Thai fish cakes

I made Thai fish cakes for supper last night.  I wanted to find a recipe that had just fish and not bulked up with potato and the first recipe I tried ended up in a sloppy mess.

This is my adaptation of an Angela Hartnett recipe, I was really pleased with the outcome, the texture was quite meaty and the flavour had a slight spicy kick to it.  It’s a personal taste thing, but next time I think I’ll be brave and add more Thai curry paste as we do love it hot! … Continue reading

Pan Fried Seabass

Growing up, the only fish I would eat were covered in bread crumbs or batter, i.e fish fingers and ‘rock eel’ and chips from the chip shop.  I hated the idea of getting a fish bone stuck in my mouth, still do, but over the years I have tried to be more adventurous with my cooking.  The great thing is that you can buy fillets or loins of fish that are already prepared and these hardly ever have bones in.  To check you just run your fingers over it and if you do feel the odd bone, just pluck it out with a pair of tweezers. … Continue reading

GF Bread Pudding

For the new year I went to my Mum’s for a few days. She lives in a wooden lodge on a marina and it’s a magical place to be, we love going up there, it’s like a holiday every time we go.  My Mum is very Coeliac aware and she has a separate cupboard just for all my gluten free ingredients and treats, she always buys gluten free bread and rolls for me when I visit and I invariably end up bringing them home as she always buys me too much.

Mum bought me a loaf of Sainsbury’s gluten free bread to have toasted for breakfast, now I don’t know about you, but I find some gluten free bread doesn’t seem to travel well and this loaf certainly hadn’t. Most of the slices had broken and it was quite crumbly, I managed to find two slices for my toast and brought the rest home.  I wasn’t going to throw it away, that would be wasteful, I was going to make bread pudding.  It was a small loaf, with two slices gone, and weighed in at 357g.  Bread pudding has it’s basic ingredients: bread, dried fruit, milk, egg, melted butter, sugar, and mixed spice, oh and I like to add zest of lemon too.  So, here is the recipe I came up with…. … Continue reading

Schar Sweet Brioche Rolls and Brioche ‘bread and butter’ Pudding

I remember these when they were by Dietary Specials and called breakfast rolls.  The first time I had them I remember thinking they were lovely and just like cakey bread.  I’m not surprised Schar rebranded them and called them Brioche.  I often have a packet in the cupboard for when I need a quick snack.  They are lovely with just jam or banana and are very satisfying.

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The other day I made some Almond Macaroons, I only need the whites of two eggs for this recipe so I was left with two yolks.  I also had a couple of the Brioche rolls left that were beginning to go a bit stale so I though I would try and make a ‘bread and butter’ pudding. … Continue reading

Almond Macaroons

These are my most favourite treats to bake, they take no time at all and only have four ingredients.  They are naturally gluten free and dairy free too!  Everyone who has them can’t stop eating them, they are very much a favourite.  My hubby reckons they remind of him of Farleys Rusks, and come to think of it, I do too. I hope you enjoy them as much as we do….. … Continue reading

Sausage Nut Stuffing Cake

At the weekend I did a practice Christmas dinner instead of a Sunday lunch.  I have a fairly new oven so I wanted to make sure that everything cooked OK for the big day.  I have seven coming for Christmas lunch this year, not as many as I have done in the past, but it’s a nice number.  This sausage nut stuffing cake is delicious, I found the recipe years ago on the web and I have converted it to be gluten free. It can be made dairy free too, just use dairy free spread instead of butter.  I must apologise for the lack of pictures of the finished cake, but I was so intent on dishing up dinner before it got cold that I forgot to take a picture of it when it came out of the oven, it wasn’t till it was on my plate did I remember! … Continue reading

Mini Coconut and Cranberry Munchies

This morning I fancied making something quick and sweet for a special treat to have with our cuppa.  I like to have homemade goodies readily available rather than shop bought biscuits and cakes for several reasons:

  • they are tastier and healthier – homemade cakes are additive-free and made with natural ingredients
  • they are of course always gluten free, so I can indulge too
  • I know what’s in them – with all the chemicals shop-bought cakes have in them, the ingredient lists read more like a science experiment than a food item!
  • and because it’s so much nicer to offer homemade treats when friends pop in
This recipe is naturally gluten free and dairy free and for that matter grain free too. It makes about 18 -20 little bite sized morsels. These little fun bites can be stored up to a week in an airtight container, although in this house they are usually gone by day two!
You will need:

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Street Food at Kingston

This weekend we were at Kingston Upon Thames. We had tickets to The Rose Theatre to see The Christmas Carol, which was excellent.  Before the show we had a little stroll around The Christmas Market in the town centre.  We were a bit peckish and decided to have a look around the street food vendors to see if there was anything I could have.  My hubby had spotted what he was going to have and that was a huge Bratwurst sausage in a roll, but he wasn’t going to have that until I found something.  Then I spotted the sign….. … Continue reading

Fish Finger Sandwich

I wouldn’t call this a recipe as such, more of an idea.  However, it’s a very scrumptious idea and I have to say, when I thought about making this I got very excited as I can’t remember the last time I had a fish finger sandwich, not a gluten free one that’s for sure.  It didn’t take long to make and there wasn’t much clearing up to be done after either, so go and treat yourselves and make this too. … Continue reading

Victoria Sandwich Cake

I like to think I eat healthily most of the time, but occasionally I just hanker for something just a little naughty, but nice. This recipe for Victoria Sandwich or Vanilla Layer Cake, whatever you want to call it, is so easy and makes a rather large cake for you to add whatever filling you like.  … Continue reading