#FreeFromFridays Number 11

Thursday, July 20, 2017

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Gluten Free Dairy Free Coconut Lemon Loaf Cake

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

An easy gluten free, dairy free and low FODMAP coconut lemon loaf cake recipe that is perfect with a cup of tea!

Gluten Free Dairy Free Coconut Lemon Loaf Cake Recipe

Yield: 1 loaf cake
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Gluten Free Dairy Free Coconut Lemon Loaf Cake 

I am obsessed with lemon cakes--a refreshingly tart and moist lemon drizzle cake is the anecdote for righting a lot of wrongs in life. Most people say when life hands you lemons make lemonade. And while I do love a nice glass of homemade American-style lemonade, I love cake more. So when life hands us lemons in this house, we make decadent cake. This one, in fact.

Dairy Free Low Fodmap Gluten Free Coconut Lemon Moist Loaf Cake
Check out the crumb on that gluten free cake! Phwoar!
Look guys, this cake is easy peasy and oh-so-delicious. It's super moist thanks to a little cake baker's secret weapon and a trick I picked up here in the UK. But it's also nicely dense and it has a nice "crumb" as profesh bakers would say. All of that aside, here's what you really need to know about this babe of a cake: it's gluten free, dairy free and low FODMAP friendly. It's also not overtly sugary so the lemon really stands out and the hit of coconut you get when that unmistakable scent wafts toward you?

Gluten Free Dairy Free Hot Chicken Parmesan Sandwiches

Monday, July 17, 2017

These gluten free and dairy free chicken parmesan sarnies are served hot from the oven--perfect for your party, the big game or an outside-of-the box weeknight dinner!
 These gluten free and dairy free chicken parmesan sarnies are served hot from the oven--perfect for your party, the big game or an outside-of-the box weeknight dinner!
Yield: 8 sandwiches
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Gluten Free Dairy Free Hot Chicken Parmesan Sandwiches

These super quick sandwiches were born out of necessity and as an homage to a childhood favourite, hot ham sandwiches. And I'll admit this straight away, there is no Parmesan cheese in this recipe because actual Parmesan has dairy, but if you're cool with consuming dairy feel free to swap my dairy free alternative for full blown Parm!

Gluten Free Dairy Free Hot Chicken Parmesan Sandwiches Low FODMAP Friendly

A Review of the Jurassic Kingdom in Manchester

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Step back to the time of the dinosaurs with Manchester's latest family-friendly attraction in the leafy Philips Park or catch it in other UK parks.
 

Fearsome Dinosaurs Delight & Thrill Kids Young & Old in Manchester




“It’s like a dream come true” says my six year old Niamh as we metaphorically go back to the Cretaceous and Jurassic periods in Philips Park, Manchester. Brachiosaurus, Pteradons, T-Rex and Ankylosaurus all feature as part of Jurassic Kingdom which is on tour as dinosaurs by turn delight and terrorise children all over Britain. 

A Night in with Parmigiano-Reggiano

Friday, July 14, 2017

The talented Julie from Just the Alps Between Us recounts a night of cheesy indulgence laid on by the Consortium for Parmigiano-Reggiano.




Italy. The land of pizza, pasta and gelato. Of long lunches, lazy days and grandmothers who refuse to believe you are full. Because here, food is more than just a way of fulfilling hunger… it’s a way of life. It's at the heart of all social interactions, bringing families and friends together and is the first thing a parent will ask. 

#FreeFromFridays Number 10

Thursday, July 13, 2017

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5 Versatile Gluten Free Cookie Recipes

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Here are five versatile gluten free cookie recipes to master and whip up any time!

If there's anything I've learned from being a mom about the power of food, it's that cookies have magical healing properties. There's not much that can go wrong that the promise of a cookie can't correct when you're a child. Equally, cookies make pretty good bargaining tools too! Cookies are my fallback in the kitchen. Need a quick dessert for a party or a barbecue? Cookies! Require a thoughtful gift for a girlfriend? Fancy cookies! Feeling a bit blue and need to bake to save your soul? Cookies, cookies, cookies!

Bottom line: cookies are muy importante. That's why there's a Cookie Monster. Not a Cake Monster or an Ice Cream Monster.

With these cookie recipes, you can play around with flavours--they're all totally versatile! Use the recipes as a starting off point and then let your imagination run wild and embrace your inner cookie monster!

