Reem Kassis: The Palestinian Table

gluten free dairy free flatbread dinner recipe

EPISODE #16

Reem Kassis is best known for her cookbook, The Palestinian Table. In the book she tells stories about her childhood—growing up in Palestine and she shares some fabulous recipes. She never expected to end up cooking professionally. She left Palestine to pursue a degree in business and worked in the industry for years before she decided to take cooking to the next level, which she definitely did. Her cookbook was the Winner of the Guild of Food Writers First Book Award and a James Beard nominee for Best International Cookbook. I should note here that Reem’s cookbook is not gluten free but many recipes are naturally gluten free or can be adapted to be gluten free. I often use quinoa or millet in place of wheat grains.

Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/reem-kassis-the-palestinian-table/id1441338206?i=1000444556789

Herbs & Spices: 6:33

Taboon flatbread 10:44

Elements of good cooking 13:37

Desserts 16:59


SHOW NOTES:

Recipes:

  1. 3-Ingredient Za-atar Spice Mix: a blend of sesame seeds, lemony sumac, and oregano (or substitute thyme). It makes a great topping on salads, meat, grains, eggs, etc.

  2. Here are two Dairy Free and Gluten Free Flatbread recipes I would like to try. I have made several types of puffy flatbreads already and the results have not measured up. Volunteer to test these! Or share your favorite flatbread recipe 🙂 Once I find one that I’m thrilled with, I’ll update this blog post. Thanks for your patience 🤩

    https://www.glutenfreeandmore.com/recipe/gluten-free-dairy-free-pita-bread/

    https://www.feastingonfruit.com/vegan-gluten-free-flatbread/

gluten free dairy free flatbread recipe

Socca Flatbread, Alegria & A Spectacular Muffin

gluten free dairy free socca recipe

EPISODE #15

In this episode we talk about an unusual but well-loved flatbread that is common in parts of France and Italy. Then I will share an awesome quickbread/muffin recipe that has almost no sugar and we will finish off with a paleo and vegan Mexican candy.

Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/socca-flatbread-alegria-a-spectacular-muffin/id1441338206?i=1000441539028

Recipes:

-Socca Flatbread or Chickpea Crepes (vegan) - coming soon

-Chocolate Coconut Walnut Bread

-Two Hikers on Horseback - Chocolate Amaranth Bars (vegan & paleo)


SHOW NOTES:

Recipes:

  1. Socca Flatbread or Chickpea Crepes (vegan) - coming soon

  2. Chocolate Coconut Walnut Bread

  3. Two Hikers on Horseback - Chocolate Amaranth Alegría Bars (vegan & paleo)

I also mentioned a powder called Maca powder that I’d like to experiment with more. Many people claim that it has numerous health benefits.

Coconut Chocolate Walnut Bread (below).

gluten free dairy free chocolate coconut amaranth bread recipe


Alegría - A Mexican Popped Amaranth Candy (picture below)

Alegria bars are a mexican dessert made with popped amaranth (paleo)

Alegria bars are a mexican dessert made with popped amaranth (paleo)

Amaranth “Polenta” Cakes, an Easy-To-Prepare Boozy Dessert, and More

Gluten Free dairy free amaranth polenta cakes recipe paleo vegan

EPISODE #14

Join us this week for adventures with crepes, protein-rich “polenta” cakes (vegan and paleo), and a dessert that (when made correctly) is absolutely amazing.

Recipes:

-Crepes - some new takes on an old recipe

-Amaranth “Polenta” Cakes 6:32

-Bread Pudding with Caramel Cognac Sauce 11:40


SHOW NOTES:

Recipes:

  1. The Best Crepe Recipe (made with Cashew flour) or Teff Crepes

  2. Amaranth “Polenta" Cakes

  3. Bread Pudding with Caramel Cognac Sauce

A Popped Amaranth Alegría Bar recipe is coming soon!

Amaranth:

Health benefits according to Dr. Axe.

Here are some photos of amaranth flowers (below). The genius, Amaranthus, includes at least 70 species of amaranth and immense diversity. Only certain varieties are used for their “grains" (seeds, actually) and leafy greens. In fact, many varieties are considered weeds. However, many species offer colorful foliage and beautiful unique flowers, so if you live in a climate where the plant is not invasive it might be a great, robust one to add to the garden.


Alegría - A Mexican Popped Amaranth Candy. It’s actually a bar and here is a recipe if you are interested. I look forward to trying this recipe as well!

Alegria bars are a mexican dessert made with popped amaranth (paleo)

Alegria bars are a mexican dessert made with popped amaranth (paleo)

Alice Medrich: Award-Winning Author, Baker, and Chocolate Connoisseur

Alice Medrich interview podcast gluten free flavor flours

EPISODE #12

I had the amazing opportunity to talk with Alice Medrich. She is well-known in the food world for her expertise with chocolate, French pastry, and baking. In fact, she introduced one of America’s treasured desserts, the chocolate truffle, which, in the 1970’s and 80’s, was virtually unknown. We’ll talk about her journey and what it was like to be part of a food movement that is still influencing us today. And, we’ll also dive into her most recent cookbook, Flavor Flours. It’s a celebration of grains that are gluten free and she teaches us what those grains—or flours in this case—can offer us when married with the impeccable craft of a fantastic baker. Alice Medrich, has won numerous awards for her cookbooks, including James Beard awards and a Julia Child first cookbook award.

