Showing posts from September, 2009

Jack Daniels - Gluten Free?

It seems quite mad to me that most packaged food has allergy info on the label (even nuts - I mean 'Contains nuts' it's overkill!) when most alcoholic beverages don't. If we all contact beverage companies maybe we can bring a change about.

As I couldn't find anything online (or on the label) about the allergens that may be present in Jack Daniels whiskey (my favourite tipple), I decided to take matters into my own hands and email the folks at Jack Daniels.
They got back to me today and I am transcribing the email here for the benefit of coeliacs around the world. I replied and asked them if they were ever going to put allergy information on their labelling. I'll let you know the reply if/when it arrives.

"Hello Debra,

Thanks for taking the time to write, and I hope I can assist you with your question about Jack Daniel's.

Our Black Label Tennessee Whiskey is made with natural ingredients that consist of corn, rye and barley malt, as well as the iron-free wat…

Gluten = The Evil?

10 days without gluten and I am feeling fantastic.
My extreme bloating of the last month or so has pretty much gone and my head feels clearer. I have less dizziness and fewer headaches.

One disturbing development however- I need to pee much more frequently! Related? Who the hell knows. All anyone in the medical profession can seem to agree on is that the digestive system is a bit of a mystery.

All these good effects could be psychosomatic but, whatever, I'm not going to decide anything until I've taken the test.

In other news - made a divine Gluten Free Key Lime Pie on Friday. Recipe and photos coming up soon :)

Alcohol for Coeliacs

Coeliacs have it so easy. Since doing some research into it, (as it seems I might have it) it appears coeliacs get a lot more information and support than plain ol' food intolerant people.
It sounds slightly strange but I'm sorta hoping I have coeliac.
As my colleague pointed out the other day, it's also easier to explain to people. Saying "I have coeliac disease" or "I can't eat gluten" must make things a lot more simple than trying to get someone to understand wheat intolerance.
(It always makes me think of the other meaning of intolerance. It sounds like you're saying - "I just don't like wheat's attitude! It's rude and I can't abide it!")

Anyway, to my point.

I was talking about this with my husband, while I was drinking a JD and coke and he 'helpfully' pointed out that "I probably shouldn't be drinking that".

So, I've been doing a bit of research and I've even emailed Jack Daniels. (The peop…

Coeliac/Celiac Test

You can buy a simple pin prick test for celiac disease from this website -

For just £19.99 (You can also get it in Boots the Chemist)

I am definitely making a purchase come pay day!

Coconut Flour

Since posting my blog about carrot cake muffins, I have been searching for coconut flour in supermarkets and health food shops and haven’t had any luck.
I searched online and you can buy it from a few different places and it seems to retail from around £4.99 a bag!
I’m not surprised that the supermarkets don’t stock it, it would get nicked all the time!
It’s a great shame as it seems to be useful for a great many gluten free alternatives.

This website had a huge list of recipes and you can also buy the flour there too.

I’ll make an investment some day and try them all out!

RECIPE Gluten Free New Orleans Style Bread Pudding with Whiskey Sauce

Another EmerilLagasse recipe, he's just so damn good!
I've altered his quantities as, with all New Orleans recipes, they feed around 170 people!

I tried this out last week and it was superb. And a perfect use for all that stupid crumbly gluten free bread. (I think that I must find 3 useable slices in a whole pack, grr). I even did it with 'multi grain' gluten free bread mixed with white and it wasn't weird at all. Just yum.


6 cups 1-inch cubes gluten free bread
1/2 tablespoon unsalted butter
1 cups double cream
2 cups whole milk
3 large eggs
1 cup brown sugar
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
Sprinkle of salt
1/4 cup raisins


Preheat the oven to 220 degrees C.
Place the bread in a large bowl. Grease a 9 by 13-inch casserole dish with the butter and set aside.
Combine the cream, milk, eggs, brown sugar, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt, and raisins in a large bowl. Whisk to mix. Pour th…

Do I have coeliac disease?!

