“Run, run, as fast as you can! You can’t catch me, I’m the GINGERBREAD MAN!!!!”

There are a few things that one should think through when writing a recipe for gingerbread men for the enjoyment of others….
Firstly to take a photo of them, you must pile a plate high with gingerbread. Then you must arrange them beside your computer for safe keeping whilst you write the recipe down…… FAILURE!
They taste bloody good, and if you should so much as accidentally start to eat one, it may well turn into two partially dismembered bodies and the crumbly scene of a crime before a paragraph is out!

My husband made these as a surprise for me last night! I love gingerbread men and I always battle with them as the recipe contains so many no-no’s that it is hard to substitute them all. Between the brown sugar, golden syrup and any form of glutinous glue to stop them falling apart… they have always been a miserable fail!

However, I do believe that he has found a near perfect recipe that IS fructose-friendly. And delicious to the extent that multiple crime scenes await!!!

The appearance of these gingerbread men may well be more ‘psycho-killer-esque’ than happy children’s tale, due to the nature of the deranged designer that built my biscuit cutter mould. However, I find it easier to consume little men piece by piece when they look more like a threat to me, than someone I would quite happily take on a coffee date…

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Here goes.

Ingredients:

2 C gluten free flour
1 tsp baking powder
2 tsp ginger powder
1 TBSp baking soda
2 tsp zanthum gum
110g butter
85g sugar
1/4 C glucose syrup

Preheat oven to 180 deg C.

Cream butter and sugar in a bowl. Once thoroughly mixed, add the glucose syrup. This replaces the golden syrup that you would normally have in a GB Man recipe. Make sure that you don’t overwork the mixture as it will become more crumbly and harder to get the biscuits to stay together.
Sift and mix dry ingredients in another bowl. Once mixed add to the wet mix incorporating half at a time.
Lightly flour a work bench and rolling pin. Roll out to 5-6mm thick. Using a cookie cutter cut out gingerbread men.
Unfortunately there is no better glue than gluten, thus use a spatula to remove gingerbread men from the bench and place onto trays lined with baking paper.

'Crimescene'..... oops!

‘Crimescene’….. oops!

The biscuits take 10-12 minutes in the oven at 180 degrees. The don’t colour up a lot due to the different sugar being used and will also be quite soft when you pull them out of the oven. Leave on tray for 5-10 minutes to cool before pulling them off to a cooling rack. Alternatively take them off sooner and eat all the limbs that ‘accidentally fall off’. Happy gingerbread man cooking peoples!

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Delicious rice crust quiche!!!

Here’s one for all of those that want to make pastry encrusted goodies but would prefer not to eat pastry or really can’t make pastry!

Easiest yummiest quiche in no time.

ingredients

1C rice (any variety of white)
1.5 C water
2Tsp of grated Parmesan cheese

5 eggs (1 for rice mixture)
1/3 C of sour cream
1/2 C grated cheese
1 tsp Dijon mustard
Salt
Pepper

2 C of Veges/ filling
Any of :

Spinach
Capsicum red
Bacon
Olives
Broccoli (currently testing this one for safeness… Let me know)
Etc

Microwave the rice and water for 12 mins.
Preheat oven to 180 deg C.
Mix cooked rice with one egg and the Parmesan Cheese.

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Press the rice into a flan tin, mould edges into a lip. Flatten using the back of a wet spoon. Press the edges down with wet fingers and spoon to form into a 1 cm lip.

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Once you have pressed the rice into the tin, bake at 180 for 15-20 mins, or until the rice has a light colouration to it.

Mix the eggs, dijon mustard, salt, pepper and cheese in a bowl. Chop and arrange the vegetables/fillings within the rice crust.

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Pour over the egg mixture and put it back in the oven. Cook for 20-25 mins or until the egg mixture has set and the crust is golden.

