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June 19, 2018

hemp and Almond Pesto spaghetti vegetables

Hemp Pesto and Vegetable spaghetti
This is a very easy and quick dish to make
Spiralise the vegRoast the hemp and almonds

Blend the pesto then saute the vegRecipe

2 carrots

2 zucchini

1/4 brown onion

cashew cream thin



1 large bunch of basil leaves only

50g hemp seed roasted at 180c for about 10-15 mins

50g roasted almonds

2 cloves garlic

70-100ml olive oil


Make the pesto

Just blend everything together still fairly smooth

Saute the for 2-3 minutes, add the carrots for another 2-3 minutes

Add the zucchini and cook for another 2-3 minutes

Add the pesto, cashew cream

use tongs and make a pretty pile of veg.

Great with crusty bread and a salad


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June 11, 2018

For the love of Vegan

For the love of Dairy, Why not go Plant-Based


Photo by Zara Albion


Having grown up with dairy there are many things that I love about the many beautiful foods from cows. With today’s healthier lifestyles and plant-based diets, an army of bodies is cutting back on all things dairy which makes sense for most people. So in the article today we explore the recipes that will give you a choice. So if need be you can give up on dairy and not feel cheated frustrated and be longing for butter… I will answer how to  faux plant-based DAIRY PRODUCTS like nut cheese, almond cream and even the Queen of spreads mayonnaise


For me, butter is the king of dairy, from French cooking to burnt butter friands it is hard to go without until now…with a wonderful recipe from Mel at a Virtual Vegan.

Image kindly borrowed from Mel a.k.a Virtual Vegan

Vegan mayonnaise

Well, mayonnaise is classically made with egg yolks so how do we take them out.

The recipe I have is extremely quick you don’t have to go through any drama of splitting egg yolks it is so easy. What I really love is that this recipe is really rich creamy and would fool almost anyone that it is not real mayonnaise.

It tastes like a sexier version of Hellman’s, and no this is not an affiliated post.

Add some gherkin, chipotle sauce, more mustard, honey the list is endless, to match the food you are eating.

My recipe


125 ml/4.5oz soy/almond milk

125 ml/4.5oz vegetable oil

25 ml/0.9oz extra virgin olive oil

7 g/1 heaped tsp Dijon  mustard

0.1g /10th tsp guar gum

Lemon juice to taste

Salt and pepper

Place everything except the lemon in a blender. Blend till the mix goes really thick. If it is too thick add more milk, and reblend. If the mayonnaise does not thicken add the slightest bit more guar gum and reblend.

Add the lemon juice to taste, and seasoning.


Cream well most of use love cream but not the cholesterol so why not a plant-based cream.

Alisa Fleming has a great guide here,


Easy cashew cream recipe

I cup of raw cashew nuts (use the broken ones they are the cheapest)

3 cups of water

Add the water to the cashew nuts in a container, cover and soak overnight

The next morning rinse then blend till really fine.

For an even thicker cream use less liquid.

You can also make this with skinned hazelnuts, macadamia, almonds even pistachio although that would be very expensive. A great use of this cream is featured here by Lindsay Cotter this photograph kindly borrowed from Cottercrunch


Now, who says that you can’t have cheese if you ate vegan.

The cheese is a great thing to make while you have made your cashew cream or almond cream. When you grind your soaked nuts add very little water to get a slightly crunchy texture nut. Put this aside and process the rest of your cream as per the recipe. Squeeze out all the juice ( add to the cashew cream).

What you can do is add some sauerkraut juice even kaffir or another traditional ferment   Then place the nuts in a cheesecloth leave the nuts at room temperature for a few days. And after a few days, the nuts will be lightly fermented and ready to eat. Keep refrigerated to slow the fermentation. Or just eat it.

For more advise see  the Art of Fermentation, Sandor  Katz

If you want to make cheese it a bit quicker here is a recipe from the Buddhist chef.


Finally an easy replacement for yoghurt we have coconut yoghurt.

Because you normally get soy in a tiny UHT container, that is very expensive.

All you do is heat your milk to 40 degrees add your vegan culture and place in the yoghurt machine for 6-8 hours. This yoghurt can be a bit thin, but can be rectified with some guar gum/xanthan gum or agar agar.


Other versions of yoghurt can be made from coconut milk or even almond milk.

Now it is so easy to make I like almond milk or even coconut yoghurt. Here are the details,


Ok enjoy and speak soon. Please comment and share.

Cheers Gavin.


April 11, 2017

Easy seven-day planner

A 7 day gluten free meal planner

Planning your meals is not always easy, you may not have time you may not want to or have ideas.With a little work and prep you can sort out all the meals for a week in about 4-5 hours and keep yourself free to enjoy whatever you need to enjoy.So in this blog post i give you a 7 day gluten free planner complete with a work schedule and shopping list.

