Tuesday, January 31, 2012
Success? Alena had two helpings of the soup/stew as she - you surely know that by now - loves beans, Mia Rosie almost finished her soup/stew but the salad was entideologisier gone from her plate. I call this a dinner success in our little House in Portland, Oregon..
Monday, January 30, 2012
Sunday, January 29, 2012
|Sauerkraut, Ripple, and potatoes|
|Saturday night Chinese food|
We got cold cuts and also cheese from the German butcher, bread from New Seasons, veggies, and dessert. I made galactosemia friendly brownies - using Earth Balance instead of butter - while another Mom brought another cake which was not galactosemia friendly. It was not a problem - I am so proud of both of our girlies. They always ask - and because it was at the German School asking "ist da Kuhmilch mit drin" it was even better...and here are a few pictures :)
|Mia Rose at the Buffett|
|Eating lunch with friends|
|Alena enjoying lunch...|
Saturday, January 28, 2012
1 onion chopped
2-3 cloves of garlic minced
2-3 carrots diced
1 can tomato paste
1 cup - or more of red wine
1 cup - less or more of water
1 lb of ground beef
Pepper, salt, sugar, paprika
Rind of Parmesiano Regiano - you can leave it out
Grated Parmesiano Regianom you can leave it out
Splash of Olive Oil
1. Heat olive oil, and when hot add onions
2. When onions are soft, add Italian herbs, carrots, garlic, and salt
3. When carrots are softer add can of tomato paste and stir it in. Add wine, and water to cover the
4. Brown beef in a separate pan. Season it with salt, pepper, italian herbs, and - optional -
5. Add drained, browned beef to sauce. You may need to add more water at this point.
6. Add cheese rind, a couple pinches of sugar and bring to a slow simmer.
7. Leave it on slow simmer for at least two hours. The sauce should be thick and not watery.
8. When pasta is about ready, adjust spices, and add some grated Parmesiano Regiano.
9. Mix sauce with pasta before serving
Friday, January 27, 2012
Thursday, January 26, 2012
Wednesday, January 25, 2012
When shopping, I bought a couple of sweet potatoes anticipating to use them along with black beans. But what?! Google search I found a recipe for black bean sweet potato soup - http://www.kalynskitchen.com/2010/12/recipe-for-vegetarian-black-bean-and.html - which linked back to the original recipe at http://www.finecooking.com/recipes/black-bean-soup-sweet-potatoes.aspx. I adapted the recipe by using dried beans - about 2 cups soaked overnight, homemade vegetable stock - about a quart, for obvious reasons - no milk sugar! - I omitted the yoghurt. My broth was already very well seasoned, so I did not add any additional pepper. It turned delicious! The rest of the family added a dollop of Tofutti Sour Cream while I added some cayenne pepper.
I am glad to report that it was an overall dinner success in our little house in Portland :)
Tuesday, January 24, 2012
Are you wondering about Faedlesuppe? Yes? Let me tell you what it is - a Swabian dish and delicious. It is soup with strips of savory pancakes. It really is good! I first fried up the pancakes, cut them into strips, and then placed them in the soup bowls. A ladle of the hot broth - I had homemade vegetable broth - it poured over it right before serving it. Such a nice warm up on a chilly, wet winter day....
Alena gave it another try last night. She added "Why did you not come?" to her letter and placed everything underneath her pillow. I was not allowed in and guess what??? The toothfairy came for a visit and even took the letter with her. I am just wondering, if there will be a letter coming from her in the future...
Here is Alena with her presents from the toothfairy. Bubblegum, and money...
Monday, January 23, 2012
Anyways, I use a yeast dough to make this dish and start it usually make the dough in the late morning Have I ever mentioned what a great kitchen helper I have? Mia Rosie loves to cook and she rolled out the entire dough by herself. I just put some of the flour on it, and put it in the pan. She did an amazing job!
And here is the finished meal....
what do you think we made with it? I know, I know it really is not a challenge as we eat salad almost everyday...it is just that good :)
Just in case - I have posted the recipe before. Please let me know if you would like me to repost, or send it to you.
