PEACE AND JOY
May you find PEACE with your coeliac disease diagnosis, knowing that you are on the road to good health and may you find JOY in the gluten free food that will heal your body
A few ideas for gifts to help share in the spirit of Christmas
1. Australian Gluten Free Life has magazine subscriptions or a “The Box” full of gluten free goodies or you can purchase single copies in newsagencies.
If you want to try before you buy, then download Volume 1 and 2 for FREE! You won’t be disappointed.
4. Jen’s Gluten Free Crackers paired with Beerenberg Red Pepper Relish
5. Jelly Belly Jelly Beans are a gluten free lolly staple especially at Christmas time. Myers in Townsville are already stocking their shelves.
6. The Happy Cookbook by Lola Berry
My KJ asked in passing, if we could make a Cob Loaf because he saw one at a party and it looked really nice.
We make a good team, so our latest collaboration produced a really cheesy crunchy gluten free cob loaf.
1 pkt Well and Good Crusty Bread Mix* + 1 x 18cm round cake tin + baking paper to line tin + 45m @ 180C = Cob Loaf
Cheese and Bacon Filling
(1 onion finely diced + 250 g bacon diced + tablespoon of olive oil to fry) + ( 250 g sour cream + 250 g cream cheese at room temperature + salt + pepper + 1 1/2 cu0ps grated cheedar cheese) = Filling
(Cob loaf – lid – scooped out bread from inside) + filling + alfoil to wrap + 45m @ 180C = almost ready to eat
(Cob loaf – alfoil) + scooped out bread pieces at side of baking tray + lid + 10 m @ 180C = Cheesy Bacon Crunchy Gluten Free Cob Loaf
* Follow the bread mix recipe as per the packet but do not halve the dough, use a cake tin for cob shape and bake for 45 m or until hollow when tapped
Gluten Free Kitchen is a new Australian made product and is the “first and only brand in Australian to specifically fortify all of their products with …vitamins and minerals to enable people to live a truly healthy gluten free lifestyle.”
Products available are Coconut Flour, Self Raising Flour, Plain Flour, Pasta, Pancake Mix, Chocolate Cake Mix, Breakfast Smoothie and Diet Shake.
I am yet to try the product but I have seen them stocked at the Calanna Pharmacy on Ross River Road Aitkenvale. Check the advertisement below to find our the other pharmacists which are stocking Gluten Free Kitchen.
Options are Salted Caramel, Gooey Chocolate, Spiced Banana.
The “Pudding in a Mug” will be available for purchase on-line within the next four weeks.
They are part of the 8 new varieties available from Well & Good.
With two out of the three sachets missing from my pantry, I can say that this new gluten free snack has been given the tick of approval from my gf teenager.
Making school lunches easier
Spotted in the Woolworths supermarket last week.
This is one of those products that has been available in Australia for some time now, BUT took a while to make it north to tropical Townsville.
Pliable and soft, they are easier to work with and wrap than the other brands of wraps we have tried.
A gluten free shopper is ALWAYS on the lookout for a ‘new’ product and with a few minutes to spare today before an appointment, I had a quick browse of The Reject Shop in Stockland Townsville.
The Menz Honeycomb is available in caramel, milk chocolate and dark chocolate making decisions difficult.
The Mac’s shortbread and biscuits had been discussed on Coeliac Qld facebook page, but this was the first time I had seen the product in the shops.
Also available are Candy Corner Chocolate Coated Peanuts and Chocolate Coated Sultanas.
At $2 to $3, these are priced to please any gluten free shopper.
This pastry recipe for dumplings has been filed away for more than six months now and I am so pleased that I found time to experiment with pastry again. I am a little scared of pastry as before gluten free cooking, pastry was bought in frozen sheets and there was little one had to do to them. And pastry making does require time.
A very special thanks to Irena from Cooking Without Gluten who introduced me to “Well and Good” products: breads, flours and pastry mix. Her detailed step by step instructions gives me the confidence to try something new.
I am the first to admit that my dumplings are various in size and that I need a bit more uniformity with the thickness of the pastry but lunch was enjoyed by all and I will most definitely make this pastry recipe again.
My chicken filling was an Asian inspired mixture so I steamed the dumplings instead of boiling them.
I also shallow fried some of the dumplings and they would make a good addition to the gluten free lunchbox.
Not another cookbook!
My eye caught a gluten free cookbook at the newsagency recently and while I have vowed not to buy any more cookbooks, I thought I would just flick through a few pages.
It was the White Chocolate Mud Cake that swayed me and so for $12.99 I now have this cake on my ‘to do’ list.
“Sweet Treats” is written by Megan Tan-Hayes and on reading a little more about her recipes and inspiration for gluten free cooking I also found that she is “One Girl Pie” baking sweet and savoury pies. If you are lucky enough to live in Melbourne or are visiting Melbourne then her pies are available at Frederick’s Richmond, Common Good Grocers Hawthorne, Darriwill Farm Albert Park and Darriwill Farm Prahan Markets.
Who could resist:Christmas Cranberry, Pork and Fennel, Blueberry, Chicken and Leek, Steak and Mushroom and the list goes on….
But if you don’t live in Melbourne, you don’t have to miss out as Megan shares her One Girl Pie – Blueberry Pie recipe in her cookbook.
My sons have warmed to the idea that this chicken IS better than KFC… so if you can’t buy LFGF Chicken Seasoning locally, then order it on-line.
500 g chicken cut
LFGF Chicken seasoning
Oil for frying
In bowl mix egg and water.
On a plate place LFGF Chicken seasoning
Dip chicken in egg mix.
Roll chicken in seasoning mix to cover.
Heat oil in deep fryer on high and fry chicken in batches until half cooked.
Put chicken to drain on kitchen paper towel.
Return chicken to deep fryer until cooked.
Drain chicken on paper towel.
Serve chicken with salad.