Pan de Muerto, also known as Day of the Dead Bread, is a very traditional item on the menu. Pan de Muerto is a sweet bread. I decided to make this bread today by experimenting with a few ideas that have been swirling around in my Gluten Free head! I wanted a big loaf, round, crusty and sweet. I decided to add flavors like orange, clove, cinnamon and fennel. It is amazing how the combination perfumes my house while the bread is rising and baking. It has taken on a new meaning of fall flavors for me and is definitely something to celebrate.
There are other foods that you can add to your menu for Dia de los Muertos. Everything that you or the celebrated like - tamales, tacos with shredded pork or beef, mole, Mexican rice, salsa, queso, beans, flan, candies, sangria, even paella if you want!
So today, while I was baking my Gluten Free Pan de Muerto, I was thinking about a number of people that have made a special place in my heart. I was also thinking about how happy some of them would be to see me making this bread and sharing it with others. I know they would be smiling and enjoying it with me, warm just out of the oven ... smothered with butter!
If you would like my recipe, please send me an email and let me know whose life you will be celebrating this Dia de los Muertos. I would love to hear just a little bit about someone that was special to you.
I look forward to hearing from you.
la paz ...
P.S. The reviews are in on the bread ... half is gone within the first few minutes of taking it out of the oven. I am not the only person in the house, I requested a few taste testers ... some of the others aren't even Gluten Free! I will be giving the recipe to a limited number of people that share their story and for a limited time.
For lunch we had the Gluten Free Chicken and Bacon Club Sandwich with a salad. Wow ... actually eating a Gluten Free sandwich in a restaurant! The salad dressing is a homemade Strawberry Vinaigrette that they make daily. It was so good I wanted to take it home. Luckily they sell jars of it! We also had the Gluten Free Prosciutto and Provolone Sandwich with a salad and the same unbelievable dressing. Cynthia and I split the sandwiches so we could each try both. YUM! For dessert we had Vanilla Ice Cream and Gluten Free Cookies! How great is that!?!
One very important announcement - Wednesday is Half Price Gluten Free Pizza night from 3 PM to 9 PM. Everyone must order a drink and it is for dine in customers only.
Please tell your server that you saw this on the Gluten Free Foodies blog!
Rachel says to her customers as they are leaving ... "Come in hungry next time." and they reply .. "We always do!"
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As soon as we sat down the waiter/bartender came over to greet us. His name was Ryan and he began to tell us that they make all of their mixes for their drinks fresh daily, including Sangria - White Pear Sangria is a signature drink. They also have Potato Vodka, and it is Gluten Free! So he began to pour us our filtered water and I asked Ryan, Do you have a Gluten Free menu?
His reply ... YES we do! and with a smile!
I was beside myself ... I love it when you get that kind of reaction when asking a restaurant about Gluten Free ... love it!
So he brought me the Gluten Free Menu and there are about 20 tapas and Paella with all Seafood or Seafood and Chicken. Actually as you look at the menu most of the items on a Tapas menu are Gluten Free without making changes or effort. I suggest that you look for a Tapas Bar in your neighborhood or while you are traveling because they will most likely be a great way to enjoy a Gluten Free meal safely in its own cazuela or authtentic clay dish. Prices range from $3.50 - $10 and the Paella is $16.
Perfection ... I make these at home and love them!
Join Kath Mitchell at Samudra Yoga for a 60-minute yoga class designed for Gluten Free Foodies on October 17, 2010 at 11 AM. In this class we will focus on poses that will aid your immune system, digestion, thyroid, hormone function, and, of course, that all-important piece, stress reduction. We will end the class with some relaxation and mindfulness, both of which have been shown to enhance immunity, general health, and mental health. This class is for all levels, even those new to yoga.
Register for the class, $10 by calling Samudra Yoga at 360 377 4223 and tell them you want to attend the Gluten Free Foodies Yoga Class.
Please arrive 15 minutes prior to class, to pay and fill out forms. Avoid eating or eat lightly 1-2 hours before class. Wear comfortable clothing that allows you to move freely. We practice Yoga in our bare feet so please remove shoes and socks prior to entering the studio. There will be yoga mats, blocks, bolsters and straps available for you to use during class. If you are new to yoga and have questions or would like more info please contact Kath at 360 377 4223.
Class is at 11 AM and then we will meet downstairs to enjoy some of their delicious Gluten Free Treats from their Coffee and Tea shop. Feel free to just meet us for Coffee, Tea and Treats at noon if you are not able to join us for yoga. Gluten Free treats prices vary from $1.75 - $4.00. Samudra Yoga Coffee Tea & Treats is located in Bremerton, WA along Evergreen Park at 1223 McKenzie Avenue and the phone number for the Yoga Studio is 360 377 4223.
Samudra Yoga is also nominated for King5 Best of Western Washington and there is one more week to vote. So please vote for them! The really are the Best!
Gluten Free Foodies will be collecting non-perishable Gluten Free Food for the Kitsap County Food Bank Coalition at this event.
Oh ... and of course ... really awesome Gluten Free Treats!
RSVP- Please send me an email to let me know if you are planning to attend this event. It is so helpful to know how many people will be attending and to help Samudra know how much food to prepare. Please also let me know if you will be attending the yoga class and GF treats or just the GF treats portion of the event. I really appreciate this info.
