As I mentioned yesterday, Namaste Foods was graciously sent me two packages of their mix for review.
They are a small manufacturer of fine foods that contain no wheat, gluten, corn, soy, potato, dairy, casein or nuts.
What does Namaste mean?
The word “Namaste” (pronounced “Naa-Maa-Stay”) is an ancient Sanskrit word with no literal translation. After many hours reviewing all the different translations, we decided we like this one the best.
“The Spirit within me honors and respects the Spirit within you.”
The word “Spirit” in this context has no particular religious connotation. You could substitute the word “Heart” or “Soul” if you like. The essence of the phrase is simply that the best part of me wishes you well. And we do wish you well. In seeking to offer you delicious allergen-free foods, we nourish the body. In nourishing the body, we hope to help nourish the mind and the spirit so you can enjoy optimum health.
I love its philosophy 🙂
In February of this year marks the 10-year anniversary of Namaste Foods. The owner shared the story of how the company was founded, I was touched by the story so I’d like to share with you (it’s not in its website)
“It was in the fall of 1999 that a friend approached me desperate for help in creating good gluten free and allergen free foods for herself and her son. She was frustrated at the lack of good food available to them. In my family, good food was essential – it brought friends and family together for the best of times and nurtured the soul. I couldn’t imagine missing out on one of the best things in life -good food. While I was unfamiliar with Celiac Disease at that time, i knew i loved to cook and could never resist helping a friend. So, I rolled up my sleeves and went to work. This challenge was particularly perplexing as any creation must not only be free of gluten but also free of corn, soy, potato, diary, casein, peanuts and tree nuts in order to meet my friend’s dietary restrictions. “
Ingredients: 2 egg whites, 1/3 cup silk, 1/3 cup pancake mix
heat the grill
I used HEAB method for the pancakes. Beat egg whites until stiff
add the pancake mix
add Earth Balance to the grill (not recommended)
and you see why EB is not recommended
for the second batch, I used oil spray
for the sauce: 3 tbsp silk + 1 tbsp almond butter
Coco’s review: It is scrumptious!!! It’s my first time trying gluten free products. It’s absolutely fabulous in term of texture and taste! Although it’s sugar free and I didn’t add any kind of sweetener, it has a sweet taste from the vanilla (I guess). 😀 I’ll definitely trying more gluten free products if they’re all that good! 😀 Rating: 5/5.
I think I’ll have pancakes every saturday, it makes me so happy! 😆
To make the bread, just add 1/3 cup oil, 3 egg whites and 1 egg. The package comes with the bread mix and a packet of yeast.
Put everything to the bread machine and select dough cycle
when it’s done, take it out, put in a surface with cornmeal and let it rest for 90 min. The dough was really really sticky!!! It was hard to manage so I didn’t touch it much, just let it sit.
90 min later, the dough was still sticky, so I just baked 1/2 of it and freeze the other half to see if that helps.
Used the Artisan Bread Five Minutes a Day Method for baking. 25 min later! Done! 😀
The texture and taste are different than wheat bread. It’s dense, chewy, slightly sweet, between cake and bread, really good! It totally deserves 5/5! 😀
Wanna try Namaste products? Here’s the chance to win this:
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Giveaway ends Friday, April 9th, 2010 9PM Eastern Time