Saturday, April 27, 2013

Banana Pancakes - 2 ingredients.

Okay,  we'll start with 2 ingredients.  You may want to add 1 more.  This is moderate to high amines,  depending how ripe your bananas are so this would make a great Gluten-Free Amine challenge. 

I am back to dabbling in gluten-free.  As I am dabbling,  I won't make big noises about it on here because I don't know enough about it,  all the hiding places of gluten,  to be a GF-frillypants-guru. 

So,  this is one of those recipes you wonder how it is you got to *the age you are* and didn't know this.  A bit like "Banana Ice-Cream - 1 ingredient".  I was googling around, trying to find a really quick GF flat bread while the kids were whining at me that they were hungry.  I am at this awful early stage of GF when I've removed the bread,  but I haven't yet replaced it.  I need to think this through much better!

So,  here's the site where I got the recipe:  Top With Cinnamon

Ingredients:
  • 1 large banana**
  • 2 eggs
Optional:
  • 1/4 tsp GF Baking Powder
** Mod Amines

Method:
  • Mash the banana and add the eggs,  combine really well.
  • Cook in medium heat fry pan the same as you would a regular pancake,  but don't expect the bubbles to form and pop.  If you get that far,  you've burned it.
  • Flipping is done very carefully once you can get a wide spatula/egg slide under there.
Verdict:  YUMMOH!!!!  One of mine turned out like a 'banana omelet',  but then I realised it was a bit too thick to properly cook through.  Also,  the banana was a bit lumpy.  The rest were YUMMOH!!    I made the first lot without the Baking Powder and found them fairly thin.  Adding the Baking powder made them fluff up just that little bit and made it more pancake-esque.  Try it one way and then the other,  see how you like it.

Tweeks:  For Failsafe, there's not a lot you can do with this, except eat them with pure maple syrup.  Or even just alone!  If you're doing an amine challenge,  you might like to do what the original recipe says and add some safe chocolate bits before you flip it over.   To make more,  I did 4 bananas and 5 or 6 eggs.  Worked well.

Monday, April 22, 2013

Hearty Beef Casserole



Brrrr!!!  Did you feel that?  Autumn started.  Really suddenly down in the Southern parts of Australia.  Goodbye BBQs and salads and hello to belly-warming fare.

I felt certain that I would have already blogged this recipe.  I found it in my notebook where I do my workings-outs then came here to get the final draft... and nope!  I haven't posted it at all.

Ingredients:
  • 1 kilo diced Beef
  • 1 Leek, sliced finely
  • 2-3 cloves Garlic, crushed
  • 2 carrots*, diced
  • 1-2 sticks Celery, sliced
  • 1/2-1 Swede, diced
  • 2-3 med Potatoes,  peeled and diced
  • 1/4 cup Whiskey
  • 1 cup No-Tomato Sauce
  • 750mls Water or Stock
  • Oil for frying
  • Peas**
Method:
  • Preheat oven 180ºC
  • In heavy oven-proof dish with a lid,  Sauté leek, garlic, celery and carrot
  • Set aside 
  • Add diced Beef in small batches and brown, removing each batch as you go
  • Add all beef back into the pan still on the moderate heat
  • Add Whiskey, stirring
  • Add all Vegies
  • Add Water or Stock and No-Tomato Sauce and stir to combine well
  • Put into oven and cook for about 30-50 minutes
  • Add peas at last 5 minutes
  • Serve with steamed rice and/or other steamed vegies (green beans, brussels...)
* Moderate Salicylates
** Moderate Amines

Verdict:  Yummeh.  Everyone likes this and it's the sort of meal you can eat with a splade in one hand and a nice piece of buttered, crusty bread in the other. 

Tweeks:  You can use whatever veg is in your fridge,  but I've gone for more 'Winter' root sort of stuff here.  Shred some brussel sprouts,  add some legumes... please tell me how you tweek this recipe.