Sugar Free Orange and Honey Vodka Mojito Recipe

Monday, July 10, 2017

Create the perfect vodka mojito bursting with orange flavour and mellowed with smooth honey!
 Create the perfect vodka mojito bursting with orange flavour and mellowed with smooth honey!
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Sugar Free Orange and Honey Vodka Mojito

It's 5 o'clock somewhere & the perfect time to unwind with a grown-up drink! Vodka is my spirit of choice--at all times there is a bottle in my freezer, ready to add a bit of fun to a bowl of tipsy boozy popcorn or blitz with berries for a frozen vodka martini.

Sugar Free Orange and Honey Vodka Mojito

Vodka mojitos are a perfect way to update a classic mojito and ideal for anyone who isn't a fan of rum. As with most cocktails, this one is super versatile--throw any flavours at it that you'd like. Try skipping the oranges and adding a medley of berries, or get rid of the fruits altogether and go with fresh cucumber or even decadent chocolate syrup. But if you want an easy, sweet and citrusy take, then you can't go far wrong with this recipe with fresh orange and lovely smooth honey!

Ingredients:

For the vodka mojitos
1 lime, juice of
1 orange, peeled, seeded and segmented
2 tablespoons honey
240ml vodka
500ml orange squash, diluted
fresh mint
Need a conversion? Use this handy chart.

How to Make a Vodka Mojito

How to Make a Vodka Mojito

A few weeks ago, a friend came over, bearing the gift of a flowering mint plant. The plan had been to spend the afternoon chatting and sipping mojitos and eating gluten free crackers slathered with the most decadent French cheese. Without any white rum in the house, we ended up making vodka spiked lemonade instead--not a difficult compromise, let me tell you! Still, I was left with this gorgeous mini mint bush that just keeps growing and growing and growing. So, every now and then, I prune it back and throw all the leaves into a recipe. Still with no white rum (I really need to add it to the shopping list!) these vodka mojitos were born.

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Instructions:

  1. Put the lime juice, honey and orange segments in a cocktail shaker and muddle
  2. Add the mint leaves and muddle again until fragrant 
  3. Add the vodka and stir
  4. Divide into two glasses with glass and pour over the orange squash
  5. Garnish with mint leaves and an orange segment
Vodka Honey and Orange Mojito

More Drinks Recipes:

Mucus Buster

Williamson Kenyan Earth Tea

7 Things to Do Before You Take a Blogging Break

Friday, July 7, 2017

Planning on putting professional blogging on pause for a while? Before you do, make sure you follow this checklist to make your return smooth and simple!

Planning on putting professional blogging on pause for a while? Before you do, make sure you follow this checklist to make your return smooth and simple!



It's the final installment in our blogger burn out series! For the last three weeks, we've spoken about: How to Make a Comeback after a Blogging BreakHow to Identify Blogger Burn Out and How to Keep Motivated as a Blogger. Today, we'll wrap things up with a practical look at exactly what you need to organise before you step away from blogging for a while.

#FreeFromFridays Number 9

Thursday, July 6, 2017

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Cashew and Gluten Free Granola Berry Smoothie Bowl

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Start your morning on the right foot with these berry smoothie bowl topped with gluten free granola, cashews and pumpkin seeds!
Cashew and Gluten Free Granola Berry Smoothie Bowl


One of the things I love most about blogging is the opportunity to guest post on other blogs! I've shared this recipe today over on a new friend's blog, Verily Victoria Vocalises. So if you're tempted by that luscious and indulgent yet good for you breakfast treat, then you'll have to pop on over to her blog to get the recipe! That's how it works, folks!

And trust me, this is one smoothie bowl recipe you're going to want to make time and time again! Go get that recipe and if you love it, leave me a comment on Victoria's blog and let me know!

Berry Smoothie Bowl Topped with Granola, Pumpkin Seeds and Cashews

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Gluten Free Dairy Free Coconut Lime Chicken Curry

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

A gently spiced chicken curry bursting with zingy fresh lime and cooled with refreshing coconut; the perfect alfresco dinner for a breezy summer night! It's gluten free, dairy free, paleo and low fodmap.
A gently spiced chicken curry bursting with zingy fresh lime and cooled with refreshing coconut; the perfect alfresco dinner for a breezy summer night! It's gluten free, dairy free, paleo and low fodmap.
Serving suggestion: Serve alongside Thai sticky rice and steamed green beans

Yield: 6 servings
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Gluten Free Coconut Lime Chicken Curry

This curry is basically a cheat's version of a Thai green curry. It's another one of those 20 minute meals that is perfect for whipping up any day of the week! Plus, the natural sweetness coming from the coconut milk and the teeny amount of optional sugar, makes it really child-friendly. I love a good fiery curry, spicy enough to make your nose run and your eyes water. My husband isn't too keen on spicy foods, so this curry is a nice compromise. It's mild and gentle with coconut and lime, but also, I can easily dice up some more green chilies to kick my portion up and make it eye-wateringly spicy.

