|coooookies!!! om nom nom
||[Aug. 2nd, 2010|01:15 am]
As many of you know, my good friend kyrenea has to eat gluten-free. This is not something a lot of us are familiar with, and other than "hurrderrnobreadorpasta" and don't know where to go after that. Mainly because gluten ends up in a lot of things. Most people I know overreact, omgwithoutglutenyoucannoteatANYTHINGgood, thinking it's very hard to cook for, and you have to pay so much more for gluten free things, etc. And while I can have all the bread and pasta and other delicious gluten-ridden noms I want, I do have quite a few of my own diet restrictions so I've taken quite the interest in what Shannon can and can not have.
It has been an absolute joy for me.
No, really, it has. It's a very fun, and even more rewarding expirence to think outfit the box.
The vital trick is to discover what someone on a gluten-free diet can have, and not focus on the can-not-have. It's true, a lot of things can be remade using other ingredients to be "gluten free", like gluten free pizza crust or brownies. But frankly? They're fucking disgusting, and I'm rather open minded about food. But there are just so many things that are gluten free, and I promise life will go own without brownies or pizza.
So the absolute best part? Discovering everyday things, and some of my most favorite things EVER are gluten free and I can share them with my friend.
Tonight was one of those nights, and while I will be giving Shannon a plate of actual cookies tomorrow, I wanted to share this with you, as well. This is my favorite peanut butter cookie recipe, ever. Has been since I was a tiny tiny child. Probably always will be. It's AMAZING, and along with being really good, really cheap, and really easy? It just happens to be gluten free. These are not "gluten free" cookies, these are cookies, that happen to be gluten free.
Easy Peanut Butter Cookies*For mine, I even crushed a handful (about 20, but I made a double batch of cookies) of Cappuccino Kopiko since it's a favorite candy of Jim's, it was laying around, and oh yeah! it's also gluten free.
- 1 egg, beaten
- 1 cup sugar (250ml)
- 1 cup peanut butter (250ml)
Bake on greased cookie sheet at 350 F (180 C) for 8 minutes.
The cookies are amazing, Jim ate about 10 before this picture was even taken, I ate at least two, we even tried to give flutterbychild one over Skype (it didn't work, but Jim so graciously helped save the situation and ate it for her). But most importantly, I'm excited that when Shannon picks me up to hang out tomorrow, I will have cookies to share with her, in fact, I can share my favorite cookies ever with her. I'm so excited!!!
*This is from, exactly as written, the The Wycliffe International Cookbook. It was a staple for all cooking in our house growing up, and when I first left home I bought myself a copy and have carried it all over the world ever since. Along with this amazing cookie recipe it's got anything and everything you can imagine. Average American things like hamburgers, average overseas things like a variety of curries, non-average things like how to make your own mayonnaise, or how to cook anaconda fillets, or crocodiles, or camel..., and then it even has vital tutorials to really knowing your food, like why if you thaw meat you shouldn't refreeze it, or how to butcher animals yourself. It is really, truly, an amazing book.