Thursday, June 10, 2010

Sweet 16 Squared

My birthday weekend has started in the best way possible.

With SOCCA!!!

How beautiful is this thing? Seriously.

I used this recipe - I have NO idea where I got it. Back in April, I went searching on the internet after Michelle, Lori and Eimear posted about it. Whatever I found, I copied down in my recipe book without a link.

I did change it up a bit. Maybe we can call this a group effort? Either way - mad props to Michelle, Lori, and Eimear for posting!

Italian Socca

1 cup chickpea flour
1 cup warm water
3 tablespoons evoo
1/2 tablespoon parsley
1/2 tablespoon basil
1/2 tablespoon oregano
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper

Sift dry ingredients. Whisk in 2 tablespoons of evoo and warm water. Let sit for thirty minutes.

Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Leave cast iron skillet in the oven while it preheats. When ready, drop 1 tablespoon of evoo into pan and shush it around. Pour in batter. Let cook for 15-20 minutes. If you want the top to brown, broil it for about a minute at the end.

It came out absolutely perfect. Happy birthday to me!

At my house, pizza is birthday food. Usually, I make vegan pizza and cake for my family. This year, I made socca pizza! Talk about Franco-Italiano! And it's just for me.

I tried a couple slices with Gena's cashew cheese and red pepper. Check out the close-up socca porn!

On Monday - FLAG DAY! - I turn 32. It sounds so anti-climactic doesn't it? I feel like I've finally reached that age where birthdays just don't matter.

It's business as usual. This weekend, I'm going to my college town to work on the Grow Indie plot. Then me and my pals are going to have a fun night out at one of my favorite watering holes.

Photo by Ripple Poppy

It's a bar underneath a fire company. There's a bowling alley. The Guinness tastes like root beer and the only wine is white zin. Dollar-twenty-five vodka and sodas, anyone?

Just a typical weekend in sleepy Pennsylvania country. And we wouldn't have it any other way!


Q & A's
Thank you so much for your answers to my questions over the past two weeks. I'm really enjoying the feedback! From looking at our common food issues, I'm hoping to establish a better understanding of general IBS "triggers". Here's what I learned so far.

What foods make us feel good?
Peanut butter
Portobella mushrooms
Leafy greens
Wheatgrass shots

What foods make us feel not so good?
Nut butter
Too much fiber
Acidy foods
Olive oil
Raw onions
Anything with chemicals and preservatives

Favorite nutritious foods
Sweet potatoes
Sugar free oatmeal cookies
Peanut butter
Swiss Chard

It's interesting to me that our favorite foods are all comforting, soft foods. The foods that make us feel like shit are the tough, sharp, pungent foods. It's almost like reading the doctrine of signatures for IBS, but backwards!

Also interesting - Hormone and PMS-related issues were UNANIMOUS among everyone who commented. What's up with that? Any ideas? A strong majority of us have messed with our diet in the past due to weight or health issues too. There's a blog post - or two - in there.

Upcoming Recipes!

Pumpkin Seed Pesto

Cranberry Pumpkin Seed Bars

Raw Oatmeal Cacao Cookies

In the Half-Assed Whole Foods post, I asked what food looked good... here's what won. The recipes will be posted over the next couple weeks. Thanks for commenting! I'm excited to share!

Our favorite snacks!
Sweet potatoes
Peanut Butter
Kale Chips
Flax Crackers
Dried oranges
Dried berries
Banana and tahini
Carrots and hummus
Carrots and salsa

It sounds to me like we are a crunchy, savory bunch of foodies! There's a lot of sweet potato love happening in our kitchens. And I am right there with you.


Now, Let's Reflect

At 12.15 am on Monday, I will be saying goodbye to 31. I will be standing on the mountain top of St. Fartsville and waving. If you listen closely, you may hear me screaming.

Goodbye farts!

Goodbye bloat!

Goodbye sleepless nights!

Goodbye hungover mornings!

Goodbye procrastination!

Goodbye anger and jealousy!

Goodbye insecurity!

I just don't give a fuck.

See - I've finally found my path. No diet, no nutritionist, no therapist could've found it for me. Because it was inside me.

What makes me feel good?
Morning exercise
Small meals
Working hard
Being outside
Learning something new

I need to be quiet. I need to move slow. I need to breathe. When all three are in place, I am still. Then I can truly hear myself speaking to me, telling me what I need to do to feel good.

Some people call this God.

Others call it the inner teacher.

In the past, I called it the Force!

Today, I call it Mother Nature.


Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) said...

happy bday weekend to you!

loved your comment re doing all the work while the boyf sits and smokes a bowl and watches the wire. LOL on that one!

love the raw cacao bar you showed...

and the lists..great info!


Farty Girl said...

Thanks Averie! Thanks for commenting on my BFF's blog too! So sweet!

Carbzilla said...

Happy Early Birthday. I really think the 30's are the best. Gets a little hairy up here in the 40's.

I'm so glad you've found your path.

That socca looks amazing!!!!!!

Heather said...

never heard of socca, but it looks like carby gluten free deliciousness!
CANNOT WAIT for the cranberry pumpkin seed bars!!
or you could always just send me some for my bday ;)
(just kidding!)

Iris said...

Wonderful post! Love seeing what makes everyone else feel good, bad, etc. And happy almost birthday!!

That socca sounds great...I can definitely see making that in my future.

And thanks for the continued, wonderful support!

The Dieting Momma said...

This post made me hungry. :)

Anyways, happy soon-to-be birthday!!!! It sounds like you have a fun weekend planned!

saxifrage said...

Hey you! Happy almost birthday! I've never had (nor heard of) socca, but it sounds yummy. And cashew cheese... interesting.

