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.

 

Have fun!

 

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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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Preparing your Kitchen for a Gluten Free Diet

If you recently decided to switch to a gluten free diet and share a home with gluten-eaters, ensuring your kitchen is safe for preparing gluten free food may seem quite daunting. Luckily, we’ve created our top 5 tips to reduce cross-contamination and help you prepare your home for a gluten free diet!

TOP TIP 1: Use colourful labels

Brighten up your cupboards with colourful labels or post it notes to mark gluten free foods – the whole family will know not to dip their crummy knife into your gluten free jam! Or, consider purchasing condiments in squeeze bottles, eliminating the need for utensils.

TOP TIP 2: Separate areas for storage and preperation

If possible, allocate a cupboard or section of the kitchen where you store and prepare gluten-free products. It’s best to keep these foods separated from gluten containing foods at all times so there’s no chance of mixing them up or using them by mistake.

TOP TIP 3: Store gluten free foods on the top shelf

Separate fridges would be ideal for reducing cross contamination but it’s not exactly practical. We suggest placing gluten free foods on the top shelf to reduce the risk of gluten dropping onto gluten free foods.

TOP TIP 4: Use separate equipment

A thorough washing of most kitchen equipment is usually enough to remove any gluten, so you’ll be pleased to hear that you don’t need to go out and buy a whole new set of pots and pans. However, there are a few pieces of equipment that you may need to re-purchase. It’s advisable to use a different toaster only to be used for gluten free breads, decorate it with a large colourful label so nobody should ever use it! Alternatively, invest in toaster bags suitable for toasting gluten free bread in the same toaster as gluten containing bread.

Other equipment where it’s best to avoid sharing include wooden spoons, colanders, plastic utensils,  chopping boards, and other baking equipment (rolling pins, sieves and baking tins), all which can harbour tiny amounts of gluten, no matter how hard you scrub!

TOP TIP 5: Clean, clean and… clean!

The main way to reduce cross contamination is to keep cleaning! Always wipe down surfaces that have had contact with gluten. When washing up, clean gluten free dishes before others. Food residues can often cling to sponges or cloths, so if using the same sponge make sure to rinse it often, or if you’re a bit more cautious choose to use a separate sponge.

We hope you feel a little more confident in embarking on your gluten free journey. If you have any more top tips we would love to hear them! Share them with us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

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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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Gluten Free Bloggers & Influencers to Follow on Instagram

Are you on Instagram?  The social media platform has taken off in a big way.  Some 600 million people worldwide are members of the mobile photo sharing app, posting cute, funny and inspiring pics and videos daily.

Anything but boring, Instagram can be a major source of information and discovering new people to follow is part of the fun.  It’s a haven for foodies, with photos of what everyone is eating circulating the globe every second.  Who doesn’t love to share what they’ve dined on, where they’ve had a great meal, which recipe they’ve used, and of course, how show-stopping their dish looked?

So, when it comes to gluten free, who should you be following?  Us, of course, @deliciousalchemy, but also the many fabulous gluten free bloggers and influencers that take a lot of care to curate Instagram feeds that are made to make your mouth water.  Here’s a few of our favourites: Read more >

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Staying Free From at Festivals – Our Survival Guide

We know, only too well, how tricky it can be to live gluten free. Ensuring you have plenty of delicious free from products at home is doable, but it is a little tougher eating out and if you’re thinking of heading to a festival this summer, you might have a few concerns!

Festivals are the holy grail for pleasure-seekers to unwind and have some fun. However if you, or anyone in your family or festival group, can’t eat gluten, you might be wondering if there will be food available that you can enjoy. There most likely will be, but it’s always better to be prepared.

Follow our festival tips, and you’ll be organised and ready for any situation.

 
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Coeliac Awareness Week 2017 Day 5: Staying Fit on a Gluten Free Diet

Blogger and passionate runner Beth Heddle knows a thing or two about staying fit on a gluten free diet. To help us celebrate Coeliac Awareness Week, she’s put together some brilliant tips on how to balance your diet with fitness or training…

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Beth Heddle on Staying Fit while Gluten Free

As a coeliac, there aren’t really any reasons why you shouldn’t be able to exercise like anyone else. Coeliacs do however often suffer from a weakened immune system which increases your susceptibility to catching viruses and generally feeing unwell. A few ways I love to keep fit include jogging, walking, spinning classes and cycling outdoors. They’re all relatively cheap and don’t require much expertise – especially as a student these are appealing methods of exercise.

One thing I struggle with being a coeliac is the small range of ‘healthy’ snack bars available for coeliacs. After exercise I often have to drive home or go on somewhere else and therefore having a snack bar would be so convenient. There are a few that I have come across that have a great protein and carbohydrate ratio post-workout but you can so simply make your own! A simple mix of mashed dates, oats, nuts, seeds, dried fruit and honey baked for 10 minutes or so work perfectly!

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About Beth

Beth is an award-winning blogger who has a passion for running, fitness, food and travel. When she’s not baking up a storm or pounding the pavements, she’s a student at the University of Birmingham. Make sure you check out Beth’s blog here, and follow her on Instagram for some serious fitness/foodie #goals!

Coeliac Awareness Week

This week, 8-14 May, is Coeliac Awareness Week. This annual week-long event is run by the fantastic charity Coeliac UK, and this year focuses on eating out and eating on the go. Find out more here and join the #glutenfreevolution! We’re celebrating with a new blog or recipe every day.

Click here for Day 1: A Delicious Giveaway!

Click here for Day 2: DIY Rice Milk & Oat Milk

Click here for Day 3: Living Gluten Free as a Student

Click here for Day 4: A Springtime Showstopper recipe

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Coeliac Awareness Week 2017 Day 3: Living Gluten Free as a Student

Beth Heddle is one of our favourite GF bloggers and, as a student, she has some brilliant tips on how to balance your studies with a gluten free diet.

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