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BUBBLE CHILD the cooking show!

eating gluten-free cookie halloween bubble childHappy Halloween Bubble Children!  It has been some time, and we have had many exciting projects in the works here at Bubble Child headquarters!  (Hence the months-long absence.)  The new web-site is about reading to be shared, and the first episodes of the Bubble Child cooking show have been shot and I am rather thrilled to share with you first!

In the spirit of one of my favorite holidays, and one that I still celebrate as an expat over here in Paris as you should (costumes, cookies, festivities, yup!), it’s my pleasure to share with you the pilot Bubble Child episode: GLUTEN-FREE HALLOWEEN COOKIES

Check it out here : YOUTUBE!

RECIPE! :

cookie cutter halloween gluten-free dairy-free bubble child

HALLOWEEN COOKIES
Gluten- and Dairy-Free

3/4 cup + 2 tbs. millet flour
1/2 cup + 1 tbs. buckwheat flour
1/4 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. sea salt
3/4 tsp. vanilla
1/3 tsp. agar agar
1 cup xylitol or 2/3 cup sugar
1/3 cup + 2 tbs. margarine or butter (non-hydrogenated margarine)
1 egg + 1 egg yolk

+cookie cutter or your choice
+extra flour for preparation

preparation time: 10 minutes
cook time: 10-12 minutes
Yields about 1 dozen large cookies, 2 dozen small

1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silpat, or lightly grease.
2. Cream butter and sugar.  Add vanilla and sea salt.  Set aside.
3. Combine all dry ingredients with a whisk.  Set aside.
4. Cream eggs into wet mixture until homogenous.  Add dry ingredients.  Mix until dough is consistent in texture and is not too sticky.  If it’s too sticky, add a bit more flour.
5. Place dough in refrigerator as you clean off your work space to roll it out.  Generously flour the surface with gluten-free flour.
6. Remove dough from fridge, and roll out a half of it to desired thickness (this will depend on your cookie mold or personal preferences.)  Punch out molds, and transfer, with a spatula, to prepared baking sheet.  Finish with the rest of the dough.
7. Bake cookies for about 10-12 minutes, depending on their thickness and your oven.
8. Remove, let cool, and save for about 2-3 days.  Dough can be frozen, same with the cookies.

baked gluten-free halloween cookies

Please subscribe on YouTube!  More videos on both (a) recipes and (b) kitchen basics are headed your way so soon — lessons that all cooks, Bubble Children or not, can benefit from in their culinary endeavors!

Have a lovely Halloween!!  Bisous

Bubble Child

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morning inspiration: DIY RAISIN BRAN and spirulina in Haribo!

raisin bran diyHappy things filled my brain this morning.  Firstly, the discovery that was made this weekend is worth mentioning: Haribo has Spirulina in it.  Yes, Haribo — those delightful gummies that are neither too sweet nor too tacky.  Since they are flavored with natural flavors and colors (another woo!), they contain Spirulina, which is a cyanobacterium that contains calcium, protein, antioxidants, vitamins… lots of good stuff.  While eating green gummies will probably not save my life, this was certainly a petite pleasure to discover.

haribo croco

My head was further massaged when I blended things in my pantry.  Not machine blending, but more holding hands, I guess.  Being a “Bubble Child” with a strong nut allergy, gluten intolerance, and corn sensitivity makes finding cereal in France rather challenging.  If it’s not filled with wheat its gluten-free alternative is a flake of corn.  If I can find a healthy looking muesli, it will have hazelnuts.  What’s a girl to do?  Ahhh, DIY.

All I seem to find are buckwheat flakes and puffs of various sorts (rice, buckwheat, etc.)  How about…. I want raisin bran so I combine those two with raisins?  Magique!

flakes and raisins

Here’s your morning inspiration: to save your stomach, histamines, and wallet some work, try combining different cereal flakes you can eat with different dried fruits and dark chocolate chips (!!) to have some custom lovin’ every morning in a bowl.  Top with either lactose-free milk or dairy-free milk of choice, and you’re smooth sailing for the day. <3

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kale and radish salad with creamy 5-ingredient dressing

kale radish salad

kaaaaaaaaaaaaale

kale kale kale, I could scream from the top of my lungs!  Or perhaps the bottom.  I believe that would indeed be the most profound.

washed kale

I wouldn’t have guessed, but kale is quite hard to come across in France.  I have the luxury of having a very decently priced little organic market down the street from me.  They never let me down (they even half priced the berries I was buying once as the manager said he tried them and they weren’t sweet enough.  He’s tough public, because I thought they were amazing.)

Neither here nor there with the berries, but the kale, yes, the kaaaale, they have it.  It was almost like running into an old elementary school teacher or something, the way I felt when I looked down the aisle towards the produce and saw green bobs of curl brimming from a wooden-laced carton box.

radi

I don’t know what it is about the salad.  My Grandma thought it was a bizarre thing to eat (isn’t that the plant that grows along roads in dirt or for decoration in planters?)  Yes, but a lot of good things do that, too.  And it’s just so weirdly healthy tasting — in a good way.  It’s one of those things you eat for the first time, you like it decently, but I think it’s so good for your body that when your body sees it again it’s automatically conditioned to want it more because of the good it does inside.  Like garlic.

Gaaaarlic.

