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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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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Our Top 5 Gluten Free Smoothie Recipes

We believe the perfect gluten free smoothie contains gluten free oats – not only for their health benefits and tendency to keep you fuller for longer, but also for the deliciously thick texture they provide. These recipes are some of our absolute favourites. Which will you try?

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Gluten Free Breakfast Ideas to Suit Every Schedule

For those new to the world of free from food, finding great gluten free breakfast ideas can be a real minefield, especially when you’re used to grabbing a piece of toast or bowl of cereal in the morning.

But never fear! We’ve got you covered.

Delicious Alchemy offers gluten free breakfasts to suit every schedule, no matter how much time you have in the morning! Read on for a collection of our favourite products and recipes to get you inspired.

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Instant Gluten Free Rice Pudding Recipe

This smooth and creamy dish is super quick and easy to make – only 2 ingredients and 3 minutes in the microwave! Made with our Gluten Free Rice Flake Porridge, this sweet indulgence makes for a mouth-watering treat.

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Guest Recipe: Gluten Free Magic Showstopper Celebration Cake by TheGFRedhead

So you may have noticed that, a little while ago, we were making rather a lot of noise about our very own Gluten Free Magic Bake Off. It was an eight week competition which sought out the creme de la creme of free from baking. The final Showstopper Challenge of the contest required our bakers to create a three-tiered celebration cake with our Gluten & Dairy Free Vanilla Sponge Mix.

Hannah, one of the finalists, who runs the fantastic blog TheGFRedhead, produced one of the best gluten free cake recipes. She has very kindly agreed to share her show-stopping recipe with us!

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