Saturday, January 21, 2012

GF Chinese Takeaway!!

Finally, a chinese takeaway and a great selection of GF stuff to choose from on the menu.
Check out Memory of Beijing in Chippenham, Wiltshire.  It's awesome and I just couldn't believe all we ordered was GF, but it was and delicious.  All the usual fare: seaweed, ribs, crispy beef, kung po, prawn crackers...yum!

Was very relieved to be symptom free the next day. Yay! 

Saturday, January 14, 2012


(makes 3-4 big pancakes)

50g rice flour
10g corn flour
1 egg
140ml soya milk
1 tsp vegan margarine (and more for cooking)

Mix the egg and flour together with a balloon whisk and slowly add the milk, mixing well until you have a smooth batter.  Add the melted marg to the batter just before cooking.

Wipe marg over the base of a non-stick frying pan.  Heat the pan and pour in a ladle-full of batter. Turn pan to spread out the batter and cook until the top looks done, then flip and heat the second side for a min.

Note:  You can always use pancakes for canelloni or tortilla dishes if you struggle to find gluten free alternatives.

Friday, January 13, 2012

Thrifty Food shopping

Living on a special diet can be expensive - free from food in the supermarkets is very pricey and you will usually pay more for your food in cafes and restaurants (the ones that you can eat in), partly because the cheapest deals usually contain a lot of inexpensive wheat flour and also because there won't  be a lot of choice in the dishes that are GF safe. 

But there are plenty of ways to spend less on food shopping and making the most out of what you do buy:

Special Free-from stuff
I try to avoid buying many "free-from" bread/biscuits apart from when I'm having a difficult/rushed week or when we are away from home.  I find them pretty high in sugars and white starchy flours (high GI) anyway so they tend to not keep me filled up for long.   In fact, I usually feel like I've had a complete sugar overload when we've been away!

Home made
A great way to save money is to cook at home and make as many meals as you can from scratch, avoiding pre-made foods.  This is really a must anyway if you're avoiding more than one allergen like me and is pretty sound advice even if you're not allergic to anything but watching the pennies.     

Even if you consider the price of free-from flours, it's cheaper to bake your own biscuits, crackers, cakes and bread.  It's worth looking in Asian supermarkets, or the world food aisles of your regular supermarkets as many stock big bags of rice flour, chickpea flour etc for much cheaper than the free-from sections.

Make the most of fruit and veg deals in the supermarkets - most things have a cheap season and remember fruit freezes well (even if it does go a bit mushy) so you can make some summer fruit crumbles with it when winter comes. Some but not all veg freezes well, but most leafy things don't.  Carrots are ok if you cook them first.

Shop less
It may seem obvious, but shop less.  Next time you get to the end of your shopping week and are about to a big food shop, don't! See if you can go an extra day/night by cooking dinner using up left over foods in your fridge, cupboards, freezer. This helps you get into good habits when thinking of cheap meals.  Good end of the week dinners are things like casserole, soup, fish pie (frozen fish and peas), ratatouille, risotto.

Do a "big" food shop every fortnight and just top up in between.  Write  a rough menu for the week before you go shopping so that you're less likely to do impulse shopping.

Friday, January 6, 2012

GF DF Recipe Collection to download

The easiest way* to check out any of my past recipes is simply to download my Recipe Collection from the tab above (or here).  It's just a word doc and sorry no pictures yet .  These are my trusted and fave recipes and I aim to add to them in the future.  At the back there's also a big list of meal ideas for inspiration.  I hope you enjoy them.

Print them out, adapt them, and share them freely.  Just don't do what most successful GF bloggers do which is get decent at cooking and then charge people for the privilege of basic GF knowhow!  Or produce yet another overpriced secret flour blend...grrr !#?$

*Okay, so I've given up trying to adapt the googleblogger archive template to make it easier to view post titles rather than a random list of dates! BTW the help forum is rubbish and sends you to some questionable sites and advertising...!!