Thursday, February 20, 2020

Corn-Free, Yeast-Free Marinated Daikon

     Pickles are generally packed in vinegar, which contains traces of yeast.  White vinegar, of course, is made from corn.  This quick vinegar-free recipe produces a daikon "pickle" that has a good crunch and actually tastes a lot like conventional pickled daikon. The turmeric, besides complementing the taste of the daikon, turns the pickle a conventional, pretty yellow. (Commercial pickled daikon is dyed yellow.) Cut in long, thin strips, these pickles are also ready to be put in the middle of a sushi roll.

     1/4 c. freshly squeezed lime juice (See Juice in the Glossary)
     1-1/4 tsp. salt (See Salt in the Glossary)
     1/4/ tsp. turmeric See Spices in the Glossary)
     1 lb. of daikon, peeled and sliced into long thin strips (1/8" or so across)

     Stir the lime juice,salt and turmeric together in a mixing bowl.  Stir in the daikon.  Give it another stir every few minutes for half an hour or so. Refrigerate.

Teff Gravy

Teff gravy made with chicken stock

     Any starch will thicken a liquid, but different starches give different textures. I have tried a lot of different starches, and in my opinion teff flour is the best gluten-free choice for making gravy. Besides having a very mild, pleasant flavor of its own, teff produces a gravy that has very much the texture of a conventional wheat gravy. An added bonus is that teff is just the color to make gravy look even darker and richer. Sorghum flour is a good choice too: simply substitute 1/2 c. sorghum flour for the teff flour in this recipe.

     ¼ c. oil (or fat from pan drippings, if available) (See Oil in Glossary)
     ½ c. teff flour
     3 c. beef or chicken stockor watery part of pan drippings, if available 
          (See Broth, beef or chicken in Glossary)
     salt  (See Salt in Glossary)
     pepper (See Spices in Glossary)

     Heat the oil in a pan; then add the teff flour and fry it, stirring constantly, until it smells toasty and loses its raw-flour character. Whisk in the stock and bring it up to boiling, stirring constantly.  Add salt and pepper to taste. If needed, gradually stir in  more liquid to adjust the thickness to your taste, bringing the gravy back up to a boil after each addition.  Remember that gravy thickens a bit as it cools on the table. 

     If you are planning to use the gravy in a meat pie, remember that gluten-free pie crusts can get soggy more easily than wheat pie crusts do and keep the gravy on the thick side.

     Gravy can turn surprisingly thick and gelatinous in the fridge; this is normal. To serve it again, just reheat, whisk and add a bit more liquid if necessary.