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Posted: Mar 30, 2014

Okay that title in brackets almost sounds like Gangnam Style  – I don’t have many sweet things in the house for after dinner indulgence.  I’m not sure if it’s because I’m a diabetic or the way my Mum was (fresh fruit or occasional Betty Crocker mix in it’s own box cake were her favs for us).  I just know that sometimes I get that urge to have something I consider sinful (e.g. ice cream is a rarity in my freezer – usually it gets freezer burn as I forget I have some).

So, lately, I’ve been playing around with recipes I’ve found online for making a brownie in a mug.  The best one so far, that I came across is from Simply Recipes.  It’s a no brainer.  The only thing I did with it though  – due to the carb count of the ingredients was a) make 1 portion into 2 nice sized treats; and b) go full out with making it gluten free as possible (I’m still new at this – so don’t shout me if there’s a hint of gluten in recipe below).

No, I have not been diagnosed with celiac.  Though it seems many Type 1 diabetics are being diagnosed with it (and there’s a new test from Australia that says “ it doesn’t require a month or more of eating gluten or painful intestinal biopsies” along more accuracy of diagnosis).   All I know is, that sometimes I’m finding I have a few of the symptoms of possible wheat intolerance – despite not eating masses of bread – and wonder …. am I or am I not allergic to gluten?  So far, I’ve had no success in having my endo say yes to testing (some of my T1 diabetics online mates have said I should get it done – even in my later stages of life with diabetes).  For now, while I learn to deal with some other new health problems in my life – I just skip along merrily – and deal with having a yummy brownie in a mug that doesn’t make my #BGnow go wacko afterwards and makes me smile!

My chocolate mug gluten free creation

So with a drum roll …. here’s my easy peasy recipe – that hopefully you will find as yummy as I do.  Feel free to play around with the type of flour you want – just like I did.  Also, I have made it with 50/50 sugar & Splenda – but that was only when using mixture of wheat/rice flour.  It was great – but if I’m going to have something sweet – I might as well go all the way – with the real thing (see my little notes of other sweetners I've used below)!!!

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1/4 cup flour (I use a mixture of ¼ cup brown rice flour and ¼ cup coconut flour)
  • ¼ cup sugar (I’ve played around with using Maple Flakes – which is  lower in carbs then regular sugar along with added vitamins/minerals in it that are natural.  I’ve even used my home made version of lavender sugar ).
  • 2 Tbsp of cocoa (natural, unsweetened)
  • Pinch of salt (like you’d throw over your shoulder for good luck – careful – not  that big a pinch)
  • Tiny pinch of cinnamon (I love cinnamon!!!)
  • 1/4 cup of water
  • 2 Tbsp canola or vegetable oil (Simply Recipes recommended not to use olive oil due to taste factor - but I have - along with trying it out with Organic Coconut Oil from this company)
  • 1 to 2 drops vanilla extract
  • 1 small (hee!hee!) scoop of ice cream or 1-2 Tbsp heavy whipping cream to serve

INSTRUCTIONS:

Place flour(s), sugar, cocoa, salt, and cinnamon in a small bowl (see pictures). Stir with a fork to mix well.  Next add oil, water,  and vanilla to bowl.  Mix well with a fork until the mixture is smooth and there are no clumps.  Take TWO mugs and divide mixture into them. Place in a microwave (I do each one individually) – heat on HIGH for 1 minute.  If you go more than 30 secs over – mixture may be too dry.  I find 1 minute makes it purrfectly yummy texture – not overly dry – not overly goopy.  Of course, this all depends on your microwave!  As the original recipe states at Simply Recipes – “it should still be moist when cooked through not dry”.  Let cool for a minute and serve with one of the toppings above.

To see a FULL set of pictures of this recipe along with extra descriptiions and tips  - go to this link - and promise me - when you get there ...

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Posted: Jul 24, 2013

I went down the "evil" isle today - while I was killing time (having new tires put on my little red zoom zoom car at Costco - what a BIG difference - no more vibrations on the wheel now due to chunks of tire flying off).  

Anyway, I love dark chocolate (my fav is the one below).  As per "instructions" from many articles I've come across - a square of the darkest chocolate possible is supposed to be good for your heart.  I like that excuse, I love chocolate (what woman doesn't) - so the brand I usually buy (see below) is what I like best.


