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About Zoe

Writer (writersbone.wordpress.com), gluten-free food blogger (zscupoftea.com), Pressgram (pressgr.am) evangelist and community leader.

Gluten-Free Baking for the Holidays and an Interview with Jeanne Sauvage

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I first borrowed the ebook version of Gluten-Free Baking for the Holidays by Jeanne Sauvage, better known as gluten-free baker extraordinaire at Art of Gluten-Free Baking, last year from my library. When I bought the hardcover last month, I was even more blown away by it; I was amazed by the recipes, and also by Jeanne’s depth of knowledge and expertise.

As implied by the title, Gluten-Free Baking for the Holidays is a cookbook for the winter holidays, such as Thanksgiving and Christmas, but there are some recipes that are versatile for any time of year like the Dinner Rolls and Super Soft Bread. In a similar vein to Sweet Cravings, another gluten-free baking book, the recipes are built on a foundation of classic techniques and use simple, natural ingredients that are easily recognizable and staple items, so that it feels as if one was reading a traditional, wheat-filled baking cookbook. Best of all, they’ve all been meticulously made to not only taste just like their wheat counterparts but even have the same or similar texture and mouthfeel.

Jeanne SauvageI’ve gotten to know Jeanne online, through her blog and conversations on Twitter. I’ve made her recipes on her blog, and now from her cookbook, and they’re all winners! For Christmas, I made her recipe for Pepparkakor (Swedish gingerbread) many times, which everyone loved, and I’ve also made her gluten-free pie crust with success, which has made me want to master pie making (and that I’ve started to do). As I read the introduction in her cookbook, I became more and more duly impressed with her aforementioned expertise. I expressed this on Twitter and was delighted when she said yes to an interview.

I ask Jeanne about the research that went into writing her cookbook, recipe testing, the merits of learning and utilizing classic baking techniques, and the progress of her second cookbook (with a projected release date of Autumn 2015). This interview was conducted over email.

(Interview after the jump!)

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Curried Cabbage Soup

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This soup has long been a family favourite, found on that old recipe site RecipeZaar. Does anyone remember RecipeZaar? Until my Mum suggested to me to blog this recipe, we thought that website was gone and lost forever; thankful that we had printed it so many years ago and had found it again. Well, as it turns out, I learned that RecipeZaar is now Food.com and I decided to search for the recipe (for research purposes) and there it was, exactly the same one we had printed.

Like many family favourites, however, we’ve tweaked the soup and adjusted it to our own tastes to make it our own. The print-out has crossed out ingredients, handwritten notes for what to use instead. For example, the original recipe was vegetarian, using tofu, but we use pork instead nowadays.

Since finding our printed copy again, we’ve been enjoying this soup during the cold winter months. It’s a lovely, filling soup – sometimes more like stew – with lots of cabbage and flavour and spice from the curry powder (store-bought can be used, although I’ve also been making our own with a slightly modified version of this recipe from Pecanbread.com).

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A New Adventure

It’s been a good, almost three months that I started a new blog and I’m just feeling ready now to share it. This will be my third blog, after Z’s Cup of Tea, and it is one that I have had the intention of starting for some time and one that is close to my heart.

My new blog is called Writer’s Bone – you can read on the about page why it’s named as such; it is a blog where I’ve started to share my literary aspirations and interests. I started Writer’s Bone with my intention of stepping forward to realize my lifelong dream of being a writer. I have had  - and have – other interests, whether passing phases or ones that I wish to pursue further, yet writing has remained a constant in my life so far and it’s something that I have made the conscious decision to devote myself to.

Rest assured, I will still be posting here at Z’s Cup of Tea and also trend & chic. For here, I have a recipe coming up – right after this post! – and an exciting feature later this week.