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.
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.
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.
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.