Because spice mixes sometimes have anti-caking agents that might be a problem or have cross contamination issues, here’s a nice recipe for Chinese Five Spice Powder you can make up yourself. And if you’re as crazy about your spice collection as I (Denise) am, and have Penzey’s on speed dial, you probably already have all the ingredients.
Also, I’ve been making fritter-y, hash brown-like, savory pancake-y things because I’ve got to use up some stuff in my freezer. So when I saw this recipe for a Cauliflower and Cabbage Rosti, it looked like some of the stuff I’ve been making, but it also looks yummy. The only thing I would probably substitute is the macadamia oil. I think olive or grape seed would be fine, and I bet the macadamia is a tad expensive, beside the obvious issue for those with nut allergies. Also, I bet they’d be really good with that Chinese Five Spice Powder.
Still looking for last-minute gifts? Seems like buying food for anyone with food allergies might be a minefield, but high quality ingredients are expensive. A gift certificate might be appreciated, and if you buy it online, you can really procrastinate. The local co-op, natural food store, or someplace online (I’m a fan of Vitacost for ordering gluten-free flours) are all possibilities.
And if you’re looking for a nice way to warm up a party, what about the Kitchn’s round-up of warm drinks done in the slow cooker? They’re not specifically allergy-friendly, but I think all but #3 would easily accommodate most allergies.
Have a great weekend everyone!