Gluten Free Foodies
Celebrate the foods that you can eat!
Duck Fried Fingerling Potatoes with Aioli
Yes, you do need to allow a little extra time for this one dish to cook, but it is worth the wait!
Trust me on this one ....
In a world where finding Gluten Free French fries is a rare occasion, these divine spuds will thrill you beyond belief! Usually you have to ask the restaurant about the oil that fries are made in - What other foods were fried in the oil? Breaded Gluten containing foods? Depending on the answer, you either can or can't get the fries ... usually not!
Well, I am thrilled to tell you that the Duck Fried Fingerling Potatoes are made in their own dedicated pan! So GO FOR IT! The sound of Duck Fat fried makes you think ... intriguing flavor ... but should I? YES!
Divine! Absolutely Divine! The Duck Fat gives the potatoes the richest, buttery flavor that is perfectly complimented by the fresh herbs and sea salt. I will travel by car and ferry for these again and again! The Duck Fried Fingerling Potatoes are perfectly fried and seasoned but the side of the freshly made aioli .... creamy and garlic-y goodness to dip them in ... makes me want to beg for more! I think I did beg for more and then decided to be good and save some, not easy, to take home with me for the next day to have with my breakfast. They were perfect! Such a bonus to enjoy them with another meal!
So you might be thinking ... Duck Fat? Is that good for me?
Every day I am looking into facts about food, reading and researching about everything I consume. I know that Duck Fat is used by pastry chefs to make pie crusts and croissants and is becoming more popular in restaurants so I thought I would share some interesting facts with you. No worries ... you can enjoy a variety of foods made with Duck Fat because it is not as bad as you think. Duck Fat is actually comparable to the health benefits of olive oil and better than butter.
- Duck Fat is high in linoleic acid
- Higher percent of mono-unsaturated fats than saturated
- Good source of Omega-6 and Omega-3 essential oils
- Lower saturated fats than butter
- High smoke point
- 115 calories in 1 Tbs.
- Rich flavor so you don't need that much to enhance the flavor in your dish.
Truffled Wild Prawns - sauteed with Marcona Almonds, honey, sea salt, fresh herbs and Truffle oil - the sauce was rich and well rounded, I wished I had a slice of Gluten Free bread to soak it up. Then I had a brilliant thought ... a spoon ... that works too! Hey, the chef took time to make this silky sultry sauce and it is meant to be enjoyed ... right?!?! (I didn't use the spoon but I really wanted to!)
I also had the
Prima Greens - fresh local mixed greens in red wine vinaigrette with Oregon Blue Cheese or Cypress Grove Chevre - I got the Chevre ... perfect!
The Duck Fried Fingerling Potatoes were actually my dessert at the end!
Prima Bistro is located atop Star Store in the heart of Langley. They have a deck with outdoor seating that overlooks the water, a nice bar area and quaint indoor seating, surrounded by local artwork on the walls. Prima offers a lunch, dinner menu, kids menu. Live music on Thursdays, 1st Saturdays, 4th Sundays! Check out Prima blog to learn more about local events, happenings and fun stories about the locals, guests, and of course food and drinks. They also offer a Happy Hour daily from 3-6 PM which includes appetizers, beer, wine and cocktails - nice selection of Potato Vodka, Cider and local wines.
This is a family owned business and the staff is awesome! Everyone is very warm and friendly. I spent quite a bit of time chatting with Rachel, the Manager of Prima. She has been Gluten Free for a year and has learned quite a bit about Gluten Free food and cross contamination. She has shared her knowledge with the Chef (aka her brother in law) and the staff. I love to support family businesses! I also love love love to support a business that takes the time to offer Gluten Free menu options and educate their staff about living Gluten Free. Rachel said that all of their sauces and dressings are made daily so they know what is in everything. She is also looking into offering a few more Gluten Free items for Gluten Free Foodies!
This is a must go to when you are on Whidbey Island!
Matiz Quince Paste – ¼ cup, chopped
Spanish olive oil – 1/3 cup
Matiz Flor de Sal Sea Salt – 1/4 tsp
La Masia Sherry Vinegar – 2 Tbs
Matiz Marcona Almonds – ¼ cup
Romaine Lettuce – 1 head, washed and chopped
In a big mixing bowl, add the chestnuts, quince paste, Spanish olive oil, sea salt, sherry vinegar and mix. Let the dressing sit for 5 minutes to meld the flavors.
Add the chopped romaine lettuce and Marcona almonds to the bowl with the dressing and mix well.
Serve in your favorite chilled salad bowls, top with a few extra Marcona Almonds and chestnuts.
I love love love ... all of the Matiz ingredients imported from Spain by Culinary Collective based in Lynnwood, WA because they are natural and Organic. You can purchase all of the products at The Spanish Table.
