June 20, 2012

Simple GF pancakes | Naked Solstice fun


I used to enjoy making breads, and things like pancakes and waffles — before I started eating gluten-free. I had it down pretty well, and could whip up credible baked goods without recipes, if I wanted to. Now I'm so intimidated by all the flours and starches that go into GF goods, I often avoid  baking, except for special occasions, or if I'm testing a cookbook. One day recently I got a craving for pancakes that had me running to my well-stocked, but usually avoided, GF pantry. I just wanted to throw together some pancakes — sheesh — is that too much to ask? I chose four flours (four!) and a starch and threw them together as I've learned to do from months of reading cookbooks and blogs, and ate pancakes. I thought they were delicious, and I hope I can remember that and feel a little freer to experiment more often. I mean to try them out on Miss E Sunday morning to see if she notices a difference from her usual pancakes.

Simple GF pancakes - serves two (or one really hungry eater)
  • 1 cup non-dairy milk
  • 1 teaspoon cider vinegar
  • 5 drops liquid stevia
  • 1/4 cup brown rice flour
  • 1/4 cup quinoa flour
  • 1/4 cup almond meal
  • 1/4 cup sorghum flour
  • 1/4 cup tapioca flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon xanthan gum
  1. Mix the vinegar and milk in a measuring cup and allow to sit for a few minutes until slightly thickened, while you combine the dry ingredients in the next step. Mix in the stevia.
  2. Combine the rice flour, quinoa flour, almond meal, sorghum flour, tapioca starch, baking powder, baking soda and xanthan gum in a dry bowl, and whisk together until well-combined. 
  3. Mix the wet into the dry.
  4. Heat a cast iron pan until water hisses when dropped onto the pan.
  5. Spread a thin coat of oil on the pan.
  6. Cook the pancakes on one side until bubbles form and the edges start to dry. Carefully turn pancakes over and cook the second side until done.
  7. Serve with maple syrup or the topping of your choice.
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Naked Solstice fun
O.K., now that we've got the pancakes out of the way, here's what you're really looking for, right? We attended the annual Fremont Solstice Parade held in the Center of the Universe, the Fremont neighborhood of Seattle. There's lots of unusual stuff in Fremont, but perhaps the strangest and most fun is the annual  parade with its nude bikers. This is our second experience attending the parade.
Perhaps no one ever feels they have quite enough to offer
The parade is the highlight of the annual Fremont Fair, which was started in 1972, and now draws 100,000 people. The parade opens with a nude bike ride. The original riders back in the 70s were either arrested or threatened with arrest, but not any more. There were 800 to 1,000 riders this year, painted in every imaginable way.

Some riders wear only paint while others incorporate strategically placed clothing items or other props like hats, to enhance their costume theme.

Captain Hook has a scarf, hat, cuff, belt, and hook paraphernalia, but the rest of his attire is paint. Some of the paint jobs are so amazing, it's hard to tell they're not really clothes, though there are some telltale signs, ho ho.

The woman perched next to me on the guardrail told me she had never heard of the parade before. She was in Seattle accompanying  her husband, who was attending a  conference, and had convinced him to play hooky and come to the festival.

She said she was a very conservative person, but found the nude bike ride quite acceptable because the riders were so cleverly painted you never look at their private parts. She told me this about 10 times, and while I agree it's not a sexual message the riders are spreading, can I claim I never look? Noop, sorry, can't say that.

I will say that I laughed hysterically and clapped my hands in appreciation along with the rest of the crowd, through the whole parade.

I can't print all the photos I took, but here are a few more to give you an idea of the fabulous, crazy event.

Thing one and thing two!



The nude bicyclists are only the opening act of the parade. There is a whole parade full of floats, crazy bands and assorted costumed revelers that follows, but I'll save a few photos for my next post. In the meantime, Happy Solstice!

27 comments:

  1. First of all, great-looking pancakes! Congrats on "throwing together" a GF recipe!

    The painted bicyclists look great, and I'm impressed by the creative paint jobs. . . but sorry, all I could think was, "Ewww, I hope they are the only ones ever riding on those seats!!" I'd hate to be the person riding the bike AFTER any one of those (ewwww again. . . . ). ;)

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    1. After I'd consumed the pancakes and was writing the recipe, I realized I'd forgotten to add oil, which I always thought had to be in pancake batter. They seemed fine, though. I have to do a comparison.

      You're not the only "seat reactor." I hear that a lot at the parade! A lot of the riders have covered their seats with plastic or cloth, and I'm pretty sure they'd have to thoroughly wash the seats to get off any paint that might adhere. At least, I would! Otherwise ... ewww.

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  2. Haha! That's hilarious. I like Thing 1 and Thing 2 but geez, um, ouch?

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    1. I liked thing 1 and thing 2, too. And so many others!

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  3. I think I remember your pictures of this from last year...I still can't get over it! I canNOT imagine bike riding nude. Walking? Sure. Driving? Okay. But biking?! How uncomfortable and awkward can you get, lol?!