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I cooked a vegetarian version of the quiche this time, but an alternative is to do a bacon and egg pie! Meerly substitute the veges for bacon pieces and pour over the egg mix. I would also leave out the mustard and replace the sour cream with light thickened cream.

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Enjoy!

Johnny cash last seen at “QUINT” richmond

QUINT
cafe
323 VICTORIA STREET ABBOTSFORD 3067
p / 9429 1665 e / quintcafe@gmail.com

http://www.quintcafe.com.au/

Johnny cash stepped right out of walk the line, did a ‘Benjamin Button’ of 10 years anti-ageing and stepped foot onto the polished concrete floor of “Quint”. Amid the  comfy retro  furniture ‘Johnny’ coolly went about his business serving up amazing coffee complete with a smooth nutty flavour, and nailing the fructose free options that adorned quint’s menu.

Let me add that there are standards on the menu that include (lactose and GF… together)! So I went about changing their menu and serving up a fructose free number for a weekday lunch date. The once lactose and GF quinoa porridge with poached rhubarb was rocking mouthwatering thoughts and a few adjustments later ‘Johnny’ flashed us a no worries kind of a smile. Quinoa porridge made with milk rather than the coconut milk on the menu (brown sugar and honey free, minus pistachios). Ok so technically I forgot to ask for no pistachios as I was super excited, but no-one seemed to notice me pick them off the top.

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Its the type of place that doesn’t realise it’s in the middle of little vietnam. Its too cool to be caught up in the bustle. The type of place that couldn’t care less that you have taken an hour to order lunch because you are too busy catching up on stories of late, over your amazing coffee (on a week day anyway).

The menu had multiple fructose friendly options, or easy adjustments, and they genuinely seemed to care that there was nothing in your lunch that might so much as look at you in an inconvenient way.

‘Johnny’ we will be back to enjoy your gracious hospitality and delicious dinning!

The world’s best BANANA BREAD recipe!

I have Jenny from ‘Independence’ to thank for this one. When we were away on our honeymoon in the middle of nowhere, Jenny whipped up some banana bread (I stole a corner and man it was good). This is the GF /fructose-friendly version of hers. My theory is if you can make it on a boat in Vava’u then there is absolutely no reason that you cant make it at home with the creature comforts and ingredients in hand.

It was warm and sunny this morning and the world was singing the tune of banana bread! I put it on, went for a run and upon my return the house was wafting warm banana smells down the hallway and onto the street…

So the ingredients list…

  • 1 1/2 C sugar (I use 1C sugar and 1/2 C of glucose)
  • 1/2 C butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 3-4 mashed bananas (the blacker the better)
  • 1tsp of vanilla bean paste (vanilla essence does the trick if you can’t find vanilla bean paste that is fructose/ inulin free)
  • 3 TBsp milk
  • 1 TBsp white vinegar (the secret ingredient of awesomeness)
  • 2 C GF flour mix
  • 1 tsp zantham gum
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon

The all important instructions….

  1. Preheat oven to 180C
  2. Cream butter and sugar in bowl, then add eggs one at a time and mix in thoroughly. 

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3. Mash bananas on a plate and then stir through mixture

4. Add vanilla, milk and vinegar and stir through.

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5. Sift in dry ingredients

6. Once combined, line a loaf tin with baking paper, and pour in mixture.

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7. Bake for 45-55 mins until centre springs back and a knife comes out clean.

8. ENJOY

The Mamasita’n dream!

1/11 Collins St  Melbourne VIC 3001
(03) 9650 3821

Nestled in the upstairs of a pretty dingy building in the city, is the epically amazing ‘not so secret’ that is Mamasita. As far as upmarket new age Mexican, they have nailed it. Then there is there service…. It couldn’t be better if you tried. These guys seem to be rocking the ‘knowledgeable, happy-to-be-at-work, I’m-awesome-at-my-job’ combination that makes the Mamasita experience what it is.

