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Spanish Turrons

Turron

A Christmas speciality in Spain, the traditional varieties are made from almonds, honey and egg whites.

Turrons are one of my special childhood memories.  Around Christmas, my Nana would receive a parcel from her cousin Providencia in Barcelona.  Packed in pine boxes and wrapped in wax paper were Turrons Jijona.  She would slice a sliver of turrons for us and my memory is that it was a most heavenly taste. So for me, turrons had a special magical quality about it : coming all the way from Spain, a package covered in stamps with the Spanish King’s head,  packaged in pine boxes and sweet, smooth and delicious.

Turrons disappeared from my life for many years but nowadays I try to source a few packets for special gifts and our Christmas table. And I try to convey to my children and granddaughter the special association turrons have for me and to our heritage.

 Turrons take me back to my childhood, standing in my Nana’s kitchen savouring my slice of turron and having a sense that this was special.

Today, there are many more varieties to choose from and if you are in Spain close to Christmas, then visit one of the specialist turron shops.

Every year I try to source Turrons locally but I will also buy from delis in Sydney or Melbourne and have them posted to me.  Casa Iberica in Melbourne are now well stocked with the Jijona (soft) and Alicante (hard) turrons.

They make ideal gifts and are also perfect for the dessert table of your Christmas celebration.

And the bonus is that they are gluten free – or at least the brands I purchase.  Check the Alicante varieties that have a wafer cover.  The packets I purchased have the wafer made with potato starch.

A Kitchen Necessity: Crepe Maker

crepe maker

What a bargain: a crepe maker for $19.00.

I was in a forced situation of having to go to the shopping centres today, for a work related matter, but allowed myself some time to browse as well. Christmas shopping crowds, summer heat and humidity and lack of parking normally keeps me well away from any shopping other than for groceries at this time of the year.

I have spoken before about our Crepe Maker (Breville) which has become an essential part of our gluten free kitchen.  We use it to make flat breads, wraps, crepes, galettes, pancakes, pikelets, omelette wraps.  The main advantage of this product over a skillet or fry pan on a hotplate is that I can obtain a more consistent control over the cooking heat.  Practically, flipping pancakes is much easier on a flat surface than in a frypan with curved sides.  I am indeed a very practical person.

The $19.00 price tag on this Crepe Maker on the shelves at KMart makes this a perfect stocking filler or gift.

Molecular Gastronomy Kits for Christmas

Looking for something different for the coeliac on your gift list? Image

Have a look at this product : Cocktail – R-Evolution which allows you to make bubbles, pearls and foam to add a little something special to your Christmas drinks.

“Mixology is now an art so stop simply mixing alcohols with juices! Learn how to deconstruct your favorite cocktails and serve your mojitos in a large bubble that will explode in your mouth, bite into a layered martini or add a touch of airy lime foam to your tequila shots!”

Non-alcoholic – perfect for the teenager.

Fun – perfect for all ages.

Gluten Free – perfect for those with coeliac disease.

I found them at Myer for  $29.95 with the bonus being all Christmas food products are 20% discounted.

Ingredients : Cold Soluble Gelatin,  Calcium Lactate, Sodium Alginate, Xanthan Gum, Soy Lecithin

Gluten Free Christmas Stocking Fillers

You have those last few things to buy for Christmas gifts and suddenly you realise you need to find something ‘gluten free’ and quickly.

Don’t panic as there are a number of gluten free stocking fillers that are readily available.

I posted a couple of weeks ago a list of gift ideas and published  the more comprehensive list as a page but I thought I would post it as well.

While I am writing specifically for what is available in Townsville and generally Australia, the range of gluten free Christmas stocking fillers can be quite versatile.

So give yourself a bit of extra time when at the shops or think outside the square or do a quick internet search and you WILL find  gluten free Christmas shopping  easier.