This quick chicken curry recipe is dairy free, gluten free, paleo and low fodmap!

Plus, no matter what diet you're on, this recipe is suitable for you as written or easily tailored to ensure it is. It's naturally gluten free and dairy free, it's paleo and low fodmap and also sugar free as the sugar is optional! I've got you covered with this one, fam!

Gluten Free One Pot Salmon Lemon Pilaf

Monday, July 3, 2017

This lightened up rice pilaf is bursting with fresh citrus flavours and succulent salmon and whips up in under 20 minutes!
 This lightened up rice pilaf is bursting with fresh citrus flavours and succulent salmon and whips up in under 20 minutes!
Yield: 4 servings
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Gluten Free One Pot Salmon Lemon Pilaf

This dish just scream spring and early summer. It's a perfect light option for warmer weather that is still filling and full of all the nutrients and goodness you need. I love the way the flaked salmon adds another dimension to this dish and the fresh squeeze of lemon with the zest is pretty unbeatable. We kept things simple and dairy free in this version, but you could totally grate over a nice hard cheese like Pecorino or Parmesan for an added layer of depth.

20 Minute One Pot Gluten Free Salmon Lemon Pilaf Recipe
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Ingredients:

For the pilaf
1 white onion, diced
1 garlic clove, diced
1 lemon, zest and juice
2 tablespoons olive oil
200 grams long grain rice
240 grams boneless, skin-on salmon fillets
250ml water
250ml chicken stock
fresh parsley
black pepper*
sea salt (optional)
Need a conversion? Use this handy chart. *Note: You'll want plenty of black pepper.

Gluten Free 20 Minute Salmon Rice Pilaf


Salmon Rice Pilaf Dish

Pilaf is super simple to make. It's just the generic name for any type of rice dish that's prepared by first toasting rice in fat before boiling. So many rice dishes start out this way like this 20 minute chicken and chorizo paella, or this gluten free risotto and my take on super easy Mexican rice.

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Instructions:

  1.  Heat one tablespoon of the olive oil in a pan and fry the salmon for about 30 seconds on each side to sear. Don't worry if some of the skin is stuck to the bottom of the pan, it'll add more flavour! Remove the salmon from the pan and set aside.
  2. Add the remaining oil to the pan and fry the garlic and onion until fragrant and translucent, no more than five minutes.
  3. Add the rice and stir to coat in the oil and allow to slightly toast.
  4. Add the chicken stock and the water and cover and simmer until the water is evaporated, about 13 minutes.
  5. Flake the salmon into good-sized chunks while the rice simmers. Once the water has evaporated, stir through the salmon and a good bit of black pepper. Cover and remove from the heat and allow to rest about 10 more minutes.
  6. Stir in the lemon zest and juice, sprinkled over fresh parsley and great over cheese (if using) and serve.
Gluten Free One Pot Salmon Pilaf

More Fabulous Fish Dishes

Gluten Free Tuna Nacho Salad


Gluten Free Prawn Toasts

Gluten Free Coconut Shrimp


Gluten Free Crab & Avocado Tian
 

How to Keep Motivated when Blogging

Friday, June 30, 2017

Discover 11 essential ways to keep motivated when blogging and prevent blogger burn out!

Discover 11 essential ways to keep motivated when blogging and prevent blogger burn out!

For the last two weeks, we've been talking about blogger burn out: How to Make a Comeback after a Blogging Break and How to Identify Blogger Burn Out. Today, I'd like to continue on on the topic and discuss some methods and tips for keeping the spark alive in your blogging:

#FreeFromFridays Number 8

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Review of My Healthy Kitchen Gluten Free Ready Meals

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Don't stress about lunch; enjoy a flavourful, better-for-you gluten free ready meal from My Healthy Kitchen and totally win at your midday meal!

Don't stress about lunch; enjoy a flavourful, better-for-you gluten free ready meal from My Healthy Kitchen and totally win at your midday meal!

When it comes to being gluten free, lunch times are a battlefield. Pretty much everything everybody typically eats for lunch is a no go when you can't have gluten. Bye-bye tasty sandwiches, sayonara pots of pasta, hasta luego wraps and burritos. Instead, when you're gluten free and it rolls noon, you're usually left with some sorry sad sandwich on tiny hole-filled bread or last night's leftovers.

