Posts made in July, 2012

Gluten-Free & Paleo Pop-Ups

Posted by on Jul 27, 2012 in Dinner, PALEO POP-UPS! | 2 comments

Exciting News!  Every Saturday in August, Food Lab will be hosting  Zenbelly for some pretty incredible popup dinners.  For anyone who hasn’t heard of this trend, popups are essentially temporary restaurants that feature chefs who don’t have their own restaurant, but have something exciting to offer.  In this case, I have created a 100% gluten-free menu that is predominantly paleo.  The ingredients are all sourced locally; grassfed meats from Fallon Hills Ranch in West Marin, and produce from Miramonte Farms in San Juan Batista.  The intention of these dinners is to feature the best of what’s in season, farm to table style, while at the same time  offering the gluten-free and paleo communities an opportunity to order anything on the menu.  For the gluten-free but not paleo folk, there will be seriously delicious breads from Bread Srsly, who: “makes gluten-free breads for the sensitive foodie. We bake by hand in small batches, and incorporate locally grown organic produce from farmers we trust. And because riding bikes is (almost) as thrilling as baking, we deliver the breads by bicycle for free.” I tend to stick to a mostly grain-free diet, but when Sadie from Bread Srsly offers me some toast, I happily accept. It’s really, really good. BUY TICKETS HERE!  Here is a sneak peak of the menu: ONE fresh nectarines | arugula | crispy pancetta | plum vinaigrette early girl tomatoes | fresh herbs | reduced balsamic | unfiltered CA olive oil grown-up greens | feta cheese | strawberries | toasted almonds TWO Moroccan spiced bone-in Fallon Hills pork chop | Stone Fruit Slaw | collards Grilled Fallon Hills NY Strip Steak | Chimichurri | tallow fries Wild salmon | coconut green curry | cauliflower rice PEI mussels | white wine, garlic & grassfed butter | tallow fries | Bread Srsly sourdough Moroccan Chickpea & roasted vegetable stew | cauliflower rice | mint yogurt [v] THREE Desserts from The Goods – GlutenFree Treats: almond tart with peaches & blueberries (grain-free) 6 layer chocolate raspberry cake and from Zenbelly: raw cacao truffles (grain-free) 3 courses | $32 additional sides | $7. tallow fries ~ homemade ketchup sweet potato fries ~ chive aioli collard greens with ham hocks Bread Srsly corn bread ~ grassfed butter Food is prepared in a kitchen that is not gluten-free. We take all possible precautions to avoid cross contamination. Please tell your server if you have any other food allergies.  BUY TICKETS HERE!  All of the links on zenbellycatering.com are for information purposes, however some are affiliate links to books, products or services. Any sponsored posts are clearly labelled as being sponsored content. Some ads on this site are served by ad networks and the advertised products are not necessarily recommended by Zenbelly...

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Grain-Free Waffles – UPDATED!

Posted by on Jul 26, 2012 in Breakfast, Dessert, grain-free | 22 comments

Grain-Free Waffles – UPDATED!

I bought a waffle iron. It was kind of a big deal, mainly because I had formerly put it in the “kitchen appliances I don’t need” category. What changed my mind? Freaking Pinterest. Having a catering company that is basically a one woman show with the exception of servers and bartenders means that I spend a lot of time on the computer writing menus, doing paperwork, engaging in social media to promote my business and of course wasting time on sites like Pinterest. So I saw a picture of a paleo waffle and Had. To. Have. It. Then I made the recipe that was the reason for the waffle iron purchase. The result? a big fat meh. Which is fine, because I have this here blog, and love creating recipes and sharing them with you. I hope you enjoy them! Grain-Free Waffles makes 4 large waffles 1 cup almond flour 1/2 cup arrowroot 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/4 cup cream or coconut milk 4 eggs, separated 3 T butter or coconut oil, melted, plus more for brushing the waffle iron 2 T honey 1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract With a hand held or stand mixer, beat the egg whites until soft peaks form. In a large bowl, combine the dry ingredients (almond flour through salt) and stir with a whisk. Combine the wet ingredients (cream through vanilla, including egg yolks) in a medium bowl and then combine with the dry ingredients. Gently fold in the egg whites. Heat your waffle iron to medium high and brush with butter or coconut oil. Ladle 1/4 of the waffle mixture into the waffle iron and close, cooking for about 3-4 minutes. This will depend a lot on your specific waffle iron I’m guessing, so check your waffle after a minute or 2. These waffles come out nice and fluffy and light (for almond flour waffles anyway) but not exactly crispy. I found they were improved by popping them into the toaster for a bit to give them some crisp. They are a perfect item to make ahead and refrigerate or freeze, and toast for a quick breakfast. Serve with grassfed butter, real maple syrup, fresh fruit, almond butter… The possibilities are just about endless. Personally, these with some good ice cream and berries would be my ideal dessert. If you’re looking for a real treat, and/or are trying to impress someone, go with Bacon Jam. All of the links on zenbellycatering.com are for information purposes, however some are affiliate links to books, products or services. Any sponsored posts are clearly labelled as being sponsored content. Some ads on this site are served by ad networks and the advertised products are not necessarily recommended by Zenbelly...

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Heirloom Tomato Salad

Posted by on Jul 23, 2012 in Adventures in Catering, Galleries | 0 comments

With burrata, balsamic paint, unfiltered California Olive Oil, fresh basil, micro greens, and glutenfree garlic toast. All of the links on zenbellycatering.com are for information purposes, however some are affiliate links to books, products or services. Any sponsored posts are clearly labelled as being sponsored content. Some ads on this site are served by ad networks and the advertised products are not necessarily recommended by Zenbelly...

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Roasted Beet, goat cheese & fennel fronds on glutenfree crostini

Posted by on Jul 22, 2012 in Adventures in Catering, Galleries | 0 comments

Simple and beautiful, these colorful bites are a perfect addition to any hors d’oeuvres menu. All of the links on zenbellycatering.com are for information purposes, however some are affiliate links to books, products or services. Any sponsored posts are clearly labelled as being sponsored content. Some ads on this site are served by ad networks and the advertised products are not necessarily recommended by Zenbelly...

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Sausage Bolognese over Zucchini Noodles

Posted by on Jul 21, 2012 in Dinner, Fridge Forage, pork, primal | 1 comment

Once again, I found myself home from a catering job completely starving, despite the dozen or so mini meatballs I had eaten while working. Having had a very busy week catering, there were all sorts of goodies in the fridge: extra sausage I had made to add to the rabbit that was braised in Pinot Gris, zucchini that didn’t make it to the grill because I bought way too much, as usual, and some burrata, which is my new favorite thing as far as cheese goes. Like mozzarella, only creamier, spreadable, and sublimely melty when warm. So here it is; the latest fridge forage; inspired, as always, by me being starving. Look at that! It’s like the Italian flag. Even better, it was delicious, and a perfect quick dinner after working a short but sweet rooftop gig in downtown San Francisco. All of the links on zenbellycatering.com are for information purposes, however some are affiliate links to books, products or services. Any sponsored posts are clearly labelled as being sponsored content. Some ads on this site are served by ad networks and the advertised products are not necessarily recommended by Zenbelly...

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