Thursday, July 22, 2010

Savoury salmon tarts

200g GF flour
100g marg
enough water to make a soft dough (approx 2 tbsp)

3 eggs, beaten
fresh/tinned salmon
a few fine beans, chopped small,
2 spring onions, chopped small
2 tbsp parmesan (soya parmesano)
salt and pepper

Mix the flour and marg with your hands untils it resembles breadcrumbs.  Add a little water and mix to make a soft but not sticky dough (add more flour if it becomes sticky).
Press the dough into 5 or 6 silicone tart moulds (use the bottom of big muffin ones if you can't find tart shaped moulds). Bake the cases for 20-25 mins at 180 degrees.
Mix all the filling ingredients and pour a small amount into each cooked case.  Bake again for another 5-10 mins until the egg and beans are cooked through.

Serve hot or cold.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Lentil+Sausage stuffed Marrow

1 big marrow
4oz red split lentils
1 pint boiling water
1 small onion, chopped
1 red pepper, chopped
a few mushrooms, chopped small
4 cooked sausages, chopped small
4 tbsp tomato puree/sundried tomato paste
half a stock cube

Boil the lentils for 10 mins, then add the other ingredients and simmer for 15-20 mins until the rest of the liquid is absorbed.
Cut the marrow into six big pieces and scoop out the seeds.  Lay in an oven proof dish and spoon the lentil mixture in. sprinkle with parmesan (or soya cheese) and bake for 30-40 mins until the marrow is soft all the way through.

Serve immediately.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Chinese gyozas/soft spring rolls

Obviously you can deep fry these spring rolls if you want them the be sturdy and crispy, but it will make them rather unhealthy...

Special ingredients - Asian supermarket
rice spring roll papers
mung bean noodles

Ginger pork filling
Pork mince
one onion, finely chopped,
two spring onions, finely chopped
handful of spinach, shredded
small chunk of ginger, grated
2 tbsps mirin
1 tsp sesame oil
1 tsp GF soy sauce


  1. Soften the noodles and one rice paper at a time in a bowl  of hot water.  It's easier if you roll the parcels on a damp tea towel rather than on a chopping board. 
  2. Lay out the soft rice paper and put a small pile of noodles in the centre and a sausage shape of the pork filling on top. 
  3. Fold the paper from the bottom, then the two sides, then roll to close.

Heat a small amount of oil in a non stick saucepan and carefully place approx 6 rolls in.  Heat until starting to crisp and brown, turn and slightly cook other side (they won't be cooked in the middle yet).
Now splash in some sake or water (about a tbsp), put on a well-fitting lid and turn the heat right down.  This should steam the pork nicely.  Leave for a few mins.  Now check one of them is cooked right through and then they're ready to serve.


Cut a circle of baking parchment slightly smaller than the base of your steamer and place inside.  Place your rolls on the parchment. place another circle of parchment on top and layer another set of rolls on top.  Steam for ten mins or until cooked right through.

Serve with soy sauce or sweet chilli dip.

Friday, July 16, 2010

Tuna Fishcakes

Easy to make and filling.  Serve with salad/steamed veg and sweet chilli sauce.  I keep the potato skins on in the mash for extra goodness and a bit more texture.

400g /6 medium Potatoes
2 tins Tuna
Spring onions
2 tsp Paprika
1 tsp Chilli flakes
1 tsp mustard seeds
1 egg (optional)
half a cup GF breadcrumbs (optional)

Boil and mash the potatoes and mix in the Tuna, onions and spices until smooth.  Add salt to taste if not using Tuna that's been in brine.  Beat the egg, make patties and dip in egg and then the breadcrumbs.  Fry each side with a little oil until golden.  Serve immediately or keep warm on a low heat in an oven.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Breakfast ideas

  • Sautéed potatoes and scrambled eggs (cook extra potatoes the night before, then just slice and fry lightly).
  • Crackers and smoked salmon/tapenade/houmous/egg mayo.
  • Eggy bread (beat egg with a little soya milk, salt and pepper, dip bread in and fry without oil in a non-stick pan. This is a very good way of eating up rubbery old GF bread as it makes it palatable!  John Lewis frying pans are the best I've found as they are light and the non stick actually works.).
  • Soya youghurt + fruit.  Add banana slices for a more filling breakfast.
  • Rice porridge with jam/syrup. (use rolled rice flakes with soya milk and microwave for 4 mins for an economical and filling breakfast - sold in sainsburys by the rice and pulses).
  • GF cereal + Soya Milk (although GF cereals can be very expensive and quite fatty/sugary).
  • Soft-boiled Egg and soldiers. (essential to get some quality GF bread for this otherwise it will fall apart and you won't be able to dip! - see my brand foods list).
  • Full English.  Most baked beans are GF (check label. Maize starch is fine but you must avoid the sausagey beans), McCain's hashbrowns, Black farmer sausages and obviously, tomatoes, mushrooms and bacon are all GF.  Heinz tomato ketchup is GF.