Thursday, September 25, 2008

Coconut Milk Yogurt

A friend mentioned that I should try So Delicious Coconut Milk Yogurt, which is dairy-free, soy-free, gluten-free and vegan.

Overall the product is not bad. I think if you go into it not expecting "yogurt" it might be a rather delightful snack.

Texture: not bad, pretty yogurt-like. (Not thick like Greek yogurt, more the consistency of a thinner, traditional style.

Taste: it succeeded in not tasting very "coconut-y" but the raspberry flavor I tried was a lot sweeter than I expected, and I had anticipated more of a tang from the "live active cultures."

Overall verdict: will probably try again. I am especially interested in what the plain flavor tastes like.

Friday, September 19, 2008

MIT Fab Lab - Gluten Free gets Lasered

I cohabitate with gluten eaters. We have worked out a pretty good system: I have a separate cabinet for pantry items and I have separate pots, pans, tupperware and utensils. I use a Sharpie to mark things "Gluten Free" so everyone knows what's what, but it rubs and washes off pretty quickly.

A friend of mine has been going to the open-to-the-public hours at the MIT Fab Lab in South Boston and mentioned that they had a laser cutter. My first idea was to customize a mixer... something that's going to take a little bit more planning, but I got to wondering if I could use it to mark things as "Gluten Free."

Here is my first attempt.

Here is the back of the wooden spoons that I keep having to re-mark:




I sanded down the front of the handle (to create a flat surface and remove the "Chefsmate" that was burnt into the handle.

Using OpenOffice Draw, and with the great assistance of said Fab Lab friend, I did this:



Try number two shows why you should always run a practice run:


Third handle came out pretty much perfect:


I am proud and excited!

Monday, September 1, 2008

PIZZA!


1 Frozen pizza crust from Rose's
1/2 a head of caramelized garlic & olive oil
brined and pan-seared chicken
1/2 sauteed red onion
3 slices motz. cheese - sliced
sprinkling of chopped cilantro
squeeze of lime juice

Gluten Free Pizza - PRICELESS