Saturday, June 14, 2008
Waffles, graham crackers, cookies, noodles and beer
Dinner was a little boring. I just cooked some potatoes, garbanzos, and frozen green beans with jarred dopiaza sauce and served it over basmati rice with turmeric. So, I thought I'd talk about some gluten free products that I've tried.
First, we tried Van's gluten free, vegan mini waffles. We were at Whole Foods, and my daughter saw them and asked if we could try them. I said sure. Yesterday morning, we all decided to have breakfast in bed and watch The Sound of Music. We put them in the toaster, put peanut butter on them, and enjoyed. They were pretty good. I think I'm going to use them for miniature pb & j's for the kids' bento lunches.
Outside the Breadbox is a gluten free baking company in Colorado Springs. They make gluten free, dairy free graham crackers that are really yummy. They're not as crumbly as regular graham crackers. They have a very similar taste though. I made a graham cracker crust with them once, and it turned out really good. It wasn't as light as a normal graham cracker crust - definitely heartier, but I liked the taste of it. My parents like these graham crackers, too. Actually, I just bought two packages of them to send them on Monday.
We went back to City O' City last night and bought pizzas to take to the drive in theater with us. This time, I bought us some cookies. The first picture is of a coconutty/chocolate cookie called a scout cookie that was really good. It was chewy and thick. All of the cookies were not only gluten free but vegan as well.
I bought a chocolate chip, lemon poppy seed, and sugar cookie. The chocolate chip cookies was kind of weird tasting. I liked the other two. Trey didn't really like the sugar cookie. The lemon poppy seed tasted good, but it fell apart really easily.
I have been trying to special order these noodles from Whole Foods, but apparently I have some bad noodle karma or something. Eden Selected Buckwheat Soba noodles are made from only buckwheat. Most soba noodles have buckwheat and wheat. I have this package of noodles that my parents sent me. I guess I'm going to have to take the package in to Whole Foods and show it to them, so they can order me the correct thing. I went by today - again - to get the noodles that I was told were there. They ordered the wrong thing! Gah. I really want to be mad at them, but darn it, they were so nice, and they gave me a $10 gift card for all my trouble. It just takes the steam out of my ranting. *sigh*
I have a recipe for buckwheat crepes that calls for beer. Beer has gluten in it, so I had to go online and find a gluten-free beer and where to buy it. Bard's Tale Beer is made from sorghum, so it's gluten free. I had to call six different liquor stores from the website to find one who had a valid phone number and knew what I was talking about. Trey went and got it for me. I'm not a big drinker, but now that I'm a part of team gluten free, I figured that I might as well "take one for the team." So, I popped one open, and it's not bad. It's a little sweeter than regular beer, but it tastes pretty good.