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Xmas is Just Around the Corner



Xmas is just around the corner or literally just one more turn of the page on the calendar, so  thoughts turn to the Christmas lunch or the Christmas gift…. gluten free of course. And all the extras that go with a family Christmas.

Gift Ideas

Springhill Farm has a gluten free hamper

Smoothie Makers are perfect for all age groups and there are many to choose from on the market.. Nutri Bullet, Magic Bullet. BlitznGo.

Jelly Belly Bean Boozled combines eating jelly beans with a game of chance.

Gingerbread Folk Gluten Free Gingerbread House Kit available online if you can’t buy one in your area or no doubt available in speciality stores in larger cities.

And for more ideas, go to  Yum Gluten Free  for their Christmas Gluten Free Gift Guide.

Also visit my Christmas posts from previous years for a few more ideas.


Menu Ideas

We love our food.  We love our food traditions. We love sharing food with our family. And every year we, family members discuss for many weeks, the answers to the question : WHAT ARE WE GOING TO HAVE FOR CHRISTMAS?  Reality is, that we haven’t had to make too many changes to accommodate a ‘gluten free’ Christmas: gf Worcestershire sauce, gf crackers, gf lasagne sheets, gf cereals for rum balls and Bumble Bees.  Below is a menu from 2013 but I am sure we won’t stray too much from this list.  The phone calls haven’t started yet, but I am looking forward to all that goes with Christmas including the discussions back and forth, the making of lists, the shopping, the planning and then sitting down and enjoying.

Merry Christmas   Bon Nadal   Buon Natale   Joyeux Noël


Robert’s Signature Dip and Bagel Chips

Pesto and Hand Crafted Corn Chips

Devils on Horseback

The Main Event

Savoury Beef de Brendan

Mama’s Lasagne

Cape Grimm Rib Eye Roast with Cafe de Paris Butter

Nut Encrusted Baked Ham

Bon Nadal Chicken

On the Side

Ines’ Christmas Salad

Crispy Sausage and Potatoes

A Touch of Snow (side of rice)

Fatoush Salad

Something Sweet

Surprise de Terese

Velia’s Plum Pudding and Custard (contains gluten)

Amy’s Christmas Cake

Crème Caramel and Balsamic Strawberries

Christmas Jelly


Turron Alicante

Turron Jijona

Rum Truffle Balls

Bumble Bees

Sweet and Salty Crunchy Chocolate




Buckwheat Blinis

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For something different, these buckwheat blinis make great canapés.

Serve with pesto or smoked salmon, the options are endless.


160ml milk

20 g butter

150g buckwheat flour, sifted

4 g (1/2 sachet) dry instant yeast

1 teaspoon caster sugar

¼ teaspoon salt

1 egg, separated



Place milk and butter in a small saucepan over medium to low heat.  Heat until butter just melts and mixture is warm.

In a bowl, combine flour, yeast, sugar and salt.  Make a well in the middle.  Lightly beat egg yolk and add to flour mixture.  Gradually add warmed milk mixture, whisking constantly to form a smooth thick batter.  Cover and stand in a warm place for 1 hour or until mixture has doubled in size.

In a small bowl, whisk egg white until firm peaks form.  Gently fold through flour mixture.

Heat crepe maker to medium heat.  Brush with a little extra melted butter.

Using 1 tablespoon of batter per blini, cook blini until golden and cooked through.

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