Delicious gluten-free recipes

London Barbecue School with Branston Pickle

Just tucked away off a little side street near Peckham Rye Station is the London Barbecue School, which specialises in all things B-B-Q.

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We were to play with the Kamado Joes and experiment with marinades and sauces using the quintessential British picnic accompaniment – Branston Pickle.

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Cooking with the Kamado was completely different to any other kind of barbecue I’ve tried – it was more like an oven, in the way you could control the temperature, but gave all the meat a deliciously smokey flavour.

The Branstons team had developed a few recipes using their signature pickle, as well as their range of barbecue sauces.

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My personal favourites were the marinades made using the pickle – it was really flavourful and went really well as an accompaniment. The Tex-Mex Chicken Tacos and sticky pork chops in particular were really lovely. Branston Pickle in marinades – who knew?

Have you ever been to the London Barbecue School? Be sure to comment below, or let me know on TwitterFacebook, or Instagram!

My Cuisine Companion

I absolutely love my apartment. It’s light, with a fantastic view, but it has one major drawback, especially for a food blogger – the kitchen is absolutely tiny.

So when the folks at Tefal asked if I wanted to try their Cuisine Companion, I was skeptical. Did I really need another gadget taking up space on my kitchen counter (and inevitably, gathering dust?)

When I heard what the Cuisine Companion could do, though, I was really intrigued. Just check out the control panel!

Tefal - Cuisine CompanionTo put it simply, the Cuisine Companion is a food processor that also cooks. But not only can it cook, but you can use it as a slow cooker, a steamer, and to make sauces, desserts, and pastries, too. The possibilities are absolutely endless.

The same machine can make beef stock, choux pastry, risotto, creme brulee, and even ice cream. It’s about the size of a stand mixer, and given how versatile it is, I definitely think it’s fully worth all of the counter space it takes up.

Tefal - Cuisine CompanionTefal - Cuisine CompanionTefal - Cuisine CompanionI pretty much haven’t stopped raving about the Cuisine Companion since I’ve had it – I think it is absolutely amazing. I’ve made so many different things with the Cuisine Companion, but so far my favourite use for it has been for soup. It really couldn’t be easier – barely any washing up, chopping or fuss!

My favourite soup has been a carrot and orange one that I had when I was on a business trip to Portugal recently. I decided to take a stab at recreating it with the Cuisine Companion – and it is really delicious, a perfect spring soup recipe.

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Carrot & Orange Soup
 
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A lovely warming yet refreshing soup for springtime - perfect to make in your Cuisine Companion!
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Recipe type: Cuisine Companion
Cuisine: British
Serves: 1
Ingredients
  • 5 carrots, chopped
  • 1 onion, peeled
  • 2 small oranges
  • 1 litre chicken or vegetable stock
  • 2 tsp butter or oil
  • salt & pepper
Instructions
  1. Place the ultrablade in the Cuisine Companion.
  2. To the bowl, add butter or olive oil, followed by a peeled onion.
  3. Chop the onion using the P12 setting for ten seconds.
  4. Select the slow cook option, and cook the onions for two minutes.
  5. While the onions are cooking, prepare the chicken stock and roughly chop the carrots.
  6. Using a potato peeler, peel the zest from both oranges.
  7. Once the onions have cooked, add the orange peels, carrots, stock, salt and pepper.
  8. Select the 'soup' option for 45 minutes.
  9. Once the soup has cooked, the Cuisine Companion will blend the mixture for you!
  10. Slice the two oranges in half, and squeeze the juice from both into the soup.
  11. Stir the juice through, and serve with warm bread and lots of butter!
Tefal Cuisine Companion - Orange and Carrot SoupMy favourite thing about the Cuisine Companion is that once the soup is done, I can adjust the heat settings so the soup keeps at a constant temperature. This is perfect for me, as I like eating quite early, but my boyfriend tends to work late – this way, we both get to enjoy a hot meal!

