Adopt a Gluten-Free Blogger: The Round Up

It was such an honour to host Adopt a Gluten-Free Blogger, the monthly event created by Sea of Book of Yum and an opportunity for gluten-free bloggers everywhere to get to know other gluten-free bloggers and make their recipes. This was my first time hosting and we had a lovely turn out of a range of gluten-free bloggers.

Eleanor of Eating Like a Horse adopted me, making my honey cookies (made with almond flour and grain-free).

Marissa and Alena of Two Sisters Gluten Free adopted Karina of Gluten-Free Goddess and made quite a feast! Gluten-Free English MuffinsNew Mexican Stew with Ground Turkey and Green Chiles, and Artichoke and Jalapeno Savory Pie.

Maggie of She Let Them Eat Cake fame adopted Kim of Your Green Baby, making a Chickpea Stew and Lentil Sloppy Joes. (The chickpea stew in particular is calling me, not to mention such vibrant colours.)

Lauren of As Good As Gluten adopted Lynn of Lynn’s Kitchen Adventures and made three of her recipes, Green Chili and Cheese Cornbread, Mexican Chicken Lasagna, and Homemade Vanilla Pudding.

Kalinda of Wheat Free Meat Free made Chana Masala, adopting Brittany of Real Sustenance.

More adoptions and photos after the jump!

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Adopt a Gluten-Free Blogger: Carol’s Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Cream Puffs (GFCF)

Cream rolls, profiteroles – call them what you will – are one of my favourite pastries. When I was little it was one of the ultimate treats on an outing, I loved biting into one with the pastry cream (sometimes it was whipped cream) oozing out, relishing the creamy coolness encased. It was magical how these little balls of pastry could be filled with cream – even explained to me, it was mystifying how they were filled.

In the words of Bertie Wooster, the mind boggled.

When I chose Carol as my adoptee it was with high expectations, of myself: making gluten-free and dairy-free cream puffs. Carol’s cream puffs have been on the very top of my list of must-tries forever; I have made her dairy-free pastry cream before but didn’t, until now, make the pastry that makes the puff. Heh.

I’m sure you know Carol, whether personally or through her blog, or maybe you’ve heard of her. She’s recently published a cookbook, Simply Gluten-Free Desserts; a cookbook that I have not yet had the pleasure of giving a proper, thorough read but when I saw it in a local bookstore I didn’t hesitate to take a peek and it was anything but short of delightful. I’m keen to try the Balsamic Strawberry Ice Cream, which sounds like a grown-up version of the classic strawberry.

My decision was timely, as she’s since posted a step by step tutorial for how to make cream puffs. That and the dairy-free recipe were my guides.

Over the course of four days, I have tackled pate a choux and I’ve yet to completely master it, but it has been – at best – a lot of fun so far. These are some things I’ve learned about tackling pastry and tackling any new culinary projects in general:

  1. Before you set out on your new culinary project, don’t listen to stories of other people’s kitchen or recipe disasters for entertainment purposes or relive your own previous disasters. Even if you did avert that disaster or if that other person’s disaster isn’t related to your current project at hand, you’re only helping to pave the way for your own possible disappointment.
  2. Don’t refrigerate batter that’s supposed to be choux dough in the hopes that it will thicken. It won’t work and it won’t puff at all.
  3. Listening to songs like “We Will Rock You” and “We Are the Champions” and singing along to them helps boost your morale. Anything positive goes.
  4. Don’t curse what you’re working on, even something as mild as “darn” – unless you want it to not work out, that is. If so, this post isn’t for you. We do have a happy ending.

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Hosting Adopt a Gluten-Free Blogger, May 2011

I’m pleased to announce that I am hosting the monthly blogging event Adopt a Gluten-Free Blogger. Every month gluten-free bloggers choose and make their favourite bloggers’ recipe(s) and blog about their experience. It was started by Sea of Book of Yum, in an effort to get to know the gluten-free blogging community better and make those recipes we promise ourselves to do…one day. How many recipes have we all bookmarked, whether in a cookbook or our favourite blog, with the intention of making it but don’t?

Well, that’s part of Adopt a Gluten-Free Blogger: picking those recipes that have been sitting on the back burner for who knows how long and finally getting it from our minds to our stomachs. Food for thought becomes food for the soul, literally.

I have previously participated in this event – you can see all my adopted bloggers so far here – and have had my self “adopted” by some wonderful gluten-free bloggers as well.

Sign up is simple and it’s easy to participate. Leave a comment telling me whom you’d like to adopt, following the guidelines below after the jump.

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