I received a copy of "Gluten-Free Girl and the Chef" by Shauna James Ahern and Daniel Ahern a little over a month ago. I've been just dying to cook something from it but life has just had me too busy! Finally, I had a chance to make what I most wanted to make....the pasta. But more about that in a minute.
Most of you will probably know Shauna from the blog, Gluten Free Girl. I have been reading her blog for years! It was because of Shauna and a couple other bloggers that I started blogging. These were also the people who kept me from feeling sorry for myself when I first went gluten free.
Shauna and her husband Daniel, the chef, have spent a lot of time putting this book together. It's a little bit different format from the typical cookbook. Throughout the book, there are many stories of how Shauna and Daniel met. And, most recipes have a small story or some kind of introduction to them. Daniel gives a lot of cooking advice and instruction throughout the book as well. This is very helpful even if you've been cooking a while. There is always something new to learn when you cook!
The only drawback in the book, for me personally, was the recipes are not divided into catagories like salads, meat, dessert etc. It's random. So if you want to look at a whole catagory of desserts, you need to go to the index and then you will jump around the book to see all the desserts. The book is sectioned according to their stories. It's really not a problem, more of a personal preference.
There are lot's of interesting recipes. Some sound challenging and some are simple which is a good mix. I am looking forward to trying the Asian tart, crackers, chicken braised in red wine and several others. But the one I wanted to try the most was the pasta.
I have never made pasta. Ever. I always wanted to, but never got around to it. After going gluten free, I just thought it would be too hard. But it was so easy! I should have done it sooner!
Shauna's recipe mixes up very quickly. I do not have a pasta attachment for my Kitchen Aid. The instructions said to make 8 small balls out of the dough and roll it out by hand. It went pretty quick and my only problem was I probably could have rolled it out thinner. Fresh pasta cooks really quick and has such a good texture and flavor to it. This would be really good in chicken noodle soup! And I"ll definetly be making it again. I might even have to spring for a pasta maker!
After rolling out.....