bread

So.

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In an effort to have a foodie post and to have something to eat this weekend,

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I made a breadcake

with cheese

and garlic butter.

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Put one layer of dough in the pan, then add a layer of cheese and garlic/herb butter, then add the other layer of dough on top and bake.

yea! Win!

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Pure Bred Gluten Free Bread

December 2, 2012

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This bread was quite nice toasted. But like most gluten free bread I’m not entirely sold on it untoasted.

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Mum picked this up and she made it for me when I was staying with her a few weeks ago. We may or may not have eaten 2/3 of the loaf with olive oil and balsamic vinegar instead of having dinner. Maybe.

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Eat Drink Blog 2011

Where does one begin on a HUGE day with lots of eating, drinking, photographing and meeting oodles of awesome people?

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With the macarons and balls from Lindt …. rather popular!

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How about I do what I usually do? Start at the start and see how distracted I get along the way? That’s my voice ;)

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A day at the Electrolux demonstration kitchen… Such a warm sunny day!

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The boys and girls from Toby’s Estate won our hearts with coffee at breakfast, morning and afternoon teas. Then they won our minds with chocolate coated coffee beans and Keep Cups in their swag bags ;)

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I got stuck into the juice the Breville girls were making fresh, and the fruit plates!

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Many of the others filled themselves with baked goods across the day from Brasserie Bread… (Including the lovely ladies from Impact :)

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(They even do Gluten Free baking courses!!! I’ll have to check that out one of these days!)

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Continuing on the theme of eating and drinking, I was completely taken by the range of mineral waters from Daylesford and Hepburn Mineral Springs Co.. Particularly the ginger beer, as I was feeling rather off much of the day :\

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The upset stomach meant I couldn’t enjoy the lamb lunch as much as I would usually, but the bits I ate and kept down were great :) I did, however, go for a walk with a vegetarian, Laura during the lamb butchery. I needed air, people!!

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I suppose some of you also want to hear about the content of the day? And perhaps what I took from it?

I took oodles of notes during the talks. Loved the thoughts all of the speakers provoked, and was reassured that much of the message was “be yourself, do want you love, know who you are” oh and “don’t get sued”!! ;)

I think that while it was nice to hear about the legal aspects, again it comes down to being respectful, stopping taking photos if you are asked, and being sure to make sure your reviews are ‘reviews’ ie your own opinion, and not you being the next distributor of chef’s hats.

Aside from that I saw some awesomely huge lenses

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Asian girls with big cameras

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Oh and Jen had awesome shoes.

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The Crab Masterclass smelled divine… even though I know my tongue couldn’t handle it ;)

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And after a very long day program, it was off into Kingsleys for dinner. The Steak and Crabhouse, not the chicken shop, as I explained my confusion to Sarah the Kingsleys PR girl who gave me a lift to the restaurant and the home! Now that’s service! ;)

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A few of us went for cocktails on arrival while we waited for the real dinner time. Mine (above) is the Mint and Zen, while below is Tom‘s Cancun Splash

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The chef tempted our tastebuds with Black Pudding and Veal Sweetbread

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And salmon on a bed of rice

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The sun went down on a warm Sydney night :)

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For entree, we were brought Smoked Yellow Fin Tuna Carpaccio with pickled chilli and pistacio nuts. Oh yum! This was matched with a yummy yummy St Hallet Riesling from Eden Valley.

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Sarah had a teeny bottle of coke! (pictured next to my mini moo card holder!)

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The main was Slow roasted beef tenderloin, and Wagyu flat iron steak. Both melted in my mouth, and I got a lot of them because everyone else was still full from a day of cake!! This was matched with a St Hallet Faith Shiraz. Nice.

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The sides

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The onto dessert. I was presented with this gorgeous meringue with rhubarb and strawberries, while the others had cheeses..

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I’m told the Rose matched the chees well, while I had to separate it from the dessert ;)

Thank you SO MUCH to the organisers and sponsors for a wonderful day!!! I’ll twitter and blog stalk you all soon! xxxx

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When I was sent a sample of the LFGF Gluten Free Bread Mix I realised there was NO WAY I was going to make it up in the traditional way if it was to be a viable solution to my gluten free bread needs.

So, into the bread maker it went – I put the water and oil in first, then the yeast, then the flour (700g pack). I used the whole wheat setting with the dark crust…

And – tada! turned out BEAUTIFULLY!

So nice that Rish was quite content stealing half my first slice ;) Was yum with a bit of margarine, and no weird texture issues. It’s also not too dense, because it has yeast in it it gets nice and fluffy.

INGREDIENTS: Tapioca flour, besan flour, potato flour, maze starch, rice flour, LSA (linseed, sunflower, almond) almond meal, sugar, vegetable gum (415, 412), raising agents (450, 500), salt, food acid (334).

The bread mix is $14 for 700g, $52 for 5kg, or 10kg for $99, plus postage from lfgf.com.au. The bigger packs work out around $7/loaf, which given how great it tastes is pretty good value in the gluten free world! The small pack is obviously not that great value, but if it’s just to try, before you shell out for 5kg, it might be.

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Minestrone

May 29, 2011

Minestrone

My way:

1 onion, diced
1 stick of celery if it’s in the soup pack, diced
3 rashers of bacon, diced.
Large teaspoon of minced garlic
Splash of olive oil
Assorted veges – I used a carrot, a parsnip, a couple of potatoes, a turnip. Because, yes, that was what was in the soup pack – chopped
Vege stock. I used a cube and hot water to top up to the amount needed to make it soup like.
Large tin crushed tomatoes.
2 tins of beans, drained and rinsed. I used one of borlotti beans one of cannalini.

Sautee onion, oil, bacon and celery in large pot.
Add veges and stock and tomatoes and beans.
Cover. Simmer. Ours was going for an hour.

Eat. Yum.

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Also goes well with fresh bread from the breadmaker. This one is using the Laucke Easy Bakers Gluten Free Meals and Grains with a handful of pepitas. I just make it up to the oven recipe and use the yeast free setting. Might do with a little less water than that, but it’s fine :) As you can see, it’s hard to slice when warm! ;)

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And topped with Nutella, how is that NOT the best food to send a kid to school sugared up on?

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Orgran Wholemeal Bread Mix

I like that the wholemeal turned out as well as the white, as I’d much rather eat something with a little more fibre. Great toasted, with avocado and tomato on top for lunch :)

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Kinda.

Well, cutting out and finding replacements for all those OMG I’m just wheat products.

To see how I go. I’m not going stress too much if there isn’t a suitable option to fit with it. Because stressing about it will only make it worse.

I think it’s working for me.

It’s not not working.

(I also haven’t had diet coke in about 5 weeks. That must be good for me too, hey?)

Plus the bread from my bread maker tastes like the olive oil I put in it :) Bonus!

See how this goes. Looking for blogs of course to steal ideas from. ;)

(Oh and first time lucky, I liked the packet mix Orgran gluten free bread mix. Nice to start off well.)

Orgran Gluten Free Breadmix

Orgran Gluten Free Breadmix

Orgran Gluten Free Breadmix

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