Welcome to Lexie's Kitchen & Living. I'm glad you stopped by and hope you enjoy the five years of recipes and ramblings collected here.

The inspiration for this site was my son. To learn about our journey to restore his intestinal and neurological health read here

Follow a gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free, soy-free diet? Take a peek at my cookbook.  

 

 

 


 

  

 

Tuesday
Dec042012

Spicy Shrimp Hand Roll Sushi Filling

Last week I posted about a Hand Roll Sushi Party my sister threw. This Spicy Shrimp filling was a hit and can be mixed up in minutes. Spice it up to your desired heat by adjusting the measure of sriracha sauce and jalapeno pepper.

Spicy Shrimp Sushi Filling

Ingredients:

1-1/2 cup diced cooked SHRIMP
1/2 JALAPENO PEPPER, seeded and diced
2 SCALLIONS, sliced 
2 tablespoons vegan MAYONNAISE
2 teaspoons RICE WINE VINEGAR
1 teaspoon SRIRACHA SAUCE

 

Directions:


In a medium bowl combine all ingredients. Refrigerate until ready to use.

For more sushi making tips and recipes check out these links:

 

Thursday
Nov292012

Nori and Rice Paper Wrap How-To

Here's a demo of one of my favorite gluten-free wraps (yeah the first 5 seconds got cut off, oh well :). All you need to roll up your favorite sandwich fillings are a sheet of rice paper and a sheet of nori. For the kale salad recipe, head on over to this post. For more kale salad inspiration, follow me on Pinterest and check out my Kale Salad board. Enjoy!!

Wednesday
Nov282012

Gluten-Free (and eel-free) Eel Sauce

 

I wing it in the kitchen ... often. If I don't have a particular ingredient on hand or have a strong distaste for an ingredient a recipe calls for, I improvise. And that's just what I've done with this Eel Sauce—a tasty drizzle for sushi and one I recommend to serve at your next Hand Roll Sushi Party.

This is not your traditional Eel Sauce. There's nothing "eel-y" about it. I wouldn't have it. You see, I am not a snake person and eels fall into the same category of "creepy and slithery" and I'd rather not eat them.

I shudder when I think back to the day my friend Aldina and I (we were 5 or 6) came screeching to a halt in her grandfather's kitchen. There in the middle of the linoleum floor was a five gallon bucket. Coiled inside that five gallon bucket was THE biggest, fattest eel I'd ever seen—a 6-footer at least! He was icky and slimy, and grinned at us with razor-sharp teeth, I was thoroughly grossed out. I remember not asking what was for dinner.

And then there was the time off Wailupe Circle. Us kids would dive off the pier into deep blue. To get back ON the pier you had to swim over a bit of reef. I'll never forget coming face-to-face with a sizeable Moray eel. If I could have walked on water, I would've that day. 

So long story short, when I set out to mix up a version of eel sauce you can bet I left the eel part out. And you know what? Fish sauce worked juuuust fine.

Gluten-Free Eel Sauce Recipe (to Serve with Sushi)

Ingredients:

2 tablespoons RICE WINE
2 tablespoons gluten-free SOY SAUCE or coconut aminos
2 tablespoons HONEY or sugar
1 teaspoon FISH SAUCE (available from Thai Kitchen or Asian markets)
1/2 cup WATER
1 tablespoon ARROWROOT STARCH or corn starch

 

Directions:

  1. In a small saucepan bring rice wine, soy sauce, honey, and fish sauce to a gentle simmer.
  2. In a small bowl combine water and arrowroot starch to make a slurry.
  3. Wisk starch slurry into simmering mixture. Heat just until thickened and remove from heat.
  4. Let cool and drizzle over sushi. 

 

More Sushi from Lexie's Kitchen

Throw a Hand Roll Sushi Party

Spicy Shrimp Sushi Filling (coming soon!)

Inari Sushi

Inside Out California Roll

Monday
Nov262012

The Hand Roll Sushi Party

Last weekend my sister and her beau treated us to an Asian feast. It was my first ever sushi hand roll party and all I can say is that I'm hooked! I'm not sure what part of the evening topped the other—all of us in the kitchen slicing, dicing and gabbing away or the rolling and eating part!

Gotta love a dude with skills in the kitchen. Here's the beau mixing up some spicy tuna.

If you're looking for an easy and engaging dinner party idea, look no further, throw a sushi hand roll party! Just toss some sushi rice, offer a few starters, set out some fillings, and leave the rest to your guests.

The sis in the kitchen.

Marisa over at In the Kitchen with a Southern Sushi Chef has more great tips for throwing a sushi hand roll party including a shopping list for a party of 10. Stay tuned for a tasty spicy shrimp filling and a gluten-free (and eel-free) eel sauce—that sweet and tasty brown sauce I liberally dip sushi in.

The Starters

Miso Soup (don't do soy? this broth is a winner!)
Pot Stickers (here is a gluten-free pot sticker recipe or maybe you can get these near you)
Edamame 

The Rice & Nori

Gently fluff 4 cups warm cooked sushi grade rice with 1/4 cup naturally gluten-free Marukan Seasoned Rice Vinegar (or make your own, here is my recipe). Seasoning the rice is optional. 

Cut sheets of nori in half.

