apel: (grain)
Roughly based on an egg-free recipe for Petite Vanilla Bean Scones.

20 small scones cookies
1 cup all purpose gluten-free flour
1 cup other gluten-free flour, e.g millet or oats
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/3 tsp salt
1/2 cup oil or nut butter
1/3 cup sugar (can be replaced by sweetener?)
2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup lactose-free milk

Preheat oven to 400F.

In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder and salt.
In a large bowl, cream together oil and sugar/sweetener until light.
Add vanilla extract to butter and sugar mixture and beat to incorporate. Mix in half of the flour mixture, followed by the milk.
Stir in remaining flour mixture until the dough comes together into a firm, slightly sticky mass.
Divide dough into 5 equal pieces and roll into tennis ball-sized rounds. Place them on a lightly floured surface and flatten each ball into a disc about 1/2 – 3/4-inch thick.
After all balls have been flattened, cut each into quarters and arrange on prepared baking sheet.
Bake for 11-15 minutes, until scones are light golden at the edges.

Further experiments, May 5, 2013
Cookies. Recipe on apel.livejournal.com/tag/recipes
Oatmeal on the left, orange on the right

Orange cookies
Ground rind of a small orange
2 cups all purpose gluten-free flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/3 tsp salt
A little sugar
2.5 teaspoons saccharine
12 oz LF sour cream

Oatmeal & almond butter cookies
2 cups oat flour w/ a little all purpose gluten-free flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/3 tsp salt
A little sugar
1tsp vanilla extract
2.5 teaspoons saccharine
0.5 cups almond butter
0.5 cups rice milk

Anise rice meal cookies
2 cups rice flour w/ a little all purpose gluten-free flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/3 tsp salt
A little sugar
1tsp vanilla extract
2.5 teaspoons saccharine
1 tsp anise, whole
0.5 cups cashew butter
0.5 cups rice milk
apel: (aphrodite)
I need to bake something yummy and low-FODMAP for tomorrow.

Judging from previous experiments, these are roughly the right proportions for muffins:

Dry Ingredients
1.5 cups Flour
6 packets Sweet'nlow
0.25 cups Brown sugar
1.5 teaspoons Baking powder
0.5 teaspoons Salt
0.5 teaspoons Cinnamon (optional)

Liquid ingredients
1 cup Water
2 eggs, beaten
0.5 teaspoons Vanilla

Makes 20 mini muffins at 400F for 15 minutes.
Makes 15 normal-sized muffins at 400F for 18 minutes.
apel: (january)
These muffins are low GI, fat free and high in fibre.

Dry Ingredients
3/4 cup Oat bran
3/4 cup Soy flour
1/3 cup Flax meal
1/2 tsp Cinnamon
1/2 tsp Salt
1 1/2 tsp Baking powder
1/4 cup Brown sugar
6 packets of sweetn' low

1 cup of shredded, minced or diced fruit, berries and/or veg, e.g. carrots, blue berries, butternut squash, apples etc.
Optional: 1/2 cup of minced nuts
Alternatively put a few nuts at the bottom of each muffin cup

1 cup of water
1 egg, beaten
1/2 tsp vanilla

Mix dry ingredients well. Pour in the fruit and mix thoroughly so that it's coated with the dry ingredients. Beat liquid ingredients. Combine all ingredients.

Makes 20 mini muffins.
400F for 15 minutes.

Alternatively 15 normal-sized muffins.
400F for 18 minutes.
apel: (sweden)
I'm enjoying a glass of Morningstar Meadow's Sweet Cherry-ty Mead and wondering how the rest of the bottle will fare. Should I keep it in the fridge? How long will it keep?
apel: (berkeley)
This afternoon I went up to the Gourmet Ghetto in Berkeley for lunch. I chose Saul's Russian deli. It's a great place. Love their food and the ambiance. They have lots of veggie stuff too on their menu so I could take [livejournal.com profile] ciaran01 there. Their potato latkes are wonderful.

