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Christmas Stockings – Retro Style

Back in the day, when Christmas wasn’t quite so commercialised, one would receive a Christmas Stocking and one other gift.

Life was simple and uncomplicated and many of my peers have memories of this Christmas Stocking : cardboard backing with material netting and containing a comic, a packet of lollies and a few bits and bobs such as whistles, yo-yos, toy car, tin clickers.

Xmas Stocking

With too much time on my hands, I decided that a gluten free Christmas Stocking could be easily (if not roughly) made.

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A cookbook, lollies, caramels, chocolates and there it is, my version of a gluten free Christmas Stocking.

So if you are still looking for inspiration: gluten free or otherwise, then put together a few items, sew together cardboard and a scrap of curtain material and personalise a Christmas Stocking gift.

Xmas Present – Gluten Free

 

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Comprehensive.Colourful.Coeliac

Can I afford another Gluten Free Recipe Book?

Can I find space on my bookcase for one more recipe book?

Do I really need another gluten free recipe book?

Will I make any of the recipes?

Yes. No. No. Maybe.

But my husband has already bookmarked a number of mains and I have taken note of a number of sweets.  So I think that I really did need to have this book.

Perfect as a Christmas or special occasion gift, this Women’s Weekly recipe book lives up to its reputation.

There are lots of new ideas for produce already in your kitchen but also a few yummy recipes:

Raspberry and Chocolate Brownie

Almond, Coconut and Pineapple Slice

Orange and White Chocolate Blondie

Banana and Maple Syrup Loaf

Baked Ricotta with Caramelised Onions and Flatbreads

Pina Colada Smoothie

Xmas is Just Around the Corner

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Gift.Ideas.Menu.Ideas.GlutenFree.Christmas

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.

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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

Starters

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

Afters

Turron Alicante

Turron Jijona

Rum Truffle Balls

Bumble Bees

Sweet and Salty Crunchy Chocolate

 

 

 

Spanish Turrons

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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.

Christmas comes but once a year…

PEACE AND JOY

Christmas

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.

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2. The Gluten Free Scallywag has been busy and you can now pre-order her Volume 4 Magazine.  If you missed Volume 3, it is available for purchase as a Printed Edition or Downloadable File.

If you want to try before you buy, then download Volume 1 and 2 for FREE!  You won’t be disappointed.

3. Springhill Farm Gluten Free Delights Hamper or the Springhill Farm Gluten Free Sample Pack

4. Jen’s Gluten Free Crackers paired with Beerenberg Red Pepper Relish

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5. Jelly Belly Jelly Beans are a gluten free lolly staple especially at Christmas time. Myers in Townsville are already stocking their shelves.

Jelly Beans

6. The Happy Cookbook by Lola Berry

Happy Cookbook

7. My 2013 and 2014 Blogs for Christmas might also give you inspiration: Christmas Stocking Fillers and A Special Gift for Christmas