Friday, December 30, 2011

Home made soya yoghurt!

Yay I have an awesome yoghurt maker that my inlaws bought me for Christmas.  It's got 7 glass jars that fit into a warming unit.  Although you could use a thermos instead, but then you need to be careful about sterilisation when transferring to other containers to store in the fridge, so I think the multiple pot makers are the best.

Fingers crossed for my first batch of yoghurt!!  I found this plant foods website that gives good troubleshooting tips as well as step by step instructions, but if you google it there are others.  Already I realise I've not used the unsweetened soya milk but we'll see how this batch turns out in the morning...

...It worked! It worked! it set and it is delicious.  I used 2 teaspoons of live yoghurt and sugar in each pot.  I used alpro.  It's a shame I can't find a small pot of live soya yoghurt to use as starter culture as this would make it even more economical.  Will keep looking!

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Choc caramel shortbread

Christmassy treat courtesy of Sainsbury's (thanks mum!)

Check out Lazy days foods online.  All vegan and gluten free.
Apparently they also do fudge cake, sounds good!!

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Gluten Free Gravy

Gravy is one of the things most people freak out about when they first go gluten free.  There are some powdered mixes that are gf and lactose free but a lot are not very nice and why bother when it's so easy to make yourself!

Try it.  Hopefully you'll be a convert too!

Pour the meat juices of your roast into a saucepan and add a gf stock cube (I use Kallo) and about a pint of hot water.  Heat gently. Next add 3 tsp of potato starch to half a cup of water and mix well.  Pour the starchy water into the gravy and stir, heating through until it goes clear and thickens. Add herbs (I usually use marjoram), salt and pepper to taste.

Note: I always freeze any leftovers in individual portions for when I have sausages and mash.

Note: If you can't find potato flour in your usual supermarket (I think tesco stock it), try an asian store.