I also spent quite a lot of time at the Elephant Pharmacy. Thanks for the tip, [livejournal.com profile] sweet_pickles. I got some dried kava and other stuff.

Then I drove over to Telegraph. Parking there is hopeless. I got tired of going round in circles and parked in a place that charged $10. Outrageous. Tips on where to park in the area near the university, convenient to Moe's etc, would be gratefully accepted. I don't mind walking a couple of blocks, I do mind having to hunt for parking and I hardly ever have quarters.

While there was still some light, I strolled a bit on campus. Naturally I wanted to take a photo of the Campanile. It is famous, after all.

Campanile on University of California, Berkeley Campus
Wallpaper, feel free to use

Just to show that this campus is no different from other American campuses, I also took a photo of a squirrel. It wasn't afraid of me at all.
Squirrel on campus
Wallpaper, feel free to use

Then I walked along Telegraph to soak up the atmosphere and maybe buy something. There was only one street vendor. Maybe there are more on the weekends. I had wanted to check out their bumper stickers. Having a silver sedan ain't easy. On the other hand, I forgot to mention that in San Jose there was a very cute Japanese shop. There I bought a plush Totoro. So now I've got a little grey fellow looking out the rightside, rear window.

To return to Telegraph, there was a street musician who played a strange, stringed and amplified instrument. He used long metal picks on most of his fingers. It sounded eerie but quite beautiful. I was almost tempted to buy one of his CDs. But I still have lots of CDs from my boxes that I haven't unpacked and ripped yet, so I shouldn't buy any more music for a while now.

I found an ethnic boutique I quite liked and bought a scarf there. Then I went over to the herbalist shop with the funny name, Lhasa Karnak, and got a tincture.

On my way home I discovered that I don't have Ancient Ways stored as a favourite on my GPS, so I didn't make it there. Maybe on Sunday, on my way to [livejournal.com profile] dpaxson. Maybe they'll have bumper stickers.


Feb. 5th, 2008 04:44 pm
apel: (grain)
Pancakes are, as you can tell from the name, a kind of cake. They make a nice, high-carbohydrate snack in the afternoon. Sort of like a danish, except more.

Now that we've cleared that up, I'd like to tell you that the ones I bought from Ihop, with blueberry jam, are pricey but delicious.
apel: (twitching)
They make it with a sickly sweet syrup and there doesn't seem to be any caffeine in it. It is not the same as Starbuck's. Not even close. Next time, take 5 extra minutes and get the real thing.
apel: (august)
The Cajun chicken sandwich from the usual sandwich shop by Farringdon station was too spicy for me. Lunch mark II is salmon sandwich from EAT.
apel: (bra)
I just can't concentrate at all today. Whatever I do, anything even moderately shiny that passes simply grabs my attention by the nose and leads it up the garden path. Oh, flowers. I should order bedding for spring and summer.

See what I mean?

I blame it on the weather that has suddenly turned spring-like after yesterday's scouring. Too bad it's not going to last. Sunday evening the temperature is going down to -4°C. At least that's not going to phase my flowering white hellebores.

What do you mean I'm rambling?

Now it's Mediaeval Babes with Undrentide on my iPod. Strange. I didn't realise it was in the Classical genre in my iTunes. I thought I'd put it somewhere else. Oh well. I just hope the battery lasts all the way to Cheltenham tonight. The ETA is 22.56. That's pretty late. I downloaded some podcasts from Steve Pavlina that I'm going to listen to.

I looked out of one of the windows in the stairwell of my new offices earlier. There's a whole little world of roof terraces, fire escapes, galleys and sky lights on the inside of the block. The lines and angles get very complex. I wish I could get out there and take photos. The office is off Oxford Street, one of the most well-known streets in the world with shops crammed into all available space. And yet there exists this hidden world mostly populated by pigeons within a stone's throw.

Cottage cheese with white chocolate and raspberry milkshake powder from Whittard is better than cottage cheese without, I must say.

