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RECIPE Gluten Free Indian Flatbreads

At last! A foolproof recipe for Indian flatbreads :)
These are the type for folding and scooping up your food with, rather than the Naan type.
Huge thanks to Hanna's Vegan Kitchen for the recipe which I've tweaked a little for my tastes.
Sit cross-legged around a bowl of Dal and get stuck in!
Makes around 7-8 flatbreads
1 cup chickpea flour 1 teaspoon cumin seeds, ground 1/2 teaspoon fennel seeds, ground 1/2 teaspoon chilli powder 1 cup water 1/2 teaspoon salt
Add these to taste but will work perfectly fine without - 1/2 onion, finely chopped 1 tablespoon fresh ginger, finely chopped
Mix together the flour, spices and salt. Stir in the water until there are no more clumps. The consistency should be slightly thicker than heavy cream. Stir in the ginger and onion if required. Let the batter sit for 15-30 minutes.
Heat a little oil in a non stick pan over, maintain a medium heat. Pour about 1/4-1/3 cup of the batter at a time, spreading a bit with a spatula or swirling around the pan, as you …

FULLfast Appetite Control Spray

Either I have a really fast metabolism or I'm just a greedy mare, but I'm ALWAYS hungry. Some days it really gets me down. I'll have huge meals in the hope that I won't feel hungry for hours afterwards, then an hour later I'll be scouring the fridge and cupboards "there MUST be chocolate in here somewhere!!"
I was offered a chance to try FULLfast recently, it's an 'appetite control spray'. You spray it under your tongue 3 times, 5 times a day, usually 1/2 hour before meals. Naturally, I was sceptical but I started to work it into my daily routine and instantly saw results.
It just works. Sometimes I use it in the evenings when I get those sweet cravings and I know I shouldn't eat past 10pm. The spray gets to work and within 10 minutes I've stopped thinking about food.
How it works - "Its 100% natural ingredients include the amino acid, 5-HTP, which is essential to the production of serotonin – a naturally occurring chemical created …

Gluten Free Chorizo Sausages FTW

However you say it "choreet-so", "chor-eezo", "chorit-zo", "choreetho" etc, these sausages are aces and good for pretty much everything.You would struggle to make any savoury dish taste bad with some of these thrown in. I particularly recommend them for Jollof, stew, meatballs and toad in the hole.

Birmingham's NEC 'I Long For Salad' - Part 4

Regular readers of this blog may remember my previous posts about the NEC in Birmingham.
Their canteens used to put the 'ming' in Birmingham but they've come on leaps and bounds recently.
I go there twice a year for work, once to exhibit so I'm there for a week, 9 hours a day and once to visit so I'm normally looking for lunch and I'm armed with expenses.
My first post about the NEC was my actual ranty email to the NEC after a bad experience with the products on offer and the service/lack of knowledge.
My second post was the reply I got, which didn't really fill me with much hope.
And my 3rd post was a post I made after finding with surprise and delight a whole gluten free section in the fridge in one of the hall canteens.
After my recent visit, I'm pleased to report that the gluten free section is still there - with a new and improved range of sandwiches.
I emailed the NEC again and they were very pleased that I enjoyed the new sarnies and took on my suggesti…

Whole Earth Gluten Free Cereal

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I got sent these lovely cereals to try by Whole Earth Foods who make delicious organic foods. You may have seen their Peanut Butter ad on the tele.
I was sceptical that any cereal could tear me away from my beloved crunchy nut but after a few bowls of the Maple Frosted Organic Flakes, the other cereal tasted too processed for my now more refined tastes.
As well as being organic and made with all natural ingredients, this cereal is gluten free and free from evil e's.
I feel a little bit healthier (and somewhat smug) after a bowl.

Gluten Free Pizza and Pasta in Bude, Cornwall

Bude. Not the first place that would spring to mind when thinking of somewhere to go for a gluten free meal. Me and my husband spent last weekend there and ended up in a lovely pub called The Crooklets Inn. At the Crooklets (Facebook page, their website is down), I got stuck into the local cider and we settled in for the evening as it was tipping down outside. I asked to see the menu as I saw that the pub had a lovely conservatory/restaurant near to where we were sitting. I was utterly flabbergasted when I read that gluten free breads, pasta and pizza where available. We booked a table and double checked with the waiter about the gluten free options and we were informed that it would be no problem at all.
We both ordered pizza and unfortunately they were both brought out overcooked. My husband couldn't eat his but I happily tucked in, I've always liked a burnt crust! I think the pizza crust was bought in rather than homemade but it was great. The price was reasonable though …

Genius Gluten Free Pies

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I recently tried a Steak & Ale Pie from Genius' new frozen range. I would have liked both pies from the box but my husband looked hungry and I suppose one must make dinner for two when one is married.
It's always good to get my husband's feedback on gluten free products however as I've been gluten free for so long now and tend to think everything's awesome as long as it tastes vaguely of the flavour on the box.
He gave the pie a thumb's up and like me, thought the filling was delicious and the pastry tasty and a good texture. I was impressed by the big chunks of steak, luscious gravy and general moreishness of the pie.
We turned the pies into a meal of guilty pleasures by adding hash browns (GF! Yay!) and baked beans and it was one of the most scrummy and indulgent meals I've had in ages. I'll have fond memories of that meal for ages, plates on laps in my mother in law's country cottage, with Miranda on the tele. Lovel…