Dizzy Swallows

Summer Harvest & Chocolate Blackberry Financiers

October 11th, 2011

The dying throes of summer have lingered in the occasional crisp autumnal sunshine, but that fairer season will soon be buried by blustery winds and the omnipresent Seattle rain. However,
I take comfort in the knowledge of the lustrous little morsels of summer tucked away in our freezer. Like good Northwesterners, we managed a last blackberry harvest before the Fall weather came rolling in. I wanted to share a few photos from that expedition as well as a delightful recipe for gluten-free, blackberry and chocolate financiers!

Our chosen spot is a coveted family secret, but I can tell you it is on Whidbey.

It offers a perfection of rolling bramble thickets, accessible from both sides, with a view and sweet little meadow that can’t be beat.

My fellow harvesters also happen to be two of my favorite men in the world, my dearest Jacob and my cousin Brad.

Industrious gentlemen … Continue reading

Naturally Sweet Gluten-Free Carrot Cake

May 11th, 2011 2 Comments

I’m weird about carrots. When it comes to fresh carrots, call me Bugs, but once the orange tubers are cooked I want nothing to do with them. Something about the texture and its similarity to baby food perhaps.

Carrot cake, however, is one of my favorite desserts. In fact, I would venture to say, a good carrot cake with cream cheese frosting is one of my favorite foods.

I’ve recently kicked a whopper of a chocolate habit, which has led me to become more aware of my sugar intake in general. While browsing Heidi’s impressive archives, I came across this recipe. I’ve adapted it into my own gluten-free version, though it is so deliciously moist you’d never guess.

If you prefer a more traditional cake with distinct crumb, this might not be your cup of tea. However, given half a chance this cake will surprise you. It’s like … Continue reading

The Saddest Samosas

March 2nd, 2011 1 Comment

It has always been a source of pride that I can make truly delicious samosas. Golden-brown purses of soft vegetables rife with aromas of the subcontinent, the crisp, bubbling skin in perfect harmony with the rich chew of the inner dough. Are ya with me here?

Last spring I was the unhappy recipient of allergy test results which stated in no uncertain terms my body’s intolerance for what can only be described as “the good stuff”. You know, wheat (and gluten while we’re at it), eggs, milk, cheese, cream, butter, and even mushrooms. I have held off on getting into all of this nonsense in my recipes as I still cook for a certain someone who happily enjoys “the good stuff”. But for nearly a year I have dutifully adhered to this dietary regime. And my physical and mental health is exponentially better for it. Oh there have been lapses … Continue reading