Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Spicy Thai Red Chicken Curry

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I went to Thailand late last year, and it was possibly one of the hardest places I have been in terms of eating. Hardly anyone understood my translation card which made it near impossible to eat anything - I lived on steamed veggies and rice for 2 and a bit weeks (apart from in Koh Tao where we found the best little restaurant who labelled everything GF!).

So, I decided to adapt a well known classic Thai dish, Chicken Red Thai Curry into something that us coeliacs can eat - and my god was it good! 

I cheated a bit and didn't make my own paste, but Waitrose Red Thai Curry Paste is a great alternative to those of you, who like me don't get in from work until late! 


3 tbsp of rapeseed oil 

3 large chicken breasts, diced 

1x Waitrose Cooks Ingredients Red Thai Curry Paste (100g)

1 large white onion, diced

3 spring onions, sliced length ways

1 green chili sliced 

1/2 red pepper, sliced

1/2 yellow pepper, sliced

3 cloves garlic, crushed

1/2 lemon zest and juice

1 tbsp gluten free tamari (soy sauce)

1 handful of fresh Thai basil 

1x can of coconut milk (400g)

Crushed black pepper to taste 


1. In a large pan heat the rapeseed oil and then add the diced white onion and sweat (you don't want them to brown)

2. Add the diced chicken and brown

3. Add the whole jar of the Red Thai Curry Paste and your crushed garlic cloves and sliced green chili and cook off for 2 mins 

4. Roughly chop a handful of Thai basil and add to the pot along with the spring onion

5. Add in the coconut milk and simmer, then squeeze the half lemon and add the zest 

6. Season to taste with the soy and black pepper

7. cover the pot with a lid and simmer for approx 10-12 mins, while you are doing this you might want to start your plain white rice. 

8. You want the veggies to be really crispy, so these are added with 3 mins to go until finished. 

Serve how you wish, with a sprinkling of sprint onion and Thai basil to garnish - it really is delicious and would make a fantastic valentines meal for your loved one. 

Thank me later 

T :) x

Sunday, 15 January 2017

Healthy Kale Chips

Now, I'm not sure about you but when I was little I used to HATE greens. My Nan used to pile high my plate with 'curly kale' and I would gag at the thought of eating it. 

Now you'll find it has become one of those 'superfoods' that's splashed everywhere as a miracle food that assists in weight loss and all things magical - I'm not sure the magical part is correct, but it is full of Vitimin K, C, A, B6 and E - the list goes on! 

I had half a bag of kale left in the fridge this weekend, that was going out of date and wasn't enough for a portion with dinner - so I made Kale Chips. 

My boyfriend pulled a face when I said 'hey would you like some Kale chips?' and turned his nose up and then continued to eat half of the bowl once he'd tried them!! 

These are simply roasted with a drizzle of olive oil, Chinese 5 spice, pink Himalayan salt and fresh ground pepper.  You need to ensure that the leaves are dry before you add the oil - otherwise you run the risk of the leaves going soggy - and that's not what you want! 

Rub the oil, five spice, salt and pepper into the leaves and place on grease proof paper. put into the oven for 7 mins at 180 degrees - but don't open the door!

They actually taste like crispy Chinese seaweed from the takeaway - just without being deep fried and a while lot less greasy!

Don't worry - you'll thank me after you've tried them! You can also prepare these the night before and keep them in an airtight container and take them to work as a healthy snack. 

T :) x

Wednesday, 21 December 2016

Christmas Turkey, Stuffing and Cranberry Rolls - Boots

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Apologies for not have blogged in a good while - to keep up with what I am doing you can however visit my Twitter and Instagram pages that are (nearly) always up to date! 

I don't know about you, but I am a massive fan of the Boots meal deal of a lunch time. I work in a busy environment and don't really get the chance to have a proper lunch break. Having said this, I do find the options in Boots a lot broader than they used to be - and now, they have introduced their Christmas Gluten Free Roll. 

Considering Boots never used to have any products I could eat, now they are so popular it's a miracle if you can get your hands on them. 

T :) x

Friday, 18 November 2016

Easy Fritata

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So as you can all tell, the last few months have been a whirlwind for me, and I haven't blogged as much as I would like to! 

Here is something I knocked up one night after work, that was really tasty and easy to cook! 

5 eggs
handful of Kale (quickly fried in coconut oil)
1 Red onion (fried in coconut oil)
handful of Cherry Tomatoes cut in half 
half a fresh red chilli
Salt and Pepper to taste 


Finely chop the red onion and fry in a half a teaspoon of coconut oil until golden

Add the Kale and heat through 

Remove from the heat and allow to cool

Whisk the eggs in a bowl and season with salt and pepper

Add your kale and onions to a oven proof dish (you don't want a thick dish, as it takes longer to cook) and pour the egg mixture over.  

