Category Archives: Tried and Tested

Vegetarian Chilli – Gluten and Dairy Free

Ingredients

1 packet of quorn

2 cartons of passata

5 cloves of garlic (minced)

2 red onions (chopped thinly)

2 tbsp olive oil

1 cup diced mushrooms

1 tin of kidney beans

1 tin beans of your choice (I usually use butter beans or chickpeas)

1 tbsp oregano

1 tbsp basil

1 tsp onion seeds (nigella seeds)

1 tsp of chilli flakes (or 3 small fresh chillies)

2 tsp Worcestershire sauce

1/2 cup red wine

Rice to serve

Instructions

1. In a pot heat olive oil, add garlic and onions and sauté till a little golden brown.

2. Add wine, Worcestershire sauce, chilli flakes, onion seeds, oregano and basil to the pot and stir.

3. Put on the rice if you are having some.

4. Add quorn mince to the pot and stir till fully coated in mixture in the pot.

5. Add passata and beans.

6. Allow to simmer on a low heat for around 30 minutes.

7. Serve with rice.

My Not So Secret Risotto Recipe – Gluten Free and Dairy Free

Serves 4

Ingredients

2 tbsp olive oil
2 white onions – thinly sliced
5 cloves of garlic – minced
Chorizo – roughly chopped
Mushrooms – roughly chopped
500g Passata or tinned chopped tomatoes
2 breasts of chicken
2 tbsp green pesto (link to gluten and dairy free)
2 tbsp Worcester Sauce (link to gluten and dairy free)
2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
1/2 cup red wine
1 tbsp basil
1 tbsp oregano
1 tbsp  paprika
1 tbsp parsley
1 tsp black pepper
50g of risotto rice
1-litre chicken stock
Shaved cheese to top (link to dairy and gluten-free)

Directions

  1. In a big pot heat olive oil and saute the onions till translucent.
  2. Add garlic, mushrooms, balsamic vinegar, Worchester sauce, red wine and pesto.
  3. Next, add the herbs (basil, oregano, paprika, parsley and black pepper).
  4. Pop in the chicken and allow to cook on the outside.
  5. Add passata and stir until chicken is cooked through.
  6. Next is the bit that requires patience. Add the risotto rice and coat in sauce.
  7. Gradually add chicken stock little by little and allow to be absorbed into the rice. Add more, wait till absorbed and repeat (if your rice is still hard in the centre, continue adding water and allowing to absorb until desired consistency is achieved).
  8. Sprinkle with some parmesan cheese and serve.

This risotto is amazing to pre-cook, allow to cool, portion and keep in the fridge for around 3 days and freezes really well.

Amazing Gluten and Lactose Free Banana Bread

Gluten Free and Dairy Free Banana Bread Ingredients

Ingredients

2 cups gluten-free self-raising flour
5 very ripe bananas
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup dairy free butter
2 eggs (egg replacement for vegans!)
2 tbsp almond milk
1/2 tsp vanilla essence
1 tsp baking powder (gluten-free!)
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 cup chocolate chips

  1. Preheat oven – 175°C – gas mark 4.
  2. Line a loaf tin with dairy-free butter.
  3. Cream butter and sugar – I use this wonderful device.
  4. Gradually add eggs, vanilla and bananas.
  5. Carefully add the dry ingredients – flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt.
  6. Pour into the loaf tin.
  7. Bake in the oven for 55 minutes.
  8. When you take it out the top will be burnt (it’s ok!)
  9. Stick a skewer in the centre through to the bottom – if it comes out clean it’s ready!
  10. Cool on a wire rack.
  11. Once cooled, carefully cut off the top as straight as possible.
  12. Flip out of the loaf tin.
  13. Cut and serve 🙂

Gluten Free and Dairy Free Banana Bread

Yo! Sushi – A Coeliac Review.

Yesterday I went to Yo Sushi! For the first time in ages! They have a lot of gluten-free items on their menu. They do have an allergen menu in-house, but it’s the traditional massive spreadsheet which isn’t exactly appealing –  if you go on the Yo! Sushi site you can arrange the list by dietary requirement – but that requires forethought to print it off or to have a smartphone with an internet connection in the restaurant.

Here is my review of the food itself and I will create a list of all the gluten-free foods separately. Here we go!

