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Blue Cheese Quinoa Bites

21 Sep

 

IMG_3370.JPGPlease tell me that I am not the only person who has a real issue with the word quinoa?? No matter how many times I tell myself it is pronounced keenwa, as soon as I try and say it out loud, out comes qwinoa. Anyway…

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These blue cheese quinoa bites went down really well at the supper club, even when people claimed to be stuffed, I watched them pop another couple of leftover quinoa bites into their mouths!

I found the recipe for Blue Cheese Quinoa Patties through @cookingquinoa and decided to low-FODMAP them and give them a go – my second attempt was better than the second, and I am looking forward to giving them another go!

This made about 15 “bites” – you could make smaller quantities or bigger patties if you prefer

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Ingredients

To make the quinoa

  • 1 cup quinoa (about 200g)
  • 500ml of veg or chicken stock
  • 2 spring onions (green part only) chopped
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp chili flakes
  • bunch fresh parsley
  • oil for cooking

For the patties

  • 5 x eggs
  • 4oz (115g) blue cheese
  • 3 x spring onions (green part only) chopped
  • 1/2 tsp chili flakes
  • 3 tbsp gluten free flour
  • handful of gluten free breadcrumbs (approx. 4 slices of bread)

Method

  1. add some oil to a saucepan and put on a medium heat
  2. add the chopped spring onions, and cook for a couple of minutes
  3. add the quinoa, sat, chilli flakes and stock and cook following the instructions on the quinoa packet – it’s worth checking the amount of liquid recommended here too (boil for approx 18 mins, until the stock is all absorbed and the quinoa “tails” come away from the grain)
  4. Once quinoa is cooked, remove from the heat, stir in the chopped parsley and leave to cool for 10 mins.
  5. once slightly cooled, add the eggs, cheese, spring onions, chilli flakes, flour and breadcrumbs (I toasted bread and then whizzed it in a blender, seems to be the easiest way of making breadcrumbs in my book!)
  6. Give it all a good stir – the blue cheese may melt depending on how warm the quinoa is – either melted or in chunks works well in these so don’t worry either way!
  7. I left mine to rest over night for the supper club, but you can cook it straight away if you wish. Either way, both times I have made this it has been pretty liquid and I was a bit worried, but it worked fine, so don’t worry!
  8. Heat some oil in a frying pan then add a dessert spoon of the mix per bite to the pan, cook until browned (about 4 mins) and flip. I served mine with some mild green chilli jam and some extremely spicy red chilli jam with a side of rocket.
  9. Enjoy!

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Ps – have you noticed we’ve got some nice new photos? These were taken by our lovely housemate Jules @fotoburd at our supperclub (except the rubbish one of the frying pan – that was taken on my iphone!)

Tom Yum Inspired Thai Chicken Soup

13 Nov

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The Fod-a-licious kitchen was a-buzz with cooking last week (think two Tazmanian devils in a whirlwind of flour!) in aid of a little dinner party we were holding on Friday night – the fruits of our labours will all be blogged shortly, but we made – burgers, BBQ sauce, flat bread, brownies and the Tom Yum inspired soup detailed below! All of which were FODMAP, Gluten and dairy free, well other than a small amount of milk choc in the brownies, but that didn’t need to be there, as I will explain when I get round to blogging that recipe!

Thai food is my absolute favourite, I spent a couple of months there a few years ago, and on my return all I wanted was more Thai food! So this is a tasty and easy, great for winter soup. Which I am sure is not very close to the original (no prawns for example), but I love it! I have looked at lots of recipes and they are all fairly similar, so this is a bit of a mix of everything, super easy and super tasty. I also think it doesn’t necessarily need the chicken, it works well as a light vegetarian option for non-meat eaters.

