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Spicy Fried Minced Pork

If you are looking for inspiration for the 500 g mince you have on hand, then give this recipe a try.

IngredientsSpicy Fried Minced Pork

2 tablespoons vegetable oil

2 garlic cloves, finely chopped

3 shallots, finely chopped

2.5 cm ginger finely grated

500 g pork mince

1 tablespoon fish sauce

2 tablespoons gf soy sauce

1 tablespoon Thai red curry paste

1 tablespoon kaffir lime leaves

10 cherry tomaotes diced

2 tablespoons coriander chopped

Salt and pepper

Method

  1. Heat the oil in a large frying pan over medium heat.  Add the garlic, shallots and ginger and stir fry for 2 minutes.
  2. Stir in the pork and continue stir frying until golden brown.
  3. Add in the fish sauce, soy sauce, curry paste and lime leaves and stir fry for a further 2 minutes on high heat.
  4. Add the chopped tomatoes and cook for a further 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  5. Stir in coriander and salt and pepper to taste.
  6. Serve on a bed of rice vermicelli noodles or serve in a lettuce cup.

Anzac Caramel Slice

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Tomorrow is 100 years since the Australian and New Zealand armed forces landed at Gallipoli. As part of the commemoration is an amazing display of hand crafted poppies in Federation Square in Melbourne. What started out as a call for 5 000 poppies to be made is now a field of 250 000 poppies.

Lest we forget.

ANZAC Biscuits and Slices…an ongoing tradition…

Oats are traditional to an Anzac biscuit recipe, but I substituted quinoa flakes in this recipe and the result was still delicious. Flaked almonds is another substitute.

Anzac Caramel

Ingredients

Base

1 cup GF self raising flour, sifted

130 g melted unsalted butter

1/2 cup desiccated coconut

1/2 cup brown sugar

Topping

1/2 cup quinoa flakes

30 g melted unsalted butter

1 cup shredded coconut

1/3 cup golden syrup

1 can (380 g) caramel filling

Method

Preheat oven to 180 degrees C.

Place the flour and desiccated coconut, sugar and 120 g butter in a bowl and stir until the mixture resembles coarse breadcrumbs.

Using the back of a spoon, press the mixture into the base of a 20 cm x 30 cm tin lined with baking paper.

Bake for 20 – 25 minutes or until golden.

Allow to cool for 10 minutes.

Place the shredded coconut, quinoa flakes, golden syrup and 30 g butter in a bowl and mix to combine.

Spread the caramel over the cooled base and spoon over the cococunt and flakes topping.

Bake for a further 20 – 25 minutes or until golden.

Allow to cool completely before cutting into squares.

(An adapted Donna Hay recipe as posted in Sunday Mail)

CLICK HERE for a  Bit of History on the Anzac Tradition and Anzac Biscuits
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Chicken, Cheese and Chorizo Quesadillas

Great for an easy weekend meal or a snack or a way to use up left over meats.

There are so many variations on this theme  with this recipe using a few core ingredients.   You can use left over roast chicken or a store bought bbq chicken or shredded Sun Pork.  You can substitute cabana for chorizo and you can add in 1/4 cup taco sauce or a small can of red kidney beans.         

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500 g cooked chicken diced

4 shallots, finely sliced

2 chorizo chopped and cooked

1 red chili finely diced

150 – 200 g grated cheese (we use a Pizza Cheese packet mix or use half mozzarella and half cheddar)

Salt and pepper to taste

8 corn tortillas

MethodQ

Place all ingredients in a bowl and mix to combine.

Lay out 4 corn tortillas and divide mixture evenly between them.  Top with remaining tortillas.

Place under the griller (two at a time) or use a large heavy duty non stick frying pan (one at a time).

Once browned, turn over tortilla and cook the other side until the cheese is melting.

Cut quesadillas into quarters and serve.

Florentine Slice

An oldie but a goodie and gluten free… Florentines

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In a light bulb moment in our early days of gluten free, I realised that there WERE some of my favourite recipes that I could still use.  This is one of those recipes that I hadn’t made for a long, long time but it has now resurfaced as a favourite gluten free item.

You can make this recipe as a slice as per the recipe or alternatively drop spoonfuls onto baking paper or spoon mixture into lightly oiled patty cake tins. The last time I made Florentines, I used  a scone cutter and spooned and tampered the mixture for a more uniform Florentine. Once cooled spread  or drizzle with melted chocolate.

Florentine Slice

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You can change the mixture according to the fruit and nut mix you have in the pantry.

