Wednesday, February 29, 2012
Here it is "Herbed Chicken Thigs, with jasmine rice, and salad" - before I forget here is the link to the recipe http://galactopdx.blogspot.com/2009/01/panko-baked-chicken-thigs.html
Mia Rose cannot wait for her dinner...
I slightly tweaked a recipe I found on Pinterest http://asweetspoonful.com/2012/02/a-certain-rhythm.html - second tried one in a week - by adding zest of half a lemon, as well as a couple of rinds of Paremesiano Reggiano to the soup stock. I squeezed the lemon juice into the soup, and we omitted the extra olive oil on the table. I just did not think that it was necessary.
The soup was fantastic. The next time I will definitively add more lemon juice as it really makes this soup fantastic.
- 1 lb. dried white beans (I used navy beans) soaked overnight
- 1 large onion peeled, and cut in half
- 2 celery stalks
- 1 bay leaf
- 1 Tablespoon fresh rosemary or 1 teaspoon dried rosemary
- 1 teaspoon dried thyme
- zest of 1/2 lemon minced
- 5 cloves of garlic - 2 minced
- rind of parmesiano regiano (optional)
- 1/4 of olive oil
- 3-4 teaspoons of kosher salt
- pepper to taste
- 1 bunch of kale chopped without the stems
- 1 cup of barley
1- Add beans, onion, celery stalks, herbs, and aromatics, 3 garlic cloves, rind of paremsiano regiano to a
2 - Add olive oil and cover with water - water should be about an inch above the beans
3 - Bring to a boil and then leave at a low simmer half way covered. Add more water as needed.
4- When beans are soft - it about 1-1/2 hrs with well soaked beans - remove onion, celery and herbs
5- Separate about 2 cups of the beans and puree - I used a hand blender, return to pot. Add salt, pepper,
and minced garlic
***In a separate pot - you can do this while the beans are cooking***
6- Bring 3 cups of water to a boil - and add barley. Cook until soft and then - after step 5 above, add the
cooked barley to the beans
7- Add the kale to the bean/barley mixture and let it all heat through. Stirring often - you may have to
add a little more water
8 - Add lemon juice, adjust salt and pepper.
9 - Serve with crusty bread and - optional - grated paremsiano regiano
This is a delicious, nutrious meal and can be vegan if leaving the parmesiano regiano out.
Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Monday, February 27, 2012
Take a look at the girlies - not quite sure....
This one is after the concert together with...
Now, you just know what comes after the concert, right? Yes, dinner out. We have been going to Pastini's downtown Portland, but we - the parental units - felt like something different. So we headed back to Southeast Portland and went to Hoda's Middle Eastern Restaurant. http://www.hodas.com/ As you probably know, our girls eat all beans, legumes, fruits, veggies including garbanzo beans and both love Hummus. We feasted family style and it was enjoyed by the four of us. One word of caution, if you omit milk do not eat the Baba Ghanjoue as it contains milk.
Here is a picture of the girlies after dinner...
Sunday, February 26, 2012
Saturday, February 25, 2012
As for dinner this picture is at Bridgeport Brewery in the Pearl where we enjoyed our Friday night dinner....
Thursday, February 23, 2012
The cake she selected was an ice cream cake - http://galactopdx.blogspot.com/2012/02/ice-cream-cake.html - which everybody loved.
We started out by serving cake
Here she is wearing all smiles and ready to blow out her candle...By the way, the choice of color for the table cloth and cups was all hers. I do however admit, that I also like pink as well as purple - you know, just in case you were wondering :)
After the cake we played a round of "Topfschlagen" - literally translated "hit the pot" which is also the game. Here is a picture of Alena playing
Next we painted small terra-cotta pots...
We followed up with a round of "Musical Chairs", a little free play, and opening presents....It turned out fun and everyone was tired at the end...