Aug. 30th, 2006 07:30 am
apel: (sweden)
I met Hans at his office. He showed me how to get to Uvberget on a map and then we set off, each in our own car with him leading the way. It didn't take more than twenty minutes or so to drive to Slattefors, between Sturefors and Landeryd on the river Stångån. There's a small water power plant there and some locks on Kinda Kanal.

Trying to remember how to, I managed to enter the way point into my GPS. I don't think I've used the unit for years. Hans had been in the area before so he led the way. Following the GPS and the map we found Uvberget without problems. The cache itself didn't present any problems either. Once you've found a few caches you have a pretty good idea of what sort of nooks and crannies to look for. The cache was in the first suspicious-looking hole under a rock that we looked in.

Having found the cache, we sat down for the traditional caching picnic while we looked through the treasures and wrote in the log book. Hans had brought tea and Maryland cookies and I contributed some Cloetta kexchoklad.

Aug. 28th, 2006 01:50 pm
apel: (sweden)
I'm having meat balls with potatoes, brown sauce and lingon jam in the student restaurant.

It's bright and airy with a high ceiling, wooden floors and walls. It's very late for lunch so only a few students and faculty sit here now. When it's full it gets very loud here. Now I only hear a few high, clear Swedish voices. Some of them speak English with an atrocious accent.

My first stop for the day was Gamla Linköping. It's a photographer's dream. Everything is period and cars are not allowed.

Walking around there I was again struck by the relationship the Swedes have with wood. We just can't get enough of the stuff. Just saying the word, trä, gives us a warm, fuzzy feeling. If we could, we would surround ourselves only with smooth, warm, unpainted wood and some pure cotton fabrics in white and blue for warmth.

We tolerate metal in small amounts when wood really wouldn't work. Push bikes are an example. We cannot say plast, the Swedish word for plastic, without sneering and pulling a disgusted face. Concrete just makes us depressed.

To make a Swedish person happy, just give us a smooth, fragrant, juniper wood butter knife and watch us sniff it and rub it with a smile. A juniper butter knife! What pure, innocent delight.
apel: (train)
I met up with my tax accountant and his friend, the cardiologist, tonight. It was great. We went on the London Eye and had dinner at Strada by the Royal Festival Hall afterwards. Now I'm tired and thirsty.

The London Eye was of course a great hit. Even with the cardiologist who is pretty scared of heights. He took lots of photos. It's something about that egg shape that makes people feel much safer than on ordinary ferris wheels. The view was amazing. I pointed out St. Paul's cathedral, the Gherkin, Tate Modern, the BT tower and other landmarks for the visitors.

Strada is always great. I've put little S marks in my London map for their most convenient locations. Tonight I had linguine with seafood and a fig tart afterwards. Yummy. I swear they're not paying me to say that.

But the best part was the conversation. It's so nice to talk to Americans. The conversation just flows with a natural give-and-take. They really listen to your stories and respond with stories of their own that add a new perspective on what you're talking about. You don't always agree but you always come away feeling enriched by having shared views. It reminds me yet again of why I want to move home.
apel: (garden_inthe)
I went to the nursery yesterday to buy plants for Louise's border. Her garden has a hot colour theme. She needed edging for the rose bed and plants for two 40cm pots. This is what I bought:
2 Helichrysum petiolare, variegated
3 Petunia Million Bells, Lemon 'Sunbelkist'
flat of Lobelia Saphire (trailing), dark, purplish blue with a white eye
flat of Verbena Quartz Waterfall, mixed blue and white colours
flat of Petunia F1, scarlet
flat of Rudbeckia Becky, mixed yellows and browns

In addition I had two pots of marguerites, two pots of blood-red pelargoniums and a yellow zantedeschia (all visible in yesterday's weekly garden photo).

