Before I tell you about our mushroom outing and observation, and about a meatball soup we tried this week, I just have to share a recent discovery about the connection between Celiac Disease and coffee. I found a message in my Facebook inbox today from a friend who figured I already knew it, but thought she'd share the information just in case. Well, I didn't already know, and I found the article she sent very interesting...and quite sad for coffee lovers with Celiac Disease. It turns out that coffee is a very common "cross-reactive compound" for those who have gluten sensitivities. Dairy is the most common cross-reactive, but coffee produces the most severe reaction. Here are the articles I read:
It's interesting to me, because many times I've had an aversion to coffee due to a severe reaction I had after drinking it, but I love coffee! I don't drink it in the mornings; I drink tea. But I really, really enjoy having a cup in the afternoon, after a Sunday lunch, or a daily 3pm iced coffee when it's warm outside. So NOT wanting it for days at a time means that my stomach just really does not feel up for this "treat." I often wondered why this was happening. I thought maybe it was the combo of something I ate and the coffee, but now I wonder if this new science and understanding has uncovered the reason for problems I was encountering.
Hmmmm....but it has to do with processing the coffee, and for some reason, organic, whole bean coffee does not trigger as severe a response.
My grocery bill is already so crazy, I doubt I will be buying organic coffee anytime soon.
|Is it a slime mold? Is it some sort of flat shelf fungus?|
|Jesse is quite the kinesthetic learner. Gross.|
|Six of the nine mushroom hunters.|
Back in class, everyone got to create their own slide of spores from their personal collection of mushrooms. It was difficult to decide which ones to choose, and a few made time to make two slides, but everyone eventually got their spores in focus, and they all looked a bit different. Sketches were made, and lab procedures and supplies were noted. Now they are spending the week at home writing up a formal lab report on this "experiment" among a multitude of other assignments. Mushrooms and molds and fungi are nature's important decomposers. Together we marveled at God's wise handiwork. He thought of everything, of course!
|Pretty cute ~ and sharp ~ kiddos on a beautiful fall afternoon.|
The most tedious part is forming the meatballs, of course, but they cook fairly quickly. I loved using fresh parsley as a tasty herb for these.
It's a sort of a tomato soup stock that the
mushrooms meatballs eventually go into. Roasting tomatoes and onions together before pureeing them into the chicken broth made the house smell delicious!
And the finished product was enjoyed by all ~ along with GF corn muffins for the teenagers and paleo blueberry muffins for the grown-ups. Perfect fall dinner!
Here's the recipe ~ enjoy!
Roasted Tomatoes and Turkey Meatball Soup
4-5 large tomatoes (or 6-8 Romas, etc.)
2 medium white or yellow onions
1 Tbsp olive oil
2 lbs ground turkey
4 Tbsp fresh parsley, finely chopped
8 cups chicken broth or 4 cups plus 4 cups water
Coarsely chop tomatoes and onions. Toss lightly with olive oil and spread on a baking sheet. Bake at 350 for 20 minutes or until tender and slightly browned/charred.
Mix parsley, and salt and pepper to taste into the ground turkey. Form mixture into mini meatballs and place on another baking sheet. You will probably need two baking sheets for this. Bake meatballs at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes.
Heat broth and add roasted tomatoes and onions to it. Puree in batches in a blender and return to soup pot. Continue to heat pureed soup over medium heat and add meatballs to the soup base once they are cooked through. Keep over medium heat for 10 more minutes, and then serve.
P.S. This would be great with ground beef or bison, too. You would probably want to switch to beef broth in that case, though!