May 4, 2011

Adopt a Gluten-Free Blogger: Real Sustenance (Bacon Sage Popovers and Orange Zested Carrot Fries)

 

This month for Adopt a Gluten-Free Blogger (which is a totally awesome monthly event hosted by and the brain child of Sea at Book of Yum) I adopted Brittany of Real Sustenance. Brittany is an over-achiever in the gluten-free world – if you don’t believe me, just check out this raw cake she made recently for her April in the Raw series, or this white cake that is free of gluten, dairy, soy, egg, and refined sugar. There is definitely no food intolerance that Brittany can’t work around, and she takes on the challenge full force. She’s definitely an inspiration.

But in spite of all of the enticing desserts Brittany has shared on her blog, I opted to go the savory route. I was making shepherd’s pie for dinner this past weekend, and thought we needed a special little treat to go along with it – Bacon Sage Popovers! (because what’s one more carb in a carb-heavy meal?)

These popovers were fun! I loved that they had that nice little flavor of bacon. They also were excellent for sopping up a bit of sauce (or as a mashed potato delivery device) that was in the shepherd’s pie. I wish I would have put more sage in them – I used fresh sage from my garden - but that will definitely be considered for next time. In the back of my mind, I also thought that bacon and sage would be a great combination for biscuits. I will have to think about that the next time biscuits are on the menu.

Then I found Brittany’s recipe for Orange Zested Carrot Fries. Carrots, masquerading as fries? Sure, why not? I like sweet potato fries, so I thought I’d give these a go. They were easy to throw together, although at first I was worried that there would be too much seasoning. But once the “fries” spent some time in the oven, I realized this clearly wasn’t the case. The seasoning made a crust, of sorts, (if I had to compare it to something, I’d say it resembled a better-spiced version of the coating on the curly fries popular at several major fast food restaurants – probably not the best comparison, but they were really tasty!) and the finished “fries” were crispy outside, perfectly seasoned, and sweet and creamy inside. These were perfect with or without ketchup. My only suggestion – make double or triple the recipe next time. I ate the entire thing by myself. (whoops)

I do fully intend to indulge in some of Brittany’s recipes for sweet treats soon. They all look so tempting. I did also “unofficially” try her vanilla-banana chai smoothie. Well, a version of it, anyway. I opted to use half the banana, make it extra thick (so less almond milk), and blend in a small cooked sweet potato. I then topped it with some grain-free granola (courtesy of Good Morning! Breakfasts without Gluten, Sugar, Eggs or Dairy), yogurt-style, and ate it with a spoon. (Sorry, no picture, it was 5 AM that it was made, and the granola wasn’t placed on top until I was at work this morning, eating my breakfast.) It was creamy and delicious, and I was so glad for the banana and chai smoothie inspiration!

Real Sustenance is definitely a real find in the gluten-free world. I can’t wait to see what Brittany dreams up next!

14 Responses to “Adopt a Gluten-Free Blogger: Real Sustenance (Bacon Sage Popovers and Orange Zested Carrot Fries)”

  1. Brittany has more energy than anyone I know…except maybe Shirley. :) Seriously, I adore her and I can’t believe I haven’t tried any of her recipes yet. Soon soon!

  2. Brittany is a machine! I love her. And I love the sound of the carrot fries, I’m thinking I will have to try those, along with a smoooothie! Holy moly, that sounds good. Can you taste the sweet potato? It seems you and I have similar tastes Alta. You always pick the recipes I want to try!

  3. Alta YOU ARE THE BEST!! Thank you soooo much for adopting me and for all the kind sweet things you said. This made my day on so many levels.
    Those carrot fries were one of the very first recipes that I shared :)

    I notice in the picture that it looks like the popover fell in the center? I’m wondering why? (Hoping there are no errors with the recipe)

    AND Maggie and Iris- YOU KNOW how much I love you both.

    Thanks again Alta!! xoxoxoxoxox

    • Brittany – They did fall over, but they were VERY tall when I pulled them out of the oven. They just deflated a bit during the time it took me to get them on a plate and ready for the camera. They were tasty just the same!

  4. Alta, what a great adoption! I agree with Iris and Maggie. Brittany amazes me. She must seriously never leave the kitchen. Every one of her recipes (and photos) look so wonderful. I just do not know how she has the time to do it! LOL And I want to try those carrot fries. I have carrots growing in my garden right now and it would be so fun to try these with them!

  5. Orange Zested Carrot Fries? My family is in heaven with your recipe! Great healthy alternative to other fries, fabulous to take to a party. Thank you for posting.

  6. chai is my all-time favorite..add bananas and vanilla ..well I had to look at that recipe ..on the list for tomorrow Buy bananas so I can make this! Yum I bet rum would be great in it for a after dinner dessert!

  7. hmmm… I wonder if they needed a slightly longer cooking time. They did not do this when I made them which is why Im curious. Did you use the exact flours I called for? (I’m a perfectionist :) Yours look really good. just different and Im baffled why! xo

    • Brittany – Maybe. I didn’t keep them in the oven for the full time at the lower temp because they looked so dark! I also subbed arrowroot for one of the starches (potato I think). So that’s probably what the deal was. They were still good!

  8. Brittany is indeed the bomb! She is always creating and cooking phenomenal recipes. :-) Great adoption, Alta!

    Note to Iris: I think Brittany may have me beat for energy in the baking/cooking dept, but thank you, dear! ;-)

    Shirley

  9. You captured Brittany so perfectly in this post! I love her recipes and her enthusiasm for cooking, baking, and health. I need to try those popovers!

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  12. What a great adoption post. I have been so inspired by Brittany’s many recipes and now I definitely need to make some soon!

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