NB Specifically for children, Big W has a range of merchandised gluten free products for children eg One Direction, Smurfs, Angry Birds, Barbie…see below

Jelly Belly Leda Nougat Limar Outback Spirit sweet_william_santa_pack Toblerone turron turron 2

1.  By Product

Leda Gluten Free Rum Balls

Leda Gluten Free Rum Balls are already on the shelves and can be  found in the bakery section in  Woolworths and in the gluten free section in Coles.

Nougat Limar  Available in Townsville at Sprout, Angelina’s Deli, Sunvale Meats, IGA Garbutt

Noosa Natural Chocolate Company  Available in Townsville at Angelina’s Deli

Toblerone

Another perfect stocking filler…. and from  their website…..

Does Toblerone contain Gluten?
No. All Toblerone flavours do not contain any gluten ingredients.

Spanish Turron

If you have access to a Spanish or Continental Deli, then look for  Turron.  A traditional Christmas food, you can try Jijona (soft and smooth) or Alicante (hard and crunchy).  I have been able to purchase them from El Mercado in Sydney  and Casa Iberica in Melbourne . They are happy to package them up and mail them to me.

Fudge n Stuff : Gluten Free Fudge, Flinders Street Townsville. Artisan Fudge is becoming popular so I am sure you can find a fudge shop near you.

The Gourmet Nut Co. : variety of flavoured nuts found in Snack Aisle of supermarkets

Outback Spirit Gourmet Packs: Fruit Toppers, Hot Sauces, BBQ Marinades, Chutneys.

Beerenberg Sauces, Chutneys, Jams, Dressings and Marinades :make up a gift basket with this products, available at supermarkets and all good delis.

Jelly Belly Jelly Beans

You can get these jelly beans in Christmas colours in a tube and Hello Kitty tins.  Myer has a huge range of Jelly Belly products.  Please find below their response regarding gluten free.

Question : Are all Jelly Belly products gluten free?

Answer: We do not use gluten in any of our current flavours of Jelly Belly jelly beans; however, we do use corn starch in all of our jelly beans.
Our Jelly Belly jelly beans and Jelly Belly Confections Pectin, Mellocreme and Gelatin candies are gluten-free and considered safe for the celiac-sprue patient to consume.
In addition, you requested information regarding two specific areas:   “The source of our ‘modified food starch’ and which ‘natural flavours and artificial flavourings’ are used in our products.”
In regard to the source of our “modified food starch,” we use corn.  Our “natural flavours” are identified on all packaging, and include fruit juice concentrates, fruit purees, coffee, peanut butter, chocolate, coconut and cocoa powder.  We also use oil of peppermint, lemon, lime and tangerine oils to flavour Jelly Belly beans featuring those particular flavours.
These products contain gluten and must be avoided:
All of our Jelly Belly Confections Chocolate Malt Balls, Licorice Pastels, Licorice Bridge Mix, Dimples, Christmas Dimples, Deluxe Christmas Mix, and Speckled Chocolate Malted Eggs.

2. By Store

Woolworths Supermarket

Toblerone

Macro Free From Gluten 2 Christmas Puddings

Homebrand Chocolate Coated Sultanas, Peanuts and Almonds

(While the packing is basic, why not repackage them in a Christmas themed box or bottle.)

Coles Supermarket

You can find these in the Christmas section of Coles:

Coles Candy Canes

Sweet William Santas

Festive Fudge

Darryl Lea Milk Chocolate Rocky Road Fruit and Nut

Taveners Wine Gums

Toblerone

Jon Jon Christmas Pudding

Simply Gluten Free Mince Pies

Simple Gluten Free Christmas Puddings

Crazy Clark’s (they are an overflow type store)

Kiwiland Peanut Clusters

Kiwiland Hokey Pokey Clusters

Kiwiland Cho Hokey Pokey

Kiwiland Choc Honeycomb

(The packaging isn’t festive so repackage into a Christmas themed tin or bottle.)

Target

Walkers Chocolate Turkish Delight, Chocolate Dinner Mint

Goldbar Milk Classic

Outback Spirit Gourmet Packs: Fruit Toppers, Hot Sauces, BBQ Marinades, Chutneys.

