Monday, 21 July 2014

Gluten Free Habanero Salsa

gluten free salsa
Odd Shot I Know
I'm going to try my best here - to share a lovely, simple Summer recipe with you that anyone can make - in a way that's readable because quite frankly, the heat here in London has done me in and my brain feels like a wobbly jelly inside my very sweaty head.

I'm suffering! I'm more cut out for Igloo life.

Thursday, 17 July 2014

The Big Quesadilla... Mess

gluten free quesadilla
Big Quesadilla
We're big fans of the good ole Quesadilla. There was a time when we'd make our own Tortillas for them, the only downside apart from more effort was that they were always a bit on the small side. In recent weeks we've discovered BFree, a brilliant gluten free brand from Ireland who make an amazing loaf (which I shall review next week if I can get my hands on one again) and lovely sized wraps that we used here in place of Tortillas. 

They make other stuff too but I haven't tried any of it yet.

Thursday, 10 July 2014

The Very Reason I Started Free From G

I get a lot of emails from parents who have coeliac children, sometimes they want advice - which I of course happily give to the best of my ability - but mostly it's a simple thank you. The following message made me so happy and I wanted to share it because this is the reason Free From G exists:

"Finally I have found a gluten free blog written by a normal person. My daughter age 12 has coeliacs and not so fussed on vegan, organic macro (weird) food. Most sites I have visited seem to throw the baby out with the bathwater ie if it's not free-range sustainable chicken it's bad for you. (I am exaggerating a little) Anyway, She just wants tasty food that is gluten free. Luckily we love to cook and she is happy to give new things a try. So thank you for your informative blog."

If you haven't read the about me page (why the devil not?!) you probably don't know why I started writing this mismash of words. It was quite simply because I needed information, I needed to know what I could actually eat and it seemed like a great idea to write down my findings so I had something to refer to. It became obvious that it was worth sharing because I couldn't find the content I wanted anywhere else online and maybe that was the same for others too.

So to have that email from a parent and know that I've made a bit of a difference to someone, especially a child, that means the world to me.

Silliness will resume in the coming days...

Monday, 7 July 2014

Gluten Free Smoked Chicken Risotto

gluten free risotto
Would Have Looked Better In A Plain Bowl I Know
So, I made it and it turned out lovely. I was quietly confident on Friday but what with it being so bloody hot here I didn't know if I'd be capable of standing at the hob and stirring for how ever long it was going to take. I managed it, albeit through gritted teeth and I think I may have lost a few pounds in the process so it all worked out really.

Talking of the heat, I'm a hot mess and I don't mean in the good way. I'm just hot and messy, I hate this weather IT IS SO VILE. And Wimbledon has finished so I'm a bit bereft.

Friday, 4 July 2014

Friday Fings

You can sort of blame Andy Murray or Grigor Dimitrov for this post. It's the latter for me as he put paid to me having a massive Wimbledon Pimm's hangover this year, not something I necessarily wanted to endure but it would have meant that Andy had won and I'll take a bad hangover for his team any day.

That's why the recipe I told you I would share hasn't been posted, I was a bit glum (and I don't like to write FFG posts when I'm anything but a bit silly). That and the fact that when I reviewed the photos I took I couldn't exactly use any of them, I know my lackadaisical approach to photography isn't ever going to result in any show stoppers but this was bad even for me.

Tuesday, 1 July 2014

Gluten Free Strawberry Cheesecake Toast

strawberry cheesecake toast
Isn't it pretty? I think so, and I'm loving the plate, it's picnicware but I'm of course using it indoors. I've got a thing about picnic stuff, I just find it cute for some - only my brain knows why - reason. Maybe because it's more tactile than regular crockery, lighter, more girly? I don't know.

So this is a really quick little Summery snack using the amazing DS Gluten Free Brioche, it's ridiculously simple but so tasty that I had to share it with you.

Tuesday, 24 June 2014

A Tudor Lovefest

I'm not a great fan of the word 'idol' - its meaning in the manner I intend it yes, it has a lovely definition - I just find it too, well far too close to 'idle'.....

I could go into much detail about this as I'm in a worky wordy mood but no one really expects serious of me on here, right? Especially when it isn't about food.

The reason I brought up the word 'idol' was because I was trying to think of a word to correctly describe someone, (wow, this is so going read like I've lost the plot). Someone who unless you're a bit... sadistic? Wouldn't really be referred to as an idol. Nor are they actually real (sort of).

If you've never visited now's probably the time for me to say Welcome To My Bloody Strange World.

Friday, 20 June 2014

Three Nation Pancakes - Gluten Free

gluten free pancakes strawberries clotted cream
Three Nation Pancakes
A couple of hours ago I ate that, and others, and so I feel immensely full and uncomfortable and I have no idea how I'm going to write this without warning you off of them. 

I've been making these Pancakes for ages but I've never had the patience to document the ingredients to share as a recipe, I mix by eye usually going by the batter consistency. Today I broke the ingredients down and hopefully now I can finally post this I can also let this be a red flag with flashing neon lights warning to myself that if I keep on eating these Pancakes I am going to end up SO FAT. I've made, I've shared with you good people and now I must stop myself from this vice before I finish up looking like Mr Blobby's sister.

Thursday, 19 June 2014

I'm Not Sorry...

I know it's fake but you know what? It's made me laugh so much.

Here's a thought:
"When I became a man I put away childish things, including the fear of childishness and the desire to be very grown up." - C.S. Lewis

Wednesday, 18 June 2014

Hawaiian Style Smoked Cheesy Chicken Bacon Bites

hawaiian style bites
Prior To Smoking
A recipe! It's been a while huh? With the addition of Pineapple these are a new improved version of the original Bacon Bites that The Glutenite created way back when. A Hawaiian version.

This is a recipe that requires a smoker but you can alternatively grill or barbecue them, I haven't done that myself as I highly recommend smoking for the amazing flavours but I'm sure they would still be lovely.

(I've gone with that photo as the lead despite it being of the raw bites because the photos of the smoked versions just don't cut it. You'll have to take my word for it because my photos do no justice to this recipe whatsoever but I can assure you that these are incredibly delish and smoked Pineapple is indeed a sexy revelation.)