Category Archives: Gluten Free

Simple Sweet Potato and Other Veg Soup (Gluten Free)‏

Having got in touch with my family for further inspiration for the blog, my sister emailed me this recipe that sounded perfect to share with everyone…

I first fell in love with sweet potatoes while living in Sydney – where you can’t move for colourful delis jam-packed with antipasti and homemade soups, such as beetroot, pumpkin and of course my favourite… sweet potato. Perfect to pop in and buy for dinner after a long day at work. This recipe was inspired by Sydney and the process is loosely based on Delia Smith’s soup making. Good and old-fashioned, but very hearty and cosy food (they have winters in Sydney too!).

Serves: 6

3 sweet potatoes
1 leek
1 white onion
4 carrots
1 large potato
50g (1.8 oz) butter
425ml (approx 3/4 pint) of chicken or vegetable stock (gluten free)
140ml (approx 1/4 pint) semi-skimmed milk
Salt and freshly ground black pepper to season

1 Peel and roughly dice all the vegetables into approximately 1cm (0.39-inch) thick cubes. Add them all to a large, thick-bottomed pan and add the butter, stirring the vegetables until they are all coated. Leave on a very low heat with a lid on the pan for 15 minutes to allow the vegetables to gently sweat. Stir occasionally.

2 Then, add the stock and the milk and stir. Leave to simmer with the lid on the pan for another 20 minutes, Do not let the soup reach boiling point or the milk might burn. Stir occasionally.

3 After the 20 minutes, the vegetables should be lovely and soft.

4 Then the fun bit – either pop into a liquidiser or use a hand-held device like me, straight in the pan – and liquidise away. You need to make sure all the lumps are gone.

5 If you used a big liquidiser, return the soup back to the pan when you’ve finished blending.

6 Gently heat the soup through in the pan and season with salt and pepper to taste.

The soup will be thick – just how I like it, but it can be thinned out with a cup or two of water if you find it too much.

Serve with chunky bread or the next best gluten-free variety.

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Proof is in the pudding…

and in the vinegar it seems!

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After enjoying another hour of foraging for fruits in our local wood as we promised ourselves, we ended up with another 2 pounds of blackberries, 2 pounds of sloes and half a pound of elderberries.

Once home we started the cooking and baking process, with my girlfriend making me a Blackberry and Apple Crumble for the first time ever, while I attempted to make mum’s recipe of Blackberry Vinegar.

The smell around the house of cooking blackberries was so intoxicating! All our pots and pans were taking on a deep red glaze as was the sink when it came to washing them all.

Having never made anything like this before I think the results were fantastic. We had some of the blackberry vinegar with some salad leaves and brie to start and had some of the delicious crumble for pudding. I am now converted into home baking especially with home grown and foraged produce. I am already looking forward to supper tonight as more of the crumble will be enjoyed!

Now to decide what to do with the sloes and elderberries…

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Blackberry and Apple Crumble (Gluten Free)

First read… Proof is in the pudding…

8ozs Blackberries
1 large cooking apple
1 tabelspoon caster sugar for the fruit
4ozs Gluten free flour
2ozs Stork/Cooking margarine
3 tabelspoons demerara sugar
Oats for the topping

Use a pre greased oven proof dish for best results.

Preheat oven to 180C/350F Gas 4 or 170C Fan Oven.

1 Cut the apple into bitesize chunks and place in a non stick saucepan along with the blackberries. Add some boiling water and the tablespoon of caster sugar and heat until the apples are soft but have some bite.

2 While thats cooking, mix the flour and cooking margarine in a mixing bowl and sift it through your fingers until it resembles a breadcrumb consistency.

3 Add the 2 tablespoons of demarara sugar to the pasty mix and stir in well.

4 Place the warmed fruit into the greased oven proof dish and cover with the pastry mix.

5 Level the pastry mix with a fork and add a tablespoon of demarara sugar to the topping.

6 Finally add some oats over the top of the dish. Most coeliacs are not allergic to oats if they are not eaten everyday (Source: Coeliacs Society).

7 Bake in the oven for 30 to 35 mins or till the topping is golden brown.

Serve with either cream or custard.

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Meringue Roulade (Gluten Free)

First post…
Having benefitted from my mum’s cooking for over 30 years, I feel I have a compelling need to share my good fortune with a wider audience in the hope that they will come to appreciate why I return home so often for a refresher!   Mum has a gluten intolerance and yet our diet over the years has never been compromised by this, and we have always eaten the same dishes (except bread cakes and biscuits).

With that said, I wanted to share one of mine and my family’s all time favourites in my first post – my mum’s meringue roulade.

Serves 6 to 8 people

5 egg whites
8ozs Caster Sugar
1 teaspoon White or malt vinegar
1 teaspoon Real Vanilla Essence
2 heaped teaspoons Cornflour
Icing Sugar

A 35cm x 27cm Swiss-roll tin lined with oiled baking paper or a silicon lining cut to size.

Preheat oven to 180C/350F Gas 4 or 170C Fan Oven.

1 Whisk egg whites until they are very stiff (you should be able to turn the bowl upside down without them falling out)

2 Continue to whisk and add caster sugar a spoon at a time.

3 Then add the vinegar, vanilla essence and corn-flour and mix them in completely.

4 Spoon the meringue mixture into the lined Swiss-roll tin and bake for 10 minutes or a little longer if the top not golden. The meringue will have risen but will sink again as it cools.

5 When cold, turn out onto a sheet of greaseproof paper dusted with icing sugar.

6 Whisk cream until stiff, spread onto meringue and then add fruit of your choice.

7 Using the greaseproof paper to help roll up the meringue, put on a dish and dust with more icing sugar.

Ready for baking
Ready for baking
Straight from the oven
Straight from the oven
Left the tin
Left the tin
Creamed and fruited
Creamed and fruited
Ready to roll
Ready to roll
Eat me
Eat me - yummy!