I had seen posts on the Canadian Celiac Facebook Support page about these Gluten free Noodle bowls found at Costco. I’d yet to find them. Then to my amazement – I did!
Who doesn’t miss Mr Noodles?! So I’m hoping these will be a nice alternative.
They come in a ready serve bowl with the noodles, flavour oil, soup base and hot chilli powder.
Add hot water to the inside line of the bowl then wait 3 minutes.
The lovely thing about Pho is you can add whatever you want. I added shredded carrots, slices of onions, spiralled cucumber and diced mushrooms.
I didn’t find the soup base overly flavourful. The second time I made up a bowl, I added a 1/2tsp of Epicure Chicken broth powder and a 1/2tsp of Epicure Vegetable broth powder. That seemed to help boost the soup base flavour.
I tend to make these for a lunch on the weekends or dinner during the week as they take time to prepare the ingredients. Since the bowl itself is really just a starting point.
But I’m happy to have this option, and our family has been enjoying them. Have you tried them yet?
Who doesn’t love ribs? When I was about to get married a few coworkers highly recommended the LooneySpoon cook books for easy but amazing recipes to amaze my husband.
Since the pandemic, the LooneySpoons Collection cookbook has been regularly referred to, since we have been home and wanting a variety of fresh meals to enjoy. One thing I do love about the recipes is they are easily adaptable – if you don’t have something – you probably have something close to it or atleast can decide if you can still make the dish without it affecting the overall effect. Or if you don’t like what they are adding – substitute your favourite fruit or veggie or spice!
I even came home the other night from work and my husband had used the book to use as his base to make homemade gluten free Mac and Cheese!!
The LoonySpoon cooking books have helped my family be more adventurous since our beginning and have taught me how to play with making bbq sauces and rubs.
1 tbsp Brown sugar
1 1/2 tsp Paprika
1 tsp Epicure Chipotle Aioli Mix
1/2 tsp Old Bay Seasoned Salt
1/4 tsp Black Pepper
Mix all spices together in a bowl
If you don’t have any ribs – don’t worry! You can also use pork tenderloin!
If using a pork tenderloin, you will want to pound the pork with a meat mallet until about 3/4 of an inch thickness
Then score one side of the tenderloin in one inch intervals (about the size of ribs) Do not cut all the way through.
Apply the spice rub onto both sides of the tenderloin. Rub in. Then wrap with plastic wrap and refrigerate until ready to cook. Leaving it overnight in the fridge will give you the best flavouring to the pork. But even a couple of hours in the rub gives the meat a lovely flavour!
When ready to make your BBQ Sauce gather:
2 tablespoons butter
2 shallots minced
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1/4 cup Hickory bbq sauce
1/3 cup ketchup
2 table spoons brown sugar
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon Epicure Roast Chicken Seasoning
In a pot melt butter, then add shallots. Stir and lightly cook for about a minute or two on medium heat. You do not want to brown the shallots! Rather, you want to bring out their lovely flavour.
Add the rest of the ingredients, keep stirring. Let it cook for about 5 minutes. Then remove from heat.
Coat the tenderloin before putting on the bbq. Then baste between flips.
I grew up eating traditional peach pie. Similar to a basic apple pie recipe. Then I meet my future husband and all he talks about is his love for peach pie. So I do what every new girlfriend would do. Bake a pie.
But my pie was not like his moms….. where was my cream filling?!?!
My pie was not what he was envisioning …so I had to learn how to make it.
The creamy filling compliments the peaches and has become a regular staple come peach season. Enjoy!
9inch unbaked gluten free pie shell
3/4 cup sour cream
1/2 cup white sugar
1/3 cup gluten free flour
1/2 tsp almond extract
4cups peaches, peeled and cut
1/4 cup brown sugar
1) Get your crust and pie shell ready. Set aside.
2) To start, it’s best to put peaches in hot water to help them peel easier.
Let them sit in the water while making the cream. Trust me! They will peel so nicely.
3) combine sour cream, sugar, flour and almond extract. Stir until smooth.
4) Alternate layers of peaches and cream mixture in pie shell ending with cream mixture.
5) Preheat oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit for 20minutes then reduce to 350 degrees.
Bake until filling is thick and bubbly about 35minutes.
6) Sprinkle with the brown sugar and broil until gold brown. *beware it can burn quickly. Keep an eye on it*
It’s that time of year – heavenly Niagara On The Lake Peaches. There are so many ways to enjoy peaches! When I saw this Triple Tested Chatelaine recipe in the August 19, 2019 Hello Canada Weekly (No 674) Magazine, I just had to try to convert it to gluten free! It sounded too good not too!
*I did do some modifications – instead of plain yogurt (which I didn’t have, I subbed in the rich and creamy Liberte Mediterranee 9% yogurt; As this was originally a gluten recipe they called for all purpose flour – I created my own mixture of gluten free flours.
1/2 cup Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free All Purpose Flour
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp xanthan gum
1/3 cup cold unsalted butter cubed
1/4 cup ground almonds
1/2 cup brown rice flour
1 1/2 cup Bob’s Red Mill All Purpose Gluten Free Flour
1 tsp xanthan gum
1 cup white sugar
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
2 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1/8 tsp nutmeg
2/3 cup Liberte Mediterranee Coconut yogurt
2/3 cup olive oil
1/4 cup hot water
2 tsp vanilla
2 1/2 cups diced peaches
Position rack in centre of oven. Preheat oven to 375F.
Combine cobbler mixture of flour, sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl. Add butter. Mix together until crumbly. Set aside.
In a large bowl, Whisk flour with sugar, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda, salt and nutmeg.
In a medium bowl, whisk eggs, yogurt, oil, hot water and vanilla. Stir into large bowl flour mixture until combined. Stir in peaches.
Divide batter among muffin liners. I like silicon liners as they are reusable. Fill to the top.
Sprinkle the cobbler mixture generously amoung the muffins. Remember these are gluten free muffins. The mixture will be quite sticky. But don’t worry – it will taste amazing and mix within the muffin mix.
Bake until a toothpick inserted into the centre of a muffin comes out clean. 30-40 minutes. Transfer muffins to a rack to cool.
Enjoy! These are full of flavour and super moist! You won’t believe that these are gluten free! Xo
It’s kind of funny how in some aspects of raising children, we get to relive or atleast get flash backs of our childhood from our children.
Except for me, Santa’s Village was a once a summer experience but nowadays most local families have season passes here and the Village becomes more a familiar frequented meeting place. And you get to know the staff…like for example some gate greeters don’t even need to see our season pass card to let us in – they know we have it as we are regular visitors, as they greet us frequently.
How can that view not take you back?!
Santa’s Village in Bracebridge, Ontario is a lovely little amusement park for young kids. It’s where Santa lives in the summer!
And what a lovely place it is! And something for everyone!
You can feed the reindeer:
Ride a Ferris wheel of Christmas Balls:
Enjoy a train ride all around the park:
Enjoy a boat ride:
Enjoy Elves Island with fun activities:
Enjoy Kiddie rollercoasters:
Enjoy the Splash pad. Or as we like to call it “Santa’s Beach”
Our almost 3 year old loves Santa’s Village. And it’s a hit with my nieces, nephews and friend’s children.
It’s a must when visiting Muskoka with children to spend sometime with Santa!