Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Happy Birthday, Veronica!

Veronica, our middle child, turned seven today!  She has been extremely excited for the last month about this. Very cute.  

For the last week she has been going over the list of foods she would want on her birthday

"For breakfast, I want waffles with butter and syrup. And lunch I want fried chicken strips. And dinner, I want a hamburger *with a bun*, Mom! And a really big strawberry cake with chocolate icing!" 

I broke it to her yesterday that she could not have all those things to eat, and she could pick one meal where she could deviate from the Primal menu. She chose hamburgers with fries. So we went to Cheeburger Cheeburger. 

Everyone (except me) ordered a ham/cheeseburger *with a bun*. I had mine on a bed of lettuce and some mustard on the side. We knew that Cheeburger had recently started serving sweet potato fries, so we ordered those instead of the regular white potato fries. Now, my order did come with the white fries, so I ate TEN, and sent the rest back. If you've ever had Cheeburger fries, you know that I should be declared a hero. Now, it is true that they fry their fries in peanut oil, so even the SPF weren't on the Primal-approved list, but we figured it was better to be half on than all the way off. 

The kids seemed to have done well with the bread and the peanut oil. I saw no stomach issues or behavioral issues with them later on. Still, I wouldn't want them eating this stuff frequently. 

Tom, however, had some stomach issues a few hours later. Being the heroic wife I am, I would never say "see? I've told you for at least five years that gluten was the cause of your issues, but, noooo, you wouldn't listen." I mean, really, wives don't really do the "I told you so" routine, right?

Then I made her cake. I took the recipe from the website I posted a few days back in "Cake again?!".  It turned out fairly well. It called for 1/2 cup almond flour on top of 1/2 cup coconut flour. Well, Veronica is allergic to almonds, and I don't have almond flour, so I used 1 cup of coconut flour. Well, that made one dense cake, let me tell you. But the taste and texture were at least cake-like! Just ... really heavy.  I made a chocolate icing with melted dark (70%) chocolate and incorporated it into a cup of coconut cream. Pour that on top and you have your strawberry-chocolate cake. 

Not the prettiest sight (had to ice it while still warm) but everyone was happy.

So happy birthday to our little Veronica!


  1. You are a sweet pair of young ladies. I am really impressed that you've been able to take all of this on and stay so serious about it. Keep it up. In the meantime, I am going to try the coconut flour. Kids really didn't go for the almond flour with pastry. I liked it, though.

  2. I still haven't tried any baked goods with either almond or coconut flour, but it's on my list of things to experiement with. I have some white rice flour that I've never used, and I'd like to try adding some of that with the almond or coconut flour. While anything with white rice is on the "avoid list" I know it doesn't have gluten and Mark considers it one of the grains on the not terrible but why bother end of the grain spectrum. I'm thinking that in the few instances that I actually make something resembling a baked good, I'm OK with adding a carb that is sort of a neutral unoffensive flour. It seems the rice flour would make the product a lot lighter than just almond or coconut flour by itself.

  3. Just last month I made a German Chocolate Cake for my husband, primally. I used a combination of coconut flour and arrowroot flour. But this was after I had experimented with the full coconut flour. Yeah, that was a heavy cake and extra sweet to boot, so I experimented and came up with a winner. :) And that picture of her birthday cake looked delicious.