WARNING: the foods we cook for Abby are safe for her, but not necessarily for everyone. Please confirm any ingredients are safe for you before using in your diet. Food Allergies can kill and the best policy is complete avoidance. Read this post for more info.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Better ThAn you Would Think, Cherry Ketchup! (Thanks Cecelia for the grammar check! :-)

No tomatoes, no beets, and last year she lost red peppers.. it was a ketchup drought around here!

I stumbled across a recipe for cherry ketchup. I was skeptical but figured worse case I could mix it into something else and make bbq sauce or something out of it. But to our surprise, it is really really delicious! It has that nice trifecta of salty,sweet and tangy that makes for a perfect ketchup.

Unfortunately cherries are a "hit and run" food for Abby so this will be just a special treat now and then when she has an empty bucket and minimal flaring. I did see a recipe for blueberry ketchup, and I may give that a try next!


2 1⁄2 lb. organic cherries(frozen work great!)
2-3 peeled and diced organic peaches
1⁄2 cup Braggs apple cider vinegar
1⁄2 cup local honey
1⁄2 cup homemade brown sugar
1 Tablespoon. freshly grated ginger
2 teaspoons pink himalayan salt
2 cloves garlic
1⁄4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
2 Tablespoons tamarind puree


1)Combine the cherries,peaches,garlic, vinegar, honey, and brown sugar in a saucepan and stir to combine. Bring to a boil then reduce the heat and simmer for 20-30 minutes until the fruit is soft.

2)Remove from the heat and cool some and then purée; return mixture to the saucepan and add the ginger, salt,smoked paprika, cloves, and tamarind. Cook, stirring regularly, for another hour or so, until thickened slightly, it will thicken more when chilled.

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Peach & Pear Bar's(gluten free, corn free, dairy free, chemical free, nut free)

I really like a bar cookie- and mostly because they are easy, they are "kind of cake" and "kind of cookie" and they tend be pretty forgiving to ingredient changes.

The filling on this one makes it a snap! You could mix any safe jam(remember pectin's and citric acids are derived or often tainted with corn) with sliced pears or apples if you can eat them. Since it also only calls for 1 egg it would easy to convert to egg-free with a favored egg substitute.

Abby said the use of the peach preserves plus pear actually made it "more peachy" then normal peach cobbler, I suspect the preserves being cooked down intensified the peach flavor. We were worried the pear might water things down, but it was the opposite!

We use "ginger and clove" exclusively because that is all Abby tolerates, but I could see these being delicious with cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, or even mace. I was thinking cardamon and ginger too.

Crust and Crumble Topping:
3 cups all-purpose homemade gluten free flour
3/4 teaspoon guar gum(or psyllium husk powder)
1 cup organic C&H granulated sugar
1 teaspoon homemade baking powder(2 parts cream of tartar,1 part baking soda, 1 part tapioca starch)
¼ teaspoon pink himalayan salt(or safe for you)
1 cup Tropical Traditions Coconut Oil
1 egg

3 peeled and sliced organic pears(I still rinse and rub with a bit of baking soda and water before peeling)
1 cup peach preserves(I cook down organic peeled peaches with equal amounts of sugar,a bit of tamarind paste,once soft strain extra syrup(save it!)and put the cooked sweetened fruit into freezer safe containers- we use it for jam and the syrup for pancakes and other recipes)
1/2 teaspoon ginger(or more to taste or skip)
1/4 teaspoon cloves(or more to taste or skip)

1) Preheat oven to 350

2) In bowl combine gf flour, sugar, baking powder, salt. Cut in the coconut oil. Add egg and mix well.

3) line an 8 x 8 pan with parchment paper. Press half of the crust/topping mixture into the bottom of pan firmly. Bake for 15 minutes.

4) In bowl combine pear slices and peach preserves. Add and mix in ginger and clove.

5) When crust comes out of the oven spread pear/mixture over crust. Crumble the remaining crust/topping across the top.

6) Bake in over 40-45 minutes until crumble is golden.

7) serve warm with a scoop of coconut milk ice cream, or chill and cut for bars.
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