Sunday, January 22, 2012
Both girls also talked on the phone with my Mom in Germany. Here is Alena talking with Omi. I think you can tell by her big smile how much she loves talking with Omi :) Oh, and just in case you are wondering - she is speaking in German with my Mom...
Saturday, January 21, 2012
Friday, January 20, 2012
Oh, and before I forget - how do you like the revamped Blog? Please let me know...
Ok - This mothership is off to bed...
Thursday, January 19, 2012
Baked, stuffed - Italian style - chicken beast; bleck olives, capers, parmesiano regiano, yelow raisins, walnuts, panko crumbs, and more. I adjusted the recipe by using olive oil in lieu of butter,and panko for breadcrumbs. Served along rice,and the usual - but never boring - salad I call it a dinner success in our little house in Portland....
Tuesday, January 17, 2012
And yes, I am aware that legumes are very controversial in the US for the Galactosemic diet. You may know this about is by now but the only foods wie exclude are those containing actual milk sugar. We have introduced These foods to our kids, and then had their levels checked subsequent to eating different foods. This obviously is not for everybody - and please always check with your clinic first.
OK - now here is how I made the soup
1 onion chopped
1 clove of garlic chopped
3 carrotts chopped
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1/2 teaspoon herbs de provence
2 teaspoons of salt
1/2 teaspoon of paprika
Splash of white wine
1 - lactose, whey, etc. free - cube of veggie broth
2 potatoes peeled, and diced
1-3/4 - or so - Cups of dried green lentils
2-1/2 - 3-1/2 Cups of water
Smoked baby links aka Little Bites - optional
Couple of splashes of Balsamic
- Heat a Splash of olive oil in stockpot
- add onions and sautee until soft
- add garlic, carrots - salt and herbs. Sautee until soft
- add a generous splash of white wine - let ist simmer downa bit
- add lentils, potatoes, water, and veggie broth Cube
- bring to a boil - Turn heat down to a slow simmer. Cover, and cook until lentils are soft
- add links - if using - until they are heated through
- adjust salt, and pepper. Add a couple of splashes - or more - of Balsamico to brighten the flavor
Monday, January 16, 2012
I am sure you get the picture :) We spent a blissfull day at home...
I have to admit that I created a little. A jar of Newman's Own Sockaroni, and the meatballs were bulk, mild italian sausage from New Seasons. All I did was add some panko breadcrumbs, and some grated parmesiano regiano. I mixed it all up, formel golfball size meatballs, and dropped them in a Single layer into the sauce untl they were cooked through. Yummy! The girlies, of course, ate their pasta "naked" with only olive oil, but with a meatball each. I call this a Dinner success in our little house - no not on thr prarie :) - in Portland, Oregon....
Sunday, January 15, 2012
So, we made brunch at home. Apple, maple, breakfast sausages from New Seasons, eggs, toast, jam, yoghurt - Whole Soy for the girlies, and the cow stuff for the parental units - Müsli, and a big bowl of vitamin packed fresh fruit salad. Just fruit, and a couple tablespoons of sunflower Sseeds. It is like sunshine in a bowl in the middle of winter.
Today I used one of each:-
fresh pineapple, Kiwi, apple, banana; a handful of fresh grapes, as well as frozen blueberries - picked by us :) - ; and a couple of tablespoons of raisins, and sunflower seeds. At the end I squeezed the Juice of 1/2 a large lemon over it and tossed it all up...
Saturday, January 14, 2012
Oh, and before I forget guess what is new on their menu? Daiya vegan cheese - well, neither of my girlies like "cheese" on their pizza, but it is now an option at Hopworks. Whoo-hoo!!! Just in case you need the link here it is http://hopworksbeer.com/
Friday, January 13, 2012
1 lb beef stew - I like it cut in small chunks
1 bag of frozen green beans - I like Haricot Verts
1-2 potatoes optional peeled and chopped
1 onion- chopped
2 garlic cloves chopped
1-2 TBL Herbs de Provence, and other herbs such as tarragon, thyme, etc. to taste
1 cup of white wine - or more
1-1/2 cups of water - may need more
- sautee onion, garlic, and herbs until soft when soft add
- Beef - when slightly browned add
- wine, and after a couple of minutes add water.
