Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Chickpea, buckwheat bread and it's gluten free.

I had posted up some photos of this loaf on facebook recently and requests came in for the recipe. This recipe is not my own but from a book called, Good without gluten.
I will warn you that you will need to visit a health food store and an Asian grocer and you may never have had the need for Tapioca or potato starch. in my house these things are just a part of my staples.
I don't suggest that you purchase the starches at a health food store as they are really pricey. I would also note that there is a difference between potato flour and potato starch, don't substitute. The Asian stores stock rice flour and the starches so try them first. Ohh and you may be asking what the heck is xanthan gum? It is a vegetable gum that will act like gluten so you cannot make this bread without it. Xanthum gum is available in the gluten free aisle in the supermarket or the health food store.

Chickpea-buckwheat bread.

Preparation time: 15 min
Resting time: 30 min

Cooking time: 35 min

435 ml (1 3/4 cups) water
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tsp cider vinegar
3 eggs
125g chickpea flour ( besan flour)
50g buckwheat flour
100g rice flour
125g tapioca starch
125g potato starch,( not potato flour)
2 tsp salt
1 tbsp sugar
3 1/4 tsp xanthan gum
1 tbsp dried yeast.

Preheat oven to 180 deg c ( 350 deg f/ gas 4)

Mix together the water, oil, vinegar and eggs in a mixer.
In another bowl combine the flours, starches, salt, sugar, yeast and xanthan gum.
Add the dry ingredients to the wet and mix for 2 minutes on a low speed.
Pour the dough into a greased loaf tin ( I use a large one)
Smooth it out with wet hands.
Cover with a dry cloth and let it proof for 30 minutes at room temperature.
Bake for 30-35 minutes, it should sound be golden and hollow sounding when tapped.
Turn the bread out immediately to prevent moisture condensing in the tin and making the loaf soggy. 
 As with any bread, the loaf should rest for at least 45 minutes before cutting.
This is so good eaten fresh, you can toast it too but you'll probably have none left.

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Gluten free halva truffles

rim shot

No explanations as to which face of the earth I fell off.  But I am back.

Halva truffles gluten free.

1 1/2 cups of dates
1 cup almond meal
1/2.cup cocoa
1/2 cup tahini
2 tbsp of chia seeds
2 tbsp of coconut.
optional 1 tbsp of agave,or coconut necter, or brown sugar, I could go on and on.

clusters forming

 * Want to pimp it up for some crunch.
1/4 c of rice pops, freedom brand gluten free are great.

You will need a food processor.
Process the dates till they are finely chopped, I needed a little tiny bit of water to help it along.
Add the almond meal, tahini, cocoa, and chia.
It should all come together.
Roll into little balls however small you like.
Roll them into chia or coconut or cocoa, depending on your taste.
Keep in a jar in the refrigerator, they are better cold.

together in perfect harmony

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Wreath making fun

My old neighbour, old as in we have moved and therefore she used to be my neighbour, held a wreath making workshop at her house a couple of weeks back.  I keep meaning to photograph Jen at work whilst she creates her arrangements however I haven't had the chance. So on this day I seized the opportunity to make a wreath as well as bring my camera along.

Jen has been learning to be florist, she has whipped up up some beautiful floral pieces a few of which we have been on the receiving end of.  On this particular Sunday afternoon we had a go at our own after Jen gave us a demo and provided us with everything we needed.

We even had time for wine and some lovely food, thank you Jen this was a great afternoon good fun and great company.

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Thirteen, no way!

Our eldest turned thirteen today, I cannot believe I have a teenager all of a sudden.  I am so thankful for this girl she is a dream, she is my near miss. Beatrix was born under an emergency caesaren four weeks early, she just stopped moving. I had Cholestasis of pregnancy a nasty condition that just drove me so batty, I have had it with all my pregnacies but this one was the worst, see It went undiagnosed and therefore untreated.. I almost lost her that day but thanks to some snappy decisions by the obstetritians and the foetal monitering dept at the Mercy she made it.
After much deliberation we named her, I say much because we are known to take 64 days, Beatrix was actually lucky I think it only took us less than two weeks. She is named after a painting called Beata Beatrix by Dante Gabriel Rosetti, one of my favorite paintings.

And here she now is at thirteen, this girl puts her heart and soul into whatever she does, whether it be her friendships, her school work, an intensly intricate drawing , her guitar playing or just hanging out with her siblings.

 She is made of gold and we are keeping her.

Monday, September 2, 2013

A snapshot of our Brunch.

Sunday morning, Father's Day here in Australia, I let the Mr B sleep in.

Meanwhile I donned the gardening gloves and braved the sting of nettles for my pesto. I followed Kates at Lunchlady's recipe. I didn't have sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds worked fine. I must say I could not proceed beyond the pesto making as Mr B is the best egg poacher I know.

Mind you, no man minds being woken to be told that their poaching magic is required in the kitchen. I did have to butter him up with a kiss.

Oh pesto, where is thy sting?

Egg releif


Approach ii

Approach iii




ready for this




get the hugs you can


Tuesday, June 11, 2013

June Ten on Ten

Joining Ten on ten, it's been a while but I always enjoy being here.

1. Why Hello there Miss Circe, is that outfit Numero Uno for the day ?
2. Can you spot the kitties?
3. My late breakfast of something gluten free.
4. Circe wanted to box after my pilates class.
5. Ikea is even harder when you add two kittens.
 6. My first ever attempt at a hoodie, the lining is a repurposed dress of Beatrix's Thank you for the help Miss Funkbunny.
7. Kittens again, they were both unharmed.
8. Beatrix and nutella by the spoonful.....
9. I'm attempting to snack healthy, whilst a nutella jar is two feet away.
10. Fuzzy Phoenix coming home from camping with our neighbour.  Is he still in the same clothes he left in four days ago?
11. Oops eleven.  Too many I know, but Mr B looked too cute, earmuffs are a requirement in our kitchen.

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