xgfx survey!

While I completely fubbed up with my last freeloading friday post (pathetic that I can’t even freeload in style, eh?), I’m taking advantage of this Tuesday evening by posting this awesome xgfx (vegan & gluten free) survey that my pal Jessy came up with.

Isn’t it rad? You should fill it out too, either on a comment here or as a post on your own blog! Sharing is fun.

1. What’s your favorite gluten-free flour?

If I had to pick just one, I’d pick besan (chickpea flour).

2. What have you always wanted to deglutenize, but haven’t yet?

The soft pull from a freshly torn off hunk of french bread. And the crispy crunchy chewy crust.

3. What’s one of your favorite xgfx meals to make?

Tinkyada pasta and some fancy smancey sauce. I could spend all day making my pasta sauce and I really really really love eating pasta. It seems to be what I’m always craving after I run each day. When we first moved to Philly I made some sort of pasta based meal for dinner for a month straight… and I’m still not sick of it!

4. Your biggest gluten-free success that makes ya most proud?

My basic bread and my pie crust in my upcoming cookbook. I also am thrilled that I’m not intimidated by gluten free baking at all anymore; I’m excited by it!

5. Most “epic xgfx fail”?

The entire first month or two of being xgfx was a pretty epic fail for me. Everything I touched turned to hot molten goo and then cooled into solid rock.

6. What product do you wish was xgfx that isn’t?

All the awesome beers out there. And French bread.

7. If you could pass along one gluten-free tip to a gluten-free newbie, what would it be?

Don’t give up! It’s easy if you just keep messing around with all those flours! You will definitely find your groove. Trust me! :D

8. What’s your favorite xgfx product?

Chocolate chips.

9. Is there anything you miss being gluten-free?

Real beer. Good bread. I miss one of those almost every single day. *tear*

10. Any xgfx techniques you’ve learned that have been most helpful?

Saran wrap! Tape it to your counter top to help handle the most sticky xgfx doughs, and to make them more rollable and easier to work with.

11. Have you found a favorite gluten-free pizza dough recipe that makes your heart sing?

I have! I think xgfx pizza dough has been the easiest of all bready things for me to tackle. I’ve never been a big fan of the crispy thin crusts (my hubs is a huge advocate) and instead always craved the big floppy slices dripping with toppings. So I have had the most success with thicker more Sicilian type doughs, and also some unorthodox pies (such as cracker and crispy socca crusts).

12. Xanthan gum. Do you or don’t you? Love it or leave it?

Love it. I do. Without it, most of my baked foodz fall apart.

13. Favorite gluten free prepackaged bread.

I hate them all. Really, I’m such a priss about this. I really like socca, but that’s not prepackaged– and I’ve tried at least 6 kinds and they all taste like stale discount dollar loaf bread to me. I really love homemade bread though.

14. What’s your favorite way to nosh on quinoa?

In salads! I love mixing it up with some roasted veggies and fresh greens. Add a little dressing and it’s one of the easiest meals ever!

15. Name five of your most coveted pantry staples.

Almond milk, besan, my giant spice collection, olive oil and nooch.

16. If you could only buy three gluten free flours to last you for three months, what would they be?

Besan (chickpea flour), sorghum flour and tapioca starch

17. Any xgfx ingredients you are intimidated about trying?

The gluten replacer stuff. It’s expensive and I’m afraid of disappointment. The amazon reviews aren’t terribly convincing either. If any of you have tried it, I wanna know! Please share…?

18. Favorite place to buy foods?

Indian or Asian markets!

19. Favorite meal when dining out?

Baingan Bharta with basmati and a hella lotta chutney.

20. Freebee – create your own question and have fun with it!

Favorite xgfx treat (something that you only get for yourself every once and awhile)?




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13 Responses to xgfx survey!

  1. Samantha Matete says:

    No.12 – you should swap xanthan gum for psyllium in your GF bread baking! You will be pleasantly surprised!

  2. bitt says:

    I am liking the kinnikinnick flax bread ONLY if it’s heated. i am way too lazy to make my own bread so this is the only way it’s going to happen for me. I guess I am lucky I never cared for beer much to miss it. I would love a french bread. Both times I’ve been to France I’ve been GF and it’s tough missing those yummy loaves.

  3. Shilpa says:

    We use the Schar brand baguettes and they are pretty good. Totally GF and vegan. All their breads are decent. We live in South Jersey and can only find it at Wegman’s. Give it a try. Something is better than nothing.

    • Allyson says:

      thanks, Shilpa! I will look for it… makes a perfect excuse to *have* to head into Jersey to visit Wegmans :D
      My husband and I saw those last time we were there and were a little hesitant because we’d never seen the brand before. Good to know it’s worth a try. :) Thank you!! <3

  4. jessy says:

    MEGAyay! thanks for taking the survey, Allyson (and thank you for your help too, my friend!) – it’s really cool reading everyone’s answers and i’m learning a lot! never thought to use Saran wrap… brilliant! i can’t wait to give it a whirl – i just know it’s gonna save me from sooooo much sticky dough frustration. ha!

    mmmm, pasta! i don’t think i’ll ever get sick it. even had it for breakfast yesterday. you’re so right, it really is the best after a run – perfect for refuelin’, fo ‘sho!

    you & me both on the french bread. man, i miss it somethin’ awful. it’s the crispy crust that would always make my day – well, that and the fantastical chewiness inside. i hope to recreate it sometime – i miss it so much!

  5. Crista says:

    Love your site! I’m just starting to flirt with gluten free but I’ve been pretty intimidate. I tried oatflour (though I’m not sure that’s 100% gluten free) in a really simple recipe and it worked out really well so I have a purchased a gluten free rice flour that I’ve been staring at but kind of afraid to try. Your list has encouraged me!! yay! Thanks :)

  6. Johanna GGG says:

    My mum had the gluten replacer from orgran and I used it at her house while baking once because she didn’t have xanthan gum and the cut out cookies we were making were better than the gluten ones – don’t know if it was the replacer or the recipe but I was impressed – enjoyed your survey too

  7. Geanna says:

    I totally agree with almost everything you said – I have found a beer that tastes “real”, however! It’s called New Planet and even my gluten-loving boyfriend said he liked it as much as some of his regular beers. So, that’s cool. I filled out a survey and I put the same thing for #s5 and 7. :)