Quinoa Flour Experiments

by HEAB on March 3, 2011

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Inspired by Nadia, I made quinoa flour this morning.

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I simply toasted some quinoa on a foil lined baking sheet in a 350℉ toaster oven until I could smell it – 5 to 10 minutes maybe? I then ground the grains into flour in my Vita-Mix. I used the dry blade, but I’ve made flour with the wet blade before, no problem. Also, I don’t know if this will work in other blenders, but if you try it, you may need to stop blending and stir the grains around with a fork a few times.

For lunch I used the flour to make a coconut roti (flat bread), and ate it along with some lentil stew.

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The roti recipe is so simple, and I loved the taste. However, you’ll have to wait for Nadia to post her recipe. :)

EDITED TO ADD: The recipe for coconut roti is as follows:

Ingredients

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened dehydrated coconut /fresh grated coconut
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/3 finely chopped onion

Directions

  • Mix all of the above with enough cold water to form a dough.
  • Make 3-4 small balls out of the dough.
  • Heat up some coconut oil in a pan and press each individual dough ball out – whilst on the pan (probably a griddle is better but pan works if you don’t have one)
  • Press them out a thin as possible while its cooking /flip etc and take it off when it’s cooked / crispy to your satisfaction.

Quinoa flour experiment #2 was Nadia’s Wild Blueberry Chocolate Cake, but alas, blueberries are too expensive around these parts at the moment, and so I made the cake with pumpkin instead. For my version, I used HEABified coconut milk, and I toasted my coconut. It turned out very chocolatey and a little dry…perfect for crumbling atop some warm pumpkin…

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Look, I’m like just like Moses…

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The Parting of the Chocolate Cake

I’ve decided I’m going to stop buying packaged flours and make my own when I can, including chickpea, millet, and brown rice flour. Reason #487 why I love my Vita-Mix. Speaking of Vita-Mixes, through March 31, their reconditioned models are on sale (which is what I have). You can click here for more info, and just so you know, I am not affiliated with the company in any way, just happy to spread the love of my favorite appliance.


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Little Bookworm March 3, 2011 at 3:48 pm

Love the sound of that chocolate cake – never heard of quinoa flour before really!

Tulika March 3, 2011 at 4:07 pm

Oh yum, that cake looks so good! Also, I’m pretty partial…but I LOVE rotis! Can’t wait to see that coconut roti recipe–I’ve never heard of that before!

rebecca lustig March 3, 2011 at 4:11 pm

what a great experiment!! good luck, can’t wait to see the results :)

A Teenage Gourmet March 3, 2011 at 4:31 pm

Oh, Heather! You are my hero, haha. I tried coconut butter again with full-fat coconut, and voila! It worked perfectly.

HEAB March 3, 2011 at 6:23 pm

Sami,
Fat is good…always. :)

Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) March 3, 2011 at 4:31 pm

Now that was funny! You parted the chocolate sea! I wish I could get one of those vita mixes! I know I would put it to some good use.

Nicole March 3, 2011 at 4:34 pm

The vitamix and kitchenaid mixer are the two top kitchen items that i’ve been DYING to purchase. We’re still renting and looking to buy soon so we’re waiting until we get a big enough kitchen to hold everything.
I’ve never heard of rotis so I’m looking it up now…

Valerie @ City|Life|Eats March 3, 2011 at 4:40 pm

I am there with you in terms of no longer buying flours – I have slowly been using up my flours and really thinking twice about which ones to purchase. Grain ones I am definitely making my own (since I eat grains fairly seldom anyways) but slowly but surely have started making branching out into making my own non-grain flours. I was curious how to make quinoa flours so this post comes at a perfect time!

VEGirl March 3, 2011 at 4:42 pm

Hey…. I DO have blueberries (given to me by my sister as a bday present. How sweet is that? I love my berries!)– that recipe looks fantastic! I also love quinoa flour, it’s soooo expensive though (as is the grain itself). We ran out a while back, but did you know it’s a direct replacement for whole wheat flour? Measure for measure, it yields the best texture and a unique taste.

We, too, have recently begun grinding our own flour out of buckwheat and GF oats, and the taste is just unbelievable! I have been using toasted rice to grind into flour as well– so much cheaper and tastes a million times better! We use a spice grinder though– we don;t have a vita :( . Thanks for the link!

