GF Baking Powder Biscuits

oooo! just like gramma used to make, well not my gramma! Will created this recipe from memories of biscuits he learned to make with his grandmother & mom. He modified the biscuit mix from this link and COMPLETELY stole her flour mix recipe: flaky buttery gluten free biscuits recipe
Can be used as top for meat pie or bottom for strawberry shortcake.

1 3/4 cup light GF flour mix (below)
1 tsp xanthan gum
3 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
4 tsp sugar
6 Tbsp cold butter cut in 1/2 inch cubes
2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
1 cup cocnut milk (less two tablespoons)

Preheat oven to 425 F.
Put cider vinegar in 1 cup measure. Add coconut milk to total 1 cup liquid.
Mix dry ingredients in big bowl. Cut in the butter until resembles course meal. Stir in liquid and mix just until combined.
Roll out dough between two sheets of plastic wrap until 1/2 inch thick. Fold in half and roll out again until 3/4 inch high. Cut with round cutter (or glass) and place on parchment paper covered baking sheet.
Bake in the middle of the oven for about 18 minutes. Eat these while they are still warm (won't be a problem! they are delicious)

Light Gluten-Free Flour Mix
Mix into a canister to use in biscuits or light cookies.
1 1/2 cups brown rice flour
1 1/2 cups white rice flour
3 cups tapioca starch
3 cups corn starch
3 Tbsp potato flour (not starch)

turkey sausage with bacon

Love really good sausages? the ones with no fillers, no extra water, just the right spice? Make them yourself! Sausages cost far less to make than they do to buy, and you can adjust them suit your family's tastes.
In the fall, especially after thanksgiving, you can get some really good deals on turkey parts. Today I got three turkey legs for just $3. They had hardly any skin, so I added some of my home-made bacon for flavour & fat. Fried into patties with fresh biscuits, salad and steamed cauliflower was a perfect dinner. The organic cauliflower cost more than the sausages!

2 lbs turkey chunks
4 slices bacon
1 1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 tsp freshly ground pepper
1 tsp chopped sage
3/4 tsp dried, ground ginger 
1/4 tsp cayenne (to taste)

Mix the turkey chunks with chopped bacon and all the seasonings. Put them in the freezer for just a few minutes to make them easier to grind, then grind everything together using a medium-fine disk.
Form into patties and sauté until cooked right through. 

By the way, this can be done with pre-ground turkey, so long as you chop the bacon very very finely before adding it with the herbs & spices.

GF "Oatmeal" cookies

Actually made with quinoa flakes and coconut, these are delicious with just the right amount of cinnamon and lots of vanilla!

1 cup butter
1 cup golden brown sugar
1 cup white sugar
3 eggs
1 Tbsp vanilla
2 cup GF flour mix
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp xanthum gum
1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp ginger
2 cups quinoa flakes
1 cup coconut (unsweetened)
1 cup raisins

Preheat oven to 350 F and prepare three cookie sheets. I use silicon mats, or parchment paper to keep the cookies from sticking.
In a medium bowl, mix flour, baking powder, baking soda, xanthum gum, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger. Set aside.
Cream butter with sugars and add eggs & vanilla. When it's light & fluffy, add the flour mix and beat until makes a soft dough. Add the quinoa flakes, coconut & raisins and mix them in well.
Using a teaspoon, put walnut sized scoops of cookie dough about two inches apart on a cookie sheet and place in the middle of the preheated oven. Cook 10 minutes and remove from oven. Meanwhile prep the other cookie sheets with cookies.
After 10 minutes, take the first tray of cookies out of the oven and put it on a wire rack to cool for a few minutes before removing the cookies from the tray, and cooling completely on wire racks.
Store in air-tight containers. Refrigerate or freeze if you don't finish them off in the first few days. (never seen this happen at my house)
This recipe makes about 90 cookies so you may want to just make the first half of the dough, and freeze the rest for another rainy day. Just wrap it well and use within a month (so you don't forget what it is)

Chinese style Halibut with Cucumber

Thank you so much Cliff for this fabulous recipe! 

