Review: Breton Gluten Free Crackers

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My mom brought over a couple packs of these. We had both seen them appear on the shelves of a couple stores but they were on the expensive side. Luckily they went on sale for 2 boxes for $5 so a good time to try em!

We cracked open a box and shared one. The texture was great. Light and crunchy and crispy. I haven’t had a real Breton cracker in a couple of years but from what I remember, these gfree ones taste JUST like that!

Its a good size too. Especially if you are like my mom and I who are always trying to cram meats and cheeses on top of a tiny rice cracker! This is a nice change- more room for toppings!

If you spot these in a store near you, give them a try and let me know what you think!

Dining: The Works (@TheWorksStKitts)

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The Works. I looked at their menu online for what seemed like hours in preparation of our dinner. There were FIFTY burgers to choose from.  Insane!

I narrowed down my list to 6 before I got there, and then I ended up picking a completely different burger at the last minute lol One of the local favourites.

It was awesome! I LOVE avocado and this had tons on it! The burgers were thick and juicy and tons of flavor. It was one of the best burgs I’ve had in a long time.

And the best news (for a gfree girl like me) was that they have gluten free buns. And I’ve tried a few in my day, most of which were basically hockey pucks. Not this bun! It was so soft- I honestly couldn’t even tell it was gfree. It was awesome.

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The atmosphere was great in there, love the fun décor. They even had the big window open to the street (it was a nice evening) so you could do lots of people watching (which I love!)

Prices were great, and I hear they have gfree gravy so I’m definitely going to check out a big huge poutine the next time we go 🙂

Review: Gluten Free “Animal Crackers”

gf_arrowrootLast week I was sick ALL week long with a bad cold. It was horrible. I had no appetite at all but would get some odd cravings and that’s all I wanted to eat and couldn’t think of anything else. I’m usually that way when I’m sick. And most often the only thing I can think of eating is something fresh. Usually some kind of fruit. Last week I survived primarily off of peaches.

Then I had this craving. For animal crackers. Which are cookies, so I have no idea why they are called crackers…. but I digress.

I needed to have them. I wanted that arrowroot flavour in tiny animal shaped form. I hunted down some gluten free ones that are awesome and satisfied me! Mi-Del Gluten Free Arrowroot cookies- that just happen to be in the shape of animals 🙂

If you ever get the same craving as I did, you should try these. They are really awesome.

 

Review: Nature’s Path Organic Crunchy Granola Bars

brg-5pk-crb-pchoc-us-a1l1I woke up one day earlier this week with a HUGE craving for one of those crunchy peanut butter granola bars (that came in a pack of two) that I always enjoyed as a kid. No idea where it came from, but the craving was strong.

I hunted around at the store to see if there was anything that was similar, sans gluten. I found something! Nature’s Path Organic makes a line of the crunch granola bars. Even more awesome, is they have a peanut butter one too! They are non-gmo (which of course I love!) and they dont contain any wheat. Because some are labelled as “gluten free” and some aren’t (these ones arent) I read the ingredients list over and over again just to be sure but they seem good to go! I don’t seen any gluten in there!

I know oats are a hit or miss for some people avoiding gluten but they seem to be okay for me.

I have tried the peanut choco flavour as well as the apple pie chia flavour and both are awesome! I hear the pumpkin pie one is really great too, and since its almost fall- I think that one will be making an appearance in my kitchen soon.

Craving satisfied.

Recipe: Gluten Free Platz

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White peach-Blackberry platz before it heads to the oven.

Until a week ago, I don’t think I had a clue what a Platz was, but boy am I happy I do now! A friend of mine Mama__B posted a great recipe on her blog for a peach raspberry platz. It looked absolutely delicious, and I had a TON of peaches to use up so I decided I was going to try making a gluten free variation… and it turned out great!

You can see the original recipe here. My variation is posted below. It was super simple, and a big crowd pleaser. Something you can whip up in a pinch! Give it a try this weekend and let me know what you think.

  • 1 cup white rice flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 
1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 
1/4 cup cold butter
  • 
1 egg
  • 1/2 cup almond milk
  • 1/2 cup golden brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 peaches, chopped (I used white peaches)
  • 
1 cup raspberries (I used blackberries, but I think any berry would do!)

Crumb

  • 1/2 cup almond flour
  • 1/8 cup melted butter
  • 1/2 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh ground nutmeg

Preheat oven to 350F. Grease and (rice) flour an 8×11.5 pan and set aside.
In a large bowl, combine the rice flour, baking powder and salt. Cut in the butter until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. I just do this with my hands….seems to do the job well!
In a smaller bowl, whisk together the egg, milk, brown sugar and vanilla. Stir into the rice flour mixture.
Pour into prepared pan and cover evenly with the fruit.
Combine the crumb ingredients in a bowl and sprinkle over the fruit and batter.  I wanted the fruit to poke out a bit so I just made a half recipe of the crumb (which is what I have included above) but you can double that if you want a more full cover of crumb on top.

