Fun Without Gluten

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....

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:...

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...

Gluten-Free Key Lime Pie

Gluten-Free Key Lime Pie

Key lime pie has to be the quintessential American dessert that most people will be fond of. Bursting with citrusy freshness and a buttery pie crust, this dessert is perfect on a warm, balmy night after a salty barbecue dinner. Best of all, it can be made ahead of...

Gluten-Free Digestive Biscuits

Gluten-Free Digestive Biscuits

Pre-gluten-free days, I always had a packet of McVitie’s digestive biscuits handy for those peckish moments, or even when I felt under the weather. In the UK, they sell gluten-free digestive biscuits in most supermarkets. In mainland Europe, they are hard to come by,...

Gluten-Free Honey Fried Prawns

Gluten-Free Honey Fried Prawns

Nearly every Chinese restaurant around the world will have deep-fried prawns on their menu, but most of them will have a batter containing gluten flour – which is a huge disappointment for gluten-free diners. If you’re lucky, they may prepare it with a corn flour...

Why Stock Making is a Must

Why Stock Making is a Must

Going back to my catering school days, I found stock making boring and at the times, pointless. To me it tasted and looked like a watery soup with nothing interesting to bite your teeth into. Of course, with more experience and knowledge, I realised that stocks are...

Gluten-Free Brie & Onion Tart

Gluten-Free Brie & Onion Tart

Vienna is lucky to have many beautiful blue skies with long sunny days in Summer at agreeable temperatures to make outdoor eating a pleasure. The food I prepared is usually light and seasonable, often served with a side salad. This Brie & Onion Tart is one of my...

A Guide for a Gluten-Free Pantry

A Guide for a Gluten-Free Pantry

Initially, it seems quite daunting to set up your kitchen for gluten-free cooking, but these easy steps will convert your kitchen into a gluten-free haven where you can have your own section for gluten-free cooking, at the same time, continue on with the rest of your...

Homemade Empanada Seasoning

Homemade Empanada Seasoning

It is surprising how many store-bought seasonings have wheat flour added to bulk up the mixture and keep it dry. I have resorted to making my own, even harvesting fresh herbs from my garden and drying them. The best bit is that you can tweak the recipe to your...

Gluten-Free Fudge Brownies

Gluten-Free Fudge Brownies

Brownies are very forgiving in the gluten-free kitchen. They don’t need to rise, stick together to form a shape nor require that much flour. If you are new to baking, this recipe is a good start. I believe there are two important things about making a successful...

Homemade Beef Stock

Homemade Beef Stock

If you need a rich flavour stock, this is the one. Find the best beef marrow bones you can and enjoy making this robust beef stock that will empower so many dishes like French onion soup, Beef goulash, Steak pies, Dutch Beef Bitterballen, Gravies, etcHomemade Beef...

Homemade Chicken Stock

Homemade Chicken Stock

Homemade Chicken StockIngredients: 1 whole, raw chicken, with giblets & liver (if included) 1 onion, halved and studded with 3 cloves on each half 1 tablespoon of Apple Cider Vinegar 1 leek, remove end and wash well 2 carrots, roughly chopped 2 celery sticks &...

Vegetable Stock Paste

Vegetable Stock Paste

Most store-bought stock cubes contain wheat flour, but food manufacturers are starting to take notice of gluten-free options and are adding friendly gluten-free ingredients like cornflour or potato starch to their cubes. Just double-check the packaging before adding...

Gluten-Free Waffles

Gluten-Free Waffles

If there is one hypnotising smell at a food market, hands down it has to be the smell of waffles cooking – especially during the winter season. Most advent Christmas markets in Europe have a waffle stand and I am convinced it acts as a marketing tool to send the...

Gluten-Free Lemon & Ricotta Pancakes

Gluten-Free Lemon & Ricotta Pancakes

These pancakes are featherlight and perfect as a summer breakfast or afternoon snack. There is very little sugar in the batter which is great for those looking for a low-sugar snack or for keeping the sugar down with children. Any extra sweetness needed can be...

Homemade Gluten-Free Plain Flour

Homemade Gluten-Free Plain Flour

It takes literally less than five minutes to measure, whisk and store this homemade gluten-free plain flour. The ingredients are readily available in most supermarkets around the world. If not, Amazon or most health stores can help you find any missing...