Bake in the oven for 20-25 minutes until golden brown on top

Enjoy with some crispy salad or crunchy vegetables 

Enjoy T x

Wednesday, 14 September 2016

Chinese Take Away - Made at Home

Takeaways. A nightmare for those with allergies and auto immune conditions like me.
But, you can just as easily make it at home…and it doesn’t take forever to prep!
My free from sticky salmon with egg fried rice and Chinese stir-fried vegetables was a hit – why not try it for yourself?
Sticky Salmon
Tamari (2 tbsp)
Thumb size piece of ginger – grated
half 1 red chilli
half 1 green chilli
Chinese 5 Spice  (1 tsp)
Clear Honey -(1 tbsp)
Garlic cloves, minced (2 cloves)
2 Salmon fillets
In a small bowl, mix together all the ingredients with a fork to ensure they are all combined.
Make small tinfoil parcels for your salmon fillets, and marinate the fillets for at least 30 mins in the fridge.
Bake in the oven for 25 mins (in the parcel)
The last 5 mins, uncover so the salmon can caramelise.
Egg Fried Rice
Cold precooked long grain white rice (300g)
Generous glug if vegetable oil
3 spring onions, sliced
half 1 white onion
Fresh ground pepper to taste
Tamari (1 tsp)
3 eggs whisked
2 handfuls of frozen peas (defrosted)
Heat the oil in a wok until smoking hot
Quickly fry the onion and spring onions, no more than 1 minute
Add the pre cooked rice and coat with the oil
Push the rice to one side, and add the egg – whisk with a chopstick or end of a wooden spoon (works just as well) – mix in with the rest of the rice and add the defrosted peas
Add pepper to taste and mix in the tamari before serving.
Chinese Stir Fried Vegetables
2 Bok Choi
Half Broccoli (pre cooked for 4 mins)
small piece of ginger grated
2 garlic cloves
vegetable oil to coat pan
tamari (a few drops)
half red chili chopped finely
half green chili chopped  finely
Heat the oil in a wok until smoking hot
add the ginger, garlic and chopped chili’s
add your Bok Choi and cook in the oil for 6 mins until the stalks are almost transparent
add the broccoli and the tamari
and Voila….plate up and it’s ready to devour.
No preservatives, no monosotium glutomate (MSG), totally gluten free and yummy for those days when you crave a takeaway but want to be good.
🙂 T x

Friday, 2 September 2016

Buko Coconut Jam

Coconut jam you say? No…you’ve lost me. I’d never heard of it either before a few weeks ago.
But it does exist and it’s bloomin’ lovely!
I don’t normally eat that much bread (she says) but my freezer had a malfunction this weekend and so I am  now left with a whole batch of defrosted bread (that I wasn’t expecting). So I thought why not try some of this coconut jam that is apparently all the rage?
Well I know exactly why now.
I have two versions at home – original and with added sea salt.
Now for anyone that loves salted caramel, like myself, you will really really enjoy Buko’s coconut jam with sea salt. They are a healthy version of your normal breakfast spread, and taste delicious…oh and obviously it’s gluten free.
Buko Coconut jam comes in 3 flavours, original, sea salt and chocolate and you can buy from most health food stores (Planet Organicrealfoods.co.ukAmazonhealthysupplies.co.uk to mention a few).
But you don’t just have to use it to lather on your toast….oh no no no. Why not get creative and add it to pancakes, smoothies or just dip your finger in and eat straight from the jar (OK, I admit it…that’s my favourite way to eat it!).
Enjoy! T🙂 x

Monday, 22 August 2016

Just Because it's Gluten Free

Doesn’t mean it should be any less quality than other ‘normal’ products.
I am fed up of buying gluten free products from many of the UK’s large grocers, and them being of a lesser standard than non-gluten free products you would find on the shelves.
Why should the shelves be stacked less often? Why should  crumpled bread that’s nearly out of date be the only thing that’s available to us?
Nearly every week I shop in Sainsbury’s or Waitrose and the amount of times there has been hardly anything left on the ‘Free From’ aisle is really, really frustrating.
I haven’t shopped in Sainsbury’s Local for lunch for a very long time – but today I did and I regret it! I bought a wrap that seemed full to the brim with filling. As soon as I got it out of the packet, all the filling slipped to the bottom of the soggy wrap, and it was hardly edible – I had to throw it away.
Why should a Gluten Free wrap have less filling?
I can’t tell you my frustration with wasting food – but this was so soggy you could barley hold it let alone consume it! I wasted my money and I am extremely annoyed.
It’s not the poor girl on the checkout’s fault though, or that of poor ‘Sam’ on the end of my twitter rant.
It’s the suppliers who over inflate their pricing for gluten free products and think it’s OK to short change the consumer. Maybe Sainsbury’s need to take a leaf out of Boots’ book.  Their rolls are well filled, with tasty filling – minus the scrimping.
T x