VEGirl

HEAB March 3, 2011 at 6:25 pm

VEGirl,
Didn’t know that about quinoa flour – so nifty b/c I just got a recipe for a quick bread using whole wheat flour that I wanted to try with the quinoa flour. Can’t wait. :)

Jill March 3, 2011 at 8:02 pm

That is so cool to know about the quinoa flour. I currently have no means to grind my own but now I want to buy some (or at least experiment with another flour) to try in that bread recipe. I think I like collecting flours. (Yes, I’m a little insane-LOL)

And Heather, always good to see you-no matter how long or short the visit :-)

Matt March 3, 2011 at 4:48 pm

I need that roti like right now.

HEAB March 3, 2011 at 6:26 pm

Matt,
Too bad. I ate it. ;)
It was so easy. I’ll link to the recipe as soon as Nadia posts it.

Kayla (Little Miss Healthify) March 3, 2011 at 5:08 pm

So far I’ve made oat flour, almond flour and chickpea flour in my Vitamix! I never in a million years thought I would be “making” my own flour!! I love it.

Mary @ Bites and Bliss March 3, 2011 at 5:18 pm

I think making your own flour could result in a better texture..or maybe not better, but fresher. Anyway, sounds like a good idea!

Felicia (a taste of health with balance) March 3, 2011 at 5:31 pm

it is so quick and easy to use the vita! that chocolate cake looks ammmazing im going to bookmark it :)

Kate (What Kate is Cooking) March 3, 2011 at 5:31 pm

So creative! Another reason I want a Vitamix :)

Jennifer @ Frost Bites March 3, 2011 at 5:37 pm

I knew my VitaMix had other uses for it (besides a smoothie maker). Might just have to give the quinoa flour a “whirl”.

Emily March 3, 2011 at 5:44 pm

I use my Vita-Mix at least once a day! I’ve never tried making flour in it though. I really should, if only to make some coconut roti. That looks/sounds so good!

Averie (LoveVeggiesandYoga) March 3, 2011 at 5:44 pm

I hope the Vita info you posted helps people…their recond ones are cheaper and hopefully for someone in the market, it helps them be able to affford$$ that little piece of heaven for their kitchen and life :)

Making your own flours..yes. I do almost, oat, cashew, and could do more…but so far, I do those.

All the goodies here…yum. Wild blueberry cake? Oh my, looks stellar but I am too frugal, i.e. cheap, to use wild blueberries for something like that, too :)

Sarah R March 3, 2011 at 6:03 pm

Seriously laughing out loud at the Moses comment! Thanks for bringing a smile to my face today. I needed it :)

Lee @ Fit Foodie Finds March 3, 2011 at 6:25 pm

Heather, I love your ingredient tangents! Specially avocado week.

HEAB March 3, 2011 at 6:27 pm

Lee,
Good…I’m kind of random, no? I like to keep you guys guessing. :)

Colleen March 3, 2011 at 6:43 pm

Heather – thanks so much for the awesome post! I tried making my own quinoa flour from just raw quinoa, but it had a distinct twange that was not yummy! Did you rinse it before you toasted it, or just toast? I never know whether to rinse or toast or both? Also, did you let it cool after you toasted before grinding? Thx :)

HEAB March 3, 2011 at 9:21 pm

Colleen,
Nope, no rinsing. Just straight into the toaster oven, and yes, I did allow it to cool as I don’t like putting hot food into plastic. Sometimes, I wish the Vita-Mix was glass, but then I remind myself that I would have probably shattered it years ago. ;)

Maryea {Happy Healthy Mama} March 3, 2011 at 6:47 pm

I got a Vitamix for Christmas and I really need to branch out and use it to make flours. I’m excited to try quinoa flour. High protein flour? Perfect!

Ashley March 3, 2011 at 7:04 pm

I’m totally with you on the grinding flours! It’s fun, easy, cheap, fresh, etc etc. :)

nadia March 3, 2011 at 7:15 pm

yeay!! they both look great! I love the Moses like behavior ;) doesnt toasting coconut make it taste so much more amazing?? I always forget to…

I am so happy you liked these recipes. I am going to post coconut roti soon..! very soon! and thanks so much for the vitamix link – - – I have been dreaming of one! xxxo

HEAB March 3, 2011 at 9:19 pm

Nadia,
Oh gosh, I thought you had a Vita-Mix. You would get so much use out of that thing!

