Friday, September 28, 2012

Ocean Vodka

Ocean Vodka is a family owned vodka maker on the island of Maui.  Although all vodkas should be gluten free secondary to the distillation process I want to be extra safe.  I gave away all of my wheat distilled vodka.  Even if the distillation process rids the vodka of the gluten protein I could not be certain that cross contamination did not occur in the factory.

So I recently found Ocean Vodka at my nearby BevMo.  It is a vodka made from organic sugar cane.   It is distilled off site with water from Hawaii and then sent back and bottled in Maui.

As far as taste it is a great vodka - clean, crisp and no stinging alcohol on the back of the throat.  Enjoy it on the rocks or with your favorite mixer.


The Un-Gluten Guy

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Watermelon Drink

It can get hot in the summer.  Sometimes a nice cool drink is what you need.

We make this from time to time and it is easy and delicious.

All you need is a watermelon, mint, a mesh strainer and a blender.

Cut or scoop out the watermelon making sure not to get the bitter white rind.  Place into a blender.

For a full blender of melon I add about 5 to 6 mint leaves.  Add more or less to your liking.

Hit the on button a let the blender do its work.

Strain the mixture through a mesh strainer to get rid of excess pulp and seeds.

Pour into glasses and enjoy,

The Un-Gluten Guy

Sunday, September 9, 2012

GF Kid Friendly Food #1

This is a group effort by me and my daughter.  She also has gluten issues and is 100% GF.

One of the issues I have is knowing how difficult being a child is and the added difficulty of having to watch what you eat is an addition burden to her just being a kid.  At school, friends houses, parties and camp it is always a challenge to make sure she has food and does not feel the stigma of being different.

I made some gluten free thin mints and do-si-dos and her and the other girls in her girl scout troop loved the do-si-dos (the thin mints were not so good).  We look at this as an opportunity for other kids to enjoy her food and think it is special and good.

At home we have made some simple GF things are fun to eat.  This is the first in hopefully many posts that will show you what she likes so that you may develop some ideas to share with your kids or yourself.

Apple-Cheddar Sandwich

This one is simple.  We toast two slices of Udi's bread or any one of your favorite GF breads.  Slice a block of cheddar cheese and then slice a few slices of apple.

Once the bread is toasted lay a slice of the cheese on each piece, it will melt a little into the bread.  Add the apple slices to the bottom and place the other slice with the cheese on top, slice in two or four or eat it whole and enjoy. (If you do two slices apple and one slice of cheese she will let you know that you made it wrong.)

I add a bit of honey dijon spread, but that is optional (it's my adult version).

Vegetable Plates

Veggies are good but sometimes its hard to get kids to eat them.  I try to make up a plate when I'm preparing dinner.  If the kids are getting hungry and bonkers before we are ready to sit down I can throw them on the table and it will hold them over until dinner time; otherwise they get it when we sit down.

She likes them because they are fun and different.  We usually have carrots, cucumbers, broccoli, and tomatoes.  Other additions can be cheese, apples and fresh berries.

I will pile them up like a pyramid, arrange them in the shape of a face or some animal, other times i'll cut the veggies in strips and make a box (even hiding a tiny treat inside like a strawberry with whipped cream).

Occasionally, I'll add a dipping sauce like ranch dressing or a bit of oil and vinegar.

Use your imagination and think outside the box.  It is amazing how easy it is for them to eat something that looks cool.

Get creating,

The Un-Gluten Guy & Daughter

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Gluten Free Tempura Recipe

I never ate a lot of fried foods.  I even passed up deep fried pickles and other strange concoctions at the county fair.  But on occasion I enjoyed tempura if I went out for sushi.  Now it is rare to find a dedicated GF fryer at a restaurant and I have never found one at a sushi place.  So I had this craving for tempura and looked into it.

Well, this is what I came up with and it was pretty damn good.

Sauce.  You need a dipping sauce.

Add 1/4 cup tamari, 1/2 cup water, 2 tablespoons sugar and 1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar to a small sauce pan.  Heat to dissolve the sugar.  If you cook it down, it will become more concentrated so adjust to your liking.

For the tempura you'll need rice flour, xanthan gum, salt and cold club soda.

Heat some oil in a bowl.  I used peanut oil heated to 375.

In a bowl mix 2 Cups of rice flour, 1/2 tsp xanthan gum, 1 tsp salt and about 2 cups of cold club soda.  It should be the consistency between paste (remember that from grade school) and Elmer's glue.  Start with about 1 1/2 Cups of the club soda and add a little at a time to get to the right consistency.

Dip your vegetables in the batter and then add to the fryer.  I sliced up some onions, red peppers, broccoli, carrots and sweet potatoes.

After you get a nice brown color, remove and drain well on some paper towels.

Sit back and enjoy with your favorite GF sake or beer,

The Un-Gluten Guy