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Oct 13, 2009
Category: Pastries
Cuisine: Soul Food
Prep Time: Less than 4 hrs
Special Considerations: Vegetarian

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CLASSIC BUTTER PASTRY with Mesquite Flour - by Rebecca Reilly
(Yields: 1 crust)

Ingredients:
1 cup high protein blend minus 1 ½ tablespoons
1 ½ tablespoons mesquite flour
2 tablespoons sweet rice
1 teaspoon sugar
¼ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon xanthan
6 tablespoons cold butter or Earth Balance
1 egg, ¼ cup flax gel or 1 teaspoon agar
1 tablespoon vinegar

Method:
1. Mix the high protein blend, mesquite flour, sweet rice flour, sugar, salt and xanthan gum together.

2. Using your fingers or a pastry cutter, work the butter into the dry ingredients to form a coarse meal.

3. Make a well in the center and put the egg and vinegar in. Mix together and incorporate the dry ingredients. Gather into a flat cake.

4. If the pastry is too soft to roll refrigerate for 30 minutes or longer.

5. Roll out pastry between 2 pieces cut from a large heavy-duty zip-lock bag and line the pan with the pastry. Trim the edges as for any pie or quiche.

Procedures for pre-baking
1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.

2. Butter an 8-9 inch quiche pan, pie dish or a 9 inch removable bottom tart pan.

3. Bake for 12 minutes in 375 oven on the bottom rack. Cool slightly.

Procedures for baking a pie or quiche without pre-baking the crust
1. Place the filled pie in a 425 degree oven on the bottom rack for 12 minutes.

2. Lower the heat of the oven to 350, raise the pie or quiche to the middle rack and continue baking for another 30 minutes or until done.

from: http://delightfullyglutenfree.com/2008/11/15/recipes-from-rebecca-reilly/

GLUTEN FREE FLOUR BLENDS by Rebecca Reilly

High Protein Flour (Good for items that need elasticity like wraps or pie crust)
1 1/4 cups bean flour (your favorite blend), chickpea flour or soy flour
1 cup arrowroot starch, cornstarch or potato starch
1 cup tapioca flour
1 cup white rice flour, brown rice or sorghum


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Posted: Oct 13, 2009 1:22pm
Oct 13, 2009
Category: Cakes
Cuisine: Soul Food
Prep Time: Less than 4 hrs
Special Considerations: Vegan

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GOJI SUNFLOWER MESQUITE ENERGY BARS...AND VARIATIONS! (gluten free, vegan)

yield: 16 approx. 1"x4" bars

3 c gluten free puffed or crisped cereal (I used puffed millet, feel free to try using puffed amaranth, puffed or crisped rice, any other puffed/crispy cereal, like Perky's Nutty Flax or Nutty Rice)

3 T chia seed

1/2 c sunflower seeds, toasted (or other seed/chopped nut)

3 T goji berries, lightly chopped (or other dried fruit)

1/4 t sea salt

1/4 c + 3 T brown rice syrup

1 T sunflower oil (or other oil)

3 T mesquite flour

optional, for extra vitamins!: 1/4 tsp vitamin C crystals 

  1. Place cereal in a large bowl.
  2. Warm brown rice syrup and sunflower oil together over low heat, whisking until mixed.  Remove from heat. NOTE: if using flax oil, warm brown rice syrup alone, remove from, then stir in flax oil.  Flax oil should never be directly heated.
  3. Quickly add mesquite flour, salt, vitamin C crystals, and any additional spices to warm syrup/oil mixture, and stir until well combined.  Work quickly, mixture coats cereal and other ingredients best when still warm.
  4. Pour warm mixture over cereal, and stir a few times to coat cereal.  Add goji berries, chia seeds, toasted and sunflower seeds in batches, and continue stirring until evenly mixed.
  5. Transfer cereal mixture into prepared 8x8 or 9x9 pan.  Spread evenly across surface of pan, then press mixture firmly until smooth and even.
  6. Place in refrigerator to chill, for 1-2 hours.  Slice into bars of desired size.  
  7. Wrap bars tightly or transfer to airtight container.  Stores best in the refrigerator.

Approximate nutritional information/bar (yield 16 bars): 100 cal, 3.5 g fat, 14 g carb, 8 g sugar, 1.5 g fiber, 2 g protein

from: http://affairsofliving.blogspot.com/2009/04/goji-sunflower-mesquite-energy-barsand.html

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Posted: Oct 13, 2009 1:15pm
Oct 1, 2009

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Oct 1, 2009

 

I just received my "welcome e-mail" from MOTHER EARTH NEWS:

"our BI-WEEKLY E-NEWSLETTER will bring you fun and practical information for living wisely. MOTHER EARTH NEWS provides expert information about organic gardening, renewable energy, green homes, do-it-yourself projects, simple living, and much more."

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Posted: Oct 1, 2009 11:31am
Sep 25, 2009
Focus: Animal Welfare
Action Request: Celebration
Location: United States


World Vegetarian Day 2009 is on 1st October - http://www.worldvegetarianday.org/ - and is the beginning of Vegetarian Awareness Month.

 

World Vegetarian Week 2009 (which started in May 2008) is from 1st to 7th October -http://www.vegetarianweek.org/ and (EVANA) European Vegetarian and Animal News Alliance's web site... http://www.evana.org/index.php?id=48316&lang=en

 

World GO VEGAN Week 2009 is from 25th to 31st October - http://www.worldgoveganweek.com/


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Posted: Sep 25, 2009 5:35am
Sep 25, 2009
Focus: Endangered Species
Action Request: Boycott
Location: United States

 

Saturday 26th September 2009 is "ban the bag day"...

http://greenhouseneutralfoundation.org/articles/2009/09/23/stoplasticbags-a-global-petition-to-ban-the-bag/

Scientists have found that when plastics decompose in the ocean they release a range of chemicals into the water, such as bisphenol A (which has been implicated in disrupting the hormonal system of animals), styrene monomer (which is known to cause cancer), as well as styrene dimers and trimer (which are suspected of being carcinogenic).

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Posted: Sep 25, 2009 5:29am
Sep 24, 2009
Name: Brigitte Bardot
Type: Tribute (for the living)
To Honor: Individual(s)
Location: , France

28th September 2009 is Brigitte Bardot's birthday, she will be 75 years old x

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Posted: Sep 24, 2009 2:51pm
Sep 24, 2009
Focus: Animal Welfare
Action Request: Petition
Location: United Kingdom

http://www.gopetition.co.uk/

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Posted: Sep 24, 2009 11:03am
Sep 22, 2009

I have found the easiest way to access the petitions I want to sign is via the: 

- "causes & news" option 

- and then the "causes" option 

- and then e.g. the "animal welfare", "global warming" and "environment & wildlife" options.

 

Then I bookmarked the petition pages I was up to i.e. "Animal Welfare - Petitions - Page 2" and then "Animal Welfare - Petitions - Page 3" - this enables me to go straight back to where I am up to with my petition signing


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Posted: Sep 22, 2009 10:47pm
Sep 21, 2009
Focus: Animal Welfare
Action Request: Petition
Location: United Kingdom

more online petitions

http://www.animalaid.org.uk/h/n/ACTIVE/petitions/ALL///

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