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Home made gluten free flour for Indian style breads

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Every time mother visits from India, I turn her skills to experimentation of some sort. Current ongoing one is on home made gluten free flours that are perfect for desi style rotis and parathas. I am frankly sick and tired of what you get off the shelf for gluten free flours, they are too starchy and too white.

Here are a few combinations that have worked i.e. they deliver healthy balance of proteins and fibers, result in decent binding and tastes good.  These blends don’t necessarily look pretty…and need a little oil….and Bob’s Mills flours are definitely not cheap….and if you are gluten sensitive, you have probably accepted that life is collection of compromises.

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August 24, 2015 at 7:43 pm

La Viga, a Latin American eatery in Redwood City

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La Viga is a Latin American eatery, somewhat setback from the heart of Redwood City downtown. In case you didn’t know Redwood City (RWC), it is the city with “Climate Best by Government Test”. As a Bay Area resident, I can attest to the fact that it is one of the prettier of San Francisco Bay Area cities but I am still questioning the climate after an year of living in this city. Normally, if you are craving tasty tacos you will be eating at one of the many taquerias along the Middlefield where the best tacos in Bay Area are to be found. But if you want a nice sit down place (shared tables) with a more vibrant ambiance, La Viga it is.

Ostiones Frescos: Raw oysters served with lime sauce.

Camarones Al Coco; A mildly sweet dish of crispy coconut crusted prawns with sweet habanero sauce.

Tacos de Carne: braised pork w/ pickled onions and habanero sauce, flap meat, cactus salsa

Tostadas de Salpicon: shrimp, snapper and crab salad mix, with avacado, jalapeno aioli on tostadas

Pulpos Salteados – sautéed octopus and calamari, baby potatoes, rocoto chile, fennel in a flavorful saffron sauce.

If I had to pick a favourite, it had to be the Oysters on the Half Shell (I am partial to taste of sea) and Pulpos Salteodos. Latter reminded me of Nikkei cuisine from Barcelona’s Pakta.

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August 15, 2015 at 9:29 am