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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.

Gluten and Dairy Free Spicy, Sticky Chilli Bean and Beef

Serves 4

Ingredients

3 tbsp oil (I use coconut oil)

4 tbsp tamari sauce

4 tbsp sriracha sauce ( Use Flying Goose – it’s the best!)

4 tbsp rice vinegar

2 tbsp mirin 

2 tbsp honey

2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce

250ml hot water

1 serving of gluten-free gravy granules

1/2 tsp Chinese 5 spice

5 cloves of garlic – minced

2 red onions thinly sliced

500g thin cut beef steak

350g green beans

Directions

  1. Remember to put on some rice!
  2. Heat oil in a wok, add the garlic and onions and cook until translucent.
  3. In a bowl mix tamari sauce, sriracha, rice vinegar, mirin, honey, Worcester, 5 spice, water and gravy granules.
  4. Add sauce mixture to the onions and garlic then simmer until the sauce thickens.
  5. Add beef and beans.
  6. Cook until beans cook but are still crunchy, and the beef is as prepared as you desire.
  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.

The Complete Gluten Free Menu @ Costa Coffee

I’ve gone through the nutritional information available here and condensed it down to this list. If in doubt though ask your barista.

Hot Drinks

Coffee
Signature Roast Espresso
Character Roast Espresso
Decaffeinated Espresso
Risteretto
Macchiato
Cortado
Mocha Cortado
Caramel Cortado
Latte
Cappuccino
Flat Black
Flat White
Flat Mocha

Tea
Thoroughly Minted
The Earl
Simply Sencha Green Tea
Everyday Tea
English Breakfast Decaffeinated Tea
Super fruity Tea

Other DrinksHot Chocolate
Chai Latte
Milk Babyccino
Mini Hot Chocolate with Marshmallow or Flake

Cold Drinks
Iced Espresso
Iced Ristretto
Iced Espresso Macchiato
Iced Cortado
Iced Mocha Cortado
Iced Americano
Iced Cappuccino with Whipped Milk
Iced Cappuccino
Iced Latte
Iced Flat White
Iced Chocolate
Iced Mocha
Iced Chai Latte
Peach Iced Tea
Strawberry Milk Whip
Vanilla Milk Whip

Coffee Frostinos
Coffee
Belgian Chocolate Coffee
Salted Caramel Crunch Coffee
Belgian Chocolate
Salted Caramel Crunch
Creamy Strawberry
Creamy Strawberry
Mint Choc Chip

Fruit Coolers
Red Summer Berries
Mango And Passion Fruit
Coconut And Watermelon
Cherry And Orange Fruit
Tropical Fruit

Cold Brew
Black
White
Cold Brew With Foam

Little Treats
Chocolate brownie
Fruit and nut mix
Dried Mango
Mini Bakewell Tarts

Sandwiches
Tuna Nicoise Salad Sandwich
Roast Chicken Salad Sandwich
Chipotle Bean & Butternut Squash Wrap (Vegan)

Soup
Tomato and Basil
Pea & Ham

Meals
Chicken Chorizo & Roasted Pepper Rice Box

Breakfast
Fruit Pot
Wholegrain Porridge
Organic 0% Fat Greek Style Yoghurt
Raspberry Coconut and Seed Sprinkle
Mixed Berry Compote

Drinks Extras
Vanilla Syrup
Gingerbread Syrup
Caramel Syrup
Caramel Syrup (Sugar-Free)
Roasted Hazelnut Syrup
Cinnamon Syrup
White Granulated Sugar
Demerara Sugar
Sweet And Low
Marshmallows
Whipping Cream
Coffee Shot (Espresso)
Gomme Syrup
Belgian Dark Chocolate Sauce
Cappuccino Dusting
Magic Cocoa Dust
Chai Latte Powder
Vanilla Powder
Caramel Sauce
Raspberry Flavoured Sauce
White Chocolate Sauce
Pineapple And Coconut Water Base
Cherry Sauce
Gingerbread Syrup
Honeycomb Syrup
Salted Caramel Fudge Sprinkle
Buttermint sauce
Chocolate Honeycomb
Caramel Crunch
Hot Chocolate Powder
Chocolate Flake
Caramel Vermicelli
Red Shimmer Chocolate Curls
Strawberry Puree
Mint Syrup
Chocolate Pieces
Magic Cocoa Dust

Extras (Food)
Salt sachets
Pepper sachets
Nutella
Salted butter
Tomato ketchup sachets
Marmite
Strawberry Jam
Marmalade
Honey
Maple Syrup
Peanut Butter
Sunflower Spread
Clotted Cream

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.