I am in total agreement with you: ultimately, the answers lie within. Glad you've found yours ;-)

kelli said...

happy birthday!

never heard of socca. it looks yummy.

so happy you've connected to your "higher self". sounds like this bday you're another year wiser.=)


kelli said...

ps - i saw a bumper sticker today i thought you might enjoy:

the reason why i'm speeding is because i really have to poop.



Farty Girl said...

Thanks everyone for the happy early birthdays!

You are sweet for that! You are also sweet to not bust my balls about the horrifying math error in my title!

Sixteen squared is NOT thirty-two! HAHAHAHA!
This is why I don't use measuring cups when I cook.

Sax - I'm gonna link up the cheese to the recipe. It's Gena's from Choosing Raw. Can't believe I forgot to link it!!!

Kelli - Yes, I want that bumper sticker!

Twins said...

Happy birthday to you! YAY for socca!!! So happy to hear that it came out for you and that you liked it :) xoxo

Pure2raw twins said...

Happy Birthday to you! I love this post! First off the Socca looks pretty amazing. I have never heard of it before but I can tell it is delicious.

I am glad you found your path to feeling better. I also realized that I had to stop taking advice from everyone else and do what works for me.

Have a fantastic 32nd!!

Eimear said...

Oh yes, the socca is gooood. It's so portable as well- I'm going to be out all day tomorrow visiting HB's relatives who don't get my weird food habits, so socca will be part of our emergency rations! I like the pizza theme, must try this. I love how you just mix flour and water and shove it in the oven to cook. So much easier than making bread.
You're totally getting at the root of this IBS shit (ahem). I had a hellish few days there, and I wasn't eating that much or anything awful. But I was really stressed out by work, and then I have to manage my symptoms in work, which made me more stressed, aaaah! I really need to take meditation up. This is my new idea for IBS-easing. But so far, lots of moving around and eating small helps. But I need to work on the destressing A LOT. BTW. I thought it was funny how nut butter was in all the categories. Love hate relationship?

'Drea said...

Hope you had a fantastic birthday and bowling sounds like fun since I haven't been in a minute; actually, months -- maybe even a year. I love slinging the ball...

Farty Girl said...

Thanks ladies! You are the best! I hope you all had an awesome weekend.

Over the weekend, I carried my socca with me everywhere and had all of my friends try it! They really loved it! So if you haven't made it you should!

saxifrage said...

Thanks for the cashew cheese recipe. I'm definitely going to try it! And quick question: Will any old GF flour work with the socca? I'm not such a fan of chickpea flour...

Farty Girl said...

As far as I know, socca is traditionally made with chickpea flour. But I'm sure you can make it with other flour with the same results. The Pure2Raw twins made some with millet flour a couple weeks ago and it looked good!

Chickpea flour has the tendency to turn custard-y, so you'll get a more substantial, bready socca from other flours. Maybe add some flax seed meal to make sure the whole thing sticks together!

Post what you come up with! I'd love to see it!

Girl on Raw said...

Happy Birthday! Wow I love your 'goodbyes' and I can totally relate. Hello 32! (I will be 33 in a couple of weeks myself!)

Isn't it good to finally discover something that was inside us all along!!!! I love it too.

Hope you have a wonderful celebration!

Girl on Raw said...

Happy Birthday! Wow I love your 'goodbyes' and I can totally relate. Hello 32! (I will be 33 in a couple of weeks myself!)

Isn't it good to finally discover something that was inside us all along!!!! I love it too.

Hope you have a wonderful celebration!

Cindy said...

Happy Birthday! I'm hitting 31 in two weeks and agree with the birthday's no longer matter, though this year I am taking the day off and will be taking a GF cooking class. Have a great day!

My Year Without said...


What an awesome, thorough post! You rock. I LOVE coming to your site. I've been slacking lately, but I can always count on something from your posts getting me inspired.

I had no idea we lived only 2 states away!! (I'm in Virginia...)

Anyway, HAPPY HAPPY HAPPY birthday. Sounds like you are going to make it wonderful!

Witchy said...

Dang! I'd posted a long pile of YAY and WOOHOO and YIPPEE but my computer ate it.

However: YAAAAY! WOOOHOOOOO!! YIPPEE!!! for your birthday, your blog, your recipe (which I am making RIGHT NOW) and your friendship!

Marissa said...

Happy Birthday!!!!

That socca looks so yummy. I really could go for some pizza right about now too. I hope you are enjoying a blissful day!

Sending lots of <3 your way!

Ashlie & Alfred said...

Happy Birthday - I've seen several versions of a similar chickpea flour bread, I bought the flour a few months ago and forgot about it - I've gotta try it soon b/c your's looked delish! Btw in addition to a high fiber diet and a daily probiotic supplement, I've started taking a daily dose of magnesium citrate - it has really helped with the C in IBS-C.

Farty Girl said...

Thank you wonderful peeps for the birthday wishes! I am so so so touched. It takes five seconds, but it truly filled my heart so much that it shuddered and shook with love. I am so grateful for our little online community.


Tasty Eats At Home said...

I hope you had a wonderful birthday! Great summary of our food love and issues. And I'm excited to see what's coming up!

Lawyer Loves Lunch said...

Hilarious blog! I've spent a lot of time on airplanes and public transport lately and am a bit sad the people by me aren't reading your blog. They could use help cutting down on the farting. Maybe I'll pass your blog title around like a public service announcement?
PS: The socca looks delicious!

whataboutsummer said...

Happy belated! you are always an entertainment to read!

Jessica said...

I'm so glad you messaged me on twitter!

I have IBS-d and I'm having a rough go of it all... it's so hard to find any good/healthy info on it... I can't wait to read more!!