Review:Ho-Ya Gluten Free Rice Noodle Pho Bowl

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?

Duinkerken Gluten Free Pizza Crust Mix ~ Review

I was so excited to try this and compare to Bob’s Red Mill Mix.

This kit makes two 12 inch pizza crusts. The big difference between this package and Bob Red Mill’s Mix is you must have quick rising yeast on hand. It’s not included in the mix.

Otherwise, it’s easy to blend in the yeast, add in the eggs, oil and warm water. I let it set and covered to rise for 10 minutes (instead of the suggested 5 minutes)

I greased up my hands. It was easy to divide and spread out. Way less stickier and easier to spread compared to when I made Bob Red Mill.

I did find it took about 25minutes to bake, instead of the 15 minutes that was recommended.

It was delicious! It was more bread like than hard cardboard which is like so many of the other frozen gluten free pizza crusts! Highly recommend!

Gluten Free Chocolate Donuts

Who can resist a donut? Now…who would like a Gluten Free Donut?

I bought an Epicure Perfect Portion Bagel & Donut Pan to make homemade ones.

To ensure these donuts are for everyone’s taste buds I bought Kinnikinnick gluten free chocolate cake mix as my base.

Bet you can’t eat just one!

1) make up the cake mix as per directions – *i do use milk instead of water

Preheat oven to 400Degrees (if using a silicone donut pan)

2) I did butter and flour the donut pan and place on a sheet pan (for better stability)

3) spoon the batter into the wells.

Cook for 15 minutes. Immediately take out of oven and off sheet pan. let sit for 5 minutes before removing donut to a cooling rack.

I did up a chocolate glaze to drizzle over the donuts.

I used the Lantic chocolate frosting recipe:

2 tablespoons butter

3/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate

6 tablespoons milk

1 1/4 cup icing sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Put all ingredients into a saucepan over low heat. Whisk until smooth. Pour over donuts.

Decorate to your liking

The Epicure pan is going to be well used I think! I may need to buy another one to help speed up the cooking process

Apple Crisp Pie

When you want a pie but your husband wants apple crisp – make an Apple Crisp Pie!

Start with a gluten free pie shell and fill it with freshly sliced apples (about 6). Spritz lemon juice on the apple slices.

Get your pie shell ready

Then put in the apple slices.

Then in a separate bowl add:

1 1/2 cups gluten free oats

1 1/2 cups brown sugar

1 1/2 cups gluten free flour (that has xanthan gum)

1 cup melted butter

Spices – 1 tsp cinnamon, 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg, 1/4 salt

* I ended up doubling the recipe so the entire top was even. And to be honest, we all love the topping!

Mix well.

Careful pack onto the apples.

Bake in a 350 degree oven for about 60 minutes (if it wasn’t in a pie shell it would be cooked in about 30 minutes.)

Yum! It was delicious!

Serve warm with ice cream.

Hope you enjoy too!

Sweet and Sour Chicken

Do you ever feel or find we are being told by companies and others that products taste so much better than making something homemade?!

With the pandemic and living rural – options and products are sparse. We are missing our variety in our meals and the fact by now we would have gone atleast once to the city where we would have enjoyed some amazing and delicious gluten free Chinese food.

My dear work mother recommended The LooneySpoons Collection Cookbook by Janet & Greta Podleski – and their recipes are all excellent.

I modified it as 1) we had no gluten free soya sauce – So used a splash of Worcestershire sauce and 2) they did it as a one pot meal. We like our things separate here. 3) onions have been hard to find in grocery stores and they have become gold in our house so I used half an onion and added a shallot

*Canadian Living magazine this month has the same recipe except they added cornstarch (to thicken it) and they used beef instead of chicken

Enjoy!

Ingredients

Chicken breasts

1 Can Pineapple (whatever you have)

1 red pepper

1/2 onion – thinly sliced

1 shallot – thinly sliced

2 cloves garlic – minced

1/3 cup ketchup

2 tbsp brown sugar

2 tbsp white vinegar

1/4 tsp Worcestershire sauce

Cracked Pepper

Rice of your choice

In a large skillet, cook up chicken. Set aside. Once cooled dice up.

While chicken is cooking slice up veggies.

Mix up sauce. Set aside.

I had pineapple rings so cut them into tidbits.

Thinly sliced peppers.

Clean skillet, add 2 tablespoons of olive oil over medium high heat. Add onion, shallot, garlic and peppers.

stir occasionally, for about 4 minutes.

Add chicken, pineapple and sauce.

Cook, cover and stir occasionally for 10 minutes.

I served over minute rice.

It was a family hit.

Review: Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free Pizza Crust

Well it’s a different Good Friday this year…pandemic, everyone is to self isolate and home quarantine, so we decided to make homemade gluten free pizza!

I had a package of Bob’s Red Mill in the pantry. I followed the directions as per the bag. Simple ingredients needed: warm water, eggs and oil. It was easy to mix. * I did add a sprinkle of Italian seasoning to the dough just for added flavour. This is what it looked like just before covering to let rise:

After the 20 minutes (I left mine longer). As I was busy cooking bacon, chopping mushrooms; …prepping to top the pizza!