And yes, toasted coconut – so much better. I’ve been meaning to make toasted coconut butter. Hmm, a project for tomorrow, perhaps? Thanks for all the wonderful recipes. Loving your blog!

Brandae March 3, 2011 at 11:12 pm

Heather,
I haven’t commented in a while but have been meaning to – so here I am finally!
LOVE all the photos of Summer – especially the recent professional shoot – she’s so sweet.
I have a feeling that the toasted coconut butter is going to be amazing – can’t wait to hear about that and whatever tips and hints you come up with as you continue to grind flours. I learn so much from you.
Very funny about the parting of the chocolate sea. :)
And…do you have any idea if the reconditioned model of the Vitamix is usually a recent model or one that is older? I can’t tell by looking at the site, and their chat with customer service is down.
Thanks! Have a great night!

HEAB March 4, 2011 at 8:26 am

Hi Brandae,
Good to hear from you! :)
Thanks for your kind words regarding Summer’s pics. We love them so much – can’t stop looking at them.

The reconditioned Vita-Mixes are the 5200 model (the most recent, I think), and are used for demos in stores like Costco, etc. They come fully reconditioned and with a new container. I bought mine 5 or 6 years ago, and it’s been great. Comes with a warranty too…which I’ve had to use several times…if you buy one, NEVER stick the tamper down in there without the lid on the container as the blade will SHRED it. Also, never try to grind dried mangoes. Big mistake! ;)

nadia March 5, 2011 at 8:22 pm

i know! I am dying for one. can you believe all I have is a little magic bullet? ah.. the trials of moving a hundred times. all the blenders are in sri lanka and the voltage etc is different. vita -mix is def. on my list of future purchases. (maybe an early b’day present for myself. mwwahaha!)

Lou March 3, 2011 at 7:28 pm

Hi Heather,

Just wanted to say LOVE your blog – your recipes + kitchen experiments are right up my alley, and so inspiring. Stumbled across your blog during late night feeding sessions (I had a little boy 19th November 2010, who loves his food and was constantly attached to me for a while there!) and ended up reading right through your archives, beginning to present. Congrats on your little cutie… it’s just an incredible experience becoming a mother isn’t it?
Quite jealous of all the fun health food products you guys get over there (I’m in Australia and the range isn’t a patch on what you have available) but I’m making do, creating my own nut butters/milks/flours, which in the end is a good thing!
Anyway, love your work and enjoy your scrummy little bundle, she’s just so sweet!

HEAB March 3, 2011 at 9:17 pm

Hi Lou,
Thanks so much for reading and congrats on the birth of your son. Yes, motherhood is such an amazing thing. I just love seeing Summer smile and look forward to walking into her room, even if it’s 4 AM – her whole face lights up. It’s the best thing ever.

I’ve heard from several other jealous Australians. You guys should get together and start your own company to import food blog products from the U.S. At least you can make your own nut butters and flours – thank goodness for blenders and food processors, no? I wish I could send you some unsweetened chocolate. I hear it’s hard to find Down Under. :(

Sending your baby boy a big smooch from HEAB, and again, thanks for reading!

Abby @ Have Dental Floss, Will Travel March 3, 2011 at 7:41 pm

Miss Moses –

Out of curiosity, what is the motivation for making your own flour? Is it for cost? Is it more fresh? Does it allow you to use different grains that don’t come readily available in flour form?

Again, just curious :)

HEAB March 3, 2011 at 9:13 pm

Abby,
It’s so much cheaper. CD does all of our grocery shopping, and he is not a fan of those expensive bags of Bob’s Red Mill flours when we can easily make our own. Plus, the flour is more fresh which is a nice bonus. :)

Melissa @ TryingToHeal March 3, 2011 at 8:07 pm

hey lady! nice on the quinoa flour!

i just got grabanzo bean flour; suggestions on how to use it?! other than socca?