Salads!

saladI eat lots of salads during the week. It’s probably subconscious, because I eat lots of goodies- I need to pare back somewhere right?

In the summer its glorious for salads. I make all different ones. With nuts and seeds, and fruits and veggies and cheese and different dressings! The combinations are absolutely endless.

Here are a couple of my favourite combos:

Chelsey’s Favourite Basic Salad

Fresh greens, red cabbage, raw pumpkin seeds, tomatoes, a gfree creamy dressing (my favourite right now is the Simply Natural organic creamy caesar!)

Chelsey’s Favourite Gourmet Salad

Fresh greens, goat cheese, sunflower seeds, organic apples (something tart!), red onions & my homemade blackberry dressing.

What is your favourite salad combo?

Recipe: Gluten Free Apple Fritter Pancakes

apple pancake stackWhenever I make pancakes, I prefer ones with blueberries but mostly ones with chocolate chips in them. LOTS of them.

But my husband always mentions apple pancakes. I think his mom used to make them when he was a kid. But I wasnt too excited about an apple pancake. What I WAS excited about was an apple fritter. So I kind of combined the two ideas and voila! Apple Fritter Pancakes.

I used my no-fail gfree pancake recipe (but you could always use a pre packaged mix) of:

1 cup rice flour, 1 cup almond milk, 1 egg, 2 tsp oil, 2 tsp baking powder, 1/4 tsp salt, tsp of vanilla and this time I added in cinnamon- and lots of it!

apple pancakesWhat I did was remove the core from the apples and slice them super thin with a mandolin. Then I battered the apples with the pancake mixture and pan fried in butter. Topped them with lots of icing sugar afterwards which was the best idea ever. lol.

These were REALLY good. Give em a try!

Review: Udi’s Soft Tortillas

Review: Not much more to say here than THESE ARE AWESOME.

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They come in a small size (which is what I bought) or a big size. I got them at Bamboo Market but I havent seen them anywhere else yet!

We used them for fish tacos the night I bought them, and then later in the week I made a quesadilla with extra old cheddar, apples and black pepper in the middle- YUM.

You put them in a hot pan to crisp them up a bit and they tend to puff up in the middle at first, so they look like naan bread, and to be honest, the texture is very similar. A crispy outside but soft/chewy in the middle…

You should most definitely try these out. I think you will enjoy!

Recipe: Peach Upside Down Donuts

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Peaches are the fruit of the season right now and I cannot get enough! I have been grilling them, making jam with them, baking with them and of course eating tons of them raw. I’m on a 2 a day diet at least. I like to eat things in season SO MUCH that I get sick of them until they are in season again the next year. lol.

I made a peach upside down cake for my sister in laws engagement celebration (yay!) and I had some leftover batter so I just turned it into some donuts!

I used the Betty Crocker gluten free golden cake mix. I followed the recipe on the box but instead of water, I pureed some fresh peaches and added that as the liquid instead. I also added almond extract instead of vanilla. Which paired really well with the peaches I must say!

What I did was in each donut tin, put a bit of melted butter, brown sugar and peach slices. Then I simply poured the batter over top of it and baked them! I just kept an eye on them in the oven but they took about 18 minutes at 325.

As soon as I took the pan out, I ran the knife around the edge and wiggled them out. The more it cools the harder the brown sugar butter mixture gets and it becomes sticky and they are harder to release.

They were delightful. I suggest eating them right away- best served warm. They dont keep particularly well (they get kinda soggy) so just bake em and eat em 🙂

Review: Chebe Focaccia Mix

focaccia 2I love pizzas and flatbreads and focaccia and buns and bread. I love it all. So when I went gluten free that was tough. But I have found a couple breads and bagels I really like, although I try not to eat toooo much of them- which is hard lol. Pizzas are hit or miss when dining out, but I have a few favourites there too.

Focaccia is something that I never dreamed of being able to eat being gfree. I’ve never attempted to make it before nor have a seen a mix for it- until now! I was at Winners and saw the Chebe mix. I have had good experiences with Chebe before so I bought it and made it the next day. It was a tomato and pesto focaccia. And it was gooooood.

focacciaThe dough came together like a real wheat dough which was cool. It had nice flavour. It was soft in the middle and crispy on the bottom. I think because you need to add cheese into the mix (which they say is optional but i think its mandatory) it helped get that crispness on the bottom. mmm….

If you love focaccia and not gluten- TRY THIS! I bought it at Winners for $3.99.