Earlier this holiday season, I was contacted by Allergic Living Magazine to develop a gingerbread house free of all the top allergens. For their (and my) readers, I also wanted to create an eggless/vegan royal icing (you know–the kind that hardens) and offer candy/decor options as well.
I’m well aware that I’m not the best decorator in the land (of gingerbread and beyond), but here’s the deal.
This is a really delicious gingerbread house
It’s free of the top 8 allergens, and nightshade and legume-free, too
It holds up–we were still snacking on it a week later
Sure, it’s a little time consuming, but can be easily spread out over a couple of days making it easy as… cookies
It’s sturdy but tender
It’s great for beginners or experienced folks; just watch the hot sugar syrup for little hands–that should be an adult job
If you received the latest Allergic Living newsletter, you would have received this, too. If not, you can check out the recipe, template, and step-by-step detailed instructions here.
Happy holidays, folks! Feel free to let me know any questions you might have.
I love using fresh herbs in my cooking, but rosemary isn’t consistent in my rotation. I’m not sure why, but sometimes, I just don’t love it, whereas other times, I can use it everyday for weeks.
Basil, savory, and thyme are my top picks and rosemary… I don’t know, maybe it’s a winter thing? Is this just me?
Anyway, I clearly had a hankering for it and now it’s back in rotation. I’m going to chalk it up to the season. And I love it with apples, which I love using in savory dishes, which I love in the fall and winter…
So here’s something for you with all that combined.
4. You are (rather likely) spending more money, even if it’s just in the form of hydro on warming your house and not on gifts because you’re potentially crafty and making gifts in lieu of buying them.
5. You want to eat warm comfort food.
The answer (… and no, it’s not picking up the phone and ordering your favourite take out delivered because life isn’t just that easy for a celiac, is it?) comes in the form of a cozy, one-dish meal that’s easy to throw together, makes your home smell fantastic, and is sure to warm you up on the coolest of nights.
The key to this comfort is carbohydrates with a focus on loads of vegetables and whole grains, where you’ll get the flavor you’re fawning for and the nutrition that you need to keep up with that holiday bustle and hustle and all that good stuff. Needless you say, it will definitely satisfy that physiological and neurochemical response that will influence your mood and make you feel jolly and bright.
It’s weird, you know, not having started my Christmas baking and it’s December 1st. By this time, I’m usually six or seven varieties deep into it, with my Christmas menu planning not far behind.
Inspire me, folks — what are you baking and making for the holidays? I’ll admit I don’t need inspiration (I’ve been “planning” what to make since, oh, my birthday in March), but I definitely like to talk food planning.
In the meantime, a dinner idea. One that uses my second favourite condiment of all time: dark maple syrup.
If you just celebrated Thanksgiving, chances are you have a bounty of leftovers waiting for you. But if you want to add something to the rotation, this soup is simple and flavorful, and trust me, the perfect dipper for leftover cornbread.