HEAB March 3, 2011 at 9:11 pm

Melissa,
I’ve only used it for socca, but check out Pure2Raw – I think they’ve used it in other recipes, and they have several different socca recipes. I want to try their carrot cake version!

Heather @ kissmybroccoli March 3, 2011 at 8:13 pm

Haha! Love the parting of the red…um, chocolate cake!

I’ve been thinking of getting a blender (my little magic bullet is really getting tired). What are your thoughts on Blendtec vs Vitamix?

HEAB March 3, 2011 at 9:09 pm

Heather,
I’ve never used a Blendtec, but from what I’ve heard, it’s a great blender. I LOVE my Vita-Mix. One difference is the Vita comes with a tamper which I love. I would email Averie at http://www.lovesveggiesandyoga.com. She has both, but I think she prefers the Vita-Mix. However, I’m not sure why. Let me know what you decide. I love my Magic Bullet, but it is NOTHING compared to the Vita-Mix.

lindsay March 3, 2011 at 8:53 pm

oh you just made my day with the vitamix sale! Thank HEAB!
Love the quinoa flour roti. :)

robyn jones clark March 3, 2011 at 9:01 pm

yep, love my vitamix…. wondering if i should buy a dry blade. :)

HEAB March 3, 2011 at 9:07 pm

Robyn,
I don’t think it’s necessary. I make flours using the wet blade all the time, and just happened to remember to use the dry blade today. The wet blade can do it all. :)

Stephanie March 3, 2011 at 9:25 pm

I suggest you mix with amaranth!!
I tried amaranth quite recently, and I love it!! I’m sure you’ll love it too :)
It’s super tasty (I prefer it over quinoa) and its nutritionals rock

HEAB March 3, 2011 at 9:28 pm

Stephanie,
I’ve only tried amaranth once – it was a bread recipe that didn’t quite work. Still tasty though. I will have to give it another try – thanks for the tip. :)

Monica March 3, 2011 at 9:33 pm

Oh, I like! I will have to try to create some quinoa flour recipes, and I am hoping that my handy dandy Magic Bullet will be up to the guinoa flour challenge. :)

Hannah March 3, 2011 at 9:46 pm

I’m quite perplexed! Is the dry blade something extra you have to buy? I got a Vita-Mix in January and don’t think it came with two blades? I wonder if a food processor could grind the quinoa…

HEAB March 4, 2011 at 8:19 am

Hannah,
The dry blade is a whole separate container with a different blade used for grinding dry goods, but honestly, I don’t think it’s necessary. You can totally use the wet blade or the one that came with your Vita to grind flours. The dry blade costs extra, but again, you don’t really need it. :)

Definitely worth a try to use the food processor, but I think your Vita-Mix would probably do a better job.

Amy @ ElephantEats March 3, 2011 at 9:54 pm

I saw the “Look, I’m like just like Moses…” comment before I saw the picture and I was like, “what the…” But then I looked down and literally laughed out loud. You’re too funny, Heather :)

Christin@purplebirdblog March 3, 2011 at 10:32 pm

Someday I will be able to take advantage of that dang ol’ Vitamix sale!! Why do you have to toast the quinoa before grinding it? Do you think it would work in a food processor?

HEAB March 4, 2011 at 8:15 am

Christin,
The toasting really REALLY helps with the flavor. Don’t skip that step and definitely worth a try in the food processor!

Melomeals: Vegan for $3.33 a Day March 4, 2011 at 8:35 am

I adore my vita mix too… it rocks for making flours. I like making flour out of yellow split peas … it’s very similar to chickpea flour. Have you heard of Shan tofu? I make mine with the yellow split pea flour .. it’s like a cross between polenta and tofu and really good if you infuse it with flavor

HEAB March 4, 2011 at 8:42 am

Mel,
Split pea flour, huh? Great idea. I can’t do tofu (soy intolerant), but the polenta part sounds really good! :)

Melomeals: Vegan for $3.33 a Day March 4, 2011 at 8:44 am

Oh… and a great alternative for those who don’t have a vitamix.. you can get a decent quality coffee grinder and use that for flours!

Baking 'n' Books March 4, 2011 at 8:46 am

I guess it would be cheaper to make your own versus buying the packaged? Or is it? Just thinking of the cost to buy the grains or nuts versus the flour itself….

