Gingerbread Loaf (Paleo, Vegan)

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Vegan & Paleo Gingerbread Loaf

This gingerbread is full of flavor. Because it is also vegan and uses fruit as a binding agent, the baked bread is a bit spongy, but the flavor is outstanding for a spicy quick bread.

When I first made this bread, I also served it with my Chocolate Avocado Pudding and blueberries. My ever creative Mini-Foodie 2 took a bite with all three making a trifle like bite. Her reaction: “This is yummy mama, you should try it!” I did and she was right.

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Vegan & Paleo Gingerbread Loaf with Chocolate Avocado Pudding & Blueberries

If you prefer a less spicy bread, be more conservative with the ginger and allspice. But if spicy and flavorful are you idea yummy gingerbread, then use generous measurements.

2 cups all-purpose Paleo flour
2 1/2 tsp baking soda
3-4 tsp ground ginger
2 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp allspice
1/2 tsp ground cloves
1/4 tsp sea salt
3/8 cup coconut  sugar
3/4 cup applesauce or pumpkin puréed (or a combo)
1/8 cup  honey or molasses
3/4 cup water
2 tbsp crystallized ginger, finely chopped (optional)

Preheat oven to 350◦F. Whisk flour, baking soda, spices, & salt together in a large bowl. Set aside. In a medium bowl, combine sugar, applesauce &/or pumpkin, & honey or molasses. Pour wet mixture into dry mixture. Add water & mix slightly. If using, add chopped ginger. Stir until incorporated, but not overmixed. Pour batter into a standatd loaf or 2 mini-loaf pans filling each 3/4 full. Bake 55-60 minutes or mini-loaf 40-45 minutes or until an inserted  toothpick comes out clean & bread no longer has wet dough appearance in center.

Recipe inspired by:
http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/member/views/VEGAN-GINGERBREAD-MINI-LOAVES-50174736

Corn Allergy ER Visit (Work in Progress)

It’s time for some Corn Allergy Creative Writing! Because I am a poet & dramaturge this is a short performance piece. Enjoy!

Corn Allergy ER Visit (Work in Progress)

Characters:
Kelly – corn allergic patient
Amiko – Kelly’s husband and ally
Doctor
Nurse

Scene: Kelly goes to ER for dehydration and needs IV fluids. She is accompanied by Amiko.

K: Can you believe that they are so stubborn?
A: I know. I’m so tired of seeing them try to kill you.
K: You would think that the people that are supposed to help me get healthy would understand that giving me corn in an IV could kill me.
A: I’m no medical doctor, but even I get that.
DR: Hi Kelly.
K: Hi doctor.
DR: The nurses tell me you are giving them a hard time.
K: No. Actually, I’m trying to teach them about my allergy.
DR: Right, your chart says you are allergic to corn…
K: Yes and…
DR: There is no corn in the IV.
K: But there is dextrose.
DR: It’s just sugar.
K: Actually, Dr. it is not just sugar, it comes from corn.
DR: Yeah, yeah…the proteins are not present so you can’t have an allergic reaction to it.
A: Excuse me Dr., but please hear us.
DR: I do hear you. Do you hear me?
A & K: Yes. BUT you are wrong!
N: Do you need help doctor, I hear some yelling.
DR: Sure, but we are fine. I’m trying to educate these people about allergies.
N: Oh, that again?
K: Excuse me. Are either of you allergists?
N & Dr: No.
Dr: But I’ went to Standard Medical School and I…
K: Do either of you have allergies?
N & Dr: No, but we…
A: Do you live with someone with an allergy?
N & Dr: No.
K: We do.
Dr: I understand. You need to understand that I deal with allergic reactions all the time.
A: And how many patients have you helped with a corn allergy?
Dr: Um, well, let’s see.
A: Does that mean none?
Dr: Well, I uh…
K: Amiko, is that a number you understand?
A: May be that’s Stanfordese for a number, but I’m no doctor so I don’t get it.
Dr: Real funny.
N: See doctor, I told you they are ridiculous.
K: NO. You are being ridiculous because…
DR: I’ve had enough of these pranksters. Nurse, administer the IV, the patient is clearly so dehydrated that she is having brain fog.
K: NO! THAT dextrose IV could literally kill me.
A: STOP!
DR: Do I have to call security?
K: No, just get me a corn free IV.
DR: We already discussed this, there is no corn protein in the…
K: Do you see these?
DR: Yes.
A: What are they?
N: A medical alert necklace.
K: What does it say?
N: We already have that information downloaded into your file.
A: Can you read it?
N: Just a second.
K: And what is this?
DR: A tattoo on your inner elbow that…
K: …that says: ALLERGIC TO CORN & DERIVATIVES, NO DEXTROSE IV!
DR: Clearly you got that when you were drunk, who does that? Nurse, the I.V.
K & A: What?!?!
N: NO! Doctor, wait, wait…her chart says…
DR: Yeah, yeah. Corn allergy.  Fine, I’ll do it myself.
N: No, wait but…what is that? A taser?
K: Yes, he’s trying to…
N: I need help, doctor down.

Paleo Torta de Laranja / Orange Pinwheel (custard version)

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Ingredients:

8 eggs
1 cup coconut sugar
1 orange, zest & juice
1 tablespoon palm shortening

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Method:

Preheat oven to 375ºF. In a bowl, beat eggs with coconut sugar until mixture thickens.

Melt shortening in a pan on stovetop. Add melted shortening, orange zest & juice to egg/sugar mixture.

Grease a 13.5”x9.5” jelly roll pan (if you have a smaller pan, do not use all the mixture, to prevent breaking the role when folding; roll should be about 1/2” thick). Place parchment paper on pan & grease with shortening.

Place mixture in pan. Bake for 20 minutes.

Sprinkle some sugar on top of a clean kitchen towel. (Or skip the extra sugar). Turn baked roll onto kitchen towel (without letting it cool down).

Remove parchment paper. Start on narrower side of roll. Roll aided by kitchen towel. Touching the roll is avoided as the towel does the work.

Once cooled, slice roll.

Options:  use a safe filling such as royal icing or jam inside the torta/pinwheel/roll.

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          Cinnamon Roll Variation

Omit orange or leave in for a yummy citrus treat.
Make coconut sugar & cinnamon filling by mixing the latter in coconut oil or palm shortening to desired taste & consistency. Place filling on dough. Roll & cut into slices of desired thickness.

          Strawberries & Cream variation

Omit or leave in orange as desired.
Whip coconut cream with vanilla powder & sugar.
Line torta/pinwheel with cream filling.
Top with sliced strawberries.
Roll. Slice & serve.

Food Processor Maple Chocolate Fudge (Vegan, Paleo, Raw)

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Food Processor Fudge

1/2 cup coconut oil (or 1/4 cup of ea coconut oil  & palm shortening)
1/2 cup of cacao powder (raw, unsweetened)
1/4 (-1/2) cup of maple syrup
1 tsp vanilla powder

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Food Processor Fudge

Place all ingredients in food processor. Mix until smooth & well mixed.

Line a small loaf pan, shallow bowl or plate with parchment paper. Spread fudge evenly in chosen container.  Chill in freezer or fridge until firm. Cut into small squares by scoring. Serve cold as they become soft quickly.

NOTES: * These should last about 10 days, but if your household is like mine, they won’t last more than 2.

* This makes a wonderful frosting when straight out of the food processor.
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