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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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!

Crate of nothing :)

Recently I’ve been finding it difficult to find good snacks. Having had to go dairy free for a while until my gut heals I’ve struggled with snacks, where as before I would have had a chocolate bar or an oat bar both are out of the question currently.
I saw on a Facebook group about a company called crate of nothing. The do a monthly box either gluten free or dairy and gluten free full of snacks and bits you wouldn’t find in the super market.
This month I got the gluten an dairy free box, you. An either sign up for a subscription or get a one off box when ever you fancy.

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In this months box was the following-
An Amy’s kitchen can of soup
Dr Lucy’s gluten free ginger snap cookies
Apple crisps
Pop rice
Pesto
Gluten free gnocchi
Strawberry bar
Two mini ale loads
Smoked chilli crisps
Chocolate flake tea bags

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Also each month there are some ingredient to creat the enclosed recipe 🙂

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Can’t wait to get baking!
http://www.crateofnothing.co.uk

(Written by a dyslexic coeliac apologies for any mistakes)

Courgette noodles- a pasta alternative!

In the past two weeks I’ve seen a lot of recipes for courgette noodles. So I thought I’d give it a go!
First a got myself a veg spiral maker, relatively cheap from ebay.
With an abundance of home grown courgettes this summer I quickly got to work. The spiralling off the courgettes is a bit tricking at first and they won’t look perfect like the magazines, they taste great though!

Recipe-
5 x courgettes
Oil
Gluten free sausages
1 x onion
1 x garlic clove
1 x chopped tomatoes tinned
Pepper
Salt
Sugar

I used 5 small courgettes for two people.
Spiral them and leave in a colander whilst you cook up a sauce, you can’t sprinkle with salt and a little olive oil.

I made a spag bol type sauce with gluten free sausages cut into chunks, 1 onion fried with 1 clove of garlic.
Add 1 tin of chopped tomatoes, a little salt and pepper and a tiny amount of sugar to sweeten the sauce.
I also added some home grown cherry tomatoes whole that cooked down and became little bursts of fresh flavour in the sauce.

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In a wok heat a little oil, I used rape seed oil. Pat down the courgettes with kitchen towel and add the courgettes to the wok. Fry a little until they soften but don’t burn. Squeeze half the juice of a lemon over them.
Serve the noodles with the sugar sauce.
Really tasty and a great alternative to pasta!

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Apologies for any spelling or grammar mistakes, I’m a gluten free dyslexic coeliac 🙂

Quick evening meal- paella

Since going gluten free I’ve struggled with connivence food. Being self employed with a cafe especially at this time of year we lived on tesco finest meals and take always or pasta- fast quick food.
So I’ve searched for tasty meals that are quick and this evenings paella was just that!
Recipe-
2 onions, peeled and chopped
3 cloves of garlic, peele and crushed
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tsp ground turmeric
250g paella rice
500ml hot chicken stock (made from half a stock cube)
400g tin of chopped tomatoes
150g chorizo cut into small rounds or chunks
1 pepper cut into pieces
Parsley
Black pepper

Method-
1- in a large frying pan soften the onion, garlic and chorizo in the olive oil.
2- stir in the turmeric and rice, cook for 1 minute. Add the joke stock and tomatoes, cover, simmer for 8 minutes. Add the peppers replace the lid and simmer until the rice has puffed up and become tender.
3- take the lid off stir in black pepper and fresh or dried parsley. Serve 🙂
Done in about 20-25 mins!

Really tasty (convenient with a shop full of chorizo 👍) really quick!

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More rice noodles!

One of my coeliac fears is eating out. Those times when you don’t think ahead and find yourself out for hours and unable to find anything to eat. I searched for something to eat at those times your on a day out and want to take something with you to eat but something you could easily not eat if you found an alternative.

I came across Kabuto noodles! To be honest I’m not entirely sure how I first came across them, someone tweeted something about their new gf noodles and my search for them started there.
I ended up contacting them to see where they stocked. Nowhere in North Wales obviously 😔 So I suggested a shop in town that might stock them, but said shop wasn’t interested.

Then whilst discussing it with the fabulous husband he suggested we get them in our cafe so other gf people could buy them incase they didn’t find other gf places to eat. Excellent plan!

Sophie the kind lady at Kabuto Noodles sent me some sample packs of their miso and chicken gf noodles. Both are delicious!

Essentially Kabuto noodles are the same principle as the original pot noodles, just add boil hot water. But I can tell you they taste nothing like them! Their amazing!

I never go out without one now. So quick and convenient there’s no need to worry about finding something to eat. I can’t wait to take these to a festival incase there’s nothing there or on days out to shows.
Kabuto noodles you are life savers! Thank you! 👍
Check them out here-

http://www.kabutonoodles.com
http://twitter.com/#!/KabutoNoodles

Stocked at Pethau Melys of course!
http://www.pethaumelys.co.uk

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