    Courtney

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    1. I did put up a few photos last year — it's such an entertaining event. I've never done a nude bike ride so I can't say anything about comfort, but the riders all look pretty happy and are having a great time, so it must not be too bad. :)

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    2. Maybe you can join in next year ;-)

      Courtney

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  4. What a riot! That's a reason to be in Seattle in June. That looks like an incredibly fun and zany event. It's so funny that lady commented multiple times about not looking at the private parts. The lady doth protest too much? If she wasn't looking, I'm sure she was the only one! :D

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    1. I think the word "zany" pretty much covers the whole fair. There are other things like a "father and pet parade" that we didn't attend, that sound pretty weird, too. As for looking, mostly I don't, but sometimes it's pretty hard not to. :)

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  5. It sounds like you've found an acceptable recipe for GF pancakes, which is wonderful! I've been craving them lately & might get some for brunch on Saturday.

    What fun that bike ride looks like! It's got to feel pretty liberating to ride around nude like that. Are there any completely nude people, or do they all paint themselves?

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    1. I'm going to experiment some more with the pancakes to see if I can get them perfect instead of just great, if you know what I mean. My second try was not as good as the first but I want to try some other flour combinations.

      I don't remember if there were totally nude people — I think most are pretty covered in paint. Some have just a little paint, but there are a few that have so little paint they are pretty much nude.

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  6. What a great parade! I'll be going to the Mermaid Parade in Coney Island this weekend, and I hope to see just as much creativity.

    (Your captions are great & so were the "dipped" painting of some of the members'...members. Yup, I looked too.)

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    1. I would expect creativity to be pretty high on Coney Island.

      I was wondering if anyone would notice the photo you refer to. I figured if they had gone to all that trouble, they probably wanted to show off, and it would be OK to use the photo.

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  7. Thanks for the pancake recipe, and the veeeeery interesting photos! There was a naked ride here on the weekend as well, which we did not attend, and for some reason the newspaper photos were not as, ahem, interesting as yours!!!

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    1. You're welcome. I wonder if you will like it. I'm still a little nervous about sharing GF food though I've had positive feedback from guests. At least if the recipes are from someone else, I can always blame them for a failure.

      At least the riders in Mad City didn't get arrested this year. I didn't post my most interesting photos, but I think the ones I used were interesting enough! :)

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  8. I'm sure as you gain more experience baking GF, you'll be whipping up all sorts of baked goodies whenever you feel like it. :-) Interesting parade - it seems like it would be very uncomfortable to have bare bums on a bike seat though.

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    1. I sure hope you're right. I've always been a little nervous about baking, and this just makes it worse.

      It seems uncomfortable, but the riders all seem so happy, so maybe it isn't. I wouldn't know. :)

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  9. GF baking and the like is a whole new world...I haven't ventured into it much, but it definitely sounds interesting. I'm not baking at all these days, but when I take it up again, I should really try out some GF stuff. Your pancakes look great!!

    Wasn't the fair great? I spent all weekend there with my hubby and a couple of my bros...ran into old friends, it was a wonderful weekend. I lurve that fair!

    Happy Solstice to you too Andrea.

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    1. The baking is only the first part of strangeness — storing the baked goods so they don't get weird is the second part.

      I love the fair! It's so crazy and fun, but after a while, the crowds get to me and I have to leave. I was wondering about the Dad and dog parade, though. Sounds fun.

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  10. mmm GF pancakes! gotta love them.

    i was a little regretful that all that timein seattle i never made it to the solstice parade but, well, maybe i've seen enough now. ;-)

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    1. The pancakes were a lot better than I thought they'd be. I'm embarrassed to admit I ate them all. Must have really been starved for pancakes!

      I guarantee you have only seen a small taste of the parade. It's much more revealing in person. :)

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  11. Those pancakes look delicious. Are the waffles as easy to make? Have you seen the recent Kickstarter campaign for a vegan, gluten-free waffle mix, yet? Yum! www.kickstarter.com/projects/1271280508/surprisingly-vegan-whole-grain-and-gluten-free-waf

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    1. I haven't tried to make GF waffles — mainly because I don't have a waffle iron!

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  12. Loved the naked bike riders but wouldn't try it for quids! I just copied out a gluten free cake recipe that I think you will love so here is the url if you are interested. It uses mashed potato and almonds and is apparently delicious.

    http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/5870/glutenfree-lemon-drizzle-cake

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    1. I love the naked bikers, too, but I arrived at the fair on the bus — fully clothed. "Naked" and "bike ride" aren't two things I associate together. Now naked and swimming on the other hand ...

      Thanks for the cake link! I'll go take a look, and if it ever cools down enough to use the oven, maybe give it a try.

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  13. Just checked the cake and it has 4 eggs which is a lot to substitute for, but the potato idea may come in handy.

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  14. http://www.westonaprice.org/health-topics/time-for-a-one-eighty-on-cows-and-climate/

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