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Gluten Free in Australia and Singapore…and a new job

It has been a while since I last posted a blog and the past few months have been exciting and busy times for me.

Firstly I have a new job, its a dream job for me as General Manager of a top quality catering company, combining my skills in catering, hospitality and events along with my passion for great food.

I started my new job after a three week “trip of a lifetime” holiday to Singapore and Australia where we visited relatives and toured the East Coast, the outback, the wine districts, the Blue Mountains and ended in Sydney where we celebrated our 30th wedding anniversary.

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An anniversary desert on the 70th floor of the Swissotel overlooking Marina Bay, Singapore

Gluten Free in Singapore and Australia couldn’t be more different. In Singapore unless you stay in the top 5 star hotels they really don’t get Gluten Free.  On our first evening in Singapore we tried to explain and when we asked for no flour, they proudly presented a dish and said they had taken off the parsley garnish as this was the flower (flour) – how we laughed!   My suggestion for anyone on a Gluten Free diet visiting Singapore is to make your own informed choice from the menus.

Australia is the opposite; in the shops, bakeries and supermarkets the choice of Gluten Free products is so much more extensive than in the UK and when eating out from the smallest cafe in the outback to restaurants in Sydney they are knowledgeable and have plenty to offer. Byron Bay is like being in the gluten free capital of the world where everything comes as gluten free.

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Gluten Free Orange and Polenta cake at a beach cafe on Byron Bay

A special mention goes to friends Chris and Lorella, who we visited for lunch on the Gold Coast, Lorella cooked Gluten Free for the first time and as an Italian made two Gluten Free pizzas and Chris cooked them on a wood smoked barbecue – they were amazing – thin, crispy and the best ever Italian Gluten Free Pizza  Maybe Lorella will share the recipe with me one day and I will put it on the blog.

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Lorella’s Gluten Free pizza

I will be continuing with posting my favorite Gluten Free recipes starting this week with a delicious recipe for Seared Rump in an Orange and Chili marinade, great for a late summer Barbecue while we are still getting some wonderful sunny weekends.

Seared Rump with an Orange and Chili Marinade
Seared Rump with an Orange and Chili Marinade
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Coming this week for Easter

With the Easter weekend only a few days away I will be posting recipes for some of my Easter favourites that I will be cooking this weekend.

 

S Usher Hot Cross Buns

 

My gluten free hot cross buns with a marzipan cross as featured on the Newburn Bakehouse guest blog this month plus how to adapt the recipe to make the dough in a bread machine.

kleftikoI will be posting a recipe for my Cypriot Lamb Kleftico which will just fall off the bone and I will be cooking it for Easter Sunday Lunch and serving it with a delicious middle-eastern spiced yoghurt.

 

Chocolate profiteroles filled with cream and Pear Cake will be perfect  Easter desserts.

Blog followers exceed 200 this week

Its amazing to see my blog followers reach over 200 this week and considering it only went public 3 months ago I am really delighted! I hope to have 500 followers by the end of 2014 so please help me by asking your gluten free friends, family and followers to take a look at the blog and either follow on the blog or follow my twitter.

As well as featuring my family favorite recipes I am also excited to have gluten free food suppliers asking to feature in the blog and I hope you agree that this adds to the interest the blog offers.

Coming soon…..Barm Brack, a savory Pea,Feta and Herb Frittata and a product review of some of the Bakers Toolkit range of cake decorating accessories. 

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Barm Brack -recipe courtesy of my Dad

Happy New Year

GREAT FOOD GLUTEN FREE

was launched in September 2013 and has only been public since November 2013 and already has over 160 followers! I am delighted with its success and the following it has achieved in such a short time.

As we welcome in the New Year I want to thank you for your support and tell you about my plans for 2014 to make the blog even more interesting and exciting.

As well as continuing to bring you many more of my gluten free family favourite recipes, I am working with some of my favourite suppliers to review their products. I am also adding content to Links and Products and Suppliers pages to ensure that  they are useful also bringing you some of our family tips for successful cooking.  I also hope to bring you a few competitions and polls to ensure you get good interaction with the blog.

Please keep following  the blog and also getting your gluten free friends to take a look and start following.

I hope that you had a very merry Christmas and I wish you all a very Happy New Year.

Stephen

This week on Great Food Gluten Free

Watch out this week for a new feature on my blog where I will be featuring and reviewing a supplier product each week. Also recipes coming this week for my Minestrone Soup and Carley’s Hummingbird Cupcakes.

Coming soon…..Christmas Pudding,

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56 days to go until Christmas…….. and this morning I have made my families Gluten Free Christmas Puddings from a recipe that I have been using for the last 3 years.  Its so good we think its better than conventional non gluten free recipes.  I have made 6 puddings and will be steaming them 2 at a time for the next three days.

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I will have to leave you waiting a week or so for the recipe as I am moving house this week and haven’t the time to upload the recipe but don’t panic you still have plenty of time to make them.  (on holiday this week to pack for the move and a great opportunity to keep them steaming away while I pack)

 

 

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