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Iron Chef Serendipity Recap

Sunday was Iron Chef Serendipity and it was really fun.

Iron chef Serendipity ingredients

The ingredients: Gluten free quinoa pasta (order from iherb), Chinese cabbage, enoki mushrooms, green peppers, Okinawa black sugar, yuzu, onions, ground beef, dried edamame, tomatoes. A bonus ingredient for one team was a kabocha squash and the other team got pumpkin seeds. I brought most of the contents of my spice cupboard for communal use.

 

You can see the results below. All of the participants were impressed with what they made. Everything tasted good.

I’ll be running it again in the new year for those of you who missed it. I can’t wait to see what they will make next.

Team Pavess

Team Pavess dishesTeam mamachanTeam mamachan dishes

Kabocha squash dessert pizzasQuinoa pasta with chinese cabbagebuns with pumpkin seeds

Gluten free Meat pieStuffed green peppers Fried gluten free quinoa pasta Curried pumpkin seeds

Guest Post: Gluten Free Cupcakes with Blueberry Buttercream

gluten free vanilla cupcake blueberry buttercream

I was contacted by KA Japan a while ago asking if I’d like to contribute a recipe. Of course, I said yes and I sent them the gluten free cupcakes with blueberry buttercream recipe I used in my recent gluten free cooking class. Hop over to the KA Japan website for the recipe. Enjoy!

Looking for my next cooking class? Head over to this post to find out what I have coming up for Canada Day.

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Banana Oatmeal Cookies (gluten free)

Banana Oat Cookies

I often see two ingredient cookies or three ingredient cakes on Pinterest. Usually this means a cake mix plus eggs or even a can of coke. If you combined the ingredient lists of these mixes you would probably have around fifty ingredients, not one of them unprocessed. All food is processed on some level but there is a bit of a difference between the ingredients list on a cake mix box and the ingredients list on butter. Anyhow, those “three ingredient cakes” make me angry.

On to the topic of the day. These cookies have only two ingredients, bananas and rolled oats. These are really easy and also kid friendly. You can make them gluten free by using certified gluten free oats.

Banana Oatmeal Cookies

2 ripe bananas
2 (250mL) cups of rolled oats

Optional add ins: nuts, raisins, dried fruit, chocolate chips, coconut flakes, cinnamon, vanilla, flax seeds, chia seeds

Preheat the oven to 170C (350F). In a large mixing bowl, mash the bananas. Add the oats and mix until combined. You should be able to shape the dough into balls but it will still be sticky. If your bananas were on the large side, you may need more oats. If you are making these for smaller children, you can put the oats in a food processor or blender to make them smaller. Shape the dough into balls  the size of your choice. Place on a cookie sheet that has been greased or on top of parchment paper. Bake until they start to brown on the edges. Cool before serving.

For more oaty goodness, try my baked oatmeal snack bars.

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Gluten Free Feast (Workshop)

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I had originally scheduled this for Mother’s Day (unbeknownst to me) and was wondering why so few people were signing up. I have had several people ask for something like this. Now I know that Mother’s Day is not the best day for a cooking workshop. So now we have a new date. Continue reading Gluten Free Feast (Workshop)

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Kabu and onion soup

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I wanted something nice and light for lunch yesterday so I decided to try making a soup that I had the day before at Earthen Place Cafe here in Zushi. It was a kabu (a white turnip) and onion soup so I gave it a try and was happy with the results. Click here for a picture of the kabu. Despite the texture resembling the daikon radish, which takes a long time to cook through and become tender, kabus cook very quickly. This soup can easily be vegan, gluten-free or any other allergen free simply by changing your bullion cube.

Kabu and Onion Soup

500mL water
1 bullion cube 
1 medium onion
1 medium to large kabu
salt and pepper, to taste

Put the water in a sauce pan and bring it to a boil. While you are waiting for the water to boil, peel and thinly slice the onion into half moon shapes. When the water has boiled, add the onion and bullion cube and reduce the heat to a simmer. Simmer until the onion turns translucent. I let mine get soft because I don’t like onions that are still firm. While the onion is cooking, peel the kabu, cut in half, then each half into thirds. Finally slice thinly. You basically need to cut a thin slice into six pieces. Once the onion is ready, add the kabu and simmer until it becomes tender. This should only take about five minutes.

Other soups you may enjoy:

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kabu-onion-soup

Kabu and onion soup

kabu-onion-soup

I wanted something nice and light for lunch yesterday so I decided to try making a soup that I had the day before at Earthen Place Cafe here in Zushi. It was a kabu (a white turnip) and onion soup so I gave it a try and was happy with the results. Click here for a picture of the kabu. Despite the texture resembling the daikon radish, which takes a long time to cook through and become tender, kabus cook very quickly. This soup can easily be vegan, gluten-free or any other allergen free simply by changing your bullion cube.

