There’s a new gluten free bakery in town – Mannings Bakery

There’s a new gluten free bakery in town – Mannings Bakery

I was recently contacted by Mannings about the official launch of their gluten free bakery, which is trading under the name The Liberty Baker. Mannings are already an institution in Dublin 8 for their cakes as well as their sandwiches/salads in the cafe, so a gluten free bakery is another string to add to their bow.

They kindly sent me a hamper of goodies to sample last week. Thank god I’m 6 months pregnant and have *some* sort of excuse for savaging the lot over the weekend (with a little help from friends and family!).


manningstartEverything was absolutely delicious and I was particularly impressed with the apple tart which is a hard one to get right with GF pastry.  I also tried their chocolate cake, biscuit cake, muffins  and cookies, you can see a full selection of their GF offering at the link above. I know where I’ll be going the next time I need an occasional dessert, the black forest gateaux pics on their website look ah-maz-ing.



To ease any cross contamination concerns, I can confirm Mannings are operating their GF operation from a dedicated kitchen and only need 48 hours notice for their gluten free cakes. You can visit Mannings on Thomas street or at one of their concessions in Tallaght or Blanchardstown shopping centre. Full contact info is on their website.

Guest Post – Gluten Free takeaways in Dublin

Guest Post – Gluten Free takeaways in Dublin

In the words of the wonderful and slightly overrated Adele, hello from the other side (of my computer).

It has been a while…. life has gotten in the way of blogging recently (stupid real life!!). Thankfully, Sean Markey from noticed this and offered to do a guest post on a subject close to his heart (and let’s face it, all of our hearts) TAKEAWAYS.

I’ve blogged about getting your takeaway fix in Dublin before but it’s always good to get another persons perspective and pick up some tips so, without further adieu, I will hand you over to Sean.


Picture the scene; you’ve invited a bunch of friends over to your place for a long overdue get-together. The catch up banter is great and there’s plenty of liquor to go around, but now it’s feeding time and the assorted table snacks that you’ve laid out just aren’t going to cut it! There’s only one thing that is going to fill this food shaped hole in everyone’s bellies and that is a big ol’ takeaway feed!

As any coeliac will tell you, finding good gluten free takeaways in your area that’ll please everyone can be a bit tricky, but this blog post should help make things a little bit easier for you. Of course, most takeaways have some gluten free options and there’s lots of nice stuff that’s gluten free by its very nature, but you still need to be very careful when ordering from takeaways that don’t operate with a gluten free philosophy first and foremost. A lot of foods like chips and rice noodles are meant to be free of gluten, but you can’t take for granted that what you’re ordering is totally safe. There is always the risk of cross contamination.

For more gluten free fast food ideas (both in terms of takeaway delivery restaurants and nice frozen meals which you can cook easily at home), check out this post published here from a couple of years back or have a look through this handy guide which is a fairly comprehensive list of Irish gluten free takeaways ordered by location – it’s certainly saved my bacon on one or two occasions when I was far from home.

I think a lot of places are waking up to the fact that the coeliac amongst us like tasty / greasy foodjust as much as the next person. Not only that, but if you make things easy for us we will become repeat customers and get our friends in on the act too – meaning more money for them!

Here are my mini-reviews of my two favourite gluten-friendly restaurants which service (nearly) all of Dublin:

Firehouse Pizza

A class above most pizza delivery services, Firehouse Pizza is a restaurant which takes great pride inthe fact that their pizza bases are gluten free by default, so that’s one thing you need not worryabout right off the bat. While some pizzerias have a gluten free base option, more often than not,they don’t taste as good as the regular ones. This is not the case with firehouse, who’s GF pizza base is great!

Boasting meal deals and a selection of sides that will rival the biggest pizza delivery chains, the vastmajority of things on Firehouse Pizza’s menu are safe for coeliacs to eat – they even have a handyallergy table so you can see exactly what is and isn’t suitable.

There are currently two Firehouse Pizza restaurants in Dublin, Ballymun and Booterstown, so youshould be able to get yourself a delivery if you’re living on either side of the city.

KOH Thai Restaurant

Located on the Millennium Walkway just off Jervis Street, KOH is a stylish restaurant / bar whichspecialises in Asian cuisine, especially thai food. While I would definitely recommend a sit-in diningexperience if you can make it in to the restaurant itself (it makes a great starting point for a night out hanks to a fab cocktail menu), they do an excellent delivery service too.

