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Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Salmon Croquettes – a quick little throw-together

Sometimes you start thinking about a food you enjoyed as a child and want to recreate that. Even a quick version of it, just something to give you a taste of the childhood comfort food.

The other day I was in Sams and saw a 4 pack of canned salmon which led me to thinking about the salmon croquettes we ate when I was a child. I loved them, it was one of my favorite meals – not that I was a picky eater, I liked most anything my mom cooked.

It wasn’t one of my dads favorites, I am not sure why. Maybe it wasn’t something he grew up eating. I am not sure why I have such a vivid memory of this,  it is strange the stuff you remember from childhood.

Anyway, most of the recipes I have seen call for crackers or bread crumbs crumbled up with the canned salmon and maybe some egg as a binder.

Crackers aren’t gluten free but corn chips are. Those little crumbs at the bottom of the bag (that are too small to dip in the guacamole) are perfect.

Because I didn’t know how it would turn out, I didn’t measure.

I know, shame on me.

Anyway, I am guessing about 1 cup of corn chip crumbs (although potato chip crumbs would probably work too). And then I put in 2 eggs and a can of salmon.

I then mushed it around in my hands until it was mixed and then made patties. These were then pan fried with a bit of olive oil until they were a beautiful golden brown.

Daisy was excited to try them because she loves tuna and other fish.

Junior was not. He was convinced that he would hate it because he hates tuna (among other things).

He was shocked – and so was I for that matter – he <i>loved</i> them. He ate two and then requested that “we have them every day for lunch” and then he told me that we needed “to have them for dinner so that Daddy can try them.”

Daisy did love them as well, although that didn’t surprise me because she is fairly open-minded about food.

So will be doing this again, I just need to eat some more chips so we can have the crumbs at the bottom.

Friday, February 5, 2010

Pizza. Finally.

After all that whining about having to make pizza because I promised but didn't feel like it - I didn't make it that night. We had gotten some bad news about my Dad's health and I was crying to hard to focus on making pizza.

So tonight I made pizza.

Actually I made three.

I wanted to compare two Bette Hagman recipes to see which one we like better. And it seemed to be a better taste test to have them side by side.

Get it?

The third?

The third . . . well . . . its like this, cooking pizza on aluminum foil is just so much quicker cleanup-wise.

And for one of the pizzas it worked great. Absolutely perfectly.

The other pizza not so much. It might as well have been super-glued to the foil. I could not get them separated.

So I quickly threw together the third where I used a wheat flour recipe and just substituted sorghum flour (instead of the wheat) and added an egg to help bind it.

Honestly it was my favorite (although it does need a bit of tweaking - maybe some starch replacing some of the sorghum). It tasted to me like a whole wheat pizza - but I have always liked whole wheat better than white.

Hubby's favorite was the one glued to the aluminum foil, he laboriously peeled pieces of foil off so that he could eat it. I will admit, it was pretty good too, except for the metal.

Daisy liked the other pizza best (it tasted to corn-y for Hubby and I) because . . .

HELLO! It can't be simple! Can it?!

Junior was just thrilled to have pizza, I don't know if he cared for one over the other (he didn't try the foil one). Poor kid, he has just been wanting pizza for 2 months. As long as I didn't put any weird toppings on it, he didn't care.

Realistically, it was less work than making a wheat pizza, I didn't have to wait for the gluten to relax, or the yeast to do a lot of work. Just mix it up, dump it onto the pan and smoosh it into the right shape.

I wonder if gluten-free pie crust is as easy. I can't make a regular pie crust - never have been able to - but if it is like pizza crust, I might can do it.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

I can't believe I did that

Last night we tried out the gluten-free offerings at Olive Garden and enjoyed it.

Well, mostly.

My six year old always gets cheese pizza because he loves cheese pizza. He also loves ravioli. And gnocchi. And garlic bread. But none of that is gluten-free at Olive Garden.

Now he did clean his plate without any coercion on our part but that may have been because I promised, promised we would make pizza today.

Ahem.

I thought about it, decided that there was nothing big going on today, we could do it.

Then he said "and ravioli too?" and I said we would try but I was only going to promise pizza.

Then after we got home, the cold I have been fighting off won. By the time I went to bed, I couldn't breath through my nose and my chest hurt.

I then apparently slept wrong because my left arm aches all the way from shoulder to fingers, my joints ache and I am running a fever.

And I have to make pizza.

But first I have to find a recipe.

I could try to back out of it but I gave my son a promise and I have to break my promise.