Beer & Cheese Dip

2019-10-23T07:30:21+00:0023rd October 2019|

Beer Cheese is said to have originated in Kentucky in the early 1930s. Served cold as a dip, it consists of a sharp cheddar cheese, beer, garlic, and sometimes peppers and Cayenne. In Winchester Kentucky there is an annual Beer Cheese Festival where amateurs and professionals compete to win the title of best beer cheese. I wonder what the judges would think of my version, a true Free From Recipe: Plant- based, with Free From Pilsner, cashew nuts, smoked paprika and garlic. Beer Cheese is lovely on its own as a dip, and absolutely show-stopping on a plate of nachos. FOR THE BEER CHEESE 75 g cashew nuts soaked 100 ml beer 100 gr grated orange sweet potato 2 cloves garlic crushed 1 tb-smoked paprika 3 TBS nutritional yeast 2tbs olive oil 3-4 tbS extra beer for blending.   Soak cashews in beer for several hours or overnight Method in a saucepan combine the beer soaked nuts, and sweet potato cook on a low heat until the sweet potato is soft. Add the nutritional yeast, smoked paprika, garlic and olive oil and combine Transfer to a food processor and blend until smooth add extra beer if needed to get the Read more

Autumn Harvest

2019-10-23T07:20:28+00:0023rd October 2019|

The nights are drawing in and its jumper weather already. Roasts, cooked either in a slow cooker or the oven, make “for” a cosy choice for the cooler darker evenings. Beer as a marinade imparts a rich deep flavour and a lovely dark colour. Although beer has less acidity than wine, it still works wonderfully to tenderise the meat. The molasses in this recipe will balance out the flavours and create a sticky dark sauce. Serve with seasonal cornbread, made with corn straight from the cob, and add a side of fries for a casual lunch or dinner. For an indulgent Sunday brunch, top the beef and corn bread with an egg. Serve with a glass of IPA SLOW COOKED BEEF INGREDIENTS I kilo beef flat brisket 330ml of I.P.A 2tb Smoked Paprika 1tsp sea salt 2 cloves minced garlic 3tb Cumin. 2 onions sliced 6tbs molasses.   FOR THE CORNBREAD 100g gluten free flour 125g Polenta 1 tsp chilli seeds 1 tsp sea salt 2 tsp baking powder 3 Eggs 400ml Milk 60ml vegetable oil 100g  sweet corn 100g roasted chopped red peppers Preheat oven to 170 degrees Celsius. Rub the Brisket with the spice mix. Slice the onions Read more

Gluten-Free BBQ

2019-06-24T19:13:33+00:0024th June 2019|

Cooking outside, or cooking with fire should result in so much more than the usual parade of burnt bangers, burgers, and garishly coloured drumsticks. For a gorgeous gluten-friendly BBQ, you can create a muddled-up mezze using food inspired by the Middle East, North Africa, and Korea. Instead of bread-heavy burgers, make a selection of Middle Eastern style koftas, skip the bread and serve with rainbow coloured summer dips and salads. Marinate turkey, or chicken breast in Turkish pepper paste or Korean Gochung paste and cook on skewers. Serve with an Asian Kimchi Slaw. or a nut and  plum Tabbouleh. Summer offers so much in the way of fresh produce. Get on trend and offer more veggie and plant- based foods. Let fruit and vegetables take on a starring role. Chargrilled baby aubergines are delicious drizzled with pomegranate syrup and dusted with Dukkah Spice. Peach and Haloumi kebabs make perfect small bites, a lovely combination of salty and sweet. For a show-stopping crowd pleaser, try this grilled Cauliflower recipe. The cauliflower is marinated in a Turkish pepper paste, dressed with tahini- turmeric dressing, and then garnished with a mix of, nuts, herbs and seeds. Show-stopping- Cauliflower. Ingredients 1 Large Cauliflower or 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

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