Monday, 24 September 2012

GF Golden Syrup Sauce

I was excited by this month's theme of 'Feeling Saucy', many an idea has ticked through my brain of what delicious saucy dish I could come up with. Initially I thought I would base my sauce around fruits, to fit in with spring.

But then..........................

I had a chocolate craving and nothing but my favourite GF Chocolate Fudge Brownie's would suffice(this recipe can be found in the Sweet Things tab at the top of the screen). Now it was a sauce to go with my delicious brownies, something nice and sweet with a hint of caramel/toffee flavour.

I didn't want something heavy, a light drizzly sauce to compliment the delicious gooey chocolate fudge brownies.

The recipe that I used was one that my Gran used to make golden syrup dumplings, one of my childhood favourites. I only used the sauce recipe and added a tablespoon of cornflour to thicken the sauce slightly.

Poured over warm Chocolate Fudge Brownies it was a taste bud delight, my friend and I both went back for seconds, it was just too delicious too pass up.

The best thing about this sauce is that is not only simple but gluten free! Quite often pre made sauces are filled with gluten, leaving us coeliacs and those on a gluten free diet to eat plain food and not try delicious sauces.

This sauce only takes 5- 10 minutes to cook and is so delicious no one will have to miss out on a tasty sauce again!

GF Golden Syrup Sauce

1 cup water
1/2 cup sugar
1 desertspoon butter
1 desertspoon golden syrup
1 desertspoon cornflour (mix in 1 desertspoon of water to make a paste)

Place water, sugar, butter and golden syrup into a saucepan on low heat, stir until butter is melted and sugar is dissolved, stirring constantly. Bring to the boil, add cornflour mix to thicken sauce and mix through. Pour into a gravy jug and pour the sauce over your Chocolate Fudge Brownies.

I hope you enjoy this sauce as much as I did.

Wednesday, 12 September 2012

Missing Chocolate Bars!!

One of the frustrating things about being a coeliac is having to read labels every time you eat, looking for anything that contains wheat; specifically wheat startch or wheat flour (I have been told by a nutritionist that glucose from wheat is okay).

A large majority of chocolate bars contain wheat or gluten based products, making the number of chocolate bars that are okay to eat very minimal. Plain chocolate is gluten free but it doesnt have the same appeal as does the flavoured chocolate bars. Don't be fooled by the GF chocolate as it is more of a marketing ploy as plain chocolate doesn't contain gluten as does a small variety of flavoured chocolate. I have often selected a chocolate bar to eat and it is only after I have finished eating the bar that I read the ingredients and realise that it contains gluten. Then there is the side effects of eating gluten that don't nearly compensate for eating the chocolate!

What chocolate bars do you miss? I miss Frys Turkish Delight, Mars Bars, the chocolate bars that contain biscuits like Kit Kats, Violet Crumbles, the list goes on and on and on. I would really like to be able to go to the chocolate section in the supermarket and be able to pick whatever I was craving at the time, not what my coeliac disease dictated I can or more to the point cannot eat!

I would love for you to share your favourite chocolate or sweets that you miss eating, that has gluten and you can no longer eat.

Tuesday, 4 September 2012

GF Delicious Beef Slow Cooker Meal

This is the first post I have written in a while, unfortunately I have not been hit with the lucky stick of late and have had the wonder of experiencing some time in hospital recently and am still recovering from the ailments. Unfortunately this prevented me from going to the Gluten Free Expo,which I was looking forward to for weeks, months, really since last year! So if you were fortunate enough to attend the expo this year, please comment and let me know how it was, was it better or the same as last years? What were the stalls like? Did you get the opportunity to buy lots of gf food? What were the speakers like? Did you learn anything about coeliac disease or gluten intolerance that you didn't know? I would honestly appreciate any feedback on the expo!

I thought although it is spring in Australia, the nights still get cold, I would share  a slow cooker recipe that I made up, it's delightful and tastier when made with cheaper cuts of meat (even better for the budget)! I hope you and your family enjoy this delighful meal as much as mine did, make sure you take that extra time and cook the food before putting in the slow cooker, it seals the flavours, perfecting this  delicious dish!

GF Delicious Beef Slow Cooker Meal

600g diced gravy beef
4 pieces middle bacon
4-5 pieces whole peeled garlic
1 red onion sliced
4 tablespoons cornflour
3 tablespoons smoked paprika
1 can tomatoes
Olive oil
2 gf beef stock cubes
2 washed potatoes

Method: Place chopped meat in a freezer bag, add cornflour and paprika, shake well. brown meat, add diced bacon, garlic, sliced onion into the pan. Add tomatoes, stock, herbs to your liking. Place all the cooked ingredients in a slow cooker on low. Dice potatoes, place in slow cooker a few hours before the meal is ready, slice the mushrooms and add to the slow cooker at the same time as the potatoes. Serve on a bed of rice.

Enjoy this hearty meal, it will have you wanting more.

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Hope to chat to you soon. Take care