Monday, November 28, 2011

Masa Cookies

We made a batch of cookies . . .
 And very carefully copied the recipe down . . .
 The kids were thrilled to make "shape cookies" as they call them . . .
 Golden so fast it wasn't hard to wait . . .
 So here is the recipe . . .

Masa Cookies
Preheat oven to 400 degrees

In a large bowl mix:
3 cups masa flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon guar gum
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon cardamom 
1 cup brown sugar

Add and rub with your fingers until forms crumbs:
1/4 cup coconut oil
1/4 cup grapeseed oil

2 eggs
1 cup almond or coconut milk

Roll out between sheets of parchment paper, oil if the dough sticks.
Cut into desired shapes and lay on oiled cookie sheet.
Bake at 400 degrees for 10-12 minutes or until golden.

                                                                ~ Marica

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

An excursion to the outdoor bookstore . . .

I have always taken for granted that our small town has an outdoor bookstore. It wasn't until this year, when our very good friend who works there mentioned the rarity of such things, that my mind went click click and I realized you just couldn't maintain an outdoor bookshop in most climates. Where we live has its rains for sure, but most of the year the sun shines and the clouds stay at bay. Of course, those of us who grow up here yearn for more "weather" but there is a certain charm to the flexibility of indoor/outdoor living . . . 
So last Monday we decided a mini fieldtrip to the outdoor book-haven was a perfect opportunity to enjoy one of our favorite places in this town, and take advantage of our 
"Inside" connection . . .
It was fun seeing the kids walking through the endless corridors of bookshelves . . .
We were given the exclusive tour . . .
From Anthropology to Science Fiction . . . 
They searched and weighed their options . . .
 Finally to each pick out a book or two to take home . . .
It was a lovely bit of time in the world of sunshine and books . . .

                                                                                                                  ~ Marica

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Wednesday, November 9, 2011

October 31st . . .

Pumpkin Donuts 
Gluten and Dairy Free

In a lare bowl mix:
2 eggs
3/4 cups sugar
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1    15 oz can of pumpkin puree
1 + 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 + 1/2 cups sweet rice flour
3/4 cups almond meal
1/4 cup tapioca flour
1 teaspoon guar gum

In a large pan over medium heat pour 1 quart vegetable oil .
To test if oil is ready, drop a pinch of dough into the oil and if it rises to the top it is ready.

Shape into one inch balls and fry several minutes, until golden brown,  turning as needed. 
Drain cooked donuts on a paper towel.
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Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Project finished . . .

Project finished . . .  

  Now onto the next one . . . 
                                             ~ Marica