Monday, November 8, 2010
American staple food
When I first moved to America, a dear aunt introduced me to weird American food. This dear aunt eats gluten-free food (Which at the time I thought had something to do with *gelatin)
Yeah, I don't eat gluten too. I replied enthusiastically, It's unlawful for us to eat it.
Yes. I confirmed.
Then how come you're devouring this papa john's sandwich with gluten all smeared on it.
Wait, what's gluten again? right!
For the record. I absolutely LOVE gluten, and I am sooooo grateful, that I am completely tolerant.
Anyhoo, this (very very) dear aunt (we miss you so very much) introduced me to rice cakes, which i absolutely love, and and most importantly apple sauce. It is a fun experience to try new foods, especially if it doesn't contain slimy substances or weird looking things. Apple sauce and rice cakes can not possibly intimidate anyone.
So during my five years in the U.S two of our staple foods were (again thank you) rice cakes and apple sauce. And during those five years, I never attempted to make them from scratch. Well to be fair, I am assuming the first one is tough to make, but the second one... well, I am ashamed that I have never tried to make it until we landed on Egypt's sacred soil.
You see, apparently Egyptians are in love with glucose. Everything contains glucose in the ingredients. Sometimes mixed with high fructose corn syrup and sometimes on it's own. I am not a fan of either.
So I read, oh about five apple sauce recipe's, tweaked and trimmed and came out with what we now call, our apple sauce recipe... well, I call it that. Anyway, I think it's wonderful.
So if you find yourself with too many apples than to know what to do with, or happen upon a high fructose corn syrup, or glucose infested sauce. Do give this little number a try. You might send me a thank you email later.
FYI: this recipe is easily doubled or tripled.
Our Apple Sauce Recipe (makes one big jar)::
4 apples (I like gala, or fuji) peeled, cored and chopped
3/4 cup water
1/4 cup honey
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
In a sauce pan, combine the ingredients. Cover and cook over medium heat for 15-20 minutes.
Cool, then mash, then spoon in a clean jar. Refrigerate.
Happy apple sauce making!
* gelatin is usually made from pig fat in America, which is religiously unlawful for Muslims to consume. So if you live in America or Egypt (or any part of the world, and happen to also be a Muslim) and buy imported food. Check the ingredients, Yes marshmallows contain Gelatin. You have been warned.