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 Post subject: Great Gluten-Free Vegan Eats
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i didn't see a post so i thought i'd start one. i got my copy a few weeks ago and have been trying a recipe or so each week. so far i haven't made a recipe i didn't thoroughly enjoy.

anyone else have this cookbook yet? what have ya tried? what are some of your favorites?


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because of the flood I had gone through, I had to cancel most of my pre-orders, and this one got the axe as well (which made me so very sad) :) this WILL belong to me by the end of June though one way or another.

but I have to say all of her recipes look divinely gorgeous. I am not gluten free-needed, but I do want to do more gluten free things in my diet just as a balance trade off.

Just a curious, I've noticed that Allyson does a LOT of flour mixing, is it possible to get just the gluten free all purpose from BRM?
I've finally, finally been able to find several GF flours : Sorgum, brown rice, potato flour, etc, but it's the super fine brown rice that's stumping me. I am wondering if I could just grind my brown rice in my food processor and "wolla!" or I'm really going to have to have one of my health food stores special order it for me.

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daisysunshine wrote:
because of the flood I had gone through, I had to cancel most of my pre-orders, and this one got the axe as well (which made me so very sad) :) this WILL belong to me by the end of June though one way or another.

but I have to say all of her recipes look divinely gorgeous. I am not gluten free-needed, but I do want to do more gluten free things in my diet just as a balance trade off.

Just a curious, I've noticed that Allyson does a LOT of flour mixing, is it possible to get just the gluten free all purpose from BRM?
I've finally, finally been able to find several GF flours : Sorgum, brown rice, potato flour, etc, but it's the super fine brown rice that's stumping me. I am wondering if I could just grind my brown rice in my food processor and "wolla!" or I'm really going to have to have one of my health food stores special order it for me.


sadface on the flood, daisysunshine. i hope everything's going alright.

as far as using BRM, i would e-mail allyson. her contact information is on her site - www.manifestvegan.com. i would say using her flour blends would be best just because they're specific to each recipe and would probably yield the best and tastiest results.

i can't find the super fine brown rice flour anywhere around me either. i order it online though amazon and buy the Authentic Foods brand. i have thought about blending regular brown rice flour up a bit more as well. if you experiment with it let me know how it turns out. getting a health food store to order it for you is an awesome idea, too. i like the way you think!

my spouse and i have made several recipes from this cookbook so far and many of them are quickly becoming favorites! the sesame noodles, butter pecan sticky rolls and black bean, potato & cheeze enchiladas are sooo goooood!


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Hm I shall ask her :)
I am also going to ask her if she has come up with a gluten free seitan recipe.

(Thanks for the :( - I'm recovering okay, it was just it really sucked because most of the damaged happened to a lot of irreplaceable things, like gifts from students, and things I picked up from travelling and a lot of library books got damaged and I had to replace them as well as some cookbooks i had just purchased, I had re-grabbed a few, but it really hurt re-spending money!).

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Does this book depend on lots of specialist gluten free ingredients or is a lot of it just naturally gluten free? I definitely don't want or need to buy specialist stuff but if it's "gluten free by chance" like stews, rice, veggies etc I'm very interested.

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Efcliz wrote:
Does this book depend on lots of specialist gluten free ingredients or is a lot of it just naturally gluten free? I definitely don't want or need to buy specialist stuff but if it's "gluten free by chance" like stews, rice, veggies etc I'm very interested.


i'd say it's about half and half, Efcliz. there's a good bit of gluten-free flour goodies, (almost all of the breakfast items, a few of the desserts, her pizza recipe, homemade pasta, etc. - which is good for me since i suck at creating my own), but also lots of naturally gluten-free recipes (greek salad with tofu feta & tahini dressing, dosas, cold sesame noodles, stuffed cabbages, slow-simmered tofu with peanut sauce, risotto, salads, soups, dips, tacos, etc.). there are also some recipes that call for gluten-free pasta and such where you could use wheat pasta, regular soy-sauce instead of tamari, etc.

if you hit up amazon.com you can check out the index from the "search inside" feature and see if they're recipes you think you'd enjoy! :)


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Thanks for the detailed info. You had me at Dosa.