Wednesday, February 22, 2012
Tuesday, February 21, 2012
The weather is still grey and wet. First crocuses and early daffodils are starting to bloom. It is still time for delicious soup to warm the belly :)
Easy Potato - Leek Soup
1 onion chopped
1 carrot cleaned, and diced
4 leek's, cleaned, and cut into chunks (I used most of the stem)
splash of olive oil
1 qt of vegetable broth, or 4 cups of water and 1-2 cubes of vegetable broth
salt, and pepper
Optional diced ham
- warm Olive Oil and add onions along with some salt. Sautee until soft
- add carrots, and leek until leeks are bright green
- add broth, or water and boullion cubes
- bring to a simmer and cook until potatoes are soft
- reserve 1 cup of leek & potato chunks. Use handblender to puree the soup. When it has
desired consistency return leek & potato chunks to the pot
- add diced ham - if using
- adjust salt and pepper to taste
Voila - Galactosemia safe potato - leek soup. The bread is also safe, easy to make and delicious. Here is the link http://www.nytimes.com/2008/10/08/dining/081mrex.html
Oh, and I know you all want to hear about the big Birthday party...I promise pictures and details will finally be posted tomorrow :)))
Monday, February 20, 2012
So tonight, finally dinner at home. Chili with beef, kidney, pinto, and red beans, along freshly baked corn bread. Yes, I did make the corn bread out of a box - Trader Joe's. The ingredients so not contain any milk derivative, substitute the milk with Soy (or Rice, Hemp, etc.) and voila you have Galactosemia safe corn bread. I also served a chopped up avocado, onion and plenty of crackers to top the chili.
Sunday, February 19, 2012
Raspberry Sorbet - Ice "cream" Cake
- yellow cake mix, or biscuit from scratch
- 2 half pints of Sorbet (app. 500 ml each)
- 1 pint of Vanilla Soy, Rice, Almond, Hemp, or Coconut ice "cream" (app. 1 l)
- Frozen raspberries, or other berries, fruit of choice
1. Take one 1/2 pint of Sorbet
2. Bake the cake in a round springform cake pan. Let it cool throughly
2. Soften 1/2 pint of sorbet and smooth it over cooles cake. Cover with aluminium foil and put in
3. When the first layer is frozen and firm, soften half of the ice "cream". Smooth it over the
sorbet. Cover with foil and put back in the freezer
4. When ice "cream" is firm repeat step 2, and 3
5. After putting on the last layer and it is still soft, decorate the cake with frozen raspberries.
Cover, and freeze.
All of it took a little over 24 hrs - so you have to be prepared, but it is so worth it!!! It was a great hit and surely will become a family favorite...
Saturday, February 18, 2012
Friday, February 17, 2012
Thursday, February 16, 2012
You will need
Couple of splashes of olive oil
1 onion diced
1 inch piece of fresh ginger, peeled, and diced
2 cloves of garlic minced
2-1/2 - 3 lbs of carrots peeled, and cut into chunks
2 teaspoons of curry - optional, add less, more, or omit
4 cups of water
2 vegetable broth cubes - always double check label to make sure it is lactose free
1/4 - 1/2 cup (or more) soy creamer, or Tofutti sour cream. Coconut creamer would be also good
Salt & pepper to taste
1. Heat olive oil
2. Add onions and sautee until soft
3. Add garlic, and ginger until fragrant
4. Add carrots, and curry if using. Sautée fr a couple of minutes
5, Add water and bullion cubes. Bring to a simmer, and leave on stove until carrots are soft
6. Use a hand blender to blend the soup. When texture is smooth, add choice of creamer or
"sour cream" to taste. - Add salt and pepper to taste.
Delicious, milk free, and vegan....
|Vanilla-Cherry Streusel Cake|
Here it is - all in metric, but translated into English :)
Crust & Streuesel
150 gr. sugar
200 gr. vegan "butter" cut into smaller pieces - I use Earth Balance
300 gr. flour
2 tsp bakingpowder
1 envelope of vanilla sugar
1 Tbl soy, rice, hemp, milk
1 package vanilla pudding. I used Dr. Oetker organic vanilla pudding mix ->
1 glass of Morello Cherries - I get it at Trader Joe's 24.7oz. in the jar
1. Add all ingredients for crust & streusel into bowl of kitchen machine. Put on low speed until
let it do it's magic until it all ingredients come together into a dough
2. Drain cherries, and reserve about 250 ml. of the juice
3. Pour vanilla pudding mix into pot, add the cherry juice and bring to a boil, stirring frequently. Make
sure that you do not get any lumps.
