Fun Without Gluten

Gluten-Free Stone Fruit Cake

Gluten-Free Stone Fruit Cake

Making the most of the summer seasons stone fruits, I usually make several trays of this cake to eat on the spot or freeze for those dull winter days when I miss eating these fruits. In fact, I brought a couple of slices along for my recent train trip from Vienna to...

Gluten-Free Focaccia Sandwiches

Gluten-Free Focaccia Sandwiches

A decent gluten-free sandwich is hard to come by, but these focaccia sandwiches are so satisfying and addictive. They’re fun to make. Follow my suggested fillings or be creative and make your dream sandwich come true!Gluten-Free Focaccia SandwichesIngredients:...

Gluten-Free Italian Ricotta Cake

Gluten-Free Italian Ricotta Cake

This is an impressive dessert that looks good and tastes even better. Full of crunchy toasted almonds, tangy candied citrus peel and small nuggets of rich chocolate, this ricotta cake will not disappoint. There seems to be plenty of different versions of Italian...

Gluten-Free Ice Cream Cones

Gluten-Free Ice Cream Cones

Lucky for me, it’s the middle of summer in Europe! The ideal weather to perfect these gluten-free ice cream cones. A lot of ice cream has been eaten over the last two weeks, plus plenty of mess from all the testing, decorating etc. The batter is a classic sugar cone...

Gluten-Free Cookie Dough Ice Cream

Gluten-Free Cookie Dough Ice Cream

It’s hard to believe that we need to be gluten-free savvy about what goes in store-bought ice cream, even though the main ingredients are dairy and usually gluten-free. The gluten culprit is usually the flavour additions like cookie dough, Oreos, brownies, etc. If you...

Mediterranean Stuffed Eggplants

Mediterranean Stuffed Eggplants

There are so many different vegetable stuffed recipes out there, but I find this eggplant dish to be full of Mediterranean flavours and very filling, plus super healthy. Although it's a vegetarian dish, you will hardly notice the absence of meat as the chickpeas and...

Gluten-Free Jelly Slice

Gluten-Free Jelly Slice

Here is a brilliant, chilled no-bake dessert that will delight your family and friends from its attractive wobble to the raspberry-lemon-butter flavours bursting out in one mouthful. I would like to give Australia credit for this recipe as from personal experience,...

Gluten-Free Lamb Pide

Gluten-Free Lamb Pide

Lamb pide (pronounced pee-dae and known as kiymali pide in Turkey) is a boat-shaped flatbread baked with a spiced minced lamb topping. The dough used to make pide is similar to pizza dough, in fact, pide is also known as a Turkish pizza when toppings are added. Lamb...

Homemade Ras el Hanout Spice Blend

Homemade Ras el Hanout Spice Blend

Ras el Hanout literally translates as “head of the shop”, probably due to the long list of herbs and spices (30 to be exact!) added to make this powerful blend for so many Moroccan and Middle Eastern dishes, but in reality, it actually means “top shelf” – the very...

Gazpacho Soup

Gazpacho Soup

“You can never have too much gazpacho!”, a Spanish idiom for “You can never have too much of a good thing!” Gazpacho is a classic chilled healthy Spanish soup perfect to sip on a hot, balmy summer day or sultry evening. I like to identify gazpacho as a savoury...

Flan with Dulce de Leche

Flan with Dulce de Leche

This is a simple, naturally gluten-free dessert that is a family-favourite in most Spanish and South American households. My Argentine grandmother often served up a huge portion with a dollop of dulce de leche next to it, which is traditional in Spain too. Flan is...

Olive Tapenade Dip

Olive Tapenade Dip

I learnt how to make this traditional tapenade at a cooking school in Provence during a road trip with some friends in 2015. After driving several hours up and down small mountains, my friends and I enjoyed half the day in a Provence kitchen and the other half,...

Gluten-Free Crispy Spicy Chicken Burger

Gluten-Free Crispy Spicy Chicken Burger

This is one dish I struggle to find gluten-free in many restaurants or takeaway place. Between the burger bun and the chicken coating, it seems to be too difficult to find this as a gluten-free option. If you are like me and miss enjoying a decent fried chicken...

