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Riding alone for thousands of miles

Okay, maybe not thousands. Fifteen miles. But they were kind of hilly miles, and my knees are saying "thousands."

I rode Clyde out to the big Asian supermarket FuBonn Shopping Center today to see what kind of fabulous non-wheat flours I could find. When they say "conveniently located on busy SE 82nd between Division and Powell," emphasize the "busy" and de-emphasize the "conveniently" when you're going by bike. That's one nasty urban suburb out there.

But it was a nice ride through a bunch of neighborhoods, and I found, let's see, teff flour, sweet rice flour, white rice flour, soy flour, and tapioca flour. Plus some sea salt from Hawaii and some vegetables.

On the way back, I stopped at Trader Joe's and spent the money I've saved by not driving to work for two days on tulips.

The view from here

I split them with my mom. Here's her half, deployed:
The artist's table 2

Now to figure out what to make with the weird and wonderful new flours. I'm thinkin' pancakes.

Hah! I just realized that I could have called this post Flours and Flowers.

This entry is cross-posted from DarkEmeralds on Dreamwidth.


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Mar. 14th, 2010 05:11 am (UTC)
Is that market fairly new? I worked on the corner of 82nd and Division for 8 years and know that area pretty well and I don't remember an Asian market. I guess maybe that was erm, hmm, about five or so years ago...
Mar. 14th, 2010 05:27 am (UTC)
It's probably about five years old. You must've just missed it!

It's CRAZED out there--crowded, noisy, jam-packed with unfamiliar products (well, unfamiliar if you're me, anyway) and many of them not really labeled in English. Lots of fun, and a great resource if you're into any kind of Asian cooking (emphasis on southeast Asian, not fabulous for Indian or Japanese, but so many cool products). It is THE place to buy rice in 50-lb bags.
Mar. 14th, 2010 08:04 pm (UTC)
I must have! Hee. Crazy. It sounds like a neat place.
Mar. 14th, 2010 01:57 pm (UTC)
When Knighthood Was in Flours
Teff *is* a kind of wheat, though--some people who don't do wheat are OK with teff and emmer, some aren't.
Mar. 14th, 2010 07:58 pm (UTC)
Re: When Knighthood Was in Flours
Yes, I read that AFTER I was already well into my big teff pancake last night. It has gluten, but that gluten is apparently missing one protein or something that makes wheat gluten dangerous to celiac sufferers? Not quite sure.

I DID notice a very telling effect. More than four weeks wheat-free made it really obvious because I hadn't experienced it in all that time, and noticed a mild version of it after finishing my pancake: after certain meals I would get a kind of brief chest congestion. For YEARS I supposed its cause to be hydrogenated oils or maybe some particular dairy thing--whey, maybe.

But no. Apparently it was gluten. Who knew?

I imagine I'll keep using teff, maybe stretched with rice flour, at least until I've used up what I bought, because it's lovely stuff, but I'm discovering that there really is a mild gluten intolerance in here, and maybe that missing protein isn't enough to make teff okay.
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