What We Made this Week

Manicotti with Fresh Pasta

Manicotti with Fresh Pasta

Before this manicotti I had not made fresh gluten-free pasta in a long time; after tasting this manicotti I wondered why I ever bother with the packaged stuff at all. Usually, when I make pasta for us on a weeknight, I boil two separate pots of noodles: one gluten-free for Jarron (he likes Tinkyada) and one for me. But after this, I am determined to make fresh pasta a regular part of the rotation around here! It is so much tastier and so much cheaper.

Homemade Manicotti with Fresh Pasta

There are still a few things I want to work out with the recipe before I share it, but this has definitely got me excited about homemade gluten-free pasta again! (Don’t worry: it’s much easier than you think).

Orange Marmalade Cake

Orange Marmalade Cake

I have been craving orange cake for a while now, and I finally got around to making one. I call this Orange Marmalade Cake because of the natural pectin that develops when you boil whole oranges and the fact that the whole orange goes into the cake, like when you make homemade marmalade.

The cake did turn out well (great texture), just not how I had hoped. It’s a very sophisticated orange tea cake, and has the flavor notes of the boiled orange, the slight bitterness enhanced by toasted almond flour. I poured an orange glaze over it, and it was lovely toasted with a bit of jam, though I was still tempted to sprinkle some sugar on it :)

Orange Marmalade Cake

While this cake is good, it does not satisfy my craving for my idea of what an orange cake should be: sweet and buttery orangey with a bright citrus flavor. So I will keep experimenting.

Note: I got my inspiration from Sherry Yard; however, if you are interested in the boiled-orange method, Elana has a gluten-free, grain-free, dairy-free, white-sugar-free (whew!) recipe on her website that uses it.

Rainforest Smoothie from Say Yes to Hoboken.

Rainforest Smoothie from Say Yes to Hoboken

Photo from Say Yes to Hoboken

I have been wanting to like green smoothies for what feels like the last year but had yet to find a palatable recipe. This one from Say Yes to Hoboken is even better than everything I hoped a green smoothie would be. It’s the kind of smoothie I can see myself wanting every day for breakfast. As you can see in the picture, the smoothie is vividly green, but trust me when I say you cannot taste the spinach at all. And while there is no added sugar (just the fruit) this smoothie is plenty sweet.

There is only one thing I might change for next time: I might try to find a substitute for the mango because I usually have a strict “mangoes are for eating only” policy. It was hard to resist gobbling up my mango as I sliced it for the smoothie because it was perfectly ripe: smooth as buttah and sweet as honey. Is there anyone else who thinks happiness is a perfectly ripe mango?