Melt in the mouth Biscuits

We have really struggled over the years to make gluten free biscuits that still taste good and don’t break your teeth once they cool down.  We adapted a recipe and were amazed with the results.  They are not only incredibly tasty, but they take only a few simple minutes to make too.

 

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Makes approximately 12 biscuits.

 

Ingredients:

50g ground almonds

50g gluten free flour

1/2 tsp gluten free baking powder

50g sugar

4 x tbsp oil

4 x tbsp water

 

Method:

  • Pre-heat the oven to 170 degrees C.
  • Cover 2 large baking sheets with greaseproof paper.
  • Mix the flour, ground almonds, sugar and baking powder together in a bowl.
  • Add the oil and water.
  • Mix until it forms a smooth paste.
  • Take a teaspoonful and drop it onto the greaseproof paper.
  • You should be able to fit about 8-10 on each tray.
  • Ensure that you leave spaces between the biscuit mixture, so that they don’t ooze into each other when baking.
  • Put in the oven and bake for approx 10 mins until golden brown.
  • Can be eaten warm or cold.
  • Best served with a cup of coffee or hot chocolate.

 

Enjoy! x

 

 

Colourful carrot and cabbage salad

We love eating salad in our house, but only eating lettuce can get a bit boring.  So, we adapted a recipe (using what we already had in our cupboards) and came up with this gorgeous salad.  Thank you Granny for the inspiration!

It’s a perfect accompaniment to meat or fish and was gobbled up by my little coeliac!

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Makes enough for a family of 4 to share as a side dish.

Ingredients:

3 x large carrots (peeled and sliced into long strips)

1/3 x red cabbage (sliced into long strips)

1 whole large cucumber (deseeded and cut into long strips)

1 x mango (peeled, stone removed and roughly cut long strips)

70g whole almonds (whizzed in a blender into tiny pieces)

 

Dressing:

1 x tbsp caster sugar

1 x tbsp Olive oil

50ml balsamic vinegar

1 x lime (juice and rind)

1 x tsp ginger paste

1 x tsp mint leaves (chopped finely)

 

Method:

  • Put the carrots and cabbage into a pan of boiling water and cook for 5-8  mins, until they become slightly soft.
  • Take off the heat, drain the veg and leave to cool.
  • In the meantime, make the dressing.  Mix all the ingredients of the dressing together and set aside.
  • When cooled, put the carrots, cabbage and cucumber into a large serving dish and mix.  Pour over the almonds and then sprinkle over the mango.
  • Pour on the dressing when you are ready to serve.
  • Best served with meat or fish.
  • Enjoy!

 

Camping with a little coeliac – our tips!

We went camping for the first time last Summer as a family with a little coeliac and it was so much fun!  Before we left though, it was all a bit hectic trying to find meals to take with us that were gluten free.  I also realised that it had to be an entirely gluten free trip, as there are no separate surfaces to use in a tent and it’s often rather windy meaning contamination risks are higher!  When camping, you also ned to have just one or two things cooking at one time.  However, we managed it so successfully that we were instantly looking forward to our next camping trip.

Here are some of our selection of foods that we had during our time in the tent.

Breakfasts  – Cereals, Crisp breads with salami humous and pate/soft cheese, fruit, sausage bacon, black pudding beans and egg fry up or ………………..pancakes!

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Main meals – pasta and sauce/Bolognese and salad, chilli con carne, savoury pancakes, chicken curry and boil in the bag rice, sweet and sour chicken and rice, spanish omelette hotdogs and gf rolls or BBQ.

IMG_2036          IMG_2156Puddings were much easier and highly calorific due to the amount of exercise we were doing each day….these millionaire shortbreads dipped in custard hit the spot though!

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Dawlish – ‘Home Kitchen’ was just what my little coeliac needed!

We discovered an amazing restaurant in Dawlish called ‘Home Kitchen‘ when we were on holiday.  It was full of coeliac friendly pasties, quiches, burgers, cakes and much more…..so much so that my little coeliac was stuck for choice!

It is so rare that we find somewhere to eat out that has more than one or two choices for us.  It is well worth a visit and you really won’t be disappointed.  We chose calorific meals as had been walking non stop all day as tourists do, but there were plenty of healthier choices too.

Thank you Home Kitchen, we wish there were more places like you! x

It’s snack time kids!

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Look at these wonderful treats!. Morrisons have done us proud and created some delicious things for the packed lunch box or after school snack.  As a family, we have all gone gluten free for lent and therefore all have tried these delights.  We were pleasantly surprised at how ‘normal’ they tasted.  The jam tarts were so big and tasty, but the favourites in the family were the chocolate brownies….they disappeared far too quickly! It’s so nice to find a child friendly selection of goodies, as so many are aimed at adults.  The brownies and digestives also didn’t taste as overly sugary as many cakes/biscuits can do, which was refreshing and didn’t take anything away from the overall taste.

My little Coeliac definitely approves of these, thank you Morrisons! x

Morrisons – new and improved Free From range!

Our friends at Morrisons gave us some amazing news yesterday!

They now have loads more of their own, very affordable free from products including loads more for kids!!  That’s 70 of their own products now in stores.  Curly fries (only £1), hash browns (only £1), kids cereals and ice creams were just some of the new products mentioned.

Here’s a few of the samples that we were lucky enough to try……

Morrisons can now have 444 Free From products available, which is a huge increase from 2016.  40 of their stores now have the dedicated space, which offers store cupboard, chilled and frozen goods in the one Free From area.  They are hoping to increase this across 100 stores within 2017.  My little coeliac loves this, as she knows that she can eat whatever she chooses from this area – it’s so refreshing and makes a huge difference to families.  It’s also much easier to find their Free From range in store now,  with their green triangular logo and it’s a lot more appealing.

In their main store, they are trialling a Free From fresh pizza counter, where staff have been trained up and accredited by the Coeliac Society.  These pizzas are currently priced similarly to the non-free from range at only £2.60 per pizza!!  I really hope they bring this out across more stores, as it sounds absolutely amazing!  You could so easily feed the whole family free from pizzas without spending a fortune…..pizza parties, here we come!

Morrisons, we give you a huge thumbs up and well done………we’re off to our local one right now to stock up on goodies.

Lydia and Mia x