 cup coconut milk or any other which you could use in your diet or just cold water
  • you can add desiccated coconut which was left after making the milk
  • 1/3 cup coconut oil
  • some vanilla (I use a stick)
Rhubarb chopped into cubes.

First blend wet ingredients well, then mix slowly with dry ones and add chopped rhubarb.
These muffins don't grow as much as the "normal" ones so you can fill the muffins tins about 3/4 full.
As you probably noticed there is no xanthan gum or other modifiers!

Play with this recipe and enjoy the results!

*) This winter Max was tested and that's why we know that strawberries, peaches and birch pollen are allergens for him. He should avoid them.



Daniela said...

Hi Max's mum, delighted you enjoyed Shauna's book! I have been reading her blog for a number of years and love her writing. The book, as you say, is not just about being a coeliac but about passion for life and about a beautiful love story! Hope Max is not too frustrated with the Irish summer.

Gluten Free Boy said...

Hello Daniela, thank you very much for the comment. Can you imagine what it means for a new blogger? :-)
About Shauna and her absolutely amazing book. I'm a big fan of her writing and so happy to find a soulmate in rainy Dublin.
About the weather. It's me who is frustrated, not Max! He enjoys every single day. You know, rainy day usually means no playground, so I'm so busy with him. Walking by the sea in the rain can be a nice adventure, but alone with a kid it's usually not so exciting (I mean sometimes it deepens my depressed mood). By the way, people in Poland wish they were here at the moment, there is a horrible heatwave down there.
Anyway, "dancing" in the kitchen is one of my ways to survive this "summer". And here you are and your lovely cakery! I visited your website and discovered you've just started your blog. Great! I believe it needs only short time to create a community of food bloggers (gluten free of course!) here in Dublin, in Ireland. I'm sure we'll enjoy a gluten free cake together one day! As I understood I can order your cakes but there is no special place (like caffeteria or so)? not yet?? :-)
Best wishes, Beata.

Shauna said...

Oh my goodness, that photograph of your little guy reading my book? Surreal and joyful all at the same time.

What a delight to find you. Your energy is marvelous. And little Max is one lucky kid.

It grows so much easier, I promise!