Does it taste the same by the way? And do you need a Vita to do it?

Melomeals: Vegan for $3.33 a Day March 4, 2011 at 8:46 am

The Shan tofu is soy free! It’s made out of the split pea flour!

http://melomeals.blogspot.com/2009/03/333-day-shan-tofu-and-jack-bauer.html

Carey Reynolds March 4, 2011 at 10:59 am

With grinding your own flours in the Vita, do you typically toast all seeds or grains before you grind them? Also, with beans, do you need to soak or do anything to the bean before grinding into a flour?
Thanks so much, actually ordered my vitamix yesterday, saved for months and months, exciting.

HEAB March 4, 2011 at 2:51 pm

Carey,
Not always, but it does seem to really enhance the flavor, and for both chickpea and quinoa flour recipes, I’ve read that toasting the grain first really helps with the taste, and I can understand why after trying to make a sauce out using raw chickpea flour. Blech. Tasted really flour-y. I haven’t yet made my own flour with beans, but I know others who soak and often sprout first as it supposedly aids in digestion. So, you can soak, but it’s not totally necessary.

So excited you ordered a Vita-Mix. You will LOVE it! I swear, they’re life changing. :)

Carey Reynolds March 4, 2011 at 3:48 pm

Thanks for the info, very helpful!

Miranda (Untamed Kitchen) March 4, 2011 at 12:12 pm

I need to try making quinoa flour. Putting it on my list now. :) Not sure if this has been mentioned already, but with certain grains and seeds, I use my coffee grinder if I’m just needing a small amount. Since I cook for myself most of the time, I can get away with grinding just a little at a time. I can’t wait to try that roti recipe! (And I still need to try chickpea flour and make socca!) So much to try! Maybe we can have a cooking/baking day together sometime…

HEAB March 4, 2011 at 2:46 pm

Miranda,
Yes, someone else mentioned using their coffee grinder. I used my Magic Bullet before as well. Definitely better for when I just need a small amount – especially if I’m just making oat flour. Would love to get together for some cooking/baking fun…or I could just come over and you could make me spaghetti squash pancakes. I’ll bring the coconut oil. ;)

Natalia - a side of simple March 4, 2011 at 1:42 pm

A Vita-Mix and a food processor are both on my dream wishlist! Your posts only give me MORE reasons to want them!

Kathleen @ KatsHealthCorner March 4, 2011 at 2:07 pm

Ohmygosh, I am totally making some of my own Quinoa flour!!!! :D

xoxo
Kathleen

whitney March 4, 2011 at 5:16 pm

Totally agree. I want to make peanut flour! :)

Whitney

Dea March 5, 2011 at 12:19 am

YAY for vita mixes! I grind my own flours too, it only takes an extra minute when you’re baking and so many more nutrients and so many more options. When someone asks me for a recipe I’ve made I always end up calling for things that they wonder about, like millet flour, oat flour etc because I make my own! So fun!

kate@ahealthypassion March 5, 2011 at 8:55 am

I have never tried quinoa four before but definitely have been wanting to, I think that chocolate cake should be my first attempt it looks amazing

Ilana March 11, 2011 at 6:36 pm

i’ve had this post in mind for days…now i have a jar of toasted quinoa flour and a bowlful of cooked quinoa flour topped in unsweetened chocolate and coconut butter. i’m calling this my HEAB dinner

Ilana March 11, 2011 at 6:38 pm

i’ve had this post in mind for days…now i have a jar of toasted quinoa flour and a bowlful of cooked quinoa flour topped in unsweetened chocolate and coconut butter (also cinnamon and chopped apricots). i’m calling this my HEAB dinner. SO delicious!!!

HEAB March 11, 2011 at 8:00 pm

Haha – love it Ilana! Glad you enjoyed your dinner. :)

Ilana April 13, 2011 at 9:37 am

haha…so obviously I like this dish since I’m coming back to comment again. BTW, a note to everyone who doesn’t have a Vita, after toasting the quinoa it takes less than fifteen seconds to pulverize into flour in my cheap not-at-all-high-powered blender. And I tried it without toasting – also worked. Took a little longer but still worked.

