Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Gluten-Free & Milk-Free Matzo Brei Recipe

The east coast Jewish life is full of culture, moving stories, great energy and of course food! Once the quality of gluten-free matzo risen or lack thereof (pun intended) to the main grocery stores it was time to get back into matzo brei, a vivid past time memory of mine.  I used to make matzah from scratch and it never came out any good, it was just there, for me, as the gluten-free option. Enjoy my gluten-free rendition of the famous matzo brei recipe:

Gluten-Free matzo for @GlutenFreeG matzo brei recipe

  • Prep: 5 minutes
  • Cook: 15 minutes


  • 4 people

Ingredients: (Organic when possible)

  • 1 large onion
  • 8 eggs
  • 1 cup "milk"
    • 1/4 soy milk
    • 1/4 almond milk
  • dash of salt and pepper
  • 5 sheets of matzo
  • dash of cinnamon (optional)
  • mushrooms (optional)

Gluten-Free & Dairy Free Matzo Brei recipe @GlutenFreeG
Cooking Instructions:

  1. In medium sauce pan, add tea spoon of oil and heat. Then add diced onions and continue to cook on medium. Optional: add a splash of chicken fat if you have some hanging around :) Gently sauté the onions approximately 10 minutes. Optional: if adding diced mushrooms add during 5 minute mark to gentle sauté mushrooms. 
  2. Meanwhile, beat the eggs, add salt and pepper and add 3/4 cup of your "milk into a medium mixing bowl and stir together. Take your matzo and run them under water to slightly soften them and also shake them dry once or twice so they don't drip. Crunch them into small 1/2 - 1 inch shapes and mix with the eggs gently.  Add the caramelized onions into the mixing bowl and mix altogether gently. 
  3. On low/medium heat turn on your saucepan and then add ingredients into the saucepan to resume cooking. After two minutes add remaining 1/4 cup of milk and turn all ingredients often while heating. Allow matzo brie to collect and turn it over and over to cook. As it heats it will shape and firm the egg, matzo, onion and milk altogether providing a nice aroma. Cook approximately 5-7 minutes. Do not over cook eggs!
  4. Serve and eat hot! Optional add sprinkle of cinnamon.
    Matzo Brei recipe @GlutenFreeG

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Friday, April 18, 2014

Green Festival NY & DC Coming Soon!

 GlutenFreeG Attends Green Festival NY & DC

What goes on @GreenFestival? Learning/Shopping/Living

Hey east coast peeps, Green Fest is here so grab your friends and family and explore the scene. The Green Festival, brought to you by Green America and Green Exchange, has been around for 13 successful years...

  • If you're curious or have an everyday interest in living healthier and more environmentally sustainable. Attend!
  • If you're interested in seeing the growth of organic, vegan and vegetarian products, sampling them and watching cooking demos. Attend!
  • Interested in shopping? Show your support for creative and beautiful eco-friendly and sustainable products. Attend!
  • Socialize with others, attend speakers and watch live music. Attend!

Green Festival NYC

April 26 & 27 (10-6pm)
Buy Your NYC Ticket In Advance, Green Festival NY Tickets here.
  • $10 online in advance
  • $20 door

Green Festival DC

May 31 & June 1 (10-6pm)
Buy Your Washington DC Ticket In Advance, Green Festival DC Tickets here.
  • $10 online in advance
  • $20 door
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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

The Ongoing Risk Of Dining Out Gluten-Free

I had just recently gone out to eat in Hoboken, NJ at a restaurant that was available via FindMeGlutenFree mobile application. It had good reviews and I had been there before, awhile ago, so I knew it was a frequently visited location with a lot of gluten-free food service experience. 

We went to an early dinner and were the only people in the entire restaurant. Perhaps because it was a cold and rainy day and that may have foreshadowed the next turn of events... Part of me thought this is awesome, because I'll receive 1 on 1 attention and possibly ideal circumstances from their server and chef, to avoid issues, right? On the contrary, empty tables signify slower food moving in/out of the kitchen and that's always a nerve racking feeling that a restaurant has out dated meat, veggies, etc. 

The server, albeit he was nice and tried to assure me that a truly gluten-free experience was a ahead, said he catered to gluten-free customers often, which only made me feel a tad better because I'm always wary. We had a detailed discussion about how I had Celiac Disease and require a very carefully made gluten-free meal. He assured me that they were pros and it all sounded great until the brought out the food...

First, my meal had cheese and I didn't ask for it and the dressing wasn't gluten-free so I inquired. We had a deeper discussion about the ingredients and he brought out the questionable products in which I googled them and they were not gluten-free brands.  He then dared to tell me that he didn't know much about gluten-free but they always serve that product to patrons and never had a problem... yes his scary! scary! scary! defensive position came out. Fortunately, I avoided a major gluten conflict by asking a lot of questions during the actual meal by challenging the plate in front of me and asking the server, courteously, but effectively, to guarantee the food in front of me was indeed gluten-free. 

The truth is folks that every time you eat out, no matter how much a restaurant tries, they'll never provide a truly 100% safe gluten-free meal as you would in your own home. Each dining out experience is a risk, every time, no matter how many times you go back to the same place or try a new one from a mobile application because you get to buy the food, prep it, and cook it in your safe and controlled environment. 

Advice To Those Who Eat Out Too Often

In conclusion, please continue to eat at home 95% of the time, spoil yourself with cooking classes, upgrade your pots, pans and cutlery to protect yourself from risks of dining out. You should eat ahead of time or bring small snacks or safe bars and meals with you if you have plans out and about. And if you're going to dine out, always call ahead and get a name to hold these people accountable, and go with the safest options as possible such as fresh fruit, veggies, beverages and still tell your servers that you have food restrictions.  Don't take too many new risks and only go back to the places that have proven to be the best. Good luck out there!