It’s all in the planning to get some tea that you have cooked yourself on the table after a long day and may seems like a miracle .We are all time poor and have busy lives so if your need is to get a healthy meal for you or the family, keep reading…
Make sure you have a…..Shopping list
When shopping we can easily over buy and buy what we don’t want. Who hasn’t bought some extra chocolate, potato chips perhaps a low fat yoghurt or even a pack of sausages we didn’t need. The supermarkets and shops are set out for trapping people into impulse buys, just look at the front of any supermarkets isle and you will see what I mean.This planner is great if you are starting your gluten free journey from the celiac foundation.
From that I mean the so called specials may be the 2 packs of cornflakes for 5$ or the 3 choc bars for 3 $ just begging to be bought and squandered when you actually wanted to buy tofu but got sucked in again.
A shopping list won’t completely cure this phenomena I can assure I occasionally get caught out when I need some fine 70% cocoa relief or maybe even some chips but it will make you focus and generally buy what you need. A great planner with a list is here at bakedinthesouth.
It’s sounds obvious but planning a little really will make it easier to get a few things done. For this 7 day planner I have allocated Sunday for a big shop and Sunday night to do a big prep.Then there is a small prep day Thursday and a few very small jobs during the week. Of course you can plan whatever night day evening suits you, just make it work for your schedule.Try abbeys planner with lots of recipes from around the web available when you subscribe.
By having a set menu you can budget and see how far your doll pound or yen goes. The shopping list really helps with this and keeps you away from buying things you don’t need. I have made this menu quite cheap but you could go cheaper but that is a different PDF. I have left the menu so that you get a great standard of food on a small dollar value.This planner is a few years old but still has great information on  gluten free school.

With your cooking planned for the next week it makes it even easier to plan for the next week. Do you need any twists to the plan? Were there a few changes you need to make? Well now you can make them and vary the menu as you like. With this in mind you will need to create a new cooking and shopping plan.
The menu s I have created are light and low fat. With snacks all day to boost the metabolism. I have not tested the amount of calories because this is not a diet or calorie counting site. I f you need this information contact a certified nutritionist to see what will specifically suit you and your dietary requirements.This planner has all your calories counted at eatingwell.

BreakfastQuinoa porridge
Sweet potato omeletteQuinoa porridgeSweet
Potato omelette
SnackCashew nut butter/veg Flax seed biscuit/guacamoleCashew nut butter /veg Chia puddingApple/nuts Berries chia pudding Apple nuts
LunchBuck wheat burger/ slaw/quinoa wrap Pulled chicken
Quinoa bean/corn salad/
Tamari ginger fillet/slaw/sweet potato
Simple chicken soup/stir-fry veg Tamari fish fillet/pilaf rice/greens Pork kebabs/green salad/quinoa wrapTuna fish fattoush salad
SnackSmoothie ½ serve Smoothie ½ serve Guacamole flax biscuit Nuts/dried fruitBean dip/corn chips /nuts dried fruit ricotta/vegetable
DinnerPulled chicken/quinoa salad Buckwheat burger/herb slaw Chicken pilaf ricePork amaranth kababs/fatoush salad Free night Simple chicken soup/slaw salad Prepare menu

Tuna fish Salad

1 tin tuna fish drained
1 tin kidney beans rinsed and drained
1 fresh sweetcorn cobs removed or tin drained and rinsed or frozen
¼ red onion finely diced
1 red capsicum 1 cm dice
1 bunch kale
¼ bunch Dill chopped
½ bunch Chives chopped
½ Parsley chopped
50 ml Lemon dressing

Add everything into a bowl
Add the herbs and dressing
Mix well and serve

Quinoa porridge

5 cups flaked quinoa
5 cup flaked brown rice

1 cup of quinoa mix
3-4 cups milk of your choice
Pinch cinnamon
1 tsp honey
1 tsp almond butter
Berries and fruit of your choice

Mix the flakes together .this will be enough for serves 10x 3 to 4 serves

For 3 to 4 serves
Add the cup of flakes into a pan.