The first thing I want to say is they don’t carry gluten free soy sauce (tamari) so if you are a soy sauce lover, BYOT – Bring Your Own Tamari.

I started where I always do – Tamago Nigiri. I don’t know why, but I ADORE these. They are my favourite thing to eat at any sushi restaurant. At home, I have never had the guts to try to make myself. Maybe I will… Hmm. Highly recommended – a mainstay of every sushi related endeavour.

Yo! Sushi Review - Tamago Nigiri

Next, I had the Crispy Salmon Skin Roll. It was DELICIOUS! The textures were amazing, and the taste was balanced beautifully. Highly recommended. Unmissable. Seriously, it’s THAT GOOD.

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Then I had a bit of a splurge. I got the Assorted Nigiri Maki plate – tuna, ebi and salmon nigiri, avocado maki and two kapa maki. I had never tried raw tuna before and didn’t want to get a whole plate and maybe not like it so I thought this would be an excellent way to try it. I wasn’t a fan of the tuna nigiri. I love tuna, but this was an odd texture and a little flavourless. I was disappointed. The salmon and ebi (prawn) nigiri were pleasant. The maki was maki. A little underwhelming. I think I lacked in soy sauce as I didn’t BYOT! Highly recommended – an excellent way to try a selection without committing to a whole plate.

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Kimchi! Squid kimchi. I love this stuff so much. The squid has the texture of thick pasta and tastes fantastic. The accompanying vegetables with the kimchi were generous for the small size of the plate. Of all of the dishes I tried – this was the most generous regarding bang for your buck. Highly recommended. Just try it. Thank me later.

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Another extravagance – a smoked salmon cream cheese roll. I wasn’t a fan of the texture. I feel the cucumber needed to be more generous and less cream cheese. The salmon was nice, but the overall texture was too soft for my taste. Recommended if you don’t mind a more delicate texture to your sushi.

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Lastly, I had Japanese souffle cheesecake. I love this pudding. I have it whenever I can; it’s so tasty. The souffle didn’t disappoint. It was fluffy, light and delicious. Recommended.

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Overall, we had fun! It’s always exciting to pick your food from the spinning selection and try new things. And just because I didn’t enjoy a particular item, doesn’t mean you won’t. Experiment, have a giggle and eat some well-prepared food.

Gluten Free Green Thai Curry Soup

This comforting bowl of spicy cuddles is perfect for the cold and wet winter we are in just now. Here’s my secret recipe.

Ingredients

2 white onions (diced)
3 cloves of garlic (finely chopped)
1 inch squared of ginger (finely chopped)
100g of spring greens or pak choi (cut into strips)
1 red chilli (sliced into rings)
2 tbsp miso paste
2 tbsp mirin
2 tbsp rice vinegar
4 tbsp oyster sauce
2 tbsp tamari sauce (gluten free soy sauce)
Vegetables and meat of your choice – I used chicken, peas, sweetcorn, green beans, sugar snap peas, carrot cubes and mushrooms.
Rice or rice noodles to serve if desired.

Method

1. Heat wok with a small amount of water (100mls approx). No l is used in this recipe as it gives the final dish a less appealing appearance.

2. Once the wok is heated and the water is beginning to bubble add everything except the meat and vegetables.

3. Allow sauce to reduce and combine

4. Add meat. Ensure every surface is sealed.

5. Add vegetables.

6. Add ½ pint of water per person.

7. Allow this to boil until chicken is thoroughly cooked.

8. At this point, it is your choice of accompaniment. Add rice noodles directly to the broth, ladle over rice in a bowl or simply have on its own.

9. Enjoy.

If you make this it any of my recipes tag me with #glutenfreegirlie or @noglutengirlie if love to see your take on my inventions.

Love,

GFG x

GFG x

Gluten Free Monthly Box Service Review – Snackly

For a few months, I have had monthly Snackly boxes delivered. It’s a selection box of about 6 gluten-free treats from various suppliers to try. I have been very impressed so far with the quality and value for money of them. Here are some photos of the boxes I have received:

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As you can see the selection is fantastic, they come once a month, and they are small snacks and treats. Something I have found lacking in a readily available form since becoming gluten-free.

