I love to cook. For the past 42 years being married to Bob, I’ve gone in spurts, depending where I was at in my business world. I’ve always used nutrition and diet in conjunction with my medical practitioners to help me with health issues. To control diabetes and actually conquer it since 2011, I lost 40 lbs. working with the Diabetic Exchange System, which you can Google online. I don’t want to put the link here because I’m focusing on something else in this blog.
Now, dealing with a possible diagnosis of Chron’s Disease, where I thought it was Ulcerative Colitis, and after being in remission for over four years, I thought it was beaten, never to return. Well, life happens, even to the most cautious of us. In my research, and yes, I’m very proactive, I found that though there’s no definitive diet as to one’s triggers, gluten and lactose can be two of the culprits. Now, I’ll tell you, though this flare up lasted only two weeks, and gastrointestinally, if that’s a word, I’m fine now. But, there are some other effects and for me it’s rash breakouts on my legs. Not getting technical here, but these take a long time to fade. So, being gluten free and lactose free the past couple of weeks has helped.
Because I love to cook, I’ve been experimenting and I created some gluten free recipes to share with you. If you follow me on IG @ronnieanovelist, you may have seen them. I’m proud of myself, if I do have to say so myself. If you follow me on Pinterest, @Ronnie Allen, my same profile pic, you’ll be able to access my board, My Gourmet Meals.
Also because, I love to cook, I had to create a character who does. And in my mode, healthy cooking. Here comes the relevance to my novels. Meet Vicki Trenton, the love interest of Dr. John Trenton in Gemini, who is now his wife and as revealed in Aries, they are the parents of twins, Alexi and Zach, and the adoptive parents of Ricky. I’ll also be sharing in this blog a scene in which Vicki has prepared her first dinner for John. And oh boy! Did she get him good! Oh, I’ll tell you a secret. Vicki will be teaching Detective Samantha Wright from Aries how to cook, in Scorpio, coming in 2017.
These are the two gluten free muffin recipes here, that came out wonderfully. I’ll only share recipes that I personally created. If you make them please let me know how they came out.
Here’s the recipe for this one, to the left. Blueberry Corn Muffins. 1C Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free flour, 1/2 C corn flour, same brand, 1/2C corn meal, same brand, 2ts baking powder, 1ts baking soda, 1ts Xanthan Gum, 1ts salt, cinnamon, 3/4C Splenda (When I make them again, I’ll change this), 1/2C oil, 1C buttermilk, 1ts vanilla, 2 eggs. When it’s all mixed, I folded in 1C blueberries. Baked 20 min. at 350, until toothpick inserted comes out clean.
These are Eight Grain Almond Raisin muffins and they’re to die for! I’ve been baking a lot the past couple of months and Bob told me these were the best so far yet! Here’s the recipe. 1and 1/4 C Bob’s Red Mill Flour. 3/4C eight grain cereal, same brand, 2ts baking powder, 1ts, baking soda, 1ts Xanthan Gum, 1ts sea salt, 1 and a 1/2TS cinnamon, 1ts nutmeg, 1/2C organic brown sugar, 1C unsweetened vanilla almond milk, 1/4C avocado oil, 1/4C flaxseed oil, 2 range free brown eggs, After mixed I added 1/2C chopped almonds and 1/2C raisins. The batter may be a little thinner consistency so let sit 5 min. for cereal to absorb liquid. Use 1/3C utensil to fill 12 muffin tins. Bake 15 min. at 350.
Now that you’ve gotten two great recipes, I’d like to share a scene with you from Gemini.
John opened the door to Vicki’s house. “Wow, smells good in here. You had the door unlocked. What would your brother think of that?”
“I just unlocked it. Dinner’s ready. Come in, darlin’.”
“What did you make?” He made himself comfortable at the kitchen table. The soft suede like fabric on the oversized chairs conformed to his body perfectly. He relaxed on the armrests, glad they weren’t narrow feminine chairs.