In one of the large pots I put the zantedeschia as the centrepiece with the marguerites on either side. I filled out with the dark blue lobelia. In the other large pot I put the two pelargoniums, with the mixed blue verbenas and one helichrysum in front to tumble down the side of the pot. The three yellowish, small-flowered petunias, I put in front of the large blood-red pelargonium that I planted in the blue pot last week. There's also a variegated ivy in that pot.

Yesterday's photo showed two cosmos too. Louise had bought them herself but they don't fit her colour scheme. So I'm giving her the bronze coloured chrysanthemums that were in the Blue border instead. They don't look very happy in their new location, even though I cut them down by about a third, and spoiled them with lots of water. I'm a bit worried. The pink chrysanthemums in the Pink border are already flowering.

The remaining scarlet, large-flowered petunias and rudbeckias are meant as edging for the rose bed. That's what I'm going to do once I've finished my lunch.

The weather today started out sunny but is increasingly cloudy and a breeze is picking up. Initially I was just wearing a tank top but I had to put on a sweater when I was sitting still.

My right hip hurts like crazy so I'm going to have some ibuprofen before I go out again.

Update at 21.55: I didn't get back inside until nine. Watering with watering cans takes ages. At least I now have two, because Louise bought me a second one during the week.

There were 12 red petunias and 6 rudbeckias, so I put in two petunias, one rudbeckia, two petunias etc. Hopefully that will look nice. I also planted the white cosmos in the Blue border and a verbena that didn't fit in the pot with the pelargoniums. The chrysanthemums had perked up when I went inside so they'll probably be fine.
apel: (juicy)
Amazon.com now offer hard-to-find organic and speciality non-perishable food items. As an example, a search on "gluten free" returns 296 hits. At least those on the first page seem to mostly be legitimately gluten free.

Food stuffs are eligible for free super saver shipping so this seems like a great way of stocking up on stuff that isn't available in your local supermarket.

I'd love to hear how they're priced compared to Amazons' competitors. Considering that a lot of this stuff is sold in speciality stores that have a reputation for being pricey, it shouldn't be hard for Amazon to be cheaper.

Via lifehacker.
apel: (fuchsia)
I've been out in the garden since before one o'clock working in the Pink border. First I removed most of the old daffodil leaves, then I removed the daisies I put in last autumn. Some of them were still fine but last weekend I bought pale pink small-flowered petunias to replace them with. And some were pretty ropy with powdery mildew and other nastiness. Then I put in the petunias and a number of white foxglove seedlings I saved when I cleared the ground for the petunias. I also planted the pink phlox that my neighbour's friend had given me. Finally I staked some flowering foxgloves, poppies and the chrysanthemums before spreading manure over about a third of the bed.

During the operation I've also been watering. While we have a hosepipe ban, last weekend I found out that it's OK to use a hose to fill a watering can. So I've been gardening while I was waiting for the watering can to fill up, watering, putting the hose in the watering can, gardening, etc etc. Rather tedious but it beats the heck out of filling up one two-litre bottle at a time. Hopefully the manure will conserve some of the moisture I've been able to get into the soil.

It's hot and sunny today, wonderful weather for gardening in the shade. Even Fluffy felt it was hot. She drank some of my water and for a while she was lying on the lawn in the shade. This is the cat who hates lawns because they are cold and wet so it's unusual for her to lie on the green stuff. Normally she prefers lying on concrete or sitting on a wooden bench. The black paper roof of the neighbour's shed is a good place too, she feels.

The fuchsia in the photo is nowhere near flowering. But staking the foxglove that was swamping it will hopefully ensure we get a good show this year. Water and manure are going to be helpful too.

This morning I didn't take the weekly photo of the garden because by the time I got up, the contrast between the lit and unlit parts was too strong. I'm going to take one in the evening instead, when there is little to no sunlight in my garden.

Right now I'm having a piece of Waitrose sundried-tomato and olive-oil marinated chicken. It's delicious and just what I needed, even though I didn't feel like eating in the heat. When I'm done with the chicken and another half litre of squash, I'm going outside again. I need to plant up at least one of Louise's pots and remove the faded forgetmenots from her borders.