Chestnut and Quince Salad with Marcona Almonds
to your list for the perfect for Meatless Monday meal!
This is Gluten Free, Dairy Free and Vegan too!
Regardless of the weather or time of year at least you can taste the flavors of Summer!
As of today our Summer has consisted of 78 minutes of above 80 degrees ... umm ...
we have to get Summer any way we can this year!
Get your spork out because you will need it!
spoon + fork = spork!
Wow! Either way this is awesome! I didn't know I liked beets but this will really get your appetite going!
I was just craving some natural deep, dark colors in my food. I'm in need of some serious nutrients today! You can't get more vibrant than beet red and dark green kale when it comes to vegetables.
Beet and Kale Soup with Garlic and Bacon
***Beware of staining when working or eating beets!
6-8 beets and greens
4-5 kale leaves
1/4 cup Spanish olive oil, plus a little more for the pan
3 garlic cloves, chopped
1/2 cup cooked bacon bits
1/4 cup fig or plain Balsamic vinegar or red wine
Matiz sea salt with herbs
3 cups vegetable broth
Aji Limo, dried
Clean the beets and cut into slices and put into a metal bowl.
Add the Balsamic vinegar, 1/4 cup of olive oil, 1/2 tsp of sea salt with herbs, one chopped up garlic clove to the beets. Mix well.
Use a large saute pan and add enough olive oil to coat the bottom of the pan. Turn the heat to medium low and add the chopped garlic and bacon. Cook for 1-2 minutes, stir.
Serve before a main course or maybe as part of a multi-course meal. It is the perfect way to get your appetite going with the sexy beet red and dark green for your eyes, the wafting aroma of the vegetables getting hot and steamy ... traveling across the kitchen. Last but not least ... taste ... ooh la la!
are you addicted?
Well, I know I am to this mid-day pick me up treat!
Banana Coffee Cacao Nib Smoothie made with Coconut Milk and frozen coffee ice cubes!
I found these totally cool beans ...
coffee bean ice cube tray made out of silicone recently!
- starting solids pouches
- simple combos for 6+months
- meals for 7+months
- happy tot meals
- probiotic multigrain cereal
- frozen meals
Dr. Bob Sears, author and pediatrician is also a partner in the company. The company also gives back to raise money for projectpeanutbutter.org for children in Malawi and Sierra Leone. The website has a plethora of information for new parents to help make the healthiest choices for their new baby and toddler.
Happy Baby Foods gives a whole new meaning to Hip Hip Baby Hooray!
Have you heard about them?!?
Well now you know ... you need to get these!
Vixi (Latin) - to live ... to be alive!
I have to say that these little bars are so awesome they make you happy to be alive and enjoy them!
They are the creation of Kate Criswell - founder, CEO, nutrition consultant, athlete and personal trainer. WOW!
I guess she gets hungry doing all that!
All I know is that these little bars are awesome!
No Sugar added
Good Protein and Fiber
Awesome tasting ... easy to take with you anywhere too! These little bars are pocket/purse size so you put them in and you will not be without an easy snack anytime. Vixi Bar is the perfect snack to enjoy with your coffee, tea or favorite beverage to keep you moving and fight unhealthy temptations.
I tried - Chocolate Macaroon, Coconut Bliss, Cherry Biscotti, Apple Crisp - Love love love them! I haven't tried the other flavors because I can't have peanuts but they sound just as awesome!
Peanut Butter Cup, Peanut Butter and Jelly, Peanut Butter Banana!
I know you can buy them online via their website. Please contact them to find out about other markets and retailers in your area. www.vixibar.com
Please tell them you heard about them from Gluten Free Foodies!
Smoked Pussac Punay Bean Dip
1 cup Zócalo Gourmet - Pussac Punay Beans, cooked
1/4 cup Spanish olive oil, plus a little more to blend if too dry
1 tsp Matiz Sea Salt - any flavor - smoked - herbed or Flor de Sal
2 Tbs roasted crushed garlic
1/4 cup red onion, chopped
1/4 tsp Rey de la Vera - Smoked Pimenton
1/2 tsp Aji Amarillo, dried
Cook the beans by following the Pussac Punay - Beautiful Beans recipe. Let beans cool for 10 - 15 minutes.
Take the cooked, cooled beans and put them into the food processor.
Add the ingredients and pulsate the food processor to pulverize to a creamy texture. I like a bit of texture with creamy.
Serve with corn chips, vegetables, crackers or make a tapas plate with a Spanish cheese - Manchego or Idiazabal - Jamon Serrano, Pamplona Chorizo, Matiz Velasco Piparras and other favorites. Don't forget the Spanish wine!
Food for thought - Check out these impressive numbers for Pussac Punay Beans compared to other beans. Great protein and fiber, low fat and sugars!