Rice Milk Mayonnaise

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Rice Milk Mayonnaise (Egg-Free, Soy-Free, Dairy-Free, Vegan)

 

It’s back-to-school time, and in my house, that means “sandwiches”. What’s key to most sandwiches? Mayonnaise. But what do you do if you can’t eat eggs, soy, or even dairy? Make it yourself!

I wasn’t sure this recipe could be successfully done, without some form of protein to help emulsify the mayonnaise. Eggs are generally key to helping bind mayonnaise and aioli, and vegan mayo always seems to contain soy, so it must be there for a reason, right? Would I really be able to get a true eggy-like creamy mayonnaise without eggs, dairy, or soy? In my uncertainty, I turned to the God of all things kitchen, David Lebovitz. I thought if anyone could do egg-free, soy-free mayo, it would be him, and I was right. To my delight, I found that just a couple months ago, he’d blogged about an egg-free mayonnaise based upon a Portuguese recipe, using milk instead of eggs. But still, to my chagrin, this didn’t solve my protein problem. I needed to create a recipe that was dairy-free too. I pondered using Hemp milk, which has a fair amount of protein, but it can be rather “ropey” in flavor, and we don’t want that in our mayo. I settled on using rice milk, but that still didn’t solve the protein problem. And then, I remembered my old friend Xanthan Gum. A “thickener”, an “emulsifier” … Bingo! I was delighted, in fact, overjoyed to discover that you can make Egg-free, Soy-free, Dairy-free Mayonnaise, in all of about 5 minutes. The following recipe was inspired by David Lebovitz’s recipe for Eggless Chervil Mayonnaise which is an adaptation of a recipe from Leite’sCulinaria and The New Portuguese Table (Clarkson Potter) by David Leite. I really hope I got that accreditation right!

Rice Milk Mayonnaise (Egg-free, Soy-free, and Dairy-free)

Makes about 1 cup

The real trick to this recipe is the medicine dropper. I’m a mother of two young children, so this little tool is readily on hand. To emulsify the mayonnaise properly, you must drip the oil in a drop at a time, or it won’t work. The best way to control the flow, is with a dropper. It will take you a few minutes to get all that oil in the blender a drop at a time, but don’t be tempted to rush it. Your patience will pay off with perfection. Who would have thought it possible? Egg-free, dairy-free, and soy-free, but still with a lovely buttercup hue and the lush creaminess we love in fresh mayonnaise. Feel free to add fresh herbs at the end, or to use all canola oil, for a milder flavor.

Ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup cold rice milk
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/8th teaspoon ground white pepper
  • 1 small clove of garlic
  • 1/4 teaspoon xanthan gum
  • 1/4 cup + 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil (or use all canola oil, 3/4 cup total, for a milder flavor)
  • 1/4 cup + 2 Tablespoons canola oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt

 

1. Combine the rice milk with the lemon juice and white pepper in a blender. Don’t use a food processor for this, use a blender. Using a garlic press, add the garlic. Add the xanthan gum, and mix on high speed until foamy.

2. Set the blender on high, and using the medicine dropper, add the oil, drop by drop, through the hole in the lid of the blender, until the mayonnaise begins to emulsify. You may wish to use your other hand to cover most of the hole in the lid, to prevent splattering. This is not a recipe for the impatient. Take your time! Continue to add the oil, in a steady drip, until the mayonnaise is thick and creamy, scraping down sides of blender as necessary. (I turned my cheap old blender off several times to let it cool down while making this. You may also wish to take pauses). Again, do not try to make this too quickly; the process of slowing incorporating the oil should take several minutes.

3. Add the salt, taste, and adjust salt and lemon juice if desired.

4. Serve at room temperature. Transfer remaining mayonnaise to a jar, and store tightly covered, in the refrigerator for up to one week.

Rice Milk Mayonnaise Copyright © 2010 by Cybele Pascal

(Please note that all my recipes are completely free of all top allergens (wheat, dairy, soy, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, sesame, fish, shellfish, and gluten), so as many people as possible can enjoy them. Additionally, all the ingredients are available at Whole Foods, and online at Amazon.com. If you have trouble finding something, let me know and I’ll help you find it.)

SAFETY NOTE: Because each person’s food sensitivity and reaction is unique, ranging from mild intolerance to life-threatening and severe food allergies, it is up to the consumer to monitor ingredients and manufacturing conditions. If manufacturing conditions, potential cross contact between foods, and ingredient derivatives pose a risk for you, please re-read all food labels and call the manufacturer to confirm potential allergen concerns BEFORE consumption. Ingredients and manufacturing practices can change overnight and without warning.

