Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Alternative Breakfasts

Fed up of horrid over-priced GF cereal, stale bread or tasteless crackers for a quick breakfast?

The following recipes are all things you can make in advance and freeze/refrigerate. The bread/crackers/Farls can be reheated quickly in a toaster if you have a dedicated gluten-free toaster in your kitchen, or grilled. Muffins and bars I either defrost the day before in the fridge or microwave for 30 seconds on high.
  • Banana Pancakes 
  • Banana/Pineapple/Honey Muffins 
  • Banana bread 
  • Fruit 'n' nut energy bars 
  • Savoury crackers 
  • Potato Farls

Banana pancakes
1 cup brown rice flour
3/4 cup corn starch
2 tbsp sugar
2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp xanthan gum
1/2 tsp cinnamon
2 very ripe medium bananas, mashed
1/4 cup  oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/4 cups soya milk

Breakfast Muffins - HoneyPineappleBanana
1 small banana
1 3/4 cups brown rice flour
1/4 cup corn flour
1/4 tsp xanthum gum
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1-2 tsps cinnamon

1/3 cup vegetable oil
3 big tbsps (1/4 cup) runny honey
3 tbsps maple syrup 

6 tbsps sugar
2 eggs, beaten
half tin of crushed pineapple

Mash the banana with a fork. Add all dry, then wet ingredients and mix well.  Spoon the batter into 12 silicone cupcake moulds (or 8 muffin moulds) and bake for 20-25 mins in a hot oven.  The tops should rise lots and be nicely browned.

Serve warm drizzled with honey (or if you want to eat them cold, sweeten before baking by adding 1/2 cup sugar to the batter mix).

Banana Bread

4 oz vegan margarine
5 oz sugar
3 bananas
1 egg
4 oz Brown rice flour
2 oz corn flour
2 tsp GF baking soda
1-2tsp cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup raisins

Cream the margarine and sugar together then add the egg and banana and mix well with a fork.  Add the rest of the ingredients and mix to form a thick batter.  Spoon the batter into a loaf tin and bake in a hot oven for 1-1/2 hours (until a skewer comes out clean).

Fruit 'n' Nut Energy Bars
Ideally, I'd find a substitute for the GF breakfast cereal in this recipe as they are so expensive, but as even a tasteless cereal will do in this recipe just buy whatever is cheapest.  I will try and adapt this recipe
4 big tbsps nut butter
4 big tsbsp honey
2 cups chopped fruit and nuts (e.g. apricots and almonds)
2 cups GF cereal (whatever is cheapest - and tasteless is fine for this recipe!)

Melt the honey and butter gently in a big pan. Take off the heat and stir in the fruit, nuts and cereal.  Press into a lipped baking sheet lined with baking parchment and leave in the fridge for at least 2 hrs to set.  Cut into bars and store in a tuperware in the fridge.

Potato Farls *updated recipe*
2 cups mashed potato
2 cups GF plain flour

Dry mash the potatoes, adding in  a little salt. Mix in the flour quickly and lightly knead. Roll into balls a little smaller than a tennis ball and flatten using a tortilla press. In a non-stick pan, dry fry each round patty for about 2 mins each side until browned and then cut into triangles.

Serve hot, buttered with margarine and your favourite topping (e.g. smoked salmon, ham, parma ham, scrambled egg etc).

Monday, August 20, 2012

Black bean sauce

So here's a rough recipe for a Chinese black bean sauce. I've really missed this kind of earthy-salty-miso type flavour since being GF, as all the ready-made jars of black bean sauce are not gluten-free.  But it is worth hunting in your local Asian supermarket for the dried/tinned black beans themselves:

The only ingredients should be the beans, water, salt and possibly sugar. You will need to soak them in hot water for a few minutes and drain before cooking with them as they are very salty..

1 tbsp oil
2 tsp grated ginger
2 cloves garlic, crushed
3 tbsp fermented black beans (pre-soaked and drained)
salt and pepper

1 tsp sesame oil
3 tbsp mirin
1 tbsp GF soy sauce
1/2 cup water with 1tsp potato starch dissolved in it

Fry the first list of ingredients for a minute, add any meat/veg and cook to brown.  Add the remaining sauce ingredients and heat through.  Serve with rice, rice noodles or GF spaghetti.

Friday, August 17, 2012

Instant noodles GF style

I really miss the cheap instant egg noodles of my student days. They are pretty unhealthy as they are fried and most of the sauces contain MSG so it is probably a good thing that they are wheat-based and off-limits!  Although there are some Thai and Vietnamese brands that do rice noodle versions (see last pic below), I have no idea how likely they are to be GF so will definitely be waiting til I'm not pregnant to test them out.

So,.... here's my alternative reliably GF version:

Granovita pate tube. holland and barratt and most healthfood shops sell tTamari Soy Sauce glutenfree

Rice vermicelli or Mung bean noodles
2 tbsp grated carrot
1 tbsp grated onion or finely chopped spring onion
tiny bit of a GF chicken stock cube

1 tbsp Granovita Yeast Pate (mushroom)
1 tbsp soy sauce

For instant noodles, you need to buy the thinnest noodles (vermecelli) which are thinner than spaghetti (Asian supermarkets stock loads of brands). Put the first list of ingredients in a bowl, pour over hot water (covering the noodles completely) and cover the bowl with  a lid or plate. Leave for 3 mins.  Open and drain, then add the remaining sauce ingredients.


If only I knew whether these were GF - ingredients look ok but no idea about manufacturing methods/contamination.

Microwave hot chocolate

So easy and GF - forget powdered hot choc mixes full of gluten and milky rubbish...

1 tsp cocoa
1 cup soya milk
3-5 tsps icing sugar (according to taste)

Put the cocoa and about 2 tbsp of the milk in a mug and mix well to make a chocolatey paste.  Now add the rest of the milk and the sugar. Heat in the microwave for 1 1/2 mins on full power and mix again. Ready!

Tip: Once you know your preferred amount of sugar, why not make up a mix in a small tuperware to take to work/on hol?  And you can always keep a carton of UHT soya milk handy as it doesn't need refrigerating.

If you want it even sweeter, Dr oetker mini marshmallows are GF. Find them with the cake decos in supermarket. Lovely floated on top. Happy, happy!

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Pan de bono (Cheesy Corn rolls)

This is a mexican recipe which is easy to find elsewhere on the internet and is always GF but usually contains cows cheese (e.g. see mycolumbianrecipes or gfonashoestring).  They are a bit like cheesy scones.

Because of the soya cheese (which is harder and drier than normal cheese) I altered the traditional recipe by adding marg and baking powder.  The orange rolls in pic above contain Tesco soya medium cheese and the yellow ones Manchego sheep cheese. One batch will make 5 rolls in a normal sized food processor.

1/3 cup masa harina (mexican tortilla flour)
2/3 cup tapioca or cassava starch
1 tsp GF baking soda
1/2 block of soya cheese (approx 150g/6oz)
2 eggs
2 tbsp vegan margarine

corn flour for dusting

Blend the cheese, add the flours and a little salt and blend again until fine.  Add the eggs and marg and blend for 2 mins.  The dough should start to ball up but keep blending and then it will become a smooth paste (see youtube video). Roll into balls, dusting with corn flour and place on a tray.

Bake for 20 mins in a hot oven until golden, turning once. Serve warm with a little melted margarine.