Gluten Free Madrid

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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.

                  

Gluten Free hot chocolate puddings

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Gluten Free hot chocolate puddings

I got some snazzy new ramekins for Christmas so I put them to good use this weekend.

These hot chocolate puddings are brilliant because you can make them in advance and then cook just before serving. I also find they keep well in the fridge for a day or two if you have some leftover.

 

What you need:

200g  GF Dark Chocolate (I use Aldi’s Moser Roth 70% Cocoa for these)

75g Butter

40g Plain GF Flour (I use Dove’s farm)

75g Demerera brown sugar

4 eggs

 

This is how we do it:

  1. Melt the chocolate and butter together bain-marie style over a simmering pan of water
  2. While these are melting, mix the flour, eggs and sugar together
  3. Once the chocolate/butter combo is fully melted, add to the flour mix and stir thoroughly to combine
  4. Grease six ramekins with butter and half fill with the chocolate mix
  5. These only take 10 minutes to cook so refridgerate until you need them
  6. When you’re ready to serve, heat your over to 200C and cook them on a baking tray for 12 minutes exactly. It’s important they go in to a fully heated oven.
  7. If you like them a little firmer, you can leave in a little longer but 12 minutes will leave a lovely gooey centre
  8. Serve with cream/ice cream and raspberries

Super easy gluten free pancakes

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Super easy gluten free pancakes

My husband makes these for me the odd Sunday for a treat, ledge that he is. It’s a really easy recipe that never fails – using gluten free flour doesn’t make one bit of difference.

What you need:

300ml Milk

100g Plain GF flour (we use Doves Farm)

2 Eggs

This is how we do it:

  1. Mix all three ingredients in a bowl and beat until well combined
  2. Using a ladle, add a ladleful of pancake batter to a hot, oiled frying pan. Make sure the pan isn’t drowning in oil or else this will make your pancake oily.
  3. Give it about 40 secs/1 min and then flip over to brown the other side for the same amount of time
  4. Voilá – you got yourself a delicious pancake
  5. Repeat until your mix is gone – you’ll get around 8 pancakes from this mix

Filling wise, I like to go with a traditional squeeze of lemon to start. I also love spreading some nutella & sliced banana on these babies.

For the ultimate indulgence – bacon, guacamole and some fresh tomato salsa is my absolute fav.

I asked for a beer – don’t offer me cider!

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I asked for a beer – don’t offer me cider!

It’s not often I take to my blog for a rant ,which is remarkably restrained for me let me tell you!  However, I’ve had one too many experiences of this recently and it has ignited a rage.

Being someone who likes to eat out and socialise with friends, I visit pubs and restaurants regularly. It’s fantastic when I see that GF beer is available and I’m always the first to commend this using social media and face to face with the establishment.

On the flip side, when GF beer isn’t an option, one of my biggest pet peeves is being offered cider instead. I realise that usually the person is trying to be helpful but I just don’t get the logic.

Do they think I don’t realise I can drink cider?

Does it ever cross their mind that if I had wanted cider I would have ordered it?

To be honest, I can let this slide in places where it’s clear requests for GF beer are few and far between but when I’m in a ‘craft beer’ pub which claims to have over 50 types of beer, I can’t cope with this type of response and just see red.

Similarly, I often tweet places in advance of visiting them to see if they serve GF beer and if not, if they would consider stocking it.  I get many varied responses to this and I can understand why they might not, maybe there isn’t a market for it in their area or with their clientele. I’ve had places say no but that it’s on their radar and also, just plain old no which is fair enough.

It’s when I get ‘ No, but we have a great range of craft ciders’  that it really bother me. Sure you may as well have just offered me a rum & coke!

Cider does not equal beer – please take note purveyors of alcoholic beverages.

Fin

Easy Gluten Free Banana Bread

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Easy Gluten Free Banana Bread

My sister in law was over at the weekend and mentioned making banana bread which put it in my head….. et voilá!. I usually use over ripened bananas to make a healthy breakfast bread but I fancied something a bit more bold (eg with butter and sugar!).

This Odlums recipe is brilliant and works perfectly with Doves GF Self Raising flour. I’ve made a few little tweaks too.

What you need

250g Self Raising  GF Flour

125g Butter

125g Brown Sugar – I like a light demerera for this

2 Eggs

2 Mashed ripe bananas

1 tsp Vanilla Essence

1 tsp Xanthum Gum

Chopped walnuts & raisins to taste – I used a good handful of both

 

This is how we do it

1. This recipe is a one pot wonder! Put the eggs, sugar, essence, bananas and sugar in a bowl and mix well

2. Add the flour, xanthum gum and nuts/raisins and mix well

3. Your batter is ready – pour it into a standard loaf tin and bake for around 45-50 mins at 170C

 

Tis so easy it would make you cry. Mine lasted well for 4 days wrapped in tinfoil and parchment paper.

