This is a grain-free cous cous, that is actually really good for you. It’s a great way of sneaking cauliflower into our diets, and we all know we should be eating more cruciferous vegetables! It’s simple, it’s easy, and you can dress it up as little, or as much as you want. Here, I dressed it up with tomatoes, olives, parsley, garlic and olive oil, and served it with pan-fried mackerel stuffed with orange and almond meal. It was darn good!
Success!! Soft, pillowy and creamy potato gnocchi that is not only gluten-free, but also dairy-free.
I want to jump up and down with joy. In fact, I nearly did when I tested the gnocchi dough to see if it would hold together. I placed one potato dumpling into a clear glass with hot water, and heated it in the microwave. I watched with great anticipation. When I saw the dumpling slowly rise to the surface, I nearly yelled “yessssssssssss”!
A few months ago, we went out for dinner. The really only thing I could eat was the gluten-free pizza. It wasn’t bad, in fact, it was pretty good. The base was chickpea (garbanzo) based, thin and crispy, sorry, read that as crunchy. It was topped with bacon and cheese… I was eating meat then. I tried to recreate this recipe twice using this recipe, but both times it was a flop. I have no idea what I did wrong, or what people are ranting and raving about. It was a waste of ingredients, both times. Those were sad days.
Sprouted beans and brown rice dolmades anyone? Me, me, me!
I’ve never had vegetarian dolmades before. In fact, the only reason I thought about them was because I was reminiscing of the things I used to have whilst still eating meat. These delicious morsels was one of them. I pondered if it would work with the dried sprouted beans I have, and guess what? It works perfectly!
This dish is nutritious, quick and simple to make, and absolutely delicious. It is gluten-free, meat-free and would be vegan if I hadn’t have grated a mountain of cheese on top. Before you turn away in disgust, please read on… that includes you meat eaters out there.
When I chose not to eat meat, it was a conscious choice. When people hear that I am gluten free and no longer eating meat, they show me a face of sympathy, apologize and say how hard it must be for me. This makes me laugh, because it’s not hard, and I enjoy food now, more so than ever. Trying to explain this to these people is a lost cause, so I just don’t.
I used to love making this dish with minced (ground) beef, and now it has been adapted to be made with tofu. The crumbled tofu acts like Continue reading
Gnocchi are Italian dumplings, often made with potatoes and flour, although other varieties exist. They are soft, but firm enough to hold a robust sauce.
I made gnocchi once before. It was when I was a student, living in a small apartment with a tiny kitchen. When I say tiny, I mean tiny! I remember the gnocchi was pretty good, but I had nothing to compare it to. I had also made the full batch, and after reading articles online thought I would freeze the remainder, but that was such a bad idea. I ended up having a big gooey mess when I cooked them from frozen.
Forward to 2013… 12 years on from the first time I made gnocchi. A lot of things have happened in those 12 years, including improving my culinary skills and experience with food, I took the original 2001 recipe and modified it, in ways that I thought would improve the gnocchi:
How the potatoes were cooked:
- 2001: peeled, cut, boiled and mashed
- 2013: microwaved in skins, peeled and passed through a ricer
Over the last few days, I’ve been craving flapjacks… British flapjacks. The ones made with butter, oats, sugar and golden syrup. I guess to an American, I would describe them as a chewy granola bar, but with so much more flavour!
These flapjacks can be chewy or crunchy, just by changing the cooking temperature. I prefer the chewy version, but have given instructions for both below. They are perfect for packed lunches, afternoon tea, or general snacking. I also remember people putting raisins and/or chocolate chips in them, but I prefer the plain Jane variety – simple is the best! Continue reading
English breakfast muffins should NOT be sour or tangy! They should not have vinegar in them, and if they do, it should merely be a preservative and should not make your nostril hairs twitch in discomfort from the stink. Eugh!
Since I have some muffins rings in my cupboard (from my crumpets experiment), I thought I’d whip up a batch. We were not disappointed! The resulting muffins, were slightly crunchy on the outside, soft on the inside and when prised open, there was just the right amount of nooks and crannies to Continue reading
I was just sitting there minding my own business, when an ad came up for a recipe for “magic crust custard pie”. After reading the recipe, I suddenly had the urge to make and eat a lot of custard pie, albeit an English custard tart (… don’t get me started). Now the custard tarts I’m used to are English custard tarts; the ones that are speckled with freshly grated nutmeg, the ones that are fragrantly eggy, smooth on the tongue, lightly sweet and wobbly. We never had custard tarts for dessert, they were more like a ”cake” to be enjoyed with tea, and boy, do I miss Birds the confectioners!
Since the “magic crust custard pie” recipe was too easy to pass, I decided to make it the same day I saw it. I mean, why not? I had all of the ingredients at home, only the result was so bad, I felt sickened by the ingredients I had just wasted. For once, I followed the recipe to the tee, and the result was an abomination. Why on earth it had almost 300 Continue reading
Biscotti are Italian twice baked biscuits (cookies) that are dry and crunchy. They are the classic dunking biscuit (cookie). Traditionally, they are served with espresso or dessert wine, but they can also be dunked in milk. With commercialization, biscotti now come in all sizes, with a variety of additions including chocolate chips, nuts, dried fruit and more.
These biscotti are easy to make and crammed packed full of flavor and almonds. You can spruce up this basic recipe by substituting the almonds Continue reading
I’m racking my brain to think of someone I know who doesn’t like pizza. I suppose there could be a couple of people I know, but they are usually the people who are on a low-carb/gluten-free diet. Anyways, safe to say, I love pizza. In the past, I’ve worked hard to perfect a thin, crispy, yet light pizza base (crust). It took me over 4 years to do so. When challenged Continue reading
If you’ve ever been to the Netherlands, you’ve most likely stumbled over a shop that sells Dutch flans/pies, vlaai (pronounced “fly”). Vlaai originates from the Limburg province of the Netherlands, but they can be found almost everywhere. The variety of vlaai is a dieter’s nightmare, but I don’t really care for that! My favourite variety is the creamy rice version. These flans/pies are different from others that are traditionally known, the pastry case/shell is made from a lightly yeasted, bread-like dough, not a crisp short pastry.
There’s a warning that comes with this recipe: do not make this with soy milk. If you do, the filling is absolutely vile, Continue reading