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.
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.
PEACE AND JOY
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.
If you want to try before you buy, then download Volume 1 and 2 for FREE! You won’t be disappointed.
4. Jen’s Gluten Free Crackers paired with Beerenberg Red Pepper Relish
5. Jelly Belly Jelly Beans are a gluten free lolly staple especially at Christmas time. Myers in Townsville are already stocking their shelves.
6. The Happy Cookbook by Lola Berry
Not another cookbook!
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.
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.
1. Recipe Books
For something special Good without Gluten
For something practical Taste.com Gluten Free
For 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 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
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.
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.
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.
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 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.