Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Cajun Tofunaise

What I loved most about my old diet was dips, sauces and spreads.  I have really found that it takes so much effort to make tasty sauces and then they really don't compare to shop bought ones.  My favourite was spicy mayonaise, I really missed it.  That is until i discovered the versatility of Tofu.  I bought a pack of silken tofu from my health store not really knowing what to do with it (I have a bit of an addiction to buying random stuff I don't need!).  I ended up tossing it into the blender with some spices and was shocked and amazed at the outcome!

So here are my ingredients:
1/2 cup of silken tofu
1/2 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp chilli powder
1/2 tsp onion powder
1 Tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar
1/4 tsp black pepper
1/4 tsp Salt
5 drops of Stevia (optional or to desired amount)
3 tbsp of water (or more depending on desired consistency)

Put all the ingredients into a blender and mix until smooth.  At this point taste it, if you prefer it extra spicy add more chilli powder.





This is lovely lashed onto chicken tortilla wraps, sandwiches or on anything you would have used a shop bought spicy mayo for in the past.

Happy dipping,
Shiny

Saturday, April 2, 2011

The Pizza that could have been.....

I have found it difficult to find a pizza base recipe that is a really good substitute and one you would want to make again.  I've had a few failures but you could at least eat them.  However, the last attempt was truly stomach wrenchingly disgusting! The texture was like gum, you just couldn't stomach it.  The most annoying part was the fact it looked and smelled fab.  I could not wait to mow into it!!!  This is it before it went into the oven for the last time.....



I don't know where the problem came from.  I used xanthum gum for the first time, maybe this was the cause or the fact that the recipe just said to use a gluten free flour. So I randomly put a mix of flours in.  Has anyone got a really nice pizza base recipe for me to try?  I have a major pizza craving that i really need to sort out especially now that im on stage two and can have my beloved pineapples.

Would love some suggestions
Thanks
Shiny

Monday, March 28, 2011

Falafels

Falafels are my favourite for lunch.  There one of the few things I had in my candida feeding days that I still have today with only a few tweaks.  I love these so much I can't believe I'm only putting the recipe up now.  They are so simple to make, once you have a tin of chickpeas your are usually good to go!

Ingredients:
1 tin of chickpeas, drained
1 small onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, chopped
1 tablespoons of fresh coriander, chopped
2 tablespoons gluten free flour
1 teaspoon coriander
1 teaspoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon gluten free baking powder
salt and pepper
2 tablespoons olive oil

Method:
Drizzle olive oil in a baking dish and heat in the oven to 180 Celsius.  While oven is heating, mash chickpeas with potato masher or in food processor. Add remaining ingredients to make a thick paste.

Shape into golf ball sized pieces and place in the preheated baking dish. Bake for 35 minutes, Time may be less depending on oven.

You can serve these with Humus and salad. Use Tahini dressing on the salad if you like.  I used Kristen's tahini dressing recipe to dress the salad only slightly changing it using 1 cup of water instead of a half as mine was still too thick with only a half cup.  That may be the difference in brands. 

Enjoy
Shiny

Sunday, February 20, 2011

The ones not enough Buckwheat Brownie!

Lately I am having difficulties staying on track with this diet.  I think it is because I am now feeling better and that makes me think I can stray.  Of course, this is not the case and I will quickly go back to the way I was If I'm not careful.  So I decided to spend some time creating some sweet treats to help me continue the diet. 

I always had a massive place in my heart for chocolate cake, the heavier the better.  I would even leave half of my main course just to fit in the hot chocolate fudge cake with ice cream.  Oh those really were the days when I didn't have to pass on the dessert.  It hasn't really been a though few months as the pay offs have been worth it.   But now I have created a buckwheat brownie that is egg, diary, gluten, yeast and sugar free.  And yes it tastes amazing.

These are so good in fact that I was lucky to even get a photo.  Here is a pic of the last two just before I also devoured them.






I'm not really sure how candida friendly these are as there is unsweetened cocoa in them.   Not sure if you are allowed cocoa, maybe someone else knows, please let me know if you do.  For my next version I'm going to try it using carob powder instead.

2 cups buckwheat flour
2 cups agave inulin powder
3/4 cups unsweetened cocoa
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1 cup water
1 cup olive oil
1 tsp vanilla extract 
2 full droppers of NuNaturals Vanilla Stevia

Preheat the oven to 180 Celsius.  Prepare a baking tray with either parchment paper or oil/butter the tray.  Blend all the ingredients in a food processor and poor into the prepared tray.  Bake for about 20 minutes, test the brownies by putting a fork or skewer into the middle, the fork should come out clean, once this is the case your brownies are ready.  If possible allow to cool before cutting, I failed at this step, I just had to try them!

