Mmmm moussaka I love it! Now, my take on moussaka isn’t the true authentic dish that you would expect to get served up in beautiful Greece. But, it is nice and easy to pop together, extremely tasty and naturally gluten free!
I’ve loved making this gluten free Russian sandwich cake and writing the recipe up to share with you. My grandma was rather partial to this cake too. And I used to love treating to her to one from our local bakery. I’m sorry that she won’t ever get to taste my gluten free version of one of her favourite cakes. But I’m forever grateful to her for playing such a huge part in turning me into a proper foodie!
This gluten free Russian sandwich cake has it all – light buttery sponge, sandwiched together with delicious homemade pastry cream, topped with glace icing and finished with a delicate trail of toasted coconut. And, I’ve triple tested this recipe, so I know it’s a winner. Hope you love it!
I’ve discovered another great recipe that works really well as a gluten free version. This rhubarb and custard cake (the original recipe is from BBC good food, and has tons of great reviews) is lovely! It’s nice and easy to make too, and it’s a perfect way of using rhubarb, that is in season at the moment. The rhubarb I used for this cake came fresh out of my dad’s garden!
For many people making gluten free pastry can seem a bit problematic. And I totally get it. As after many years of making ‘traditional’ pastry, it took me a few goes to get the gluten free version right!
Whilst I have quite a few gluten free pastry based recipes on my site, I thought it would helpful to also type up the basic recipe. So it’s handy for you to refer to, should you choose to whip up a batch of gluten free pastry, to use in a recipe of your own.
Ooh I’m rushing in quick (and just in the nick of time), to share with you this rather fabulous festive recipe for delicious gluten free frangipane topped mince pies.
My recommendation, is to enjoy these moreish, soft frangipane topped mince pies, warm with a spot of fresh thick cream – and your feet up with a cuppa!
I do love a good tasty canapé. For me, it’s a perfect morsel to pop into your mouth whilst enjoying a glass of chilled fizz!
Canapés make such a great pre-dinner starter, that bit of something to ‘put you on’, before heading to the table to tuck into the main meal – giving the designated cook a much needed bit of breathing space to crack on with stuff while your nicely pre occupied with something to graze on! And of course canapés are great to serve up over the festive period too……an ideal Christmas party nibble!
I’d heard great things about LEON restaraunts and their super gluten free offerings. So was delighted to discover that they had opened a branch at Cheshire Oaks (one of my favourite places to shop!). And on Wednesday, after a spot of Christmas shopping with my fabulous buddy Carol, we called in for our tea.
I consider myself to be a very lucky coeliac, as the route to my diagnosis was a quick and straightforward one, thanks to the keen eye of my GP. Unfortunately, that’s not the case for many people. It’s been said that in the UK it can take on average 13 years to get a medical diagnosis for coeliac disease. Alarming statistics, considering the crippling and serious health implications undiagnosed coeliac disease can have on so many people.
I’m forever trying new gluten free products – some I like, some I don’t. And although like many things, food is all down to personal taste, I thought it would be good to share with you the things that I have tried this month and without any hesitation would buy again!
When it comes to keeping gluten free food safe, and still gluten free, preventing cross contamination throughout the whole storage, preparation, cooking and serving process is key. And to help spread a consistent message how important (and achievable) this really is for anybody that requires a gluten free diet, the advice should, be simple and clear, so it can then be easily applied to every food prep situation – helping people understand what a true gluten free diet really entails. So, whether we are putting food together in our own kitchen, having it prepared for us in our friends and family’s homes or being served gluten free food from a restaurant kitchen etc, everyone knows how to safely cater for anybody who needs to eat gluten free.