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inverted millet avocado kinda-sushi

plated-millet-avocado-sushi-roll

When one goes gluten-free, I think that the amount of rice consumed by said person exploses.  Like, missile high.  Scratch that, atmosphere galaxy high.  Whether it’s in restaurants (looks like we’ll be having sushi tonight, no wheat!) or at home (rice flour is now king), I can’t really say too much of anything is ever good for you.  Unless you’re fiercely in love, or writing a book, then putting an abnormal time into that thing is probably a good thing, but with rice?  eh.  Not sending rockets in my emotional hemisphere.

plastic-wrapped-millet-avocado-rolls

rolls-cut-simple

In fact, it might be.  Rice is a grain that is gluten-free, and of course just fine in moderation, but that is also acidic in nature (which we consume too much of in general), and contains sugars.  There are many health problems that stem from too much sugar and acidity in the stomach, from ulcers to bacterial overgrowths to straight up diabetes.  What’s more, if you’re cooking with white rice, or refined rice flour, you may be cutting out gluten, but wouldn’t it be cool to give your taste buds (and stomach) a break?

salmon-on-avocado-millet

Yeahhhhh totally would.

So!  Tonight I had a little experiment at my humble abode… I made a kinda-sushi-roll.  But! instead of seaweed on the outside I used avocado, instead of rice I used cooked millet, and instead of raw fish I used smoked salmon.  I think you’ll dig it.  Enjoy:

inverted avocado millet kinda-sushi

1 avocado, cut into thin slices

1/2 cup cooked millet*

2 slices smoked salmon (organic if you can find!), or vegetarian protein of choice

optional 8 thin slices green onion, cooked or raw

preparation time: 8 minutes

serves 1-2

avocado-on-cutting-boardmillet-and-avocado-on-cutting-board

1. Cover a cutting board with plastic film.  Lay out avocado slices in a vertical line with little overlap.

2. Lay out the cooked millet in a thin layer to cover just half of the avocado length-wise.  (see image.)  You can also add your onions if you’d like here.

3. Add smoked salmon, thinly sliced, in the middle.  Take the plastic film in two hands on the side of the millet.  Fold it over the top of the ingredients as you would making a burrito.  When the plastic reaches the other plastic, as in it rolls on top of itself, pull it snug like you would a burrito.  Then, roll the entire roll over the plastic to seal it in.  Make sure it’s tightly wrapped!

4. You can either cut the rolls with the plastic on if your knife is on the not-so-sharp side, or if your knife is running on all gears, cut it directly and transfer to the serving plate with a spatula.

not-cut-avocado-millet-roll

*of course, you can use rice if you’d like.  Just a suggestion, and something that tasted good.  :)

 

 

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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

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BUBBLE CHILD featured on VEGAN MIAM this week

vegan miam screenshotRika and Doni are living the vegan dream.  Their blog Vegan Miam — “miam” deriving from the French word for “yum” — catapults them around the world, where they explore major and minor cities alike, tasting their way through the animal-free side of the local cuisine.  This week, I am absolutely honored to have guest posted a complete vegan version of my homemade spring roll with thai “peanut” sauce.

Nut and gluten-free, of course.  (and complete herbavore as the name would have it!)

I recommend checking out the site.  For meat avoiders and embracers, the photography is so tantalizing you won’t care if the dishes were made from cardboard.  (Which would be rather impressive and disappointing all at once.)

Bubble Child on Vegan Miam: http://veganmiam.com/guest-posts/spring-rolls-nut-free-thai-peanut-sauce

two springrolls

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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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