Enjoy
Shiny
xxx

Friday, February 11, 2011

New Love on Valentines Weekend!

I have to admit I am a lip balm junkie.  I am completely obsessed with them.  Its probably due to the fact that if I don't have one on hand at all times my lips become very unsightly in a matter of hours.   In fact, the mere realisation that I have left the house without a lipbalm in my bag almost immediately results in a feeling of panic, that feeling when your heart sinks to the bottom of your stomach! Stupid really since dry lips are not the end of the world.  

If you had read my last post, I was going in search of a new lip balm that contained no yeast.  I was hoping Nuxe reve de miel would save my lips but it turned out to have citric acid in it, so a big no no.  But I have stumbled upon ROC Enydrial or should I say it fell for me on valentines weekend.  I was standing in the pharmacy having my usual look for a lip balm I picked up a bottle of cream and knocked over another product which I managed to catch.  It was a yeast free lip balm! I took it as sign and immediately purchased it.  Now I think I'm in love.  This is the nicest lip balm I have ever had, within a matter of minutes my lips felt really soft and soothed.  It has a nice non-sticky consistency and doesn't leave your lips dry.

I also noticed in the ingredients that it contains Capric/caprylic triglyceride.  Could this be the same caprylic that I have been drinking to kill off my Candida?  I have no idea but a big plus if it is as it might keep future craps at the sides of the mouth at bay.  It also is free of petroleum which is good because I reckon that actually dries out the lips.

I will update you if my love continues to blossom!
Shiny

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Crispy Lips

Today I have reached the 3 month mark of my anti candida diet.  I must say, I am feeling so much better.  I don't fly off the handle as much, my mood is much more stable now.  I was always a very happy and positive person but at times I would go from being relaxed to seeing red in a split second.  Maybe its the diet or maybe no fiery situations have come my way.

My bm's have greatly improved.  I would even say they are normal now.  Never thought I would say that!  Of course, this is with the help of the attogram phase 1 products,  I am almost at the end of my second month on the Whole Approach program.  If I make a mistake or give in to temptation I don't feel like I pay for it later like I used to.  I sure this slows my healing progress but at least it causes no suffering.

One bad thing though, last week I developed little cuts in the corners of my lips, I put on loads of lip balm but the more I put on the worse they got.  I googled my condition and well wasn't too surprised to see the words candida albicans pop up in the causes.  Turns out this is a little candida infection.  I also checked the ingredients of my lip balm as it didn't seem to help in any way.  Turns out there was citric acid in the lip balm.  So there I was rubbing yeast into my yeast infection!!!  Needless to say I have thrown that lip balm away! 

I am now wondering if these cuts were caused by the anti-biotic I was talking or if they were caused by the lip balm.  Probably a combination of both.  I already have the driest lips in the world so am currently trying to find a good replacement that contains no evils.  I have tried the trilogy one that contains only natural oils but haven't had much success. 

If you have found a lip super soaker that works and has no yeast please let me know.
Yours Crisping Away,
Shiny

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Tomato Soup

It seems as though I have a bit of a tomato buying fetish.  My boyfriend asked why I had bought more tomatoes since the fridge was already full of them.  So I decided I needed to make something to use them up. 

On Friday I got braces on my teeth.  Now they are very sore as they are starting to move for the first time.  As a result to add to my already complex diet I can now only eat soft foods! 

So I thought the best way to use up the tomatoes and satisfy my soft food requirement would be to make some tomato soup.

Ingredients:
2 Carrots, peeled and roughly chopped
2 Sticks of celery, sliced
2 medium onions, peeled and roughly chopped
2 cloves of garlic, crushed
Olive oil
1 Chicken and 1 vegetable stock in 1.8 litres of boiling water
12 ripe tomatoes, chopped (I used a mix of plum and regular tomatoes and roughly blended them in food processor)
6 ripe tomatoes, left whole
bunch of basil (about 20 leaves)
sea salt and freshly ground pepper

Put the olive oil in a large pot, add the carrots, celery, onion and garlic.  Cover and cook for around 10 minutes until the carrots begin to soften.  Add the stock and all the tomatoes and bring to the boil.  Reduce the heat and simmer for a further 10 minutes.  Then add the basil and season with salt and pepper.  Remove from the heat and put it in a food processor and blend.



Enjoy
Shiny