It was a dark and stormy night. It really was. Very stormy.
We don’t get many storms here in the Pacific Northwest, not by my Florida standards anyway, but this one was pretty good. Wind gusting so hard the house shook and the noise of the wind in the trees was so loud it was hard to notice anything else.
We are currently starting our own indoor garden so we can plant our organic garden in the spring and have veggies ready almost right away. We start them in water, then move them to an indoor planter. We took a little trip to Home Depot to buy some nice terra cotta planters that fit in our window box. These nice terra cotta ones are so simple that you don’t have to worry about toxic chemicals on them (like wood or painted ones, or plastic ones) and they match our decor, which is also very important.
While we were at the store, we were waiting for some assistance in the outdoor garden area and that’s when the wind started to pick up. The gusts were blowing rain right through the whole area, but we live in the Pacific Northwest, so some rain and wind won’t deter us… yet.
As we were looking at some super cute brightly-colored garden decor of birds and butterflies, a huge gust of wind ripped through the place. Within the span of a breath, a wind chimes display came crashing down and a potted plant crashed right at our feet.
Now that’s some wind.
The people there immediately came over to make sure we were ok, which we were, and they hurried up the process of getting our planters to us so we didn’t have to stand out there in all that wind (the planters were packed way up on a pallet on the top shelf I might add).
They were so kind and responsible that they made my day so much happier. The rest of the day Sweet Pea referred to them as the nice man and lady at Home Depot. She kept telling me how much she liked them. Isn’t it amazing how being so kind and friendly can make such an impact to not only an adult, but a three year old?
She’s still talking about it.
When we got home, my little Sweet Pea and I decided we better make some really yummy food for the rest of the day since the power was now starting to flicker.
“What would you like to make?” I ask.
“Biscuits Mommy. I want to try biscuits” she replied.
“Well, ok, let’s try!”
My favorite biscuits are buttermilk biscuits. The kind that has all that full-of-dairy buttermilk in them. So after searching and finding most gluten-free recipes still have loads of dairy in them, I had to figure something out as a substitution. These aren’t quite the same, I mean there is no dairy in them, but they are quite good. We are substituting coconut oil for butter and almond milk with lemon juice for buttermilk, but if you can use dairy, you don’t have to do those substitutions.
This was a whopping success, so much so that I’m sure I’ll be making them again. And again.
Play with this recipe as you like… add some sweetener like coconut nectar or maple syrup and have a shortcake type of biscuit you could top with strawberries, just make sure you decrease some of the “buttermilk” so you can the right consistency as described below. Most of all have fun and enjoy your meal!
Gluten-free Dairy-free Corn-free “Buttermilk” Biscuits
- 3/4 cup of non-dairy milk (we used almond milk)
- 1 teaspoon fresh organic lemon juice
- 3 cups all purpose gluten-free flour mix
- 1.5 tsp gluten-free baking powder
- 1.5 tsp salt
- 5 Tablespoons organic coconut oil (instead of butter or shortening)
- 2 organic eggs
- Bowl and spatula
- Baking sheet
- Measuring spoons and cup
- Preheat oven to 400F.
- Make the “buttermilk”: Mix non-dairy milk and lemon juice together in a separate bowl and let stand.
- Combine dry ingredients and mix well.
- Add coconut oil to dry ingredients and mix until it resembles coarse crumbs.
- Add eggs and combine well.
- Now start adding some of the “buttermilk” to the mix, stirring well. Keep adding it, bit by bit until your dough is sticky but not gooey. It should be able to stand together on its own without “melting” or losing it’s shape. You may use less or more than the recipe calls for… if you need more (which might happen, but unlikely) you can just add more non-dairy milk instead of mixing up more “buttermilk”.
- Start making balls of dough that are a little squished in shape so they aren’t completely round, and place them on a baking sheet with parchment paper. It should make between 10-15 depending on the size you make.
- Bake for 20-30 minutes until the top is starting to brown and smell is making your mouth water.