Gluten and grain free bread rolls

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I’m not gluten free or even much of bread eater but I do love these gluten and grain free bread rolls in the Everyday Cooking for Thermomix Families TM5 cookbook.

You need 300g of raw almonds for this recipe but my group leader gave me a great tip. Her son is gluten free and absolutely loves these bread rolls! One day she didn’t have enough almonds so she used half almonds and half pumpkin seeds and they still came out great! She’s even successfully tried the recipe with a mix of sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds to make it nut free 🙂

The recipe doesn’t require a lot of ingredients but one of them is gluten free baking powder. You can make your own gluten free baking powder using the recipe in the Basic Cookbook.

The dough is made in 5 quick steps and then ready to form into rolls. It is a sticky dough but very easy to work with. The recipe says it makes 12 portions but I’ve made 16 rolls that were still a decent size. And if you have any leftover rolls you can store them in the freezer.

Contact your consultant to get your copy of the Everyday Cooking for Thermomix Families TM5 cookbook and recipe chip or buy the combo online here.

Grain free cinnamon ‘donut’ cupcakes

 
At the recent Quirky Cooking seminar Jo Whitton gave some tips about baking. When she was talking about egg whites she gave her tip for the Grain free cinnamon ‘donut’ cupcakes. 

She said don’t be tempted to fold the egg whites in the Thermomix bowl. She stressed it was important to carefully fold the egg whites into the mixture in another bowl. And by carefully she meant take your time and slowly fold the egg whites into the mixture. This important tip was the make or break for successful cupcakes. Jo said some people had told her they had tried making this recipe and they hadn’t risen, or they had risen and then collapsed. She asked if they had carefully folded the egg whites which they hadn’t. 

This recipe is really easy to make and I already had all the ingredients in my cupboard. I think the reason I had never made these cupcakes is because there wasn’t a picture in the cookbook. I’m all about the photos! 

So I left the seminar inspired to give them a go and they did not disappoint at all. I’m glad I had this tip and took my time carefully folding the egg whites. My cupcakes came out perfectly and were a hit.  I’ll definitely be making this recipe again! 

Beef Stroganoff with cabbage noodles

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The recipe for Beef Stroganoff with cabbage noodles in the Quirky Cooking cookbook is so easy to make and it’s dairy free, gluten free and egg free! With hubby being lactose intolerant it had been a long time since I had made beef stroganoff and this recipe made the wait definitely worth it 🙂

While the recipe is easy it does require some preparation. One of Jo Whitton’s tips she shared with us at her Quirky Cooking seminar was to meal plan and make the basics in advance. This is one of recipes where having the basics already on hand will make it a lot easier and quicker.

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The dairy free sour cream needs to be made in advance and can even be made 3-4 days earlier and stored in the fridge or even frozen if you want to make it well in advance. To make the dairy free sour cream you need soaked nuts and seeds. And while you’re soaking them you can get started on the onion salt.

IMG_4908The onion salt has great flavour and can be added to all sorts of recipes (even as a substitute for savoury yeast flakes) so it is definitely worth making in advance to use when required. All ingredients (except the Himalayan salt and dulse flakes) need to be chopped and then dehydrated for 6 hours. Then the dehydrated ingredients are milled and the salt and dulse flakes are mixed in. This mix needs to be allowed to cool completely before using.

So now that the onion salt is made and the nuts and seeds have soaked you can finish making the dairy free sour cream which is done in minutes 🙂

And that’s the hard part done. If you had made these well in advance then you can just jump straight into making the recipe. If not, you just needed to plan and prepare the day before and then you can get started.

So don’t get put off when you first see this recipe. It is definitely worth it and if you are dairy free then you finally get to have beef stroganoff again. Serving the beef strog on thin strips of cabbage is great if you are grain free or just cutting down on your carbs. If not, then feel free to serve with potatoes or fettuccine.