Pistachio Rice Pudding

Pistachio Rice Pudding

I drew inspiration for this dessert while browsing through the many fantastic recipes released by the New York Times Cooking. It's based on a recipe adapted by Priya Krishna who sourced it from Sara Mardanbigi and Edgar Rico, the owners of Nixta Taqueria in Austin,...

Chicken Tikka Kebabs

Chicken Tikka Kebabs

These kebabs are not only low-calorie and light, but they are also a great prep-ahead dish as an easy, family and friend’s get-together dish. The tikka masala-spiced yoghurt marinade tenderises the chicken and improves the flavour after several hours of chilling. The...

Homemade Fajita Seasoning

Homemade Fajita Seasoning

Fajitas have evolved into a popular Tex-Mex dish that can be served with just about any meat, fish, seafood or vegetable. This versatile dish is a fun and sociable meal. Fajita seasoning can also be added to make tender, juicy Pork Carnitas.Homemade Gluten-Free Fajita...

Crispy Pork Carnitas

Crispy Pork Carnitas

Pork Carnitas is basically Mexican Pulled Pork with layers of subtle flavours, using Mexican spices, beer, orange juice and onions. Slowed cooked for several hours, shredded and grilled to a golden crisp, carnitas are so tender and full of flavour. By combining my...

Gluten-Free Asparagus Tart

Gluten-Free Asparagus Tart

When asparagus hits the shelves, you know Spring has arrived. Asparagus has a short season, April-June (Northern Hemisphere) or September-November (Southern Hemisphere). In Austria, asparagus is considered King of the vegetables, partly due to its short season and for...

Gluten-Free ANZAC Biscuits

Gluten-Free ANZAC Biscuits

I fell in love with these iconic biscuits while living in Australia for many years.  ANZAC biscuits are a firm favourite for most Australians & New Zealanders who nostalgically have a family handed-down recipe for these chewy, crisp, buttery and robust oat...

French Onion Soup

French Onion Soup

French onion soup is a classic dish found in most French cafes known as Soupe à l'Oignon Gratinée. Translated as grilled onion soup. A mainstay dish in France, which is also very popular in Belgium. The distinct smell of onions, garlic and cheese do an easy job to...

Gluten-Free Baguette Bread

Gluten-Free Baguette Bread

The heavenly smell of bread baking in the kitchen is so satisfying especially when you know it is gluten-free! I am pleased with how this recipe works well with either store-bought gluten-free bread flour or my homemade gluten-free bread flour blend. It's entirely up...

Gluten-Free Banana Loaf

Gluten-Free Banana Loaf

Have you ever walked past your fruit basket feeling guilty seeing your over-ripe bananas staring back at you? I'm sure there are plenty of you, so here's a quick, easy recipe to convert 3 over-ripe bananas into a magical, luscious, fragrant loaf filled with walnuts...

Gluten-Free Lamb & Egg Pasties

Gluten-Free Lamb & Egg Pasties

I came across these meat and egg pasties while I was going through a 1970's cookbook that had some great picnic ideas. Similar to a Scotch egg filling, I liked how the meat encased the boiled egg within the pastie pastry. I chose a lamb mince seasoned with classic...

Gluten-Free Lemon Meringue Cupcakes

Gluten-Free Lemon Meringue Cupcakes

Something about Spring always makes me think of lemons. These lemon meringue cupcakes are perfect for a sugar-craving with a twist of lemon, especially as the cupcakes are light and fluffy, filled with a dollop of heavenly lemon curd and topped with a meringue...

Homemade Lemon Curd

Homemade Lemon Curd

Nothing beats homemade lemon curd for its rich, creamy, subtle lemon taste! It works wonders as either a topping or a spread for many desserts and sweet bakes. Easy and quick to make in 20 minutes over the stove using a double boiler. Simply cook the lemon curd in a...

