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Banana bread recipe – gluten free, sugar free, dairy free and fat free (‘cept for nuts)

April 4, 2015
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1/2 cup honey or maple syrup (I used slightly less)

3/4 cup unsweetened applesauce (two lunch size containers)

2 eggs
1 t vanilla
1 cup gluten free flour (recipe in previous post)
1/2 cup oat flour (going to add oat bran too next time)
3/4 t baking soda
1 t baking powder
1/2 t cinnamon or less
1/4 t nutmeg
1 1/2 cups mashed bananas (I used less, since I had less)
1/2 cup raisins or dried cherries, chopped
1/2 cup pecans

Grease two 9×5 loaf pans. Oven to 350
Mix eggs, honey/syrup, applesauce, bananas, and vanilla
Add premixed dry ingredients including raisins and nuts (float better in bread with a flour coating)
Pour into two loaf pans
Bake for 50-55 minutes. test with finger. Do NOT cover until completely cool!

 I wish saved a picture of this bread–Daniel loved it, as did the two B&B inspectors from Stratford Area Bed and Breakfast Association who came by last Tuesday. We passed with flying colours! 
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Gluten Free Flour and Brownie Recipe

March 31, 2015
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Gluten Free Flour

  • 3 cups rice flour, white or brown works
  • 1 cup potato starch, NOT flour
  • 1/2 cup tapioca flour
  • 1 tablespoon Xanthan gum (do not leave this out–you will have a sticky mess baking without it!)

I use this in most regular cookies and quick breads, not just gluten free recipes. If it is a rather “wet” recipe, then I sometimes combine it with some oat flour to stiffen up the dough.  I hope this helps others to use their favourite old recipes in a gluten free way! It works for oatmeal, peanut butter, ginger….  you get the idea.

I have yet to try it with yeast bread, as I find gluten free yeast breads to be just a bit icky, so I have no delusions that I might do it better!

Gluten Free Brownies (using above flour)

  1. Oven at 350 degrees, butter bottom of 8 inch square glass pan
  2. In sauce pan, melt 2 stick butter or margerine (2 1/4 stick if using cocoa powder) and 5 oz unsweetened chocolate, unless using cocoa powder
  3. add 2 cups sugar
  4. plus 2 cups cocoa powder (if not using chocolate above)
  5. Mix well, add 4 eggs
  6. Add 1 1/2 cups flour and 3/4 cups chocolate chips (reduce flour to 1 cup if not using chips)
  7. Bake for 30-35 minutes and let cool at least 15 minutes before cutting into squares.
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Local farm eggs and produce for 2015 breakfasts

March 28, 2015
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There is a huge emphasis on local farms in Ontario and we are surrounded by farms here in Stratford. Thanks to the Beacon Herald article on local farming, we found a local free run natural egg supplier for our Stratford Bed and Breakfasts in 2015, with a few fresh harvested herbs to accompany the eggs. This year we are delighted to be serving eggs from Lynn River Farms to all B&B guests. Here is a link to their website, for the curious.

http://lynnriverfarm.com/

“About Our Farm

My Grandparents had a small farm just outside of Stratford where my Grandma always had a magnificent garden. They had cows, some horses, a small acreage of land and lived what seemed to me a simpler life. My husband and I purchased this land in June 2009 with efforts to fix up the house built around 1836, bring back life inside the barn and in hopes to also try and live a simpler life. We believe in farming as naturally as possible, all our animals have access to outdoors, fresh air and sunshine. We use 100% certified organic seeds. Although we have chosen not be ‘certified’ organic we follow all organic principles and do not use any chemical fertilizers or synthetic pesticides.

*Sweet corn grown using conventional methods (non GMO).”

They will be opening a new farm stand this year, so guests heading East when they leave Stratford can stop by to buy Lynn River Farm produce and eggs on their way home!

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Gluten Free Flour and Brownie Recipe

March 7, 2015
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Bed and Breakfast Recipe

Gluten Free Flour

3 cups rice flour, white or brown works

1 cup potato starch, NOT flour

1/2 cup tapioca flour

1 tablespoon Xanthan gum (do not leave this out–you will have a sticky mess baking without it!)

I use this in most regular cookies and quick breads, not just gluten free recipes. If it is a rather “wet” recipe, then I sometimes combine it with some oat flour to stiffen up the dough.  I hope this helps others to use their favourite old recipes in a gluten free way! It works for oatmeal, peanut butter, ginger….  you get the idea.

I have yet to try it with yeast bread, as I find gluten free yeast breads to be just a bit icky, so I have no delusions that I might do it better!