Then I saw this other brand, same company, another dark chocolate with that has the latest and greatest phase...  quinoa.   I started to look at the label on the back and then decided - WAIT - I've got to take pictures of both nutrition labels - because what I was reading made it soooo confusing to decide on which to buy.  What do I mean by this - well - if you look at each label I've posted below - you will perhaps see what I mean.
                                       
      **** DARK CHOCOLATE NUTRITION LABEL ****



If you look at the Dark Chocolate nutrition label shown above - it has MORE calories due to the fat/sodium/fibre/protein but LESS carbs.  What really surprised me the most was the fibre/protein being abit more - but it does not contain quinoa.   I found that abit odd - seeing as quinoa has more fibre and protein than regular types of sides dishes that I use - so figured when looking at the nutrition label for below for the Quinoa Dark Chocolate - there would be a change in the fibre/protein content - that it would be more. 

    **** QUINOA DARK CHOCOLATE NUTRITION LABEL ****


Can you figure that one out?  Is there anyone who is a Nutritionist reading this?  So,  I left the store - without any chocolate (though I did buy some Chocolate Peanut M&M's for my DH - who will probably wisely share with me while we're on holidays sailing over the next few weeks).  

I thought looking at food labels in American grocery stores was overwhelming - but to make me feel at such a loss when it comes to my love of a simple dark chocolate!!! Noooo,  I think I'm going to have to go lie down on a shrinks couch and figure out where to go from here :)

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Posted: Feb 25, 2013


I was doing my weekly vegetable/fruit shopping today - and came across a root vegetable that sort of resembles the ginger root I buy (I use that for tea and freshly chopped/grated in recipes that call for it).  I'd never seen nor heard of it before - so of course - snapped a picture of it (can you see me in the shot? ) - and as soon as I got home - had to find out how it could be used in the culinary arts area I love to delve into from time to time (okay - I'm cheap - I rarely eat out - I love to cook and experiment - need I say more ?).


So, I came across this great link that gives the history of how it's been around for centuries.   Back around the early 1600's,  Samuel de Champlain’s exploration days, he came to Maine on one of his jaunts.  He politely grabbed (I hope he was - so rude just to take it without asking nicely) a few bulbs from the native locals and brought it back home to France). From there, it sort of took off in the pots/ovens of Europe - but eventually started to sort of fade into the background after WWII  - when no one there wanted to be reminded having to eat this root - due to having their crops being confiscated by the occupying forces during that time  (e.g. their potato, carrot, other sources of food). I guess it left an ugly reminder to them and they no longer ate it once the war was over.  Don't blame them one bit - and this even occurred with food/etc. being taken away from Germans in WWI (boy oh boy - do I learn things when I research a food article)!

Now, it seems to have been rediscovered again (and by moi just today!).  I'm all geared up to start trying out some recipes from it - despite it containing inulin - which supposedly makes you abit tooty toot toot out the backside - and gives your tummy abit of a work out depending on how much you stuff into your body (FatCatAnna please take note of your own words for future consideration - you don't want to embarrass yourself in front of your D-mates in Toronto in a few weeks - aka Friends For Life meet up).

Inulin, from what I had read about a few years ago, is "supposed to" aid in blood sugar control abit.  Because of the foods that contain it tend to have more fibre - which is what inulin is (please - I'm not misspelling - it's not supposed to be "insulin" - trust me - I'm an honest cat).  Also, it can be used to replace sugar, fat and flour.  All culprits of making our blood sugars go whacky.  So, this explains why in Germany, topinambur is fermented into liquid refreshment called Rossler - aka schnapps!  If you want to learn a wee bit more - check out this link.

I think I lucked in today - because the harvesting season is from October - March.  The place where I shop for my fruits and veggies is widely known amongst many of the international residents of Montreal - for carrying products that you don't always find in your usual grocery store (now you see why I love living in Montreal - despite my horrible knowledge of the French language - it's all about food / culture / la joie de vivre).

So, have any of you ever cooked up a meal with this vegetable? I’d love to hear about what you make – and I’ll keep you posted on what I make (the Topinambur & Carrots Savoury picture shown in my first link in my blog here – is making my mouth water).

NB:  I seem to not be having much luck searching for recipes with "topinambur" as the key word - so switched over to "Jerusalem artichoke" and there are LOTS of recipe links for this (aka one of my favs - Jaimie Oliver).  So, here's one that I'm personally starting with myself ..... http://homecooking.about.com/library/archive/blv71.htm 


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