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sad news - my health food store will only buy the flour if i commit to buying a 25lb bag of superfine brown rice flour! (gah!) I am thinking I am going to have to just take the hit and buy it from amazon.com and get charged for it. (does it have to be kept in the fridge?)

(GAH - and they won't. ship. to. Canada.). I am cursed.
Hopefully Allyson answers my email soon re: the remilling in a coffee grinder/food processor)

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daisysunshine wrote:
sad news - my health food store will only buy the flour if i commit to buying a 25lb bag of superfine brown rice flour! (gah!) I am thinking I am going to have to just take the hit and buy it from amazon.com and get charged for it. (does it have to be kept in the fridge?)

(GAH - and they won't. ship. to. Canada.). I am cursed.
Hopefully Allyson answers my email soon re: the remilling in a coffee grinder/food processor)


i keep mine in the freezer so it stays fresher for longer, but i think you could keep it in your pantry for a bit, too.

try these guys to see if they ship to Canada: http://www.glutenfree-supermarket.com/p ... flour.aspx and i think these guys might as well: http://www.celiac.com/glutenfreemall/au ... p-396.html

i just counted the baking recipes that call for super fine brown rice flour - there are 8 total (3 of these call for her pie crust recipe which uses super fun brown rice flour). the number of baking recipes that don't call for super fine brown rice flour is 21 (they call for regular brown rice flour, sorghum flour, etc.).


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have you tried any of the superfine brown rice flour recipes with regular brown rice flour? i can't imagine it could make THAT big of a difference, could it?

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that's what you'd think. Im not sure. I was looking on the "search inside" and she said for her pasta it was "essential" - so maybe it's just the molecular structure?
thanks for the links there happyfaced :) I found those this afternoon as well.

yes let us know if they can be swapped out.

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i could see that being the case for pasta. You want pasta to have a certain texture and make sure it doesn't crumble when boiled. I don't think the molecular structure is altered, but I can see how for pasta the fineness of the flour would matter.

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right. but for the baking etc - it might not matter so much. i'll let you know what Allyson says :)

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Cool! i'm not GF, but I've been trying to experiment more with baking gluten free and I love brown rice flour!

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me either. i've been toying with it (mostly for weight loss/inflammation purposes) and a LOT of my friends are anti-vegan because of "gluten" etc so i figure, THIS would be the best way to show them, seeee vegan/gluten free/yummy nummy! :) now i just need zee book!

which brown rice flour do you get, brown or white? (i've noticed in the store they call it White Brown Rice Flour which kind of made me giggle).

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ijustdiedinside wrote:
have you tried any of the superfine brown rice flour recipes with regular brown rice flour? i can't imagine it could make THAT big of a difference, could it?


i haven't any of the superfine brown rice flour recipes with regular brown rice flour yet, but the pie crust calls for superfine and to me, it made a noticable difference. the crust wasn't grainy and held together better than the gluten-free crusts i've tried in the past.

if i try any of the superfine brown rice flour recipes with regular brown rice flour i'll be sure to report back.

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i could see that being the case for pasta. You want pasta to have a certain texture and make sure it doesn't crumble when boiled. I don't think the molecular structure is altered, but I can see how for pasta the fineness of the flour would matter.


you've got it, ijustdiedinside. the recipes in the book that call for the superfine flour seem to be the more delicate recipes (pie crust, pasta, etc.) where you'd notice a grainy/sandy texture if you used regular brown rice flour.


