I almost titled this blog post, The Day This Blog Became a Cooking Blog. But, then I remembered an article I had read about blogging and Google searches. It is better not to be cute, but instead be practical when titling blog posts. Practical therefore wins today.
You know I am not a cook as I explained here. I don't claim to be. However, I am on a roll and being much braver in the kitchen. I have tried so many recipes lately that I am ready to write a cookbook myself. The cookbook title will be Recipes That Really, Truly Work! I'm pretty tired of recipes that do not work as written. Recipes that I have to adjust the temperature, cooking time, ingredient list, or quantity. Me! I am not a cook. Cooking doesn't come intuitive to me. Yet, here I am tweaking away at recipes.
So, since I have zero time to write my Recipes That Really, Truly Work! cookbook, I thought I'd share the best recipes here when I discover them. If anything it will be a great list of my family's favorites and perhaps inspire others to share their recipes that really work, too. We can all grow our cooking skills together.
As I mentioned in my Brave Cooking blog post, Miss O is on a gluten-free, egg-free, etc.-free diet since November. I've been looking for a pizza crust that would work for her - no gluten, no eggs, and no icky stuff. This quinoa crust is the answer AND it really works! I've now tried it twice and my only modification is I make two smaller crusts (instead of one larger one). When I make the crusts smaller, the crust get crisper and the center pieces hold up super well. In the photo below, look at that hold! Amazing, right? No floppy, soggy pizza crust here.
This gluten-free pizza crust also tastes great. Since it is made from only quinoa, baking powder, salt and water (and a spray of oil on the parchment paper) it has more nutritional punch than a regular wheat-based crust. Plus, now that I've made the batter a couple of times, I'm dreaming of others ways to use it. Savory quinoa waffles? Quinoa breakfast toasts? Add some agave or honey and make it a sweet treat? More Brave cooking ahead! You can find the quinoa crust recipe here (there's even a video to watch if you want to be taken through the crust recipe step-by-step).
OK, it's your turn. What are your recipes that really, truly work? Leave 'em below or email me, yes?
All the best - bon appetit,