Basic Gluten Free Pancakes

Basic Gluten Free Pancakes
Oh how I love a good pancake – soft and fluffy with just a little bit of a crust on the outside.  YUM!  It is our Sunday morning family breakfast, one we all look forward to and have no hesitation in indulging in!  I was quite perturbed when finding out gluten was an issue for me, one of the first thoughts that went through my head was, “what, does that mean I can’t have pancakes!?!”  

Seriously, it was.  Once a foodie …  :)

Anyway, I have since come to learn, though some trial and a few errors, that it is absolutely possible to make a fabulous gluten free pancake that is just a divine and versatile as the more traditional version.  Can’t tell you how happy that made me!  Life without pancakes, well, it just doesn’t bear considering!

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Macadamia Friand with Lime & Raspberries

Macadamia Friands
 

Who loves a good friand as much as I do?  All that lovely light fluffy egg white, rich butter and crunchy toasted nutty flavour.   Add some fresh tangy raspberries, zesty lime and a drizzle of dark chocolate and you have a sensational treat everyone will adore. So much to love!  

I am very fond of macadamias, as most folks would already know, so using them in place of the usual almond meal seemed like a very reasonable and tasty idea – boy was I right.  

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Apple, Blueberry & Macadamia Slice

Apple, Blueberry & Macadamia Slice

I am still lingering in my love of all things lemon and blueberry related, and this gorgeous recipe is the pick of a fabulous bunch!  We have had such an amazing harvest from our lemon tree, I am constantly looking for ways to add a little zing to my cooking.  Lemon is also great for your gut, so having a splash of juice or zest is always a winner for your health.  

 I was inspired to make this slice after seeing this deliciousness over at Bizzy Lizzy’s Good Things.  There is so much to love about Liz Posmyk’s site, not the least of which is her love of food and fantastic recipes!  If you are at all interested in anything food and food related, you should be following Good Things – go on off you go, I can wait.

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Lemon, Yoghurt & Blueberry Muffins

Lemon Yoghurt Muffins
When my partner J-man and I moved into our house some 8 odd years ago, there was not much of home, or a garden, but there was a roof and four walls and out back, struggling for life, a tiny, little lemon tree.  In the years since, the house has become a home and grown from two people to four.  That tiny little lemon tree has been with us the whole way, and like us, it has grown and flourished and now produces an abundance of rich, colourful life each year.  It reminds me of what can be achieved with a little effort, constant care and a whole lot of love.  

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Chocolate & Raspberry Fudge Cake

 Choc Rasp Fudge Cake Final
 

When you are living with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), there can be a whole smorgasbord of foods off the menu to help avoid bad days.  Thankfully, a good quality dark chocolate, is NOT one of them. Neither are raspberries, or for me, lactose free milk and cream.  So, with all that loveliness on offer, what else is a baking fiend like me to do, but bake a cake!  Not just any cake though, a rich, decadent, bittersweet, fudge centred powerhouse of a cake.  

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Healthy Fried Rice

Fried Rice FINAL
This recipe has become a bit of staple in the Fresh Home Cook household of late.  When you make something and even the little people in the house are happy to chow down on it, then it tends to keep making regular appearances until those same little people decide they don’t like it anymore, which, in our house at least, invariably happens at some point.  I know if I keep the vegetables chopped nice and small and add the sweetness of corn and carrot, paired with salty lean bacon pieces the whole family will happily eat every last morsel.  In a house where the words “I’m not hungry”, or “I don’t like it”, followed by, “eat your dinner”, can be the entire focus of conversation around the table, a dinner free of complaints and nagging are the ones you keep aiming for!

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Carrot & Macadamia Cake

Carrot & Macadamia Cake FINAL

Well, this is a little bit exciting – my first post since the revamp of Fresh Home Cook!  After a couple of stressful months trying to resolve technical issues with the site, I finally have everything back to a place where I can just work on cooking, taking a few decent pics and writing a post!   

So, after much deliberation, teeth clenching, hand wringing, sleepless nights and finally resolve, here it is and I love it!  My new logo is thanks to the very lovely Kendra from Key Lime Digital Designs and the cleaning up and fixing of the site is thanks to the very tech savvy and patient Rachana from Red Symbol Technologies – I really cannot thank them enough for the work they have done and the faith they have helped restore in me regarding technology and online relationships.  

Okay – off my tangent and back on track – you came here for cake, did you not?  

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