Monthly Archives: November 2014


Gluten free socca bread

I love this socca  bread traditionally from Southern France. It’s savory and flavourful and best of all gluten free. Chick pea flour or Channa bean flour can easily be found in the South Asian section of any grocery store. If you can come by at least 2 caste iron frying can play with the thickness of this lovely bread.  Always remember to preheat your frying pan so you get a nice crisp crust.

Gluten free socca bread
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Recipe type: appetizer
Cuisine: French
Serves: 4
  • 1 cup Chick pea flour
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 2 tsp fresh rosemary
  • 1 medium sliced onion
  • Dried chilis (optional)
  • Fresh cracked pepper and rock salt
  • Olive oil
  1. Preheat caste iron frying pan in oven set at 450 degrees
  2. Whisk flour and warm water together until smooth
  3. Add fresh rosemary or any herb of choice, rock salt ,cracked pepper and sliced onion
  4. Leave to rest for 30 minutes
  5. Once temp. is reached ,carefully pull out with oven mit
  6. Add a little olive oil or coconut oil to cover the base of the pan and pour in the batter until it covers the base
  7. Bake for at least 20 minutes until cooked through
  8. Turn on broiler and brown the top
  9. Remove from the oven and flip out onto bread board to cool a little
  10. Cut into wedges and serve warm



Roasted cabbage with grilled garlic sausage and garlic mash

Looking in the fridge to make dinner can be a daunting task when your tired and empty of ideas but I find if you keep garlic sausage in the freezer and the staples of cabbage and potatoes on hand, this comfort meal is quick and satisfying. My son loves garlic sausage so this is an easy sell for a last minute meal. If you buy your sausage from the local butcher or a local manufacturer, you can inquire if it’s gluten free as my Freybe brand is. The secret to getting your cabbage soft and sweet is to roast it at a high temperature.

Roasted cabbage with grilled garlic sausage and garlic mash
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Roasted cabbage with garlic sausage and garlic mash.
Recipe type: Dinner
Serves: 4
  • 1 whole cabbage
  • 1 large gluten free garlic coil
  • 5 or 6 new potatoes
  • garlic
  • lemon juice
  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees
  2. Quarter cabbage and remove core
  3. Chop into large chunks and lay on cookie sheet
  4. Drizzle with olive oil, 6 cloves of minced garlic and juice of one lemon
  5. Cook for 15 minutes and then turn to cook otherside
  6. Cut garlic sausage in half and lay on top of cabbage to grill as well.
  7. Cut potatoes and cook until soft
  8. Drain and mash adding 2 or 3 cloves of minced garlic with a little milk ,butter and salt and pepper to taste.
  9. Serve with a little dijon mustard



Gluten free banana bread

This recipe is quick and easy to use especially when you have over ripe bananas sitting around.  Sometimes, I mix up the flours using a combination of buckwheat and brown rice but I usually just use brown rice. I’ve recently been using psyllium and flax as binders and find they work very well and also add fiber. I recommend whipping up a few at once and freezing for that quick tea so you always have some on hand. This makes 1 loaf pan .

Gluten free banana bread
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Recipe type: Gluten free banana bread
Serves: 6
  • ½ cup melted butter or coconut oil
  • ¾ brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 11/2 cups brown rice flour
  • 2 tsp psyllium husk
  • 11/2 tsp baking soda
  • 3 over ripe bananas
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ cup yogurt
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  • ¼ cup dark chocolate chippits( son loves them)
  • 1 TBLS flax
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees with oven rack in the middle
  2. In separate bowl, mix dry ingredients of flour, baking soda, salt and psyllium husk
  3. Melt butter or coconut oil and blend with sugar in separate bowl
  4. Add mashed bananas, yogurt and egg and blend welI
  5. Mix wet and dry ingredients until well blended and add nuts and chippits
  6. Grease or spray loaf pan and pour in batter and smooth out
  7. Bake in middle rack for at least 55 minutes until center comes out dry with a stick
  8. Remove from loaf pan and leave to cool on rack.


Gluten free waffles

Waffles are my son’s favorite Sunday breakfast so when I have the time to dirty a lot of dishes, I get out the waffle maker and blender. This recipe is light and airy. I like to serve with yogurt and blueberries with a little maple syrup.


