What you eat when the power goes out…again

Our power went out for the third time in three months, so I was once again confronted with the challenge of what to eat when the power goes out. Luckily, I already had plans to eat elsewhere. In fact, I had a Pac Thai date with my friend Kelly. What timing!

Also lucky was that this time the power went out it was early afternoon and it only lasted for a couple of hours. It did remind me, though, of times previous when the power was out for long hours that encompassed dinner time.

When I was living in California, I was over at a friend’s house for a party/sleep over. We made a grocery run and came back to put a frozen pizza in the oven. About five minutes late, the house went dark. I, being the handiest one of the bunch (which is saying something, because I was really not that handy then), went and checked the breakers thinking we blew a fuse in the kitchen. Nope. The whole neighborhood was dark.

So what does a group of seventeen and eighteen-year-olds home alone do with a frozen pizza and no power? BBQ! We took the still mostly frozen pizza out and lit up the backyard BBQ. Now, this was back when I could still eat dairy, so I got to enjoy our improvised pizza dinner, and it was pretty good. It did get a little gooey in the center on the grill, but we cleaned it up before anyone was the wiser the next day.

I’ve thought about what I would do, should the power go out during winter, say during a particularly bad storm (which we’re thankfully not prone to where I live). Would the BBQ be a viable option in a foot of snow? Perhaps. Should I invest in a camp stove that’s not dependent on electricity? Maybe. I would normally say that the power going out isn’t too common a phenomenon, but obviously that’s changed.

Do any of you live in a place that experiences long power outages in winter (I’m thinking of you who live on the East Coast, unfortunately predictably in the dark every winter at least once)? How do you cook in the cold? Do you try or do you find a place that has power?

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Review: Daiya Mushroom and Roasted Garlic Pizza (dairy & gluten & soy free)

I want to start this blog post off saying first, I am not being sponsored by Daiya to write this blog, and second, I don’t intend to fill my blog with product reviews. I will occasionally write about products I come across/use that I think might be helpful for others to know about . Alright, so yesterday I made my monthly trek to Whole Foods to stock up on my dairy free foods. I say trek because it’s a 20-25 minute drive each way, and I say stock up because I usually buy between 12-16 yogurts in one go, plus multiples of the other things that are only carried at WF. While I was shopping for some strawberry ice cream bars, I turned to see one of the greatest sights someone who is allergic to dairy can see: dairy-free pizza by a trusted brand. I’ve been using Daiya cheese products for a few months now (mostly the cream cheese spread–heaven!), but I had never seen the pizzas before. I grabbed the mushroom and roasted garlic flavor, as well as the fire-roasted vegetable flavor, without even looking to see how much they were. I had to try them.

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Before I get into the full review, I want to tell you if you’re going to look for these for yourself, they are likely going to be a bit spendy. I paid about $10 each for mine. If you’re used to buying specialty diet friendly food, you know that it’s common for them to be a bit pricier than the “conventional” items. That’s never sat well with me, being charged more for a condition that I had no say in, but I get that there is money that goes into product development and there’s a smaller consumer base for the products. It’s all good. I get to eat pizza and yogurt and milk and cream cheese without being doubled over in pain, wishing for death (if you’ve read my blog about food allergies, you know I’m not exaggerating).

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Last night, I decided I needed to try one of the pizzas. I set my oven to 475 degrees like the instructions said (my first thought was that I don’t think I’ve ever set my oven that high), and waited. It went in, and I waited again.

Frozen

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Baked

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The range for baking times is 10 to 15 minutes. I took it out after 10, but I think I should have left it in for a bit more. Maybe 12 or 13 minutes. It wasn’t cold anywhere, but I think the crust could have used a bit more time. Besides that, I really enjoyed the pizza. The crust is gluten-free, which I don’t personally have to worry about, but it’s nice if I decide to share with my GF friend. It’s also a better GF taste than I’ve had before. It’s a thin crust (obviously because it’s GF), and I tend to like my crusts thicker and doughier, but it really was pretty good. The sauce was well spiced and not overbearing. The mushrooms and garlic were great. And the cheese, well it was pretty good too. It’s a blend of Daiya’s mozzarella and a bit of their cheddar, and I think I wouldn’t have added the cheddar. But then again, it may need the cheddar balance. It was good enough that I’m looking forward to the veggie pizza in the next week, probably.

I have to say, though, the best thing about this pizza was the lack of worry. It is so awesome to be able to bite into a piece of pizza without scraping off the cheese first or worrying that I didn’t get it all. I could just eat and enjoy. For that, the pizza was worth every penny.