Monthly Archives: March 2009

Tendonitis Starting to abate!

With my first experience of tendonitis abating, I have to say that though I miss crocheting – I NEVER want this to happen again!! I will refrain from crocheting for as long as needed to make sure my wrist and arm are TOTALLY healed!

I have gone to physiotherapy twice a week for almost a month now, and have another appointment on Tuesday. I am being diligent with my three times daily cold packs, and now have twice daily arm exercises and once daily upper back exercises to add. The ultrasound treatments and electric stimulation have really made a huge difference. I’m also pleased that my extended medical (through my employer) covers it all. It’s really an excellent plan considering I’m a part-time employee.

The weather has been wildly fluctuating between heavy snow and rainy spring-like weather (though our place is at too high an elevation to have experienced any real melting. Our yard still has several feet of snow).

I recently received an advanced copy of an upcoming gluten-free cookbook that my aunt’s friend is writing. Her name is A. Leach and she’s from Fort St. James, British Columbia. She has generously given me permission to post a few recipes! As soon as I get word that the book is published I’ll post about it! The recipes include wheat-free cream puffs, pastries, cinnamon rolls, and more!

My first attempt involved some substitutions – only because I was having a chocoholic attack and needed to work with what I had in the cupboard. I can say that the recipe turned out fantastic even with the substitutions, so it’s a resiliant recipe!

CHOCOLATE MUFFINS

¾ cup corn flour (I had to use sorghum flour)
½ cup glutinous rice flour (also called “sweet” rice flour & it IS safe for gluten-free diets)
½ cup white rice flour
1/3 cup cocoa
1 tsp xantham gum
1 Tbsp baking powder (be aware some baking powders have gluten)
½ tsp salt
¾ cup white sugar (I had to use ¼ cup raw turbinado sugar & ½ cup golden sugar)

1 cup milk
1 egg
1 egg white
1/3 cup oil (I used canola)
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup chocolate chips

Mix dry ingredients together. Stir in liquids. Add chocolate chips.
Bake at 350F 15-20 minutes,or until they spring back when lightly touched.

I used paper muffin cup liners and stretched the batter out to make 18 cupcakes. If you like very full muffin cups, the batter would make 12. These were delicious and chocolatey! AND… most important to me, my hubby LOVED them. My sweetie has no problem with wheat, so when he’ll eat a gluten-free treat – even though he doesn’t “have” to, I know it’s good! Baking without wheat may be more expensive, but I don’t want to be getting into “his” and “hers” treats.

I’m sorry I’ve been off the computer, but if my arm keeps healing I will be able to keep up now!

🙂
Ariana