Wednesday, 12 March 2014

Gluten Free Waffles and Pancakes

A while back I did up a little post for my friends at Gluten Free Edmonton.

I'm going to update it for everyone in a while, but since people need food ASAP, I'll share the link here so you can start enjoying it.


Gluten Free Waffles & Pancakes Adapted from the Kinnette Pancake Recipe

So, my recent modifications to the recipe -

  1. I have been using the Bulk Barn Gluten Free Flour Blend with a sorghum base for some time now (I wanted more protein and nutritive value). The consensus is that it likely is the Gluten Free Pantry Flour Blend.  Pretty much any Gluten Free flour I've tried has worked for me.  
  2. I usually make the 1/2 recipe for the two of us, and substitute one of the two eggs (or both!) with the ground flax egg replacer method below:

Ground Flax Egg Replacer Method

     1T of ground flax (keep in the fridge so the oils don't spoil)
     3T of warmish water

Mix together in a little bowl/pyrex cup and let it sit while you gather the rest of the ingredients.

I also bring the one egg I use to room temperature while I gather the rest of the ingredients.

3.   Reduce the amount of liquid - maybe my eggs have been larger than usual lately, but I find I need 1/2 to 3/4 of the cup of milk (or other liquid - rice milk works very well) - although on some days, I have used the full cup.  It's up to you entirely how thick you think your batter needs to be… experiment!

4.  I add, uh, a dollop of good Real Vanilla.  If you have a preference for colour, and happen to have white vanilla… it's all good!

5.  The Salt thing… I LOVE SALT! There I said it. BUT! Not in my baking. I'm pretty sure I'm going to get smacked for this.  I know, I know, baking is a chemical process - you have to add salt to break up the fat.  Yeah, nope.  I have yet to have any recipe fail because I chose to omit or drastically reduce the salt. (It's usually a gluten flour swapping issue…)

6.  Get yourself a nice waffle iron with a temperature setting and decent heavy cast metal plates. They range from $30-249. These "set it and forget it" things with indicator lights - I'm not a fan.  I use the indicator light, but only to tell me when the element is on - usually one cycle means a done waffle.  I set our waffle iron to 3.75… it seems to work for us to make nice golden syrup delivery vehicles.

Feel free to add your 2¢ in the comments below! Every tip could help someone else with their success!

Realization - family friendly Adult eateries in Edmonton

For many years, my circle of friends was childless by choice singles & couples. Works for me. Well, until I moved to Edmonton. Then I met cool people who didn't drool about their children. So a whole new dynamic evolved. It also helped that their children weren't horrible screaming whiney rug rats.

Now I find myself on the prowl for eateries & pubs that allow family dining before a certain time. Places we like to patronize on our adult time, local businesses with friendly atmosphere and good menus. And thanks to the AGLC, it's not a standardized time for all establishments.

What I've learned so far, doesn't fit much more than the head of a bottle cap, but it might help some folks find good eats! This list keeps evolving, and please - leave a comment if you know of an establishment that should be added!

-The Pourhouse on Whyte Ave; Kids welcome before 9pm
-Next Act Pub Just off Whyte Ave; before 4pm
-O'Byrnes on Whyte Ave; before 8pm (bonus: now serving from taps at your table)
-Original Joe's before 6 - call & confirm before visiting. Mixed reports, it may have changed.
-Harts Table before 8pm (not targeting family friendly, but approachable)
UPDATE!:  Aug'14-beer Revolution & Glass Monkey. Daravara and Craft Beer Market. Call for hours

-Fergus & Bix before 3pm
UPDATE!:  Vin Room - if they're open, it's family friendly!

I'll keep adding - you keep letting me know who is licensed for what!

St. Patrick's Day Gluten Free Beers & Ciders in Canada (just Alberta,Really)

So you can't drink beer anymore. Wait wait wait - stop pulling on your hair…what's left of it anyway.

In honour of St. Paddy's Day, Canadian Living has produced a nice (Canadian) article (complete with pictures!) of the top 5 Gluten Free Beers. Gluten Free Beers for St. Patrick's Day

In no particular order - I will list them (close to) alphabetically to avoid any conflict until we get to the reviews and ratings blog post - which should be quite entertaining, I'll tell you!