- Bring to a slow simmer - cover and simmer for at least 45 minutes
- Add salt, and pepper
- Add beans, and potatoes
- Simmer for at least another 30 minutes
- Adjust spices to taste. (At the end I added a couple of splashes of Balsamico to brighten up the
Enjoy with crusty bread!
Thursday, January 12, 2012
Wednesday, January 11, 2012
Both girls helped with cooking today and we had great fun. We needed a little more Spaetzle and Alena made the dough - with my help, and Mia Rose assisted in the assembly. Here is the recipe - just in case :)
Make Spaetzle -
5 eggs; 500 gr flour; 250 ml water; salt
- mix all of the ingredients until you have a heavy dough.
- Bring a large pot of water to a boil
- put dough in the Spaetzlepress - a potato ricer should work too into the boiling water
- once Spaetzle float on top of the water remove them with a slotted spoon. I like to put the
cooked Spaetzle in a flat baking dish to cool
- repeat with the remaining dough
Prepare onion, and cheese
- app. 3 onions cut into fine rings
- heat olive oil in a pan, add onions, and cook until they are soft and well browned
Grate Gruyezer, and Emmenthaler - at least 3 cups total
Preheat oven at 325 F
- layer Spaetzle -app.1/3 - in the bottom of a baking dish
- sprinkle with salt, pepper, and paprika
- cover generously with cheese
- repeat at least twice
- cheese should be the last layer, cover cheese with the browned onions
- bake for about 45 minutes until cheese melted
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Tuesday, January 10, 2012
Monday, January 9, 2012
Sunday, January 8, 2012
It always tastes a little different, but always good. Maybe I leave out the tomatoes next time I make it. Oh, and we ate it with fresh, no knead bread.
I adapted a recipe for basic French Toast which was on Allrecipies -> http://allrecipes.com/recipe/french-toast-i/ by using soy milk instead of cow, used 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon, 1/8 teaspoon of nutmeg, 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract, and about 1-1/2 tablespoons of honey. I served it with Earth Balance our vegan butter. Everybody loved their breakfast!
Saturday, January 7, 2012
Just in case you missed it before - here is the link to Deschutes in the Pearl http://www.deschutesbrewery.com/locations/portland
|Alena enjoying her pepperoni pizza, salad, and root beer :)|
Thursday, January 5, 2012
P.S.: Can you see Mia Rosie in the background?
Wednesday, January 4, 2012
Tuesday, January 3, 2012
We started the trip with a stop at Kettleman's Bagel Shop in Southeast Portland. Here are the lovely ladies, enjoying their breakfast. Salt bagel, toasted but plain for Alena - and Salt bagel, not toasted but with plain Tofutti cream cheese for Mia Rosie...and never, ever toasted for Mia Rosie :)
We left Portland, with filled tummies looking forward to our mini-trip to...to...now where did we go again? Can you guess? No, not wanting to play my game - OK - we went to a mini-vacation to the Oregon Coast. All of us love the beach, even if it is stormy as it was yesterday. It is still so much fun!
We stayed in Canon Beach in a lovely hotel directly on the beach and the only view is to the mighty Pacific Ocean. Generally I do not find hotels to be as ideal for us as we travel. There was however a fantastic pool which all of us loved, plus the beach right at our doorstep. Can't beat that even if there were not so many food options for the girlies. - I did bring along some bread but not much more - dinner was OK. The girls - as neither of them like fish that much - had fries, and shared a burger wrapped in lettuce. Breakfast this morning was a little bit more challenging. Luckily the little coffee shop had a couple of plain bagels left. The shop owner, called the bakery so I could make sure they were Galactosemia safe :) So breakfast this morning looked a little bit different...
The girlies loved the bagels - toasted for Alena, and untested plain for Mia Rosie. Quickly the batteries were recharged for some play time on the beach...
http://www.syun-izakaya.com/. So good - and Galactosemia safe food for our girlies :)