Daily Archives: February 5, 2011

Waffle FAILED! Suggestions?

So this morning I planned to make a scrumptious gluten-free pumpkin waffle that tasted like pie but was SO healthy.  I was going to use the mighty Teff flour for the first time, as well as flax and very little butter.  My arm was sore from mixing and my heart sank as the waffles toasted perfectly on the outside and corners… and were barely cooked in the middle.

What went wrong?  I thought I had a healthy amount of things to make it rise, things to make it stick together, things to give it substance and lift.  Hmm.  Any suggestions are welcome!  One thing I love about the cooking / baking / eating / blogging community is our shared knowledge.  Should I have just added ALL the wet ingredients together and folded into the dry?  Added an second egg?  Taken out some of the pumpkin and replaced with a lighter liquid?  Used simpler grains – no ground flax?

I must include my roommate liked them – but she admits to liking pancakes more than waffles.  And if these were pancakes, they’d still have very little lift to them.  And not as much flavor as I’d like.

Cheers – Jacqueline


  • 1 cup gluten-free oat flour
  • 1/2 cup sweet white sorghum flour
  • 1/4 cup teff flour
  • 1/2 cup tapioca starch (tapioca flour)
  • 1/4 cup ground flax seeds (flour)
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp xantham gum
  • 2 tsp cinnamon (I used one each of Chinese and Indonesian)
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg (I highly suggest having nutmegs on hand and using a mircoplane grater to do this fresh)
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 15oz can pumpkin puree
  • 2 Tbsp butter, melted and cooled
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 Tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk

(Failed) Technique

  • I blended the flours, starches and spices in a small bowl
  • In a large bowl went the melted butter, egg, vanilla, pumpkin.
  • I then deployed the “start and end with dry” method I’ve used for cakes:  Into the pumpkin mixture I started folding in the dry ingredients, then the almond milk, than the dry ingredients, until all were incorporated.
  • Proceeded to heat my waffle maker and cook as I usually do with success.

Tempeh Stuffed Portabella Mushrooms

Tempeh Stuffed Portabella Mushrooms

I’ve been so enamored by meat the past few years that I had forgotten how much I loved cooking vegetarian food.  I still cook tempeh rather often, but usually utilize it in the same way repeatedly without branching out.  I also never cook with mushrooms, having had a phobia of them since being diagnosed with Lyme Disease as a child, where you’re taught to avoid foods grown underground or with high contents of mold.  Mushrooms being a mold, these were off-limits.

But in my attempt to add some variety in moderation to my diet, and to appease my once-vegetarian boyfriend, AND because I saw a great stuffed mushroom recipe on Saveur that I played with for a New Years gathering, I grabbed some portabellas and got to cooking.

Quick notes: I made breadcrumbs by toasting 2 slices of gluten-free bread, letting them sit while I prepped, and then ran them through the food processor.  Tempeh is easily found at most health food stores and some major grocers.  Marsala wine is a salty cooking wine that can be found in the vinegar section of most stores. Make sure to rub your mushrooms clean and not rinse them, as they easily absorb unwanted moisture.


  • 3 portabella mushrooms, stems and insides removed
  • 12 white button mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 package of tempeh, cut into cubes
  • 1 medium white onion, sliced thin
  • 2 slices of bread, toasted and processed into coarse crumbs
  • 2 tbsp. Marsala cooking wine
  • 3 tbsp. tamari (gluten-free soy sauce)
  • olive oil – virgin or extra virgin
  • 1 tbsp. red wine vinegar
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and spray with non-stick spray.  Place mushrooms, cap down, on tray.
  • Heat a large stainless steel skillet on medium heat, add about 3 rounds of olive oil (about 4 tbsp), and bring up to heat.
  • Add mushrooms and slices onion, turn heat to medium/low, and cook until softened, stirring occasionally and setting heat to low if necessary (depending on your range, you’ll want them to sweat and soften, not brown).
  • When soft, add Marsala wine and mix in thoroughly.  Cook until the wine is absorbed.  Remove from heat and place in a large bowl.
  • Return pan to heat and add another 2 tbsp of olive oil.  Add tempeh and turn heat to medium.  Cook tempeh, turning constantly, until brown on all sides.
  • Add tamari and cook until absorbed, turning constantly.
  • Add tamari to bowl and mix with mushroom mixture.
  • Add breadcrumbs and vinegar and mix thoroughly, add salt and pepper as desired (the wine and tamari make this somewhat salty, so taste and add sparingly)
  • Fill into mushroom caps, bake for 15 minutes or until portabellas are soft.

I served this with shaved Brussels sprouts cooked with a little vinegar and sesame seeds, and quinoa.  They’d also be great with a big salad or a side of mashed potatoes or mashed cauliflower.

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