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 Espresso. Continue reading →
Those who know me know that I love anything traditionally autumnal or wintery, and because we’ve had a can pf pureed pumpkin in our cupboard forever, i decided to try my hand at making a gluten free pumpkin pie.
It was my first attempt at making a pie, and I think it turned out pretty well, pastry included! To be honest, I thought there would’ve been tears, but nah, it was all good; my first attempt at gluten free pastry was a success and I’m very pleased. I think Phillip thought there were going to be tears as well, because he spent a fair bit of time hovering around the kitchen, just in case he needed to come in and take over the baking, after I fucked it up and huffed off in a sulk.
For this post, i wanted to share the pumpkin pie recipe I used, because it’s pretty damned delicious.
The pastry can be used for sweet or savoury dishes and if you want to make it with gluten, you can use normal flour instead (the original recipe for the pastry wasn’t gluten free, I just substituted it for Edmonds plain gluten free flour).
I also substituted the spices in the pie filling for some pumpkin pie spice I made before Christmas (because pumpkin pie spice all the things). if you’d like the recipe for that, let me know.
Sift the flour and sugar into a bowl, and then add the cubed butter.
rub the butter into the flour until it resembles breadcrumbs and then gently knead into a stiff dough using a little cold water to bind.
Wrap the pastry in glad wrap, and place in the fridge for a couple of hours to firm up (overnight is best). DO NOT skip this step, you need to firm gluten free pastry in the fridge, otherwise it will fall apart when you bake it.
Once firm, take out of the fridge and blind bake in an oven preheated to 180°c for about 15 minutes. Remove from the oven and let the pastry cool before putting in the pie filling.
Pumpkin Pie Filling
Mix the sugar, cinnamon, salt, ginger and cloves together in a small bowl.
In a large bowl, beat the eggs until fluffy, and then stir in the pumpkin and sugar mixture
Gradually stir in evaporated milk, and then pour into your pie shell.
Bake in an oven preheated to 220°c for 15 minutes, remove from oven and allow the pie to cool on the kitchen counter.
I’m pretty obsessed with things traditionally christmassy: carols, food, sweaters, decorations – you name it. As lovely and as cosy as all all that stuff is, it doesn’t really make sense in New Zealand, where it’s summer right now.
While looking around the internet one day, I found a recipe for some spiced apple cider (American soft cider – non alcoholic), which can be served either hot or cold; so is perfect for you guys living in a warmer climate who want to a Christmas drink, but don’t want to boil because it’s so damn hot. !
Spiced Apple Cider
This spiced apple cider can be served hot or cold, so it's great for those living in a warmer climate who want something traditionally Christmassy
I made my first iherb order recently – while looking at their website, I saw that they had a large selection of gluten-free snacks and I decided to finally place an order (if you’re a long time reader of things blog, you’ll know how much I love food). I’m so glad I did, everything was fairly cheap (way cheaper than if I were to buy it in New Zealand) and it arrived within the week.
For dinner last night, Phillip and I had Fish and Chips; we had been meaning to go to The Chippery in Thorndon for a while, but never got around to it (I work a few blocks away and was going to shout us dinner on Friday night after work, but ended up getting sick and spending most of the week in bed, I was pretty gutted).
So, after cleaning the house, we put an online order through to the Thorndon store, and then headed to New World to do some grocery shopping before picking collecting our order (you can choose the time you want to collect your order, so we weren’t rushing around; we were about 10 minutes early). Continue reading →