Tasty Crispy Chilli Beef Recipe – Gluten and Dairy Free

This is my own tried and tested recipe for gluten- free crispy chilli beef. If you are new to being gluten-free and don’t have the ingredients at home then I have linked to the ones I use and recommend on Amazon (in blue text). If you have any feedback or try this recipe then do let me know! Tag me on social media #glutenfreegirlie or comment below.



Crispy Chilli Beef Recipe

Serves 2



Ingredients

Beef

500g beef sliced into thin strips

50g cornflour

50g plain flour

2 eggs

2 tbsp white wine vinegar

Oil for deep frying

Sauce

5 tbsp Tamari (Gluten-free soy sauce)

5 tbsp rice wine vinegar

5 tbsp Sriracha

2 tbsp mirin

1/2 tsp Chinese 5 spice

1 inch squared of grated ginger

5 cloves minced garlic

10 tbsp water

Gluten Free Gravy granules (added at the end)


1. Mix corn flour, flour, eggs and white wine vinegar in a bowl till smooth.

2. Heat oil in a pan until a test amount of batter bubbles in the oil.

3. Dip each strip of beef into the batter mixture then drop into the hot oil.

4. Cook until golden brown.

5. Once cooked transfer onto a plate with a few sheets of kitchen roll

6. Pop on some rice at this point if you want rice with your beef.

6. Mix all the ingredients from the sauce ingredients except the gravy granules.

7. Pour sauce mixture into a deep pan and stir till bubbling then turn down to a simmer.

8. Once simmering add gravy granules and stir continuously until thick and has a sheen.

9. Add fried beef and stir till thoroughly coated.

10. Serve with rice.

Recipe – Beef Stew – Gluten and Dairy Free

This is my own tried and tested recipe for gluten-free beef stew. If you are new to being gluten-free and don’t have the ingredients at home then I have linked to the ones I use and recommend on Amazon (in blue text). If you have any feedback or try this recipe then do let me know! Tag me on social media #glutenfreegirlie or comment below.



Beef Stew

Serves 2


500g beef diced

2 leeks

2 carrots

2 parsnips

1 small turnip

1-litre water

2 gluten-free beef stock cubes

1 tsp Oregano

1 tsp Sage

1 tsp parsley

1 tsp thyme

2 bay leaves

1 tsp pepper

Salt if desired


1. Bring water to boil.

2. While it’s boiling chop and add vegetables and meat to pot.

3. Add stock cube, herbs and spices.

4. Cover with lid and bubble for 1.5 hours on a low heat.

5. Serve.

Remember to remove the bay leaves!

Amazing Pancakes Recipe – Gluten and Dairy Free.

This is my own tried and tested recipe for gluten-free and dairy-free pancakes. If you are new to being gluten-free and don’t have the ingredients at home then I have linked to the ones I use and recommend on Amazon (in blue text). If you have any feedback or try this recipe then do let me know! Tag me on social media #glutenfreegirlie or comment below.



Perfect Gluten Free Pancakes

Makes 5


150g gluten-free self-raising flour

1 tbsp sugar

3 medium eggs

100ml Almond milk


1. Put all the ingredients in a jug.

2. Whisk until smooth and pourable

3. Add more milk if necessary.

4. Use a small frying pan and coat the bottom with an oil of your choice.

5. Pour to cover the bottom of the frying pan.

6. Cook until matte at the edges and bubbling in the middle.

7. Flip!

8. Cook until underside is light brown.

9. Flip onto a serving plate and cover with a dishcloth to keep in heat.

10. Repeat 5 – 9 until the mixture is finished.

11. Serve with toppings. My favourite is maple syrup.

The Ultimate Gluten Free List – Wetherspoons For The Coeliac 2018

An exciting development in the world of British people who have Coeliac disease – Wetherspoons now have a dedicated gluten free menu!

Although in the small print they do say that they mostly try their best to avoid cross-contamination, but it can happen, I have been there many times and never had an adverse reaction.

So I have broken down all the available food in this post into a list to make life a little easier. I have also included my opinion of the dish if I have had it before (italics).

Remember. Always tell staff that you have coeliac disease don’t just assume.

 

Breakfast

Gluten-free breakfast – Two fried eggs, bacon, baked beans, mushroom, tomato.

