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HERBED FRESH PASTA DOUGH

Date: 25 Sep 2014 Author: Jacqui Categories: Food, Main Dishes, Pastas, Starters & Soups Comments

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A really easy gluten free pasta dough which you can whip up in minutes.  The herbs in the dough give it such a lovely taste.  When mixing the wet with the dry ingredients, the dough should feel smooth as you knead it, if it feels too dry just a few drops of water till it…

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NO-FUSS-GUILT-FREE BANANA COOKIES

Date: 25 Sep 2014 Author: Jacqui Categories: Cookies, Food, Sweets & Treats Comments

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These are what I call no-fuss-guilt-free cookies! Made in five minutes flat! They are made with no added sugar, no eggs, no butter or milk and no flour! Well, you can make them totally guilt free if you omit the choc chips, although I have to admit that they are even more delicious with these added! I made mine with…

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JAPANESE CABBAGE PANCAKE

Date: 24 Sep 2014 Author: Jacqui Categories: Food, International Cuisine, Main Dishes, Side Dishes Comments

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The Japanese call it Okonomiyaki, Japanese Pizza or Pancake, the Italians may call it Frittata and I call it plain and simply delicious!  Adapted from the Japanese Okonomiyaki, which literally means ‘grilled, as you like it’, this dish is basically Japanese street food, consisting of  shredded cabbage and vegetables mixed with eggs and grilled into…

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MUJADARA (LEBANESE RICE & LENTIL PILAF)

Date: 24 Aug 2014 Author: Jacqui Categories: Food, International Cuisine, Main Dishes, Side Dishes Comments

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Mujadara, another Middle Eastern dish – a simple and earthy dish of rice and lentils, flavored with garlic and spices and then topped with caramalised onions.  I made this the traditional way, using the absorption method,  by sauteeing the onion, garlic and spices, adding the rice and then the stock, leave it to simmer until…

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BABA GHANOUSH (AUBERGINE DIP)

Date: 24 Aug 2014 Author: Jacqui Categories: Food, International Cuisine, Savory Snacks & Nibbles, Starters & Soups Comments

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Another tasty and healthy Lebanese Dip for you to try.  Great as a snack with vegetable sticks or crackers. 1 large aubergine, sliced into two, lengthwise 1/4 cup tahini paste 4 garlic cloves, unpeeled* 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice 1tsp ground cumin Chilli Flakes (to taste) Salt & Pepper 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil…

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SAUSAGE, MUSHROOM POLENTA PIE

Date: 24 Aug 2014 Author: Jacqui Categories: Food, Main Dishes, Polenta Comments

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As already mentioned in a previous post, Polenta was an ingredient that I hardly used before I was diagnosed.  One reason was that in Malta it is not so popular so I hardly looked at it in supermarkets. When diagnosed you start to look for things you CAN eat.  So polenta was one of them. …

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CHINESE BEEF WITH PEPPERS & RICE NOODLES

Date: 23 Aug 2014 Author: Jacqui Categories: Food, International Cuisine, Main Dishes Comments

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Celiacs can still enjoy most Chinese Food.  Thankfully in Chinese cuisine,  cornstarch is normally used to thicken sauces, so we can easily make most dishes.  However, we have had to give up on Ramen Noodles unfortunately, but Rice Noodles are still as lovely! Please ensure that the soy sauce you are using is Gluten Free….

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BLACKBERRY & WHITE CHOC CHIP CAKE

Date: 21 Aug 2014 Author: Jacqui Categories: Desserts, Food Comments

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From the little experience I have gained since I started cooking Gluten Free, I noticed that when it comes to sweets and desserts, you really cannot detect that they are gluten free, since nearly all recipes have other flavors added like vanilla, almond, chocolate and fresh fruits.  This cake is a perfect example.  It turned…

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FARINATA WITH PESTO & STRACCHINO

Date: 02 Aug 2014 Author: Jacqui Categories: Food, International Cuisine, Main Dishes, Savory Snacks & Nibbles Comments

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In Italy, Farinata is a street food.  It is basically just a flat bread made with chickpea flour.  Perfect for us Celiacs! Normally it is served plain which is just as good, but I really loved it when I tried it with Pesto & Stracchino Cheese.  Maybe less calories without these extra ingredients … but…

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ARTICHOKE HEART FRITTERS

Date: 02 Aug 2014 Author: Jacqui Categories: Food, Savory Snacks & Nibbles, Starters & Soups Comments

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Another artichoke recipe … mmm… this makes a lovely appetizer or snack! I have used a mix of Gluten Free All Purpose flour and some Chickpea Flour as it gives them that distinct taste! 1 jar artichoke hearts, halved or quartered 1 cup Gluten Free All Purpose Flour 1/4 cup Chickpea Flour 1 eggs 1…

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MUSHROOM & SPECK PENNE

Date: 02 Aug 2014 Author: Jacqui Categories: Food, Main Dishes, Pastas Comments

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Although this dish is like something from an 80’s menu, once in a while I do crave it. One of the easiest of pasta dishes to prepare and no matter how passe it is, it still tastes delicious! 250 grams penne 3 cloves garlic, crushed 1 small onion, finely chopped 1 bunch parsley, roughly chopped…

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BAKED RICOTTA & MOZZARELLA PASTA

Date: 02 Aug 2014 Author: Jacqui Categories: Food, Main Dishes, Pastas Comments

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I had some ricotta and mozzarelline that I had to use.  I usually make penne with tomatoes, ricotta and basil, a pasta my mum used to make often, but fancied something baked.  So I basically made the same thing, added a beaten egg and the mozzarelline and put it in the oven !  Mmmmm…delicious! 350g…

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