Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Daiya Casein Free Cheese... amazing.

Daiya

Tonight I made buffalo chicken nachos. Well kinda, they were supposed to be buffalo chicken quesadillas but the tortillas were a major fail when I didn't pay attention to the recipe... so I used tortilla chips instead. Every Thursday at work is buffalo chicken day. It's a big deal and I am always a little bit sad that I'm missing out on the gluteny, breaded, buttery, spicy, fried deliciousness that is buffalo chicken tenders. I'm really working hard at staying true to the gf/cf diet so I decided that since tomorrow is buffalo chicken day, I would make my own!

I really wanted quesadillas and I have a big box of Better Batter that I've been meaning to use so I thought I'd try the awesome tortilla recipe from their website. This normally would be an easy recipe to make but became a major undertaking because it just so happened to be 95 degrees here. I don't have air conditioning. Who takes on a cooking project on a day like today? Me. I also have never made buffalo sauce before either, and only within the past couple of years have I actually even become a fan of the stuff. The motivator for this project though, was the cheese. I haven't had cheese melted on anything in a long time and I heard about this amazing product called Daiya and I just had to try it.

Recently I've been reading a lot about Daiya on the blogs and people are raving about it, so I went to Whole Foods today and bought a pack of each of the cheddar and mozzarella versions. Daiya is a dairy, casein, soy, rice and gluten free cheese alternative. It's vegan and also free of artificial ingredients and preservatives. The main ingredient in the cheddar is tapioca and/or arrowroot flours. Weird huh? Not only does it melt and stretch, it actually tastes like the real stuff!!! I'm amazed.

I broiled some chicken tenders, made the sauce (melt hot sauce and earth balance together, viola!) and set to work on the tortillas, but the dough just wouldn't come together. I couldn't figure out why and was in too much of a rush so I gave up on that. Put the chicken in the buffalo sauce, put that on top of some chips, topped it off with cheddar cheese and melted it in the microwave. Put a dollop of CF sour cream (Tofutti Better Than Sour Cream) on the side to cut the heat of the buffalo sauce. Oh my gosh this was so yummy. And almost completely all natural and organic, not to mention completely gluten and dairy free. Cheesy, creamy, buttery goodness without the stomach ache. I took a picture but it is VERY unappetizing so I'm not going to post it, but it tasted so good. I am totally amazed by Daiya. It is excellent. I don't know how they turn flour and other ingredients into cheese that melts and stretches but they did it and it's awesome. I highly recommend it!

Monday, May 24, 2010

Well Hey There!

What's happening in blogland?? I have been out of the loop, just took a little break from reading and writing. It's spring time and my calendar is just buzzing with fun things and unfortunately, blogging has taken a backseat. I have hundreds of unread posts in my reader! I will catch up soon. Work is going great and I really like my new job. I'm still working at the gym two nights a week and it's draining all of my energy. Oh, and I'm turning 30. On Friday. Yeah.

The good news is, my family and friends threw me a surprise 30th birthday party on Saturday night!! I was pretty sure my 30th was about to go by unnoticed so they really got me good. My mom even bought me Redbridge and made me a gf/cf cake! It was a great night. I had a few unmoderated comments so I'll get to those soon. I don't know if I'll be posting regularly but I just wanted to stop in for a quick update. I hope you are all doing well!!!

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Love that dirty water, Boston you're my home!

Water

A major pipe burst yesterday. The pipe that supplies water to several Massachusetts cities and towns. They've shut down the main line and are now piping us water from emergency reservoirs which is fine for showering and toilet use but not fine for drinking. We are currently in a "Boil Water Order" which means we either boil our own tap water to make it consumable or we rush to the store and buy bottled water. I obviously chose the latter. Fortunately they had more than enough at my local store but many stores are totally sold out and I've heard that at one store people are literally shoving each other out of the way to get some. My office is within the boil zone also, and I drink water at work all day, so I had to stock up. They've closed the cafeteria for at least Monday, probably longer, and there will be no drinkable water in the building. The pipe is almost repaired but then they have to flush the lines and do all kinds of tests to make sure the water is safe. It's inconvenient but trust me I am not complaining. This incident made me think a little more carefully about situations like hurricane Katrina and wow I can't even begin to imagine what it would be like to go through that.

This weekend I spent both Friday and Saturday night, out gallivanting until 2am. BOTH nights! I felt like I was 23 again. Today I'm exhausted, I even went shopping unshowered with no makeup, which is absolutely unheard of. I figured I'd just get in and get out and hopefully no one would notice. Figures that today would be the day that I felt the need to butt into someone else's conversation and make some new friends! I went to Good Health to grab a couple things and I overheard a woman talking to one of the shop staff members about gluten free items. I noticed that the staff person was recommending some items that aren't necessarily the best so I thought I'd step in and lend a hand. The woman was with her daughter who has been having some stomach trouble and she's been getting some testing done to try to figure it out and now she's going gluten free to see if it helps. I was more than happy to point out some of my favorite products and give her some recommendations. I also gave her the link to this blog so she could check it out and then check out some of the other amazing blogs that I have listed in the blogroll, specifically Heidi's blog because of the similar situation. I hope that her daughter feels better soon!!! If you're reading this, please feel free to email me at jen at a life of sugar and spice dot com! (also I wrote Heidi's link down wrong so click the link above!) It was a pleasure to meet you!