Archive for August, 2014

It is said that sibling rivalry is the best form of contraception. – Unknown

It usually takes two to fight. If one picks a fight and the other doesn’t respond, there will be no fight. However, if one starts and the other reacts, we refer to it as a fight.

Ingredients: (makes 2 pizzas) For the crust- 375 ml  tapioca starch or flour (it’s the same thing) 62.5 ml cup each heavy cream and water (or 1/2 cup milk instead of cream & water) 15ml butter 2.5 ml tsp salt 1 egg, beaten 1/4 tsp dried oregano pinch of white pepper 3/4 cup parmesan cheese (or any hard cheese), grated For the topping- 125 ml pizza sauce 3/4 cup mozzarella or other soft cheese toppings Method: In a saucepan, combine the cream, water, butter, and salt and bring to a simmer on med/low heat. You want to get it to the point that it’s starting to bubble, but not boiling. In a large bowl, add the tapioca starch. When the cream/water mixture is heated, add it to the starch and stir it all together. It will start to clump together, which is fine. Let the mixture cool for five minutes. As it cools, preheat your oven to 500 degrees. Add the beaten egg to the mixture, and knead together with your hands. Add the cheese, white pepper, and oregano, and mix together until it’s dough-like. This is enough dough for two pizzas. Split the dough in half, then stretch it out into the thinnest frisbee possible. It will likely tear if you stretch it too far, so just pull it as far as you can. Put the dough in a cast iron skillet, spreading to the edges of the skillet with your fingers. Try to get it as thin as possible – this is important so as to not make your crust too chewy. With a fork, poke some holes through the dough to let air pass through. Bake in the middle of your oven for six minutes, then take it out and put it on your stove (keep the oven on!). The dough may bubble up a little while cooking, which is fine – it’ll go back down once you take it out of the oven. It’s hard to tell in this picture, but the dough will have taken on a more bread-like consistency at this point. This step is important because it gives the dough time to cook through without burning the toppings. Add the 1/4 cup of sauce. Might I suggest a blended version of my homemade Superior Spaghetti Sauce? Add the toppings, whatever you’d like. You can go with a standard topping fare like in the picture above, or try something more unique like a cheese-less pizza (often referred to as Pizza Marinara) or another favorite – Pizza Bianca, which is basically just dough, olive oil, salt, and rosemary, a popular style of pizza in Rome. Throw it back in the oven and cook for another 8-10 minutes, until the cheese starts to brown. For extra crispy toppings, broil it for the last minute or two of cooking. That’s it! Bear in mind that while this is the best gluten-free pizza crust I’ve ever tasted, the inside of the dough will still be slightly chewy – mostly due to the nature of tapioca starch. I assure you, it’s not undercooked! This pizza also cooks well on a pizza stone, or just a plain baking sheet if you’re desperate for some delicious pizza. Source: THE DOMESTIC MAN  


Children don’t have to agree with you to treat you with respect.

We need to teach our children respect for other people’s time, property, space and feelings, and to respect their elders as well as an older sibling.

Ingredients  ½ cup (50 grams) cocoa powder 1 cup (240 ml) boiling hot water 90grams coconut flour 90grams almond flour 2 teaspoons baking powder ½ teaspoon salt ½ cup (113 grams) unsalted butter, room temperature 1 cup or 200 grams of xylitol 2 large eggs 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract Method
  • Preheat oven to 190 degrees. Lightly butter, or line 16 muffin cups with paper liners.
  • In a deep bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt.
  • Then in the bowl of your electric mixer, or with a hand mixer, cream the butter and xylitol until light and fluffy. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating until smooth. Beat in the vanilla extract. Add hot water and then add the flour mixture and beat only until incorporated.
  • Separate your mixture into two bowls.
  • Add cocoa powder to one bowl and mix for a further few seconds until all mixed in.
  • Fill each muffin cup two-thirds full with one spoon if each batter and use a knife to cut a figure of 8 throughout the centre to combine it but not mix the colonies. Bake for about 20 minutes or until risen, springy to the touch, and a toothpick inserted into a cupcake comes out clean. Remove from oven and place on a wire rack to cool.
Cream cheese icing  250g full fat cream cheese either Philadelphia or Woolworth is best. 2 heaped tablespoons of cocoa powder. 3ml of vanilla essence 1 drop of almond essence (optional) 2ml of xylitol/stevia liquid
  • Blend cream cheese, vanilla and almond essence and stevia until smooth. Desperate into two bowls. Add cocoa to second bowl and blend further.
  • Pipe or spread two colors and decorate.

What is character and how important is it?

Character is who and what you are, and how you respond or react when no significant person is watching.

What kind of parent are you?

Some people go into parenting saying ‘I will never do what my parents did to me’ or ‘I will bring up my children exactly the way my parents brought me up.’ Then, when the honeymoon is over and baby is a toddler, your spouse suddenly announces that the correct and only way to parent is the opposite of what you believe.