Happy Valentines Day!

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Just sending warm wishes to all my readers and passerbys.

My husband and I personally don’t celebrate Valentines. Aside from my oldest doing a Valentines exchange at school, there is no celebration.

I will be on my second day of dipping Strawberries at work for the masses to buy their sweethearts or eat with a glass of champagne on their own.

I would honestly recommend purchasing your own fondue pot and melting chocolate yourself. Or you can use a bowl and microwave your chocolate (but you would need to eat/use it pretty quickly)

If you are single this could be something fun to do with friends. If you want to impress a sweetheart, it can be a fun and a sexy activity rolled into one. And you can dip more than Strawberries. Small cake bites, other fruits like bananas, oranges, grapes, melon, kiwi, marshmallows, pretzels, chips. You name it it can usually be dipped and taste pretty decent. Forget all the fancy dinner reservations and stay home for dessert.

Rather than spend a whole lot of money for half a dozen to 1 dozen strawberries already dipped try DIY.

Again, Happy Valentines Day!

 

If you’d like some light reading about the holiday check out these interesting facts and their source websites:

According to History.com: Valentines Day may have originally been called Lupercalia a pagan celebration History of Valentines Day

Further information about Lupercalia: Lupercalia’s name derives from the Roman God Lupercus the God of Fertility. Lupercalia, the Real St Valentine’s Day

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Gluten-Free Option: The Tapioca Starch Flour

Tapioca is derived from the Cassava root. A root vegetable.

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If you are unfamiliar with this special starch or flour you better get on the information train.

One of the biggest benefits for my readers is that it is a Gluten-Free option that many are looking for to substitute for it’s glutenous counterparts. Whether you are looking for a substitute due to medical reasons or are looking for an option that promotes anti-inflammatory and digestive properties you can try this flour out for yourself (Siete).

Used for baking, and a thickener in recipes it is a great option. Unless you are familiar with the gluten free lifestyle you might not realize what a true gem this is.

According to Nyerhovwo John Tonukari  the Editor of African Journal of Biotechnology  Tapioca is an option that is used just like corn, rice, or wheat, that it can also provide a large portion of daily calories (2004).

There are a few items that are already on the mass market that are made with Tapioca Flour: Tapioca Pudding and Bubble Tea among other things.

I actually have a woman who comes in regularly and buys me out of my Yucca Root (Cassava). She makes a Yucca Cake, uses them in place of potatoes in stews and soups. I’ve also been told about Empenadas using the Yucca as a filling. So Besides the actual flour incorporating Yucca as a vegetable may be something to consider.

Now to my point…

I noticed how often my recipe for Tapioca Brownies was viewed and by far my most looked at recipe.  In the coming weeks I will be showcasing a few recipes that use Tapioca Flour.

I will be trying several recipes out

  • The Brazilian Cheese Roll called  Pao de Queijo (these I have actually tried, which were made by a native of Brazilian who had a gluten-free baking business) I will attempt to make them myself.
  • Crespelles (Italian Crepes) with a ricotta and spinach filling
  • Chocolate Brownie Cookies

I am looking to amp up this blog with a myriad of options.

Here is the link to my most popular recipe which has inspired me to post some more recipes using Tapioca Flour: Those Tapioca Flour Brownies (Very Simple)

Another more informative Post of mine about why gluten is important in the structure of certain things like breads: Tapioca Flour: Gluten-free (Breaking the great Food Code)

If you are looking to purchase Tapioca Flour/Starch I would recommend any Asian Grocery in order not to spend your whole budget on items that you may really need to eat the lifestyle you prefer or require.

 

Resources:

Electron. J. Biotechnol. v.7 n.1 Valparaíso abr. 2004
http://dx.doi.org/10.4067/S0717-34582004000100003

“Cassava & Tapioca.” Siete Family Foods, sietefoods.com/pages/cassava.

Making A Comeback

Dear Visitors,

Okay, So it’s been awhile. Life happened. Which I don’t apologize for. From the last posts I have made, I have moved from overseas back to the states, had a

arrow-31177_1280 second child, finished my Bachelors Degree from home in Culinary Managment, and again preparing for another move this time to America’s Last Frontier/Wild North West(Alaska).

I’d like to thank the many people who visit the site and check out my recipes. I am also rebooting my blog which may or may not be a daily or weekly thing. But I want to ask YOU what kind of content do you want to see on my blog. How to’s, more recipes, maybe even videos, Recipe requests?

I collect cookbooks, I also use a fair amount of Yummly to search out new ideas/old ideas. I work a lot with Venison so I have a lot of recipe ideas for that.

I also work in a produce department which has afforded me more knowledge on produce in general, and I also get to prepare salads and platters.

So again what do you want from me? 

Please leave detailed information if you have any comments, suggestions and otherwise. I will respond back to you as soon as I can.

The Brownie Pan I use and Beef Enchiladas

The Perfect Brownie Pan

The Perfect Brownie Pan (Photo credit: justj0000lie)

I was asked what kind of pan I used for the Tapioca Brownies (https://peskyapronstrings.wordpress.com/2013/04/11/those-tapioca-flour-brownies-very-simple/)

. My mom bought this for me a few years ago. It’s the As Seen On TV: http://www.walmart.com/ip/As-Seen-on-TV-Perfect-Brownie-Pan/14150525

It is a great pan, non-stick and everything. If you ever have a recipe that I have posted that doesn’t work out, please feel free to contact me. As was the case today, I can suggest solutions. My close friends or acquaintances are constantly messaging me about recipes and things, so it’s no bother.

For Todays Crock-pot/Slow Cooker December Recipe. I will be making Beef enchiladas, yup in the crock-pot.

So read my next post for that recipe.