4. Stir in the drained cherries, and remove from flame. Let the mixture cool down.
5. Preheat oven to 392 F (200 C)
6. Use about 2/3 of the dough for the crust of the cake. It is quite sticky - but well worth the effort. I
shaped it to fit - sides up - my springform baking pan.
7. Pour filling onto the dough
8. Top filling with remaining dough. I pulled off smaller pieces, to cover the entire cake.
9. Bake for about 30 minutes until Streusel are golden
P.S.: the cake was adapted from using this original recipe http://www.chefkoch.de/rezepte/1830851296772315/Kirschkuchen.html
Wednesday, February 15, 2012
Yes, puff pastry who knew that the one from Pepperidge Farm are Galactosemia safe? In any case, it made for a super delicious special Valentine's dinner.
Here is the recipe using 1 sheet
Frozen puff pastry sheets
1 bunch of asparagus - green
4 slices of ham
3 tablespoons of grated Emmenthaler - optional
250 ml of plain soy creamer
salt, pepper, and a pinch of cayenne pepper
- preheat oven to 425 F
- defrost puff pastry - roll it out into a generous shape on a floured work area to fit your baking
- clean asparagus and steam for 5 minutes
- sprinkle cheese onto pastry, top with ham slices, top with asparagus
- mix eggs with soy creamer, add spices
- pour egg mixture over the asparagus
- bake for 30 minutes - let it rest for about 5 minutes before cutting tart into slices
I hope you like it as much as we did...
They got plenty of tattoo's, stickers, but also candy including "unsafe" chocolate. Alena and Mia Rose looked at all of them, and sorted out all food items. Together they determined which foods are safe, and which are not - but brought it to me for final review :))) And you know what? They were 100% right...yay!!! No tears, just matter of fact - we cannot eat it, ok...
Monday, February 13, 2012
Take a look at the results...
|All 40 Valentine's|
|Are they not cute?|
Pok Pok is the place to go if you love Thai food. It is amazing. The girls love the sticky rice, and both love the Khao Soi. Mia Rose is a huge fan of the chicken wings - she devoured three of them, while Alena loves the ribs - Sii Khrong Muu Yaang . It truly is the best Thai food around, oh and it goes really well with a cocktail :) Just saying "King and I" is amazing. Here is the link http://www.pokpokpdx.com/ if you are in the neighborhood, or in Portland. It's yummy and safe :)
Alena really wanted dessert so we walked over to Pix afterwards. They were unfortunately out of the Coconut-Chocolate Chip Sorbet, and all the other ice creams were just that. Ice cream and not galactosemia safe. Good thing that they also have fruit pate..I actually think Mia Rosie prefers the fruit pate over ice "cream" any day!!!
Last stop of the day was at the playground, before we headed home to start on our Valentine's :)
|Alena on the monkey bar's|
|Mia Rosie on the monkey bars|
Sunday, February 12, 2012
In the morning the girlies and I went to the Sophie Scholl Schule, our German immersion Saturday school. While the girls were busy learning and playing I was able to get a couple hours of work in - whoo-hoo. On the way back home we stopped at New Season's then home. - In the evening Ron and I were invited to my very good friends Bday party, and I was bringing mini Fleischkuechle along (mini meatballs - swabian version). Which meant cooking for me, while the girls painted pictures for my friend. Here are my loves - busy painting with acrylic paint, mixing colors, and in the end adding sparkles....
Oh, and dinner for the girlies? They were - of course - my taste testers for the Fleischkuechle, and for the first time that I remember, our wonderful Sitter had to make dinner for the girlies and herself. It was Pasta with goddess dressing, green salad, and beet salad. Everybody had a Great Saturday night!!!
Saturday, February 11, 2012
Friday, February 10, 2012
They had so much fun! The restaurant/store and the vet were certainly among the favorites. See Mia Rose how she poured me a cup of coffee?
