Sorghum and Quinoa Flours

Quinoa and Sorghum Flours

Since the beginning of this year I have been pulling things out of my diet one at a time for a few weeks and re-introducing them to see if they were causing a problem. Unfortunately rice turned out to be one of those things that my body can not deal with. While this discovery makes me want to cry (almost all gluten free goodies have rice in them), it does explain why even after eating things that were certified gluten free I didn’t feel well. I discovered two replacements for common gluten free flours that I am going to try in my diet. I have already broken into the sorghum flour and have been using that in my recipes with no negative reaction. Quinoa flour will be tested next. I suppose this discovery just serves to make me healthier!

Candied Ginger

Candied GingerIngredients:

Organic ginger root
Organic palm sugar
Organic coconut oil

 

 

I made a large batch of candied ginger to help me get through those inevitable times ahead when I get glutened or suffer from a tummy bug. Peel the ginger (use a spoon rather than a peeler) and slice into small chunks. Coat a hot skillet (it must be hot so things won’t stick) with coconut oil and add the ginger. Cover the ginger with a layer of the oil and spoon the organic palm sugar over the ginger, turning it until it is covered on all sides. Continue to cook the ginger until the sugar melts. Remove and transfer to a piece of parchment paper to harden. I have ours stored in the freezer until it is needed.

Countertop Reverse Osmosis Filter

Countertop reverse osmosis filter

Since we plan to be moving in the (hopefully) near future, we didn’t want to invest too much in a reverse osmosis filter for this house. That is something we will definitely do in our new home, but for now we found a portable countertop reverse osmosis filter that we can use both in this home and wherever we are living while the new house is being built. This particular filter removes chlorine and fluoride from the water along with a variety of other nasties our city water may contain. We have it installed at our laundry sink for now and plan to keep the purified water in glass pitchers. We are very happy with this purchase so far!

 

[EDITED 12/28/2014:  After a few weeks the water from this filter developed a fishy smell.  We DO NOT RECOMMEND this filter... great idea, but it just doesn't work.]