I'm working at the Holiday Table at work, whicch means I'm sitting at a pretty table taking Thanksgiving orders. Orders for raw, "do it yourself" turkeys, oven ready seasoned turkeys, pies, stuffings, gravies, whole already put together feasts. I talk to everyone who comes over, and quite a few have turned out to be gluten free. One woman broke my heart. She told me she's given up on "eating like everyone else does" and doesn't eat pizza or pies or anything she ate before. She has been diagnosed with Celiac for a number of years. When I told her we have the GF Bakehouse pumpkin pies in the frozen section now, she told me she is just going to roast a squash and put brown sugar on it. Thats not dessert!! It was so depressing. I told her to search the internet, get some of the newer GF cookbooks, try baking! My GF Thanksgiving is going to have two stuffings, gravy, two pies, and all kinds of things. There is nothing at a traditional Thanksgiving that I feel like I shouldn't be able to make myself. That poor woman. I'm sure squash and sugar is good, but come on. Being gluten free shouldn't be about sacrifices. I don't feel like I'm missing anything, as I've said a thousand times before. My roommate says she doesn't think she is going to make anything with gluten in it for Thanksgiving because she can't tell the difference. My cooking is just as good as cooking with "real" bread and "real" flour. Embrace being gluten free! Don't be discouraged.
So this morning I made pancakes. They were quick (mixed and cooked in 15 minutes) and can be made vegan/dairy free. I ate them with Nutella, as pancake sandwiches, on the way to go pick up the car. Yum.
1 c rice flour
2 t baking powder
1/2 t salt
1 T sugar
a pinch of nutmeg and a bigger pinch of cinnamon
1 T veg oil
1 c milk or soymilk or water
1 overripe banana
Mix all the dry ingredients. Mash the banana with the milk and oil, then add to flour mix. stir well to combine, and let sit about 5 minutes while you heat up your griddle (or cast iron pan, or pan, or whatever). Cook as you would pancakes, dropping about 1/4 c at a time and wiggling the pan to spread. Cook on each side, then spread with Nutella (or peanut butter, or syrup, or anything) and eat hot.