Here's a turn up for the books, I think I might have coeliac disease.
I am experiencing the worst bloating in a long time this week. I avoided wheat but I've been eating rye flour. say that I should avoid the following;

Barley – People with coeliac disease should avoid products containing barley and products high in malted barley, such as malted drinks, beers, ales, lagers and stouts. Barley malt extract – often used in small amounts as a flavour enhancer can be tolerated by most people when used at a low level.
Bulgar wheat – made from wheat
Cous cous – prepared from wheat
Durum wheat – wheat used in making pasta
Einkorn – form of wheat
Emmer – form of wheat
Kamut® – ancient relative of modern durum wheat
Pearl Barley – barley which has been hulled and the bran removed, used in some soups
Rye – cereal cultivated for its grain – used for flour and rye bread
Semolina – coarse particles of wheat, used to make pasta and puddings and for coating roast potatoes
Spelt – ancien…

RECIPE Gluten Free Smoked Salmon Quiche with Crispy Potato Crust

This recipe is from "New New Orleans Cooking", by EmerilLagasse and Jessie Tirsch, published by William and Morrow, 1993.

I can't wait to try this recipe as I'm always craving quiche and I hardly ever cook with Salmon.
Best of all, the potato pastry can be adapted for any kind of pie, really handy for using up leftover chicken etc.


3 1/4 cups grated, cooked potato
2 tablespoons melted butter, plus 1 tablespoon whole butter
1 tablespoon Cajun seasoning (or a small amount of oregano, thyme and cayenne)
1/4 cup finely grated Parmesan
2 medium leeks, halved and thinly sliced, about 1 cup
1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
110g cream cheese, at room temperature
2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
3 eggs
1 cup double cream
170g smoked salmon
2 tablespoons chopped fresh dill
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper


Preheat oven to 220 degrees C. Lightly grease a 9-inch deep-dish glass pie plate.
In a bowl, combine the potatoes, 1 tablespoon of the mel…


My friend Fleur of ‘Diary of a Vintage Girl’ blog fame hosted her first vintage inspired event on Saturday and it was a roaring success. Keep an eye out on the events website for info on the next one because (if you’re in the London area) you really don’t want to miss out.

The evening involved Pimms served in china cups with saucers, a cake and chocolate stand, croquet on the roof terrace, a swing band, swing dancing and 3 burlesque acts. And lots of dressing up!

The reason why I mention the evening here in this blog is because I wanted to tell you about the beautiful choccies I purchased from the cake & chocolate stand, with the genius name of

I normally just stare and drool near cake stands so it was a welcome surprise to discover a selection of chocolates available to purchase (and they went with my JD & coke quite nicely!)

Also check out (in a few days, it’s not yet live) …

RECIPE Gluten Free Jerk Chicken

No cupboard should be without a packet of Jerk Seasoning.
As I discovered last night, when you're all out of food inspiration, Jerking up some meat is the answer! (My, I seem to have turned into Levi Roots!

I made this recipe last night using bits and pieces already in the house and it was so lush, I though I'd share it with y'all.

Serves 2-3


3 or 4 chicken breasts
2 tspns Jamaican Jerk Seasoning (I used Tropical Sun from Tesco
1 tbspn ketchup
1 red chilli (makes it fiery! De-seed if you’d prefer it milder)
1 thumb sized piece of ginger
3 cloves of garlic
3 tomatoes
3 or 4 mushrooms


Chop finely the chilli, ginger and garlic
Chop mushrooms and tomatoes into slices
Cut chicken up into big chunks
Boil 3-4 handfuls of rice and some frozen peas

Fry chilli, ginger and garlic for a couple of minutes, then add mushrooms and tomatoes.
After 2/3 minutes, add chicken and…

Gluten Free Worcestershire Sauce

I was in Morrisons the other day and found Gluten Free Worcestershire Sauce! I had never even tried it before I went wheat free and since then I keep seeing it in recipes. (I think it was the anchovies that put me off, but I’ve recently grown to love them.)
So I snapped up a bottle and have since been putting it on everything! (It’s great on steak!)

I just did a little web search for recipes with Worcestershire sauce in and there’s frackin loads. This one from the ingenious ingredients based search engine is one of my faves, mainly because I always have frozen peas and odd pieces of bacon in the house!

Bacon Smothered Peas (by New Orleans' own Emeril Lagasse)


3 slices bacon, diced
1/2 onion, finely chopped
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1 1/2 pounds frozen green peas
2 cups chicken broth
1/4 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper


In a medium saucepan cook the bacon until crispy and all of the fat is re…