Coeliac Uk

When I was first diagnosed a year ago coeliac Uk was one of my first ports of call.
It’s a great resource, then send you a directory each year with foods safe to bug in supermarkets.

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This years directory is huge compared to last years! Great news for us coeliacs 🙂
They also send out a magazine every now and again. Full of what’s going on, events and recipes.
This month a fabulous Chinese recipe was included I gave it a go and it was fabulous!

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It cost around £24 to join which pays for the directory and also pays for extensive research.
Well worth the money for such a useful charity for us coeliacs, if you haven’t joined please do consider it.
http://www.coeliac.org.uk

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Today’s lunch

So lately I’ve been busy with work 👎 self employment has it’s pros and cons. Having to do it all yourself is a con.
However… I’m back.
I thought if start a what I ate today thing.
So today’s lunch a roast chicken (roasted over the weekend for this weeks lunch) and avocado sandwich.
The best bread I’ve found so far is Genius triple seeded. For once this is a bread that doesn’t taste of sugar! Woohoo!

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Then as a drink. For Christmas I had a nutri bullet- love it! I blast everything!
It’s a great way of getting lots of fruit in and at the moment calcium is important to me. Apparently I have the beginning of osteoporosis… Nice!
So today- frozen mixed berries- about 1/3 of the cup.
Honey- a good squirt
2 tablespoons of chai seeds
Topped up with milk
And there we go- blast!
Healthy and filling 🙂

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Gluten free cheats chocolate tart

Been silent for a while… Sorry… I’m back!
So a couple of weeks back I saw chef Tom kedridge on tv making this cheats choc tart. Intrigued I have given it a go gluten free.
Amazing! All i changed was the flour to gf and added 1 tsp of xanthum gum.
It’s so tasty and defiantly tastes like Christmas! The recipe is here-
http://www.bbc.co.uk/food/recipes/cheats_chocolate_tart_45173

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Gluten free blueberry and white chocolate muffins

Tried and tested recipe 🙂

Ingredients-
115g of butter
255g gluten free plain white flour
1tsp of bicarbonate soda
100g golden caster sugar
100g blueberries
1 pack of white chocolate drops
1 lemon zest
2 eggs
150ml of low fat natural yogurt
4 tbsp of milk

Method-
Heat the oven to 180c
Line a muffin tin- makes about 8 large muffins
Melt the butter and set aside to cool.
Sift the flour, bicarbonate soda and sugar together in a bowl.
Add the blueberries, lemon zest and choc chips.
Mixed until evenly distributed.
Make a well in the centre of the bowl.

Beat the eggs together until smooth, add the yogurt, milk and butter and whisk well.
Pour this mix into the flour mix, stir gently.
Make sure all the flour is mixed in and you have created a batter.
Decide into the muffin cases and bake for 15 minutes or until golden brown.

Enjoy! 🙂

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Gluten free welsh cakes

Working in a cafe I’d always sneak a welsh cake when I was starving. 3 weeks ago the urge to sneak a welsh cake occurred and I couldn’t have one… Cue try a gluten free welsh cake recipe!
And success!!

Recipe-
225g gluten free plain flour
100g of butter
75g of sugar
75g currants or sultanas
2 table spoons of mixed spice
1 egg
1-2 tablespoons of milk

1. In a bowl put the butter and flour, rub the butter into the flour to form breadcrumbs. Add the sugar, currants and spice, stir for an even mix.

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2. In a jug beat the milk and egg
3. Pour the egg mix slowly into the bowl to create a firm dough. You may not need to add all the egg mix.
4. Cover the work surface with gf flour and the rolling pin. Roll out the dough and cut into the desired shape.
5. Heat a pan or griddle over a medium heat. With kitchen towel rub butter in the pan so the dough doesn’t stick.
6. Cook until golden brown on both sides turning whilst cooking. Place on a cooling rack and sprinkle with sugar.

Serve with plenty of butter!
Happy welsh coeliac!! 😃

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Gluten free cook books

Sorry for being a little quiet, August got busy and hectic at the shop so I’ve had no time to cook let alone write!
I thought I’d share quickly though some cook books I’ve found useful over the last few months.
If like me you suddenly realise you’ve eaten nothing but gf pasta for a week along with strawberries and your mind goes blank at the thought of cooking something else. These have been great to refer to-
Gluten free on a shoestring bakes bread and gluten free on a shoestring both bought for me by my lovely sister and her family. These are written by Nicole Hunn who also has a great blog you’ve probably heard about already.

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Seriously good gluten free cooking by Phil Vickery, this was reccome des to me by Coeliac Uk.

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Gluten free girl & chef by Shauna Ahern and her husband Daniel Ahern. Shauna also writes the blog gluten free girl that I often refer too for tips and ideas.

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The Gluten free cookbook by Heather Whinney, Jane Lawrie & Fiona Hunter. My mum bought me this book when I was lost and confused as a newly diagnosed Coeliac. Great for some homely meals.

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200 gluten free recipes by Louise Blair & the Good Food Magazine Gluten free recipes. both great little books handy to take on self catering holidays and full of quick meals and bakes 🙂

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That’s my collection so far. I really would like to buy ‘Meals that Heal’ soon but I feel I need to try a few more of these recipes first and leave something to get for Christmas! Happy baking!

Ricotta, Parma ham & Spinach pasta

A nice filling quick meal at the end of a busy day.

Serves 2 comfortably

Recipe-

225g gluten free pasta of any kind
1 tablespoon of olive oil
1 small onion, finely chopped
1 garlic clove, crushed
80g of Parma ham, cut into chunks
150g of ricotta cheese
80g wilted spinach
2 tablespoons of grated Parmesan cheese
2 tablespoons if white wine
Salt & pepper

Method-

Cook the pasta.
Meanwhile heat the olive oil in a frying pan add the onion and garlic, fry until softened.
Then add the ham and cook for 1-2 minutes.
Add the ricotta cheese, wilted spinach, Parmesan and wine. Heat through.
Drain the pasta and toss the sauce through the pasta, season with salt and black pepper.

Enjoy 🙂

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