Thursday, August 18, 2011

Dinner for a Thousand

There we were, one thousand foodies excitedly waiting underneath Atlantic Station, packed into a fenced walkway. More and more people arrived with trays of food, shopping carts filled with chairs went by; even a large silver branch centerpiece appeared. Had you not known it probably looked like a movie set; where all the extras were told to wear black and bring their finest meal. At seven pm on Sunday the first Feast Noir began and quickly we ascended on Atlantic Station, a long thread of people appearing from the escalators below.

It was a wonderful feeling of community. Everyone found a spot, set up their table and sat down for a home-cooked Sunday meal. Not once did I hear an argument or complaint, just strangers sharing their love of food.

In a dinner among a thousand our table of six fit right in, even with all our dietary needs. We were a true testament to community and the versatility of food. Not only was our table gluten free but we had one vegan, one vegetarian/egg free and me who is also dairy free. Yet all six of us worked together to build an amazing menu that you would never guess was full of restrictions. I hadn’t met anyone at my table until that very night but sitting down to eat with them I felt confident in the food. A feeling I don’t often get.

That meal is what I hope to be the first of many with the Atlanta gluten free community. Many thanks to Dr. Sweet’s Cake Emporium, American Gra-Frutti and company, Jennifer Harris and Atlanta Without a Car and company. 

Dr. Sweet's Cakes Blueberry Cake
Feast Noir Gluten Free Table 4 Menu
American Gra-Frutti bread with spreads (GF, DF)
Broccoli and cauliflower salad (GF, DF)
Pork sliders with chow chow (GF, DF)
Potato salad (GF,DF, VN)
Spicy garlic broccoli with pine nuts (GF, DF, VN)
Asian asparagus salad (GF,DF, VN)
Dr. Sweet’s Cakes blueberry cake (GF, DF)
Dr. Sweet’s Cakes brownies (GF)
Dr. Sweet’s Cakes black pepper and wine cake drops (GF)

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Recipe: Dairy Free Chocolate, Chocolate Chip Cardamom Ice Cream

I don't normally post recipes but after the feedback from the Southern BBQ post I decided to branch out. Here it is - the recipe for dairy free chocolate, chocolate chip cardamom ice cream.

Dairy Free Chocolate, Chocolate Chip Cardamom Ice Cream 

Makes 1 quart
  • 4 cups coconut creamer (regular – not flavored)
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 2 vanilla beans, halved and seeded
  • 7 large egg yolks
  • ¼ cup dark chocolate syrup (can add more to taste)
  • 1 tsp cardamom
  • ½ cup dairy free chocolate chips
Combine the coconut creamer, sugar and vanilla seeds and bean in a medium heavy saucepan and bring to a gentle boil over medium heat. Remove from the heat.

Beat the egg yolks in a medium bowl until frothy and lemon colored, about 2 minutes. Whisk 1 cup of the hot cream into the egg yolks in a slow, steady stream. Gradually add the egg mixture to the hot cream, whisking constantly. Cook over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally, until the mixture thickens enough to coat the back of a spoon, about 5 minutes.

Remove from the heat and strain through a fine-mesh strainer into a clean bowl. Mix in cardamom. Cover with plastic wrap, pressing it directly against the surface of the mixture to keep a skin from forming. Refrigerate until well chilled, about 2 hours.

Remove from refrigerator, add in chocolate syrup and mix thoroughly. Pour the mixture into an ice cream maker and freeze according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Transfer to an airtight container, mix in chocolate chips and freeze until ready to serve.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

I Want a Cupcake

I'm not much of a sweets person but today I was seriously craving a cupcake. Specifically a Babycakes or Tu-Lu's Bakery cupcake. So much so that if I had the money I would have hopped on a plane and headed straight to NYC.

But for now, I'll stare at these pictures until Sunday when I get to try Dr. Sweet's Cake Emporium's cupcakes. I'm pretty excited - I've heard great things!

Babycakes cupcakes and cookie sandwich
Assortment from Tu-Lu's
What's your favorite place for gluten free and/or dairy free cupcakes?