Ingredients

185 g (gf) dark chocolate

3/4 cup sultanas

2 cups crushed (gf) cornflakes

1/2 cup roasted unsalted peanuts

60 g glace cherries

2/3 cup condensed milk

Method

1.   Line base of lamington tin 28 cm x 18 cm with greased aluminium foil.

2.  Melt chocolate over double boiler or in microwave.

3. Spread chocolate into tin and refrigerate until set.

4. Combine sultanas, cornflakes, peanuts, chopped cherries and condensed milk into bowl and mix well.

5.  Using back of spoon, spread mixture over chocolate base.

6. Bake in moderate oven 15 – 20 minutes.

7. Cool, refrigerate until set and then cut into squares.

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(the Australian Women’s Weekly, “The Big Book of Beautiful Biscuits”)

Sweet and Sour Pork

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I hadn’t given much thought to making a sweet and sour Chinese recipe but we were introduced to this meal recently as it is one of two gluten free menu options at a local Thai takeaway. So out came my Woman’s Weekly Chinese Cooking Class Cookbook circa 1980’s. To my surprise, I found many recipes which are suitable for people who eat gluten free : Sate Beef, Beef with Black Bean Sauce, Beef with Noodles, Ginger Garlic Chicken, Chicken and Almonds, Spiced Chicken, Spiced Pork.  So long as you use gluten free noodles, soy sauce and noodles, as well as check your spices, a majority are great gluten free recipes. Upon reflection, Chinese recipes seemed to have gone out of fashion as we have adapted our tastes to Thai and Vietnamese inspired meals, but I now have a number of recipes marked for future dinners.

Sweet and Sour Pork

Ingredients

1.25 kg lean pork chops

2 teaspoons sugar

3 tablespoons gluten free soy sauce

1 tablespoon dry sherry

1 egg yolk

Cornflour gluten free

Oil for deep frying

1 large onion sliced

8 shallots sliced diagonally

1 red capsicum cubed

125 g mushrooms sliced

1 medium cucumber, remove seeds and cut in slices

2 sticks celery sliced

3 tablespoons oil

470 g can pineapple pieces, drained reserve syrup

2 tablespoons tomato sauce

¼ cup white vinegar

1 cup water

1 chicken stock cube

1 ½ tablespoons cornflour, extra

Method

Combine sugar, half soy sauce, sherry and egg yolk and stir well.

Cut meat into 2.5 cm cubes and place in marinade. Stir until meat is coated. Cover and leave for 1 hour.

Drain meat from marinade and reserve liquid.  Toss meat lightly in cornflour.

Heat oil, cook meat until golden brown and cooked through (about 7 minutes). Do this in several batches.  Drain meat on paper towel. (I use a small deep fryer which cooks the meat efficiently)

Heat 3 tablespoons oil in large pan and add all the prepared vegetables, sauté three minutes.

Add pineapple syrup with marinade from meat with remaining soy sauce, tomato sauce, vinegar and stock cube.  Blend extra cornflour with water and add to pan.  Stir until sauce boils and thickens.

Add pineapple pieces, season with salt and pepper.

Add pork, stir through until combined and meat is heated through.

Joanne’s Fried Chicken

aka JFC

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.

Ingredients

500 g chicken cut

LFGF Chicken seasoning

1 egg beaten with 1 teaspoon waterIMG_0602

Oil for frying

Method

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.

Peanut Butter Mousse

The original recipe is for a Peanut Marshmallow Tart with a chocolate biscuit and butter base which I ripped out of a Courier Mail newspaper. With limited time, I decided to make the filling only as a mousse which set beautifully.  My sons know I need honest feedback and so one said, “you should have used smooth peanut butter” and I should have, as the recipe called for smooth but I only had crunchy in the house.  My other son quietly said, “there were no marshmallows in it” as he had been looking for the chunks of marshmallow in the mousse that he imagined because after all the name of the recipe says so.  So with this feedback I promise to use smooth peanut butter next time and have deleted marshmallow from the recipe title. But you could always stir through at the end additional cut marshmallows to add texture to the mousse. Ingredients 32 vanilla marshmallows, cut into smaller piecesPeanutButter Mousse 2 tablespoons milk 3/4 cup smooth peanut butter 300 ml thickened cream 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract 1/4 cup salted roasted peanuts, roughly chopped Method Place marshmallows, milk and peanut butter in a saucepan over medium-low heat. Cook, stirring for 10 minutes or until melted and smooth. Transfer mixture to a bowl and stand for 5- 10 minutes to cool. Using an electric mixer, beat cream and vanilla until soft peaks form. Add 1/4 cream to marshmallow mixture.  Stir to combine. Fold through remaining cream. Spoon mixture in serving dishes and refrigerate for 3-4 hours or until set. Sprinkle with chopped peanuts.

Chocolate Cheesecake Tart with Salted Caramel Drizzle

delicious and decadent and delectable

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The title of this recipe is an enticement in itself: chocolate, cheesecake, salted caramel.