But here to shine a light on your weary lunch is the champion of gluten free ready meals from My Healthy Kitchen. These folks know their gluten free grub and are providing three outstanding meals that will instantly catapult your lunch from bland to bangin' and make you the envy of the lunch room. Promise.

A Reveiw of My Healthy Ktichen Gluten Free Ready Meals

I chose to have these ready meals for lunch because it was such an easy solution to a difficult problem. But you could have them for dinner, if you prefer! They're so filling and full of so much good-for-you goodness that you won't complain!

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post for My Healthy Kitchen. I have been compensated for this post, however all opinions remain my own and I was in no way influenced by the company. Should you choose to purchase the product, I will not receive a commission or any monetary compensation. You can review my disclosure policy in full here.

23 Gluten Free 4th July Treats

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Celebrate Independence Day with 23 gluten-free 4th July treats: from slushies to slurp to patriotic cookies to munch! Here's how to do July 4th drinks and desserts without the gluten!
Gluten-free 4th July treats

From this weekend and for the next few days, Americans all around the world will be gearing up to celebrate Independence Day! Here are 23 fantastic gluten free 4th July treats that will make the coeliac in your life happy! Every single drink and dessert featured here is 100 percent gluten free, perfect for celiacs. Who's ready to celebrate?

Gluten Free One Pot Chicken Chorizo Paella

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

This 20 minute, one-pot Spanish rice dish is full of succulent chicken and chorizo and will be a new family favourite! It's also naturally gluten free and dairy free, too!
This 20 minute, one-pot Spanish rice dish is full of succulent chicken and chorizo and will be a new family favourite! It's also naturally gluten free and dairy free, too!

Yield: 6 to 8
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Gluten Free 20 Minute Chicken Chorizo Paella

This paella recipe will be a new family favourite; I guarantee! You won't believe how tasty and how it quickly it is prepared, either! If there are three things most kids love, it's chicken, rice and sausages. This classic Spanish dish features all three; plus, it's the kind of thing that, after you make it the first time, you'll be able to make it with your eyes closed!

Glutenfree Spanish Paella

There are a few secrets you should take into consideration before making this dish:
  1. Use boneless and skinless chicken thighs--they are much more juicy than breasts and will cook faster
  2. Use a good chorizo, one that you would happily eat on its own
  3. Don't be shy with the saffron and the smoked paprika--they really make the dish what it is
  4. Don't be afraid to swap out or add in ingredients that you'd like to eat
  5. If you can't find paella rice, you can use risotto rice or simply white long grain rice 
  6. Do not stir the paella while cooking; a nice crunchy crust will form on the bottom and the edges that will be to die for. Your kids will probably turn up their noses and complain that it's burnt. Let them. There'll be more for you to savour; no sense wasting the goods on fussy eaters; it'll be our little secret
Easy Gluten Free Spanish Paella Recipe

Ingredients:

For the paella
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon smoked paprika
1 onion, diced
1 red bell pepper, diced
1 lemon, halved
1 garlic clove, minced
2 bay leaves
130 grams chorizo, diced
150 grams frozen peas
300 grams white long grain rice*
400ml chicken stock
750 grams chicken thighs, boneless and skinless, cut
a few strands saffron
fresh parsley
sea salt (optional)
black pepper
*Note:  You can use paella rice, but it'll take longer to cook.
Need a conversion? Use this handy chart.

How to Make Quick Chicken Chorizo Paella

Easy Paella Recipe

Whenever we go to Spain, there are two things we live off of: delicious paella and ice cold sangria. Paella in Spain is so tasty and varied--you'll find some with nothing but seafood plucked straight from the warm Mediterranean or you'll find some full of a variety of meat. I'm not naieve enough to believe that my homemade, 20 minute quickie even comes close to what the authentic dish tastes like, but it is a close second and a nice treat when we're home and dreaming of Spain's sunny weather!

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Instructions:

  1. Heat the olive oil in a pan and fry the onion and garlic until fragrant and the onion is translucent.
  2. Add the rice and mix well to toast it. Add the bell pepper and allow to sizzle for about a minute.
  3. Pour in the chicken stock, chicken thighs, chorizo, saffron, paprika and bay leaf and cover, leaving to simmer and allowing the liquid to absorb. This should take about 20 minutes. *Important tip: try not to stir the paella; you want a nice crunchy crust to form on the bottom to make it as authentic as possible.*
  4. Once most of the liquid has absorbed, finish with a good squeeze of lemon juice and a sprinkle of fresh parsley. Season with pepper and sea salt if necessary.

Gluten Free Spanish Rice Recipe

More One-Pot Dinner Options