gluten free

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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Queen soft sugar balls

So, I was sent a few packs of the Queen Soft Sugar Pearls to try out, because I am such an avid baker. Plus I love the idea of silver balls that won’t break a tooth. Think of them as Cachous, but they don’t have to be swallowed whole :p

Queen soft sugar balls

Having a few to eat on their own, they were soft (but not too sof), and kinda had the texture of jelly crystals eated from the packet, if you put too many in their at once. The rainbow ones also smell a lot like rainbow sugary popcorn, the sort that used to come in a carrot shape packet at the fete.

Queen soft sugar balls

Blurry shot. I love Basco packet mixes. They always work out well for me.

Queen soft sugar balls

Improvising. I have no bowl or electric mixer. Bowls are pots and containers. etc.

Queen soft sugar balls

See? Awesome Basco mixes.

Yay! They also have white, baby pink, baby blue, gold and silver. But the rainbow is best, right?

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Pure Bred Gluten Free Bread

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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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Mmmmmmmm

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Seaview Malaysian, Redhead

November 21, 2012 · 1 comment

Liz's Birthday at Seaview Malaysian, Redhead
Gluten Free Sponge from Slice of Life. Yum!

A family birthday dinner in a Malaysian Chinese Restaurant in the suburb of Redhead. Seaview Malaysian was able to adjust our meals so all dishes were gluten free, and boy we were stuffed by the end of it!

Liz's Birthday at Seaview Malaysian, Redhead
Prawn Toast (not GF)

Liz's Birthday at Seaview Malaysian, Redhead
Chicken and Sweet Corn Soup

Liz's Birthday at Seaview Malaysian, Redhead
Short Soup

Liz's Birthday at Seaview Malaysian, Redhead
Sang Choi Bao type Lettuce Wraps. This was my entree and it was awesome :D :D

Liz's Birthday at Seaview Malaysian, Redhead

So, Rish and I were starting to admit defeat after the entrees (I had only really had lunch at about 5pm too), but somehow, as the soft shell crab came out (no photos – way too yum in the salt and peppere gluten free batter!), and then the other dishes started to arrive we made an effort :p

(photos not included include the noodles, fried rice, honey chicken, tomato braised beef and probably one more dish!)

Liz's Birthday at Seaview Malaysian, Redhead
Sweet and Sour pork was … sweet.

Liz's Birthday at Seaview Malaysian, Redhead

Liz's Birthday at Seaview Malaysian, Redhead
Amazing lemon chicken. Nice tender chicken pieces, great sauce. I could have eaten this all myself!

Liz's Birthday at Seaview Malaysian, Redhead
My order. Veges and tofu

There was room for cake, or in Rish’s case, Deep fried ice cream! He can never say no!

Liz's Birthday at Seaview Malaysian, Redhead

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A weekend getaway, just up to Port Stephens for a couple of nights. Sun and sand, fish and chips, rest and relaxation. Much needed, and well overdue. Over too quickly. Here are some snaps

Bub's Seafood, Nelson Bay

(before I got sunburnt)

Bub's Seafood, Nelson Bay

Bub's Seafood, Nelson Bay

Now, Bub’s Seafood claims to have the best fish and chips in NSW for like a million years running. I so don’t think so. Give me the Esplanade Takeaway at Warners Bay any day. This fish was boring and the chips also…. boring!

Bub's Seafood, Nelson Bay

Bub's Seafood, Nelson Bay

(nice LLB though)

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(grey and drizzly Friday evening)

Colonial Ridge Resort, Salamander Bay

We stayed at Colonial Ridge Resort (I believe the fact that there was a tennis court made it a resort?). Huge 2 bedroom cabin thing, with equipped kitchen, decent bathroom, and tiny tv.

Colonial Ridge Resort, Salamander Bay

Bed was comfortable enough, though on the hard sign for little princess and the pea here….

Colonial Ridge Resort, Salamander Bay

No oven, but stove, microwave, kettle and all the pots, pans and so on!

Colonial Ridge Resort, Salamander Bay

Kids’ room. I slept one night in one of these. And stole the pillows for the night.

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Nice to have a laundry, and the hot water in the shower was AWESOME. Could have done with a little soap rest thingo.

Salamander Beach

Lost Rish for a few hours, after a noice sleepin on Saturday. Spent the morning wandering around Salamander Bay, getting sunburnt :/

Salamander Beach

The water is so clean here.

