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Gluten Free English Muffins

GF English Muffins

 

We have settled into a routine of what gluten free supermarket products are acceptable or ‘passed’, so I haven’t looked for new products for taste testing.

These Coles Gluten Free English Muffins looked worth sampling so into the trolley they went.  They are dusted with a polenta (maize) semolina and the texture, taste and smell passed my gf son’s scrutiny: toasted of course.

My only wish is for producers of gluten free products to package items in smaller quantities.  If you are the only gluten free eater in the house, then a packet of four muffins locks you in to having to eat muffins every morning. And for products which are brought into store frozen and then defrosted for placement on shelves, one can’t re-freeze the extras.

A two pack would be perfect: less waste and gluten free-ers would be more likely to sample new products.

In an ideal world…..

 

 

 

 

 

 

Little Box of Yum

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My husband noticed a small article in the “Courier Mail” a couple of weeks ago about Little Box of Yum a gourmet food subscription box, but more importantly, that their August box was going to be a ‘gluten free’ box.

A great way of sampling new products on the market, my box arrived this week with a number of new products I haven’t seen here in Townsville.  While not all products are targeted to my teenager’s tastebuds, this would be a great gift for the adult gluten free-er.

I am not sure if there is a cut off date for the August Gluten Free box, but the concept is a great way to sample different products. I do notice a comments box for subscribers to make note of any food allergies, so you might be able put in for a special order box.

Australian Gluten Free Life as well as their magazine subscriptions, also have a “The Box” subscription of gluten free goodies.

 

Ricotta Recipes

Gluten free cooking and baking makes us better cooks.  

Gnocchi ..

We learn to seek out new recipes, try out new meals and experiment with new ingredients.

Ricotta is one such ingredients and it can be used in sweet and savoury dishes.  It is easy to handle and forgiving so if you are looking to broaden some of your meal choices, then give ricotta a go. Here are some of my favourite ricotta recipes:

1. Honey Lemon Ricotta Cakes

2. Ricotta Gnocchi

Gnocchi.

3. Pancakes

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4. Baked Ricotta

5. Savoury Fritters

Ricotta Fritters

6. Passionfruit Ricotta Flan

Passionfruit

7. Ricotta Dumplings

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8. Dark Chocolate Coconut Cheesecakes

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9. Red Velvet Cheesecakes

Red Velvet

10. Ricotta, Raspberry and Passionfruit Curd Terrine

I am yet to find time to try this recipe, but it is oh so tempting.

Online Gluten Free Shopping

 

Q: Where do I shop?

A: Depends….

Yes gluten free shopping depends on likes and dislikes, price, accessibility and convenience

While Coles and Woolworths are my main two supermarkets, I have a couple of online shops that I buy from as well.  I might pay a little more for freight, but if you find a product that works for your gluten free eater, then it is worth it.  In those early days of diagnosis, when gluten free was so overwhelming, I visited every possible local shop and deli searching for gluten free products.  This was part of my research, to find out what our options were.  In time, I have settled into a routine.  We have in our minds, our ‘gluten free’ shopping list with where to buy the relevant product.  Why is it that Woolworths only sell Burgen Gluten Free White Bread and Barilla Gluten Free Pasta whereas Coles only sells Jase’s small Gluten Free Pizzas. And sometimes it is easier to order my  ‘Well & Good ‘ gf flours and bread mixes from Gluten Free Direct rather than have to make a special and inconvenient trip to a health food store inside our largest shopping centre.

I’d like to think that there is merit in the concept of  gluten free shoppers in small towns/suburbs  forming  co-operatives and buying online in bulk.

