Archive for August, 2012

In my last post I talked a little about the  anti-inflammatory diet I’m doing for a few weeks. Today is the 13th day and I’m absolutely dying. I was hoping to last 3-4 weeks but I don’t know if I’ll make it much longer. What I want the most is pizza; gooey, cheesy pizza, with a delicate tomato sauce. Which is exactly why I’m craving it, it’s everything I can’t have: bread, dairy and tomato. Not being able to eat what I want leads me to get creative.

The original recipe for this cake came from the famous Nigella Lawson clementine cake I posted about back in 2010. I really love the clementine cake and it fits nicely with this diet since it’s dairy and gluten free. The only issue is I’m not supposed to have citrus while on this diet and clementines are not in season yet. This led me to experiment with peaches since they are really good right now. In my first try I did the recipe exactly as the original expect for substituting peaches. I was very pleased with this recipe. The major difference was the texture didn’t turn out cake like, it was much more custardy. In my second attempt I added oat flour to the recipe and it turned out perfect and fluffy.

Peach Cake

Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 60 minutes
Level: Easy
Yield: 1 (8-inch) cake

  • 5 peaches (about 2 pounds total weight)
  • 6 eggs
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 cups ground almonds or almond meal
  • 2 tsp almond extract
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 cup oat flour
  • 1 heaping teaspoon baking powder

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.

Start by boiling the peaches whole. They only need to boil for 10-15 minutes, until they are soft and you can poke them easily with a fork. Remove them from the water and let them cool slightly so you can touch them without burning yourself. Once cool, cut the peaches and remove the pit. At this point you should be able to smash them with a potato masher or run them through a food processor until pureed.

Oil and line an 8-inch springform pan with parchment paper.

Beat the eggs. Add the sugar, salt, almonds, almond extract and baking powder. Mix well, adding the peach puree.

Pour the cake mixture into the prepared pan and bake for 1 hour, when a skewer will come out clean; you’ll probably have to cover the cake with foil after about 40 minutes to stop the top from burning. Remove from the oven and leave to cool, in the pan on a rack. When the cake is cold, you can take it out of the pan.


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I just turned 30 on Sunday and thought to myself “what a great time to start blogging again.” Turning 30 was overall uneventful, besides the minor 1/3 life crises that I had. I won’t bore you with those details, but I will tell you about my 3 week cleanse that I started on my birthday.

I’ve decided 30 is a year for self reflection and inner peace. Therefore, I’m starting with a basic anti-inflammatory cleanse for 3 weeks. These typically mean, no dairy, gluten, alcohol, nightshades (tomatoes, peppers and eggplants) and citrus. I think those are the big ones but I could have missed something. This is absolutely hard because my diet mainly consists of  bread, pasta and cheese. Further, it’s the beginning of tomato season here, which I look forward to all year. But I’m pretty convinced I’m allergic to all nightshades so it’s very important to do this.

I ran into this recipe a few weeks ago. The original calls for tomatoes but I figure I can substitute mushrooms and still be happy. Of course I also had to leave out the cheese. I was pretty happy with the overall recipe and it turned out quite flavorful.

Zucchini Rice Gratin

Adapted from Gourmet, March 2008

Prep time: 20 minutes
Cook time: 60 minutes
Level: Medium
Yield: 4 servings

  • 1/3 cup long-grain white rice
  • 1 1/2 pounds zucchini (about 3 medium), sliced crosswise 1/4 inch thick
  • olive oil
  • 10-15 large crimini mushrooms, sliced thick
  • 1 medium onion, halved lengthwise and thinly sliced
  • 3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • Splash of white wine
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 teaspoon chopped thyme
  • salt and pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 450°F with racks in upper and lower thirds.

Cook rice according to package instructions. I like to cook my rice with chicken broth instead of water to give it more flavor.

While rice cooks, toss zucchini with 1 tablespoon oil, 1/2 teaspoon salt and freshly ground pepper in a shallow baking pan. Toss mushrooms with 1/2 tablespoon oil, 1/4 teaspoon salt and freshly ground pepper in another baking pan.

Roast zucchini in upper third of oven and mushrooms in lower third, turning vegetables once halfway through roasting, until tender and light golden, about 10 minutes for mushrooms; 20 minutes for zucchini. Leave oven on.

Meanwhile, cook onion and garlic with 1/2 teaspoon salt in 2 tablespoons oil in a large heavy skillet, over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until slightly golden, about 15 minutes. Deglaze the pan with a splash of wine, enough to coat the bottom of the pan. Simmer for a few minutes until the wine is reduced slightly.

Stir together onion mixture, cooked rice, eggs, thyme and additional salt and pepper if needed. Spread half of rice mixture in a shallow 2-quart baking dish, then top with half of zucchini and mushrooms. Spread remaining rice mixture over zucchini/mushrooms, then top with remaining zucchini and mushrooms.

Bake in upper third of oven until set and golden brown, about 20 minutes.

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I’m determined to start blogging again. Stay tuned…

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