Also, the kind folks at Snackly have given me a discount code for all my followers! If you use the code GLUTENFREEGIRLIE, it will entitle you to 50p off your first box!

Visit snackly.co.uk to order.

Just a quick disclaimer – I haven’t been endorsed by Snackly. I genuinely think that this is a fab product for newbie and veteran gluten-free people alike.

GFG x

Super Healthy Homemade Gluten Free Thai Curry Recipe

This curry is filling, tasty, healthy and gluten-free.

Ingredients:

3 red onions sliced
3 cloves of garlic crushed and chopped
2 tbsp minced ginger
200g roughly chopped spinach
1 tbsp gluten free soy sauce (I use meridian tamari gluten free soy sauce)
2 tbsp rice wine vinegar
500ml coconut milk (I use Koko coconut milk)
1 tbsp red Thai curry paste (I use Mae Ploy)
Rice (or rice noodles if you prefer)
Your choice of the main ingredient – I usually make mine with fish and shellfish, but you can use vegetables or meat.

Soften the garlic and onions in a hot walk.
Add the ginger, soy sauce, paste and rice wine vinegar and spinach.
Blend the ingredients until well mixed.
Add the star of the show – in my case the shellfish.
Finally, add the coconut milk and cooked rice.
Serve and enjoy.

The Ultimate Homemade Gluten Free Spicy Beef Burgers Recipe

These burgers are AMAZING. It’s my better half is a creative genius when it comes to meat – this is his invention. Here is the method!

Ingredients

400g of chorizo chopped finely

A couple of thin slices of chorizo as a garnish

1 finely diced onion

9 hot chillies

800g lean beef mince

2 tsp paprika

1 egg

2 white rolls to serve (we used Juvela)

Salad to serve

Red onion marmalade

Method

1. Smoosh (technical term meaning use your hands) the mince, onion, chillies, paprika and egg together.

2, Form reasonably sized pates.

3, Fry in olive oil till cooked through.

4, Serve on the Juvela white rolls with the chorizo slices, salad, red onion relish and whatever else you fancy – the ones above had melted goats cheese on them!

The Juvela rolls are the best gluten-free buns I have had in a while – very bread-like, which is surprising as I adored bread and had yet to find a bread roll that wasn’t tasteless or just plain un-roll like. I highly recommend Juvela rolls for your summer BBQ.

If you make these burgers – do let me know using #glutenfreegirlie.com

Thanks for reading!

Gluten Free Girlie ❤

Supermarket Available Gluten Free Porridge – A Review

So, over the last few months, I have tried all of the gluten-free porridge I can get my hands on – to see if I can find one that is nice. However, I have now worked out that I am intolerant to oat, unfortunately. However, if you are a lucky person I have popped this review up for others to use. So, here we go.

Nairn’s Gluten Free Instant Porridge

8 Pack – £3 – Available in ASDA, Ocado and Waitrose.

This porridge was sweet, creamy and thick – a little too finely ground for me as I was a fan of barely processed oatmeal before.

Taste: 3.5/5

Texture: 2/5

Price: 3/5

Perkier Gluten Free Porridge Pot – Fruity Berry

One – £1.50 – Available in Tesco

This porridge was excellent – delicious and full of flavour.

Taste: 4/5

Texture: 3.5/5

Price: 2/5

Tesco’s Free From Quick Cook Oat Sachets Variety Pack

6 Pack – £2 – 2 x Original, 2 x Golden Syrup & 2 x Apple and Cinnamon.

These sachets are a bit more expensive and not as tasty an oat base for the flavours as others I have tried. The apple and cinnamon had bits of actual apple in it and was very tasty, the golden syrup was average and I literally still have one of the original ones as they weren’t the best.

Taste: 2.5/5

Texture: 2/5

Price: 1.5/5

ASDA’s Free From Quick Cook Oat Sachets Golden Syrup Pack

8 Pack – £2 – Available in ASDA.

This one is my favourite one out of all I tried – sweet but not overly, lovely texture like “real” porridge – I have bought this over and over again.

Taste: 4.5/5

Texture: 4/5

Price: 5/5

So there you have it – my gluten-free oats review. If I have missed any – I am sorry, but I am not able to continue this experiment, unfortunately.

Dearest oats – I will miss you.