Here a a couple of  places for online gluten free shopping:

El Cielo – an online Mexican shop with tostadas, corn chips and corn tortillas

Live Free Gluten Free – offering bread, pastry and chicken seasoning mixes

The Gluten Free Shop – is the perfect online gluten free shop for people living regionally or remotely

Absolutely Gluten Free – for a range of products including Schar Pizza Bases

Gluten Free Direct – online supplier of ‘Well & Good’ gluten free products: bread, cake, biscuit mixes and Pudding in a Mug

House of Biskota – order online from a range of 11 gluten free biscuits

Sharing – A Box Full of…

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Today I received my box full of ….. gluten free Mexican goodies: Totopos (Corn Chips), Tostaditas (Deep Fried Tortillas), White Corn Tortillas, Blue Totopos (Corn Chips).  It is almost three years since I launched my blog so upon opening my box full of gluten free Mexican goodies from El Cielo, I reflected back to our first box full of gluten free goodies  and my first blog post.

My blog was inspired by my friend Mandy’s gluten free box full of goodies she sent  my son when he was first diagnosed. And my blog became my box full of…. gluten free goodies: recipes, experiences, products, travel tips and short cuts.

So today’s share is  El Cielo’s range of gluten free Mexican foods.

While we generally make do with supermarket corn chips and tortillas  my ‘regular eating son’ recently talked about the Tostaditas  I had purchased in Melbourne at Casa Iberica . Cooked in Rice Bran oil, these tostaditas were crisp and crunchy and memorable.  I promised that I would ‘look around’ and see what I could find.  I contacted Latin Taste the makers of the tostaditas and they referred me to El Cielo and their on-line shop . If you live in Melbourne you can go to their pick up points in Port Melbourne or South Melbourne.  Take a look also at their recipes.  Mexican lasagne made with tortillas is a great concept and the Mexican Rice recipe took me back to my childhood and my mother’s ‘Garlic Rice’.

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With a marinated pork shoulder basted and resting in the fridge to go in the slow cooker for dinner tonight, I know that the stars have been aligned and now we can have not only pulled pork but pulled pork on crisp and crunchy tostaditas.

Gluten Free in Brisbane

Somehow, without even meaning to, my eyes seek out the words ‘gluten free’.  And this was no different on a recent quick trip to Brisbane.

So here is a small sample of ‘gluten free’ in Brisbane.

All Real Food is convenience breakfast and lunch options in a refrigerated vending machine.  I spotted one in the ‘Wintergarden’ on the Queen Street Mall, just outside a health centre.  Fresh juices, wraps, salads, breakfast cereals are all presented in a jar with gluten free, dairy free, vegetarian and paleo options. Go to their website to find their other seven locations around Brisbane.

Noosa Choc

Noosa Chocolate Factory have two stores on Adelaide Street and we are enjoying the Peanut Crunch and Peanut Brittle brought home.  There is a range of chocolate coated products which are in the main gluten freee: strawberries, hazelnuts, sultanas, ginger.  All products are 100% palm oil free and 100% vegan.

Sausages

Snag Stand in Queens Plaza not only promotes 100% gluten free sausages but also gluten free buns (extra $).  Check their website for additional stores in Queensland, Canberra and New South Wales.  With Spicy Cheese Kransky, Spicy Spanish Chorizo, Toulouse and Australian Fare sausages a sample of what is on offer, these are tempting indeed.

Soul Origin

Soul Origin  is also in Queens Plaza and offers a range of clearly labelled gluten free salads. Stores can be found in New South Wales, Canberra and Queensland. Some choices are Bean Medley, Tuna and Avocado, Chicken and Steamed Vegetables, Lentil.

Schar Pizza

Schar Pizza Bases are not available in Townsville so we always visit the Greenslopes IGA to grab a few boxes.  There are two in a box and they are a good quality pizza base ie they aren’t thin like cardboard nor do they crack and break.  The store generally has a great range of gluten free products.  The pizzas are also brought back to Townsville whenever we have family visiting from Brisbane.

Melting Moments

House of Biskota was a newly seen gluten free biscuit range found at the Rock N Roll Marketplace on Logan Road at Stones Corner.  With a little TLC on the flight home,  the GF Almond Crescents and GF Melting Moments are being enjoyed by all.

A big thank you to my local co-ordinator for  Coeliac Queensland who has supplied the Townsville group  with this link : The Ultimate Gluten Free Guide to Brisbane  Just one of the many reasons to be a member of your state’s Coeliac Australia Branch.

