Puffball Mushrooms

Puffball Mushrooms

Puffball Mushrooms

A few weeks ago Dad and I were working at the Airport when something shiny in the field caught my eye…… it was a Puffball Mushroom!  Like a kid on an Easter egg hunt I tore through the field collecting mushrooms.  Dad was just delighted (not really.  He hates mushrooms)… I used him as an impromptu Easter egg basket.  I filled Dad’s arms with with the lovely Puffballs while visions of Fried Mushrooms danced in my head.

Grandma first introduced me to Puffball Mushrooms when I was in my early teens.  Mom and Dad were out for the evening and I was having dinner with my grandparents.  Grandma tricked me into eating them…. she was sneaky like that.  No way in hell I would have eaten nasty mushrooms out of a field….. unless Grandma tricked me into eating them…. I was a teenager…. they were fried…. I ate them… and they were delicious.  Sneaky, sneaky, Grandma…. she was right.

Yum!

Yum!

Fried Puffball Mushrooms

  • Puffball Mushroom, cleaned and sliced
  • Egg, (whisked with a little bit of water)
  • Flour (I used Pamela’s Gluten Free Flour)
  • Olive Oil

Wash and slice the puffball mushroom (make sure you a have a real puffball – http://www.mssf.org/cookbook/puffballs.html and that it is completely white inside).  Dip the slices in the egg wash and then coat with the flour.  Fry in the oil until toasty and brown.  Eat and enjoy!

These were perfect!

These were perfect!

These were too far gone :(

These were too far gone 😦

Ready to cook!

Ready to cook!

Day 5 – Identity Chrisis

I think I may be turning into a Vegan.

It all started with the chocolate cravings… I just wanted chocolate so bad…. and Brian wanted me to have chocolate pretty bad too. Yesterday he was all tough… He even told my mom to not give into me!  Today Brian’s resolve was wavering a bit too… perhaps the incessant howling …. mine… about chocolate was having an effect?  Before long Brian was beside me at the computer googling for a recipe with chocolate… without eggs or flour.  I figured I could use the Almond Milk to replace any milk.  And I can’t use just any chocolate… but I can use cocoa powder.  (I remember Mom used to let me have semi-sweet chocolate chips when I was a kid, but now they have milk in the ingredients list.)  Who would have thought it would be so hard?

To replace the eggs we found we could use bananas or applesauce.  I’m not a fan of using strange chemicals as replacements…. I’m trying to go clean (I know I can’t go totally chemical free, but I’m aiming for chemical free-er).

SUBSTITUTIONS: 

1 egg – 1/4 cup applesauce PLUS 1/2 teaspoon Baking Powder

OR flaxmeal (Make flaxmeal by grinding flaxseed in a blender until it has the consistency of cornmeal.) Use two tablespoons flaxmeal plus 1/8 teaspoon baking powder plus 3 tablespoons water for each egg called for in recipe.

OR bananas – Substitute 1/2 of a mashed ripe banana plus 1/4 teaspoon baking powder for each egg.

Woo Hoo!

Now we just needed a recipe that didn’t need flour. I know there are recipes that use black beans…. and different kinds of flour…. I’m just not desperate enough to go to beans…. and I’m willing to try the different kinds of flour, but I just don’t have them in the house at the moment.

You know how your Google searches get better the longer you search?  I started out with “Chocolate” and then added “Flour-less” and then I noticed I kept getting Vegan recipes… Umm…. Google?  I’m not Vegan.  I love cows… to eat.  Then again… Looking back at what I’ve been eating lately… OMG!  I’m turning Vegan! (Actually, I”m probably more of a Pescatarian – basically a vegetarian that still eats seafood…. I don’t like pork, I like steak, but not super fond of hamburger, can’t have turkey or chicken….. but I’m more vegan since I can’t have the eggs or milk… does that make me a Pescan?)

We found this recipe for Flourless Fudge Brownies and thought we’d give it a shot and try out our egg alterations.

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Our first attempt came out really oily and wouldn’t solidify…  Brian was ready to pitch it and give up… until I started sniffling… Not cute, or anything… sorta desperate… with wide blinkie eyes.  “Yeah, sure… I’ll try another batch. No problem!”  And so we made a few more adjustments and into the oven batch number two went.

It wouldn’t solidify either…. I’m guessing it really needed eggs.  *sigh*

Brian tried to perk me up with Starburst…. so not chocolate.

Chocolate cravings continue.

Wheat Free Me

Something is wrong with me… no, seriously.

For the past year my allergies have been halfheartedly trying to kill me.  At first I just though it was a hormonal screw-up… lots of trouble with foods and smells… I’m still not sure where the whole “smell” issue came from, but it’s mostly gone now.  The bigger, more evil issue is that I am suddenly having allergic reactions to things that I’ve always eaten and never had a problem with before.  Sometimes I can eat the offending food item again without issue… but I’m usually too scared to try it again.  I’m loosing menu items all the time!

Now, food allergies are nothing new for me.  As a kid, I had terrible food allergies.  At the age of six I was tested and on a scale of 1 – 5 I was a SEVEN with eggs…. my doctor said that I was SO allergic to eggs that it could kill me…. Wheat and milk were bad too, but eggs were the devil.  My poor, poor mother…. she had the worst time trying to feed me.   For over a year I couldn’t touch wheat, milk or eggs…. do you know what that leaves?  Fish… corn chips…. ummm…… oranges?  Poor, Momma… poor ME!  We ate a lot of Kosher food…. lots of seafood (’cause ya know chicken and turkey are egg products… uh huh… seriously).

Thank goodness Mom was dedicated and creative enough to go through all that with me…. I’d have just smothered me with a pillow if I was Mom.

Luckily, I have more options available to me now than when Mom was trying to feed me as a kid.  A lot more people are recognising that wheat and gluten are major allergens.  I love that wheat and milk are being listed as allergens on products.  Now I have access to soy and almond milk…. gluten-free pastas and breads…. and I can eat sheep and goat cheese!

My plan is to go completely without wheat, milk or egg foods for the next two weeks…. after that I’ll try to reincorporate those foods back into my diet and see how it goes… hopefully a detox time will let my body readjust…. hopefully I won’t have to give up wheat, milk or eggs forever…. sigh.

LOVE Global Foods Market…. wish it was a little bit closer to me… but it is worth the drive!  Also love Pinterest!  I’ve started a board for recipes without wheat, milk or eggs (I’ve left in foods with feta cheese because I can use sheep or goat’s milk cheese).  Also love my hubby who is totally supporting me as I try to detox over the next few weeks…. he’s promised (he offered!) to go wheat/milk/egg free with me (he’s free to eat as he pleases when he’s out of my sight…. I understand).   Gotta love Mom too…. for getting me through the first time…. and encouraging (badgering) me to quit being a baby and cut out the things that are making me sick!

Exciting recipes to follow… Know a good recipe that is wheat, milk and egg free?  Share!