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on biscuits and being thankful

November 19, 2010

did you know that i am allergic to food? not really, but i have days when it feels that way. my laundry list of allergies include; wheat, dairy, eggs, and yeast. of course the yeast is what is the hardest. you can’t eat things like sugar, vinegar, coffee, wine, alcohol, and almost any kind of sauce you could find. this is my first holiday season being allergic to all of these foods. and i really love the foods i can’t eat. in fact, i think my favorite meal would be bread and cheese with a lovely glass of wine. i do cheat sometimes. because if i don’t, i go off my diet completely because i can’t take it any longer. then i start feeling miserable again. but with the holidays right around the corner, i have found myself sad lately. because i truly love to cook and i love to cook yummy foods. and i think it has been good that i have been sad because i think i need to grieve a little bit. and that is ok.

the only thing that makes it easier is that my entire family is allergic to some of the same foods. at least i won’t have to look at all of the foods i can’t eat on thanksgiving. and as a family, we have gotten really good at finding alternatives to our favorite foods. that does make life easier. this year i am hosting thanksgiving and i am super excited about it.


sweet potato biscuits

sweet potato biscuits

so i was on the lookout for some replacement for rolls. it does make it difficult to make bread when you are allergic to wheat, eggs, yeast and dairy. trust me, most of them taste like cardboard. it wasn’t until i came upon this recipe from paula deen for sweet potato biscuits, that i had an idea. biscuits are a great bread for me to make because they rise from baking powder instead of eggs or yeast. i knew that i could adapt the recipe so i could eat them. and i have been playing with recipe, and they are turning out super yummy! while they are not my mother’s rolls, they are absolutely delicious! i am so thankful for sweet potato biscuits this year.


rosemary tree

rosemary tree

when you are allergic to so many foods, it is easy to focus on what you can’t eat. but this year i am choosing to me thankful. i am thankful for my beautiful home and that we can easily fit family and friends once again. i am thankful for my beautiful children. i am thankful for chai coconut milk lattes. i am thankful for rosemary trees. i am thankful for my creative life. and yes, i am thankful for sweet potato biscuits!


chai cocounut milk latte

chai cocounut milk latte

recipe for sweet potato biscuits

1/2 cup of millet flour

1/2 cup of tapioca flour

1/4 cup of rice flour

1 tsp of xanthan gum

1/2 tsp of salt

4 tsp of baking powder

3/4 cup of mashed sweet potato

1/4 cup of vegan butter

3 Tbsp of raw honey

pinch of cinnamon

pinch of nutmeg

2/4 Tbsp of rice milk

1 Tbsp of apple cider vinegar

sift together all of the dry ingredients. mix butter, honey, and apple cider vinegar into the sweet potatoes. mix the dry ingredients together with the sweet potato mixture. add milk one tablespoon at a time until the flour is fully incorporated with the dough. drop by spoonfuls onto a baking sheet. bake in 400 degree oven for fifteen minutes or until golden brown. enjoy with raw honey or vegan butter.

One Comment leave one →
  1. November 19, 2010 4:15 pm

    You have an awesome outlook!

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