I’ve been gone for a while but I am making it a priority to blog more. Whether it’s about food, geek stuff or just whatever my little heart desires. But, I’ll give a life update before I start my actual blog post. I finally found a job. It’s at a call centre doing technical support. I started in February and I love it so far. I’ve even been chosen to mentor and provide floor support to new classes when they first come out on the call floor.
I also haven’t been feeling the greatest for about a month or so. After I started my job, I got a terrible cold that needed antibiotics to help kill it. A few days after I started taking my antibiotics, my body started to ache. I felt like I was vibrating and I was exhausted. My foot cramps got worse and I have a horrible time sleeping.
Last week, I went back to the doctor. They did a bunch of blood work and it turns out my electrolytes are completely out of whack. That explains my symptoms and why I’ve been feeling horrible. So, I’m starting to eat better while eating smaller servings throughout the day. I’m starting to drink more water, even though I don’t like to. I’m trying to regulate my sleep, (which doesn’t help when I’m working evenings for the next 3 months) as best as I can. I’m on my way to feeling better!
So, there’s a little update from me. What I’m really blogging about is what I made today: Butternut Squash and Spinach Stuffin Muffins.
Since starting my blog, I’ve debating whether or not to post on everything that I’ve made that I’ve been proud of. Well, that would be a lot of posts so I’ve decided to put together a post using pictures instead.
Italian Croutons using homemade bread
Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Bread
Gluten-Free Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies
Fennel, Asparagus and Parsley Pesto Pasta
Roasted Acorn Squash with Kale Rolls
Vegetable Spring Rolls
Vegetable Fritters with Tangy Almond Dipping Sauce, Steamed Chard and Brown Rice
Baked Trout with Parsley Pesto, Roasted Beets and Crunchy Broccoli
Chickpeas with Mushrooms, Sugar Snap Peas and Cherry Tomatos
Baked Avocado with Egg
Lemon-Zucchini Cornmeal Cookies
Butternut Squash Soup
Oatmeal Raisin Pumkpin Seeds Cookies
Black Bean Brownies
About half of these are from the Delicious Detox cookbook by Carol Morley, a quarter are various recipes I’ve gotten from different websites and the other quarter are made up.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this post! It was awesome to see all the things I’ve cooked/baked over the years.
So, I just finished making my pie. A custard pie. Here are the ingredients:
- 1 parbaked 9-inch pastry shell (I used the one I made in my previous post)
- 2/3 cup sweetened condensed milk
- 2 cups hot water
- 3 eggs, slightly beaten
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
First, preheat the oven to 400F. In a small bowl, combine the sweetened condensed milk with the hot water. Gradually whisk in the eggs, making sure they don’t cook and clump up. Add the vanilla and salt and stir until combined. Pour the mixture into your pie crust and sprinkle the top with nutmeg.
Bake for 10 minutes at 400F then, while the pie is still in the oven, reduce the heat to 300F and bake for 30 minutes more or until the custard is set and the pastry is done. You can tell when the custard is done when a knife blade comes out clean after its inserted into the centre of the pie.
Cool and enjoy!
Do you like pie? What sort of pie do you like? I’d love to hear your thoughts and recipes!
The reason I’m calling this pie “all-homemade” is because I made the crust. I’ve made other pies but I’ve used store-bought crusts and I wanted to see if I could make one from scratch. So, here are the ingredients (this is a gluten-free pie crust):
- 1/3 cup potato starch, plus extra for dusting
- 1/3 cup tapioca flour
- 1/3 cup millet flour
- 1/3 cup almond meal
- 1 tablespoon powdered sugar (optional)
- 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
- 1/2 cup (1 stick) cold butter, cut into small pieces
- 1 egg, lightly beaten
First, preheat your oven to 375F. Combine potato starch, tapioca flour, millet flour, almond meal, sugar and salt into a food processor. and pulse a few times to combine. Add the butter and pulse again until the dough looks coarse. Add the egg and pulse until completely combined and the dough rolls into a ball.
Potato startch, tapioco flour, millet four and almond meal
Adding the cold butter
Adding the eg to the coarse mixture
Turn the dough onto a large piece of waxed paper, lightly dusted with potato starch. Sprinkle potato starch over the dough and knead gently until the dough holds together. You may need to add more potato starch so the dough isn’t sticky. Press the dough into a 10-inch circle using your fingertips.
Invert a 9-inch pie pan on top of the dough and quickly flip over the dough with the pan. The dough should be resting into the pan. Gently peel off the wax paper and press dough into the pie pan, patching any holes. Crimp and trim the edges and prick the bottom and sides with a fork. Line the crust with parchment paper and fill with pie weights or dried beans (I used dried beans).
Inverted pie pan on top of dough
Dough resting in pie pan
Crimped and pierced
Bake until crust is just set and slightly dry around the edges, about 15 minutes. Remove parchment paper and pie weights. And, voilá! Fill with desired pie filling and bake as needed.
If your pie recipe calls for a pre-baked crust, return it to the oven and bake until cooked through, 15 minutes more.
Part 2….coming soon!