Showing posts from August, 2011

RECIPE Gluten, Dairy & Egg Free Lemon Cake

It's a cake made without most of the cake ingredients! And it somehow works!
I made this Vegan Lemon Lime Cake from this recipe. Next time I'll use gluten free self-raising flour to make it rise a bit more (I used a gluten free White Mix). My other tweaks were: added yellow food colouring to the icing and I added Limoncello liqueur to the cake mix and icing. I also did what someone suggested in the comments and used coconut oil as well as vegetable oil.
The resulting cake it great. It's very sweet and yet tangy, perfect for satisfying a sugar craving. Somehow this cake doesn't work when you eat it with a fork - I found it was much nicer when I picked it up and ate it so would perhaps benefit from being made into slices. They would be perfect to place on a saucer alongside a cup of tea :)
If you can't eat eggs like me, defo give this a go!

* Update - Almost a week later and this cake is still fab! Unexpected upside of not using milk and eggs is that this cake lasts …

RECIPE Gluten Free Sausage & Cider Stew

This recipe is perfect for using up old, flat or not very nice cider. And any meat that you may have going spare. Like most of my recipes, this was born out of poverty and needing to use up odds and sods from the fridge - but turned out to be delicious and another I'll definitely add to the recipe folder.
2-3 Sausages (I used Black Farmer Gluten Free Sausages) 1 pack Pancetta cubes (or bacon, pork chops etc) 1 onion, chopped 2-3 carrots, cubed 2-3 potatoes, cubed 1 pork stock cube in 300ml hot water 300ml cider 2-3 cloves garlic, finely chopped Fresh Rosemary, finely chopped Fresh Sage, finely chopped 2-3 bay leaves Black pepper Cornflour
Fry the meat in 2-3 tablespoons oil. Remove the meat after it has browned on the outside but not cooked all the way through. (Cook the sausages whole and slice once browned off). Fry onion and garlic in the leftover oil until soft. Add the rest of the ingredients and stir thoroughly. Cover and put in an oven at 175c for around 45 mins. Remove from …

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RECIPE Home Made Tortillas!

The Dough
The Press
The Fillings The Finished Article
Continuing with our obsession with tortillas, we decided to try making our own corn tortillas at home. We're lucky enough to have an amazing Mexican shop Otomi a 10 minute drive from home, so I popped in to collect tortilla flour (Maseca), a tortilla press, salsa verde and a little tin of Chipotles. At home we had 'Cowboy beans' from a cooking kit (also from Otomi) which we fried in a little oil and mushed up to make Refried Beans. The tortillas themselves were amazingly easy to make, you just add water to the flour until it forms balls (try not to get too wet). Around 200g of flour will make around 8 tortillas, perfect for 2 people. We made the dough, made the balls in the palms of our hands, squished the balls flat in the press (use cling film on top and bottom to stop the dough sticking to the press) and dry fried in a non stick frying pan until they went very slightly brown on both sides. We served with the beans, …

Sainsbury's Free From Pizza Base

My dinner last night ^ (Click on image for a close-up)
Very, very tasty and totally gluten free (although bit of a dairy and egg free fail...)
Sainsbury's Free From Pizza base £1.99 (gluten and dairy free but contains egg white so I'll be suffering today!)
My toppings: Sainsbury's Basics Mozzarella 47p Cheddar Green Chilli Cherry tomatoes Matthesons Smoked Pork Sausage £1.79 Sainsbury's Basics Spicy Pepperoni £1.50 Sainsbury's Red Pesto £1.19. Tomato puree also works and is considerably less fattening! Herbes de Provence Black Pepper
Not sure if I would substitute my usual gluten free pitta bread pizzas for a 'proper' pizza base as I like the crispiness of the pitta, however it's good to have the option there and to feel like I'm eating proper pizza slices.
Overall score for this product - 9/10

RECIPE Gluten Free Fishcakes

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Forgot to take any photos of my homemade gluten free fishcakes so I have used a photo of a 'fish cake' instead. Looks appetising, I'm sure you'll agree.
Fishcakes remind me of my maternal Nan who passed away last August. She was always rustling something up in the kitchen and was almost obsessively dedicated to filling the bellies of anyone who visited her.
Her fishcakes were dusted with white flour and shallow fried which gave them a fantastic crispy coating. I think I have finally found a gluten free alternative that adds colour as well as flavour.
1 tin wild pink salmon (418g) such as Tesco own brand or you can use fresh cod, hake etc 3-4 white potatoes, any variety good for mashing, diced 1-2 sweet potatoes, diced 1/2 red onion, finely chopped 2-3 spring onions, finely chopped 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped 1 green chilli, finely chopped 2 tsp Nam Pla 1 tsp cornflour Handful fresh coriander, roughly chopped …

Creamed Tapioca

Tapioca is used a lot in gluten free cooking but I'd never tried the infamous Tapioca pudding. I found a tin in Morrisons and gave it a try. The texture is just as people describe - like frog spawn - and the taste is very similar to rice pudding. I tried the rest of the tin another time with fresh strawberries and it was infinitely better. Though I think I'll stick to rice pudding in future! However if you are either rice or gluten (or both) intolerant then this could be for you!

New Long Life Glutafin Select Loaves

Glutafin Fibre Loaf
Marmite and peanut butter on toast :)
A sample of the new Glutafin gluten free bread arrived the other day. The box promised that the bread would be 'ready to eat' with 'no need to refresh'. Well, it was breakfast time and I was hungry, so I popped 2 slices in the toaster. Delicious. And surprisingly big slices.
At lunchtime, I filled the other 2 slices with tuna salad. No toasting required. Again great taste and absolutely no crumbling and no holes. With gluten free bread, you usually feel as though a mouse has already had a go at your bread before you and it seems to turn into a thousand pieces a millisecond before it reaches your mouth. Not so with this bread. I must admit that the bread itself is not the tastiest on the market but that's what toppings and fillings are for, right?
Best of all, this bread also appears to be egg free. At present only DS bread is also egg free.
You won't find Glutafin products in the supermarket, they are only avai…