Oh, and by the way there will be no dinner photo tonight. I went out to see a great German movie at the Portland International Filmfestival tonight, while Ron and the girls made their own dinner. I can tell you what it was. Rotisserie chicken, with rice, and roasted beet salad.....
Thursday, February 9, 2012
Wednesday, February 8, 2012
Here is my version
- 2 cups of dry beans soaked overnight in plenty f water
- 3 thick slices of bacon diced
- 1 onion finely diced
- 1 large clove of garlic finely minced
- 1 red bell pepper, seeded, and finely diced
- 1 can of tomato paste
- 1-1/2 tablespoons of molasses
- 1 quart of vegetable broth (4 cups) and 2 more cups of water
- Heat pot - I use a deep soup pot - and add bacon at medium heat
- add onions and cover
- when onions are soft and bacon has browned, add garlic, and red pepper
- when peppers turn soft, add tomato paste and stir it in
- add beans, broth, water, and molasses
- bring to a slow simmer
- leave it covered for first 1-1/2 hrs and cook uncovered for another hour or so
- adjust spices - you may want to add more water
Serve over rice, with diced green onions. Shredded cheddar would probably also go great with this. Since cheddar is not Galactosemia safe I never even considered it, Daiya would work well but neither of my children actually like the fake cheese...yes, cheddar could have been an option for Ron and I but when there is no cheddar in the house, there is no cheddar on the table :)))
Monday, February 6, 2012
You may know by now that our girlies prefer their pasta "plain" with just olive oil, and salt. We allow all fruits and veggies including tomatoes. So tomato sauce is allowed but our girlies just do not like red sauce, at least not without meatballs :) - The quick, and easy cheater's dinner was an all around success....
> Here is the link to the hike http://www.portlandhikersfieldguide.org/wiki/Council_Crest_Hike
Sunday, February 5, 2012
This is how I made it.
Splash of olive oil
1 onion finely diced
couple of pinches of salt
2 cloves of garlic minced
3 carrots - more or less - cut into small chunks
1 bunch of kale - I used purple kale, stems chopped fine, rest cut coarser
Herbs de Provence
1/2 cup of white wine
1 cup of dried white beans soaked overnight
2-3 cups of water, or vegetable stock
1 lb. bulk Italian sausage - rolled into mini meatballs
1/4 of dried star pasta - Stelline pasta - Barilla brand
salt, pepper to taste
1. Heat olive oil and when hot add onion, and salt
2. When onions are soft add carrots, garlic, kale stems, and herbs de provence
3. When herbs are fragrant add wine - let it simmer down a litte
4. Add beans and cover with water, or vegetable stock. I used about 2 cups
5. Bring to a boil - and the have it at a low simmer - lid on - for about an hour, or until beans
6. Drop meatballs into the hot, simmering soup - cover. You may need to add more water
7. When meat is cooked through add remainder of Kale, and after about 5 more minutes
add Stellini - Orzo would work too - to the soup
8. When pasta is done adjust spices. I used salt, pepper, and added a vegetable bouillon cube
It turned out great here :) let me know!!!
Saturday, February 4, 2012
Ground beef, a little ground pork, finely diced onion, a couple of cloves of garlic minced, italian herbs, pepper, paprika, salt, pepper and one egg, at least a 1/4 cup of breadcrumb (I use Panko) mixed it all up. Add more breadcrumbs if too moist. Form it into a loaf and bake at 375 F. The meatloaf is done when internal temperature is at 160 F.
|Alena by the museum|
In case you would like to see where we went. Here are the links http://www.evergreenmuseum.org/waterpark/ and http://www.mcmenamins.com/441-hotel-oregon-home
Friday, February 3, 2012
Wednesday, February 1, 2012
A huge dinner success. Alena had two servings of Gulasch while Mia Rose finished her Gulasch and then followed up with three servings of salad :) That is what I call a dinner success in our
Iittle house in Portland...
And if you would like to read about the play we saw - check out this link http://octc.org/schoolservices/magicschoolbus
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