Add cold milk and cinnamon
Bring to the boil stir occasionally.
Let is sit covered for 2-3 minutes.
Add more milk if desired, or thicken with a few extra flakes.
Add some honey , butter and berries as you desire

Sweet Potato omelette
6 eggs whisked
1 large washed sweet potato cut 1 cm dice
1 small onion finely diced
½ capsicum 1cm dice
½ bunch parsley
100g feta cheese crumbled

Preheat the oven to 300F/150C
Sauté the onion and capsicum in the olive oil cool.
Mix with the sweet potato and herbs and whisked egg mix
Cook at  300F/150C for about 20-30 minutes.
Let cool then slice

Buckwheat burger

6oz/150g hulled buckwheat groats, toasted
16oz/400 ml vegetable stock
1 large onion, grated
1 clove garlic
2.5 medium carrots, grated
1 sheet nori cut into strips
2 cups/120g medium rolled rice flake (poha)
2oz/50 ml tamari
Little gf flour to coat burgers
Olive oil to brush

1. In a pan sweat the onion, and garlic till transparent. Add the roasted buckwheat.
2. Bring the vegetable stock to the boil then add to the buckwheat and cook for about 5 minutes till tender. Strain out the liquid then cool the buckwheat slightly.
3. In a bowl add the buckwheat, add the rest of the ingredients, mix well and cover for about 10 minutes.
4. Shape into patties. Use a ¼ or half cup measure to get nicely shaped patties.
5. Coat in a little flour then brush with oil and bake at 390F/ 200C for 15-20 minutes.

4 cups (1L) almond milk or coconut milk
1oz/25g amaranth flakes
1oz/25g vegetable protein powder
1tbsp/15g LSA
1tbsp/10g chia seeds
1 tsp/3g grated ginger
1 tsp/2g psyllium husk
1 banana
1 punnet of blueberries
½ tsp/1g ground cinnamon
½ tsp/1g ground allspice
Dash of honey

1. Place all the ingredients in a blender and let soak for 10 minutes. If the smoothie is too thick add more milk.
2. Blend until smooth then drink immediately.

Pulled chicken

1 k chicken thigh/pork shoulder/beef topside
1 large onion sliced
1 red capsicum cut into 2 cm dice
1 green capsicum cut into 2 cm dice
1 carrot cut into 2 cm dice
2-3 tsp Paprika
2-3 Cumin ground
2-3 Coriander ground
1 tsp Chilli ground
1 tsp grated Ginger
1 tin tomatoes
1 cup vegetable stock/ chicken stock

Place all the ingredients into a slow cooker. Ensure the chicken is just covered with liquid. If using beef or pork meat cut into bit size pieces Cook overnight 6-8 hours.
Check seasoning

Simple chicken soup

10g olive oil
1 carrot grated
1 celery grated
1 onion grated
1 clove garlic
2 fingers of ginger grated
200g minced chicken, pork or veal
1 cup flaked rice
3-4 cups stock chicken or vegetable
1 cup Frozen peas
¼ bunch Mint chopped
¼ Parley chopped
¼ dill chopped
Squeeze lemon

Sauté the vegetables garlic and ginger for 2 minutes
Add the mince sauté till browned
Add the rice and stock, bring to the boil.
Simmer for 5 minutes.
Add the peas, to warm, add the herbs lemon and serve.

½ Red cabbage finely shredded
½ White cabbage finely shredded
1 large Carrot grated
½ onion finely sliced
Salt and pepper
Lemon dressing

Herb add fresh mixed herbs such as dill mint and parsley
Add toasted nuts such as sesame sunflower or pepitas for crunch
Dress with tamari, ginger chilli and vegetable oil for an Asian twist
Add apple or pineapple or even ham to create your own favourite salad

Mixed all the ingredients together ,let sit for 2-3 minutes then serve


2 avocados
2 Diced fresh tomato cut into 1 cm dice
¼ red onion or shallot finely diced
2 tbs lime juice
1 clove garlic grated
½ tsp citric acid
1 jalapeno chilli finely diced
Splash Tabasco sauce, chipotle
Salt and pepper

Mash everything together with a fork for a rough texture.
If you prefer a smooth texture use a blender.
Makes sure the guacamole is properly covered with cling film so it stays green.

Lemon dressing
300ml olive oil
20 ml white wine vinegar
80 ml lemon juice
1 clove garlic grated
1 tsp Dijon mustard (gluten free)
½ tsp Vanilla paste (optional)

Use different oils such as grapeseed or even walnut oil.
Try different vinegars such as tarragon or dill.
Add herbs such as parsley.
Try some elderflower instead or lemon juice for a floral tone.

Place everything into a bowl and whisk till amalgamated.Can be stored in the fridge for a month.

Fattoush salad

Stale gf bread or quinoa wraps (about 2 cups full when diced)
20 ml Olive oil
1 red capsicum cut into 2 cm dice
1 punnet Cherry tomatoes sliced in half or 5 ripe tomatoes diced
1 continental Cucumber
¼ Red onion finely diced
½ bunch Mint leaves
½ bunch Chives cut into 1 cm lengths
½ bunch Parsley
1 tsp Paprika
1tsp Cumin ground and toasted
1 tsp Coriander ground and toasted
50 ml Lemon dressing
Touch rosewater (optional)
50g goats cheese (optional but good)

Preheat the oven to 180c
Make sure all the vegetables are room temperature.
Brush the bread with olive oil Place the bread in the oven for about 5 minutes.
Place the rest of the ingredients into a bowl except the cheese, and mix well.
When the bread is toasted place on top of the salad and top with crumbled cheese.

