Before my coeliac diagnosis, I was never a massive fan of bread loaves. It wasn’t my go-to sandwich making weapon of choice – I’m more of a tortilla or pitta bread girl. “Proper bread” was never high on my list.
However, I was in Costco, and it occurred to me that I should maybe try out some gluten free bread you know, for science!
I had some of the loaf with my favourite spread which is mercifully gluten free – Nutella!
It was delicious. A little bit heavier than non-gluten free bread and the slices are teeny tiny! But for a fast breakfast to run out the door with. Perfect!
Price: 5/5 (£4.50 for 2 loaves in Costco)
On a cold and rainy morning, I decided to pop into Riverhill Coffee Bar with my wee mum for a coffee and hopefully some gluten-free cake. A few weeks ago the lovely Lidia at work let me try a little piece of some gluten-free chilli chocolate cake she had found on her travels. It was so tasty, and you would never guess that anything was missing. My biggest fear as a goodie was that my gluten-free diet would mean “no gluten, no good”. Instead, this chilli chocolate cake was one of the most delightful cakes I had ever eaten. Another bonus is that Riverhill also does one of my favourite locally roasted coffee brands – Dear Green. If you haven’t tried Dear Green, I recommend you do.
I remembered all this when we were in the rain in search of somewhere dry with good coffee. In to Riverhill, we went. Today’s gluten-free cake was a carrot cake – one of my favourites! Being my favourite – impressing me was a challenge for any cake to stand up to, let alone a gluten free one. So I ordered a piece, and a latte and my mum ordered one of their dark chocolate speciality hot chocolates.
It took a little time to arrive, but it was worth the wait. So, so delicious! It tasted just as good if not better than any other carrot cake I had ever tried.
I thought I would share with you all my secret recipe for Tikka Chasni (this one I made is chicken).
You will need (serves 4):
3 diced onions
4 crushed garlic cloves
A handful of shredded spinach
1 tbsp Paprika
1 tsp cumin
1 tbsp garam masala
1 tsp turmeric
1/2 tsp black onion seeds
1/2 tsp Salt
1 tsp Pepper
100g Shredded coconut
2 cups coconut milk (I use Koko)
Your star attraction: beef, veggies, chicken…
Rice to serve
1. Sweat onions, mushrooms, spinach and garlic in oil or water.
2. Add all spices (not the shredded coconut) and stir until well distributed.
3. Add the coconut, coconut milk and meat/ veg.
4. Simmer until the meat is cooked.
5. While that’s bubbling pop on some rice.
6. Serve 🙂
I was struggling to figure out where to eat for lunch that I trusted to be gluten-free, and I’d left chicken and rice in the house. Silly me.
After a ponder, I headed out of the office and went up to Buchanan Galleries. I asked the girlie behind the counter if the ‘fat burner’ smoothie was gluten-free. I was informed the fat burning supplement wasn’t, but everything else was, she even let me see the frozen yoghurt container and pressed fresh apples for the juice.
The result was a delicious, very safe smoothie. Highly recommended.
I’m Lisa. I’m 28. 5’10” and as of last week: a diagnosed coeliac.
This blog is a venue for me to let our my thoughts on this as well as give honest opinions about learning how to be gluten-free. As well as maybe find some like-minded folks or more experienced coeliacs.
Feel free to say hi anytime!
Gluten Free Girlie xx