Hosting a Gluten Free Christmas

Christmas is just around the corner, are you ready?

Luckily, the range of Gluten Free foods available has grown considerably over the last years – A Gluten Free party diet at Christmas should be easy enough today. Here some advises:

  • Ask your guests about their dietary restrictions and have an upfront conversation about the menu. Tell about what you would like to make and ask what precautions you should make to your menu or shopping list to make it safe.
  • Know the free from aisles and nevertheless, please check all ingredient labels.
  • Don’t let cross contamination ruin your party and if you can, make it all Gluten Free. There is also plenty of naturally Gluten Free foods such as chicken and vegs.
  • Go big with your main! Be creative!
  • Add some tasty sides such as sesame seed Breadsticks, click here to see the recipe. You can wrap bacon around them and bake. Add cheese, something sweet like fig jam, ricotta and honey dip after.
  • The dessert matters! Gather round the hearth and enjoy a slice of this rick, chocolatey and delicious Yule Log made with our Vanilla Sponge Mix– it takes only 40 minutes, including filling and decoration.

 

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5 top tips for creating a gluten free dinner party menu

Here, Katie Georgeson from kitchen appliance manufacturer Stoves gives us her top tips for hosting a gluten-free dinner party that will impress all of your guests.

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Going gluten-free or catering to a coeliac guest doesn’t necessarily mean you can’t cook up some of your favourite meals for everyone to enjoy. Avoiding wheat, barley, rye and oats in your cooking is easy and you might be surprised at how many of your usual meals are naturally free of these ingredients.

Get the party going with some drinks

Some alcoholic drinks, such as beer, lager, stout, and ale, use malt or barley in their recipe, but you can find gluten-free alternatives. Plus, soft drinks, distilled spirits, cider, port, sherry and wine should all be suitable. Have a selection of drinks ready and hand them out as your guests arrive. Or, set up a refreshment station with drinks and garnishes to keep them going while you finish preparing your first course.

Start off light

When it comes to your starters, you can easily serve up a gluten-free dish that will blow your guests away. Why not keep it simple with a homemade soup or salad? Or you can impress with some spicy Thai salmon fishcakes and a sweet chilli dipping sauce. Whatever you choose to make, be sure to keep it light to avoid your guests getting too full after the first course.

Try to cook everything from scratch using fresh ingredients. If you can’t, remember that some processed foods, like condiments, can contain gluten. You should always check the label if you’re unsure.

Go big with your main

For your main, you can fight off those carb cravings with a flavoursome rice dish. Why not serve up a seafood risotto or paella for a tasty and filling main? Or, use corn or soba noodles as an alternative to pasta and top them with your favourite sauce.

A juicy steak fried with garlic and mushrooms is always a crowd favourite, and you can add variety to the dish with some vegetable sides. Or, you could make a spicy beef chilli and offer guests a vegan option using beans instead.

Add some tasty sides

Classic salad or vegetable sides can work well with almost any meal. You can also make up for the lack of bread with some simple potato dishes, like mash or roast potatoes.

If you feel your dish wouldn’t be complete without a loaf or two, you can create your own gluten-free versions using Delicious Alchemy’s white or brown bread mixes. You could even use these to make your own pizza bases for a more relaxed get together.

Finish on a high note

As one of the most difficult courses to make without using flour or wheat-based products, you can dress up naturally gluten-free desserts, like ice cream, with some less traditional flavours. Why not go for a lavender and honey or tea-flavoured ice cream? Or make a showstopping pavlova with a light meringue and some fresh berries and cream.

You could even use Delicious Alchemy’s packaged mixes to make your own gluten-free versions of staple desserts, like chocolate brownies. Serve your brownies with a scoop of caramel ice cream for an indulgent course. Or, use a vanilla sponge mix to create anything from cupcakes to a Victoria sponge cake — add some lemon zest and juice to transform yours into a zingy loaf.

By following our simple tips and suggestions, you can impress your guests with your showstopping gluten-free menu to make your get together a night everyone can enjoy.