Gluten Free Brownies (using above flour)

Oven at 350 degrees, butter bottom of 8 inch square glass pan

In sauce pan, melt 2 stick butter or margerine (2 1/4 stick if using cocoa powder) and 5 oz unsweetened chocolate, unless using cocoa powder

add 2 cups sugar

plus 2 cups cocoa powder (if not using chocolate above)

Mix well, add 4 eggs

Add 1 1/2 cups flour and 3/4 cups chocolate chips (reduce flour to 1 cup if not using chips)

Bake for 30-35 minutes and let cool at least 15 minutes before cutting into squares.

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New Year’s resolution

January 22, 2015
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South side stone wall in winterSo, I have neglected the blog for way too long, but it is a New Year and we have many things in the works, some of which are photo worthy!

First, the kitchen has had a makeover with all cabinets painted pale Victorian green and better storage added (which will allow Kelley to buy more little antique breakfast dishes). This means the house is in disarray on the first floor as they are installing today, but soon it will be a lighter, cleaner, lovely kitchen. Photos to follow later.

Next, Daniel finished the side stone wall in November and I will add a snow covered picture here-it looks like it has been there for 100 years and we are thrilled with the first of three walls.  More to come once the snow melts. 

Kelley is busily looking for new ideas for breakfast for 2015.

Kelley is busily looking for new ideas for breakfast for 2015.

We also caved and bought a poster/print of Queen Elizabeth the first for the Parlour. Kelley, as an American is not thrilled with the whole royalty thing, but Daniel fell in love with the print at a B&B closing sale. So, you will see the Queen peering down at you in the guest parlour this year!

New chairs for some of the guest rooms should also add to your comfort when you stay this year and the Citrine Room is getting new headboards and a few enhancements in February and March, as well.

Happy New Year to all of you and we look forward to seeing you for a wonderful theatre season in 2015–the staircases for The Sound of Music are utterly amazing!

 

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Holidays at 100 Church St. Bed and Breakfast

January 6, 2014
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Holidays at 100 Church St.
Holidays at 100 Church St.

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Holidays at 100 Church Street were filled with family, friends and snow! Painting of the downstairs is finished, as are the rooms, save for a a bit of door sanding and quarter rounds around the newly refinished wooden floors. The private washroom has been gutted and redone, including a new Italian style mini-mural on the bathtub wall. Daniel and Kelley continue to explore Stratford area restaurants and sites, as well as the delicious chef school menus during November and December.

 

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The wooden floors are almost finished (pun intended)

October 14, 2013
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Comfortable Amish furniture

Daniel and Kelley continue to breath in fumes from their lovely new floors, which causes euphoria whilst gardening and tearing out more messy vegetation and filling their huge dumpster. Happy Thanksgivings… so grateful the trash removal process is almost finished, save for bringing the yellow bathtub down to the dumpster. We very much love the house!

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First Day At 100 Church St

October 7, 2013
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Daniel At Work On The Deck.. note the guy in orange high up in our tree pruning away!!!!

Kelley and Daniel closed on 100 Church St. B&B on October 1st at 1 p.m. and made their future first floor study their home away from home for the construction, cleaning and painting months of October and November. Kelley worked so very hard in the first 36 hours that most of her body aches. Daniel and Kelley love it here in Stratford with the sun shining and fall easing gently into Ontario The house is reeling from their “TLC!”

In his first 36 hours, Daniel tore the side deck off, tore down the raggedy work shed in back, moved the compost soil thingy, detached four of the kitchen cabinets for temporary storage, pulled out hot tub decking, and  removed the ugly aluminum front storm door. Now there are two big piles of scrap wood, but neatly stacked!

Kelley gardened all day, filling 5 huge bags (ivy is not her friend and is perhaps half done with the front yard), thoroughly cleaned the rooms they will be using during renovations, got the tree guy to show up to prune and he worked MAJOR miracles, removed many screws from the walls, found the grocery store to make breakfast, lunches and dinners here and will buy armies of mums today to spruce up the outside for a website pic. Oh yeah, almost set the place on fire by changing a light bulb in an old light fixture…our fire alarms and emergency lites work really well!

We love it here, but need to pace ourselves a bit. Today we are hoping the brick cleaners show up, to complete the outside refurbishments. And we go look at Granite slabs in Kitchner for the new kitchen counters, as well as taking all the kitchen counters and cabinets out so Daniel can remove all kitchen flooring over the weekend whilst I am in Montreal.

The floor guys show up on Monday morning to install reclaimed maple flooring in the kitchen and to refinish all wooden floors.

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  • Returning Guest

    We are always so excited to start our next Stratford plans the minute we finish with the current one! We are looking forward to meeting you and appreciate all you are doing to make us feel welcome. We also can’t wait to see your work on the house. It’s wonderful to know that the house we have looked to as our home away from home is in your heart as well.
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