This is what it looked like after letting it rest:

I took my time with spreading out the dough and heavily greased my hands with butter. I decided to place a sheet of parchment paper over top of my pizza stone. I sprinkled corn meal over the paper.

I found the dough easily spread out over the stone/paper. I tried hard to make a thin crust.

I did not follow the recommendation to bake the crust for 7-9 minutes before putting on sauce and toppings.

I immediately just put sauce and toppings on. I preheated the oven to 425F. I baked for 25minutes and it came out lovely.

It’s a nice crust!

Easy to make!

The crust does have a very yeast flavour – so I do find adding a seasoning (such as Italian seasoning) to the dough helps.

But it is nice to make a homemade pizza every once in a while.

Gluten Free Orange Almond Cake

So when I’m feeling a bit stressed or anxious, I like to bake. It’s very relaxing.

Thankfully, everyone is posting lots of great ideas (recipes) to try. A lovely gluten free bakery in Toronto – The Almond Butterfly ( https://www.almondbutterfly.com/) posted and shared a recipe for everyone to try!

Hopefully I do it justice – and my family is in luck during this pandemic as we have all the ingredients.

Ingredients

2 medium size oranges

6 eggs

250g white sugar (1 cup)

275g almond flour (2 cups and just under 1/2 cup)

1 teaspoon baking powder

1) Place whole oranges with peel in a medium saucepan. Cover with water & bring to a boil. Reduce to a medium to low heat for 1 hour.

Then drain and let cool completely.

2) preheat oven to 350. Line pan with parchment paper.

3) remove seeds from oranges. Cut into quarters.

Put into blender. Blend until smooth uniform consistency.

4) In a large bowl, add eggs and sugar. Whisk until sugar dissolves into eggs. * If you don’t whisk enough it will leave a weird texture*

5) Add orange purée and whisk again.

6) add almond flour, baking powder and mix until all combined. * Do not over mix

7) Pour into pan

8) Bake 1 hour or until nicely browned on top and springs back when pressed

I didn’t take a picture of the cooked top – here is a pic of my flipped cake

It was (the top) spongey and a uniform brown when I took it out of the oven.

Highly recommend to serve with ice cream.

Enjoy!

Easy Gluten Free dinner biscuits

I’ve been seeing online and especially on Facebook lots of “easy peasy” simple based bread recipes – but all for gluten based breads.

I was curious, if this one I had found could easily transfer for gluten free!? And it does!! Even our young daughter enjoyed them.

This quick, simple recipe makes 5 biscuits

Ingredients

1 cup Gluten Free Flour (I used PC Gluten Free All Purpose)

1 teaspoon Salt

1 teaspoon Baking Powder

1/2 cup Milk

2 tablespoons mayonnaise

1) Preheat oven to 350F.

Combine all ingredients. It will be very sticky.

I ended up using my hands at the end to mould the biscuits into balls

2) Place biscuits in buttered pan

3) cook for 15 minutes. I then broiled for a couple minutes to brown the tops.

They are perfect to be eaten immediately out of oven!

Enjoy with butter!

Hope you enjoy these as much as my family does!

Gluten free whipped shortbread

Thanks to all purpose gluten free flours – no one will know this recipe is gluten free! Trust me!

This recipe is a family favourite and simple to whip together!

Ingredients

1/2 cup soften butter

1/2 cup icing sugar

1 1/2 cup all purpose gluten free flour

1/4 cup cornstarch

1tsp vanilla

1) Beat butter & icing sugar sugar until very smooth.

2) Add flour and cornstarch. Beat until light and fluffy.

3)Add vanilla.

4) Drop by teaspoon on to cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.

5) Bake at 325 until edges are light brown.

These are melt in your mouth, pieces of heaven!

You are welcome!

Review: Epicure Shepherds Pie

Shepherds pie is one of my favourites. But in a busy household, it rarely gets made. It’s talked about often; something that should be made. But isn’t. So when I saw Epicure selling a seasoning package – I thought I would try.

While it did take time (About 45 minutes) – not as long as if I made it from scratch!

first I put the seasoning pack into 1 1/4 cup water; set aside.

While the package recommends microwaving potatoes, I diced mine up and boiled them for 15 minutes.

While they were cooking I browned 1 lb of lean ground beef. I stirred in the reserved seasoning mixture, brought to a boil, reduced heat and simmered for 2 minutes.

Then I added in frozen corn.

While that was heating, I mashed the potatoes.

I stirred in 1/2 cup of milk with 1/4 cup of butter, while mashing the potatoes.

While the package said to just top meat mixture with potatoes and serve, I was going to make “Traditional” shepherds pie

I pulled out my casserole dish. Filled it with the meat mixture and topped with the mashed potatoes. Put in a preheated oven at 350. I then set it to broil to crisp up the potatoes.

Served hot to the family it was a hit