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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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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Small Changes: How to Make a Gluten Free Diet Work for You

Cutting gluten from your diet is a big step. We’ve put together a few small changes and tips that can help break up the transition, and stop it seeming too intimidating a task.

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Why is Gluten Free Food More Expensive?

We often get asked why the price of gluten free food is higher than their gluten-containing equivalents. This difference in price can be frustrating for a lot of people with coeliac disease and other intolerances, so we wanted to explain what it is that goes into our products that makes them more expensive than what you’d find in the main aisle of your supermarket.

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Delicious Alchemy is off to the Allergy & Free From Show Glasgow!

It’s nearly that time again! Delicious Alchemy is packing its bags and heading up to sunny Scotland for the Allergy & Free From Show Glasgow (Saturday 11th – Sunday 12th March). Fancy joining us FOR FREE? Keep reading to find out how…


Come and see us at stand C28!

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What Makes Oats Good For You?

Here at Delicious Alchemy, we love our oats. In fact we love them so much, we grow our own. That way, we can ensure they are completely uncontaminated and free from gluten when we use them in our delicious products. But why do we love them so much? What makes oats good for you? Read on to find out…

Why are oats good for you?

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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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