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The Gluten-free Life

When people first hear that I’m gluten-free, they look at me with horror. “But… what about cake?” they gasp, in fear.

Nope. No cake.

There are a lot of things I can’t have anymore – some of the more unusual picks include sausages, steak sauce and most kinds of porridge – and this seems to baffle most.

Here’s the thing – gluten makes me ill. Therefore, I don’t eat gluten. Simple. Continue reading

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Banana Loaf

A certain someone… okay thewastedhours… suggested I do a gluten-free recipe blog. As I am gluten-free, and have friends who are gluten-free, and (more importantly) have friends who aren’t gluten-free and always get stuck with what to feed me, I could see her point. Well, rather than start a third blog, I thought I’d occasionally throw in some quick recipes here, on the days all I have time to blog about is something quick and easy (because I’m coming down with the female version of man-flu – which is much worse). First up: my banana loaf. Which worked so well even the people who could eat normal cake ate it with gusto.

Gluten-free Banana Loaf

250g gluten-free self-raising white flour
1 tsp baking powder
0.5 tsp salt
120g butter
2 eggs, lightly beaten
3 tbsp maple syrup
6 bananas, mashed
100g brown/demerara sugar

1. Preheat an oven to 175 degrees C / Gas mark 3. Lightly grease a 9×5 inch loaf pan or 2 (12-hole) muffin tins.

2. In a large bowl, combine flour, baking powder and salt. In a separate bowl, cream together butter and sugar. Stir in eggs, maple syrup and mashed bananas until well blended. Add the banana mixture to the flour mixture; mix until batter is just moist. Pour batter into prepared tin.

3. Bake in preheated oven for 20 to 30 minutes, until a skewer inserted into centre of the loaf comes out clean. If using muffin or cupcake tins, bake for 15 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the centre of a muffin comes out clean.

Serving Size: Makes 15 slices or up to 24 muffins

Number of Servings: 15

Quick and easy snack

Do you love goat’s cheese? Well, my latest gluten-free snack is ideal. Get yourself some shop-bought gluten-free ciabatta bread, load up with some red onion chutney (or, my favourite, Tesco Finest Caramelised Red Onion Relish) and slices of crumbly goat’s cheese and grill for a few minutes until the cheese is slightly melted. Homemade yummyness.

Enjoy!

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Morpurgo and McDonald’s

It’s not exactly the first place you think of to get a book… but McDonald’s are giving away 9 million copies of Michael Morpurgo’s most popular children’s novels with Happy Meals between 11th January and 7th February. After research by the National Literacy Trust revealed that 8 out of 10 children don’t own a book, they are supporting the new scheme. Titles will include Mossop’s Last Chance and Martians at Mudpuddle Farm, complete with finger puppets. With children’s literacy seemingly on the decline, what do you think of the McDonald’s scheme?

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Day 25 and 26 of NaNoWriMo

Unless I manage to write a whole novel in the space of tomorrow, I don’t think I’m going to do it! Rubbish ain’t it? I was going so well. Uni C has managed to smash NaNoWriMo already, making me green with envy.

Okay, so as you may have guessed, I still haven’t written anything. To be fair, I have been occupied by a very worthy friend – A. A had gone to Newbury races and not only needed a place to crash, but also a drinking buddy and someone with whom to put the world to rights (one big decision we made is that a mid-afternoon sausage roll does not help you lose weight).

So last night was in the pub, and this morning was in a well-known coffee shop (duh, Starbucks, the call of the peppermint hot chocolate was irresistable), and this afternoon was with the Sis window shopping (btw, if anyone wants to lend me around £5k, it would be ace, kk fanks). You should all consider yourselves lucky that this post is even making it online, as I am currently vegging out in front of Strictly after a vat of Mummaloo’s paella amazingness!

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Food for Thought

I always eat when I’m writing. It’s an unconscious, mechanical thing, that I must have some sort of food next to me, to spur me on. Yes, it means that I have to cram myself into my favourite pair of jeans after a particularly long writing session and I often have bizarre dreams after writing late into the night, but it is also a sort of comfort.

I generally have a glass of juice or milk or Coke next to me as well, but that’s peripheral to the story. Basically, what I eat is dependant on where I sit to write. Last night, in front of the TV in the family room at my parent’s house, I crammed myself full of macaroni cheese* and a glass of milk (cue mental dreams from too much cheese).

The night before, when I was sat on my bed at my flat it was a jar of Nutella with nothing but a spoon and apple juice.

Now, I will say, if you haven’t tried Nutella – on toast or on its own – you’re an idiot. It’s literally the stuff in the middle of Ferrero Rocher. So, grab a family sized tub, a spoon, and just dig in. It’s my snack of choice. And if you feel like it, you can even go so far as to make Nutella Shortbread (post courtesy of Everyday in Stilettos)… although as a gluten-free person who dreads any recipe that mentions “flour” in the ingredients, there are also Nutella, oatmeal and chocolate cookies (courtesy of Nutella Love Affair).

If I’m at my desk – a cheap DIY thing that I’ve rammed between my wardrobe and set of drawers because it was the only space I had and it was next to a plug – it’s a veritable picnic. Grapes, biscuits*, slices of banana cake*, bags of nuts… anything I can pick at as I write the next “bestseller”.

A little over a year ago, in my hastily aborted self-indulgent blog, I extolled the virtues of ice cream… specifically Phish Food by Ben & Jerry’s. Now, it’s not often I delve into Ben & Jerry’s – purely because my waistband hates me enough with my penchant for banana cake* – but whilst I’m house sitting (i.e. cat sitting) whilst parents are in Barcelona (jealous? Me?), I feel the need to rediscover my love. There is currently a tub-and-a-half in the freezer as Mummaloo has a love of this particular ice cream too. They are calling to me…

Now, I’m writing so much at the moment – two blogs, a journal, a fantasy novel, and marketing material for my job – it’s almost getting to the point that I can’t eat without writing or write without eating. This could mean one of two things; I get stick thin during a period of desperate writer’s block, or by the time my novel gets finished I’ll be the size of a blimp.

Do you find certain foods go with certain things? …And how do you say no to Phish Food…?

 

 

 

*I’m well aware that things such as biscuits, macaroni cheese and banana cake have gluten in them… for those NOT in the know, head to the “free from” aisles in supermarkets and, shock-horror, you can find pretty much anything any normal person can eat but GLUTEN-FREE. Ta da.

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