The idea for these gluten free crispy cheese and onion potato bakes materialised from making basic potato cakes (which are simply, cold seasoned mashed potato, with a little added gluten free flour/mix, the mixture is then moulded into patties and pan fried…preferably in butter!). So yes, I popped these bakes together the other day and they were so good, that I needed to let you know about them too!
Another recipe that I have been wanting to share with you for ages, is a gluten free Swiss roll. It’s one of those recipes that might seem a bit fiddly, but it really isn’t. The sponge itself only requires 3 ingredients and you can then fill the fluffy and ever so light Swiss roll with jam, lemon curd, whipped cream, buttercream – in fact whatever takes your fancy. This is simply the basic recipe for you to adapt and transform into whatever grabs you!
I first learnt how to make lemon curd in a home economics class at school (a long time ago – although it really doesn’t feel like it). Much to my delight, when I took it home, it was a huge hit with my mum and grandparents. For a little while after that my family were slightly bombarded with jars of lemon curd…..I heard no complaints though!
As a cook, sometimes I feel a bit guilty when I buy ready-made shop bought things. But when I’m short of preparation time, I’m really glad there are great convenience products on hand that can help me out just when I need it!
This Lees meringue pavlova that I picked up from Aldi the other day is a perfect example of a smashing ready-made treat to have stashed away in the cupboard ready to be transformed into something quite magnificent when time is not on your side. It’s **naturally gluten free and is made simply with pasteurised egg white and sugar…. yes, that’s it! What you then top it with is entirely up to you!
I was always a bit rubbish at making egg fried rice until somebody explained to me where I was going wrong. It was simply that I had been adding a raw egg to the rice rather than a lightly cooked one (basically it’s just a super quick omelette, which is then roughly chopped up). From that moment on I had egg fried rice sussed!