Farzana July 7, 2011 at 6:51 pm

I wonder if someone could give me some suggestions. I just found out that I have gluten & wheat allergy (along with tons other like dairy and peanuts !) . I am really interested in making my own gluten free flour so that I can still enjoy making pancakes, muffins, etc. . The premade ones are sooooo expensive its ridiculous ! Can anybone tell me what mixes are the best and the quantity? I guess I am looking for the recipe for an all purpose gluten free flour. I have potatoe allergy so I cannot use potatoe starch/flour but almonds are okay (I LUV almonds!) and everything else is okay. I really would love to make a flour that is high in protein and just basically overall good for ya ! I am not sure how I feel about tapioca. Too starchy ?? IDK . . . but any suggestions anyone?? I would really appreciate it if someone could share a recipe :-)

HEAB July 7, 2011 at 7:37 pm

Farzana,
I have several gluten free pancake recipes on my blog under the breakfast category: http://heathereatsalmondbutter.com/recipes/. Also, I’d check out Gluten Free Easily: http://glutenfreeeasily.com/ and Simply Sugar and Gluten Free: http://simplysugarandglutenfree.com for other suggestions. Blanched almond flour is great, but yeah, it’s pricey. I also love coconut flour. You can get some great prices on gluten free flours and baking mixes on http://www.iherb.com. I believe shipping is free for orders over $40 and you can use the coupon code EME542 for $5 off your first order. I love iherb and order a lot of food items, supplements, and beauty products from their site. Saves me a ton of money! Hope this helps. :)

Farzana July 7, 2011 at 9:23 pm

Thanks soooo much Heab. I will definitely check it out! I LUV coconut too!

Farzana July 8, 2011 at 1:53 pm

Shoot . . . it looks like most of the breakfast items you are using eggs. Unfortunately, I am allergic to eggs :-(

I wonder if I use the flaxseed technique if that would work fine? I made almond butter cookie couple days ago with coconut flour (which I grounded up myself) and they turned out sooooo good. I didnt use any egg. Instead I used 1 TBSP flaxseed and 1/4 cup water and I put it in my blender until it got nice and creamy. It worked great !

HEAB July 8, 2011 at 2:58 pm

Farzana,
Yep, I’m an egg girl, but I know others have used flax or chia eggs in my pancake recipes. However, I’ve been told that Ener-G egg replacement works best.

Adam January 6, 2013 at 1:43 am

Hi there,
Not sure if anyone is still checking this, but the link to the blueberry chocolate cake is no more. Does anyone still have the recipe?

thanks

HEAB January 6, 2013 at 7:33 am

Hi Adam,
Still checking. :)

The blog I referenced for the cake recipe has since been taken down by its owner. However, if I remember correctly, she adapted her recipe from this one: http://ohsheglows.com/2010/07/25/healthy-blueberry-chocolate-glaze-cake/. I think she simply subbed quinoa flour for the spelt and used less maple syrup or replaced it with stevia. Hope it works for you.

Adam January 6, 2013 at 10:00 am

Thank you,
Its my wife’s birthday on Monday, and since the 15th of December we’ve drastically changed our eating and… well life as a whole. Was hoping to find a nice dark chocolate / healthy cake to make for her. This one seems very promising. Hoping to make it in the vitamix. If you have a good recipe for something like that I am all ears :) (Well eyes, I suppose)

HEAB January 6, 2013 at 11:02 am

Hi Adam,
You’re welcome, and I hope you and your wife are feeling better with your changes in lifestyle. Good for you and here’s to a much healthier new year!

As far as cake recipes, this one is one of my favorites. It’s quite bitter, but I love it. You could always add some sweetener or top it with some semi-sweet or dark chocolate. I’m an unsweetened Baker’s chocolate girl myself, but I know that’s not for everyone. This is a simple cake for when you and your wife are needing a little chocolatey goodness: http://www.spoonfulofsugarfree.com/2010/12/03/a-bitter-christmas/.

Happy Birthday to your wife. Hope it’s a good one!

Brooke May 13, 2013 at 10:11 pm

I’m really interested in the quinoa coconut roti recipe, which has also disappeared since the blog that was referred to has been deleted. Do you have that recipe?
Best wishes :-)

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