Quinoa Fritters or Scramble

I love Donna Hay – before there was an iPad app, I used to have to hunt down the print issues as soon as a new one came out, or my family would find it for me, because once it was gone, it was gone. Since the iPad app, I no longer have hunt down the latest issue, knowing it is only a download away, not to mention with exclusive features like beautiful animation and videos accompanying recipes.

One of the winning streaks about Donna Hay is the simplicity of her recipes. You’ll never find anything overly complicated or fussy, only recipes that are easy to prepare and nothing short of inspiring.

Take these quinoa fritters, for example, which also work just as well as a scramble if you’re not in the mood for fritters or don’t feel like shaping fritters. Quinoa is mixed with cut up bacon, mashed white kidney (cannellini) beans, broccoli, and cheese (the original recipe uses mozzarella but the Gruyere I had on hand also worked). I was lucky to get the one photo at the top of this post, since it was all gone quickly. Everybody liked it. I know I’ll be making them again, at some point.

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Gingery Pork Pot Stickers for Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year is next Monday (it’s the Year of the Dragon) and what better way to celebrate it than share this recipe for Gingery Pork Pot Stickers from Laura B. Russell’s cookbook, The Gluten-Free Asian Kitchen? If the photo above looks familiar to you, it’s because it’s from when I reviewed Laura’s cookbook back in August last year.

I’d never made pot stickers from scratch until this recipe. Prior to making them, my only fond memories of pot stickers were eating them after I’d watched Mulan. The most time consuming part is rolling out the dough and shaping the dumplings, but once you’ve got that all out of the way, it’s pretty straightforward. The pot stickers are first fried a little, then – holding lid at the ready, before yourself like a shield – water is added to the hot pan and the lid is quickly clamped on, covering the pot stickers and steaming them. They’re fried a little more after that, then you serve them right away with the dipping sauce or some soy sauce.

The best part is that they’re practically indistinguishable from pot stickers made with wheat flour and there is no difference in taste at all. They’re an instant party pleaser! I’ve even had family try them who eat gluten and loved these gluten-free pot stickers. You’ll have people clamouring for more, guaranteed.

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The Dairy-Free and Gluten-Free Kitchen (and Asian Chicken Skewers with Spicy Peanut Sauce)

The Dairy-Free and Gluten-Free Kitchen by Denise Jardine is an upcoming cookbook with recipes designed for gluten-free and dairy-free living. I received an advance copy from the publishers, Ten Speed Press; it is officially released next month – January 3rd, 2012. Previously published as The Dairy-Free Kitchen, it’s been updated by the author, a certified nutrition educator, to also make it gluten-free (and wheat-free) as gluten and dairy sensitivities are often related and as more awareness and understanding is gained about gluten and dairy sensitivities and intolerances and diagnosing them.

In addition to all the recipes being 100% gluten-free and dairy-free, the recipes also include modifications to make the recipes without common allergens such as soy, using a coding system. (It is recognized that those who have food intolerances often have multiple food allergies.) There are also recipes for staples like a gluten-free flour mix for baking and desserts, how to make your own non-dairy nut milk and nut cheese, among others.

If you’re new to living dairy-free or gluten-free, or both, extensive information is included explaining about dairy issues, tips for how to recognize different dairy labels, and dairy substitutes. This is also done for gluten, explaining what it is, and explaining celiac disease and how it is sometimes connected with lactose intolerance, as well as gluten sensitivity and wheat allergy. There are also guidelines for navigating your way and identifying gluten-free products, including food labels, a list of common additives and other ingredients that gluten may hide in (besides foodstuff, this list also includes makeup products like lipstick and other products such as over the counter medications and vitamin mineral supplements).

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