We headed in for a surprise Bday… now there are a few things you need to know… (you cant book unless its a table of 8-10, and you have to do set menu, otherwise you can do the walk in option, and most nights of the week at most times your looking at about an hour wait on the stairs smelling the gloriousness that is Mamasita before being seated- so worth either option)… Set menu for us, and what a menu it is!

Upon arrival you are asked if there are any food intolerances amongst the group – 1x vege, 1x fructard…. didn’t phase them. A couple of questions later and the Man-waiter-extraodinaire was totally under control (questions being my preferences, not what is fructose!?). He apologised for the fact that I would not be eating the same meal as the others….. hindsight says he should have apologised to the others as, as far as I’m concerned mine was better…..

Did I mention that when your dining as a walk in, they have an allergy menu. Basically let you know the items on the menu that they can’t remove the following from; dairy/egg/onion/garlic/chilli…. Oh and the whole menu is gluten free already!

Here’s how I went…

Entrée, exquisite~! no other words for it. I was served up avocado salsa with corn chips… I didn’t know you could make it taste that good. The avocado was even served in its own skin… sorry it looked so good it got eaten before I took piccys.

Tostaditas
2.5 inch fried tortilla with toppings –words cannot convey the flavour explosion…

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We then moved on to rounds 3&4 -Tacos 6 inch soft shell tortilla with filling & Comida para la familia Shared food for the family

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photo (13)Crispy skinned salmon on a bed of quinoa salad and coriander…..mmmmmmmm

And then to top it off mamasita rocked my world with their amazing choccolatey goodness

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Thank you Mamasita for reinventing my belief in fructose free flavour! I couldn’t recommend this place more highly! We loved coming, and we WILL be back…..

I have been here for another set menu experience before, 5 out of the 10 were food-retarded… 1x vege, 1x dairy/soy/gf, 1x gf, 1xonion free and me….. same experience… no worries…

Burger Brothers and the Marvellous Brew

  • Burger Brothers and the Marvellous Brew SIDE OF 413 BRUNSWICK STREET
    FITZROY VICTORIA 306503 9419 0088
    STUFF@BROTHERBURGER.COM.AU

Ok so for a start these guys are AWESOME! Secondly they are AWESOME, and to follow up in conclusion they are AWESOME!!!!

the service atmosphere and choice were amazing.

A friends birthday, the need for super hipster and casual dining experience had presented itself upon a wednesday night. Having seen this place a couple of times earlier in the week we decided that the new fit out was worth us gracing it with our presence. A balmy evening, we decided to sit outside. The waiter knew the vodka list of the top of his head ( always a winning start for me being its the only thing I can drink) the others tempted their palettes with craft brews and some kiwi wines. “Do you do gluten free buns?” “Sure do!” I popped inside to ask the waiter a few menu related questions so the waiter didnt have to be swamped with them when he came out. I had a couple of options depending on how much onion and garlic was added to everything…… the long and the short…. the 100% wagu beef patties are just that 100% beef!!! Now we were talking options. The homemade pickles were ‘homemade’ and thus the waiter checked to make sure they were also friendly…. again winning. I had about 15 options on the menu. (I may have been seen to do a little dance at the table). I went with the “Oh Brother” double 100% wagu beef patty with cheese, homemade pickle, mustardmayo (the only place that doesnt have aioli on the menu ), lettuce and a gluten free bun – the only changes being I got them to leave out the onion, tom sauce and add a GF bun.

The waiter appeared to have been unflustered with changes almost enjoying the fact that he had made my night. He smiled when I told him I loved him.

The clincher….. It was the best burger I have ever eaten. Across the board, the ‘magic mushroom’, the ‘Oh Brother regular’, the ‘Plain beef burger’ the fries and chunky chips that were shared were all voted tops….

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If your looking for casual, super cool, great service, choice for fructose friendly, vege, or anything else for that matter, ‘Burger brothers and the marvellous brew’ is nothing short of epically perfect!

My new local?? xo