Ice cream

Recently I saw one of the kids at my son’s school eating an ice cream bar. Well, it was called an “ice cream bar”. Then I looked at the ingredients. nonfat milk and milkfat water sugar corn syrup whey citric acid stabiliser (mono & diglycerides, guar gum, polysorbate 80, xanthan gum and and carob bean […]

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Sodium citrate

Is a moderately expensive substance to buy. But why would you buy some anyway? Because you can turn any cheese into melty cheese. How’d you like a slab of “processed cheese” that melts just like those cheese slices, but it’s made from an actual cheese? Sodium citrate does it. It’s also used in molecular gastronomy, […]

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Gluten free blueberry muffins

When you have a load of nice local blueberries, one feels obligated to bake with them. DRY INGREDIENTS 2 cups gluten free flour (recommended: buckwheat, but use whatever you have on hand) 1 tsp xanthan gum (omit if your GF flour blend contains it already) 1 cup fresh, frozen or canned blueberries 1/3 cup granulated […]

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Gluten free flour blends

One of the frustrations with gluten free baking is that you suddenly have to deal with multiple different flour blends depending on what you are making. They usually involve ingredients that can be hard to come by or that are expensive. And let’s not get into how much more expensive the GF flour blends are […]

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Gluten free blueberry coffee cake

Thanks to my friends at Bear Mountain Blueberry Farm I have 1.5 gallons of lovely blueberries to play with. What better way to start using them than by making a blueberry coffee cake? INGREDIENTS 1 1/2 cups gluten free flour scant 1 tsp xanthan gum (omit if your GF flour blend already has some) 1/2 […]

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Gluten free baking

While making scones recently with my gluten free pudding flour, I realised that I am finally getting a grasp on some of the differences between baking with wheat, and baking without wheat. Know your flour. Each gluten free flour blend is slightly different, especially if you make your own. You will need to experiment several […]

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Tomato Ketchup

Home made tomato ketchup is always demoralising. You spend a whole day, and a load of not-cheap ingredients, all to make something which is almost as good as you can get in the store. Then I discovered this recipe. It actually makes sense how it all comes together, and it’s delicious. It’s not the same […]

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Gluten free pudding flour

I recently discovered that I can’t eat wheat, which is a major downer when making pudding. After a lot of poking around and trying out various flour substitute recipes from various gluten free sources, I found this recipe: 700 grams cornstarch 500 grams tapioca starch 300 grams white rice flour 200 grams brown rice flour […]

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Satay peanut sauce

1 cup chunky peanut butter 1/2 cup very hot water 1/2 cup packed brown sugar 1/3 cup lime juice 1/4 cup soy sauce 2 tablespoons sesame oil 2 tablespoons chili/garlic paste 6 cloves garlic, peeled & minced 3 scallions, chopped finely 1/4 cup chopped cilantro The most difficult ingredient to find is likely to be […]

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Cinnamon rolls

Cinnamon rolls are delicious, but a little bit time consuming to make. It is well worth the effort, though, especially when you get your littles involved in making them! 1/2 cup milk (120ml) 1/2 cup water (120ml) 1 egg 3 cups all purpose flour (375g) 1 teaspoon salt 4 tablespoons butter 1/3 cup sugar (65g) […]

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