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I did some testing for the book and although I don’t have a copy yet, some of the things that stand out to me are the tofu simmered in peanut/coconut sauce, which was so incredibly rich and tasty. The pea and mint soup was surprisingly flavourful for something so simple, I’m looking forward to getting the book so I can make that one again. One of the pizzas, I remember it had a white sauce and broccoli, it seemed like a strange combination but it worked really well and although the crust isn’t like regular pizza crust, I was impressed by how it turned out, closer to a thin crust then the fluffy kind. The Drenched Pad Thai Salad was packed with so much flavor! There are so many good things going on in that one, it’s really refreshing and perfect for a hot night when you don’t want to use the stove.
I don’t know if all of those made it in the book but those are just a few of the ones that stand out to me. I’m not gluten-free, and was a little nervous about the baking, so I stayed away from most of those recipes.
I can’t get the super fine brown rice flour here but I’ve put the regular stuff in the blender and used that with no ill effects. It may not have turned out as light or fluffy but I wouldn’t know the difference anyway.

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Maggie Muggins - I'm in Alberta too! :) (Calgary!).

Okay, so Allyson got back to me - she said while she has never done this, she has heard a lot of people whizzing the flour in a vitamix. I have a ninja (a poor man's version) so, I am going to do this. As Maggie pointed out, unless we've really tried superfine, you'll probably not get the difference.

So, now I just need my book. (claps happy).

(I had also asked her about kaniwa - because the cupcakes she made w/them were awesome. and Allyson was like, oh just do 1:1 ratio, and it made me so giddy!). She was also really sweet about the subs with her flour blends vs. xgfx AP flour, saying that while she couldn't guarantee them, it would probably be okay. But now that I can get everything BUT the SFflour, I won't bother. :)

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hooray daisysunshine! i'm glad allyson got back with you, answered your questions, and it's good to know people have tried whizzing the regular brown rice flour in vitamixes. we don't have a vitamix - we've got a breville, but i'm going to give it a try someday soon and i'll totally report back!


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I pre-ordered this with Amazon and then cancelled it because I prefer The Book Depo but then they didn't have it listed for ages and I forgot all about it, what a bad gleegan!

Anyhoo, I ordered a copy last night, yay! I can't wait for it to arrive

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have you tried any of the superfine brown rice flour recipes with regular brown rice flour? i can't imagine it could make THAT big of a difference, could it?

Whenever I see rice flour/white rice flour/super fine brown rice flour I use brown rice flour, everything seems to work out ok but I guess there will be some recipes where it matters.

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I might pick up this book tonight. Any updates on favourite recipes?


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Tried my first recipe from this book today and i feel like a complete failure. It was the Walnut Ravioli in Vodka Sauce, everything was going awesome til i had to put together the ravioli. The dough even though it wasn't sticky at first once i rolled it out, it stuck to everthing, saran-wrap, everything then kept falling apart when i tried putting the raviolis together. I think i took on too much to handle. I just popped the walnut mixture into balls and simmered it in the sauce, so its like "meatball" in vodka sauce now...still pretty good.

Have any of you tried that recipe yet?

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on second thought, do not do what i did. The walnut mixture really needs something to even out the salty-tangy taste of it. The Vodka Sauce though, is really really really good.

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CocoMuffin wrote:
Tried my first recipe from this book today and i feel like a complete failure. It was the Walnut Ravioli in Vodka Sauce, everything was going awesome til i had to put together the ravioli. The dough even though it wasn't sticky at first once i rolled it out, it stuck to everthing, saran-wrap, everything then kept falling apart when i tried putting the raviolis together. I think i took on too much to handle. I just popped the walnut mixture into balls and simmered it in the sauce, so its like "meatball" in vodka sauce now...still pretty good.

Have any of you tried that recipe yet?


i haven't tried that recipe yet, CocoMuffin. i'm sorry it didn't turn out. did you use the superfine brown rice flour for the pasta dough?


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ijustdiedinside wrote:
have you tried any of the superfine brown rice flour recipes with regular brown rice flour? i can't imagine it could make THAT big of a difference, could it?


If you do a lot of xgfx baking and cooking it makes the hugest difference. It feels like regular ol' flour, much much much smoother than regular brown rice and white rice flour.

I made a loaf of the brown bread and turned it into homemade croutons, and they were really really great.
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