recipes

sweet & tart links

Check out these lovely sweet & tart recipes I found while perusing the web. All 3 are packed with flavour, and are naturally gluten-free:

Rhubarb, Raspberry Clafoutis
Lemon Polenta Cake
Wheat-Free Strawberry Rhubarb Crumble

Local rhubarb is almost ready... here!

Spring Experiments & Fabulous Gluten-free Recipes

Image (a tasty little experiment): Mini Rice Flour Cream Puffs with Rose Water Icing (coloured with beet juice)

Lately I've been busy in the kitchen experimenting and tweaking new recipes. Stay tuned for Toasted Coconut Granola, Sweet Ambrosia Cookies, Sprouted Quinoa Cornbread, and more... In the meantime, check out these fabulous rich chocolate recipes - all gluten-free:

Amaranth, Quinoa and Dark Chocolate Cake
“Lighter than Air” Chocolate Cake
Very Healthy Chocolate Bars
Chocolate Pavlova

Happy baking!

Recipes from the Depths

I'm off to the Caribbean for a couple of weeks for some much needed R&R - this time The Bay Islands, Honduras! (Interesting fact: Honduras means "the depths" in Spanish.) Besides relaxing in a hammock under a coconut palm, hanging out in a mango tree, snorkeling with sea turtles, and kayaking, I'm looking forward to enjoying a lot of fresh fruit and fish and other local fare.

Here are some regional recipes that sound wonderful:

Honduran Mango Avocado Salsa - Great with fish.
Caribbean Recipes from Roatan Honduras - Check out the Baked Mango Dessert, Coconut Bread, and Johanna's Mango Salsa "to die for".
Tortillas - A Honduran staple. This is a very good detailed description on how to make your own - fresh is so much better!
Garifuna Backyard Oven Allspice Cinnamon Buns - Sarita the "Sweet Bun Lady" uses her great-grandmother's recipe. Great story.

Hasta luego mi amigos!

Avocado Shakes & Smoothies for St. Patty's Day

Happy St. Patrick's day! And now for some festive green fare :-) Here are some great sounding recipes for natural green shakes and smoothies made with avocados:

Avocado Smoothie - Great healthy all fruit recipe.
Avocado - Banana Shake - I love the sounds of this avocado-banana-yogurt combo.
Brazilian Avocado Shake - One could use milk and sugar substitutes in this delicious shake - I'm thinking almond milk and agave syrup, mmm...
Bravocado! Shake - This shake is sweetened with honey, and sounds absolutely divine. (Warning: loud music plays when you're on this page.)
Vietnamese Avocado Shake - Classic.
Avocado Shake with Boba - Similar to the classic Vietnamese shake, but with big tapioca pearls - fun!

Here are a couple of healthy green smoothies I enjoy regularly - sans avocado:

Magic Green Smoothie - Spirulina makes it stimulating, mineral-rich, and super-green.
Green Ginger Pineapple Smoothie - Super raw detox smoothie - great for alkalizing your system. Refreshing and delicious + packed with vitamins, minerals, fiber, and enzymes.

To cap things off, here's a strong vibrant-green antioxidant-rich cocktail: Matcha Martini

Enjoy :-)

Fat Tuesday!


New Orleans Mardi Gras maskers, c. 1915, scanned from old postcard. Note women carry whips to fend off any unwanted attentions. (Wikipedia)

It's Mardi Gras, Fat Tuesday, Pancake Day, the last day of Carnival! I'm putting on something sparkly and frying up some pancakes tonight :-)

  • Festive pancake recipes:

Awesome Almond Buckwheat Pancakes - a personal favorite
Swedish Pancake - a lovely giant pancake you bake
Dee's Oatmeal Pancakes Recipe - these sound great
corn and bacon pancakes
- yes, bacon in pancakes is awesome! (get oganic)
Oatmeal Bacon Pancakes - Irish recipe, sounds yummy

  • Pancakes for hardcore healthy eaters + gluten-free:

Super Pancakes (for one or more) - packed with nutritious filling whole grains
Carolyn's Breakfast Pancakes - "...we have had this breakfast EVERY SINGLE DAY for the past 2 years"
Protein Power Pancakes - quick easy gluten-free sugar-free breakfast for one
Gluten Free / Sugar Free / Lactose Free Pancakes - the name says it all
Delicious Gluten-Free Pancakes - this has great reviews

Beautiful Burfi

Not too long ago, we ventured out east - east Toronto that is - and scored these gorgeous rich decadent Indian sweets.

Here's what's in the photo, starting in the upper left and going clockwise: carrot halva, caramel? burfi with pistachio and silver leaf, pistachio burfi, chocolate burfi, saffron burfi, almond burfi. Yum! I especially loved the carrot halva and the mysterious caramel-flavored silver leaf fudge.

Burfi (aka barfi) is basically Indian fudge, that's generally made with milk, ghee, sugar, nuts, chickpea flour, and spices. Interesting fact: most recipes don't contain eggs, and most are gluten-free - though this doesn't make these sugary-dairy-rich sweets health-food ;-)

Check out these (mostly) traditional Indian recipes for fudge (burfi, barfi), halva, and egg-free cakes.

2 Super-Healthy Quick Breads!



Super-Healthy Banana Bread
"...whole-grain perfectly spiced banana bread: gluten-free, sugar-free,
dairy-free and flavorful with no unnecessary sugar or fat."

Happy New Year!


On top of the world at Calakmul.

Happy New Year!

For my first post of 2008 I would like to share some highlights from the past year, and let you know what's percolating for this year. 2007 was a productive adventurous year for me, and for pattycake.ca.

Festive Recipes from Favorite Blogs

Lovely nutty vegan confection - great for sweet carob lovers or those avoiding chocolate: Carob Nut Balls

Rich and beautifully flavored... Pine Nut Rosemary Shortbread

Some of my favorite flavour combos are in this beautiful (healthy!) candy: Aztec Chocolate Bark 

 

Almonds :-)

almond tree in Spain
A beautiful blooming almond tree in Spain. (image from the wikipedia)
The food of the week on one of my favorite sites (the world's healthiest foods) is the amazingly tasty, versatile, nutritious almond! High in protein, healthy fat, vitamin E, manganese - also containing a good amount of magnesium, copper, B2 and antioxidants (read the full low-down here) - almonds are truly a super-food :-) I love enjoying them dry-roasted, sprouted, in baked goods...
Recipes:

Flourless Sesame Almond Cookies

Blueberry Fig Sprouted Almond Clafouti

Awesome Almond Buckwheat Pancakes

Orange Mexican Wedding Cakes

Chocolate Almond Bran Biscotti

Super Pancakes (for one or more)

Gluten Free / Sugar Free Cheesecake

Sprouted Almond Smoothie