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So Berry Good!

Though it is still early for these yummy red berries in my part of the world, strawberries from more temperate parts of the world are starting to make an appearance in my local stores.

Strawberries are a great source of vitamin C and potassium, and regular intake has been linked to a reduction in body inflammation, which is involved arthritis, asthma, atherosclerosis and cancer. Though nothing beats locally grown strawberries that you’ve picked yourself, getting four quarts for five dollars at the store comes pretty close.

My almost hubby (2 months to go!) knows me well… despite my insistence that I could go to the store and come back with the one single item I went for he gave me a knowing ‘I told you so’ look when I saw the near mountain of strawberries before me.

When we got home I managed to find a spot in my fridge for the delicious red morsels. Finding a spot in my tummy or freezer before they all started to turn was another matter however. I let almost hubby know I could take care of ‘the problem’ – and today I did just that!

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mini raisin loaf

Perfect for snacking!

After being sick for nearly two weeks and then getting very busy with work I have sadly been neglecting my kitchen lately. Since I don’t eat grains, you can imagine that this has led to some pretty boring ‘quick’ meals, especially at breakfast time. Once can only stomach scrambled eggs alternated with cheese omelettes for so long.

I have finally found some time this weekend to catch up on some bread baking and decided to add a little extra by making cinnamon, raisin mini loaves. These are perfect toasted with almond butter or just on their own.

I think I’ll make a double batch of these next time so that I can freeze some to have when life gets hectic again!

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pumkin, apple and spice bread

An Ode to Autumn Flavour

I am constantly striving to develop new and better grain free bread recipes. In honour of the season I tried using pumpkin puree in this most recent bread edition. I find that it acts as a good binder while adding moisture.  It also happens to taste pretty good!

I enjoyed this loaf on its own as well as toasted with some generous slatherings of apple butter… mmmm…

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Flax bread with almond butter

Flax bread with almond butter

This morning I woke up craving toast. Half an hour later, after baking bread I had some.

Baking bread used to be an all day affair during my grain eating days. Mixing, kneading, waiting around for the dough to rise, kneading again, rising again… you get the picture.

I now make quick, grain free breads and though they don’t have the same yeasty smell, taste or texture as their glutenous counterparts, they certainly do the trick! Let’s face it, for me bread has always just been an almond butter delivery system for me anyway..

My favourite bread recipe simply for it’s speed, ease and great taste can be found here.

Have fun and enjoy!

Fall is just around the corner. I can tell because the sun is now shining in a weaker, wintery light, the sometimes oppressive humidity has been missing for weeks, and my body seems to have entered full-fledged ‘hibernation’ mode.

This doesn’t mean I’ve crawled into a cave to re-emerge in late April (though this can be a very tempting proposition by the time late January rolls around). What it does mean is that I’ve started to sleep in ever so slightly – a bit more each day. I’ve also started to crave complex carbs like crazy!

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