Salamander Beach

Much wading to be done.

Salamander Beach

Salamander Beach

Flipped, Nelson Bay

Lunch was, of course, needed at some point, and when Rish got back we headed into Nelson Bay to Flipped for some burgers.

Flipped, Nelson Bay

Rish went a lamb burger.

Flipped, Nelson Bay

And I did too! (note the gluten free breadage). Mine was Moroccan. And better :p

Sanook Thai Salamander Bay takeaway

Dinner in front of Toy Story 3, Thai from Sanook, Salamander Bay. All of the food was wonderful. Great Pad Thai, chicken in the smokey satay was excellent, and the fish cakes were yum!

Sanook Thai Salamander Bay takeaway

(did anyone else find Toy Story 3 a little scary???? We followed that up with Die Another Day. Hilariously terrible.)

Sanook Thai Salamander Bay takeaway

Nelson Lighthouse

(ffs, don’t feed the birds!)

Nelson Lighthouse

Sunday Brunch up at Nelson Lighthouse at the Tea Rooms.

Nelson Lighthouse

Scones for Rish

Nelson Lighthouse

And awesome date and banana loaf for me. I asked, and it seems the bakery at Anna Bay makes a great range of gluten free loaves.

Nelson Lighthouse

(the one with aroma. for reals.)

Shoal Bay

Then for a walk (in terrible shoes) up Mount Hackey (thus named during a trip in uni when we lost a Hackysack over the cliff) at Shoal Bay

Shoal Bay

(nice view ;)

Shoal Bay

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Saturdays are for Eating

October 20, 2012 · 5 comments

Breakfast at Hippo, Warners Bay

Hippo Espresso Warners Bay

A surprisingly nice combo of fruits – no kiwi to pick out!

Hippo Espresso Warners Bay

Spanish Omellette

Hippo Espresso Warners Bay

Hippo Munch

And lunch at Bella Natural Food Co, Terrigal

Bella Terrigal

Gorgeous rice salad

Bella Terrigal

Quinoa, lentil and chick pea salads

Bella Terrigal

Dips with Turkish Bread

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Zinc, Darby Street

I won’t go into the nitty-gritty of the rest of the day, but this early dinner at Zinc was earned by all concerned after an emotional ride of a weekend.

Zinc, Darby Street

Seafood was the flavour of the day, with the (gluten-free) fish and chips at the top for me, seafood spaghetti for the guys, and a tapas plate for Rish’s mum off the specials list.

Zinc, Darby Street

Early dinner then early sleep. Yes please!

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Frankie's Place, Darby Street

Sunday morning breakfast with some of my nearest, dearest, and fittest (! they all did Tough Mudder, and lived through it, 3 weeks ago!) high school friends.

Frankie's Place, Darby Street

Home made baked beans with poached eggs for Rish (similar, but not the same as Lisa had last time I was there for a meal)

Frankie's Place, Darby Street

My mushrooms, spinach, tomato and aoli on gluten free toast.

Frankie's Place, Darby Street

Avo on toast for Amanda.

Frankie's Place, Darby Street

Benedict and bacon for Phil.

Frankie's Place, Darby Street

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One advantage of having a mother who is a crazy Swans fan is when she offers to take you to Melbourne to see the AFL grand final…. let’s ignore that my team (the Bombers) apparently only had one player all season! I was there to cheer the Swans and do some heckling!

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Starting with a flight out from an airport with terrible coffee and a logo that reminds me of the new one for

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My first Jetstar flight. Yeah, what leg room?

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A bumpy ride and a drizzly cold grand final parade.

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Grill’d for lunch

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Myer’s dizzying heights

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Soy Gelato for dinner

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And back on the City Circle Tram, to the Docklands Travelodge.

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Dressed for the game Saturday morning. Showing my true colours.

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Coffee and breakfast at Hardware Societe.

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Rice pudding!

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Ampelmann???

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Following the crowd to the G.

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As the weather gets worse and the ponchos come out.

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Fortunately we were sheltered.

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Some post match celebrations:

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Dinner at Baci at Crown

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Squid

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Pasta.

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Pizza for breakfast! One with a black rice base, the other polenta. Both gluten free from the QV Markets

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Awww poor Hawks….

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