Gluten free herb & onion stuffing

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Gluten free herb & onion stuffing

So here is an easy recipe passed on to me by my mum. Growing up I would get her to make loads extra so I could just eat it with spoon. It’s really easy and the secret is butter, butter and more butter. As most Irish mammies are, she is a total feeder.

You can make lots of stuffing variations but here’s a plain old herb stuffing to get you started. This will give you stuffing for 6 people. Be warning I like my stuffing seriously herby.

What you need:

GF breadcrumbs ( I use a full pack of Kelkin Sourdough bread)

150g butter

1 large onion or two medium onions diced

2 Tablespoons Mixed Herbs

1 Tablespoon Thyme

1 Tablespoon Sage

Salt & Pepper to taste

 This is how we do it:

  1. Heat the butter, use a medium heat on the hob
  2. Once it’s melted fully, add onions
  3. Fry gently until they start to colour
  4. Take off the heat and add your breadcrumbs, mix thoroughly
  5. Add your herbs, mix thoroughly
  6. Taste and add Salt & Pepper if you think’s needed. I might tweak the herbs a bit too here – all you need is thyme, ha!
  7. Stuff your bird and bake or just bake in an ovenproof dish for 20 mins until golden brown at around 180C


 

 

Easy and delicious. The picture above is pork steak with stuffing, cabbage, glazed carrots and gratin potatoes which was lovingly cooked by my mum when I visited one weekend recently.

It was lovingly eaten by me and photographed by Mos.

9 of the best places to get a gluten free dinner in Dublin

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9 of the best places to get a gluten free dinner in Dublin

Did you notice I love eating out??

I’ve gotten some really lovely feedback on my post about finding a gluten free lunch in Dublin so thought I better turn my attention to dinner.

We’re so lucky here in the big schmoke to have plenty of places with knowledge of and ability to offer coeliac friendly dishes.

Here are my favourite venues to get a decent feed without added gluten – happy dining!

Saba

There are plenty of thai restuarants in Dublin and they are generally a great standard. Saba is just the bees knees though. Unlike lots of other places, it gives coeliacs more options than just curry. The Hake in banana leaf is delicious.

Milano

Also known as Pizza Express in the UK. They frequently have brilliant offers and offer GF pizza bases, starters and desserts. They also stock gluten free beer. What’s not to like?

The Port House

Spanish Tapas and Wine bar. GF options are noted on the menu, however, staff knowledge can be a little dicey so double check things with your server. I’ve never felt ill after eating here and have been many times.

Darwins

Best steaks in Dublin, gluten free knowledge superb – loads of options including sauces. Are also surprisingly good for veggies despite being known as a steakhouse.

Whitefriar grill

Located just across the road from Darwins, Whitefriar Grill is one my absolute favourites, especially for brunch. The huevos rancheros are unbelieveable. They don’t list GF options on the menu but they know their stuff and I’ve never had a problem.

Odessa

Odessa is really consistent and do some great specials. The gluten free options aren’t extensive but everything I’ve ever had there has been good.

Ananda (Dundrum)

Ananda is a fine dining Indian restaurant. It has coeliac friendly options noted on the menu and is a real treat to visit. The lunch and early bird menus are the best value.

Brasserie 66

Seriously good value early bird here which not only has gluten free options but they include a cocktail for dessert if you’re too full for something sweeter. Amazing!

777

A mexican place so hip it hurts. They do a brilliant value menu on Sunday’s. Gluten free isn’t noted on the menu (despite my many twitter requests!) but they are able to tell you what’s what.

Gluten Free Peanut Butter Blondies

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Gluten Free Peanut Butter Blondies

If you’re a bit sick of regular brownies and fancy a treat, try Rachel Allen’s Peanut Butter Blondies. They work really well gluten free.

They are simple to make, a bit more biscuity than Brownies and fecking delicious!

What you need:

125g Plain GF Flour (I use Doves Farm)

Pinch Xantham Gum

1tsp Baking Powder

1 Egg

I tsp Vanilla Extract

100g Butter

150g Peanut Butter (I used Aldi’s Grandesa Smooth PB, 4 Tablespoons)

175g Light Brown Sugar

75g White chocolate ( I use Aldi’s Moser Roth and chopped up)

 

This is how we do it:

 
1. Sift the flour, xantham gum and baking powder into a bowl

2. Cream the butter and peanut butter together and then add the sugar, egg and vanilla extract and combine.

3. Add the flour to the butter mixture and combine. Then add the chopped up chocolate and mix well.

4. Put the dough in a lined square cake tin and bake at 170C for around 25 minutes until it is brown and pretty firm. It should still be a little squidgy.

5. Remove from the oven and allow to cool in the tin. Once it’s fully cool, turn out and cut into squares – it makes 8-12.

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