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My January Favourites!

Well I thought I’d start a new little  feature on my blog where every month I’ll tell you about the gluten free delights [amongst other things] that have kept me happy this month! Also, I will link to all the recipes I’ve made this month just in case you’ve missed any!

Sakata Rice Crackers

 

These gluten free crackers are the number one snack food in Australia and have now become mine! What’s more, they’re under 9 calories and taste amazing [especially dipped in salsa, houmous or guacamole] They’ve also become an absolute  life saver when I’ve been trying to eat healthy and stay off unhealthy snack foods too!

D.S Gluten Free Pizza

 

This pizza is by far the greatest gluten free frozen pizza I’ve had! It tastes just like normal Italian style pizza with a stone baked base. Plus It saved me from the hangovers to end all hangovers on New Years Day! [Check my post here for a more in depth review]

Gluten Free Tacos and Tortillas

 

Since making my gluten free tortillas and discovering that Discovery do certified gluten free taco trays [yay!!] I’ve been able to have my most loved cuisine again; Mexican! So Sundays have become Mexican night where I’ve made home made gluten free three bean chilli, Mexican chilli and home made guacamole! [Will blog the recipe real soon – I promise!]

The Fabulous Baker Brothers

 

I doubt I’m not the only one this month who’ve enjoyed The Fabulous Baker Brothers on Channel 4! They’ve been such a joy to watch which is why I had to make their amazing sticky dough stick recipe [which I obviously made gluten free!] They came out tasting amazing and was so nice to have doughnuts again!

 

Chocolate Cake in a Cup

 

Who knew you could make a gluten free chocolate cake, in a cup that’s been blasted in a microwave in under 5 minutes!  I didn’t even think it was possible until I made it myself and it has now become my new favourite thing! Now whenever I get a big chocolate craving [which is pretty much everyday] or get the midnight munchies, I know it’s not gonna be much effort to make a mini gluten free chocolate cake in a cup!

Recipes Posted This Month

 

[Flapjack Recipe] [Cake in a Cup Recipe] [Shortbread Recipe]

[Chinese Fortune Cookie Recipe] [Tortilla Wrap Recipe] [Roast Chicken and Veg Recipe]

[Falafel Recipe] [Spinach and Tomato Frittata]

Gluten Free Falafel Recipe

I’d never tried (or heard) of a falafel until I moved to Manchester for University! It was in my first week of being a student, that I ventured into the famous Curry Mile, where I ws literally like a little kid in a sweet shop!

For those who don’t know, the Curry Mile in Manchester has the largest array of Pakistani, Indian, Sri Lankan and Bangladeshi cuisine! There’s so many fabulous restaurants, cafes and take outs that even the fussiest of eaters will find somewhere they like and it was here where I tried my very own falafel!

Anyways, for those who don’t know, a falafel is a fried ball [or patty/burger] made from ground chickpeas and spices. They’re usually served in a pitta bread or on a bed of salad. As you can already tell, these beauties are ideal for either lunch or dinner and make a quick, easy peasy and oh no healthy meal!

Ingredients:

 

  1. 1 Can of Chickpeas
  2. 1 Garlic Clove [chopped]
  3. 1 Small Onion [chopped]
  4. 1 tsp Ground Cumin
  5. 1 tsp Ground Coriander
  6. 1/2 tsp Cayenne Pepper [optional]
  7. 2 tbsp Gluten Free Plain Flour
  8. A handful of Coriander leaves
  9. 1 tbsp Oil

Method:

  1. Drain the chick-peas then let them dry on some kitchen paper 
  2. After the chick-peas have dried, pop them into a food processor and blitz them until the look like breadcrumbs 
  3. Add the chopped onion, garlic, ground cumin, ground coriander, plain flour coriander leaves and cayenne pepper to the chickpeas in the food processor and blitz together 
  4. After blitzing all the ingredients together, carefully empty the mixture into a clean bowl [If you’ve got a shoddy and annoying food processor like mine, you might have to mash the mixture a little with a fork/potato masher] 
  5. Shape the mixture into little balls, then flatten to make little ‘patties’ . In other words, make them look like little burgers! 
  6. Heat some oil in a frying pan and fry the patties for 3 minutes until lightly golden [I know in the bottom picture, it looks like I’m drowning the poor patties but I thought I would deep fat fry them… this just made them soggy so I tried again and fried it in a tablespoon of oil, which worked wonders] 
  7. Serve in either a gluten free pita bread like moi [I used Asdas free from pitta bread] or on a bed of salad!