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A Little Bit of Spice

berrenberg

 

Add a little bit of spice to the gluten free Christmas Stocking this year

Beerenberg is known for their jams and relishes and dressings but now they have added a few more tempting and tantalising  reasons to love their range: slow cooker Spanish Chicken, Moroccan Lamb, Cuban Mojo Port and Hungarian Beef Goulash.

And another good reason to love Beerenberg is that their products are gluten free.

You can find Beerenberg in the supermarkets but gourmet pantries and delis will have a wider range.

VIP Gourmet Cellar next door to the Victoria Park Hotel on Boundary Street South Townsville is well stocked with this new range of slow cooker items as is Christo’s Deli at The Precinct Fairfield.

 

 

 

 

 

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.

For the Santa Sack…

Werthers

Werther’s Original Golden Mix, found at Coles supermarket last week and perfect for the gluten free Santa Sack or Secret Santa

(Glucose syrup made from wheat)

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.

AGFL

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

Chocolate Chia Cookies

Deliciously Ella

Thank you Ella for your fresh approach to wholesome, healthy and gluten free foods.

Ella started with her blog as a way to heal her body after a diagnosis of Postural Tachycardia Syndrome.  One thing lead to another and she is now author of two books: Deliciously Ella and soon to be released Deliciously Ella Every Day.

If ever there was a reason for me not to publish a photo, then MY version of Ella’s Chocolate Chia Cookies is it.

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However, these cookies are deliciously moorish.

My gf son, who has texture and colour as important criteria when deciding if he likes something, did give the cookies a try. Thumbs down from the gf teenager, but thumbs up from this non coeliac baker who loves to experiment.

Sweet Treats and Gluten Free Pies

Not another cookbook!

Sweet Treats

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.

GF Christmas Stocking Filler

Jelly Beans

Browsing the Christmas shelves at Myer yesterday, I found the Jelly Belly section and thought that their “Cocktail Classics” was perfect for a Christmas stocking filler for the gluten free teenager in the house.

A Special Present for Christmas

Last year I wrote about gluten free food related gift ideas and stocking fillers.  I had satisfied myself that you can find a gluten free food gift at Christmas and I hope that I have also given others some ideas. So with my second blogging Christmas fast approaching I have put my thoughts toward other gift ideas for those with coeliac disease.

Good without gluten 1. Recipe Books

For something special  Good without Gluten

For something practical Taste.com Gluten Free

cook bookFor something personal : if your gf son or daughter is ready to leave home then make up your own cookbook with your tried and tested gluten free recipes.  I made a recipe book last year for my gf son which is filled with all the practical recipes I know he will use and make when he leaves home.  A copy sits on my kitchen bench and is used many many times during the week for flat breads, wraps, bread rolls, granola, pancakes. And it also includes recipe bases for spaghetti bolognese, lasagne, risottos.

2. Kitchen Help download If you have friends or family just starting their gluten free journey then here are a couple of things I have found extremely useful…

Breville Crepe Maker and Stick Blender

3. Gluten Free Box

Australian Gluten Free Life who publish a monthly magazine have launched their “The Box” :a box of gluten free goodies delivered to your door on a monthly basis.  Looks interesting as I see this ‘surprise box’  concept is popular in other parts of the world. This is a great way to try new products that you might necessarily and readily have access to.

The Box

4.. Ready to Make

If you yourself are not a gluten free-er, then you can still put together a package with a recipe card and a few pantry ingredients for the recipe.  Remember, it is the thought that counts and  the fact that you have put a little thought and time makes this gift special. Choose recipes that will only require the addition of a few  ingredients on top of the ones that you have put in the gift.

Chocolate SpidersNoel 2 Spiced Rice and Chickpea Soup Sweet and Salty Crunchy Nut Bars Peanut Brittle Prawn Laksa Hummus Almond and Orange Cake Christmas Jelly Peanut Choc Chip Biscuits

 Noel

Good Without Gluten

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I try not to buy gluten free recipe books, but this one caught my eye at Kmart.  I picked it up, looked at it, sighed and put it back on the shelf.  A couple of weeks later I saw it retailing for $30.00 at another bookstore.

So back I went to Kmart, the bargain was too good to refuse : $20.00.

Did I need it, probably not but the Brownie is heavenly.

The recipes are from the three chefs of No Glu a restaurant in Paris but saying that, all recipes are quite practical.

If you are looking for a Secret Santa present or stocking filler for a gluten free friend or relative, then have a look at Good Without Gluten.

Must also mention that many of the recipes cater for dairy intolerances with alternatives such as plant milk/rice milk/soy milk being given as well as a substitution for butter.

taste.com.au GLUTEN FREE Cookbook

Taste Gluten Free

taste.com.au has a data base of over 27,000 recipes drawn together from a number of leading food magazines.

A search of their recipe data base results in 844 tagged gluten free recipes and now a Gluten Free Cookbook has been published. Priced at $9.95, you can find a preview of 6 of the recipes in the April 2014 issue of taste.com.au magazine.

It is advertised that the cookbook is  available at leading supermarkets and newsagents. So keep an eye open for it.

I found a copy this morning in Woolworths tucked behind a pile of other taste.com.au cookbooks.

All the recipes I am sure are available online but I am a bit old fashioned and like to have  a printed copy.  I am showing my age I suppose.

The  dessert on the cover is very tempting indeed – a no bake raspberry cheesecake.

Rasp Choc Cheesecake (1)