“You’ll have to wait and see.” Vicki placed a salad on the table with fresh green lettuces, home grown grape tomatoes, cucumbers, green and yellow peppers, sprouts, avocado, red onions, topped with croutons, and tossed with light homemade fat-free Italian vinaigrette.
She served the salad with tongs matching the stoneware. All of the dishes, serving pieces, and platters coordinated in the varying shades of green, gold, and with a hint of red in the same geometric pattern.
John noticed and appreciated the visual effects. This woman knew how to put things together. “This looks great.”
“Thank you,” she said. “Please start. I just want to take the rest out.”
“You’re doing all the work. Need any help?” He plucked a piece of green pepper from the salad and tossed it into his mouth.
“No, sit there, please. It’s my kitchen. I like to do it myself.”
He laughed at her possessiveness, studying her every move, quite impressed with his wife to be. Vicki pulled a tray of oversized orange-brown pumpkin muffins with crispy tops out of the oven. The aroma filled the air with sweet cinnamon and nutmeg. She gingerly placed them on a matching platter and put them onto the table. She scooped mashed cauliflower and spaghetti squash from pots on the stove, and put them into a two-in-one sectioned serving stoneware, topping both of them with a pat of butter. Then the main course, a sizzling almond-crusted baked tilapia, came out of the oven.
“This is amazing. And you cooked all of this in an hour?”
“Yes, darlin.’ I love, love, love to cook.”
“Ah domesticated? I can get used to that.” He enjoyed the salad. “And this stoneware pattern, it’s nice.”
“I love everything to match. That’s why I need so much cabinet space. I extended the kitchen into here.” There were eight feet more of cabinets, top and bottom with a counter in the middle, extending one foot out from the wall right in the dining nook.
“I’d like this stoneware for my place. But in a different color,” he said, delving into a muffin. “Wow, these are amazing,” he moaned with delight. “Oh man! You can spoil me with dinners like this.”
“That’ll be my pleasure. What are the colors you’d want?”
“Black, gray, with yellow.”
“It does come in that.”
“Yes, darlin’ and if you’re a good boy, you’ll get this set for Christmas.”
Her eyes widened.
“Is that a problem?”
“Not at all. Jaimie’s Jewish. With your last name it didn’t sound…” She served him the fish and veggies. “It’s cauliflower, not potatoes.”
“Never had that before. My dad converted after he and my mom got married. Are the boys going to be bar Mitzvah?”
“I honestly don’t know. They do celebrate both holidays though. Does it matter to you that I’m not Jewish?”
“No, not at all. This is fabulous. Thank you.”
“You’re very welcome.”
He devoured everything on his plate. “I’m going to need to do twenty laps to burn this off.”
“No, you won’t. It’s low carb. But save room for dessert later.”
“Dessert has no calories but burns over three hundred an hour.”
She scowled at him. “You actually know the statistics?”
He hiked his eyebrows, winked, and shot her a wickedly sexy grin. “Yeah. So you do know the kind of dessert I’m talking about.”
“John! Well, I’m talking about apple pie. But I made it with sugar replacement.”
“Sounds great. How late is the pool open?”
“You want to go swimming now?” Finished eating, she cleared the table.
“Let me help you. Yes, why not?”
“Okay.” As she put dishes in the dishwasher, he noticed there was much more food on the stove.
“You made so much.”
“Actually, on the way to the pool we can drop this at your parent’s house, and they can have dinner, too.”
“You cooked for my parents? Trying to score points are you?” He hugged her.
“Absolutely, why not? I’ll show them one of my many talents.” She packed the food up in stoneware with pop on lids.
“Well, the others are personal. But you know about them already.”
“Ah yes, do not tell them about those.”
“Does your mom cook?”
“Yes, she’s an excellent cook. But I think she’s met her match with you. If her fangs come out, it’s because she approves.”
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