Who doesn’t love ribs? When I was about to get married a few coworkers highly recommended the LooneySpoon cook books for easy but amazing recipes to amaze my husband.
Since the pandemic, the LooneySpoons Collection cookbook has been regularly referred to, since we have been home and wanting a variety of fresh meals to enjoy. One thing I do love about the recipes is they are easily adaptable – if you don’t have something – you probably have something close to it or atleast can decide if you can still make the dish without it affecting the overall effect. Or if you don’t like what they are adding – substitute your favourite fruit or veggie or spice!
I even came home the other night from work and my husband had used the book to use as his base to make homemade gluten free Mac and Cheese!!
The LoonySpoon cooking books have helped my family be more adventurous since our beginning and have taught me how to play with making bbq sauces and rubs.
1 tbsp Brown sugar
1 1/2 tsp Paprika
1 tsp Epicure Chipotle Aioli Mix
1/2 tsp Old Bay Seasoned Salt
1/4 tsp Black Pepper
Mix all spices together in a bowl
If you don’t have any ribs – don’t worry! You can also use pork tenderloin!
If using a pork tenderloin, you will want to pound the pork with a meat mallet until about 3/4 of an inch thickness
Then score one side of the tenderloin in one inch intervals (about the size of ribs) Do not cut all the way through.
Apply the spice rub onto both sides of the tenderloin. Rub in. Then wrap with plastic wrap and refrigerate until ready to cook. Leaving it overnight in the fridge will give you the best flavouring to the pork. But even a couple of hours in the rub gives the meat a lovely flavour!
When ready to make your BBQ Sauce gather:
2 tablespoons butter
2 shallots minced
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1/4 cup Hickory bbq sauce
1/3 cup ketchup
2 table spoons brown sugar
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon Epicure Roast Chicken Seasoning
In a pot melt butter, then add shallots. Stir and lightly cook for about a minute or two on medium heat. You do not want to brown the shallots! Rather, you want to bring out their lovely flavour.
Add the rest of the ingredients, keep stirring. Let it cook for about 5 minutes. Then remove from heat.
Coat the tenderloin before putting on the bbq. Then baste between flips.
Do you ever feel or find we are being told by companies and others that products taste so much better than making something homemade?!
With the pandemic and living rural – options and products are sparse. We are missing our variety in our meals and the fact by now we would have gone atleast once to the city where we would have enjoyed some amazing and delicious gluten free Chinese food.
My dear work mother recommended The LooneySpoons Collection Cookbook by Janet & Greta Podleski – and their recipes are all excellent.
I modified it as 1) we had no gluten free soya sauce – So used a splash of Worcestershire sauce and 2) they did it as a one pot meal. We like our things separate here. 3) onions have been hard to find in grocery stores and they have become gold in our house so I used half an onion and added a shallot
*Canadian Living magazine this month has the same recipe except they added cornstarch (to thicken it) and they used beef instead of chicken
1 Can Pineapple (whatever you have)
1 red pepper
1/2 onion – thinly sliced
1 shallot – thinly sliced
2 cloves garlic – minced
1/3 cup ketchup
2 tbsp brown sugar
2 tbsp white vinegar
1/4 tsp Worcestershire sauce
Rice of your choice
In a large skillet, cook up chicken. Set aside. Once cooled dice up.
While chicken is cooking slice up veggies.
Mix up sauce. Set aside.
I had pineapple rings so cut them into tidbits.
Thinly sliced peppers.
Clean skillet, add 2 tablespoons of olive oil over medium high heat. Add onion, shallot, garlic and peppers.
Well it’s a different Good Friday this year…pandemic, everyone is to self isolate and home quarantine, so we decided to make homemade gluten free pizza!
I had a package of Bob’s Red Mill in the pantry. I followed the directions as per the bag. Simple ingredients needed: warm water, eggs and oil. It was easy to mix. * I did add a sprinkle of Italian seasoning to the dough just for added flavour. This is what it looked like just before covering to let rise:
After the 20 minutes (I left mine longer). As I was busy cooking bacon, chopping mushrooms; …prepping to top the pizza!
This is what it looked like after letting it rest:
I took my time with spreading out the dough and heavily greased my hands with butter. I decided to place a sheet of parchment paper over top of my pizza stone. I sprinkled corn meal over the paper.
I found the dough easily spread out over the stone/paper. I tried hard to make a thin crust.
I did not follow the recommendation to bake the crust for 7-9 minutes before putting on sauce and toppings.
I immediately just put sauce and toppings on. I preheated the oven to 425F. I baked for 25minutes and it came out lovely.
It’s a nice crust!
Easy to make!
The crust does have a very yeast flavour – so I do find adding a seasoning (such as Italian seasoning) to the dough helps.
But it is nice to make a homemade pizza every once in a while.
So when I’m feeling a bit stressed or anxious, I like to bake. It’s very relaxing.
Thankfully, everyone is posting lots of great ideas (recipes) to try. A lovely gluten free bakery in Toronto – The Almond Butterfly ( https://www.almondbutterfly.com/) posted and shared a recipe for everyone to try!
Hopefully I do it justice – and my family is in luck during this pandemic as we have all the ingredients.
2 medium size oranges
250g white sugar (1 cup)
275g almond flour (2 cups and just under 1/2 cup)
1 teaspoon baking powder
1) Place whole oranges with peel in a medium saucepan. Cover with water & bring to a boil. Reduce to a medium to low heat for 1 hour.
Then drain and let cool completely.
2) preheat oven to 350. Line pan with parchment paper.
3) remove seeds from oranges. Cut into quarters.
Put into blender. Blend until smooth uniform consistency.
4) In a large bowl, add eggs and sugar. Whisk until sugar dissolves into eggs. * If you don’t whisk enough it will leave a weird texture*
5) Add orange purée and whisk again.
6) add almond flour, baking powder and mix until all combined. * Do not over mix
7) Pour into pan
8) Bake 1 hour or until nicely browned on top and springs back when pressed
I didn’t take a picture of the cooked top – here is a pic of my flipped cake
It was (the top) spongey and a uniform brown when I took it out of the oven.