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Perfect Gluten free Bread Machine Loaf

I perfected a beautiful soft gluten free loaf to make and bake in an oven but didn’t have much success with making one in a bread machine. I’ve now managed to achieve this goal and am passing it on to you the reader. I would still advise you to beat the mixture before putting in the machine though as you need to get the consistency just right and that’s not an exact science.

Gluten and Dairy Free Smoked Salmon, Garlic & Chive Quiches

These little quiches cooked in Yorkshire pudding tins are simply delicious. Don’t let anyone tell you gluten free pastry has to taste like cardboard and be pale and anemic looking.

Crispy Batter – Gluten and Dairy Free

As any gluten free cook will tell you, it is very difficult to get batter or bread to brown nicely like the ‘real thing’. Also, batters and pastry products always seem a bit on the hard side. Not the case with this recipe.

Rich Coffee and Nut Cake – Gluten & Dairy Free

I found this old recipe card whilst sorting out my kitchen cupboards this week and thought I’d adapt it for Dairy and Gluten Free. It worked beautifully and the result is a scrumptious moist cake.

Twin Leather Bookmarks

Twin leather bookmarks are two bookmarks joined together with one picture that looks good side by side or separately. Or, maybe just a pair of bookmarks with couple’s names reversed.

3rd Anniversary Leather Bookmarks

3rd Anniversary Leather bookmarks engraved to set designs or your own ideas

Personalised Leather Bookmarks

Personalised leather bookmarks for any occasion. Engraved to your own ideas. Let your imagination run wild

Personalised Memory Cubes

Personalised memory cubes, solid beech blocks measuring 6cms cubed. I believe these are the largest solid hardwood blocks on the internet. Much better quality than lots of others available. Also, these are engraved – not printed.

Personalised Baby Blocks

Personalised Baby Blocks or Memory cubes as they’re often known. Engraved to your own ideas. Lots of examples are shown below to give you some inspiration. Your gift is only limited by your imagination

Personalised Tealight Holders

Our Engraved Personalised Tealight Holders are very popular for all sorts of occasions. I’ve tried grouping them into the various different Occasions to make it easier to look at designs you may be interested in.
For sale in our online shop

Children’s Wooden Stools Engraved

Children’s Wooden Stools made to order. Engraved with names, dates, meaning of names, family crests, Coat of Arms or anything else you’d like. Lots of examples are shown below.

Quick Apple Bake – Dairy and Gluten Free

Found this recipe on Yummly and adapted it for gluten, dairy and sugar free. Just as tasty and very moreish.

Bible Cake

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This recipe was given to my dad by an old friend who found it in a Family Bible. The recipe was dated 1725.

To find the ingredients, you need to look up the Chapters and Verses in a Bible or online. I haven’t actually made this myself, or tried looking them up but have always intended to. I’ll get back to you when I get round to trying it out. I believe it’s a fruit cake but I might be wrong.

The 10 a Day report – What the Media doesn’t mention

When I heard the news that we now have to eat 10 portions of fruit and vegetables a day, I wanted to read the original report for myself, as the media always leave crucial information out when they make these things headline news.
I’m not sure what Fruit and Vegetables we should be eating according to the research.  Apart from carrots (which have cancer causing properties), I think all root vegetables are OK. Read On.

Small Bakewell Tarts – Free from Dairy, Wheat & Corn

These tasty little Bakewell Tarts won’t help you if you’re on a Slimming Diet but they are really moreish. Once you’ve had one, it’ll be hard to resist a second one. The pastry just melts in your mouth. Gluten free pastry has a reputation for being hard. But not when you use my recipe. 

Best Gluten Free Bread – Quicker Version

I’ve been experimenting to make a lovely Gluten free loaf with less ingredients to simplify it and here it is below. It seems to be just as soft and long lasting as my other recipe but with a shorter ingredients list.

Healthier Scotch Eggs – Made with Old English style Turkey mince

These Old English style Scotch Eggs are made using Turkey mince instead of Sausagemeat, so you can cut down on red meat and processed meat containing Nitrites.

Cod Fish Cakes – Gluten and Corn Free

These Fish cakes are really tasty and light. You’ll find it hard to stop at one or two.

Long gluten free loaf with Poppy Seeds

Delicious Gluten and Corn free bread recipe which tastes and feels like real soft bread. Toasts beautifully and also stays soft for a few days.

Yummly.com is Yummy

If you haven’t discovered Yummly.com yet, you are missing out on a plethora of recipes to suit every diet or food preference imaginable. And if you write your own recipes, you can get them listed on Yummly.com from your Blog

Rustic Rosemary & Garlic Loaf – Gluten free and Corn Free

It’s a shame you can’t smell or taste this recipe over the internet as it’s so scrumptious.