Big W

Jelly Belly Jelly Beans

Walkers Chocolate Turkish Delight, Chocolate Dinner Mint, Milk Chocolate Seashells

Ballantyne Chocolate coated Almonds, Fruit and Nut, Sultanas, Peanuts

Christmas Time Milk Santas, Milk Chocolate Coins

Lunch Box Tin Party Mix: Planes, Skylander

Christmas Stockings and Party Mix: One Direction, Barbie, Skylander, Smurfs, Angry Bird

Sweet William Chocolate : Sweet as Original, Sweet as White Strawberry

Kinnerton Luxury Dark Chocolate

KMart

You can find the following in the Christmas section of KMart:

Thorton’s Fudge Toffee

Hacizade Nougat

Hacizade Turkish Delight

KMart Chocolate Truffles in a tin

Belgian Truffles

Myer

Jelly Belly products in all manner of containers  and sizes including Hello Kitty.

Toffees

Caramels/Fudge

Reflection: This time last year, when we were overwhelmed with the gluten free lifestyle change, I did not have time to browse shops and products for gluten free Christmas gift ideas.  We were too busy getting acquainted with gluten free breakfasts, lunches and dinners. We had no time to shop or think about gifts and luxuries, only time to think about the everyday basics. My son was therefore lucky to get a Jelly Belly Santa Tube and a Toblerone in his Santa sack.

I am so pleased I have had time this year to revisit Christmas and gluten free. Instead of being overwhelmed, I am quite pleased and excited to see so many gluten free possibilities for young and old. And while my son will probably still only get a Jelly Bean Santa Tube and a Toblerone in his Santa sack, at least I know there is a choice.

In the capital cities, there are no doubt gourmet chocolate specialty shops, Italian delis and gourmand boutiques with many more gluten free Christmas stocking fillers.

 Bon Nadal    Joyeux Noël    Buon Natale    Merry Christmas

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Gluten Free Christmas Gift Ideas

Six weeks to Christmas.

I hope my list gives you a few ideas and takes the worry out of shopping for  Gluten Free Stocking Fillers especially if this is your first gluten free Christmas.

These are my favourites  but I have included a more comprehensive list as a  page under Gluten Free Shopping.

I would love to hear about your special gluten free treats.

Jelly Belly Leda Nougat Limar Outback Spirit  Toblerone turron turron 2

1. Spanish Turron

If you have access to a Spanish or Continental Deli, then look for  Turron.  A traditional Christmas food, you can try Jijona (soft and smooth) or Alicante (hard and crunchy).  I have been able to purchase them from El Mercado in Sydney  and Casa Iberica in Melbourne. They are happy to package them up and mail them to me.

2. Italian Style Torrone

Below is just one product I have found available in our area.  Ask at your local Italian Deli for Italian torrone or Italian nougat. Just check that the wafer is rice based not wheat.

Nougat Limar Available in Townsville at Sprout, Angelina’s Deli

3.  Toblerone

Another perfect stocking filler…. found at most supermarkets.

4. Outback Spirit Gourmet Packs: Fruit Toppers, Hot Sauces, BBQ Marinades, Chutneys.

I have found these at Target in the Christmas section.

5. Beerenberg Family Farm Products

 Put together a small basket or hamper of Beerenberg’s jams, relishes, chutneys, mustards, sauces and dressings:

6. Artisan and Handmade Fudge

Most fudges are gluten free, but as always check.

Fudge n Stuff : Gluten Free Fudge, Flinders Street Townsville.

Spotted Dog Fudge: Available for purchase online.

7. Jelly Belly Jelly Beans

You can get these jelly beans in Christmas colours in a tube.  Found at lolly shops, Big W and Myer.  NB Myer has an enormous range of Jelly Belly products.

8. Leda Gluten Free Rum Balls

Leda Gluten Free Rum Balls are already on the shelves and can be  found in the bakery section in  Woolworths and in the gluten free section in Coles.