Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Revisiting the Deschutes Brewery

As chance would have it, I had an opportunity to dine at Deschutes Brewery this evening, and I was able to procure their beer list.  I reviewed their current gluten-free beer in a previous post, but I didn't have the official description until today:

Gluten Free ESB

100% Gluten-Free Ale!  This beer is made with sorghum, brown rice, maple syrup, and molasses for a smooth gluten-free experience.  We used Topaz and Brewer's Gold hops for bittering and Willamette and Sterling hops for aroma.  Tell your friends!

IBU's: 49  Alcohol content: 5.7%

You can see their list of "What's on Tap" on the Deschutes Brewery website, but it's often incorrect where the GF beer is concerned.  Click here to find a link to the gluten-free menu at the Portland Pub.  I had the steamer clams with house-made GF bread sticks and a house salad withe gluten-free croutons.  You can't see the croutons in the photo because I had already eaten them all before I took the picture.  Sorry!

Friday, June 18, 2010

Quick Buckwheat Waffles: Gluten-free

Strawberries are in season here in Oregon right now, and they are amazing on waffles.  This recipe for gluten-free buckwheat waffles is quick, easy, and of course delicious.

Quick Buckwheat Waffles Recipe

Blend together in a medium bowl:

1/2 cup buckwheat flour
1/2 cup white rice flour
2 Tbsp sorghum flour
1 Tbsp tapioca flour
1 Tbsp potato flour
3 Tbsp sugar
1/2 tsp salt
2 tsp baking powder

In another medium bowl, beat thoroughly:

2 large eggs


1 1/4 cup milk
2 Tbsp unsalted butter, melted

Mix well, then add the wet mixture to the dry mixture and blend thoroughly.  Cook in a waffle iron.  Buckwheat waffles benefit from a slightly higher heat setting than other waffles.  Makes about four waffles.

If you liked this recipe, you might also like:

Easy Waffles: a Gluten-free Dairy-free Recipe
Gluten-free Buckwheat Pancakes
Gluten-free Buckwheat Waffle Recipe
Gluten-free Corn Waffle Recipe
Gluten-free Buckwheat Pancakes 

Do you want deep-pocket waffles like these?  I use this Waring Belgian Waffle Maker and I love it.

Friday, June 11, 2010

New Gluten-free Beer at Deschutes Brewery in Portland

I went to Deschutes brewery the other night with one of my gluten-free friends.  I was looking forward to having another pint of the Gluten-free Wit beer, but instead they had a Gluten-free ESB on tap.  My friend Daniel said after one sip: "I think this is the best gluten-free beer I've ever had."

That's what I always say after trying one of Deschutes Brewery's gluten-free beers.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Easy Waffles: a Gluten-Free Dairy-Free Recipe

Waffles are easy.  Or, they can be.  My Gluten-free Corn Waffle Recipe and my Buckwheat Waffles Recipe take a little time and care.   That's why I decided to make a quick and easy basic waffle recipe that's not only gluten-free, but also dairy-free.  And of course it's delicious.
For the liquid I used my favorite dairy substitute: coconut milk.  I wrote about the beauty of coconut cream in my last post and in my Gluten-free Vegan Scone Recipe.

Easy Gluten-free Dairy-free Waffles

Makes about 4 Belgian-style waffles.

Mix in a medium bowl:

1 cup white rice flour
2 Tbsp sorghum flour
1 Tbsp tapioca flour
1 Tbsp potato flour
2 Tbsp sugar
1/4 tsp salt
2 tsp baking powder

Heat your waffle iron.
In another medium bowl, beat thoroughly:

2 eggs


1 1/2 cup coconut milk
2 Tbsp canola oil
1/2 tsp vanilla

Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix thoroughly.  When the waffle iron is hot, lightly spray it with oil and spoon or pour a serving of batter onto the iron and cook until the waffle starts releasing less steam.  Serve hot.
Have an easy wheat-free waffle recipe of your own?  Make a link below or leave it in the comments.  I'd love to see your best recipes.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Coffee with Coconut Cream

I love cream.  However, I sometimes go through phases of lactose intolerance that prevent me from eating it.  This leads to an issue when I drink coffee: what do I add to it if not cream?

I've tried all kinds of non-dairy creamers: almond milk, rice milk, soy milk.  I didn't like any of them.  If they didn't taste chemical they were just too... well, milky.  I started drinking my coffee black. 

I'm doing the lactose-free thing right now, so I thought it was a perfect time to experiment with something new: coconut cream.  It's what I use for most of my other cream substitutes, so why not coffee creamer?  I use it in my gluten-free vegan scone recipe and it works beautifully.  It's the only thing I've found that has all the properties of cream that I like: the richness, the smoothness, the slight sweetness.

Well, I'm here to inform you that it works.  It doesn't whiten the coffee as much as I expected, and it thickens the coffee just slightly.  It leaves a slight aftertaste which is not unpleasant.  It lends a nice coconut aroma to the coffee.  My only caution is to make sure the coconut cream is well stirred before adding - it can be chunky if not.

Coconut cream is my new dairy-free creamer of choice.  Now to get all my favorite coffee shops to carry it!  Perhaps I can bring my own?

What is your favorite non-dairy creamer?  Is there something else I should try?