It’s also been fantastic for big gatherings, and entertaining, too. Making a chicken liver pate from scratch can be fiddly and time consuming, but the Cuisine Companion makes it almost effortless. Barely any prep, or messing around with raw chicken liver required – it’s so easy!

Tefal - Cuisine Companion, Port Chicken LiverThe Cuisine Companion comes with a big recipe book which is perfect for trying new ideas. I tried their Chicken Liver Pate with Port recipe – and it was delicious!

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At £699.99, it’s definitely not an impulse buy, but it is around £200 cheaper than a Thermomix – and a more attractive looking machine, too!

Do you have a kitchen gadget you really can’t live without? Be sure to comment below, or let me know on TwitterFacebook, or Instagram!

*I was gifted a Cuisine Companion for the purposes of review – as always, views are my own!

Halloumi, Lentil & Chorizo Salad

After my trip to Wales last weekend, I’ve been itching to go away. I was also away in Lisbon for work this week, but didn’t get any time to go exploring, and it’s got me thinking about my next holiday!

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Meddy Steady Cook: Lentils, Halloumi and ChorizoMeddy Steady Cook: Lentils, Halloumi and ChorizoMeddy Steady Cook: Lentils, Halloumi and ChorizoThe team at the Bolsover Cruise Club invited me to submit an entry for their #MeddySteadyCook competition, inspired by the flavours of the Mediterranean. I adapted my go-to barbecue sidedish recipe to include some Cypriot halloumi I was recently gifted, and it is good.

This halloumi, lentil and chorizo salad is incredibly simple to make, but is delicious and pretty fail-proof, too! It’s perfect for BBQs, or as a side dish for grilled fish or chicken.

Meddy Steady Cook: Lentils, Halloumi and Chorizo

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This Halloumi, Lentil & Chorizo salad is so simple to make, but so delicious! The perfect accompaniment to fish, grilled chicken, and great for BBQs too.
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Recipe type: Salad
Cuisine: Mediterranean
Serves: 1
Ingredients
  • 200g puy lentils
  • 100g cherry tomatoes on the vine
  • 1 onion
  • 50g halloumi
  • 50g chorizo
  • 50g olives
  • 1 lemon
  • Rocket (for garnish)
  • Salt and pepper
  • Olive oil
Instructions
  1. Boil the lentils in water for 25 minutes, until tender.
  2. Drain the lentils, and add the chopped onion, olives and tomatoes to the dish.
  3. In a frying pan, fry the halloumi until crispy, and using the same pan fry slices of chorizo.
  4. Season with olive oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper and garnish with rocket to serve.

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I haven’t quite decided where I’m off to just yet, but I’m thinking somewhere warm!

Have you booked your summer getaway yet? Be sure to comment below, or let me know on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram!

I was invited to participate in the #MeddySteadyCook competition, but all views are my solely my own.

Glorious Guacamole

I’ve been going out to a lot of Mexican restaurants recently – which means I’ve been having a lot of guacamole.

Guacamole Islandbell and Udi's Gluten Free Tortilla ChipsLondon is absolutely fantastic for food, but really amazing guacamole is something that I struggle to get here – I much prefer chunky guacamole over pureed, flavourless mush.

Guacamole Islandbell and Udi's Gluten Free Tortilla ChipsSo when Udi’s send me over a hamper of some delicious gluten free goodies, my eyes went straight to the pack of tortilla chips – and I couldn’t think of a better way to enjoy them than with a delicious emerald bowl of the most incredible guacamole.

Guacamole IslandbellGuacamole IslandbellThis guacamole should probably come with a warning, as it’s utterly addictive – I usually eat the lot in one sitting.