Chia Pudding
1/2 tin coconut milk
½ tin coconut cream
1tbs chia seeds
Fresh raspberries
Fresh strawberries
Roasted flaked almonds
Dried coconut
Coconut chips
Fresh mint optional
Lime juice

Blend the chia and coconut milk in the blender
Let it set for at least 2hours over overnight
The texture will be like a soft mousse texture.
If it has not set add more chia re-blend and put back in the fridge to set.
Serve with a few flaked almonds, raspberry and strawberry and dried coconut.

Amaranth Pork Kebabs Serves 4-6
1 cup/ 250ml hot water

500g/1 lb pork mince
2 cup/100g Amaranth flakes
in water
2 tsp/4g paprika
1 thumb-sized piece of ginger, micro planed
10 skewers soaked2tsp/10ml olive oil
1 tsp/4g cumin
1 tsp/4g fennel
2 tsp/4g black mustard
½ red/Spanish onion, finely diced
1 garlic cloves, crushed
1tbs chopped parley
2 tsp lemon zest micro planed
Salt and pepper

1.In a sauce pan, heat the oil over medium heat and fry the whole spices till fragrant.
Add the onion and garlic and fry for 2-3 minutes. Add the paprika for 1 minute. Reserve half this mix in a mixing bowl for the pork and cool.
Add the amaranth to the reserved spices and pour the water over the flakes and mix well
2. Mix all the other ingredients together

3. Divide the pork mix into 10 or 12 portions. Shape into thin sausages by pressing around the skewers.
4. In a 12 inch/30 cm frying pan add 1tbs/20 ml oil over a medium heat and fry the skewers. They will colour nicely. Rotate the skewers to cook all sides evenly. It should take about 10 minutes maximum. The kebabs will crisp up nicely. You can also just seal the kebabs over a high heat and finish in a very hot oven at 430/220 C for about

Tamari miso fish fillet
20oz/500g or 4-5 fish fillet (flaky white fish) Hoki/tilapia/Flounder/Sea bass depending on where you live
2-3 fingers of ginger grated
50 ml tamari
50 g gluten free miso paste
1 tsp brown sugar
2 chillies sliced (optional)
1 lemon cut into slices
½ bunch coriander chopped, reserve half for when cooked

Place the fish into a greased baking dish.
Mix the rest of the ingredients together except the lemon slices.
Place on top of the fish fillet.
Leave to marinate for 10 minutes.
Place the lemons slices over the top. Place kitchen paper over the top of the fish and warp tightly with foil. Can also be done individually.
Cook at 450F/ 220C for 7-10 minutes.

ProteinFruit and vegDry storesbasics
Tin tunafish1 corn cobTin kidney beansOlive oil
Boned chicken thighGreen and red capsicumVegetable stockmustard
Chicken stock
Minced pork2 lemon, limeTamariFlaked quinoa
Nori sheetsFlaked brown rice
Vegetable protein powderFlaked amaranth,buckwheat
Tilapia/Hoki/sea Bass1 kaleChia seedhoney
Flaky whiter fish
Milk/soy/almond milk/coconutHerbsSpices
ChivesAllspi ce
corrianderChilli,fennel,black mustard
Feta cheese,goats cheeseBerries,raspberriesAlmond butter
Brown onion,Red onionGluten free flourPsyllium husk
Sweet potatoeTin tomato,tamari
CarrotFrozen peas
GarlicTabasco, chipotle chilli
GingerCitric acid
BananaGluten free bread
CeleryCoconut cream
Red cabbageFlaked almonds
White cabbageCocnut flakes
Jalopeno chilliCoconut chips
Tomatoe,cgherry tomatoesBrown sugar
avocdoGf miso paste,skewers

So I hope hope you have enjoyed the planner with the recipes please comment,like and pass on this article.

Happy eating,


October 4, 2016

A gourmet goes gluten free

Hello everyone.

I got some great publicity for the campaign this week in my home town at Ballarat, from the Ballarat Courier.

Just a few days left for the campaign,get involved get a book…

September 23, 2016

16 Days to Go

cropped-Zed-8733.jpgWell just over half way there.

Thanks everyone for your support, kindness and shrewd advice. You know who you are.

Still a lot to be done but I believe we can overcome it all.

Speak soon and fingers crossed for a book soon.

September 19, 2016

20 Days to Go


There are now only 20 days to go.

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