Found on a Philadelphia Cream Cheese tear out card in the December 2014/January 2015 edition of delicious magazine, you can make it gluten free by replacing the shortcrust pastry with a gluten free pastry or gluten free biscuit base.

I don’t buy delicious often but a few other dessert recipes are well worth visiting:

Spiced Chocolate Cake (almond meal)

St Clements Polenta Cake with Blueberries

No Churn Ice Cream: Espresso, Raspberry Honeycomb, Choc-Cherry.

The Philly recipe card reminded me that product websites often have many recipes suitable for gluten free cooking and on browsing philly.com.au I found a Gluten Free Passionfruit Cheesecake with Caramelized Pineapple and if that isn’t enough there is a GF Apple Slice Recipe, GF Creamy Lime Tart and a few more great gluten free recipes.

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My attempt…the recipe said dark chocolate and I did make the caramel exactly to the recipe

Boiled Fruit Cake

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My favourite fruit cake is the boiled fruit cake.  I love it for its rich colour and overall moistness.  Saying that I have found two fruit cake recipes using packet mixes which are  well worth the baking effort, which I also include below.

1. The Boiled Fruit Cake is an oldie but a goodie and  it converts well to gluten free.

Ingredients

375 g mixed fruit

1 cup sugar

1 cup water

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon mixed spice

1/2 teaspoon salt

180 g butter or margarine

1 egg

1 cup gluten free SR flour

1/2 cup gluten free plain flour

1/2 cup almond meal

2 level teaspoons baking soda

1 dessert spoon hot water

1 tablespoon rum

Method

1. Place mixed fruit, sugar, water, spice, salt and butter in saucepan.

2. Allow to boil for ten minutes.

3. Allow to cool.

4. Beat egg and add to cooled mixture.

5. Fold in sifted flours and almond meal, dissolved soda and rum.

6. Mix well together then pour into a prepared cake tin.  For lunch boxes I use muffin tins lined with paper cases as the cake holds together better for the lunch box.  Adjust cooking time accordingly.

7. Bake in slow to moderate oven for 1 1/2 hours for cake.

2. Brandy Fruit Cake

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This recipe was featured in the latest yum.com online magazine. I think my oven was the problem as the cake was a little dry.  The process of soaking fruit then coating fruit with bread mix ensured that the fruit did not sink but is distributed throughout the cake. The recipe also gives you some suggestions if you wish to bake a bigger or smaller cake.  Thank you Decadent Alternatives.

3. Boiled Fruit Cake and Christmas Cake

Ingredients

375 g mixed dried fruit

60 g margarine

200 ml boiling water

1 packet Basco Gluten Free Butter Cake Mix

2 eggs lightly beaten

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

pinch ground cinnamon

Method

Preheat oven to 180C (fan forced 160C). Grease a 20 cm square cake pan and line with baking paper. (10 muffin papers)

In a medium saucepan, combine dried fruit, margarine and boiling water.  Bring to boil and simmer for 5 minutes.  Take off heat, stir and allow to stand for 5 minutes to cool.

In a bowl, empty contents of Basco cake mix sachet together with cinnamon, eggs and vanilla.  Mix to combine.

Add fruit mixture to cake batter and beat with a wooden spoon until combined. Spread mixture into prepared pan and bake for 40 – 45 minutes.  Alternatively, divide mixture into 10 muffin cases and bake for 20 – 25 minutes.  Insert a skewer to test when cake is cooked.  For cake, allow to stand for 10 minutes before gently turning out onto a wire rack to cook.

From “The Australian Coeliac” and Joy Williams – Gold Coast.

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Coconut and Raspberry Loaf

What views do other gluten free bakers have on coconut flour?

 2015 and I promise to take myself out of my comfort zone …

Coconut Cake

In the latest free Woolworths fresh magazine, I spied this recipe for a Coconut and Raspberry Loaf.  I have baked with coconut flour before and at the time had mixed feelings about the texture of the baked item.  So with the New Year still young, I decided to revisit coconut flour and bake this Coconut & Raspberry Loaf .

The loaf bakes well and presents beautifully, but I know that my gf taste tester will not enjoy its texture. Me: if I had a choice of a raspberry loaf made with almond meal and one made with coconut flour, my preference would go to the former.

Gluten free baking has broadened the range of products I bake with : banana flour, almond meal, hazelnut meal, buckwheat flour, polenta, chickpea flour, corn maize flour, flaxseed meal and gf flour mixes. So I am used to working with different textures and flours: just not ‘sold’ on coconut flour.

Love to hear your thoughts on coconut flour as it could just be that I am yet

to find a ‘good’ recipe.

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