Showing posts from January, 2010

Gluten Free Chef of the Year

Coeliac Uk ( ) had a competition late last year to find the GF chef of the year. The winner was Peter McKenzie of South Lanarkshire Council. But in 2nd place was the chef of the St Paul’s Cathedral restaurant. I didn’t even know that St Paul’s had a restaurant!The website says this –“15 December 2009Head Chef of St Paul's, Candice Webber was named runner up in the national Gluten Free Chef of the Year Competition - the competition, to design a three course gluten-free menu, was launched in the latter part of 2009 to raise awareness and highlight the need for greater provision of gluten free menu options for the one in 100 people in the UK that suffer with coeliac disease. Dishes from Candice's mouthwatering menu plus other gluten-free delights will appear on both the Restaurant at St Paul's menu, as well as the Cafe's counters over the coming months.” I’ll just pop that on the already massive list of r…

RECIPE Lizzy M.'s Chicken Tortilla Soup

Many thanks to Lizzie from for today’s fabulous recipe. I cooked it up last night for me and my husband and we were very impressed. A perfect winter warmer meal which is affordable and very moreish!(I’ve changed some of the ingredients slightly to suit UK readers.)Ingredients2 tablespoons Oil – Olive oil or vegetable
2 dried red chilies, chopped finely
1 large onion, diced
2 celery stalks, diced1 red bell pepper
1 cup corn, fresh from the cob, tinned or frozen
Salt and Black Pepper
1 tbsp chili powder
2 tbsp cumin
1 tbsp coriander 1 tsp smoked paprika
Dash of allspice
2 tbsp tomato paste or puree
2 garlic cloves, grated or minced
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
1 tbsp Tropical Sun Smoked BBQ Seasoning
2 chicken stock cubes
2 cups water
1 tin chopped tomatoes
1 large boneless, skinless chicken breast (Use 1 chicken breast for 2 people.)
Sour Cream
Tortilla Chips


1. In a large pot, add a small drizzle of oil over medium to high heat. Once the oil is heated add the chopped on…

Gluten Free Cooking School

I just found this wonderful website called GlutenFreeCookingSchool.Brilliant hints and tips, especially for baking which I find pretty scary and tend not to attempt too often.The recipes are great and the user comments are very helpful. Plus, it’s written by a sweet married couple who add humour and friendliness to their posts.One of their fab recipes includes this one for Peanut Butter cookies which is so simple I’ve got no excuse not to try it :)John’s Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies (Yield:15 – 20 cookies depending on how big you make them)1 c. creamy peanut butter
1 c. sugar
1 egg
1 egg white
1/2 c. chocolate chips1. In a large mixing bowl, combine the peanut butter, sugar, and eggs. Stir until the eggs are thoroughly combined with the other ingredients.2. Stir in the chocolate chips. (I’m not sure why we do this in a separate step, but we do =)3. Refrigerate the cookie dough for 15 minutes. Turn the oven to 350 degrees F to preheat.4. Scoop the chilled cookie dough into small ba…

RECIPE Wheat Free Cornbread

Me and my husband have been very involved in American Football of late. Mainly because our team, the New Orleans Saints, have gone further than ever before. Today, they play a game which could take them to the Super Bowl, I am so nervous!

The Saints need to win the Super Bowl, not just because they are awesome but also because it would mean so much to the people of New Orleans who have been through so much but also because it would bring much needed business and tourism to the area. I'm saying prayers tonight!

What's this got to do with food eh?
Well, me and my husband have been cooking and enjoying Southern cuisine ever since we came back from New Orleans and tonight we had a friend over and cooked up some good old fashioned Red Beans & Rice and some wheat free Cornbread. In Louisiana you'll rarely find one dish without the other. Red Beans are traditionally cooked up on a Monday but I guess on game nights, when people are feeling at their most patriotic, they'll …

Muffin Break - Update

I just had a reply to my email from Muffin Break.I wrote;"Hi, I'm a huge fan and regular customer of one of your Muffin Break branches. I suffer from wheat intolerance so I really appreciate that you sell gluten free muffins, which are amazing. I wondered if you had any plans to extend your gluten free range to your other food items, such as pies and quiches?"The reply;"Thanks for your feedback – it is always great to here positive things about our range. We are currently looking at testing some more GF sweet range products and some GF savoury products, including Gourmet Savoury Muffins, which we sell in our Australian stores. We will keep you posted with our results."Great news! Mmmm savoury muffins :)

Wheat Free Soups

Due to the astronomical price of gluten free bread, I’m often stuck for affordable lunch ideas.I’ve tried all sorts of lunches to take to work and the only things I find affordable and quick are soup or cereal.As a result, I’m a soup expert. I can glance at a supermarket shelf of soups and quickly pick out the ones without wheat.What’s sad is that there are so few of them. So here’s a list of my favourites from the small choice on offer.
Baxter’s Lentil & BaconHeinz 3 Bean & Smoked BaconHeinz Lancashire Lamb HotpotHeinz Big Soup Beef & VegetableSomerfield fresh Chicken and Sweetcorn