The Veggies

Shredded Carrots
Shredded Radish
Cucumbers
Avocado (ripe but firm)
Shiitake Mushrooms
Green Onions
Asparagus (blanched)
Daikon Sprouts
Takugan (pickled radish)
Watercress 
Lettuce 
Jalapeno 
Whatever suits your fancy 

The Protein

Spicy Tuna or Spicy Shrimp Filling
Smoked or Grilled Salmon
Sushi Grade Raw Fish
Cooked Shrimp
Cooked Crab (most imitation crab meat contains gluten—eeks!)
Tofu
Egg Omelette Slices or Tamagoyaki
Teriyaki Chicken
Cream Cheese Substitute (or cream cheese if tolerated)
Ground Peanuts

The Extras & Drizzles

Pickled Sushi Ginger
Prepared Wasabi
Toasted Sesame Seeds
Gluten-Free Eel Sauce
Chili Sesame Oil

Let Your Guests Have at It

Set out one or a couple of communal rice bowls. Arrange fillings on a platter and let guests roll their own hand rolls. Here is a how-to video so that you can give your guests some pointers. Have fun! We did!!!

 

Other Sushi Recipes from Lexie's Kitchen

THROW A HAND ROLL SUSHI PARTY

GLUTEN-FREE (AND EEL-FREE) EEL SAUCE

INARI SUSHI

INSIDE OUT CALIFORNIA ROLL

Saturday
Nov242012

Snow Cones for Hot Heads

It's that time of year. The sickies are making the rounds. A friend once told me "when your kids enter school, you will be sicker than you've ever been." It's the absolute truth.

The past four weeks have gone like this. Cough. Low ox levels. Really bad cough. Low energy. Fever. Repeat. I turn to antibiotics only when absolutely necessary—we're on round two—that's how bad it's been. Our little guy has had a real rough go of it this month.

Last night as we watched his oxygen levels plummet yet again, my nerves got the best of me. I found myself shaking with fear. My body was emotially and mentally taxed. I tell you, aside from the one time I had to revive my child, viral-induced asthma flare-ups have been the most frightening thing I have dealt with as a parent.

My hat's off to all you mammas and pappas who stand guard on "asthma watch." It is a tiring and frightening chore. 

Hopefully, with the worst behind us, I can sit down and share this simple recipe for an Immune-Boosting Snow Cone Syrup. I mixed it up to serve over snow cones to bring some relief (and fun) to my hot-headed boy and to ensure he remained hydrated.

The snow cone machine you see here is decent. It was a Bed Bath & Beyond impulse buy. I really have nothing to compare it to. If you are in the market for one, now or next summer, shop around and read reviews. You may come across one that's higher rated. 

One of the ingredients in this syrup is a fruit anthocyanins concentrated liquid. Anthocyanins are the largest water-soluble pigments in the plant kingdom. They are responsible for the red, purple, and blue colors in fruits and vegetables and are known for their antioxidant properties. 

We use Dr. William Mitchell's blend which is only available through certain wellness providers. Scientific studies have have shown that the particular fruits and berries contained in his blend—red grape, elderberry, blueberry, aronia berry, pomegranate and red raspberry—have extraordinary health benefits. If you can't find a source for Dr. Mitchell's blend, try this one

Immune-Boosting Snow Cone Syrup

Ingredients:

1 cup no sugar added CHERRY JUICE CONCENTRATE (like this one)
1/2 cup COCONUT WATER or water
1 tablespoon FRUIT ANTHOCYANINS CONCENTRATED LIQUID/SYRUP (like this one or this one)
1 tablespoon LIQUID VITAMIN C (like this one)
Sweetener to taste (see notes)

Directions:

  1. Combine ingredients in a squirt bottle.
  2. Squirt liberally over snow cones.

Notes:

Sugar is your immune system's enemy. If you absolutely have to sweeten the mixture, I suggest using a little liquid stevia concentrate (my favorite) or slightly warmed Manuka or other raw honey (for those over 1 year old). 

Got Asthma?

If you are new to asthma like we were three years ago, here are some things that have given us some peace of mind when our little boy has had flare-ups:

Have an Asthma Action Plan. Formulate one with your child's doctor and tape it to the inside of your medicine cabinet. In the wee hours of the morning it will help you think clearly and know what to do and when. 

Own a Nebulizer. Your doctor has probably already prescribed one. Be sure to be stocked with rescue meds.

Know Your Child's Trigger. For our son, it's an innocent viral infection. If he is going to flare, he usually does so within 24 hours of the first sign of illness. We have learned that we dare not take him into a humid shower to "relieve congestion"—that's landed us in the hospital twice. Everyone's triggers are different.

Get a Stethoscope and OximeterThese tools can buy a lot of peace of mind. With them I can monitor oxygen levels and be alerted to the first sign of wheezing. But symptoms like retraction, fitful sleep, moaning, rapid breathing without fever, and rapid-fire cough always trump the stethoscope and oximeter. That is when we head to the ER. 

Hang in There. This too shall pass. Be sure to take care of you! I ramp up on supplements that support my adrenals, try to eat well, hydrate, and thank my lucky stars for a husband to tag team with. If you are the lone guard, get some help so that you can get some rest. Even if it's just for an hour or two to catch up on sleep.