I’ll stop.

salad dressing ingredientsdressing in bowl

Here’s a really simple recipe for two brilliant ingredients with a 5-ingredient salad dressing that complements the two just too well.  Takes, like, 3 minutes to make.  <3

Enjoy on a breezy hot summer day!

tossing saladkale and radish salad with creamy 5-ingredient dressing
-vegan-
-gluten, nut, corn-free-

ingredients:
1 large bunch kale, washed, dried
about 12 small red radishes, washed, cut into thin slices (I recommend using a Japanese mandolin)
2 tbs. dijon mustard
1 tbs. agave nectar
3 tbs. rice vinegar (or apple cider vinegar)
6 tbs. neutral oil (grapeseed is my preferred)
1 tsp. tamari (gluten-free soy sauce)*

method: Prepare dressing by mixing mustard, agave nectar, and vinegar in a bold until combined.  Slowly whisk in oil to emulsify.  Add soy sauce to taste.  Toss in prepared kale and radish.  Salt and pepper to taste if needed/desired.

*for those with soy allergies, simply salt to taste and don’t add tamari.

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INSPIRATION: quinoa puffs

quick little inspiration:

quinoa puffsInstead of starting your morning with rice krispies, try crisped quinoa.  It has more protein and is probably less processed, which means that it’ll leave you fuller longer and be easier to digest.

If it’s not available in your local health food store, try finding it here:

united states: the gluten free shoppe

france: greenweez

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gluten-free teff BAGUETTE

cooked baguetteswhen the goin’ gets teff… (first and last bad joke, I promise)

brushing oil teff breadoh baby

teff milkTeff flour has been one of my favorite substitutes for wheat flour for a while now.  Teff milk was a new discovery today: I’m not sure that rice milk is the best thing to consume out of the lactose-free milks as it’s basically just sugar.  It’s not bad, but it’s not rich, either.  Teff milk has now been my favorite dairy-free milk for one day.  A whole day.  And now night.

It’s real here: baguette is something that surpasses stereotype.  It surrounds the daily function of the Parisian, clings to the backs of those dedicated enough to leave an opening in their backpacks for the long strand of yeast-risen staple, breaks beneath the fingers of the eager who cannot make it home without finding the tip missing.  Yup, baguette’s a thing.  And today I wanted one real bad.  That’s when I found teff flour for the first time in grocery stores here.  Sha buy yah roll call

teff bread demi baguetteI think you’ve gotta be a bit of a geek to make it in this world.  Tech-y stuff is all over, and what’s slightly paradoxical is that I’ve found the more I give up my old ways of traditional-is-better-because-it’s-more-human, unless I actually want to go Neanderthal, it’s hit me that these new advances in images and sound and things with computers and wires can actually make the human things we do more interesting.

shaping baguetteIt’s not like the computer made the baguette.

I say this because you may notice that these pictures look slightly better than the past.  That’s because technically they are.  I’ve succumbed to, with the greatest pleasure, an actual camera.  It’s manual, I control things like aperture and shutter speed, and photoshop is now something taking up space in my hard drive.  In between washing off the teff flour and gluten-free yeast from my hands,  I spent my first day with my new ally in the kitchen.  And then ate some baguette so I’d have something pretty to share with you.  Of course, that was the only impetus to construct a plate like this.

plated breadExcuses are lovely sometimes.

Teff Baguette

-vegan-

-gluten, nut, soy, dairy, egg, and corn free-

ingredients: 2 tbs (21 g) flax seeds, 3 tbs (41 g) hot water, 1/4 cup (50 g) + 1/3 cup (75 g) teff milk [can substitute water], 3/4 cup (90g) teff flour, 3/4 cup (100 g) brown rice flour, 2 tbs (16 g) arrowroot starch/flour, 8 g yeast, 1/4 tsp (a large pinch) sea salt, 2 teaspoons honey or agave nectar

method: In small bowl, pour hot water over flax seeds.  Let soak 20 minutes.  Combine flax seed mixture with 1/4 cup teff milk (or alternative dairy-free milk or water) until puréed.  Set aside.

flax seed mixCombine all dry ingredients in large bowl, adding salt at the very last second before you add liquid.  (Salt will kill the yeast if left too long without the sugar to feed on.)

dry ingredientsAdd flax seed mixture and half of the teff milk.  Knead with hands.  Add honey/agave nectar and remainder of milk and more if needed to get a moist dough that is not sticky.  If too dry, add more milk or a bit water.  If sticky, add a bit of rice flour.  Knead for about 5 minutes, form into a ball, and let rise in bowl covered with wet towel.

kneading doughcovered rising doughKnead again for 5 minutes, separate into three balls for mini baguettes, two balls for demi baguettes, or keep whole for a large baguette.  Roll into a cylinder, then taper out the edges.  Place on a prepared baking sheet (silicon mat and a light oiling will do quite well) and flatten a bit in the middle, and then fold in both edges (see photo at beginning of post).  You’ll make a bit of a smushed taco.  Flip over (the smush is the bottom of the baguette) and make lines with a small knife on the top.  Cover with a damp towel and let rise about 1 1/2-2 hours minimum.*  Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).  Bake bread for 5 minutes.  Remove from oven and brush with a fine layer of oil and sprinkle with salt.  Place back in oven turned the other way, for even cooking, and bake another 10 minutes.  If the inside or bottom is not cooked through, reduce heat to 375 F (185 degrees C) and bake for another 5-10 minutes.  This really varies upon the size of your baguette and your oven.  Remove from heat, let cool to touch, and consume within a day for freshness.  To keep longer, keep it in the freezer until use.

*If preparing the night before, keep covered in the refrigerator and let rise in a warm place for 1 1/2 hours the next day.

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