How to change the screen on an iPad 2

Or, How I changed the screen on my iPad 2 in 3 hours.

I was chasing young Jake down the garden as he was up to mischief, iPad in hand. I more or less threw it onto the patio table and it didn’t quite sit on it properly and it fell to the ground. When I’d retrieved the naughty puppy, I went back to check on the damage, hoping the case had protected it.

Turkish style Chicken Kebab Recipe

Image courtesy of freepik.com

This recipe is suitable for Slimming World or my Low Carb Diet and is Free from Dairy & Wheat

There are the two different versions below to serve 2 people

Jake – The Rottweiler puppy

Rottweiler puppy

Jake the Rottweiler puppy

So there I was, half heartedly looking at Rottweiler puppy adverts because I was feeling so empty after losing my lovely boy Jed. And Millie was so quiet, her Mojo had disappeared without her big boys to look after and boss around any more.

Misleading Nutrition labels on the front food products

bread label

Something that really winds me up is the ‘so called’ simple Nutritional Advice labels the front of food packaging.

Quite often it will state that a food is low in Sugars. It might be low in ‘sugar’ as an ingredient but it most definitely isn’t when it’s on something like Bread or other high carb foods. All Carbohydrates turn to sugars in our bodies, so, these labels should really be saying High Sugar content.

The Best Gluten Free bread in the world – Probably!

If, like my husband, you can’t have Cornflour as well as Wheat, then you have a big problem with all the gluten free products on the market. Just about every item contains corn of some sort and it comes it lots of different guises.

Gluten Free Bread rolls, Baps and Burger Buns – Soft and light

Fancy a burger in a Sesame seed bap that tastes like the real thing? This recipe makes lovely soft rolls that you can have plain or covered in seeds. Sesame or Poppy for example

Jed – The Final Chapter

Jed leaving hospital

Jed leaving hospital

It’s taken a little while for me to be able to write this post as I wouldn’t have been able to read what I was typing through the tears. I’m not after sympathy, I just wanted to write about Jed to be able to look back in the future to remember his antics and also to write about the times of his illness, in the hopes it will help someone who’s having similar difficulties with their beloved pet.

Fat vs carbs: What’s really worse for your health?

For the last 12 years I have eaten animal fats in favour of carbohydrates, believing them to be better for me. I had some blood tests a few weeks ago for a standard check up and my cholesterol level was 5.3 overall. 0.3 over the recommended level for LDL (what doctors like to call bad cholesterol – but we can’t live without it and 0.3 is nothing)
My blood pressure was an optimum 120/70 and my weight of 60kgs is perfect for my 5′ 6″ height. I will be 60 years old later this year but I don’t feel it and most people say I look nothing like it. I feel great on my low carb diet without worrying about saturated fats. me-59

If you look at it logically. The people living today who are in their 90’s and up, were brought up on animal fats and a shortage of sugary foods. They didn’t live on takeaways packed full of carbohydrates. They couldn’t afford it for one thing and we didn’t have a lot of take aways until the 80’s. The only place to walk away with some food was a fish and chip shop and that was a treat once in a while. Fizzy drinks were also a luxury. I was allowed one small glass of pop on a Sunday with my roast dinner. The beef dripping was used to roast the potatoes and make Yorkshire puddings. I had Coca Cola about twice a year.

In New Scientist this week:

“PEOPLE have told me what I do is dangerous. They have walked away from me at meetings,” says David Unwin, a doctor practising in Southport, UK. Unwin suggests to his patients with type 2 diabetes or who want to lose weight that they do the opposite of what official health advice recommends. He advises them to stop counting calories, eat high-fat foods – including saturated fats – and avoid carbohydrates, namely sugar and starch. Telling people to avoid sugar is uncontroversial; the rest is medical heresy.

But crazy as it sounds, Unwin has found that most of his diabetes patients who follow this advice are getting their blood sugar back under control, and that some are coming off medication they have relied on for years. Those who are overweight are slimming down.

This might seem like just another controversial fad diet, but a growing number of researchers, doctors and nutritionists around the world are backing it, and reporting their findings in peer-reviewed medical journals. Last month, the National Obesity Forum, a UK body for health professionals involved in weight management, made headlines when it overhauled its advice, telling people to ditch calorie-counting, low-fat foods and carbs in favour of fats.

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Jed and the Deer

Friday the 13th. What could go wrong today? A lovely sunny morning, Jed, Silly Millie and I set off up the lane for a pleasant morning stroll.