The fish:
1 lb halibut, cut into bite sized pieces
few drops of sesame oil & sherry
salt & pepper
corn starch for dredging
1 egg white (reserve the yolk for finishing)
The sauce:2 tsp GF soy sauce
2 tsp GF oyster sauce
1 Tbsp water or broth
1/2 tsp corn starch
The pan:
1" cube fresh ginger, cut into thin slices
1 clove garlic, crushed
1 green onion, 2 inch pieces of the green, 2 inch pieces of the white (cut in quarters)
The veggie:
1 over-ripe cucumber, peeled, seeded and cut into diagonal chunks (you could also use zucchini)

Cut fish in bite size cubes, season with sesame oil, sherry (drops of ), salt and pepper, lightly coat with corn starch, then coated with egg white.
Prepare the sauce & veggie.
COOKING: with the heat on high and with copious amount of oil put in garlic and ginger to flavour oil. Before it browns add chopped veggies and cook just until tender. remove to a bowl, lower heat to medium. 
Put in fish and poach fish in oil ( do not brown ) until 50 per cent cooked and add white onion wedges. When it is 70 per cent done add veggies again and at 85 per cent cooked stir in corn starch slurry, add beated egg yolk. Cook just until thickened. (this will be quick!)
Serve with green onion on top . 

lotza banana bread

We found an excellent recipe for banana bread (and tweaked it of course)
... looked interesting because 1. There is NO sugar, and 2. There is NO fat! I didn't think it was possible to make something this good without first creaming the butter and adding the sugar!
It turns out a lot like a savory loaf, but with that much fruit, it's rich and sweet. 

2 cups gluten-free flour
2 Tbsp chia seeds
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp xanthum gum
1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp allspice
1 cup shredded coconut
2 eggs
2 cups bananas, mashed
1/2 cup blueberries
3 Tbsp sunflower seeds

Heat oven to 300F. Line a 9x4 loaf pan with parchment paper.
In a big bowl, mix together the flour, chia seeds, baking powder, baking soda, xanthum gum, salt, cinnamon, allspice and coconut. Mound the ingredients around the sides of the bowl, making a "well" in the centre to pour the wet ingredients.
In a medium bowl, beat two eggs thoroughly. 
Mash five or so medium bananas to measure 2 cups of mashed bananas. Add the bananas and blueberries to the eggs.
Pour the wet ingredients into the well in the bowl of dry ingredients, and mix with a spoon only until combined. This will be pretty thick!
Spoon the batter into the prepared loaf pan and sprinkle the sunflower seeds over the top & press in lightly.
Bake at 300F for about an hour. Should be nicely risen and will have turned a golden colour. Cool on a rack (and serve with butter. or whipped cream. You gotta get your fat somehow!)

lotza bananas cake

got a freezer full of over-ripe bananas? start defrosting! this recipe uses FIVE of them suckers!

1/2 c sugar
1/2 c soft butter
3 eggs
2 Tbsp coconut milk
1 tsp vanilla
5 very ripe bananas (mashed)
2 c gluten free flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 c chopped walnut
1/2 c chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350F.
Line a large 11x17 cake pan with parchment paper, set aside.
In a large bowl, combine dry ingredients, set aside. In a separate bowl, cream together butter and sugar. Stir in eggs, milk, vanilla, and mashed bananas in order. Add flour mix, walnut & chocolate chips.
Pour batter into prepared cake pan. Bake in preheated oven for 50 - 55 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into center of the loaf comes out clean.
This is a filling cake! so delicious!

wild & wicked sausage

My friend Amy ordered half a pig from a farmer and needed to borrow our meat saw for some of the work.
"No problem," I said. "Just save everything you aren't going to use from the pig and bring it to me."
The half pig when it arrived, was actually just four pieces. No trotters, not much fat, just a nicely trimmed piggy. But Amy still had a little bag of waste product to give me.
From the little bag of "waste" I was able to return to Amy: a pound of lard, a small bag of cracklin's for corn bread, and (with a gift of moose meat from another friend) I also shared a package of these sausages. 


1 1/2 lbs lean meat (I used ground moose)
1 1/2 lbs very fatty pork
1 Tbsp salt
2 tsp pepper
1 Tbsp sage
1 Tbsp parsley
1/2 tsp ginger
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1 Tbsp chili flakes
1 grated carrot
2 slices gluten-free bread, crumbed (I have even used leftover GF pancakes)
1/2 cup wine, or apple juice
Chill the meat and when you are handling it, make sure to keep it very very cold. I grind into a bowl set into a tub filled with ice water.
Grind the meats and add the seasonings, carrot, bread crumbs and liquid. Chill to let the flavours mingle. At this point I usually do a taste test by making a couple tiny sausage patties and frying them.
Adjust the seasonings and either stuff casings with the sausage or use it for patties.

bonus recipe: doggy treats

If I ever have a piece of pork skin, I like to cut off as much of the fat as possible (and grind it, to slow roast for lard and cracklings) and then cut the skin into strips about 1" x 4" and roast at 350F until nice and crispy. Reserve the fat for cooking.
The pork rinds for a much better treat for your active dog than store bought biscuits.