Chef Ben White’s Trip to A Little Piece of Asia — Gluten Free Chicken Balls

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Photo- family files and Ladies Who Lunch photo from Photo-Throne Photography

Ben just got back from a quick trip to the “village of Shiratoro”, a hidden gem of culinary delights just outside of Perth. It is amazing what we have in Lanark County, and now he has brought back this wonderful Asian recipe for us all today. Of course if you believe all this, then “Bob’s your uncle”– well actually Bob White is  Ben’s uncle.

Chicken Balls Ingredients: 1 cup rice flour mix (6 parts rice flour, 2 parts potato starch, 1 part tapioca starch) 1 cup cornstarch 1 tsp baking powder 1 tsp baking soda 1 tsp sugar 1 1/3 cups cold water oil (for frying) 2 lbs boneless chicken breasts, cut into chunks (you should get about 3-4 dozen pieces) seasoning salt (optional) Directions: 1. In a bowl combine rice flour mix, cornstarch, baking powder, baking soda, sugar and water until smooth. 2. Heat oil in a deep-fryer or Dutch oven to 375 degrees. 3. Dip the chicken pieces into the batter, then drop in hot oil and fry until golden and the juices run clear (about 5 minutes). 4. Remove to a paper towel. 5. Sprinkle with seasoning salt immediately after frying if desired. 6. Serve immediately with sweet and sour sauce.

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NOTE: If gluten is not an issue with you, feel free to replace the rice flour blend with 1 cup of all-purpose flour.

Picture from Simply Gluten Free

Some of you know Ben White as Blair and Teri White’s son. A few of you recognize him as the nephew of Bill and Bob White. I know him because he is my neighbour, Joyce White’s grandson. It doesn’t matter how you met him, you should be aware that the fourteen year old High-Schooler is an up and coming triple threat to the Food Network chefs.

Ben and his brother Emmett share my Celiac disease, so all Ben’s recipes are gluten-free. His Mother has also set up a Facebook page called Go Gluten Free so everyone can share their gluten free recipes. As he told his father, local plumber, Blair White,

“Dad, you fix peoples pipes, I fix up people’s tastebuds

Gluten Free KFC chicken

Gluten Free Belgian Waffles

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Homemade Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups

Gluten Free Red Cherry Licorice

About lindaseccaspina

Linda Knight Seccaspina was born in Cowansville, Quebec about the same time as the wheel was invented and the first time she realized she could tell a tale was when she got caught passing her smutty stories around in Grade 7 at CHS by Mrs. Blinn. When Derek "Wheels" Wheeler from Degrassi Jr. High died in 2010, Linda wrote her own obituary. Some people said she should think about a career in writing obituaries. Before she laid her fingers to a keyboard, Linda owned the eclectic store Flash Cadilac and Savannah Devilles in Ottawa from 1976-1996. After writing for years about things that she cared about or pissed her off she finally found her calling. Is it sex drugs and rock n' roll you might ask? No, it is history. Seeing that her very first boyfriend in Grade 5 (who she won a Twist contest with in the 60s) is the head of the Brome Misissiquoi Historical Society and also specializes in local history back in Quebec, she finds that quite funny. She writes every single day and is also a columnist for Hometown News and Screamin's Mamas. She is a volunteer for the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum, an admin for the Lanark County Genealogical Society Facebook page, and a local guest speaker. She has been now labelled an historian by the locals which in her mind is wrong. You see she will never be like the iconic local Lanark County historian Howard Morton Brown, nor like famed local writer Mary Cook. She proudly calls herself The National Enquirer Historical writer of Lanark County, and that she can live with. Linda has been called the most stubborn woman in Lanark County, and has requested her ashes to be distributed in any Casino parking lot as close to any Wheel of Fortune machine as you can get. But since she wrote her obituary, most people assume she's already dead. Linda has published six books, "Menopausal Woman From the Corn," "Cowansville High Misremembered," "Naked Yoga, Twinkies and Celebrities," "Cancer Calls Collect," "The Tilted Kilt-Vintage Whispers of Carleton Place," and "Flashbacks of Little Miss Flash Cadilac." All are available at Amazon in paperback and Kindle. Linda's books are for sale on Amazon or at Wisteria · 62 Bridge Street · Carleton Place, Ottawa, Canada, and at the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum · 267 Edmund Street · Carleton Place, Ottawa, Canada--Appleton Museum-Mississippi Textile Mill and Mill Street Books and Heritage House Museum and The Artists Loft in Smith Falls.

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