it’s been so long..

Posted : Tue, May 19, 2009 10:11 pm
Filed under : Gluten Free Recipes

My Gluten Free friends it has been so long since I have kept up on my blog!! And it is not because I was not thinking of you, but these past two years have been quite the adventure. I managed a complete career change, to buy and renovate and apartment, take up a couple of new sports (add to an already long list) and of course travel and experiment with new foods and recipes…

The seasons are changing here in Whistler, the snow has melted, the flowers are blooming, and finally our food is becoming fresher, thus inspiring my renewed energy to cook!

Tonight my husband and I walked down to our local shop to select fresh ingredients for a delicious dinner. The result was tastie and I wanted to share with my fellow Gluten Free Foodies.

Pan Seared Steak with a Gluten Free Mushroom Gravy
Select a fresh cut of steak from your local store or butcher, a handful of mushrooms, 1 onion, 1 small carton of cream, a green vegetable (we chose Broccoli) and a couple fresh potatoes.

Peel potatoes and thinly slice with in a food processor. Layer the slices in a baking dish and cover with a teaspoon of chill & garlic olive oil, a dollop of butter and a generous splash of cream. Bake in the oven for approx 45 mins.  Test with a fork to make sure potatoes are cooked through. Top with a small layer of fresh cheddar cheese and back for a further 5mins.

While potatoes are cooking, prepare remaining ingredients – slice mushrooms, slice 1/2 onion and cut broccoli florets.

Heat your fry pan to a medium-high heat. Place steak on hot pan and sear each side to desired tastes. Note – it is important to only turn your steak the once. Once cooked, remove from heat and allow to sit for 5 minutes.

Add onions to the hot pan with a splash of hot water and cook for 3 minutes until onions are slightly browned. Add mushrooms, cream and reduce to a simmer for 10 mins.

Note – to thicken sauce add half a teaspoon of corn flour or arrowroot to 3 tablespoons of cold water, stir into a paste and add to sauce.

Serve on a warm plate with thinly sliced steak covered in a delicious gluten free mushroom gravy with potatoes gratin and steamed brocoli.

Enjoy!

PS. Sorry for no pictures… we ate too quickly ;-)


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Now serving Gluten Free pasta

Posted : Sat, Nov 22, 2008 8:03 pm
Filed under : Eating Out > Gluten Free Canada

One of Whistler’s popular Italian Restaurants is now serving Gluten Free pasta! Thank you to our good friends at Quattro for arranging Gluten Free pasta to always be on hand and educating your staff on our dietary needs.

I cannot tell you how much easier this makes our life; that we can now go to an authentic Italian restaurant and order delicious pasta’s.

Next time you are in Whistler, be sure to ask your server for Gluten Free Pasta. They are stocking corn pasta for Celiac’s and spelt pasta for those just with wheat allergies.

Quattro Restaurant – located in the Pinnacle Hotel, Whistler, BC, Canada

And don’t forget – Thursdays is $10 pasta night! See you there

Enjoy!



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Our friends at Glamour Getaways

Posted : Thu, Mar 27, 2008 7:34 pm
Filed under : Traveling Gluten Free

are going on a GLUTEN FREE HOLIDAY :-)

Glamour Getaways: Seven Day Gluten Free Rome Tour

About Glamour Getaways:
There was a time when traveling was an unforgettable journey, when luxurious ocean liners still crossed the Atlantic with nightly ballroom dances and when men donned their best suit and tie to fly.

Want to experience the glamour of a bygone era? Join us on a Glamour Getaways Tour!

7 Day Gluten Free Rome Tour:
Romans have a distinctly decadent streak, relishing nothing more than fine dining, fine surroundings and the simple pleasure of savoring a glass of wine while chatting with friends. We have put together seven decadent gluten free days to give you a first class view of the city. All group meals taken will be gluten free at restaurants that follow the Associazione Italiana Celiachia’s (Italian Association of Celiacs) standards for the preparation of gluten free foods.

When:
Sunday, March 8th 2009–Saturday, March 14th 2009
(More dates and destinations to come!)

Who:
Sorry gentlemen…but ladies only! Why? A unique situation arises when men & children are removed from the equation and women are left to their own devices. Women let their guard come down, shake their hair loose and a natural feeling of relaxation ensues. A woman is allowed to focus on herself, her needs and desires as opposed to others. An environment is created in which a woman feels comfortable exploring, questioning and learning.

