Retirement

After finally accepting that my gluten-free, dairy-free, corn-free “experiment” will need to be more permanent, I decided to start a separate blog focusing on recipes fitting those requirements.  Lucidia has been retired, but the archive remains here for the recipes (especially all the old family favorites that I don’t want to lose).  Please visit my new “highly sensitive,” gluten-free, dairy-free, corn-free blog at highlysensitivegirl.com . . . you might be surprised at how yummy allergen-free eating can be!

Gluten-free Dairy-free White Sauce

I’m happy to report that the basic chemistry of traditional white sauce works without wheat flour or dairy products. Wuu Huu!!

I was craving my Turkey Mushroom & Rice Casserole, but the original recipe required 3-4 cups of milk-based white sauce. I tried just serving the turkey-mushroom sauté over rice with a little gravy, but it just didn’t have that comfort-food feeling. [I also learned the hard way that potato starch is NOT a substitute for Wondra flour in making gravy . . . thickened turkey gelatin is what I got . . . yuk!!]

I decided to just try a small batch of very basic white sauce: 2 Tbls fat, 2 Tbls “flour”, 1 cup “milk”, but used Spectrum® Organics Shortening (made from palm oil), the Food Philosopher’s® Brown Rice Flour Blend for the flour and Edensoy® Unsweetened Soymilk (which is just soybeans and water) for the milk. And Voilá ! Nice, thick (though admittedly rather tasteless) white sauce. Adding salt, pepper, and thyme perked it up just right.

So, for the record, you melt the fat, stir in the “flour,” cook for 2 minutes, stirring constantly, then gradually add the “milk” stirring until thickened.

I have yet to try the complete Turkey Mushroom & Rice Casserole recipe (I just fixed a small lunch-sized portion of the rice, turkey-mushroom sauté, and white sauce), but I’m thrilled by the result so far!   Ah (*sigh*), Thanksgiving leftovers become gluten-free, dairy-free comfort food.

I LOVE my Macintosh

[Update 10/16/11: I'm returning to my old theme, but have inserted images of the Retro Mac theme at the bottom of this post so folks can see what it looked like when it was displayed in Stuart Brown's Retro Mac theme.]

Yes, I stole this theme idea from boingboing.net (who got it from Stuart Brown at Modern Life) . . .

I never followed Steve Jobs and his great ideas very closely, but I have owned a Macintosh Computer since 1985. I don’t have an iPhone or an iPad, but I do enjoy my iPod (though I refuse to buy my music via iTunes)   I won’t store anything in somebody else’s iCloud . . . though I understand why that might be handy for others.   (And I wonder why most people today seem totally unconcerned about the loss of privacy which is bringing us MUCH closer to 1984 and Brave New World than the IBM parodied in that famous 1984 commercial ever dreamed of imposing.)

And yes, the first Mac had NO hard drive.   It operated via those little 3-1/2 inch “hard floppies”.  At the time I was writing a dissertation on music perception.   My grad school research had used:  (1) a Radio Shack TRS-80 (with a cassette tape drive!), (2) a Commodore 64, and (3) an IBM mainframe (8″ floppies).   I had programmed in BASIC and FORTRAN and C (and a few other languages I’m forgetting right now).   But I wrote about it on my Macintosh.   And eventually I even made music on that little box that I could carry around.   And I saw plenty of those little “bombs” that appeared when I screwed up the programming (scroll all the way down to the footer to see the little bomb, which was still friendlier than the DOS “blue screen of death”). Yes, I added a hard drive, eventually traded it in for a Power Computing Mac Clone and then a G4 and finally my Mac Mini.   I was never the “target audience” for the Mac . . . I wasn’t afraid of computers or programming them or figuring out how they work.   I didn’t really want “a computer for the rest of us” . . . but I did appreciate an interface that allowed me to SEE what was on my computer in a more intuitive way than I got with DOS and command lines.

Yes, Steve Jobs knew what we needed and wanted before we did . . . he didn’t believe in letting the consumers drive innovation (he knew if he asked we would all just stick with the same old, same old) . . . but he didn’t just change things to change things (are you listening Mark Zuckerberg?).   No, I’m not likely to run out and buy an iPad or iPhone just to honor Steve Jobs (I can’t afford them) and I wish that his notion of “democratizing technology” had found a way to do it at “a price for the rest of us”.  But I do appreciate his work and am sorry that his life ended so soon.

Today many people are quoting from Steve Jobs’ 2005 Stanford Commencement Address; many include this important quotation:

“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma—which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.”

but the part of the speech that caught my eye/ear was this [emphases mine]:

“Because I had dropped out and didn’t have to take the normal classes, I decided to take a calligraphy class to learn how to do this. I learned about serif and san serif typefaces, about varying the amount of space between different letter combinations, about what makes great typography great. It was beautiful, historical, artistically subtle in a way that science can’t capture, and I found it fascinating.

None of this had even a hope of any practical application in my life. But ten years later, when we were designing the first Macintosh computer, it all came back to me. And we designed it all into the Mac. It was the first computer with beautiful typography. If I had never dropped in on that single course in college, the Mac would have never had multiple typefaces or proportionally spaced fonts. And since Windows just copied the Mac, it’s likely that no personal computer would have them. If I had never dropped out, I would have never dropped in on this calligraphy class, and personal computers might not have the wonderful typography that they do. Of course it was impossible to connect the dots looking forward when I was in college. But it was very, very clear looking backwards ten years later.

Again, you can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something—your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life.”

You can find a full transcript of Steve Jobs’ 2005 Stanford speech here.

So today I am trying to listen to my gut/intuition . . . which right now is saying it’s time for lunch . . . and hoping the dots will eventually connect.

Peace.

 

Retro Mac Theme Screenshot

The Mac Bomb

Dairy-free Black & White Burritos

I’m experimenting with my favorite recipes (and with my new gluten-free, corn-free, dairy-free diet).  Tonight I made Black & White Burritos, but replaced the cheese with homemade guacamole.  Went ahead and used the flour tortillas (so not gluten-free) because I like the ease of eating a wrap (and still haven’t experimented with gluten-free, corn-free tortillas). The result was pretty tasty . . . and I didn’t miss the dairy at all.

For a gluten-free version of these flavors, I just layer the rice, beans, etc. in a bowl.

Grilled fish with a chili powder rub also works well with these beans & rice.  Earlier this summer I used the beans from my Black & White Burritos in a recipe I found for Chipotle Tilapia Tacos with Mango Salsa and Chipotle Mayo . . . FABULOUS!

Vegetable Samosa Cakes

Vegetable Samosa Cakes

adapted from the ingredient list at Seward Coop
Vegetable Samosa Cakes
Samosas are a vegetable- (or meat-) filled pastry usually served as an appetizer at Indian restaurants. Now that I’m mostly gluten-free, I was interested in a version without the pastry.  Ate several from the Hot Bar at Seward Coop and they were so good I went back later to get the list of ingredients.  Then I made my own modifications.  The first attempt turned out amazingly well.

Makes 12 hamburger-size patties, or 18 smaller appetizer-size patties

The complete recipe can be found here.