Tag Archives: gluten-free

Loafing Around

25 Aug

1st attempt making gluten-free bread

We’ve been wanting to make our own bread for a while but didn’t find it necessary to invest in a brand new bread machine. We went to a the second-hand store once and almost bought one but we didn’t get it. Fortunately, a friend who is moving out of the country gave us his (which was also handed down to him from his friend who moved out of the country). It’s a Breadman and I think it’s model TR555LC.

We used the recipe from the Gluten-free Goddess, Karina Allrich, who has an amazing blog with gluten-free, egg-free, dairy-free recipes. We actually tried making this particular bread recipe 3 times. My husband made the bread the first time and it came out pretty well, except that it was too salty. Was it because we used kosher salt instead of sea salt? For the second time, I actually helped and well, we forgot to put water in the mix, haha so yeah that was a big FAIL! So the 3rd time my husband made it again. This time he reduced the salt measurement to 1/2 teaspoon. All I had to do was take the bread out of the machine. Hehe, well I didn’t do very well and I kind of smooshed the bread. However, it tasted very good!

The calculated cost of making a loaf of home-made bread comes to $3.69. Food for Life’s brown rice bread and millet bread is about $3.99 at Whole Foods and they are only available in the frozen section. So it’s a pretty good investment as so long as we get it right!

Hawaii in Tahoe

15 Aug

On our last night in Lake Tahoe my family wanted to go down to Stateline to enjoy a last hurrah of a meal together. It’s kind of tradition to go for a buffet. The “best” one in Tahoe at least for the views is at the Harrah’s casino. Usually I would jump at the occasion, especially since my little brother said he would pick up the check. But was it worth the $26.99/person price?

In the end my husband and I just couldn’t justify the price of the meal. For one thing we weren’t sure what food items we would be able to eat. Even though my sister called ahead to get an itemized menu and all of it sounded really good. I really wanted to go with the family since it would have been our only night out.

Instead we went to a “Hawaiian, American” restaurant on the California side called Freshies Restaurant and Bar. I wouldn’t call it Hawaiian fare per se but the atmosphere was really tropical and fresh. I even ordered a very refreshing tropical sounding drink called the Tahitian Limeade – coconut juice with limeade. The outside deck was awesome, it was a great day and we had a good view of the lake.

They were very allergy-friendly and it wasn’t difficult to order. We had kimchi – which was very spicy but good and the My tri-fries – (yams, sweet potatoes, Russet potatoes) sprinkled with a Caribbean spice. By the way they use Organic Rice Bran Oil, never even heard of it before.

For the entree, I had two fish tacos (one grilled, the other fried). I was going to get both grilled but the waitress told me that they used brown rice flour in the batter so I switched it up a bit. They were both wrapped in two corn tortillas, with tomatos and lettuce. Delicious! My husband got the Sweet Potato and Quinoa Griddle Cakes which were served with coconut and maple syrup glaze, another great dish!

Unfortunately, we did not get to order from the dessert menu. All their items had an ingredient we were trying to avoid. Our waitress almost got me to get their brownie since it was wheat-free, dairy-free, and nut-free… but alas it had eggs.

It was a great restaurant choice and I’m glad I found it!