For More Information: http://www.glamourgetaways.com
Email: info@glamourgetaways.com


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Self-Saucing Chocolate Pudding

Posted : Mon, Nov 5, 2007 7:26 pm
Filed under : Gluten Free Living > Gluten Free Recipes

Gluten Free Living recipes has just been updated with the long awaited Self Saucing

http://www.gluten-free-living.net/recipes/chocolate_pudding.php

This recipe is an absolute gem and a guaranteed hit at any party!!

Chocolate Pudding

for added flare, try serving it with our Self Saucing Berries



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Gluten Free Fried Rice

Posted : Sat, Oct 27, 2007 7:57 pm
Filed under : Gluten Free Baking Tips > Gluten Free Recipes

Gluten Free Fried RiceFried Rice is a great way to use up all those left overs in the fridge. A couple of important tips for making a great Gluten Free fried rice:

1. Rice should be cooked the night before and cooled in the fridge. Trying to cook fried rice with warm rice is a nightmare! It must be cold or it will clump.

2. Prepare everything before hand so you can just throw them in the pan once it is hot. That way nothing is over cooked.

3. Use just a small amount off oil to coat the rice, then once you are frying use water to steam the ingredients. Small splashes of water is the key to stir frying.

4. Throw in anything and everything you can think of – corn, peas, ham, bacon, chicken, broccoli, onion, tomato, scrambled eggs… you name it.

These are the ingredients I used today:

1 cup of cooked rice
1 cup of left over stir fry – chicken, bacon, mushrooms, onion, garlic
1/4 cup red and yellow peppers
1/4 spanish onion
splash of Gluten Free tamari soy sauce
3-4 splashes of water
olive oil

ENJOY!!



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Delicious Gluten Free Desserts

Posted : Sun, Sep 30, 2007 11:36 am
Filed under : Gluten Free Living > Gluten Free Products > Gluten Free Recipes

StrawberriesFall has certainly arrived in Whistler! Our lives are quieting down, the fire is burning, the trees are changing colour and dinner party season has begun….

Last Friday we were in charge of a preparing a birthday cake for our friends surprise party. I was busy working so my hubby decided he would take charge and make a delicious Gluten Free flourless chocolate cake. He did a fantastic job and it was an absolute hit at the party!

Tip: for serving, if you don’t have any nice platters, try covering a baking tray with aluminum foil, then place the cake on the tray and cover in melted chocolate topped with a sprinkle of icing sugar and some fresh strawberries.

Tonight we are catching up with more friends and again dessert is our treat… hmm what will I make? I think that in all this cold weather chocolate should be on the cards again. From looking through our recipes on Gluten Free Living I realise that I have been holding out on you and have not shared my famous Gluten Free Self Sourcing Chocolate Pudding recipe…. hhhmm pudding!!

I created this recipe a few years back and it is always a treat. Stay tuned and I will load the recipe on Gluten Free Living.

Enjoy your Sunday afternoon and let’s get cooking :-)



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A Gluten Free Mistake! By now I should know better…

Posted : Wed, Aug 8, 2007 11:09 am
Filed under : Eating Out > Gluten Free Canada > Gluten Free Living > Gluten Free Products

You would think after being Gluten Free for 7 years I would have my diet totally under control and
NEVER get contaminated!

Well, in fact it is the opposite. I was more ‘’ in my first few years than I am today!

Rice Cakes

You see as I learn to live with my and rarely have any symptoms, I begin to get relaxed and comfortable with my regular brands and products. A perfect example is yesterday. I was buying some groceries for my work lunches this week at my regular grocery store, when I noticed that were on special. My usual choice of butter popcorn was already sold out, so not being able to decide between White Cheddar or Tomato and Basil; I decided I would just get both.

Today I opened the packet of Tomato and Basil and was delighted how tasty they were. I was already planning the toppings I would add for lunch when I started to take notice at how much flavouring they were coated in and I began to wonder… hhmm maybe these are not Gluten Free? I was so tempted to just take another bite and claim ignorance, but I seam to be doing this a lot lately so decided to take my own advice and do some research.