Join us next week on The Gluten Free Baking Show to learn more about Alice Medrich’s cookbook!

SHOW NOTES:

Here is the recipe for Alice Medrich’s Corn Flour Chiffon Cake

Buttery Crackers, Super-Seeded Crackers, and More

Molasses Cookies

EPISODE #11

This episode is all about crackers. Learn how to make simple, healthy snacks at home. We’ll cover everything from rich buttery crackers, to crackers packed with seeds, to crackers made with cooked whole grains! All of the recipes are dairy free and there are two vegan and paleo recipes.

SHOW NOTES:

Below are the recipes from the episode:

  • Buttery Crackers (Rich & Delicately Crispy - admittedly my favorite)

  • Norwegian Crisp Bread. Yes, it’s also traditional in Sweden and there are variations around Europe, including German Knackebrot. They are super hearty and packed with nutrients. You can adapt it to be paleo or try this paleo alternative, Super Seedy Crackers (I couldn’t help myself with the title..)

  • Quinoa & Corn Crackers (An Oh-so-satisfying crunch!)

Buttery crackers recipe

Portuguese Desserts Adapted From David Leite’s Cookbook

Molasses Cookies

EPISODE #10

Today we talk about desserts from David Leite’s cookbook, The New Portuguese Table. David Leite is the founder of Leite’s Culinaria, which was the first food blog to win a James Beard Award in 2006 and again in 2007. David Leite was also awarded the Julia Child first book award for his cookbook The New Portuguese Table. These desserts will certainly be a regular part of my baking repertoire and I hope you enjoy them too.

SHOW NOTES:

Below are the recipes from the episode:

Gluten-free dairy-free Orange Olive Oil Cake

Gluten-free dairy-free Orange Olive Oil Cake

Interview with Award-Winning Author David Leite

David Leite interview podcast

EPISODES #8 and #9

You can make a convincing case that food defines who we are, and often who we are not. We talk about this and much more with food writer and memoirist David Leite about his most recent book, Notes on a Banana: A Memoir of Food, Love and Manic Depression. He’s the founder of Leite’s Culinaria, which was the first website to win a James Beard Award in 2006 and again in 2007. David Leite was also awarded the Julia Child first book award for his cookbook The New Portuguese Table. His articles have appeared in the New York Times, Bon Appétit, Gourmet, and the Los Angeles Times, among many others.

Join us next week on The Gluten Free Baking Show to learn more about Leite’s recipes!

PART 1 OF 2

PART 2 OF 2

Adapting Cake Flavors, Buttercream, and More

adapt cake flavors

EPISODES #6 and #7

Today we discuss a simple cake recipe and how it can be adapted to different flavors. We also talk with Vanessa Maltin Weisbrod about her book, The Gloriously Gluten-free Cookbook. We finish the show with frostings and an overview of how to make Swiss Meringue Buttercream and Italian Meringue Buttercream.

PART 1 OF 2

PART 2 OF 2

Show Notes:

The cake recipe we discussed was adapted to three different flavors: 

If you’d like to adapt the original recipe, please let me know how it goes by posting a comment below the recipe 🙂 

I would like to thank Vanessa Maltin Weisbrod’s for a wonderful interview about her book, The Gloriously Gluten-free Cookbook. And, in case you didn’t catch the name of the Japanese pastry she mentioned on the show, it’s called Umegae Mochi. 

- The British Baking Show: Prue Leith's Le Gâteau Vert (yes, it’s made with spinach)

- The best citrus zester for savory and sweet dishes

- If your’e interested in purchasing spirulina powder (or psyllium husk powder), I get mine from Starwest Botanicals online. They also have wonderful teas, and things like rose petals and lavender that I use for baking.

- More about the history of dyes.

Holiday Special

EPISODE #5

In this episode we talk about a few recipes from the cookbook Gluten-Free Baking for the Holidays by Jeanne Sauvage
- Lebkuchen Cookies
- Spritz Cookies
- Pfeffernusse Cookies (with black pepper)
- Mandarin Chocolate Cake

We ended with one of my recipes for Whoopee Pies. They also have a dairy free option.
Pumpkin Pie Spiced Whoopee Pies with Cinnamon Nutmeg Buttercream

gluten free dairy free whoopee pie recipe

The whoopee pies are also excellent with Swiss Meringue Buttercream, which you can add flavors or spices to. This buttercream can also be refrigerated or frozen. You just want to bring it to room temperature and stir it before using.

Here is a gluten free Lebkuchen recipe you can try. I haven’t tried it so please let me know if you like it!

Here is a fairly authentic German Lebkuchen “Gingerbread Spice” recipe.

When baking, use a measuring scale! Measuring in grams is more exact than measuring in volume. It also saves time, dishes, and most importunity your baked goods.