Gluten-free, Egg-free Fried Zucchini blossom Recipe

September 13th, 2010 yum Posted in Breastfeeding for Allergic Baby Recipe, Buckwheat, Dairy Free, Egg Free, JM friendly, Local Food Movement, Nut Free, Rice Free, Sorghum, Soy Free, Vegan, Zucchini, corn free, tapioca starch free 4 Comments »

Some weeks back, I went to my favorite farmer’s market in Mountain View and came across some beautiful baby zucchini with the blossoms still attached. I was inspired, so they came home with me. Because I’m eating egg-free for Baby Yum, I knew I couldn’t make an egg batter for them, but I thought maybe club soda might provide some fizz for battered zucchini. I folded some gluten free flour and seasonings into club soda and dipped the baby zucchini and blossom into the batter and then fried them in a pan. A little salt sprinkled over the top was the finishing touch on some very special and unique appetizers. I’ve made these several times since in celebration of the bounty of farmer’s markets. This weekend I didn’t come across any zucchini blossoms, but I did bring home some little round zucchini that cried out for special treatment. I thinly sliced these zucchini, dried off the slices, dusted them with sorghum flour and then battered them and pan fried them. They were wonderful as appetizers served with Muir Glen organic pasta sauce, and were equally good as a main course served on buckwheat grit “polenta” drizzled with sauce.

I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as we have. Every time I make it, our meal becomes a special occasion, and this dish reminds me that fresh, local ingredients can be the best inspiration for a gluten-free and/or vegetarian diet.

Looking for more gluten-free, vegan fried veggies? Try Fried Artichoke Fritters *contains corn*

This recipe is linked to Slightly Indulgent Tuesdays where you will find many other great and mostly gluten-free recipes.

Egg-free Gluten-free Fried Zucchini Blossoms
Ingredients
1 package zucchini with blossoms or 2-3 fat, short farmer’s market zucchini, sliced with ends removed
2/3 cup sorghum flour or 1/3 cup sorghum, 1/3 cup buckwheat or other flavorful whole grain gluten-free flour
1/6 cup arrowroot starch
3/4 cup club soda
1 tsp. your favorite seasoning (Italian seasonings, pasta seasonings, whatever)
1/4 tsp. salt

extra gluten-free flour for dusting
olive oil
More salt for serving.

Directions
Sift together flour and whisk together with club soda. If you think the batter is too thin, add more of your main flour 1 tbsp. at a time until you like the texture. For zucchini and blossoms, slice in half. For zucchini, dry each slice with a paper towel and dust with flour. Heat a tablespoon or so of oil in a cast iron or nonstick pan on medium-high. Immerse zucchini in batter and place on hot griddle. Turn gently when golden brown and fry other side. Add a little extra oil to the pan if necessary. Remove to wire rack, sprinkle with additional salt and let cool slightly.

Serve zucchini with blossoms plain, Serve zucchini slices with marinara or your favorite pasta sauce on the side.

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Gluten-free Birthday Party Menu: Vegan Meyer Lemon Cupcake Recipe

July 21st, 2010 yum Posted in Baked Goods, Breastfeeding for Allergic Baby Recipe, Dairy Free, Dessert, Egg Free, JM friendly, Nut Free, Party Food, Party Menu, Rice Free, Sorghum, Soy Free, Vanilla, Vegan, tapioca starch free 9 Comments »


Last weekend on the 17th of July, Baby Yum and I celebrated our respective birthdays with a lovely birthday party full of friends, food, and celebration. It was her first birthday, and it was my… well, let’s just say it was NOT my first birthday. However, it was my first birthday with a darling baby daughter by my side. As usual, I cooked way too much, but since leftovers are lovely things, I didn’t worry too much about it.

Our gluten-free birthday menu included:
Pickled asparagus
Gluten free crackers and red peppers with baba ghanoush or hummus
Grilled asparagus and mushrooms
Roasted lemon eggplant slices with tahini sauce
gluten-free vegan onion rolls
non-veg barbecue
Indian Veg Rajma Chili
Rice
Vegan Meyer Lemon English Muffins with homemade Meyer Lemon Marmalade
And not 1 but 3 kinds of gluten-free cupcakes: chocolate, vanilla, and meyer lemon

Wish you could have joined us! The meyer lemon cupcakes were a success, and I thought I would share them here with you. Note that they are similar to my earlier vanilla cupcake recipe but do not contain millet flour.

Here’s some pictures of the festivities:

Gluten Free Vegan Sorghum Meyer Lemon Cupcake Recipe
Ingredients
1 cup hemp milk or other alternative milk
1 1/2 tsp. apple cider vinegar
1 cup sorghum flour
1/4 +1 tbsp cup arrowroot starch or tapioca starch
1 tsp. xanthan gum
2 Tbsp. arrowroot starch
3/4 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1/3 cup canola oil
3/4 cup sugar
2 tsp. vanilla extract
1 1/2 tsp lemon extract
1 tbsp. lemon zest (try meyer)
Directions
Preheat oven to 350 and line muffin pans with cupcake liners.

Whisk in your apple cider vinegar into your hemp milk and let sit for a few minutes. It won’t curdle much, if at all, but that is ok. If you use another milk like soy it will curdle more and you can use less vinegar.

Beat together your vinegar milk mixture with oil, sugar and extracts. Sift in your flours, xanthan gum, arrowroot starch, baking powder, baking soda and salt and gently stir them in together. Add your lemon zest as the batter begins to come together.

Pour your batter into the cupcake liners and bake for 22 minutes. Cool on a cooling rack and frost right away! They will be more delicate the next day. Refrigerate or freeze if desired.

Notes
I frosted this with a combination of Earth Balance Soy-free margarine and sunflower-palm oil shortening whipped with vanilla and confectioner’s sugar. Alternate adding small amounts of meyer lemon juice (if available) with meyer lemon zest (if available) as you add the sugar.

Keeps well frosted overnight in a cupcake keeper.

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