Monday, June 28, 2010

Just Bento recipe ideas


The Just Bento Cookbook: Everyday Lunches to Go
There's a great blog on how to make Japanese style hot/cold lunch boxes (bento boxes) with photos and recipes called Just Bento.  Look for the recipe archive for ideas.  Many of them are naturally gluten free, although, as with all asian recipes, you'll need to use GF soy and avoid using certain sauces (oyster, hoysin, blackbean, and most miso).

Also, there's a book coming out soon on Amazon from this blogger, so look out for that.
The spicy lentil snacks and potato dumpling things look particularly good:

http://justbento.com/handbook/recipe-collection-mains/spicy-lentil-snacks-sesame-seeds

http://justbento.com/bento-no-17-potato-oyaki-bento-wakame-sunomono
http://justbento.com/bento-no-53-sesame-beef-and-vegetable-bento

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Summer meal ideas

Stuff seems to go off so much quicker in summer.  I've defrosted the fridge, which should help but also in an effort to throw less food away, this week we've got a menu planned and have bought less food....so hopefully that means less waste.

I've been perusing the BBCs food website for GF + dairy free meal ideas. you can narrow your recipe search by dietry requirement, chef or dish which is great. http://www.bbc.co.uk/food/recipes/

This week's menu:

  • Chicken Caesar salad (with bacon and avocado - make a garlic sauce by watering down some mayo and add garlic and herbs.
  • Smoked haddock Chowder (chicken/fish stock, sweetcorn, herbs, potatoes)
  • Sticky Chicken thighs/drumsticks
  • Pea soup with GF beer/cider bread
  • Bacon wrapped white fish with salad and new potatoes
  • Stuffed peppers (with quinoa or rice + veg)
  • Gingery pork stir fry
  • Potato wedges
Baked Apples

I've also gone a bit retro with puddings this week and did baked apples with sultanas, marg and brown sugar. Yum!  Just core the apples (any variety is fine) and stuff with marg, sultanas, a sprinkling of soft brown sugar and bake until soft. score a ring around the middle of the skin to stop it splitting.  And don't forget to scrape up the juicy stuff that comes out when cooking - it may look a bit jelly-fied because of the pectin, but it tastes delicious.  If you use small apples, they'd be good served with dairy-free ice-cream (try Swedish glace - sold in most supermarkets http://www.swedishglace.com/).

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Friday, June 11, 2010

Cook yourself thin - Wheat free

gizzi chainsaw

I was very pleased to see Gizzi's tasty muffin and choc cake recipes on channel 4's cook yourself thin programme that also happen to be gluten free. yay! Obv. to make them milk free just replace buttermilk with soya milk.

I'll definitely be trying these out this week.

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Chocolate truffle cake
http://www.channel4.com/food/recipes/healthy/cook-yourself-thin/chocolate-orange-truffle-cake-recipe_p_1.html

Lemon and poppyseed muffin
http://www.channel4.com/food/recipes/healthy/cook-yourself-thin/lemon-blueberry-and-poppyseed-muffin-recipe_p_1.html

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Potato Rostis

Grate 4 medium potatoes.  Put grated potato in a tea towel and squeeze as much water out as you can.
Beat a couple of eggs and stir in the potato mix.  Add salt and pepper.

Add dollops of mixture to a hot non-stick frying pan and press down to thin out. Cook each side until golden brown.

Enjoy!