While the KOH delivery menu is not quite as all-inclusive as the sit-in one, it still offers a great range of high quality food at affordable prices (granted, it is a little bit more expensive than most Asian takeaways, but this is some serious restaurant quality stuff we’re talking about here). Best of all,their menu is very clearly marked with smiley faces which indicate which dishes are gluten free (i.e. most of them) so you never have to worry about ordering the wrong thing or cross contaminated food.

As it’s based in Dublin’s city centre, Koh delivers up to 6km outside of the city.

Classic Sponge Cake – gluten free

Classic Sponge Cake – gluten free

I recently made this GF sponge cake for my husband’s birthday. It turned out light & fluffy and you’d never know it was gluten free.

It’s so easy aswell. I have had a few baking disasters recently so I wanted something fool-proof!

Recipe is adapted from Rachel Allen

What you need:

3 eggs, separated
225g Caster Sugar
90 ml cold water
140g Plain Flour ( I used Dove’s Farm)
1 tsp Baking Powder (I used Dr Oetker)
1 tsp Xantham Gum (I used Dove’s Farm)

250ml Whipping Cream
Punnet of Strawberries
Strawberry Jam

This is how we do it:

1. Whisk the egg yolks and sugar together for 2 mins
2. Add the water and whisk for 5 mins until creamy in texture
3. Fold in the flour (sieved), baking powder and Xantham gum
4. In another bowl, whip the egg whites until the form stiff peaks
5. Fold the egg whites into the cake batter gently
6. Divide into two 20cm baking tins (greased)and cook at 180C from 17-20 mins until golden brown
7. Once they are out of the oven, leave to cool in the tin for around 10 mins. Then, turn out to cool on a wire rack
8. Coat one half of the cake in jam and the other in whipped cream. Cover the whipped cream half in chopped strawberries and Voila!


Dunnes Stores launch GF Breaded Chicken & Fish

Dunnes Stores launch GF Breaded Chicken & Fish

You may or may not have noticed that Dunnes have completely upped their game and are now doing breaded chicken and fish gluten free!


They’ve been on special since they launched at €3.99 for a pack of two. I’ve tried the Plaice (pictured) and the Kiev so far which were both yum and a nice treat to have in the freezer.


Well done Dunnes, the Coeliacs of Ireland salute you.

Now, if someone could just make me a decent sausage roll…

Flourless Chocolate Brownie Cake with Caramel Almond topping

Flourless Chocolate Brownie Cake with Caramel Almond topping

I found this GF recipe recently in the Sunday Times magazine. The result is a delicious, moist and dense brownie cake with a lovely touch of sweetness and gooeyness in the topping.

Give it a go, you won’t be disappointed.

What you need:

For the Topping, upside down cake style
85g Flaked Almonds
80g Butter
80g Brown sugar

For the Brownie mix

150g Dark Chocolate (I used Aldi’s Moser Roth)
250g Butter
6 Eggs
175g Caster Sugar
100g Ground Almonds

This is how we do it

1. Spread the flaked almonds on a baking tray and toast in the oven for around 4 minutes @ 170C
2. Remove from the oven and scatter on the bottom of a fully lined standard springform cake tin.
3. Make your caramel by melting the butter on a low heat and adding the sugar once it is fully dissolved. Stir the mix and leave simmering for a few minutes, stirring occasionally. Once the caramel is thickened and coats the spoon you are ready to rock.
4. Spread the caramel sauce evenly over the flaked almonds
5. For the brownie mix – Melt the butter and the chocolate together in a bain marie
6. While the mix is melting, beat the sugar and eggs together until pale and fluffy
7. Combine the two mixes together and fold in the ground almonds
8. Pour the brownie batter over the caramel and bake for 35-45 minutes @ 170C. The cake is done when the top is firm.
9. Allow the cake to cool before removing from the tin and slicing

I love this cake with ice cream but it would be equally good with cream!

Easy & Comforting Cottage Pie

Easy & Comforting Cottage Pie

I don’t think you can beat a cottage pie.  This is a tried & tested recipe I use on a regular basis with some gluten free substitutions. Served with a green salad, this recipe will serve 6-8 depending on your portion sizes. You’ll need a large pie dish for this one . For an extra special kick I add some chili sauce to the meat and garlic butter to the mash.

