Nonna’s Meatballs (made gluten free)

nonna's meatballs

Today’s post is a recipe for Nonna’s meatballs; I was given this recipe a while ago, but never got around to making it until recently – gluten free meatballs are hard! I first tried making gf meatballs when Phillip and I first dating and they fell apart, I don’t take food failures very well, so I just never tried again (until now, obviously)

This time, we used panko crumbs instead of  breadcrumbs and they were great! The meatballs held together really well, and they were delicious (I’m sure they would be just as good if you used them with regular bread crumbs).

Anyway, enough babbling, here is the recipe I used:

Nonna's Meatballs
Nonna's Meatballs (made gluten free)
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Nonna's Meatballs (made gluten free). We used panko crumbs instead of breadcrumbs and they turned out really well.
Servings
50 small meatballs
Servings
50 small meatballs
Nonna's Meatballs
Nonna's Meatballs (made gluten free)
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Nonna's Meatballs (made gluten free). We used panko crumbs instead of breadcrumbs and they turned out really well.
Servings
50 small meatballs
Servings
50 small meatballs
Ingredients
Meatballs
Sauce
Servings: small meatballs
Instructions
  1. rub the mince, garlic, eggs and parsley together and form little balls, and then roll the balls in the breadcrumbs.
  2. in a frying pan, brown the meatballs in olive oil, once browned put on a plate lined with paper towels to drain.
Tomato Sauce
  1. Put all the ingredients into a large pot and simmer over a low heat
  2. add the meatballs and cook for about 20 - 30 minutes
  3. if the sauce is too thin, add some more tomato puree
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Eateries: Modaks Espresso (Dunedin)

Eateries Modaks Espresso Dunedin

Travelling with dietary requirements can be a pain in the ass, even finding places you can eat before you get there can be a huge fucking mission sometimes. For our trip to Dunedin, I started looking for possible places we could eat about a few weeks in advance, and it wasn’t looking promising. One of the suggestions was for a place in Takaka, Golden Bay – how is that even close?! (for those not from New Zealand, it’s about a 10 hour drive from where we were staying)

We landed in Dunedin a bit after lunch and decided to go for a walk to see if we could find a place that had something gluten-free on the menu (turns out a lot of places actually, I was surprised); one of the places we found was a café called Modaks EspressoContinue reading →

Homemade Cashew Milk

homemade cashew milk

A few years ago, I posted a recipe for homemade almond milk; and as much as I wanted to try making other nut milks, I stopped. Lately though, I’ve been getting into the swing of things again, and wanted to share the recipe for the latest milk I’ve been making – homemade cashew milk.

I’ve made about three batches of this stuff, and it is so good. I found it way too watery at first and ended up buying a bag of lecithin and used 1/4 of teaspoon in the last of milk I made –  it worked wonderfully (it also made the pulp really  malleable, kind of like playdough, and like a child, I couldn’t stop playing with it.

I’m definitely going to try to make more nut milks; I said this last time I posted a recipe, but I have a few ideas I want to try this time (strawberry flavoured nut milk sounds good right?), and if they work out I’ll have awesome recipes to share, and if they don’t I’ll have awesome stories I guess.

homemade cashew milk
Homemade Cashew Milk
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A recipe for unsweetened cashew milk. If you would like to sweeten it, you could add maple syrup, honey,, black strap molasses (whatever you want to really). Also feel free to add vanilla if you would like,
Servings Prep Time
1 litre 1 - 5 hours
Passive Time
20 - 30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
1 litre 1 - 5 hours
Passive Time
20 - 30 minutes
homemade cashew milk
Homemade Cashew Milk
Print Recipe
A recipe for unsweetened cashew milk. If you would like to sweeten it, you could add maple syrup, honey,, black strap molasses (whatever you want to really). Also feel free to add vanilla if you would like,
Servings Prep Time
1 litre 1 - 5 hours
Passive Time
20 - 30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
1 litre 1 - 5 hours
Passive Time
20 - 30 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: litre
Instructions
  1. Put the cashews in a large bowl and cover with water, place in the fridge and leave to soak for at least an hour (longer is best, and I usually leave them in overnight)
    Homemade Cashew Milk
  2. Rinse cashews, and then place in the blender, add two cups of water and blitz until cashews are obliterated.
  3. Add remaining water and blitz again, then strain through a mesh sieve lined with muslin (I have recently found out nut milk bags are thing, so if you have one of those, that will be fine).
  4. Put milk into airtight bottle and store in fridge - this will probably keep for 3 - 4 days.
Recipe Notes

The creaminess of this milk depends on the amount of water you use. If you like your cashew milk creamier, uses less milk. While this recipe calls for four cups of water, I usually use about three.

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Spiced Shortbread

spiced shortbread

Last night, I decided to make some cookies. I had seen a recipe for spiced shortbread and thought it sounded delicious, so wanted to see if I could make a gluten free version.

These turned out wonderfully well, and I thought it would be nice to share the recipe with you guys as they make great Christmassy treats – either for yourself, or for someone else if you’re feeling generous.

To make them gluten free we substituted the plain flour with EDMOINDS gluten free plain flour, although you could try using any plain gf flour you have on hand)

spiced shortbread
Spiced Shortbread
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Spiced Shortbread. These cookies are a great Christmas treat (either for yourself, or someone you know).
Servings
20 small cookies
Servings
20 small cookies
spiced shortbread
Spiced Shortbread
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Spiced Shortbread. These cookies are a great Christmas treat (either for yourself, or someone you know).
Servings
20 small cookies
Servings
20 small cookies
Ingredients
Servings: small cookies
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 180°C
  2. In a bowl cream butter and sugar until pale and fluffy. We used our stand mixer, but you can beat the butter and sugar by hand (it'll take about five minutes).
    spiced shortbread
  3. In a separate bowl, sift flour and spices before folding in the creamed butter until a soft dough starts to form (fold with your hands, and be careful not to overwork the dough).
  4. Sprinkle a dry, clean surface with sugar and gently roll the dough out with a rolling pin until it is about 1cm thick. Sprinkle the dough with extra sugar to avoid it sticking to the rolling pin if needed.
    spiced shortbread
  5. Cut with cookie cutters and the place the shortbread onto an oven tray lined with baking paper
    spiced shortbread
  6. Bake for 10 - 15 minutes, or until golden brown.
    spiced shortbread
Recipe Notes

If you decide to make these, let me know in the comments how these turned out for you.

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Brunch Club at The Arborist

brunch club at the arboristThis past Sunday I finally managed to make it to another Brunch Club brunch; the last one I went to was in March. Yeah, I know, slack.

This month Brunch Club was at The Arborist, a rooftop bar and eatery that focuses on fresh and locally produced food. They also have a fairly decent gluten-free selection; I was impressed. Continue reading →

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