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!
Gluten free food
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!
One of the most requested recipes when I worked on the advice line at Juvela, was for gluten free dumplings. Within the same enquiry, I would generally be asked as to where you were able to buy gluten free suet from?
Gluten free suet is a little tricky to get hold of. However, I have a great tip that I’m about to share with you. Which will mean, you no longer have to specifically source gluten free suet to make dumplings or suet puddings!
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’ve always loved cottage pie – it’s another one of the many tasty meals I’ve grown up tucking into, as it was something my mum and grandma would often make.
Cottage pie is such a comforting tummy warming meal. And after hearing Steve Wright on Radio 2 talking about the fondness of traditional hearty pub food (cottage pie was mentioned!), I felt inspired to share my own version of this yummy fork food, as I know when I worked at Juvela gluten free foods, what people mostly asked about, was how to make gluten free versions of traditional dishes that they had enjoyed before they had needed to follow a gluten free diet.
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 finally got chance to pop into Off The Wheaten Track for a bite to eat the other Friday – it’s something that had been on my wish list ever since it had opened earlier this year! And, I cannot tell you how giddy I’d gotten myself in anticipation of my visit to this !00% gluten free deli and cheese specialist, situated in the lovely town centre of Altrincham, not too far away from where I live.
I have always loved cauliflower cheese, it used to be my ‘Saturday lunch’ of choice when I was a teenager, and very often when I came home from doing my weekend job in our local village shop, my mum would have rustled up a cauliflower cheese beauty ready for me to enjoy! It’s making me smile as I tell you about this lunch, as all those years ago, it wasn’t the done thing to cut up the cauliflower prior to cooking, so I usually had a whole cauliflower to tuck into!! What’s really great about the way my mum used to make it, was, despite the traditional way of making a cheese sauce is to make a roux, she would instead make it by simply thickening the milk with cornflour. So, despite not needing a gluten free diet at that point in my life, the cauliflower cheese in fact, was naturally gluten free and tasted tremendous!
As with many of the recipes I share with you, it’s not always my first intention to do so, but instead, the fact that I’ve just fancied rustling up something particular for myself to eat, and when it turns out great, I get all giddy and think, Oooh, must tell you about it too! And that’s exactly what happened last weekend, when I whipped up some gluten free creamed mushrooms on toast for my lunch!
Last week me and Neil took ourselves off for a few nights stay to the very wonderful Carnoustie Golf Hotel and Spa. Our original trip was due to be to Arran, but Neil spotted this hotel in Carnoustie and we got side tracked. We will make it to Arran one day, but for now I was more than happy to head up to the North East coast and settle down and make Carnoustie our home for a few nights!