Muffin Break - Gluten Free Muffins

My local shopping centre has a coffee shop with a difference – they sell gluten free muffins!It’s such a treat for me to sit down, rest my feet and enjoy a latte and a muffin.The muffins are usually forest fruits, banana or pineapple flavour, slightly crunchy on the top and a tiny bit drier than ‘normal’ muffins but as they’re filled with bits of moist fruit, you hardly notice.There’s a bit more about the muffins on the website you can use the site to find your nearest franchise’ve just dropped them a line to see if they have any plans to make some of their pies or quiches gluten free in the future. I'll post again when I get a response.

Gluten Free Poverty Food - Comfort Grub on a Budget

I imagine that I’m not the only one struggling with finances this month. I have a few favourite things to cook when I’m watching the pennies. One of which is Jollof. I actually can’t believe I’ve not posted about it before, especially as me and my husband eat it every month (towards the end, before pay day!)
IngredientsTropical Sun’s ‘Jollof’ seasoning 99p - Salt, Sugar, Onion, Ginger, Yeast Extract, Coriander, Thyme, Garlic, Chilli, Green Bell Peppers, Cinnamon, Bay.)1 Onion2 cloves garlic2 tins tomatoesTomato PureeRice Meat (any meat really, I usually use sausage or chorizo, the more flavoursome the better)Chillis (not essential or on the instructions but we always add them for an extra kick) Vegetables (such as bell peppers or okra)Follow the instructions on the packet (I didn’t know exact quantities off the top of my head but they’re all on the pack). Takes about…

My Favourite Gluten/Wheat Free Blogs

For marvellous recipes, product reviews, and advice for gluten and wheat free living, there are loads of blogs on the web. Here’s a few of my favourites;Gluten-Free Goddess Recipes - illustrated with diverse and healthy recipes, everything looks so tasty!Gluten-Free Girl - love how this blog is written like a diary then turns into a recipe. Always an enjoyable read with lovely pictures.The Gluten Free Foodie - blog covers eating out in London and the UK.Gluten Free Au Naturale - fab recipes.

Gluten Free Products in Coffee Shops

Starbucks are the winners as far as I’m concerned.If you’re interested, they have a Pdf of Gluten and Wheat Free products on their website. Link - Free goods include – Chocolate Cornflake Square, Fairtrade Belgian Chocolate Cake, Granola Bar, all the Porridge, the yoghurt, the humous and Tuna 3 Bean and Potato and Egg Salad.Not a bad little selection but plenty of room for improvement!In comparison, Caffe Nero sell just one wheat free product, the ‘Organic Gluten Free Double Chocolate Brownie’ and Costa also sell only a ‘Gluten Free Chocolate Brownie’.Come on coffee shops, step it up! Imagine all those female office workers, buying their skinny lattes who would be tempted by a low-carb, gluten free sandwich, wrap or cookie. (Or perhaps just think of people like little old me, who despise your cardboard tasting coffee and your monopoly on the high street, but who can’t be a…

Gluten Free Burger King?

The big news over in the US celiac community is that Burger King have announced which of their menu items contains gluten.I did a little investigation (well I went onto their over zealous and trying-too-hard-to-be-jovial website) and found a nutrition table with a column just for gluten (not just wheat though, which is a little annoying).
Turns out we can eat;The milkshakesChar-Grilled Chicken Fillet StripsBK Fresh Apple Fries (WTF?!? Sounds yum/disturbing) *I have since discovered that these are in fact, pieces of apple in a bag. Gluten free? You're kidding!)Garden Salad andFlame Grilled Chicken Salad, though steer clear of the French Dressing! Honey & Mustard Dressing = OK.They point out – “**No gluten on fries, possible cross contamination from fryers and gluten products.”Mmmm aren’t we so lucky!You know what I would really like to know? Are any of the burgers gluten free without the bun? Coz, you know, we’ve all been there.

Win A Free Meal!

The people at have let me know about some competitions for January. This website is destined to become a popular database of cafes and restaurants that cater to those of us with special dietary requirements. If you get a minute, please go and leave some reviews and you may win a prize!January Competitions...To encourage people to get involved, we're running a couple of competitions in January. We are offering you the chance to win a free meal at the restaurant of your choice when you rate and review online, or get in touch with a new restaurant listing.* Everyone who gets involved in January will be entered into the competition! All you need to do is register here and get reviewing, or simply email us with information about a place you know. However, I imagine you've got more than a couple of reviews up your sleeve, so we are offering the same prize to January's Reviewer of the Month.* The prize for January's Reviewer of the Month will go to the pe…