This is what I found on the Website in the FAQ -

13. Do you have any ?
• Although The Quaker Oats Company of Canada primarily produces products that are grain-based, we do have a few gluten-free products. Most flavours of Quaker® Rice and Corn Cakes and Quaker® Crispy Minis Rice Chips are gluten free. However, our newest flavour of
, is not gluten free. Gatorade® Thirst Quencher, Aunt Jemima® Syrups and Quaker® Corn Meal are all gluten free. Quaker® Puffed Rice is also considered gluten free; however, as is produced on the same production line as Puffed Wheat, there is a minute chance of cross contamination. Due to changes which might occur to the product formula, it is important to check our ingredient listing regularly.

Doh! I was so upset with them for making a rice product and then adding yeast to it!!! Why I ask why!!! But on top of that I was angry and frustrated with myself. I know better than not to read the label on a product, especially a new flavour.

So Suzi’s new rule is:

“Always check the ingredients labels on new flavours and products, but to also check the products I eat regularly, because you never know then they change the ingredients and what is gluten free one day, may not be the next!”



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A scrumptious Gluten Free lunch

Posted : Wed, Jul 11, 2007 3:35 pm
Filed under : Gluten Free Living > Gluten Free Products > Gluten Free Recipes

Gluten Free Roast Beef Sandwich

Today for my work lunch I decided I would use some left over roast beef with some fresh for a yummy open toasted sandwich. This has become my new favourite combo, I can’t stop eating it!!! Here is the recipe..

Roast Beef Open Sandwiches
Glutino flax seed bread – toasted
fresh organic avocado
cold roast beef, lightly salted
slices of fresh organic red pepper
sliced of pickled banana peppers
fresh organic baby arugula leaves (or baby spinach)

Layer ingredients in order as listed and enjoy with an ice cold glass of water.

Tip: If you have trouble buying Gluten Free Bread, this would also be great with grilled polenta or on rice/corn crackers

Enjoy!



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The Old Spaghetti Factory

Posted : Mon, Jun 11, 2007 3:35 pm
Filed under : Eating Out > Gluten Free Living

The Old Spaghetti Factory

A ‘cheap and cheerful’ dinner with all our friends was the request from my very close friend who is leaving town tomorrow. And so after much discussion we decided on the ‘The Old Spaghetti Factory’ in Whistler. This is the second time I have been to The Old Spaghetti Factory this year and I have to say I was extremely impressed with their handling of my Gluten Free needs. I took my packet of Gluten Free pasta with me and early on in the evening spoke with my server about my Gluten free meal requirements. She was very responsive and although not totally familiar with Gluten Free foods, took my pasta to the chef and explained my needs. Upon returning with the wine she confirmed the sauces that would be suitable and which salads would work. In the end I chose a creamy pesto pasta with chorizo sausage rather than chicken. I was certainly not disappointed, my meal was delicious and because I bought my own pasta I was only charged $5 for the sauce. Now that is what I call a ‘cheap and cheerful’ dinner.

Suzi :-)



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Gluten Free : Renovation Chaos

Posted : Thu, Jun 7, 2007 11:10 am
Filed under : Eating Out > Gluten Free Living > Gluten Free Products

This is the reason I have been neglecting my blog recently – Renovations! We were in our new apartment less than a month before we started ripping up carpet, pulling down cupboards and tearing out drywall. So far everything is going well, although it has taken some serious organization skills to live out of a bedroom and bathroom for a few weeks.

Surprisingly staying Gluten Free throughout all the chaos has not been as difficult as I might have thought! Here are some tips and tricks I have learnt along the way to keep my diet and energy levels balanced -

Breakfast – Arrive at work a little earlier and take advantage of the fabulous work kitchen…
For me I have my Natures Path Gorilla Munch (taking a break from the corn flakes) topped with sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, flax seeds, half a banana and a drop of good ol’ Canadian Maple Syrup.

Lunch – Bring the toaster and all your appliances from home and cook up a gourmet lunch at work
For me I alternate between – nachos, cheese and ketchup on toast, toasted sandwiches with yummy salads and heated up left overs from last nights take away dinner.

Dinner – Remember all those fabulous friends you always cook dinner for? It’s time to pay them a visit :-)
This is where you need to get the most creative. We have been alternating nights buying take out, offering to cook dinner for a friend at their house and getting invited over to friends for BBQ’s. This week, we will be house sitting for a friend, which works out great. They have even stocked there BBQ full on gas, saying ‘the Aussie’s are coming to stay, we better have the BBQ ready’

All in all we have been managing fairly well and I cannot wait to have my brand spankin’ new kitchen installed and cook up some delicious gluten free delights for my fellow Gluten Free Foodie Friends.

Suzi xo



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