P.S. A vote for Gluten Free Foodies blog on King 5 Best of W. WA would be great too! Votes will be taken through October 10, 2010.
I created this Gluten Free Pear Fig Muffin recipe because I want something hearty like a warm bowl of oatmeal but I just can’t eat oats - certified Gluten Free or not. My body just can’t digest oats but I love oatmeal. So I thought about the autumn flavors that I like and how I could re-create them into a hearty, not too sweet muffin. This Gluten Free Pear Fig Muffin has high protein and fiber. The flavors of the pears, figs, honey, cinnamon and vanilla satisfy your hunger and sweet tooth to get your day started naturally well. I used Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free Almond Meal/ Flour and Hazelnut Meal /Flour because I like the combination of the flavors and textures together.
I make the muffins first thing in the morning so that I can get moving and warm up. While the muffins are baking, I practice my yoga. It is best to practice yoga on an empty stomach. The aroma is amazing and will motivate you to get through your practice.
Gluten Free Pear Fig Muffins
Makes approximately 18 muffins
2 ½ C Bob’s Red Mill finely ground Almond meal/flour
½ C Bob’s Red Mill finely ground Hazelnut meal/flour
½ tsp Sea salt
½ tsp Baking soda
½ tsp Cinnamon
¼ C Grape seed oil
¼ C Honey
½ C Dried figs, chopped small chunks
1 ½ C (2) Pears, peeled & pureed in food processor
½ tsp Lemon juice
2 large Eggs, lightly beaten
1 Tbsp Pure vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line muffin pans with 18 paper cups.
• Combine almond meal/flour, hazelnut meal/flour, sea salt, baking soda and cinnamon in a medium bowl.
• Whisk to sift ingredients and break up any lumps.
• Peel 2 medium size pears and cut them into pieces.
• Use a food processor to finely chop the pears. Add the lemon juice while chopping.
• In a separate medium bowl, combine grape seed oil, honey, eggs, vanilla, figs, and finely chopped pears with lemon juice.
• Pour wet ingredients into dry ingredients and mix well.
• Spoon the batter to just below the top of the paper cup.
• Bake for 30-40 minutes until tops are brown and cake tester inserted into center comes out clean.
• Remove from pan and cool on rack.
• Measure the honey after the grape seed oil and it will completely flow out of the cup.
• Store nut meal/flours in refrigerator - measure amount needed and let come to room temperature. Use the whisk in a metal bowl to help break up the chunks and make the nut flour loose.
• When processing the pears, add the lemon juice to the pears to keep their color.
• Cinnamon is a great warming herb and is low on the glycemic index to help stabilize blood sugar levels.
Some of my other loves besides Yoga and Gluten Free food are cooking, baking and blogging. I have been creating recipes since I was a young girl and tall enough to see over the counter. The only difference is that now my recipes are all Gluten Free. I prefer to use Bob’s Red Mill, certified Gluten Free products because it is one less thing for me to worry about. I also love the fact that they are an “employee owned company”! How great is that? If you are ever in the Portland, Oregon area it is worth the trip to the Bob’s Red Mill factory to see … start the angelic choir… the Mecca for Gluten Free baking!
I have been writing the Gluten Free Foodies blog - http://www.glutenfreefoodies.blogspot.com for a little over a year and a half. I started the blog because I found myself talking to so many people about living Gluten Free when I was out at the grocery store or at various random places. I like to research information to make me healthy and to share the information that I have learned. The blog was a perfect place for me to provide the information such as recipes, experiences, reviews of products and restaurants. I also started a support group at the same time because I wanted to have something a bit more social to look forward to each month. Both the blog and the support group are great therapy for me. I love meeting all the people and hearing everyone’s stories. I love the feeling when we can get together and enjoy really great Gluten Free food together; after all we are Foodies even without Gluten! I like to say, Gluten Free Foodies - Celebrate the foods that you can eat! ©
©2010 Lisa Garza Gluten Free Foodies
Karen Robertson lives in Seattle with her family and started the cookbook in 2002 for daughter, Carmen and son, Sam who have Celiac Disease. She continues to spread awareness by teaching gluten free cooking classes in the Seattle area. This weekend she will be the guest speaker for the Bellingham Gluten Intolerance Group - Annual Community Awareness Event - October 1 & 2. She also writes a blog and recipes for Living Without Magazine. Busy lady!
We recently had a chance to enjoy coffee and a chat. I must say there wasn't enough time in the day or coffee to chat as much as we could have about living Gluten Free. I have a feeling we will be longtime friends.
The Cooking Gluten-Free Cookbook on CD-Rom is $14.99 and can only be purchase via her site at Celiac Publishing - Cooking Gluten-Free. You can see samples of the book and learn more about Karen Robertson. Please tell her that you saw this review on Gluten Free Foodies and she will give you a signed illustrated card. It makes a great gift so put it on your wish list and buy it for your family and friends this holiday season. Use the code - GFF (all caps) for the signed illustrated card and for your name to be entered into a drawing on October 31, 2010 for a complimentary copy of the cookbook CD to be used as a gift...perfect just in time for the holidays, don't you think?