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Home Town: Armstrong, British Columbia, Canada
Living In: Quito, Pichincha, Ecuador
Member Since: May 2010
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Healthy, Quick & Easy
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About this Cook
Hey, I'm a young Mum with two little kids and one "bun in the oven". My husband and I are living in South America, working with our church group, the Christadelphians. Mission work, young 'uns, a limited variety of food resources and a long list of allergies (dairy, wheat, etc, etc) leave me with my hands full, zero time and a tight budget. I need all the help I can get, and I LOVE coming here for ideas.
My favorite things to cook
I love to keep things simple, sticking to natural, whole-food ingredients as much as possible. I love finding new ways to make green smoothies, one of my favorite things to make (for myself...). When we finally figured out my daughter's allergies, we stepped into a weird world of almond flour, arrowroot starch and rice milk. I suddenly was making sushi every week and rice flour pancakes. We have learned to love rice pasta, especially with a tasty peanut butter and broccoli shrimp sauce, homemade smoked salmon sushi rolls and simple meals like refried rice.
My cooking triumphs
Discovering dairy-free, gluten-free chocolate cake that BEAT OUT EVERY chocolate cake EVER.
Recipe Reviews 5 reviews
Curried Cashew, Pear, and Grape Salad
Lessons learned: walnuts are NOT a substitute for cashews in this salad. Aside from that, the salad was good... but I thought the bacon was a bit much and the dressing really, really vinegary. Reducing vinegar to 1 Tblsp and oil to 2 Tblsp next time.

3 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: May 14, 2012
Delicious Gluten-Free Pancakes
I use wholegrain rice flour, substitute the water for soy milk, leaving out the buttermilk powder (dairy allergies) and substitute guar gum for the xanthan gum, but these changes are superficial. The pancakes have more of a cornbread taste this way, however. The texture and rise is PERFECT. I haven't found a gluten-free recipe that looks and feels so much like the fluffy pancakes of my youth. I serve my pancakes with salsa and my two toddlers just love it.

6 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jun. 22, 2010
Sugar Cookie Icing
Perfect!!! I made this recipe "exactly" as written... except for accidentally using vanilla essence instead of almond (not sure what happened there - chalk it up to being pregnant with two small kids underfoot). I had to add a whole lot more coloring to hide the brown staining the vanilla caused, but DESPITE all that, this icing turned out absolutely perfectly. I iced some cookies same day and then used the rest the next day - no difference. PERFECT texture both days.

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jun. 20, 2010

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