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Gluten Free Chicken Tikka Masala Recipe

Ingredients

2 large onions (roughly chopped)

1 tomato (roughly chopped)

4 cloves of garlic (minced)

2 tbsp of butter

450g chicken thigh

1 tsp turmeric

5 tbsp tomato puree

1/2 tsp chilli powder

1 tsp garam masala

1 tsp cumin seed powder

1 tsp coriander seed powder

1 inch square of ginger (minced)

Pinch of black pepper

4 good tablespoons of natural yoghurt (dairy-free if required)

4 tbsp cream (dairy-free if needed)

Accompaniments to serve – rice, poppadoms etc. 

If you want to have a bit of fun – you could also make these poppadoms in some oil!

Method

  1. Dice chicken breast and place in a large bowl.
  2. Add turmeric, garam masala, coriander seed powder, cumin seed powder, garlic, ginger, pepper and 4 tablespoons of yoghurt.
  3. Put on some rice now if you are having your curry with rice.
  4. Allow marinating as long as possible, even if it is while you prep the other ingredients.
  5. Add butter to a pan. Allow the butter to melt.
  6. Caramelise onions in the butter.
  7. Add the tomato and cook till soft.
  8. Add tomato paste and chilli – stir.
  9. Add the cream gradually continuously stirring.
  10. Allow the mixture to cook for 1 minute.
  11. Add the marinated chicken.
  12. Cook until chicken is soft.
  13. Serve.

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.

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)

Gluten, Wheat and Dairy Free Crispy Szechuan Chilli Beef

This is wheat free, gluten free, barley free, dairy free, crustacean free… but certainly not taste free. I’m addicted and you will be too.

Ingredients:

Meat:
500g beef cut into thin strips,
3 tbsp cornflour,
1 tbsp gluten-free Worcester sauce,
1 tbsp white wine,
3 tbsp rice bran oil.

Sauce:
4 tbsp gluten-free Worcester sauce,
1 tbsp sriracha sauce,
1 tsp  crushed red chillies,
2 cloves of garlic, crushed,
2 tbsp honey
1 inch squared ginger, crushed,
1 tbsp mirin,
2 tbsp rice wine vinegar.

Veggies:
3 spring onions shredded,
2 carrots shredded.

Instructions:

1. In a large bowl combine the cornflour, vinegar and Worcester sauce.

2. Mix with the back of a fork until crumbly.

3. Add the beef to the mixture and combine until the beef is thoroughly coated in a gooey coating.

4. In a wok heat the rice bran oil.

5. Add the coated beef to the wok slowly. Turn every minute until crispy.

6. Place 2 sheets of kitchen roll on a plate. Place beef on the kitchen roll – this will soak up excess oil.

7. In the wok add the veggies and combined sauce. Stir until the vegetables become soft.

8. Add the beef and stir until sauce thickens and coats the beef.

9. Serve with rice.

If you make this let me know using #glutenfreegirlie.

GFG x

Possibly TMI…

Hello everyone,

I haven’t shared what I am about to tell you all with anyone outside of my family till now, but I am so excited about this new treatment that I want to shout it from the rooftops. So I will start at the beginning.

As you know, I have severe food intolerances but what I haven’t shared is that my intestines and colon don’t work as they should since I got my appendix removed two years ago. It’s called “chronic slow transit”. From when I eat food till I see it again in the bathroom can take anything up to 28 days according to a test I had last year where I took x-ray detectable tablets and then got regular x-rays to trace their progress.

I also have epic chronic constipation (here comes the TMI part). I have gone for 32 days without any bowel movement at all. During this, I tried every treatment possible, including the powders that are typically exclusive to pre-colonoscopy preparation. To have a bowel movement at all, I take laxatives morning and night (docusate sodium or bisacodyl). I have also tried various weird and wonderful herbal remedies, and I will try mostly anything once…

…Nothing worked, until an emergency appointment with a local doctor when I was on holiday in Kent (32 days of no movement and on holiday, it wasn’t fun) I was prescribed suppositories. After a few days of using them morning and night, I finally went. When I returned home from my holiday, I visited my GP and cried. I was sick (and still am) of being bloated, uncomfortable, looking heavily pregnant and being generally miserable. He re-referred me to the gastroenterology nurse that I had seen post appendectomy to ask if she had any ideas. She did.

When I visited her, we chatted about how I was managing my stomach, and she told me there is only one treatment method left before I need to be referred to the surgical team – to discuss the possibility of a stoma. A stoma – the words I had been dreading but prepared for – my anxiety always thinks the worst case scenario and here I was – living it.

So the last thing we could try before being referred to a surgeon was a little device called the Qufora Mini System. It’s a self-irrigation system. Yes – self-irrigating – me, who has self-cleanliness OCD. However, I am willing to try anything with the prospect of some semblance of normality with my toilet visiting time.

I’m not going to go into details because that really would be TMI. However, I have now been using the Qufora Mini System for a week now (4 times in total), and I have to say – it is like I have someone else’s colon! It is fast (by comparison to the suppositories which can take up to 4 hours to work, if at all), reliable (I haven’t been successful in its use yet, and I am much more comfortable in myself. It is a little sore inside my abdomen, but that will be my colon returning to an average size. I am impressed and so, so happy with this system. Even although it is likely to be a lifelong situation, I am so pleased that I have found something that is so almost normal regarding the time it takes and success rate.

If you have questions for me, please feel free to ask. I will answer them as soon as possible.

GFG x

The Orange Headband

Two weeks ago I took part in Tough Mudder Scotland in support of Scottish Spina Bifida Association. I managed to raise £115 for them which is incredible, and I earned my headband! Yey! I hobbled clambered and carefully climbed my way around the course, completed all the obstacles except 2 (although it did take a lot of assistance and encouragement from the staff and my team <3) The staff were fantastic and helped a little with movement when it got a bit tough and extra water. I cannot thank them enough – they were terrific!

James was fantastic support as always I wouldn’t have signed up or crossed the finish line.

Without further ado, here are a few photos of us getting muddy.

inthistogetherJames looking ever so dainty in the mud

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Me looking happy yet terrified at the first obstacle.

Ohitscold!

The Arctic Enema is a tad cold!

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Our teammate Tony – hopping mud mile

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My adopted teammate and fellow hobbler Louise

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My superhero James doing the Funky Monkey

crouching

Yes, that is my bare hands touching mud 🙂

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Team Eeboo – together there is no can’t.

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Together we can accomplish anything.

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We just might need a lie down after.

It took me a while to recover – I still am in bits of me. But that orange headband is mine and boy did I earn it.