Life seems to get busier with every season. Everyone says “enjoy it the kids will be out of the house before you know it.” Part of enjoying the time is not stressing over dinner. Easier said than done with so much going on and so many foods to avoid, I had read that pasta in a pressure cooker was easy. I was skeptical but it turned out really well.
I browned the ground beef on the stove instead of using the sauté mode of the pressure cooker. I just find it easier. You could definitely do this the day before or earlier in the day.
I still feel new to the world of pressure cookers. I haven’t been wow’d by everything I’ve made and there are a few recipes that I am hoping to improve upon.
I did not order any seed catalogs since I am trying to minimize the amount of paper coming into my home, but I did look at them online and checked out a few gardening books from the library.
With all the travel I did this month and the multiple days off of school from weather, I did not volunteer anywhere new. I did do some research and hope to check this off early this month.
I did make hot chocolate, had an amazing Vision Board weekend retreat, took a walk in the snow, made chili for the nightshade eaters, made rocks with my words for the year, read a winter setting book, donated unused holiday decoration, and had many fires in the fireplace.
I have always made lists. There are multiple ones on my counter at all times and my planner is full of them. Mostly they contain thing I have to do for my, job, my kids, household chores, and appointments to make.
I wanted to start doing more things that made me happy, started in December with my Hygge moments. A list of events that made me move forward through each month/season with intention and purpose.
For February I want to enjoy the winter, celebrate the holidays, and of course cook some wonderful gluten-free/dairy-free treats.
I love watching the show British Bake Off. I have watched every season multiple times (Except the last one which I just finished, but will rewatch soon.) The show always gives me ideas and makes me think, I can do that! It also make me think, I can’t do that! When they made Angel Food Cake for the technical I thought…that seems like it would be easy to make gluten-free.
I like to make this cake at least once a month. I use boxed egg whites I buy at Aldi. Each box I can make an Angel Food Cake and a batch of Chewy Chocolate Meringue Cookies.
There are a few tricks to this recipe. First, the egg whites need to be at room temperature. Second DO NOT grease the tube pan! Third cool the cake upside down on a rack in the pan. I now have two tube pans because I kept forgetting and spraying the pan! Now I just get the second one out and use it.
I don’t decorate this cake. Because decorating is not my strength in the kitchen. I eat it with some berries and sometimes with a scoop of SoDelicious CocoWhip. I hope you enjoy this cake as much as I do.
We are expected to get a snow storm over the weekend and that means SOUP!
I hope to have both pressure cookers going most of the weekend making Chicken Bone Broth and a vegan version with just herbs and veggies.
Besides shoveling I will enjoy some of my January 2019 Wish List there will be lots of hot chocolate, fires in the fireplace, and a walk in the snow.
I am simplifying my holiday decorations and plan to spend some of this long weekend going through some of the Christmas and Valentines decorations. Today I am dropping off a load of things I have already sorted and decided to donate. Then off to a grocery store or two to pick up the ingredients for the multiple batches of soup.
I have started buying dried beans and making them in my pressure cooker. For the black beans for the quinoa soup I put about 2 cups of beans in the pressure cooker and covered them with water about two inches above the beans. I then cooked them for 25 minutes on high pressure. I let it depressurize for 30 minutes then spooned then out into mason jars and covered them with the cooking liquid.
Making the Chili helped me check one thing off my January 2019 Wish List. And the rest of the black beans will be made into brownies!
This past year I had the idea of opening a second Goodreads to track all the cookbooks I read since they always put mover on my reading challenge. Instead I just adjusted the number of books I wanted to read. I guess I need to adjust it again for next year. I still have a few books to add. So my ending number of books read for 2018 will be more around 85.
I learned so much from these books. I read lots of cook books and may up my number for next year to include all the ones I have at home that I continually use in meal planning. I continue to blossom into the home cook I want to be and will one day be the gluten-free baker I dream of being. Searing meat and main dishes still tend to be the hardest to reproduce for me when trying a new recipe. My list of 100 things is always full of cooking techniques and dishes I want make, for 2018 I made liver pate but did not perfect a poached egg (thing has lingered on my list for a few years!)
I learn more about organizing, productivity, and coaching. I love helping people with organizing and productivity. I feel that when being diagnosed with food allergies and Celiac (or any other diseases that the only treatment is diet change) the change in productivity is the hardest part. Change is hard. Transitioning to a whole new way of eating/living is very tough. Having someone to help you through the transition, like an AllerCoach (TM) can ease some of the anxiety.