Ingredients

  • splash of oil
  • 1 x bunch of spring onions, green part only
  • 3 x stalks lemongrass (or you can use the ready-minced stuff, I normally do, but yesterday I discovered a “thai-mix” in the veg section in Asda, so for once had fresh lemongrass)
  • 2cm x galangal or ginger, minced or grated (I normally use the ready-minced ginger, but the mix had fresh galangal in it too)
  • 1 red chilli (or more/less to taste)
  • bunch of coriander
  • 3 x chicken breasts (or 6 thighs, or you could use any leftovers from a roast), for a vegetarian option you could leave this out, or replace with tofu, Prawns and fish would also work well.
  • 1/2 red pepper
  • 1 x courgette
  • green beans
  • baby corn
  • 1 litre chicken stock (I used Knorr Touch of Taste as it has no onion or garlic and gives a nice flavour)
  • splash of gluten free soy sauce

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Method

  • Heat a splash of oil in a pan and add the spring onion
  • “Bruise” the lemongrass stalks with a rolling pin and add to the pan
  • Add the galangal, chopped coriander roots/stalks and half the chili
  • Add the chicken stock and the whole chicken breasts, leave to boil for 40 mins (approx.)
  • Remove chicken breasts from the soup mix
  • Add the chopped veg, I used peppers, courgettes, baby corn, green beans, but as usual with my recipes this was a case of what was in the fridge, you can use your preferred veg, but these do work well.
  • Add the remaining chilli (to taste), coriandar leaves and soy sauce
  • shred the chicken breasts using two forks and add back into the pan
  • Serve!

I served mine with @Wbites gluten-free flatbreads, the cumin was a little overpowering, but I think with a bit of a mix up of the spices, possibly with some ground coriander instead of cumin it might be a bit more complementary.

I also sometimes add rice noodles to fill it out a bit, but this time, with all the veg and chicken it was choc-full of ingredients, so I didn’t feel it needed anything else. If you do use rice noodles, just pop them in at the end to heat through in the warmth of the soup

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Gluten Free Spicy Chilli Flatbread / Pizza Base

7 Nov

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I made some of these last night – I used Paprika instead of Cayenne and Cumin seeds instead of ground cumin and they were delicious, really easy! I also replaced the plain yogurt for soya, so they were dairy-free too!

I just had some for my lunch – if you are having them the next day, pop them in the Toaster for a couple of mins to reheat.

Planning to use them to replace pittas with some dips at a dinner we’re having on Friday night.

They’d also be great as a Naan bread replacement with a curry. I’m looking forward to experimenting with some different flavour combinations.

 

Wuthering Bites

Gluten Free, Scotch Pancakes

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‘Twas my Birthday week last week and i found myself mostly making gluten free pancakes (like above), eating way too many sugary things and drinking champagne cocktails at Haus Bar in Bristol, until i couldn’t remember how many i had. It was a fantastic week and my husband Rob put the icing on the cake by taking me to see Cats at the Hippodrome and going to the Lido to have Tapas- also very gluten free aware which is good to know.

Aside feeling absolutely huge after my week of indulgence, i’ve also been left a bit skint through no fault of mine own. I now understand how deadly £8 cocktails can be in every sense. So have been cooking alot of frugal meals as i wait for pay day. I came over this recipe for flatbreads on the good food website and after making it…

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Tesco finest All Butter Triple Chocolate Cookies…

18 Oct

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Wow… just… wow. These are incredible, gluten and wheat free and taste like “real” cookies. Well done Tesco. I applaud you!

I was on my way home from the gym last night and popped into Tesco to grab some bits for dinner (Jerky pork and veg with sweet potato mash) it was a tiny little Tesco Express by Queens Road Peckham, once I had found everything for dinner it was about 20.00 and I was starving so was scouring the shelves for something to eat on the way home, and I was utterly failing. I couldn’t even find their Free From section and came very close to buying a chunk of cheese (lactose intolerant, but with a ridiculous love of cheese, the cheese always wins…). But then, out of the corner of my eye I spotted the distinctive ds brand on a tiny shelf so I popped over and my eyes were immediately drawn to some cranberry and white chocolate cookies. I obviously thought someone had mistakenly put them on the wrong shelf, but then, there were lots, and then there are triple chocolate versions? I then spotted the free from branding… Tesco finest does free from?? Well this was news to me! I quickly chucked some of the triple choc ones into my basket and ran to the checkout!

