Of food, that is. Because I think that all last week, I pretty much only wrote about food here. Which is fitting if we decide to think of this blog as a digital extension of my brain (which is basically what's going on here- this is why you end up with the random posts about my laundry and how much I like cupcakes). But this recent obsession with my kitchen and what comes out of it should be considered a positive turn of events for certain. For so many months I have been semi-wallowing in my disappointment at our descent into the impossibilities of allergen-free living that I have been pretty much wholly uninspired in the culinary department. It was getting pretty sad there for awhile. And, honestly, I'm probably not quite done with it. There are still days when I am a total loss for what to make, and if I haven't thrown something together to put into the crockpot by about 1 p.m., we are very likely going to have a pretty strange dinner.
Part of the gradual rebound of my love affair with the kitchen that I'm currently undergoing is the result, I think, of looking for new inspiration in places that offer more realisitic options for us. My days of ogling fancy Martha Stewart recipes are over. At least for now. And that's okay; I think I'm finally coming around to using this situation as an opportunity to make some nice changes, rather than seeing it as something to accomodate short term while complaining loudly.
One thing that I've been doing lately is making green smoothies. I think that this is something I used to do long ago, but it has been a good while, and I hadn't really thought about green smoothies until I recently came across this post from Stephinie's blog. She had linked to this recipe. It looked good, but it had a number of things in it that are on the list of problematic foods around these parts. So, I modified it to fit our particular needs, and I must say, I'm pretty happy with the results.
1 cup rice milk
1 1/2 cups assorted frozen or fresh fruits (we've been doing peaches and mangos)
2 Tablespoons ground flax seed
2 large leaves kale, torn into small pieces
Put the kale and rice milk into the blender and blend on high speed until smooth. Add in the bananas, other fruit and flax. Blend on high speed until smooth. This has been making enough smoothie for a large glass for me, a small one for Mariam and a half sippy cup full for Zak.