My nine year old sure did enjoy the Fiddler on the Roof play we went to last week. It's all he's talked about. He keeps breaking out in song, and he is drawing the scenes ... very accurately, I might add.
My goal lately has been to try to find more recipes my one year old can have. (For those of you visiting for the first time, he is at the moment allergic to eggs, dairy, wheat, peanuts, tree nuts, soy, corn, coconut and sesame. At least those are the things we are aware of.
So basically the only milk substitute he can have is rice milk. I found a recipe awhile back that allows me to make it from scratch (which I blogged about awhile back). This time when I went to make it, I used brown sugar to sweeten it a little (trust me, it needs a little something). It's darker than usual, but he really seems to like it a lot.
I ended up with quinoa flour, sweet sorghum flour, flaxseed meal, millet flour, tapioca flour, garbanzo bean flour, garbanzo and fava bean flour blend, tapioca starch, xanthan gum, potato starch, brown rice flour, and lard. I was especially excited about the tapioca starch. Looks like it substitutes for corn starch, so maybe I can use it to make gravy - opening up the whole world of casseroles. Woohoo ;)
It wasn't cheap. These bags are $5 - $15 a piece. My biggest expense/pound I think was the xanthan gum - which was about $11 for half a pound! Holy cow. And that was from Walmart a couple weeks ago. If I had bought it here in town it would have been $17. Good thing the recipes don't seem to call for much of it at once. The hardest thing to find was dairy free soy free shortening. The best I could do was to buy lard - which I'm hoping is okay, since it doesn't have an ingredient list. I believe it's just pig fat, but we'll see if it bothers him. It was hard to find. The local store didn't have it in their baking aisle. I finally accidentally found it at the bottom of the row with the tortillas. Yeah. Right where I would have put it... NOT. Now, wish me luck...
Note - reading in my Learn to Bake Allergen Free book last night, I found out that Millet flour is probably not good to use because there is a close connection to corn, and people with corn allergies ought to avoid millet too. Oh well. Live and learn. I've definitely got a lot to learn!