Fresh fruit – Available with or without organic Greek-style yoghurt with honey.

MOMA Porridge – 2 flavours available – Fresh blueberries and brown sugar or honey and banana.

 

Small Plates

Soup of the day (if having soup – tell staff no bread and tell them you are coeliac)
Italian tomato & basil soup or British broccoli & Shropshire blue cheese soup.

Grilled halloumi (I can’t even – so, so tasty)
Sweet chilli sauce, rocket.

Tandoori chicken bites – Yoghurt & mint sauce, tomato, onion, coriander.

Small nachos – These are my favourite thing to order in Wetherspoons. I have noticed that the quantity and quality vary wildly.

 

Chicken

Peri-peri roast half chicken – Chicken, peri-peri sauce, coleslaw, chips, a char-grilled mini corn-on-the-cob
Make sure you ask for this dish with a jacket potato, instead of chips – the chips contain gluten.

Quinoa salad – Quinoa, rice, avocado, adzuki beans, grilled red and yellow pepper, red cabbage, chia seeds, kale, dressing. With:
Pulled chicken or
Grilled halloumi

Chicken, avocado & maple-cured bacon salad with balsamic vinaigrette.

 

Afternoon Deal! (includes a drink)

Gammon, eggs & chips (ask for a jacket potato instead of fries)

 

Main Meals

Wiltshire cured ham and eggs (ask for a jacket potato instead of chips)

Chicken tikka masala (Order with no naan and extra popadums)

Sweet potato, chickpea & spinach curry (Order with no naan and extra popadums)

Lamb shank (includes a drink) – Roasted veg, gravy, mash.

Grill

All beef steaks come with peas, tomato, mushroom and a drink.
(ask for a jacket potato instead of chips)

8oz Aberdeen Angus rump steak

8oz sirloin steak

14oz Aberdeen Angus rump steak

10oz gammon & eggs

Mixed grill – Gammon, pork loin, Aberdeen Angus rump, lamb, sausage.
(ask for no sausage as it contains gluten)

Skinny steak – Quinoa salad and dressing.

Sauce – Creamy peppercorn.

Toppers
Garlic & parsley butter
Fried egg

 

Jacket Potatoes!

I remember when this was the only gluten-free thing in most places!

Deal jacket potato with salad and one filling:
Beans
Cheese
Coleslaw
Tuna mayo

Sides

Coleslaw
Avocado
Quinoa side salad
Side salad
Grilled halloumi
Half rack of BBQ pork ribs
Peas
Two char-grilled mini corn-on-the-cob

Pudding

Fresh fruit with ice cream – Apple, banana, blueberries.

British Bramley apple crumble – With Ice cream or custard.

Knickerbocker glory – Strawberry, blackberry, raspberry & blackcurrant compote,
ice cream, cream. (Ask for no wafer as it contains gluten).

 

Children’s Menu

Small Kids

Wiltshire cured ham and fried free-range egg (ask for a jacket potato instead of chips)

Jacket potato – With tuna mayo or baked beans or Cheese

Big Kids

Grilled chicken breast

Sides

Jacket potato
Mashed potato
Mini corn-on-the-cob
Peas

Pudding

Vanilla ice cream – either 1 or 2 scoops
Toppings: Blueberries, Banana, Chocolate sauce, Toffee sauce

Claudi & Fin strawberry & yoghurt lolly

 

Curry Club – Thursdays Only

All served with pilau rice, plain naan bread, poppadums.

(Order with no naan and extra popadums)

Chicken Korma – chicken breast, cooked with yoghurt, coconut, cream, almonds and fresh coriander.

Lamb Rogan Josh – Lamb in aromatic spices, Kashmiri-style sauce, with tomato,
onion, coriander, cumin and green chillies.

Sweet potato, chickpea & spinach curry – Sweet potato in a creamy coconut
sauce, with chickpeas and spinach.

Chicken tikka masala – Chicken breast in tandoori spices, tomato sauce, cream,
red onion, butter, coriander and cardamom.

Chicken jalfrezi – Chicken, onion and peppers, tomato sauce, whole cumin seeds.

Chicken Balti – Chicken in tandoori spices, tomato sauce, spinach, red onion, char-grilled peppers, garlic, mustard seeds and coriander.

Beef Madras – Beef, in a tomato sauce, with onion, coconut, mustard seeds and chilli.

Tandoori chicken salad – Tandoori chicken pieces, tomato, onion, coriander and salad leaves, with a yoghurt & mint dressing. (Doesn’t come with rice, naan bread or poppadums).