I barely made it out of the shop before ripping open the packet and shoving a cookie in my mouth, the first cookie I took out was snapped in half and my first thought was, “oh no, I am just going to have a box of crumbs”, but then cookie shoved in mouth I realised just how wrong I was…

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The first thing I realised was that the bottom of the cookie was covered in delicious milk chocolate (Belgian, I discovered when I finally actually looked at the packaging) and they have that perfect crumbly yet soft texture, that is extremely rare in gluten-free cooking. They hold together perfectly (the reason for the breakage was possibly my over-enthusiastic chucking of cookie box into basket!).

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I shared them with my housemates (one GF the other not) and both agreed that you would never know that they were made without wheat and that they were actually, quite possibly the best cookies we have ever tasted.

If you spot them in tesco’s I would recommend picking up a couple of packs, especially if you live with other people, GF or not, these cookies will not last long!

I am disappointed for two reasons – I only bought one pack, I should have at least bought the white chocolate and cranberry ones for comparison, obviously. And there are now no cookies left…

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Sundried tomato & basil focaccia

14 Oct

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I accidentally bought gluten free bread flour rather than plain flour a few months ago, since then I’ve always thought about attempting to bake a loaf but having tried so many questionable gf bakes I wasn’t sure it would work…

Anyway I got home early from work last week and thought I’d give it a go. I searched for recipes, I love sundried tomato and/or olive bread so decided to try a sundried tomato and basil focaccia as its one of my faves and I had all the ingredients. I found this recipe but made a couple of changes to make it FODMAP-friendly. I watched Great British Bake off while trying it, and low and behold Becca was cooking a very similar bread on their “alternative grains” challenge.

Previous to attempting to bake it, I had no idea that focaccia was fairly easy, almost knead free and it doesn’t take much rising. Perfect for a novice!

ingredients

  • 7g x fast action dried yeast
  • 1 tsp x caster sugar
  • 200ml x warm milk (I used soya, but you could use rice, normal, other)
  • 250g x gluten free plain flour
  • 1 tsp x xanthan gum
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • ¼ tsp. x bicarbonate of soda
  • 2 tsp. white wine vinegar (this is what was in the recipe, but I didn’t have any so, after a quick google consult I used a bit of white wine, but apparently lemon juice will work just as well)
  • 3 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil, plus extra for drizzling (I used the oil from my sundried tomatoes for the drizzling part)
  • 1 tsp. fine salt
  • small bunch of fresh basil
  • approx 8 sundried tomatoes, roughly chopped
  • Coarse sea salt for sprinkling
  • Ground black pepper

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Method

  • Grease a 9-inch square cake tin with oil ( I also lined mine with greaseproof paper)
  • Mix the yeast, sugar and a little of  the milk together – it should start to foam a little.
  • Mix together the flour and xanthan gum, add the egg, oil, salt and the rest of the milk and whisk the lot together. At this point my whisk snapped in half, so I used a fork and it was just as effective!
  • Add in the foaming yeast mixture and whisk together until smooth, sticky and fully combined.
  • Add the vinegar (or lemon, or white wine, depending on what you have to hand!) and fizz up the bicarbonate of soda.
  • Fold the fizzing bicarb into the mixture,
  • Then smooth the dough out into your prepared tin  – it’s a good idea to lightly oil a spatula or palate knife to do this.
  • Cover with a sheet of greased cling film and pop in the airing cupboard, or somewhere warm, for an hour to prove.
  • Preheat the oven to 190°C (170°C fan)/375°F(350°F fan)/Gas Mark 5
  • Once the bread has proved – it should be about double in size – take off the cling film and use your fingers to make dips into the dough, I used my sundried tomatoes to do this!
  • Drizzle some oil over the top (I used the oil from the sundried tomatoes, but olive oil is great.
  • Sprinkle some coarse sea salt and pepper over the top and pop in the oven for 30mins or until golden brown.

I’m already looking forward to making my next batch, and will attempt to leave it to rise a little longer! I am thinking rosemary for the next attempt, or olive and sundried tomato… or both.

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