I had the best grandpa. From Grandpa, I learned how to be frugal. When we would go to Sam's Club (partly for the groceries, mostly for the free samples), he would always buy us a big pop right when we got there. He always advised us to drink it fast so we could get a refill, and as we walked out the door, he would say with a wink, "Save that cup so you can get a free one next time."
Get the recipe for this microwaved wonder on my other blog: Yammie's Noshery.
Our crazy, chaotic life in Berlin continued: We have guests! Some of our best friends, a Persian refugee couple, are currently out of a home as they search for an apartment, so to save them from living in a packed gymnasium like all the other refugees in their situation, they're staying in our apartment.
I would like to present to you the fluffiest and most flavorful pancakes you will ever eat, all thanks to my new discovery of the wonderful superfood: buckwheat. It's amazing that it took me so long to discover it seeing as how I've been eating gluten free for like five years, but what was I supposed to think? It's called buckWHEAT. I would have to be crazy to think that it was gluten free (um... right?).
Well, Samuel is at it again. If you follow me on Instagram, you've seen lots of breads and bagels from Samuel before, but this time he has tried his hand at a dessert. I was pretty impressed. Especially because he even made them flourless so his poor, pregnant, gluten intolerant wife could partake. Samuel actually made these a couple weeks after we found out I was pregnant, just around the time when the nausea started to strike. "I'm never making a post ever again," I said dejectedly, slamming my head down onto the dining room table.
Lunch is served!
You know how whenever you see that you have a notification on Facebook you get really excited, only to be disappointed by a person you didn't even remember you were friends with inviting you to like a random, irrelevant page, or even worse... inviting you to play Candy Crush Saga? Well, I am now that annoying person. It started out as a modest endeavor to invite a couple of friends to my Facebook page for Yammie's Noshery. But then I thought to myself... "Hey, he might like it to. Oh, she definitely will. I don't think he cooks, but I'll invite him anyway. What! I'm still friends with this person? Well, no matter. She's invited." Until finally I stopped even looking at the names until every single one was invited. So, um... sorry about that guys. But, hey! Welcome!
So here is Yammie's grandma's famous pumpkin bread. You know it's going to be good, because it's based on her grandma's famous banana bread muffins. It's so delicious that Yammie had wanted to freeze "the rest" soon after she made it when we realized "the rest" was just an end piece with a few crumbs. But apparently the bread does freeze well if you have too much, says Yammie. Anyway, this isn't Yammie writing this post. I suppose you could tell, because Yammie usually doesn't speak in the third person. But if you do go back and imagine her writing, it is kind of funny.
Guys, I am so excited about this coffee cake. How is there no flour in this? Look at it, people. I really had no idea oats alone could do this. I am amazed that sometimes it really is that simple to make a recipe gluten free. In fact, I'm eating a piece for my breakfast right now as I type, and I just keep shaking my head disbelief and muttering things like, "unbelievable" to myself. Now, as I finish the last crunchy crumb, I gaze out the window in satisfied content, pondering the newfound wonder of simple oats.
This chocolate pie is creamy, rich, and is whipped up in the microwave in seconds!
It's official. The high and honorable duty of being the head grocery shopper of the family has been passed down from my dad to me and two of my sisters. The job of shopping for our family of nine had simply become too much for one man. He would often run through Sam's club, fill the cart, pay, load up the car and then go back for a second or even third load. We decided it had to come to an end. My two sisters and I now rip the list into three pieces and each take a cart to different sections of the store, running through the aisles like maniacs racing to be the first one to the checkout.
This cheesecake I posted on the other blog can be gluten free if you use gluten free Oreos!
Now comes the time after Christmas when you have to buckle down and get back to work. You may have thought I would make something extravagant with the newest member of our family, Big Red. Not so. I tried to think of the easiest, quickest thing I could possibly make and this is what happened.
Hello my gluten free friends! I hope you don't find it annoying of me that I've been posting nothing but gluten free versions of recipes from my other blog lately. Good news is, I've been working on some gluten free breads lately so you may be seeing those in the nearish future.