Posted in Guest blogger, Lifestyle

Nuala Takes Over

Greetings people of blogland. In case the first sentence had not tickled your suspicions, I must confess that it is not Katie that is bringing you these words. It is in fact her favourite flatmate Nuala (disclaimer: this has never actually been directly quoted by Katie – yet). The freedom of the Easter holidays and study leave has got to me, and the boredom that accompanies procrastination is slowly rotting me away, so Katie suggested I write a little thingamabob for this. Until I sat down to do it, I assumed thinking of something to write about would be a piece of cake, but in the somewhat braindead state I am currently sat in, all I can think to write about is a little something about me. So sit back, relax, and enjoy.First things first, I am from a little place just outside Aberdeen called Banchory. There isn’t much to do there other than consume large quantities of alcohol in the pubs and avoid being mowed down by the boy racers who like to waste their petrol driving laps around the village. I now of course reside in Glasgow, stuck in a flat with the motley crew of Katie, Jason, and Mary.

I never really wanted to come to university, but ended up picking psychology because I like Derren Brown (writing a personal statement on that basis was incredibly challenging). It was just something to do to prolong having to make proper grown up decisions I suppose. The entry requirements for third year psychology are gross so I might not even make it, woe is me. More time to sleep and eat though, amirite?

Another super fun fact about me is I have Coeliac Disease, aka I am gluten free. Basically I can’t eat anything containing wheat, barley, oats, or rye. It brings top banter to any attempt at a meal out, or other people trying to cook for me. It has got a lot easier in the last few years as awareness has grown, but I’m still waiting for gluten free doughnuts to come back (please Tesco they were a staple part of my diet).

Another funky dunky lil thing about me is I was born with Cleft Palate. Essentially I was born without the roof of my mouth. Allow me to address the questions I imagine you have: no you couldn’t see my brain, no I couldn’t tickle my brain with my tongue, yes I have one now, and yes I did once get a coat hanger stuck in the gap. It’s weird, I know.

Anyhoo that’s probably more than enough from me, so I bid thee farewell, perhaps we shall meet again.

Nuala

Posted in Food

Tomato and Cheese Chicken Pasta Bake

Hello!

Today I decided to make a dinner for the whole flat, so once again I was experimenting with gluten free cooking! After an early start to wish my darling sister a happy birthday, I got ready to start cooking.
With one flatmate needing gluten free food and another refusing to eat anything with tomatoes near it (out goes any lasagne, chilli, tomato soups…) I had to combine a few recipes. Here’s what I did, I think it will serve 6-8 portions:

Ingredients:

  • 500g chopped chicken breasts
  • 4 rashers bacon chopped
  • 285g pasta (gluten free in my case but use whatever)
  • 1 small onion chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves crushed
  • 1 red pepper sliced
  • 1 yellow pepper sliced
  • 150g mushrooms chopped
  • 250g chopped tomatoes (shh don’t tell Jason)
  • 100g grated cheese
  • 25g butter
  • 1tbsp plain flour (again gluten free)
  • 200ml milk
  • 250g asparagus chopped
  • Handful ofmangetout cut in half.
  • Basil for on top when serving

Method:

  • Cook your pasta as instructed on the packaging and drain.
  • While that’s cooking, brown the chicken in a pan then add the bacon.
  • Once the bacon is browned, add the onion and garlic.
  • When the onion is see through, add the rest of the vegetables and cook until soft.
  • In a separate pot, melt the butter with the flour and mix.
  • On a medium heat, add the milk and whisk until thick and smooth then remove from the heat.
  • Add around two thirds of the cheese to the milk mix, and stir well.
  • Pour everything together into a large bowl and add the chopped tomatoes at this point. 
  • Mix together well and pour into an oven dish before sprinkling with the remaining cheese.
  • Cook in the oven at 200 degrees Celcius for 8-10 minutes.
  • Serve with some black pepper and basil

Fingers crossed they all like it!
Ktkinnes xxx

Posted in Food

Brownies

As the title suggests, tonight I made brownies! Not only was it the first time I ever made brownies, it was the first time I have baked anything gluten free!

Nuala, one of the girls in my flat, can’t eat gluten and I wanted to bake something all of us could eat and so I borrowed her flour to make these. One thing I would do differently next time would be to add a small amount of coffee to the mix. Due to them being gluten free, they were a bit dry but this was easily sorted by serving with ice cream or a cup of decaf coffee – it was 8:30 pm afterall!

Ingredients

  • 200g butter
  • 200g dark chocolate
  • 200g gluten free flour
  • 1tsp baking powder
  • 2tbsp cocoa
  • 150g golden caster sugar
  • 125mls milk
  • 3 medium eggs

Method

  1. In a large bowl, melt the butter and chocolate (in a microwave) or over a pan of simmering water stirring occasionally. Allow to cool slightly.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large bowl combine the flour,baking powder, cocoa and sugar.
  3. Whisk together the eggs and milk and add to the dry ingredients, along with the melted chocolate mixture.
  4. Beat together untill thoroughly combined. pour mixture into a lightly greased and lined tin about 15cm(6inch) square tin and bake in a preheated oven
  5. bake for about 15-20 minutes at 180C/350fan/gas mark 5 until well risen and firm to touch. Allow to cool and cut into squares and enjoy!

Although Jason didn’t really like his, Nuala said they were good so I’ll take her word for it! I didn’t mind them but I know a normal brownie would’ve been nicer. We’ll have to wait for Mary to come home and try them!

Since the others are all out somewhere, I am currently blaring my music around the flat and singing along at full pelt so I will apologise if any of this doe’t make sense, it is very possible I have typed what I am singing!

Hope you all had a good day!

Thanks for reading!

Ktkinnes xxx

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