How about I mark my favourites with an (VG)!

  • Bard's Tale (VG)
  • Glutenberg (Red ale, Pale Ale and Blonde Ale) (VG - not as huge a fan of the red)
  • Green's (Canada doesn't seem to have them all, but… Amber Ale, Dubbel Dark & Trippel Blonde) (VG)
  • La Messagère (There are 4 types, but I have only seen Messagère and Messagère Red Ale. Also brewed Messagère Millet & Messagère aux fruits)
  • Lazy Mutt by Minhas *caution - this brand name is not all Gluten Free
  • New Grist by Lakeside (Pilsner) (VG)
  • New Planet
  • Nickel Brook
  • Harvester Brewing from PDX - haven't tried it yet, but $10 gets you a big bottle at Next Act Pub
I've tasted all of the above.  There's really three categories in my vocabulary - Ok, No, and Again please.

Gluten-Free - Technically (legally must be <20ppm as tested) They do NOT agree with me at all, so sensitive digesters beware!

Beers that MAY be considered gluten free, but have absolutely no goal of obtaining certification

  • Efes. A rice beer from Turkey. Available in a pilsner and a dark. I was getting it from a liquor store by the Husky/Mohawk in Wolf Willow on 170th Street when I was over that way often.

Beers in the USA I have tried!
GREAT reference from Co-op Wines and Spirits on Gluten Free Beers, how they're made, and a section on low gluten beers and why they may not be suitable for those who must avoid gluten.

So! Now we have to taste-test as many as we can get our hands on.  If I've missed any, that are available in Canada, please let me know what it is and where you purchase it from.  If we can locate it in Alberta, we'll add it to the list for our future tasting.

In Edmonton, I zip up Groat Road to Sherbrooke Liquor. They have an EXCELLENT selection of beers, ciders and wines, and all the staff are knowledgeable.

Ciders, I haven't truly researched cider well.  There are definitely some out there with gluten in them, and flavourings, natural or otherwise!! Be warned!  Contact the brewer and find out what you can.

I haven't reacted to these (that I can tell) other than some give me the sulphite sinus and the red face… comes with the genes.

  1. Rock Creek Cider - my favourite
  2. Magner's
  3. Sommersby (flavouring alert! But it's sooo tasty)
  4. Tempt ciders (7,8,9 usually found at Next Act Pub)
  5. Foundry
  6. William's
  7. Sir Perry (I love the tiny bubbles, but it makes me stuffy)
  8. Strongbow (I'm not a fan. Too dry for me and dang it's expensive in the bar!)
Check with the staff at Sherbrook - they really have a large selection.  I have tried one that I just couldn't choke down, very British I was told - I thought it had "corked" it tasted so musty, but apparently, that's how it is. If I remember it, I'll share.

One more link I found that has a few interesting items on it… not Canadian, but a start! Glutenista's gluten free beer & hard cider list

Friday, 7 March 2014

Top 10 Gluten-Free Beers (USA) by Gear Patrol

Well, I've been remiss in organizing a beer tasting. Specifically a Gluten-Free beer tasting.

We have some pretty good choices available, however, it's been pointed out to me that my taste is REALLY my own. I definitely like some beers that others despise!

I promise, I *WILL* assemble the beer tasters this spring, and there WILL be a post.

For now, enjoy this review done by Gear Patrol.  There are a couple listed here that you can get in Canada - New Grist (although I haven't tried the Brown Ale), and Omission (which isn't really Gluten Free, but digested and some folks will react - read the ingredients, every time!).

Found another Gluten Free Recipe Blog to love!

Have you been to I'm a I've seen recipes pop up here and there, but I started poking around the site. I have (apparently) 595 recipes in my Evernote notebook, and along with 80+ cookbooks, there's always something new to try, so when it caught my eye - I have to dive in.

I really think you'll enjoy what she's offering.

My first attempt at a recipe will be this weekend - Gluten Free Crock Pot Lasagna!

I'll let you know how it comes out!

Now I'm hungry and it's only 11 o'clock.