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Guide to Gluten Free Snacks On-the-Go

One of the challenges of following a gluten free diet is being able to get your hands on tasty snacks when you’re out and about. But fear no more. We’ve created this handy guide full of our favourite recipes to fulfil your gluten free snacking needs, even on a busy schedule!

Gluten Free Raw Cacao Energy Balls

Energy balls are perfect for mid-afternoon slumps. These delicious Gluten Free Raw Cacao Energy Balls are packed with our Gluten and Dairy Free Oats that give you lasting energy. This recipe will make 16 energy balls to keep you going right through the week! Simply store in an airtight container and nibble when you’re in need of a pick-me-up!

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Gluten and Dairy Free Breadsticks

With the help of our Delicious Alchemy White Bread Mix, these crunchy breadsticks are a no hassle snack to bake up ready for a busy day! Pair with your favourite dip or eat as they come – either way they’re delicious! Find out how to make them here!

Gluten Free and Vegan Flapjack

Home-made tray bakes such as flapjack can be a great portable snack for a full-packed day. These Gluten Free and Vegan Super Fruity Flapjacks are ideal for snacking when you need a boost! Make them your own by switching up the dried fruit and seeds to create alternative tasty bites!

Gluten Free Bircher Muesli

Gluten Free Bircher Muesli made with our Gluten and Dairy Free Oats is perfect for those who prefer an extra 5 minutes in bed. Prepare the night before by adding oats, raisins, cranberries, apple juice, milk and water to a jar, mix well and leave in the fridge overnight. The brilliantly simple blend of fruit and oats provides a speedy and perfectly nutritious breakfast to fuel your day. If you have a little less time in the morning, prepare in a sealable jar and take your muesli to go!

Gluten Free Oaty Cookies

Cookies are the ultimate sweet treat to keep you going through a jam packed day, and these Gluten Free Pistachio and Almond Oaty Cookies are no exception. Wonderfully scrumptious and packed with flavour and texture, these cookies can be baked in advance and will be ready to go when you are!

Gluten Free Chocolate And Peanut Butter Rocky Road Clusters

Whether you’re rushed of your feet or simply snoozing on the sofa, these indulgent Gluten Free Chocolate and Peanut Butter Rocky Road bites made with our Nutty Granola are perfect for snacking! Super quick to make and gone even quicker!

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Our Top 5 Gluten Free Summertime Treats – 2019 update

With temperatures beginning to rise and Brits everywhere finding a new sort of weather to complain about, we at Delicious Alchemy got to thinking about our favourite summery gluten free treats. From granola ice lollies to bread rolls perfect for picnics, there’s a little something for everyone. Which will you be trying this summer?


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More Reasons to Celebrate!

Party poppers at the ready! We’re giving you more reasons to celebrate and win some fantastic prizes with our Gluten & Dairy Free Let’s Celebrate Cake Kit. They say good things come in threes, and this time is no exception… (Scroll down for more about our fantastic competition!)

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Our 6 Favourite Gluten Free Halloween Recipes

As the scariest season of the year is nearly upon us, we have rounded up our most hair-raising recipes for you this Halloween.

Whether you’re throwing a hellish Halloween party or cooking up some terrifying treats in the cauldron for yourself, we’ve got 6 recipes for you that are so simple – it’s scary…

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The Ultimate Gluten Free Victoria Sponge Cake Recipe

There’s a reason it’s a classic. This teatime staple is the perfect balance of light, fluffy vanilla sponge with layers of sweet, fruity jam and silky buttercream – and it just so happens to be gluten, wheat and dairy free! With the help of our award-winning Gluten & Dairy Free Vanilla Sponge Mix, creating the quintessential Gluten Free Victoria Sponge is (ahem) a piece of cake.

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Top Gluten Free Recipes for Children: 2017 Update

Baking with your child is a fantastic way to teach them about a gluten free diet, and have some fun at the same time! From cupcakes to pizzas, we’ve got kid-approved gluten free recipes covered, and including some that are brand new for 2017!

 

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