Kabu and Onion Soup

500mL water
1 bullion cube 
1 medium onion
1 medium to large kabu
salt and pepper, to taste

Put the water in a sauce pan and bring it to a boil. While you are waiting for the water to boil, peel and thinly slice the onion into half moon shapes. When the water has boiled, add the onion and bullion cube and reduce the heat to a simmer. Simmer until the onion turns translucent. I let mine get soft because I don’t like onions that are still firm. While the onion is cooking, peel the kabu, cut in half, then each half into thirds. Finally slice thinly. You basically need to cut a thin slice into six pieces. Once the onion is ready, add the kabu and simmer until it becomes tender. This should only take about five minutes.

Other soups you may enjoy:

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Recent additive-free finds

I have been making a bit of an effort to buy more additive-free and organic pantry items. I have started keeping my eyes peeled for organic/additive-free products in the supermarket. My food philosophy tends to be eat as healthy as possible with what is available. You should be able to find some of these items in your local supermarket. I have found a lot of additive-free and organic food at the local OK Supermarket, a discount supermarket.

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Organic soy sauce

有機しょうゆ (ゆうき しょうゆ yuuki shouyu)

I have been using this soy sauce for a couple of weeks and I like it. It is made by Yamasa which is the company I usually buy non-organic soy sauce. This is a picture of the bag it was sold in.

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Additive-free sausages
無添加 ソーセージ (むてんか ソーセージ mutenka souseeji)
I spotted this about a week ago for the first time and tried them. They taste like normal chemical laden sausages. They were about 270 yen for one pack so they are a bit more expensive than regular sausages.

additive-free-potato-chips-japanAdditive-free potato chips

無添加ポテトチップス (むてんか ぽてと ちっぷす mutenka poteto chippusu)

My husband got into these before I had a chance to eat them. He said they tasted good.

organic-soy-sauce-japan(Mostly) Organic soy sauce

有機しょうゆ (ゆうき しょうゆ yuuki shouyu)

This one is made from organic soy beans but all other ingredients are not organic. I have never made soy sauce before so I can’t say how much non-organic material is in the soy sauce.

organic-coffee-japanOrganic Coffee

有機コーヒー (ゆうき こうひい yuuki kouhii)

I don’t drink coffee so I will not be able to review it but it is there for you to try.

organic-natto-japanOrganic natto

有機納豆 (ゆうき なっとう yuuki nattou)

Another product I can’t stomach but the boys of the house love it. Aside from OK Supermarket, which sells organic natto for the same price as non-organic, supermarkets seem to sell organic natto in two packs for the same price as a three pack of non-organic. Not too bad if you don’t go through a lot.

Do you have a favorite organic or additive-free product? Please leave a comment (preferably with a link to a picture) below  in the comments.

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Hummus Workshop Summary

hummus-japanA little over a week ago I ran a hummus workshop at Serendipity Cafe here in Chigasaki. I had a great time and we ended up making nine different flavors of hummus. I’d have to say that eating nine kinds of hummus is a pretty good dinner to have. We also made flat bread. A gluten-free friend asked if she could bring some gluten free flour along and we successfully made gluten free flat bread for her and another participant who happened to be gluten free as well. We used two food processors and oddly enough the hummus that came out of the processors tasted quite different.

I have been asked to run it again so stay tuned for for an update on when.

I will be posting details for my next class on Monday morning so make sure you come back and check it out.

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Mackerel simmered in tomato sauce (can be gluten-free)

mackerel-tomato-sauce

I spotted this recipe on Cookpad (Japanese) and I couldn’t resist trying it. It looked simple and I knew if I made one small adjustment it would be fabulous. I happened to have some mackerel in the fridge and the supermarket had a bag of super ripe tomatoes on the discount veggie rack and I knew it was fate. The original recipe called for one can of tomatoes but they are in season now so fresh is best. I will try this again with canned tomatoes but I think I will splurge on expensive canned tomatoes as the freshness of the tomatoes was one of the reasons I enjoyed this so much.

Mackerel simmered in tomato sauce

4 mackerel fillets – make sure there are not too many bones
3 small tomatoes, cut into large chunks
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 clove garlic, diced/minced
1 tablespoon flour (to make gluten-free use rice flour)
salt and pepper to taste
splash of white wine or cooking sake (I used cooking sake)

Sprinkle some salt on the mackerel fillets and let them sit for five minutes. Dice/mince the garlic and saute it in the olive oil in a frying pan (large enough to fit all the ingredients) until it is fragrant but no darker than light brown. Pat the mackerel fillets dry with some paper towel and sprinkle with flour, salt and pepper. Add the fillets to the pan and brown on each side. They don’t have to be fully cooked at this point. Once they are brown add the rest of the ingredients. Simmer everything on medium for about ten minutes. the fish will be fully cooked and the flavors will have melded. Serve.

If you are in Chigasaki on Sunday, June 9th please join me for a Hummus Workshop at Serendipity Cafe. You can find more details here.

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