Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Abby Lab with TMI Time (which is different from Tea Time)

Abby Lab here - those of you that visit Mom's fitness and healthy eating blog which she started when Oreo and Murphy and Stanley's Moms did really cool healthy eating blogs in their efforts to eat better, know this already.

But Mom was diagnosed with what I think they call "Mad Cow Disease" (I.B.S. - Irritated Bovine Syndrome).  Her tummy was always giving her fits. She cut back on coffee, then dairy (except for goat milk kefir), then sugar, but still. . .

Well, let's just say Mom's a fed with a badge but she doesn't need it as she can clear a room with. . . .

"Hey, what do you mean Mom . . .TMI?"

Anyway - she ditched wheat and wheat flour a week ago at her doctor's suggestion (she was negative for Celiac) and WOW - Dad doesn't have to play John Phillip Sousa music really loud when she is in the bathroom and they have company over.

"Mom - again, what's with the TMI talk?"

Anyway, she's going to be posting some of her experiments with gluten free cooking on her blog but she is definitely feeling better and she lost 4 pounds even having a yummy gluten free treat each day with her veggies, fruits, lean proteins, and lots of green tea and water.


Here's todays:

Lemon-Cranberry Loaf
This has a soft but firm texture very similar to pound cake and a very tart refreshing flavor. It was really good with lemon but think it would be even better with orange juice.  It also passed the "I don't like dry gluten-free stuff" husband taste test (he took a big slice to work without being asked!)

1 c.  King Author's gluten-free all-purpose flour (not gritty like some g-f flours)
1/3 c. almond meal
2/3 c. rice flour (can substitute oat flour for a slightly finer texture)
3/4 tsp. xanthan gum
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
3/4 cup sugar
1/4  tsp salt
3/4 c. lemon juice
dash of gluten-free vanilla flavoring
3 T. canola oil
1 T. lemon zest
1 large egg, lightly beaten
1/2 c. fresh or frozen (unsweetened) cranberries (you can use more, this is just what I had)


Preheat to 350 degrees F.

Spray or grease a 9 X 5” loaf pan.

Combine dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl, whisking them to incorporate   In another bowl, combine the wet ingredients.

Mix the wet into the dry using a rubber spatula until just combined, and then carefully fold in the cranberries. (you can chop in half or smaller if you like.

Pour batter into loaf pan. To help it raise more, take a knife dipped in canola oil and run in a line through the center of the loaf.  This helps poof up the top.

Bake 55-60  minutes until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.  If the top is getting too brown and it's not done, just cover with foil.


  1. Hmm it does look like poundcake...yum! But where do you get xanthan gum?

    1. Any natural food store carries it (even our local tiny ma and pa one). Bob's Red Mill - my favorite for gluten free flours, cornmeal (when the grist mill is closed for winter), and oats also carries it and it can be ordered online. I'm at lunch and wish I'd packed a piece :-)

  2. That loaf looks really good to our Mom and definitely accompanied by a good hot cup of tea:) Our Dad has IBS and the thing that helped him the most was to add two tablespoons of unprocessed wheat bran to his breakfast cereal bowl. It works, at least for him:)

    Woos - Lightning and Misty

    1. Thanks for the hint but Mom said she tested positive to an allergy to wheat. She will try that but with some oat bran and see if it helps!

  3. Your mom and ERNIE should get together... and go UP WIND of all the Squirrels... THAT would Rid Blogville of them. Just sayin.
    That looks like a Snack that YOU and I could enjoy...

  4. Abby, you are hilarious BUTT it is what it is!

    Your Pals,

    Murphy & Stanley

  5. Gave up coffee??!! SHE never got passed that bit!

  6. That looks dewicious!! Our Mama has the IBS too but her is stubborn and eats all da bread ;) BOL MOL

    Matt & Matilda

  7. that looks great... but now the mama sings that song of your mug in my ears.... hope she knows that my ears are very sensitive...

  8. Abby tell your Mumma from me: I've read all your books, I keep buying and giving them to friends and I will continue regardless but Brigid, I am asking a small favor in return: Read Good Calories Bad Calories by Gary Taubes (you need the print edition - Kindle can't do footnotes and there are a lot of them, some of which you will want to follow up on). You are certainly up to the biochem given your background - and the science (actual science, not made up science). It can be hard going, as he nails point after point after point (after point).

    A quick read would be "The Case Against Sugar", Taubes. I have not yet read it, but I don't need to. Taubes 'may not be a scientist', but her runs his boat right up next to science - he is a Physicist turned Science Journalist. The man is remarkable. Certainly changed my life.

    Fair Winds and Following Seas,

    Cap'n Jan


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