Friday, October 31, 2014

Gluten Free Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls with a dairy free / vegan option for #Meatless Monday

Free of gluten, eggs, nuts, soy, corn, with dairy free / vegan options


The season of pumpkin is upon us. I had half a large can of pumpkin puree leftover from making my Gluten Free Pumpkin Pie for Canadian Thanksgiving a couple of weeks ago. So I modified my old recipe for Gluten Free Herb Rolls to use up leftover pumpkin puree, and added some cinnamon spice mix. (I have also made a similar version in the past using sweet potato puree instead of pumpkin, so you could use sweet potato instead if you like)

These rolls are simple, tasty, pretty healthy, and versatile. I've had them for breakfast, served them with dinner to guests, and drizzled them with a bit of icing sugar mixed with milk as cinnamon rolls for dessert. 

They also freeze well, so make up a batch and sock them away for later! 

Sunday, October 26, 2014

The Pros and Cons of Running a Link Party / Blog Hop, and how to run a blog hop


Last week I posted about how I was putting Waste Not Want Not Wednesday, the link party I've been running for about 1.5 yrs now, on hiatus. I gave a couple of reasons. Audrey over at Gluten Free Vegan Love asked me if I had any other comments on running a blog hop, and since it's been something I've been ruminating over, I thought I would share my thoughts with you all here.

So if you've ever participated in a blog hop / link party, run a blog hop, are thinking about running a blog hop/link party, or are thinking about ending yours, you might be interested in this post. Hopefully some of you more experienced hoppers will chime in as well!


Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Re: Waste Not Want Not Wednesday

Hi folks, 

I just wanted to give you a heads up on what's happening with WNWNW. Last week I was totally distracted by being home for Canadian Thanksgiving for the first time in 3 years, and blogging totally fell to the wayside. 

This week, on the other hand, I discovered that my InLinkz account (what I use to run the link party), will expire tomorrow

For those of you that don't know, InLinkz costs $20US per year. It's not a lot, but at present my income from the blog is a few pennies above $0 per year. Sadly, that "Poor" in "Poor and Gluten Free" ain't just for kicks ;)

And while I love seeing what people have been up to every week, it is also time consuming to run a link party. Lately, I haven't been visiting everyone who links up, and I feel bad about that. I prefer to have the time to come by, pin your posts, and tell you how awesome your cooking looks. 

Soooo.... I'm currently reassessing whether or not WNWNW is a practical expense - both financially and time-wise. In the meantime, WNWNW will be on hiatus. If I find that my recently added Google ads pick up, or book sales increase, I'll probably reconsider. Blogging is a labour of love, but right now it just doesn't make sense for me to put time and money into something that doesn't translate into a practical return of some sort. 

I will, of course, continue to post recipe and articles and intend to visit you all at your blog homes and social media as much as I can regardless!  

Thanks for your support and understanding :) 
-Danielle

 

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Best Gluten Free Pumpkin Pie! (reduced sugar)




Happy belated Canadian Thanksgiving! Last weekend was our Thanksgiving celebration, and I made a pumpkin pie just like the one above. Except that instead of one pie dough bat, it had several. Yep. Bats. That's one of the benefits of having Thanksgiving before Halloween, instead of afterwards :) 

This pumpkin pie came about after a series of mucking around with various healthier versions. I tried making a sugar-free molasses pumpkin pie... meh... I tried making a dairy free one... meh... I threw away a few pies that neither my husband or I could bring ourselves to eat.

In the end, I had this mouthwatering pumpkin pie. My husband ate half of it in one sitting.

But I'm going to confess right now. This is only a slightly healthified version of a pumpkin pie. I almost never post things that are on the bad side of healthy, but in the end, some things are best left as they are. It turns out that pumpkin pie is really not better without the sugar and the creamy filling. I just use less sugar, and whipping cream instead of that weird evaporated milk or condensed milk that has extra sugar in it.

If you can take it for what it is and be ok with indulging once or twice a year, and you're looking for a really good gluten-free pumpkin pie that's pretty simple, this is a very good bet.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Waste Not Want Not Wednesday


Got a great gluten free recipe, some frugal, eco-friendly tips or  a healthy living article? Well come join the party!


The Waste Not Want Not Wednesday link-up party is inspired by World Food Day (Oct. 16), and recent articles such as this one that show between 40-51% of food in Canada and America ends up in the garbage.  Over-consumption, lack of knowledge, low cost and over purchasing are common causes of food waste in North America.  This unsustainable over-consumption extends to so many aspects of our lives.

So perhaps if we all share our tips for consuming a little less stuff in general, cooking more responsibly and frugally, and living eco-friendly, we can each take a small part in making our world a little more sustainable.

And besides, who couldn't save a little bit of $$$ anyway? 