What you need:

 For the mash

 8 medium potatoes

25 g Butter (I substituted 10g of the butter with some home made garlic butter)

200-250ml Milk

 For the pie filling

1kg Good Quality Mince (2 454g packs you would get in the supermarket)

4 Carrots, diced

3 Celery sticks, diced

1 large Onion, diced

2-3 Garlic cloves, smashed

1 small glass of red wine

1 tbsp Tomato Puree

700ml Beef stock (I use Knorr GF stock)

3-4 tbsp Worcestershire sauce (I use the GF Tiger Tiger one)

2 tbsp of hot sauce (I use Thai Gold Sriracha sauce)

3 tbsp GF plain flour (I use Doves farm)

Mixed herbs, Thyme and Salt & Pepper to taste.


This is how we do it

1. Sauté the mince until brown. I use around 2 tbsp of rapeseed oil for this.

2. Add the carrots, celery, onions and garlic and leave to cook and soften for 10 minutes.

3. Next, add the flour and tomato pureé, again leave to cook for 10 minutes on a medium heat.

4. Add the wine and mix. Once the wine has reduced a little, add the stock, Worcestershire sauce, chilli sauce and herbs to taste. Herb wise – I go with around 2 tbsp of mixed terms, 2 of thyme and salt and pepper to taste.

5. Cover the mixture and leave to simmer for around 30 -45 minutes, checking  and stirring frequently. You’ll know it’s ready when the gravy has thickened and covers the meat.

6. While this is happening, make your mash by boiling peeled potatoes and mashing together with milk and butter. Season to taste.

7. Cover the meat with the mash, making some trails with your fork along the top.

8. Cook at 180C for around 30 minutes until the top is browning.

Gluten Free Orange and Almond cake

Gluten Free Orange and Almond cake

This cake is really moist and is great to bring as a dessert to parties as it feeds so many.

The topping is optional as it tastes lovely on it’s own. You need a couple of hours to make this cake so make sure you allow time.

I saw Tom Kerridge makes this on Sunday Brunch and had to try it!

You will need

3 large oranges

300g Ground almonds

300g caster sugar

2 tsp baking powder

1 tsp all spice/cinnamon

7 medium eggs


Optional topping:

1 tub marscapone cheese

Juice  and zest of one orange

2 tbsp icing sugar

2 tsp orange flavouring (if you have it)

Handful of pistachios, roughly chopped


This is how we do it

  1. Place the whole oranges in simmering water and leave for around 1.5  – 2 hours until they are completely soft
  2. Take them out of the water to cool, then slice in half and remove any pips. Chop to form an orangey pulp in a food processor
  3. Weight the pulp and use only 450g, anything more can be discarded
  4. Mix the orange with the dry ingredients and beat in the eggs to form a smooth batter
  5. Bake in a standard cake tin @ 160C for about an 1 hour 15 mins. You will need to cover it half way through with foil to prevent burning.
  6. You can serve warm with ice-cream or cream or it’s delicious served cold with a cuppa.
  7. If you want to make the topping, beat the ingredients (keeping the nuts and some zest aside) together until light and fluffy.
  8. Garnish  with the pistachios and a little orange zest
  9. Bob’s your Uncle!

Gluten Free Madrid

Gluten Free Madrid

This post is a long time coming seeing as I was in Madrid last October, whoops! That’s what buying and renovating a house will do to you.

Madrid is a lovely city and you’ll have a great time there. You’ll also get loads of yum GF food you lucky duck.

As I’ve posted before, Spain do gluten free very well and most places are knowledgeable even if there is nothing specifically GF noted on the menu.

Here are some of the places  I ate while in Madrid that I would recommend:

Tapas: We visited La Concha Taberna which has a GF tapas menu. It’s right in the middle of everything in La Latina

Typical Spanish food: Look no further than El Arrozal . It was really quiet when we were there but the food was good and GF is noted on the menu. Situated in Playa Mayor.

Italian: Yes, I know but for coeliacs sometimes you just need to go somewhere you know you can eat!! Danicola is super handy, just off Gran Via.

CAKE: You have to visit Celicioso just off Gran Via. Everything in this bakery is gluten free. It’s most sweets but they do some bread you can buy and take away. Get in for some coffee and cake.

Guilty pleasure: A GF Big Mac in McDonalds, it has to be done.


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