Pesto French Toast with Ham
Sep25

Pesto French Toast with Ham

There’s just so many things you can do with a sandwich press. And with bread. And pesto. Together, they are magic. I’m a huge fan of sweet french toast with banana or apple cooked into it, but my partner prefers savoury so I whipped this one up as a test. Also. I’m not a huge fan of cleaning so I use the sandwich press often, with its delightful non-stick easy-clean surface. Here’s my recipe for a gluten and...

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Apple and Date French Toast
Jul15

Apple and Date French Toast

It’s another lazy breakfast made on the sandwich press! This is a sweet, delicious apple & date gluten free french toast topped with chocolate chips, cacao nibs, honey and coconut yoghurt.     Ingredients 2 pieces of bread (I’ve used burgen gluten free white bread) 1 x egg 1/4 cup almond milk 1 heaped tablespoon of coconut sugar 2 rings of freshly cut apple 6 dried dates or 3 medjool dates    ...

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Mushroom & Spinach Breakfast Fry
Jun08

Mushroom & Spinach Breakfast Fry

Mushrooms are the only food which I don’t like. The taste. The texture. The smell. Ugh. But my partner loves them, so occasionally I cook him up a Sunday morning treat after a visit to the farmers markets. This one is simple, healthy and spicy with whole chilli to give a real kick. Ingredients 5 medium mushrooms per person 2 leaves of kale or a handful of baby spinach 1 chilli, cut into large pieces (or use a few extra types of...

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Date, Ginger and Cinnamon Spread
May21

Date, Ginger and Cinnamon Spread

This is an amazing and versatile item to have in the fridge as it can be used as a base for many healthy treats. We’ve used it with sprouted rye bread in this chocolate ball recipe, with callebaut 54% dark chocolate for our famous chocolate fudge recipe and as a spread on our raisin toast or banana bread. The recipe itself is very simple, but the method can be a little time consuming so it is recommended to do this recipe along...

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Chia Pudding with Dates & Cinnamon
Feb01

Chia Pudding with Dates & Cinnamon

Every few years a new trendy seed hits the food scene. Quinoa has bombarded us for the last decade, but now we’ve moved on to Chia seeds as the latest hipster seed. But it isn’t just trendy… Chia is packed with protein, good fats and contains Vitamin A, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium and fibre. Chia seeds are also gluten free, but they have an additional benefit for those of us with weak or damaged digestive systems and...

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Pulled Pork
Jan15

Pulled Pork

Mexican food has kept me sane this past decade as I’ve navigated the world of gluten and dairy free eating. Almost all mexican restaurants cater for us with corn and rice based options so it is not only a staple when I eat out, but makes its way into our weekly menu often. I first tried a pulled pork recipe when the adorable Jamie Oliver demonstrated one on his cooking programs – I have no idea which program and have never...

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Green Beans & Bacon
Jan02

Green Beans & Bacon

When you’re first trying to eat healthy, it seems like you are being punished and all the tasty things taken away. There’s a couple of simple ways to avoid feeling deprived, and that is to allow yourself a wide range of good fats (as fat carries flavour) but increase your intake of vegetables, in particular the green ones. Bacon really helps you get used to the flavour and overcome that ‘you don’t make friends...

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Date & Ginger Chocolate Mud Cake
Dec13

Date & Ginger Chocolate Mud Cake

This mud cake base has been modified in so many ways, and it has never failed me yet. I’ve failed it a few times, but if you stick with the core basic ingredients and always remember to increase wet/dry ingredients to suit your variation, you’ll get some amazing cake and dessert results. This recipe is gluten and dairy free as it uses nuts and fruit to keep it delicious and moist with just a splash of milk (I use almond)...

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Pea and Ham Soup
Jun08

Pea and Ham Soup

Without a doubt my favourite soup, pea and ham is the perfect balance of all the best flavours and is packed with nutritional goodness. My guests are usually surprised to find out that Pea & Ham soup has almost every vegetable in it, well at least my version does, which means it works as a main meal. Ingredients  1 large ham hock 500g bag of dried split peas 2 large carrots 1 x turnip 1 x swede 1 x potato 2 x celery sticks 1 large...

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Chocolate Fudge Brownie
May15

Chocolate Fudge Brownie

This is possibly one of the best brownie recipes ever. Srsly. Ingredients 200g belcolade dark chocolate 100g (1 cup) hazelnut meal 1 cup gf plain flour 120g butter 3 eggs 1 tsp vanilla 1 cup brown sugar 1/4 cup cacao powder 1/2 cup chopped dates 1/3 cup white callebaut chips Method Melt butter and dark chocolate over water bath, whisk until smooth Allow to cool for 10 minutes Whisk eggs, ready to add Add dry ingredients and mix, then...