 

 

 

 

Rainbow Cake

 

 

Q: How do you please a 19 year old?  

A: Make him the birthday cake of his choice.

Rainbow cake

T’was the day before Christmas and I had planned to make a raspberry and white chocolate birthday cake for my gf son’s birthday.  After all, that is what he asked for last year.

A family crisis had me  behind schedule but prepared, that is  until I asked KJ “What type of cake do you want for your birthday?”

Rainbow Cake was not the answer I had pre-empted but up to the challenge I flipped through a few gf cookbooks and found a Butter Cake recipe in Women’s Weekly Gluten Free Cookbook. Deliciously Nell from I Need a Feed also has a recipe for butter cake.

Using all my artistic skills, I dolloped tri coloured spoonfuls of cake mixture and then used another palette of colours for the decorations.

2015 Kieran Bday Cake (1)

For those family members whose tastes are not attuned to gluten free cake without chocolate or almond meal or hazelnut meal or orange or lemon; ingredients which make gluten free more palatable, the texture and taste of the cake was noticeably different for them.

For gluten free-ers, the cake was moist and overwhelmingly colourful. And on the day, eaten by all.

Rainbow Cake KJ (1)

Q: How do you make a 19 year old smile on his birthday?

A: Make him a rainbow cake 🙂 

Ingredients

200 g butter, softened

2 1/4 cups (300 g) gluten free self-raising flour

1 cup (220g) caster sugar

1/2 cup (125 ml) milk

2 eggs

2 egg whites

Method

Preheat oven to 180 C (160C fan forced).  Grease and line a 20 – 25 cm spring form cake tin.

Beat butter in a medium bowl with electric mixer until changed to a paler colour.  Sift flour and 1/4 cup of sugar together.  Use half the flour mixture and beat into butter until combined.  Repeat using other half of flour mix.

In another bowl, beat eggs and egg whites until thick and creamy.  Gradually add the remaining sugar (3/4 cup), one tablespoon at a time, beating until sugar dissolves between additions.  Gradually pour egg mixture into flour mixture with motor running on a low speed, until just combined.

Spread mixture into cake tin and bake for 45 – 50 minutes or until skewer comes out clean.  Rest cake in tin for 15 minutes for turning out onto wire rack to cool.

Ice and decorate when cake is cooled.

 

Jase’s Gluten Free Pizzas

Pizza Jase's

New packaging, new sizes and new to Coles.

Perfect to have on hand in the freezer for those just in case moments.

The small size Ham and Pineapple is a welcome stand by snack or quick bite.

Must Have Gluten Free Magazine

If you only buy one gluten free recipe book this year, then think about adding The Gluten Free Scallywag Magazine Volume 4 to your library.

Gluten Free Scallywag

There is something homely and honest about Jasmine’s yearly magazine with practical recipes and beautiful photography.

I have made many GF Anzac Cookie recipes and have then left this challenge unconquered: too soft, too buttery, too dry.

Not so with Jasmine’s recipe for Quinoa ANZACS, so even if this is the only recipe you use, your purchase is worth it.

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Mango season gave me the ideal opportunity to try this Raspberry and Mango Smoothie which is  perfect for our steamy humid tropical afternoons.

Smoothie.

My husband has earmarked the Crispy Pork Belly with Chilli Ginger Greens and my next baking will be the Upside-Down Apple and Hazelnut Cake with Rummy Caramel Sauce.

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And the magic doesn’t stop there with recipes for : Apricot Breakfast Cake, Lemon Curd Sponge Roll, Balsamic Lamb Shanks, Rustic Pumpkin & Feta Tart with Balsamic Onions just a few of the menu items waiting to be made.

Thank you Jasmine for keeping gluten free cooks and bakers; and mothers of gluten free children interested and inspired.

For the Santa Sack…

Werthers

Werther’s Original Golden Mix, found at Coles supermarket last week and perfect for the gluten free Santa Sack or Secret Santa

(Glucose syrup made from wheat)