Allergen Free Gluten Free Pasta with Roast Cherry Tomatoes Grilled Chicken and Nut Free Pesto

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Allergen-free, Gluten-Free Pasta with Roast Cherry Tomatoes, Grilled Chicken, and Nut-Free Pesto

Summer is the season for tomatoes and basil!  But with pesto usually off-limits for people with food allergies — it traditionally contains tree nuts and dairy — I set about creating an allergen-free version of the original.  The sweet and tangy roast cherry tomatoes are the perfect compliment to the earthy flavor of the basil, and the smokiness of the grilled chicken.  As an added bonus, I’ve used hemp seeds in place of the traditional pine nuts or walnuts, boosting protein and omega 3 essential fatty acids.   Upon tasting this recipe, my son Monte asked, “Can I have this for lunch tomorrow too?”  There is no greater compliment.

Ingredients

Pesto:

  • 1/3 cup shelled hemp seeds (Manitoba Harvest hemp seeds are allergen-free)
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 cup tightly packed fresh basil
  • 3/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 cup gluten-free bread-crumbs (I like Hol-Grain for this recipe, they’re very fine and made from rice)

Roasted Tomatoes:

  • 1 lb. cherry tomatoes
  • 2 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • salt and fresh ground pepper

Grilled Chicken:

  • 1 lb. chicken breast (if you’re short on time, buy it pre-grilled)
  • extra virgin olive oil for drizzling
  • salt and fresh ground pepper
  • 1 lb. rice or corn-quinoa penne or spirals or shells
  • 6-8 large basil leaves to garnish

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Place hemp seeds in food processor and grind to a fine meal. Add garlic and puree. Add basil, and blend till finely chopped. Pour in extra virgin olive oil, a little at a time, till pesto is nice and smooth.  Add salt and gluten-free bread crumbs.  Combine thoroughly and set aside. (This can be made in advance. Makes 1 heaping cup.)

Preheat oven to 425°F. Cover a baking tray with aluminum foil,  scatter tomatoes on it, drizzle with 2 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil, sprinkle with salt and pepper, and toss till all the tomatoes are coated.

Roast until tomatoes collapse in on themselves, about 30 minutes (it will be less if the tomatoes are really tiny).

Put water on to boil, and cook pasta according to instructions on packet.

Pound the chicken breast between two sheets of parchment paper with a meat mallet  till it is 1/2-inch thick. Drizzle with extra virgin olive oil, sprinkle with salt and pepper, and grill over high heat about 3 minutes per side.  Dice into 1-inch peices.

Drain pasta and toss with olive oil to coat in a large pasta bowl.  Add the pesto and chicken. Toss. Add the roasted tomatoes and gently toss one more time. Scatter 6-8 basil leaves over top. MAKES 8 SERVINGS

Allergen-Free, Gluten-Free Pasta with Roast Cherry Tomatoes, Grilled Chicken, and Nut-Free Pesto © 2010 by Cybele Pascal

(Please note that all my recipes are completely free of all top allergens (wheat, dairy, soy, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, sesame, fish, shellfish, and gluten), so as many people as possible can enjoy them. Additionally, all the ingredients are available at Whole Foods, and online at Amazon.com. If you have trouble finding something, let me know and I’ll help you find it.)

SAFETY NOTE: Because each person’s food sensitivity and reaction is unique, ranging from mild intolerance to life-threatening and severe food allergies, it is up to the consumer to monitor ingredients and manufacturing conditions. If manufacturing conditions, potential cross contact between foods, and ingredient derivatives pose a risk for you, please re-read all food labels and call the manufacturer to confirm potential allergen concerns before consumption. Ingredients and manufacturing practices can change overnight and without warning.

Dairy Free Fish Chowder

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I’m allergic to shellfish. This is somewhat tragic, as I come from Wellfleet, MA, home of the world famous Wellfleet Oyster. That’s right, I’m originally a “Wellfleetian”.

 

When I was a kid, I could eat shellfish, but at some point, in my 20s, I became allergic to most types of shellfish. I first discovered this while out to dinner with my then-boyfriend, now-husband, Adam, at an Italian restaurant in the East Village in NY. I ordered a spicy seafood/shellfish soup, and promptly broke out in total body hives.

I am also allergic to several types of fish. I am allergic to Halibut, Trout, and to a lesser extent, Salmon. That I know of. I say “that I know of”, because you never know when you might have developed a new allergy when you are a food allergic individual. Always proceed with caution. What I do know, however, is that so far, I can still eat Cod, Haddock, Flounder, Tuna, Bluefish, Mahi Mahi, Anchovies, and Sardines.

