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:
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
1tbsp plain flour (again gluten free)
250g asparagus chopped
Handful ofmangetout cut in half.
Basil for on top when serving
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.
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!
200g dark chocolate
200g gluten free flour
1tsp baking powder
150g golden caster sugar
3 medium eggs
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.
Meanwhile, in a large bowl combine the flour,baking powder, cocoa and sugar.
Whisk together the eggs and milk and add to the dry ingredients, along with the melted chocolate mixture.
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
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!