Baja Fish Tacos Two Ways.

2019-05-21T19:24:10+00:0021st May 2019|

Baja Fish Tacos Two Ways Masa Harina, or dough from corn, was used the by the Aztecs as far back as the 15th century. Corn is finely ground, cooked in water with slaked lime, and then ground and dried again. Mixed with water, or sometimes oil, it forms the dough called "masa" that is used to make corn tortillas. Soft corn tacos can be filled and served with a variety of fillings both traditional and non- traditional. This fish taco hails from the state of Baja California in Mexico. Fill the tortillas with mild white fish such as cod or Tipila, coat in a tempura style gluten-free batter, and top with colourful Latin-inspired slaws and dips. To make a truly eclectic vegan version I have used tinned Banana blossoms, a fibrous banana flower that makes an impressive fish substitute. I serve my tacos with a celeriac and apple slaw, guacamole, and pink onions. Feel free to choose your own toppings. If you can’t find gluten free corn tacos in the supermarket you can purchase them online From Cool Chile company or MX Supermarket Banana Blossom Tacos (You can use this recipe for either the fish or the banana blossom) Ingredients Read more

Polenta Fries with I.P.A

2019-05-21T19:13:36+00:0021st May 2019|

Polenta or cornmeal is naturally gluten free. It is equally impressive in sweet or savoury dishes Inexpensive, and readily available, this versatile ingredient can play a key role in many Free- From recipes. To cook polenta, the grain is added to boiling liquid and stirred until it forms a porridge or mash. The choice of liquid can be stock, water, milk or even beer. The mix is cooked on top of the stove until it forms a custard- like mash. Served fresh from the stove creamy style with butter Parmesan and mixed herbs, a polenta mash pairs beautifully with Italian foods. Or you can add maple syrup, cinnamon and chopped apples to make a warming breakfast porridge. To make a lasagne-like bake, cool and set the savoury polenta mash on a baking tray or a spring form round cake dish. Experiment with a variety of fillings - my favourite is layers of roasted Mediterranean vegetables and feta cheese but a classic meat or vegan Bolognese filling works just as well. To create croutons or fries, cut the set polenta into strips or cubes and fry until crispy. To vary the flavours choose different seasonings, bases and spices. I love garlic, Read more

Free From Beer for Brunch and a recipe for Red Flannel Hash.

2019-03-15T13:20:03+00:0015th March 2019|

When I moved to the U.K, in the early 1990s, The Sunday Roast was a major event. It was typically washed down with several pints of beer, often between the hours of 12 and 2.30. Twenty-five years later and it’s all about brunch. North American and Antipodean influences have bought us flat whites and the beloved avocado toast, along with a myriad of innovative and eclectic brunch dishes. Brunch now is an all day performance, and it doesn't just take place just on a Sunday. Traditionally, brunch dishes have been paired with Mimosas, Bloody Marys or Bellinis, but beer and brunch pairings are just as good, if not better. A light, citrus-flavoured wheat beer is a perfect match for the sweetness of pancakes or French toast. Multi-flavoured, salty breakfast sandwiches and hashes are well complimented by the subtle hoppy flavours of an I.P.A. The variety of tastes in a Full English are a perfect match for milder pilsners. Red Flannel Hash is a traditional brunch dish from the American East Coast, named after the colours in a red flannel shirt. It consists of a hash of leftovers from a salt beef dinner, which is then fried with beets. The addition Read more

Veganuary Gluten Free Pizza Socca Style

2019-03-15T11:51:51+00:0016th January 2019|

This gluten free pizza base is made with gram flour. The base can be prepared ahead so it’s really just a matter of adding a topping or two and baking for fifteen minutes. The Italians have been using gram flour to make a delightful flatbread called Farinita, for centuries, and in the South of France, gram flour is mixed with olive oil and seasonings to make a pancake like dish called Socca. Gram flour, also known as chickpea flour, is available in health food shops, Asian and ethnic shops, and many supermarkets. Literally made from ground chic peas, it is high in protein and fibre, low in fat, and is naturally gluten free. To make a Veganuary inspired pizza, top your base with cashew cheese or your favourite plant- based cheese and then add your toppings. I top mine with a courgette Mac ’n’ cheese and pulled jackfruit, but a simple spinach and tomato topping works just as well. If vegan is not your thing, you can top with cheese and your favourite pizza toppings. Feta, marinated kale, and mushroom is a great choice for a winter option. Perfect served with a green salad or slaw and a glass of Read more

A Gluten Free Christmas

2018-12-07T18:06:08+00:007th December 2018|

If you are hosting this year’s Christmas Party, it’s easy to create gluten free Christmas canapés. Instead of using bread for crostini, substitute seasoned sweet potato rounds. Bake, and then top with your favourite fillings. Be imaginative with toppings; pea puree with ham hock and pomegranate jam is full of traditional flavours, black bean with a vegan yoghurt and mango is tropical and exotic and beet Tzatziki is so pretty it belongs on any party table. For a hipster gluten free version of pigs in blankets, wrap strips of Haloumi and rosemary in maple bacon and grill until the bacon is crisp and the Haloumi is melting. When it comes to Christmas treats, friands, an Aussie take on a French classic, are a light and easy-to-make gluten free substitute for mince pies. The recipe here calls for a mince pie topping but you can use all kinds of variations .Try them with pistachio nuts and stem ginger, or cranberry, orange and walnut. Delicious served warmed with brandy butter and glass of gluten- free beer! Christmas Friends with Mince Pie Topping Makes 12 muffin or cupcake size cakes. 250 gr of icing sugar 125 gr of ground almonds 75gr of gluten Read more

Great Recipe Ideas for Gluten Free…

2019-03-15T11:52:20+00:0022nd October 2018|

Whilst between us we reckon to know quite a bit about drinks, we certainly won’t make the same claim to be experts when it comes to food. However, we do know someone who is, and we thought it would be helpful to suggest some recipe ideas – gluten free of course – that will go well with our beers. We have teamed up to collaborate with Tansy Austin to create a few dishes to get our food pairing. Here's a bit more about Tansy...  I moved to the South Coast of England to start a Mexican Cantina with my Irish boyfriend. We called the Cantina "Las Margaritas" For ten years, I made tamales, soft corn tacos, mole and authentic Aztec stews for the people of Poole. Along with classic Mexican meat dishes our menu always featured meat, gluten and dairy free dishes. “Free-From Food” that tasted authentic. Food that didn’t need a long list of special ingredients, but still looked amazing on the plate. Following the sale of Las Margaritas I continue to work locally. I provide outside catering to private clients. I create menus and cook for a variety of local businesses. My focus is Read more

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