“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!

‘The fair foodstore’ one moment at a time!

the fair foodstore
135 Church st, Richmond

It’s fair to say that I had a moment… Or three! The bacon was an after thought on a breakfast of extras. Bacon like no other that has come before me. Like a Pavlovian dog to the next bite, my mouth was watering for the next piece of salty crispy thin cut bacon that was to become the bar for all bacon to come!

It’s fair to say that I’m generally not big on bacon. Maybe it’s because I have never been here before.

Oh and then we move onto the perfectly poached eggs. How can one cafe master the art of both cooking the best bacon in the world and possibly some of the best poached eggs too!

Being honest I was originally a little gutted that I couldn’t order anything from the menu and that “extras” was going to be lunch, but retrospectively you can keep your bacon hash with poached eggs and wilted leaves! Mine was so monumentally good that I don’t care. So my little fructards, should you be confronted with a ‘where to eat’ question when stuck at the northern end of church st… You now have your answer.

Tasty coffee too!

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Fructose friendly food online

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http://www.absolutelyglutenfree.com.au

 

I found this website yesterday and have had a bit of a look. So these guys sell a plethora of products online. You can search on the fructose friendly column on the right and as long as you dont try and skip to the section using the  left column, youll stay just where you wanted to be.

NB. Their disclaimer states…. “Please note that products highlighted as fructose friendly are a guide only.  As there are no strict rules for fructose malabsorption and that foods and amounts will differ from person to person, we have excluded food that contains the main ingredients or source listed as not suitable for people with this condition.  Changes will be made based on feedback from customers.” …. So Check the ingredients.

And if your in melbourne I believe you can have it delivered to your door. There are delivery options for interstate too.

They also have lactose, GF (obviously), egg, yeast, FF, Sugar free, wheat free, Nut free, Vegan, soy free as well as preservative free.

Happy hunter gathering!

 

One more grain Les Miserables parody

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k9QbC41oQRo

 

thought that all the gluten free and fructards out there might enjoy this. Show it to your equally food retarded friends

much enjoyment.

 

GLORIOUS creamy whole grain chicken

This one is super easy and done in 12 mins!!! And ohh so yummy.

Ingredients
2 chicken breasts skin off diced
3 TBsp of GF flour
3 TBsp of whole grain mustard
250ml of lite thickened cream
Salt
Pepper
1 red capsicum
3 C of chopped fresh spinach

1C rice
2C of water

In a microwave dish with high sides add rice and water and cook on high for 12 mins

Cube and flour the chicken and add to hot fry pan with a TBSp of oil. Cool until lightly brown.

Add diced capsicum and cook through. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Add the cream & mustard and heat through. At the last minute toss through the spinach and allow it to wilt.

Serve hot

🙂

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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