Another Gluten Free Cook Book

Greetings to anyone who reads this blog.  I have to say that I haven’t posted for a while as I have been off my game and wanting a social media break. That’s not to say that I’ve stopped cooking lots of lovely gluten free goodies, I just haven’t been so obsessed with taking photographs of everything that I cook.  This did get on hubbies nerves a bit!!

I nabbed this new gluten free cook book (the one in the picture) from my Mum, she is always buying new cook books so that she can make me goodies when I go to visit her.  I read this one and really liked the look of the recipes, the ingredients were run of the mill and they looked simple enough.  So Mum said I could have it as I’m more likely to use it than she is. … Continue reading

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Gluten Free Blueberry Muffins – unbelievably fluffy!

I made these blueberry muffins as I had a load of buttermilk left over from another bake I made, I bought too much!  So, I didn’t want to waste the stuff and found this recipe for gluten free blueberry muffins.  It makes a large amount of mix and the recipe said that it makes 15 muffins, it looks too much but do cram the mixture in your large cases as they come out so nice and big and fluffy. They are crammed full of blueberries which seem to explode into little purple bite fulls of yumminess during the cooking.

So without further ado, here is the recipe for you to enjoy… … Continue reading

Sunday Brunch

On Sunday my son Brad and his wife Faye came round for brunch.  They are both into healthy eating and so I thought I would do an alternative to the usual cooked breakfast.  Inspired by a couple of recipes from my Eat Healthy magazine I did roasted sweet potato, butternut squash and red pepper frittata, homemade ‘baked’ beans and grilled gluten free sausages by Heck.  It went down really well and was surprisingly filling.

The baked beans were a combination of two recipes, I just took the flavours I like and the ingredients I had and a little bit of hey presto!

Here is the recipe if you fancy having a go yourselves:

  • coconut oil for frying
  • 1 red onion finely chopped
  • 1 tin of cannellini beans
  • 1 tin of mixed beans
  • 1 tin of chopped tomatoes
  • 200ml passata
  • a large tablespoon of tomato puree
  • 1 tbsp Tamari
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp coarse-grain mustard
  1. In a small frying pan, gently fry the onions in the coconut oil for about 10 minutes until they are nice and soft
  2. drain and rinse the beans and add to a large saucepan
  3. add everything else and the cooked onions
  4. bring to the boil and simmer for at least 30 minutes, the longer you simmer the thicker the sauce.

They were very simple to make and a lot healthier than the usual tinned baked beans.

They also bought me a beautiful flower arrangement for the table, it’s from their favourite florist  Penny Jane Flowers in Leigh-on-sea.

Beautiful flowers from my lovely son and his wife
Beautiful flowers from my lovely son Brad and his wife Faye

 

Cakes for birthday pressies!

Tomorrow it’s one of my colleague’s birthday.  He will be 60 years old, although he doesn’t look or act like 60!  He’s having a little shindig and as I have no idea what to buy him I decided to make it personal and make him a cake.  This cake is one of my favourites and I’ve been making it for years, it’s called ‘Venetian carrot cake’ and it’s from the book ‘Kitchen’ by Nigella Lawson.  The great thing about this cake is that it is naturally gluten free and dairy free, although Nigella does suggest you accompany a slice with a dollop of mascarpone cream, which is yummy!   So Happy Birthday Dave, here’s looking at you kid!

New book, New Enthusiasm!

Hello everyone out there in the big wide blogging world.  I’m afraid I have been a little off my blogging game of late.  I haven’t blogged for weeks!

I think there are a number of reasons, one being that Spring has sprung and I have a renewed vigour for road cycling, I have got a bit obsessive for cycling the hills around town.  Also, I haven’t had the enthusiasm to bake new things, not that I haven’t been baking, I’m always cooking up something or other but I just haven’t blogged about them.

So, when I was visiting my Mum the other weekend, we were in town and I was perusing the cook books in WHSmith and came across this little number

Gluten Free Baking by Joy May
Gluten Free Baking by Joy May

I flicked through it and thought, yes, I like a lot of these recipes and I fancy giving them a go.  The book is a traditional baking book, in that it uses good old fashioned ingredients like sugar and golden syrup, so it’s not for those ‘sugar free’ fans out there!  I also like the fact that she uses Dove Farm flours, which are easy to buy in the supermarkets.

I made my first bake from the book today – Muesli cookies and they came out perfect. They were delicious, didn’t taste ‘gluten-free’ and I substituted the butter for Pure vegetable spread so that they are suitable for Vegan.  They made loads, so I took a small pile round to my daughter, who is vegan, and she woofed them down.  I shall be trying out many more of the recipes, so watch this space ♥

Muesli Cookies
Muesli Cookies