And this is where I say, “DO NOT TRY THIS AT HOME, FOLKS!” If you have shellfish or fish allergies, don’t go trying this recipe willy-nilly without guidance from your allergist. I know, through a lot of trial and error, that there are certain fish that I don’t have a reaction to. For whatever reason, I’m allergic to the trout/salmon family’s protein, but not the protein in cod and haddock, etc. I know this from many years of very careful experimentation, always with an epi-pen nearby.

I really hate to exclude anyone in the Food Allergy Community with one of my recipes, so forgive me, fish allergic people. This following recipe is not for you. And I never do this. I have a mandate to write recipes that exclude ALL THE TOP FOOD ALLERGENS responsible for 90% of food allergies. This one just slipped through the cracks, for once. But I have a reason… let me tell you why….

I am sitting here on Cape Cod, and I am reading the news. The BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico has now made it to Texas. It is forecast to travel up the entire east coast of the US as a kind of plume, whipping through the Atlantic Ocean. And killing our fish. The fishing community, here on Cape Cod, (and everywhere else, I’m sure) are literally overwhelmed with sadness and fear. We don’t know if we’ll still have fish in our waters next summer. And so, people are eating as much locally sourced, still-healthy seafood as possible. To go out in style, so to speak. And I, who usually forgo it, am also giving it a last hurrah. I hope they’re wrong in their projections about where that oil plume will travel, but if they’re not, I don’t ever want to think that I missed the last summer that we still had lovely safe Cod, on Cape Cod.

GLUTEN-FREE, DAIRY-FREE, SOY-FREE FISH CHOWDER

This recipe is really an Ode to the lovely fish of Cape Cod. May they continue to swim in good health! Makes 8 Servings


  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large yellow onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced fine
  • 3 large stalks celery, with leaves, chopped
  • 3 carrots, chopped
  • big pinch of dried thyme
  • 2 teaspoons parsley flakes
  • 2 bay leaves
  • pinch of cayenne pepper
  • 1 cup dry white wine
  • 1 large Yukon Gold potato, skin on, diced into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 2 ear of fresh corn
  • 8 peppercorns
  • 8 cups fish stock (Kitchen Basics “Seafood Stock” is Shellfish-Free and Gluten-Free; see their allergen-statement)
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • freshly ground pepper
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, diced
  • 2-3 cups leftover cooked Cod Fish, and/or Haddock, and/or Flounder, flaked or cut into 1-inch chunks
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk, or rice milk (or heavy cream, if you can eat dairy)
  • pinch of saffron
  • gluten-free toast spears (optional)

1. Heat olive oil in large pot over medium heat. Add diced onions and garlic, and cook, stirring often, about 3 minutes, until onions have softened a bit. Add celery and carrots, cooking a few minutes more, until starting to soften. Add thyme, parsley, bay leaves, cayenne, and cook stirring until aromatic, about 2 minutes.

2. Increase heat to medium-high heat, and add white wine. Cook stirring, about 3 minutes, until reduced slightly. Add cubed potato, stirring to combine. Cut corn kernels off of cobs and add to pot. Add peppercorns. Cover all with fish stock, add salt, and few grindings of fresh pepper. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to a simmer. Crumble in the saffron. Cook at a simmer, stirring occasionally, about 30 minutes, until potato is softened. Add bell pepper, and fish, stirring gently to combine. Simmer about 15 minutes, until bell pepper is tender. Taste broth, and adjust salt, pepper, and cayenne pepper, to taste.

3. Add coconut milk (or rice milk, or heavy cream), and heat through until piping hot, without letting it boil. Ladle into bowls, and garnish with a couple of gluten-free toast spears, if you like. This soup is even more delicious day two, so don’t fret the leftovers!

Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Soy-Free Fish Chowder © 2010 by Cybele Pascal

For a great dessert to follow this recipe, Check out my new recipe for GLUTEN-FREE VEGAN BLUEBERRY BREAD PUDDING


SAFETY NOTE: Because each person’s food sensitivity and reaction is unique, ranging from mild intolerance to life-threatening and severe food allergies, it is up to the consumer to monitor ingredients and manufacturing conditions. If manufacturing conditions, potential cross contact between foods, and ingredient derivatives pose a risk for you, please re-read all food labels and call the manufacturer to confirm potential allergen concerns before consumption. Ingredients and manufacturing practices can change overnight and without warning.