Gluten-Free Corn & Cheese Waffles

Gluten-Free Corn & Cheese Waffles

Sweet waffles are the norm when it comes to making waffles for breakfast, but savoury ones are totally acceptable as a snack or to go with certain dishes. Using the gluten-free waffle batter, I leave out the sugar and add the corn, cheese and onions. The fun begins...

Mexican Chipotle Chicken

Mexican Chipotle Chicken

This is my family-favourite Mexican dish, and I am delighted to share it with my readers and subscribers as it is super easy and has layers of exciting flavours and textures using my homemade chipotle sauce. What is chipotle? Chipotle is a smoked, dried jalapeño...

Gluten-Free Beef & Ale Pies

Gluten-Free Beef & Ale Pies

I was very tempted to call this dish “Beef and Guinness Pie” to honour St. Patrick’s Day on 17th March, but as Guinness doesn’t have a gluten-free range (yet!), I am quite happy using one of the many gluten-free beers available. Although the Guinness is missing, the...

Gluten-Free Pizza

Gluten-Free Pizza

Pizza night occurs every fortnight in our home. Typically, I roll out four large homemade gluten pizzas for the family. As for me, I usually resort to a tiny frozen store-bought frisbee pizza that tastes like cardboard, although I do jazz it up with my favourite...

Gluten-Free Meatloaf with Cauliflower Potato Mash

Gluten-Free Meatloaf with Cauliflower Potato Mash

  Here's a classic family meal that most of us have made or eaten with hearty servings of mashed potatoes and steamed vegetables. My meatloaf recipe has a slight tweak that has proven to be popular in my home and circle of friends. I layer the middle with a...

Gluten-Free Pear Flan

Gluten-Free Pear Flan

Who doesn’t love a baked fruit-filled flan? This recipe is a great way to use left-over fruits, as is the case with my nearly overripe pears. The almond cream filling (aka frangipane) compliments the pears, as well as the crisp, buttery pastry. Besides tasting great,...

Gluten-Free Cinnamon Rolls

Gluten-Free Cinnamon Rolls

Cinnamon rolls are the all-time favourite at breakfast or any occasion really, but what makes these extra special is the wonderful cinnamon buttery aroma that sends everyone crazy! I remember finding it so cruel walking past Cinnabon or other bakeries, smelling the...

A Guide to Gluten-Free Flours, Starches & Blends

A Guide to Gluten-Free Flours, Starches & Blends

Most of my recipes include my homemade gluten-free plain flour blend or homemade gluten-free bread flour blend, but as a number of my subscribers have asked about other gluten-free flours and starches, I thought of providing a list of them and their attributes to help...

Chicken Casserole with Gluten-Free Parsley Dumplings

Chicken Casserole with Gluten-Free Parsley Dumplings

As Europe is currently going through an icy-blast of winter, I like to prepare comfort, warming family meals, especially when they are slow-cooked either on the stove-top or in a slow cooker/crock pot. This recipe is designed for the stove-top, but if you prefer to...

Gluten-Free Apple & Blueberry Crumble

Gluten-Free Apple & Blueberry Crumble

I love to make this easy, wholesome, wintery fruit compote topped with a crunchy and buttery biscuit crumb when I make a light dinner. Today, while I was making this crumble, it snowed in Vienna. While flakes were falling gently past my kitchen window, I enjoyed the...

Gluten-Free Snowballs

Gluten-Free Snowballs

These sweet, addictive, chocolate coconut balls pack a punch in flavour, especially if you add liquor to them for those special occasions like Christmas or New Year’s Eve. Just a few snowballs will satisfy any sweet tooth craving moment and make a welcome addition to...

Gluten-Free Cornbread Sausage Stuffing

Gluten-Free Cornbread Sausage Stuffing

Roast Turkey at Christmas wouldn’t be the same without the stuffing. In fact, I reckon the stuffing is the best part of the whole Christmas dinner, but so is the gravy, roast potatoes, cranberry sauce, medley of vegetables…. When I first started making Christmas...