But most importantly I need to water all over the garden. I think I'm going to write a note to Louise and ask her if she can pick up another watering can. That's going to really speed things up if I can fill one can while I'm pouring out the contents of the other.

V. Tired

Jun. 6th, 2006 09:45 pm
apel: (attention)
This morning my breakfast tasted awful. This was because last time I shopped at Fresh & Wild, they didn't have any oatmeal. So I bought barley meal instead. I don't think barley meal is bad, actually. It's just that in combination with the soya meal and oat bran in the smoothie it didn't taste good at all. Bleh! So I ended up nuking some chicken in tikka marinade and having that for breakfast instead. That worked really well.

It's been very intense in the office today. A major application is due for launch soon and it's eating up all my time. Unfortunately this time hasn't been scheduled so there are conflicts between the project managers. I of course want to do it all but I have to admit that it's not possible. Tomorrow I'm doing stylesheets all day. That's at least scheduled. Hopefully that's the only thing so that it doesn't get as intense. My calendar is full through mid-July.

The weather has been very pleasant the last few days and on Saturday the meteorologists think we'll have 28C. It's nice that it's finally summer but I worry about the garden. Although on the weekend I found out that I'm allowed to use a hose to fill a watering can. I think I'm going to do that on the weekend. The 2-litre bottles just don't cut it.


Mar. 19th, 2006 01:14 am
apel: (moon)
This morning started out with a visit to the dental hygienist. This was the third hygienist I've seen at this practice. Unfortunately she wasn't very good. The cleaning was more painful than usual and she didn't remove the stains on my canines -- the main reason why I see a dental hygienist every three months. We even talked about them. But I didn't realise she hadn't done anything about them until I got out in the car and was going to admire my shiny, white teeth.

Then I went shopping. I've been needing some stamps for the US for quite some time but the post office opposite work is always so busy. But today I bought stamps for 20g airmail. It's one of the pretty new Brunel stamps, showing the Maidenhead bridge.

My next stop was Waitrose. I rarely shop at Waitrose so I noticed the difference between this and Sainsburys. At this Waitrose the skincare shelf was all anti-aging creams with a few acne products shoved into one corner. Also, I heard a parent scold her little boy, saying "James, don't do that please" in a patient tone of voice At Sainsbury's he'd be "Jamie" and the sentence wouldn't end in "please". At Asda she would probably just have smacked him.

Tonight I've watched CSI:New York about a woman who drowned in a puddle and a guy who got shot by mistake. Pretty bizarre.

Now I've had a gluten-free garlic and coriander naan with unsweetened peanut butter and some extra garlic to fend off the cold. The peanut butter is really good on the savoury bread. BTW, could one of the Americans who read this tell me if I should keep the peanut butter in the fridge or in the cupboard?
apel: (grain)
And the winner of this month's Gross-Out Award is: What not to eat (over your keyboard) on ZDnet. I also liked the photo at the top of the LifeHacker article that linked to it. It would be a hit over in [livejournal.com profile] saucygardens.
apel: (grain)
I've just had my first ever Krispy Kreme doughnut. OMG, they have nothing in common with ordinary doughnuts. These things are GOOD!
apel: (trail)
It's raining outside. Has been all day. We desperately need the rain so I'm happy about it. The dull, grey weather is a bit depressing but the plants in my garden are looking perkier. It's been dry for so long that I watered some shrubs last weekend. That's unheard of for February. Normally everything is rain-soaked and terribly muddy at this time of year. But the soil in the borders was dry as dust. There's some more rain in the forecast at the beginning of the week. It won't be enough to make up for the dry winter we've had but it will help somewhat. It's going to be windy too.

I'm ticking things off from my to do list and taking it easy today. Did some online shopping too and put away the rest of the groceries I got from Ocado yesterday evening.

Now I'm going to have some oatmeal with strawberries.
apel: (Default)
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