Wk 5 (July 9 – 15)

Week 5 done!  5 out of 7 – not bad considering I’m on vacation, in another country, using strange ingredients in a strange kitchen!

July 9 – National Sugar Cookie Day

2014-07-09 Sugar cookies Sugar cookies – yum!  Although I seem to recall cookies similar to these called snickerdoodles while growing up!  Anyway, I adapted a recipe from Sally’s Baking Addiction (recipe here), took out the sprinkles, added some mixed spice inside and some white chocolate chips, and then rolled each of them in sugar and cinnamon.  This was definitely a winner with me and the family! 


 July 10 – National Pina Colada Day

I thought I’d sit this one out too …!  Not a big fan of alcohol-based days.

July 11 – National Blueberry Muffin Day

2014-07-11 Blueberry muffins Had a few problems with this one.  I’m blaming it on the Canadian gluten-free all-purpose flour, rather than anything to do with the recipe (from Chocolate Covered Katie, here).  The taste is awesome, I just couldn’t get it to stick into a muffin texture, but it was really yummy on top of ice cream and yoghurt for dessert/breakfast over the following days!

 July 11 – National Pecan Pie Day 

Another day with baking problems. I used my shortcrust pasty crust recipe (here) and a pumpkin pie recipe from the book we got while on Route 66.  Unfortunately I didn’t get the crust thin enough, and it expanded in the oven.  The picture doesn’t quite do the thickness of the crust justice.  Oh, and the pecan filling didn’t set properly, so it turned out as pecan soup on a thick cornmeal/rice flour crust.  Yummy, but not that presentable! 2014-07-12 Pecan pie fail

July 12 – National French Fries Day

2014-07-13 French fries I actually managed to shallow fry something with success today!  One potato, cut up into fries, marinated with some oil, oregano and basil for a few minutes, then in a small frying pan for about 15 minutes.  And they turned out crunchy on the outside, soft on the inside.  My daughter commented that she didn’t know I could make them but they were yummy – I’ll take that one as a win!

 July 14 – National Macaroni Day

Ok, so it’s not actual macaroni pasta, but it’s gluten-free pasta with a carbonara sauce (recipe here) with bacon, peas and broccoli.  Nice and filling with just the right amount of creaminess. 2014-07-14 Macaroni

July 15 – National Tapioca Pudding Day

My sister-in-law actually had a packet mix for a mint tapioca pudding, which didn’t contain gluten, so this was possible, but I thought it wasn’t really in the spirit of my challenge, so I had another rest day.

Coming up next week:

  • July 16: National Corn Fritter day
  • July 17: National Peach Ice Cream day
  • July 18: National Caviar day
  • July 19: National Daiquiri Day
  • July 20: National Ice Cream Soda day / National Fortune Cookie day
  • July 21: National Junk Food day
  • July 22: National Penuche Fudge day

Stay tuned to see which ones I choose to make/eat and how successful (or not) I am! 

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