Gluten-Free Stollen

Gluten-Free Stollen

Austrians and Germans have been baking Stollen for 700 years, calling it Christstollen as the stollen shape and appearance were reminiscent of the wrapped baby Jesus in swaddling clothes. Nowadays, Stollens are sold all over Europe just before Christmas at most...

Mini Pavlova Christmas Wreath

Mini Pavlova Christmas Wreath

Pavlova is a delightful, crispy meringue with a gooey centre, covered in seasonable berries and fruit on top of luscious amounts of freshly whipped cream. Yes, for those that know Pavlovas, I know Pavlovas are already gluten-free, but here is a dessert that is 100%...

Gluten-Free Bagels

Gluten-Free Bagels

Bagels are known for their classic, chewy texture and shiny coats. They also need a high GLUTEN flour to create this, so making them gluten-free took a bit of work to create the perfect bagel recipe. After several taste tests, the feedback was positive, although some...

Gluten-Free Gingerbread Christmas Cookies

Gluten-Free Gingerbread Christmas Cookies

For twenty years, I have baked hundreds of gingerbread cookies during the lead up to Christmas for my family, friends and catering events. I try to keep the icing decorations simple, but sometimes I get carried away and fill the whole biscuit with icing followed by...

Gluten-Free Speculaas Cookies

Gluten-Free Speculaas Cookies

Speculaas is my favourite Dutch cookie noted for its crunchy texture and spicy festive flavour – I could eat them all year round, but traditionally they are made and gifted for the feast on the eve of Saint Nicholas Day which falls annually on the 5th December....

Gluten-Free Cinnamon Apple & Pecan Muffins

Gluten-Free Cinnamon Apple & Pecan Muffins

The aroma of apple and cinnamon triggers many memories of home life, family, autumn and celebrations. Estate agents even use apple and cinnamon sticks simmering in water over the stove as a marketing trick to create a cosy atmosphere when the property is being viewed....

Gluten-Free Cornbread

Gluten-Free Cornbread

This cornbread recipe is so easy to make – 5 minutes of prep and 20 minutes to bake! Cornbread originated from the southern part of the US, accompanying spicy chillis and eventually became a traditional side to Thanksgiving meals. Originally, only yellow cornmeal was...

Gluten-Free Pumpkin Pie

Gluten-Free Pumpkin Pie

Thanksgiving would not be the same without this traditional pumpkin pie, so if you have been missing out due to gluten-free restrictions, then this recipe will bring it back to your Thanksgiving table. My American father introduced pumpkin pie to me while we were...

Gluten-Free Swedish Meatballs

Gluten-Free Swedish Meatballs

Gluten-Free Swedish Meatballs with Mashed Potatoes, Gluten-Free Cream Gravy & Homemade Cranberry Sauce Who hasn’t had Ikea’s amazing Swedish Meatballs? Besides Ikea being a well-known home furnishing brand, their meatballs are just as famous. I remember shopping...

Tres Leches Cake

Tres Leches Cake

This chilled dessert is the Mexican equivalent of Italy’s tiramisu or England’s trifle - translated as Three Milk Cake - this cake gets its name from the three types of milk - fresh cream, condensed milk and evaporated milk. These kinds of milk infuse the gluten-free...

Gluten-Free Buttermilk Fried Chicken

Gluten-Free Buttermilk Fried Chicken

Wherever you travel to in the world, each country has their own version of fried chicken; from super spicy to extra crunchy – the choices are endless. I hope to cover as many variations as possible in my blog as I LOVE chicken and I know many of you out there do too....

Homemade Pesto

Homemade Pesto

One of the first dishes my Argentine/Italian grandmother showed me how to make, was Pesto. With her Piemonte background, she explained that the northern region of Italy traditionally uses locally grown walnuts in pesto. The south use pine nuts for the same reason....

Homemade Gluten-Free Bread Flour

Homemade Gluten-Free Bread Flour

In order for gluten-free bread flour to work well, it needs to have whey protein isolate (acts as a replacement for gluten), a modified tapioca starch (a thickening starch that helps create elasticity and texture to the dough), and xanthan gum powder (to bind...