Gluten free waffles
Recipe type: breakfast
  • 13/4 cups brown rice flour
  • 1 TBLS baking powder
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 2 eggs yolks
  • 11/2 cups milk
  • 2 egg whites
  • ¼ cup olive oil and coconut oil
  1. Mix dry ingredients
  2. Whip egg whites until stiff peaks form
  3. In separate bowl, mix milk, lemon juice and oil



Lemon mustard baked salmon

This recipe is so easy and so delicious, I make it whenever I have access to fresh sockeye. I used to sear my salmon but I find this recipe much cleaner with less smell and mess. It’s also good for pink which is a little weak on flavour.   I like to serve this with a green veggie such as steamed broccoli or green beans and a starch like brown rice or garlic mash potatoes. This is  great company dinner with little fuss and lots of flavour. If your on a special candida diet , you can always replace vinegar with apple cider and dry mustard with a little coconut oil.

Lemon mustard salmon
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Serves: 4
  • ⅛ cup olive oil
  • 3 tsp dijon mustard
  • half lemon juice
  • 1 medium fillet salmon cut into 4
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • salt and pepper
  • Minced parsley
  • 4 lemon slices
  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees
  2. Mix oil, minced garlic, lemon juice and parsley
  3. Add salt and pepper and mix until a nice smooth emulsion
  4. Place 4 cut fillets on cookie sheet with parchment or foil
  5. Spread lemon mixture over fillets with a slice of lemon on each
  6. Bake for 10 minutes and it's ready to serve.



Gluten free hearty beef stew


The first frost has  come in the garden and I’m finally starting to pull up huge, I mean huge parsnips. Although I never used to like them as a kid, I now find the flavour sweet, creamy and extremely satisfying.  I’ve been trying to get creative with this overabundance of root vegetables and thought the first thing to make is a hearty stew to ward the winter blues. If you can get it, you really want organic stewing beef from the local butcher with a little fat on it for flavour. Here’s a recipe I found somewhere a while back and modified for gluten free. Remember, the key to rich flavours is taking your time when browning the meat until nice and crusty. You can add any root vegetables you like . Sometimes, I add some frozen peas near the end for added colour.


Gluten free beef stew
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Recipe type: gluten free beef stew
Serves: 6
  • 2 lbs organic stewing beef
  • 2 large carrots
  • 2 large potatoes
  • 2 parsnips
  • 2 sticks of celery
  • bunch of parsley
  • 2 large onions
  • 6 cloves of garlic( add as much garlic as you like)
  • 1 can san marzano whole or diced tomatoes( these tomatoes are sweeter if you can find them)
  • 1 bottle of red wine
  1. Dry stewing beef thoroughly and roll in brown rice flour
  2. Once the creuset pot is very hot, add a little oil and begin searing each piece of meat on all sides
  3. Make sure meat is well seared to seal in the juices and bring out the flavour
  4. Remove meat from pot and add onions and garlic until browned
  5. Add half of potatoes, carrots,celery,parsnips, minced parsley
  6. Add can of tomatoes
  7. Add meat back and pour in red wine until stew is just covered
  8. Add 2 or 3 bay leaves, spring or thyme , rosemary and salt and pepper
  9. Put on lid and leave to simmer on low to medium for at least 4 hours
  10. Lift lid at this point and add the rest of veggies and cook for at least another 30 minutes until vegetables are tender.
  11. The meat should break apart easily when ready.
  12. Season a little more to taste.
  13. I like to add little tabasco once served.



oatmeal cookies

Gluten free oatmeal cookies


Cookies are a part of my son’s daily staple at his request. My celiac father-in-law loves these , too, as he says they remind him of the cookies his mom used to make. I take that as a compliment as his face lights up every time I bring over them over. I’ve replaced traditional butter and oil with coconut oil and added ground flax for added nutrition. This makes about 2 dozen.

gluten free oatmeal cookies
Gluten free oatmeal cookies
Recipe type: gluten free
  • 11/2 cups brown rice flour
  • 11/2 cups quick cooking rolled oats
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¾ coconut oil
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 TBLS ground flax
  • ½ cup dark mini chocolate chips
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees with rack in the middle
  2. Mix flour,oats,cinnamon,baking soda,salt,chocolate chips
  3. Melt coconut oil if solidified and beat with brown sugar and egg
  4. Add to dry ingredients and mix until well blended
  5. If too wet, put in the fridge for 10 min. to solidify more
  6. Scoop out 1 TBLS balls of dough and roll till round
  7. Use fork to flatten cookies and place on ungreased cookie sheet
  8. Bake 12 minutes and cook before removing