Molasses Cookies

These are one of those classic recipes. I haven’t tried to make these Gluten free yet, but sometimes you just have to make a couple of quick batches of these. This is one of those recipes handed from friend to friend. This was given to me by my lovely friend Jill, who lives in the thumb of the mitten that is Michigan. It’s a beautiful part of the world, and these are very tasty. _______________________________ Molasses Cookies What you’ll need 1 c sugar 3/4 cup Continue reading →

Dear Kat: On spice and comfort food

My friend Kat and I are trying this thing on our blogs. What we want to do is a series of letters to each other about food and life and whatnot. We became friends in the kitchen over food and gin and photography while we were graduate students in Scotland. She was my maid of honour at my wedding. Now Kat lives in Germany and I live in the US. We miss cooking together, so this is our way of reframing that part of our Continue reading →

Chicken Pot Pie (Gluten free)

Like hundreds of other people in our local community, I ended up with the Flu two weeks ago. The actual influenza flu. It was not fun, but it was also quite different from a bad cold. Needless to say I was craving comfort food, and specifically Chicken Pot Pie. Research has shown that chicken soup contains antibacterial properties. I’m not sure if the same can be said for Chicken Pot pie, but nevertheless. Gluten Free pastry is still a bit of a mystery to me. Continue reading →

Dear Kat – On Boozy Strawberries

My friend Kat and I are trying this thing on our blogs. What we want to do is a series of letters to each other about food and life and whatnot. We became friends in the kitchen over food and gin and photography while we were graduate students in Scotland. She was my maid of honour at my wedding. Now Kat lives in Germany and I live in the US. We miss cooking together, so this is our way of reframing that part of our Continue reading →

Approaching Kitchen Stadium with Wonder

“Invisible men of culinary skills: These are the Iron Chefs!” ….These words echo as I enjoy dinner with a glass of white wine… If I were to savour the delights of any one of these men who meet the challenge in kitchen stadium I think I’d be keen to try the food of Chef Sakai. Admittedly my favourite part is the English overdubbed commentary on a show otherwise in Japanese. It makes for some particularly hilarious overly dramatic moments when the tragedy of failed soufflé Continue reading →

Cheap and Tasty Hummus

Hummos (also: Hummus (Arabic: حُمُّص‎)) is a dip or spread made with chickpeas. It is delicious. Chickpeas are called Garbanzo beans in the US – I’ve tried to use both terms here, but being bilingual never hurt anybody! RM likes hummos so much that I realised I needed to make it from scratch so he doesn’t break my food budget with how much he loves it! This is especially good with fresh corn tortilla chips. Really, really, really good. It’s naturally gluten and dairy free Continue reading →

Gluten Free Peanut Butter Cookies

One of RM’s favourite things is Peanut Butter. In fact he loves Celery, but only because it is the perfect vehicle for peanut butter, one of his go-to post run snacks. These are an occasional treat. _________________________ RM’s Peanut Butter Cookies 1/2 cup Brown Sugar 4 oz (125g) Butter 1/2 cup peanut butter. 1 egg 1 cup baking flour (gluten free Red Mill) Throwing it together! Use good quality dark brown sugar – moscovado tastes good in this. Use a peanut butter without any additives. Continue reading →

Gluten Free Banana Bread

You know how they say that the way to someone’s heart is through their stomach — well, this newlywed is pretty sure that her husband fell in love with all over again when he discovered this recipe. I based this banana bread on a recipe of my grandmother’s that i’ve made for years. It’s full of fibre, and with added fruit and coconut as good as this kind of treat can be. This is the first time I’ve made this gluten free and believe me Continue reading →

Gluten Free Oatmeal Cookies

This recipe is a variation on an Australian classic, with some key differences: the name for one. This is biscuit recipe which is what Australians call what Americans refer to as cookies. The key to this recipe is fresh eggs, quality brown sugar, dessicated coconut (finely chopped) and a gluten free flour mix that works. For this i used Red Mill’s All purpose Flour, but i’d be interested in the combinations you find work well. ________________ Gluten Free Oatmeal Cookies 1/2 cup Brown Sugar 1/4 Continue reading →

Window Shopping: Essential Ingredient, Newcastle

  The Essential Ingredient is close to a bustling restaurant and cafe district in Newcastle. Serving those who love to cook – whether professional or amateur – and featuring a cafe serving deli items and coffee. It’s got some decent size tables, which make it a good place for a work meeting over coffee or lunch. This is a fun place to explore. It’s also a place where you need to know your budget in advance, because it oh-so-easy to find all sorts of kitchen Continue reading →