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This guacamole recipe is seriously addictive - you have been warned.
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Recipe type: Dip
Cuisine: Mexican
Serves: 1
Ingredients
  • 3 Avocados
  • 150g Cherry Tomatoes
  • ½ Chopped Red Onion
  • Juice of 1 Lemon
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Coriander (for garnish)
Instructions
  1. Slice the cherry tomatoes in half, squeeze out excess juice and discard seeds.
  2. Slice avocado in half, and remove seed. Slice the avocado flesh lengthwise, in a grid pattern.
  3. Scoop the avocado flesh out with a spoon, and add to the onions and tomatoes.
  4. Try not to mash the avocado, but fold all the ingredients gently - you want to retain a chunky texture.
  5. Season with salt, pepper, and lemon juice, and garnish with coriander to serve.
Guacamole Islandbell and Udi's Gluten Free Tortilla ChipsGuacamole Islandbell and Udi's Gluten Free Tortilla Chips It’s such a simple thing to make, but so delicious. It’s always the perfect dish to take to parties – a sure hit!

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I received a hamper from Udi’s Gluten Free for the purposes of review – if I didn’t like it, I wouldn’t blog about it!

Khmer Banoffee Pie

I’ve just spent the most amazing two and a half weeks in Cambodia – mostly pleasure, but a little work thrown in too, as I ran a social media workshop for some charities while I was out there. It was an amazing Christmas – I got to catch up with some old friends, and made some new ones too.

Khmer BananasIt made me fall in love with Cambodia all over again. I adore Cambodian cuisine – and I had such a blast filling up on my favourite fruits, like mangoes, passionfruit and bananas!

You can get some pretty unusual varieties of bananas in Cambodia – like the green ones above (they stay green, even when they’re ripe) and the famous chicken egg bananas, which are tiny, incredibly sweet, and so delicious.

Cambodian Chicken Egg BananasI wanted to do something a little different while I was out there, so I put together a gluten free banoffee pie – and it was probably the most delicious thing I have ever baked.

Cambodian BananasI used three types of bananas on top, and I also made use of some ingredients I was able to get fairly easily from the markets there, like banana sugar and desiccated coconut. I really enjoyed using some unusual ingredients, especially in the base – it made a subtle difference to your usual banoffee pie, and I skipped the whipped cream on top as I find it way too sickly sweet!

Banana Sugar, Khmer Banoffee Pie RecipeGluten free Khmer Banoffee Pie with Banana Sugar and Desiccated Coconut

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I made use of some traditional Cambodian ingredients to do a twist on a classic - the banoffee pie.
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Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: Cambodian
Serves: 1 Pie
Ingredients
  • 100g gluten free flour
  • 150g banana sugar (demerara also works!)
  • 200g butter
  • 50g desiccated coconut
  • 50g ground almonds
  • 1 tsp gluten free baking powder
  • 3 bananas
  • 397g condensed milk
  • 1 tbsp cocoa powder and desiccated coconut (optional)
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees celsius.
  2. In a saucepan on the stove, melt 100g butter, 100g sugar, and all of the condensed milk.
  3. Melt over a low heat, and then bring it to a rapid boil for a minute, stirring continuously.
  4. Once it is a golden caramel, set to one side to cool until firm.
  5. In a bowl, combine the flour, coconut, almonds, baking powder and the remaining sugar and butter.
  6. In a greased 20cm tin, add the base mixture from the bowl and bake for 15 minutes, until golden.
  7. Leave the base to cool on a rack, and then top with the caramel mixture and sliced bananas.
  8. Top with cocoa powder and desiccated coconut before serving.
Gluten free Khmer Banoffee Pie with Banana Sugar and Desiccated CoconutGluten free Khmer Banoffee Pie with Banana Sugar and Desiccated CoconutGluten free Khmer Banoffee Pie with Banana Sugar and Desiccated CoconutThe condensed milk coconut for this was so flavourful, which I think is all down to the banana sugar in the caramel mixture.

Gluten free Khmer Banoffee Pie with Banana Sugar and Desiccated CoconutI had a great time experimenting with new ingredients – it’s always fun cooking with something new!

Do you have an unusual banoffee pie recipe? Have you ever made anything with banana sugar? I’d love to hear about it! Be sure to comment below, or let me know on TwitterFacebook or Instagram!