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Quince Paste Chocolate Squares
Apr15

Quince Paste Chocolate Squares

These chocolate treats are decorated using a chocolate transfer sheet called ‘hippy’, and I cheated with a premade Quince Paste. The ingredients of Quince Paste are simply quinces, water and sugar but I like how it is served in a nice rectangular block at my local food supplier. Ingredients 1 x block quince paste from your local wholesale food supplier. Brisbane http://www.hellenefood.com.au 150g dark chocolate, for this I...

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Monster High Chocolate Platter
Mar29

Monster High Chocolate Platter

This platter is for a party for an 8 year old with the theme of monster high. This chocolate platter uses a skull, some lips, love hearts, roller skates from one of the series or characters or a video game… or something. The colours were a combination of pinks and purples to offset black, white and chocolate brown colours. The birthday girl is gluten free, so the bits to the left (which don’t photograph so well) are...

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Salami Pizza Scrolls
Mar18

Salami Pizza Scrolls

These are made using a gluten free puff pastry which is purchased from the freezer section. Yes, I often cheat with packet items. This brand is the “Coles” variety, and it isn’t great but is quick to work with. Look for other brands at your local gluten free fair and try them out. I’ve had some great ones, and some terrible ones, but it is worth the testing because when you find a good one you can make a wide...

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Leftover Mashed Potato Pancakes
Mar06

Leftover Mashed Potato Pancakes

Don’t throw out that left over mash potato! Turn it into fritters for dinner the next day with this easy recipe that uses a potato, sweet potato and broccoli mash to create a simple side dish that tastes delicious. Ingredients 1.5 cups leftover mashed potato (we used potato, sweet potato and broccoli mash made with with garlic and almond milk) 3 eggs Splash of milk (use almond or rice milk for low dairy) 1 loosely packed cup...

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Tia Maria Mud Cake
Feb16

Tia Maria Mud Cake

I couldn’t fit all the words in the title, but perhaps the most important thing about this cake is that it’s Gluten Friendly. I say ‘friendly’ rather than ‘free’ because neither chocolate or Tia Maria are certified gluten free, however I am able to consume both without any ‘issues’.   Ingredients – Berry Topping Blueberries Cherries Tia Maria Method – Berry Topping Wash...

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Chicken and Bacon Lasagne
Jan31

Chicken and Bacon Lasagne

Of course you can make this recipe using regular or gluten free lasagne sheets, or even home made pasta, but for this recipe we tried the new san remo gluten free lasagne sheets. The result was awful the first time as I forgot to put foil over the baking tray (duh!) but the second time was great. The one pictured on this page was the first ever lasagne attempt for Drew and I think its safe to say … success! Ingredients 1 x...

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Double Choc Cookies
Jan30

Double Choc Cookies

Double chocolate gluten free cookies are loaded with good quality dark cocoa from our local supplier, Mick’s Nuts. Raw chocolate is packed with antioxidants, so this recipe aims to be a healthy alternative to store bought cookies, despite its rich and decadent taste. This cookie is a little crumbly, and its texture is buttery but a little dry – the type of cookie that’s complimented by a cuppa. Pictured are the...

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Pizza Scrolls
Jan17

Pizza Scrolls

A gluten free filo pastry from the food fair last weekend along with some Tofutti Ricotta Cheese help to create this basic recipe for Pizza Scrolls. Ingredients Premade Gluten Free ‘Filo’ Pastry Tofutti Ricotta Cheese 10 sun dried tomatoes 1/2 cup loosely packed basil 3 bacon rachers or pieces of ham Optional: Salami or Pancetta Optional: Pesto Mayo to serve Method Place a piece of pastry onto a clean board or bench Spread...

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Garlic Parmesan Cookies
Jan17

Garlic Parmesan Cookies

These can be made either with regular flours or with gluten free flours depending on your diet requirements. It is also a very simple and versatile base recipe for a savoury cookie or a flat cracker to serve with dip. I made the mix then divided it into 3 parts to test different shapes for cooking, with a special chilli flakes topper for the spice lover in the household! Ingredients 125 grams butter (or 1/2 cup olive oil for dairy...

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Chocka Mocka Mud Cake
Jan15

Chocka Mocka Mud Cake

Like the name says, its chock full of coffee but this chocolate cake is still enjoyed by non-coffee drinkers due to the delicious mud like texture and bitter sweet ganache. It is a simple variation of the flourless mud cakes and can be eaten by most gluten free folks provided you use a gluten free chocolate. It is a moist cake and is best served as a dessert, either cold or slightly heated with icecream and berries … but you...

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