I’m checking in late to get this post in on time! For my fourth OBR feature, I chose Ricki from Diet, Dessert and Dogs. I’ve been reading Ricki’s blog for quite some time now, and I find it a personal abomination that I don’t have her cookbook Sweet Freedom yet. Ricki is a master of both baking and cooking, and she details her struggles and triumphs dealing with an anti-candida diet. She is an eloquent writer with a fun story to go along with every kitchen adventure, and I always look forward to reading her posts. She makes wheat-, egg-, dairy- and sugar-free look goooooood!
I’d like to say that Ricki’s recipe index made choosing easy, but every dish on the list sounded so fantastic that it was quite difficult. I went with her Apple and Red Wine Soup and Nut Roast Extraordinaire.
This soup was very easy to prepare, and I had high hopes, as it kind of looked and smelled like apple caramel while it was simmering. Sadly, it’s not my favorite. It had a good balance of acid, fat, sweet, and apple flavor, but for some reason it just wasn’t up my alley. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try it! Sorry Ricki! It’s not you, it’s me!
It turned out to be okay that I didn’t favor the soup, because this nut roast is one of the best things I’ve ever eaten. Seriously, I’ve had some good stuff in my days, but Ricki’s nut roast is out-of-this-world delicious. It’s savory and mushroom-y and soft in the middle and crusty on the outside, and I want to marry it. I went back for seconds, which is a rarity for me. Then I added up the calorie count and kind of wished I hadn’t had seconds: 445 calories for a 1/8 loaf slice. No wonder it tastes so darned good! Regardless, I will definitely keep this recipe on hand for special occasions. In fact, I froze two slices to have as my Thanksgiving entree in a few weeks. Oh, and it was easy to boot. You saute some stuff, you food process some stuff, then you mix it together and put it in the oven and magic happens.
(Note: I don’t advocate calorie counting in general, but I’m doing it right now as a measure to keep an eye on portion control. I definitely do not recommend it as a regular practice!)