Wheat free carrot cake

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This recipe works really well, even people who can eat wheat like it. This is the recipe.

  • 2 large eggs
  • 60 g sugar
  • 110 ml vegetable oil
  • 130 g rice flour
  • 10 g baking powder
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tsp mixed spice
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence
  • 3 large carrots grated
  • pinch salt
  1. Put eggs, sugar, vanilla essence and oil in a bowl, beat well.
  2. Sift flour, baking powder, cinnamon, mixed spice and fold into egg mixture.
  3. Add carrots and salt.
  4. Bake at 180c for  40 to 45 mins.

The containers I used were what my frozen curry came in, an ideal free loaf tin.

 

 

 

 

 

Wheat – free Soda Bread

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This is my best so far. As anyone who is wheat -free will know it is really hard to get anything that tastes like bread, but this soda bread can be toasted,  you can use it with any topping also good for dipping in you soup.

Recipe

makes 1 small loaf or 4 rolls

100g oatmeal

50g maize flour

50g shop bought gluten – free flour

1 tsp salt

1 tsp sugar

1 tsp bicarb

1 egg

about 250 ml plain yogurt

Method

  1. Mix all dry ingredients.

2. mix egg and yogurt.

3. add egg mix to dry ingredients.

4. do not overmix, just use a table knife to draw the mixture together, divide into 4 if making rolls.

5. put into a greased bun tin. Brush with some of the yogurt mixed with water.

6. Bake at 190 c for 25 to 30 mins.

Wheat free Mexican Recipe

For what ever reason I fancied a mexican tonight for tea, I have not really tried Mexican food, but  wanted something different for tea. After surfing the net looking at recipes etc. I decided on making tortillas with maize flour, using turkey as the meat and bought a sachet of tex- mex spices, all set to go.

Tortillas

1 cup of maize flour

1/2 cup of water

salt

Method-

1. Pour the water into the flour and salt slowly, till you form a consistency that resembles play dough.

2. Divide into small balls, place between two sheets of grease proof paper, and roll out until quite thin.

3. Stack between grease-proof sheets until ready to cook.

4. Cook on hot griddle for about 3 mins each side.

5. Keep warm under cloth.

Filling

Minced Turkey, Chicken or Beef

sachet tex-mex mix

tomatoes

sliced onions

lettuce

smoked cheese

glass of water

Method

1. Heat oil in pan and brown meat-

2. add sachet of tex-mex, then glass of water.

3. Bring to the boil then simmer for about 10 mins, sauce should be thicker now.

My tortillas were quite crisp so hard to make a wrap, I had them on the side.

Place lettuce on plate top with meat,  tomatoes, onions then cheese.

Will definitely try this again but will make my own sauce next time.

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home made tortillas.

Courgette lasagna

As I do not eat wheat I am always looking for other ways of cooking my favourite food.  I had never tried using courgettes instead of pasta it works very well, I sliced it thinly with a mandolin , you don’t need to cook it first just place in alternate layers with the meat and cheese sauce,, and there you have it, delicious !

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My version of moussaka

I like inventing my own recipes with the foods I like, Lasagne and moussaka are two of my favourites so I  decided to make a combination of the two.

Here is the recipe, you do not have to be too particular about the amounts, make enough to fill the dish you are going to cook it in.

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1 Clove of garlic grated
Courgette
Tomato
1 Carrot grated
1 Egg
Balsamic vinegar
nutmeg
oregano
cornflour
feta cheese
tomato sauce
worcester  sauce
Method

  • Fry off mince and onion until brown, add garlic and grated carrot.
  • add enough water to cover
  • add a pinch of nutmeg, a tsp of oregano, a dsp of tomato sauce, worcester sauce and  a few splashes of balsamic vinegar, bring to boil, then reduce to a simmer for about 20 mins
  • mix a spoonful of cornflour in a little water then add to thicken mince, once thickened take off heat and let cool
  • slice about half a courgette and lightly fry in pan, set aside to cool
  • beat an egg then add to a tub of natural yogurt, greek yogurt is good for this
  • now assemble the dish in a deep container
  • place a layer of courgettes on the bottom, then some mince, crumbled feta cheese,then sliced tomatoes repeat until all ingredients are used
  • pour yogurt and egg mixture on top
  • top with grated Parmesan
  • bake in oven 180 degrees for about 40 minutes till top is brownDSC00726

Wheat- free steam pudding

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This is the best one I have made so far, and it is so easy, try it, you can make it any flavour you like, I might try orange or lemon next time, I would have put dried fruit in it if I had any, but it was fine without. This is my own recipe, I have tried it with rice flour but seems to work better with maize flour.

Recipe

3/4 cup of maize flour
2 des sp of gram flour
1/2 cup of demerara sugar
1 tsp baking powder
2 tsp mixed spice
2 tsp honey
1 egg
milk

Method

1. Put sugar, honey and spice into pan over a low heat until sugar melts, stir now and then watch it does not burn
2. take off heat, add dry ingredients
3.Add egg and enough milk so that the mixture is quite soft
4. Put into a greased bowl cover with foil
5. put in steamer and cook for 30 to 35 mins.
Steaming makes the sponge a lot lighter than baking in the oven.

Tip of the week

Bananas

Bananas are very good for you, they contain potassium, magnesium, vitamin A, C and B 6.

I really love bananas they are probably my favourite fruit. We have lots of bananas in Tenerife, If you put them in the fridge they will keep longer. If you have got more than you can eat, you can take the skin off cover in foil and put in freezer, they make good healthy ice lollies, they have a really creamy taste similar to milk lollies.

You can use banana skin for warts and verrucas, cut a piece of skin to cover the wart or verruca the cover with tape and leave overnight, repeat every night till gone, I do not know how it works but it does.

Last of all you can cook with bananas, I found this great pancake recipe on the internet it is sugar free, gluten free and dairy free.( http://www.huffingtonpost.com), I have altered the recipe a bit because I am allergic to nuts and the recipe had used almond flour which I substitued for maize flour. I really like banana loaf but find it hard to get a good wheat free recipe, but these pancakes are a very good substitute.

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2 ripe mashed banana

1 1/4 tsp. vanilla extract

1/2 cup coconut milk

2 eggs

1/2 cup oat flour

1/2 cup maize flour

1 1/4 tsp. baking powder

pinch of salt

1 1/4 tsp. cinnamon

pinch of nutmeg

2 tsp. ground seeds (pumpkin,sesame, sunflower)

coconut oil for frying

Method:

1. Combine all wet ingredients ( banana,coconut milk,eggs,vanilla) with a whisk.

2. In a separate bowl mix dry ingredients ,oat flour, baking powder ,salt, cinnamon,  nutmeg, mixed seeds, maize flour.

3. Add dry ingredients to wet, mix till smooth, it should be quite wet a dropping consistency

4. Leave to stand for about a min, it will thicken, if you feel it is too thick add a little more coconut milk or water.

5. Put a little coconut oil  onto griddle or frying pan.

6. Drop a dsp. of mixture onto griddle, the pancakes are ready when brown on both sides and cooked through.

I found these pancakes easy to make and delicious. You can have them for breakfast as I did with toasted coconut and sweet soya sauce ,or maple syrup, the options are endless.