GLUTEN FREE DAY

YES YOU READ RIGHT… IT’S GLUTEN FREE DAY ON GROCERYRUN.COM.AU AND ALL YOUR FAVOURITE GLUTEN FREE PRODUCTS ARE DISCOUNTED FOR THE NEXT 21 HOURS!

Days like this only come around once every now and then – I thought they were an urban myth – so when a sale like this hits your inbox, you know it’s time to stock up! The site has some great gluten free brands on sale, with discounts of up to 66% on these products. Even with the $11 delivery fee you’ll still save on these products!

As I’m sure you’ve noticed, this gluten free stuff aint cheap at the supermarket so it’s a great idea to keep a lookout for these types of sales and buy your nonperishable snacks while they’re discounted and in bulk.

Occasionally I feel like a naughty snack (especially after too many drinks the night before) and sometime I need emergency GF nibbles for when my other glutard friends are over, so I stocked up on my two favourite brands of GF chips, Piranha Chicca Chips and Vege Deli Crisps as well as Eskal Deli Crackers, which tend to be a lot more expensive in the shops.

I also purchased Well & Good Muffin Mix. I discovered Well & Good at the Coles Gluten Free Expo and now I am hooked on their gluten free chocolate cake mix and I’m hoping the muffin mix will be just as good. I don’t normally enjoy packet mixes, but with GF cakes so few and far between this is a sufficient quick fix for me.

The site is also selling gluten free pasta, rice noodles, kids snacks  and more! Happy shopping!

LET’S PARTY, GLUTEN FREE STYLE

To celebrate my 25th birthday last week, I invited some family and friends over on Friday and Saturday nights (all birthdays should be celebrated for more than one day, right?!). On top of this being a great way to kick off my next quarter century, it was also the perfect opportunity to test run some gluten free (GF) food ideas.

I’m glad I planned a gluten free menu because I unknowingly had two coeliacs and two gluten intolerant people to the party – who knew this gluten free stuff was so common!

During the day, my party prep team (best friends, bf and mum!) and I chopped celery, carrots and capsicums to go with homemade hummus, tuna dip (courtesy of my aunty and her Thermomix – she substituted the mayo with GF mayo) and store bought olive and feta dip (check the labels, it’s fairly easy to find GF dips). I also served the dips with Mission chips, which are so yummy and approved for gluten free eating!

Gluten free dips, Mission chips and veggies to dip!

Gluten free dips, Mission chips and veggies to dip!

As you may have seen in my last post, we made gluten free meatballs which I warmed in the oven for 20 minutes and served with gluten free chili jam I made from a recipe in the Must Eat cookbook.

Meatballs were served with chili jam.

Meatballs were served with chili jam.

After first finding out I had coeliac disease I was devastated about giving up my beloved arancini. Well, I shouldn’t have been such a sook, because Antichi Sapori (the company I ordered my arancini through) came to the rescue and made me gluten free arancini as well! Everyone loved the gluten free version of the arancini so much that the little balls of rice flew off the plate before I even had a chance to try one (or get a quick snap!), so we will just have to take the word of my foodie friends on this one!

Next out of the kitchen were chicken wings and drumsticks from Torre butchers. I asked a few butchers if they would do gluten free marinate for me, but Torre were the only ones to oblige! The chicken tasted damn good and like the arancini these were chomped down in less than a minute!

Bite size gluten free chicken!

Bite size gluten free chicken!

I was a bit uncertain of how all the gluten free food would taste, so I ordered pizza from La Pagnotta – which was so tempting to eat, but a big no,no for us coeliacs. It was very simple to prepare and perfect for filling the tummy’s of my non gluten free guests!

Pizza from La Pagnotta.

Pizza from La Pagnotta.

Both nights were finished off with some sweet delights! I ordered gluten free cupcakes, macaroons (I am so happy these are gluten free!) and a gluten free chocolate mousse cake. I really didnt like the taste of the cupcakes, but I have heard that the taste of gluten free products does take some getting used to – I am sure I’ll get there!

Gluten free cupcakes from Sweet on Cupcakes

Gluten free cupcakes.

And finally, for drinks I served gluten free punch, cocktails and offered spirts for guest to create their own mixed drinks.

Peach, orange and mint punch!

Peach, orange and mint punch!

Cocktail station set and ready to drink!

Cocktail station set and ready to drink!

Fresh fruit and veg for mixing with drinks!

Fresh fruit and veg for mixing with drinks in maison jars!

It wouldn't be a birthday without decorations!

It wouldn’t be a birthday without decorations!

The night couldn’t have gone anymore perfectly, and the best part was I didn’t crave any gluten foods because my glutenless treats were just THAT good! After the success of the weekend, I think I am definitely on my way to conquering the gluten free battle!

GLUTEN FREE PARTY FOOD: MEATBALLS!

Friday marked my one week anniversary of gluten free (GF) eating – Hooray I survived!

In preparation for my birthday celebrations (which I dragged out all weekend long!), my mum and I put our heads together and came up with some gluten free party food ideas – no small task for two people who are very new to GF eating! We decided on bite size meatballs and ordered other gluten free products from all over Perth to get us through the festivities. I will post a full re-cap on all the gluten free treats we were munching on later in the week.

I have to say, I was very skeptical of how the gluten free version of our family meatball recipe would turn out. However I was pleasantly surprised with the end result, they tasted exactly the same and maybe even better because I didn’t feel sick after eating them! As the gluten free meatballs made the cut, I am pleased to share the recipe with you here!

WHAT YOU NEED

  • A large bowl
  • A frying pan
  • Olive oil
  • 1 egg (I used fresh organic eggs from our farm, but if you can’t get your hands on organic eggs, at least make sure they are free range!)
  • 3 tbls GF bread crumbs (I used Lifestyle Bakery from Woolworths)
  • 3 tbs parmesan
  •  A handful of parsley
  •  Salt and pepper to taste
  • 750g of mince (I used a combination of veal and pork).
  • 1 tbs GF self-raising flour (I used Organ, also from Woolworths)
  • 2 tsp MasterFoods All Purpose Seasoning (Spicy)

HOW TO MAKE GREAT MEATBALLS

1. Whisk your eggs in a large bowl.

2. Add bread crumbs, parmesan, salt, pepper and parsley, to make a paste.

Mix the paste.

Mix the paste.

3. Add the mince and mix the paste through, ensure it is evenly spread.
Tip: wear two pairs of latex gloves when combining mince and paste, it can get quite cold on your fingers!

Mix the mince with the paste.

Mix the mince with the paste.

4. Sprinkle self-raising flour and all purpose seasoning and mix with mince.

5. Once you have thoroughly mixed the paste and mince together, begin rolling the meatballs.
Tip:It is a good idea to roll them tight (and bite size for your party guests), so they don’t split open in the pan.

6. Coat the meatballs in gluten free bread crumbs (this is an optional step, I actually found them really nice without the crumbs on the outside too!).

7. Place a liberal amount of olive oil in the pan (around 2cm high) and heat.

8. Once the oil is very hot, place your meatballs in and cook until they are golden brown.

Cook your meatballs in oil in a hot frying pan.

Cook your meatballs in oil in a hot frying pan.

9. Serve with a dipping sauce of your choice! I made the chili jam from the Must Eat cookbook, which work perfectly!

Voila! Gluten free meatballs!

Voila! Gluten free meatballs!

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