 

Hot Drinks

Freshly brewed filter coffee
Flat white
Cappuccino
Latte
Americano
Espresso
Tea

Soft Drinks

Apple Juice
Britvic Blackcurrant Cordial
Britvic Ginger Ale
Britvic Ginger Beer
Britvic Grapefruit Juice
Britvic Lime Cordial (Sulphites)
Britvic Low-Calorie Bitter Lemon
Britvic Low-Calorie Tonic Water
Britvic Orange Cordial
Britvic Orange Juice
Britvic Pineapple Juice
Britvic Tonic Water
Cranberry Juice
Diet Pepsi
Fentimans Slimline Tonic Water
Fentimans Tonic Water
Fruit Shoot My5 Apple & Pear
Fruit Shoot My5 Orange & Pineapple
Innocent™ Super Smoothie Energise
Irn-Bru
J2O Apple & Mango
J2O Apple & Raspberry
J2O Orange & Passionfruit
Monster Energy
Monster Ripper
Monster Ultra
Old Jamaica diet ginger beer
Old Jamaica ginger beer
Orange Juice
Pepsi
Pepsi Max
R White’s Lemonade
R White’s premium raspberry lemonade
R White’s traditional cloudy lemonade
Sanpellegrino Blood Orange
Sanpellegrino Lemon
Strathmore Spring Water
Strathmore Spring Water (Sparkling)

 

Alcohol-Free

Kopparberg Strawberry & Lime Alcohol-Free (Sulphites)

Alcoholic Drinks

Ciders

Angry Orchard (Sulphites)
Aspall Suffolk Cyder (Sulphites)
Hawkes Urban Orchard Cider
Hooch
Kopparberg Mixed Fruit (Sulphites)
Kopparberg Strawberry & Lime (Sulphites)
Magners Original Bottle
Magners Original Draught
Strongbow (Sulphites)
Strongbow Dark Fruit (Sulphites)
Thatchers Gold (Sulphites)
Thistly Cross (Sulphites)

Real Ales

London Pride (Sulphites)

Bottled Beer

Miller Genuine Draft

Craft

Boss Beetlejuice
Brains Gin Lane

Other Bottles

Smirnoff Ice
WKD

Rum

Bacardi Carta Blanca
Captain Morgan’s Original Spiced Gold
Captain Morgan’s White
Kraken Spiced Rum
Red Leg Spiced Rum
Ron Zacapa 23-year-old

Gin

Bombay Sapphire
Caorunn
Gordon’s
Martin Miller’s
Portobello Road No 171 Gin
Sipsmith London Dry Gin
Tanqueray
Tanqueray No. Ten

Vodka

Absolut
Absolut Vanilia
Belvedere Vodka
Skyy
Smirnoff Red
Stolichnaya

Whisky

Bell’s
Buffalo Trace Bourbon
Famous Grouse
Glenfiddich
Glenmorangie
Haig Club Clubman
Jack Daniel’s
Jameson
Jim Beam Bourbon Whiskey
Jura Origin 10-year-old
Penderyn

Spirits

Antica Sambuca
Apple Sourz
Archers peach schnapps
Baileys (Milk)
Chambord Black Raspberry Liqueur
Cherry Sourz
Courvoisier VS
Disaronno Amaretto
Fireball Cinnamon Whisky Liqueur
Hennessy Fine de Cognac
Jägermeister
Malibu
Southern Comfort

Wine

Blossom Hill White Zinfandel Rosé (Sulphites)
Canti Prosecco
Coldwater Creek Cabernet Sauvignon (Sulphites)
Coldwater Creek Merlot (Sulphites)
Coldwater Creek Pinot Grigio (Sulphites)
Coldwater Creek Sauvignon Blanc (Sulphites)
Coldwater Creek White Zinfandel Rosé (Sulphites)
Hardys Private Bin Chardonnay (Sulphites, Egg & Milk)
Hardys Private Bin Pinot Grigio (Sulphites, Egg & Milk)
Hardys Private Bin Rosé (Sulphites, Egg & Milk)
Hardys Private Bin Shiraz (Sulphites, Egg & Milk)
Moët & Chandon Impérial (Sulphites)
Teresa Rizzi Prosecco (Sulphites)
Teresa Rizzi Sparkling Rosé (Sulphites)
Trivento Malbec (Sulphites)
Villa Maria Sauvignon Blanc (Sulphites)