Saturday, October 4, 2014

My Gluten Free Weekly Meal Plan



Well the weather's cooling down, and that means I'm craving more root veggies and hot, rich meals. That also means that I can make large pots of things and eat leftovers throughout the week instead of cooking every single night :)


Friday, October 3, 2014

Vegan, Gluten Free Tofu Meatballs with Crabapple Sauce - Cheaper than Meat! + Meatless Monday

Free of dairy, eggs, gluten, nuts, corn



Crabapple or Crab Apple? I'm never really sure. Either way, this crabapple sauce and these vegan, GF meatballs are surprisingly amaze-balls. (The only thing cheesy here is that sentence).

These vegan, gluten free tofu meatballs in Crab Apple Sauce were really born  out of desperation. Since we moved back home to BC, we've been entertaining people in our new apartment a couple of times a week. It's been great to finally invite family and friends to our place after 3 years of living elsewhere. 

But entertaining can be expensive. Tofu, on the other hand, is relatively cheap.
 
I was facing several challenges, vegetarians, food allergies, my unwillingness to make yet another trip to the grocery store... Necessity is the mother of invention, and man did this invention turn out surprisingly AWESOME! So awesome that I made it three times in two weeks for three different sets of dinner guests.


Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Waste Not Want Not Wednesday #86

 
Got a great gluten free recipe, some frugal, eco-friendly tips or  a healthy living article? Well come join the party!


The Waste Not Want Not Wednesday link-up party is inspired by World Food Day (Oct. 16), and recent articles such as this one that show between 40-51% of food in Canada and America ends up in the garbage.  Over-consumption, lack of knowledge, low cost and over purchasing are common causes of food waste in North America.  This unsustainable over-consumption extends to so many aspects of our lives.

So perhaps if we all share our tips for consuming a little less stuff in general, cooking more responsibly and frugally, and living eco-friendly, we can each take a small part in making our world a little more sustainable.

And besides, who couldn't save a little bit of $$$ anyway? 


Monday, September 29, 2014

My Ancient Egyptian Romance novel is available NOW!!!



So I didn't post anything this weekend. Aside from my atrocious inability to put together a blogging schedule, I have a couple of very good reasons. 

First off, I was presenting at a fabulous dance conference, The Safar Conference for Middle Eastern Dance. It was an amazing event in Vancouver, BC, hosted by some beautiful Middle Eastern dancers (two of whom happened to be bridesmaids at my wedding ;) ), and my lecture was entitled Spies and Scandals: The Problems with Studying Belly Dance History. It was a rather scandalous lecture focused on the WWII spy belly dancer, Hikmat Fahmy.

So this brings me to the other reason I didn't post this weekend. I was rushing to get my latest book (and my first novel), In the Court of Kemet, ready for publication. If you've read my About Me page, you'll know that I have a Masters degree with a focus on Egyptian history. This past year, aside from publishing two cookbooks, I've put my research skills to use and have written a historical romance based on the life of Egypt's first female ruler. 

Read on for the deets, people!! It's a super fun romance novel steeped in historical details and intrigue... 

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Waste Not Want Not Wednesday #85


Got a great gluten free recipe, some frugal, eco-friendly tips or  a healthy living article? Well come join the party!


The Waste Not Want Not Wednesday link-up party is inspired by World Food Day (Oct. 16), and recent articles such as this one that show between 40-51% of food in Canada and America ends up in the garbage.  Over-consumption, lack of knowledge, low cost and over purchasing are common causes of food waste in North America.  This unsustainable over-consumption extends to so many aspects of our lives.

So perhaps if we all share our tips for consuming a little less stuff in general, cooking more responsibly and frugally, and living eco-friendly, we can each take a small part in making our world a little more sustainable.

And besides, who couldn't save a little bit of $$$ anyway? 


Sunday, September 21, 2014

Pumpkin Spice Quinoa Breakfast Bowl (GF, Vegan)

Free of gluten, dairy, eggs, nuts, corn, soy



I don't know about you, but I find it hard to get a good, hot, gluten free breakfast that doesn't take forever. I mean pancakes are great and all, but they're not exactly quick.

And the other morning I woke up and it was chilly and raining and I had a cold. Which is funny, because right now it feels something like 30C! It's totally summer weather!

So being sick and it being cold and rainy, I was craving something warm and comforting. I wanted a hot, easy, gluten free breakfast. I'm allergic to oats so oatmeal wasn't an option. I did, however, have a large bag of quinoa in the cupboard. The rest is quinoa breakfast bowl history...


Saturday, September 20, 2014

My Gluten Free Weekly Meal Plan




Yesterday my girl friend and I made a trip to a great farm/veggie market in Richmond, BC, the Richmond Country Farm.  So my fridge is fully stocked and this week's meals are based around the awesome spray-free and local veggies.

That means that the theme of this week's meals is simple and easy!


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