Saturday, July 28, 2012

Finding the Superhero Within


Ever wish you had superhuman powers?

When I was younger, I was obsessed with it.  From all the comics and graphic novels that my brother and I would collect, the sci-fi movies and TV series I would watch with my Dad, and the role-playing video games that would always trump homework or chores, saying that I had only one foot in a fantasy world would be kindly inaccurate.  I still remember dreams from when I was in elementary and junior high of me flying, communicating telepathically, and manifesting bolts of energy from my temples to help stop crime.

[cue 'Nerd Alert' siren.  This is not a test.]  

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Cantaloupe Ginger Granita


Today's recipe was inspired by one of my absolute favorite drinks from my childhood.  A staple at Filipino summer parties and barbecues, it was basically shredded cantaloupe, a splash of lemon juice, and sugar water.  Always served ice cold, I have fond memories of my siblings and I guzzling down the water and then savoring the strands of sweet melon, laughing as we slowly ate them one at a time like spaghetti.  It was so refreshing and satisfying during the long, hot, lazy days between June and September.

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Ratio Rally! Gluten-Free, Vegan, Grain-Free Crackers


Mmmm...crackers.  Back in the day, it would be dangerous to leave me alone with a box of Triscuits, Wheat Thins, or Ritz crackers. Savory, salty, and quite satisfying to the carb monster that I was.  Nowadays, while I realize and appreciate that there are many gluten-free, dairy-free, and vegan options out there, crackers are no longer my snack of choice, mostly because I'm no longer a carb monster, but also because most brands have a tendency towards being either too seedy or too starchy and carrying a hefty price tag.

Enter the Gluten-Free Ratio Rally "Cracker" Challenge. [cue reverb]

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Skyward Glances & the Love in my Food


Recently, a good friend and coworker offered to lend me a copy of Women Food and God.  Also living a gluten-free, dairy-free life, she said that the things I say and write are in the same 'voice' as the author, Geneen Roth, and she thought I would enjoy it.  Always happy to find another kindred spirit, even if indirectly through the dog-eared, well-worn pages of a book, I happily accepted the offer.  

On the back cover, Roth writes, "No matter how sophisticated or wealthy or broke or enlightened you are, how you eat tells all."