Am of course missing pasta and delicious, soft Warburtons bread like crazy but with rice cakes and gluten free pitta bread as a substitute, I am coping far better into day 2 than I anticipated.
I even bought some of this £1.79 a packet (!!!!)
I first used it to coat my cod before I dunked it in egg and then cornflakes for my breadcrumb free tea. As Mark had lifted Kiev's from the freezer this afternoon, I felt bereft of a crumby coating becuase I couldn't partake for the BREADcrumbs. So those wanting an alternative for wheat free coatings - cornflakes are your answer. So much tastier, crunchier and they never go soggy if you fry in hot oil.
And then I made some fairy cakes to satisfy that carbohydrate fix. The mix just wasn't coming along that nicely, it looked curdled and greasy. I added the zest of one clementine to try and destroy any impending yuk and banged the whole mixture (complete with baking powder for it to rise) and waited and excruciating 13 minutes and 30 seconds for them to cook. I gave the cakies 5 minutes to cool before I peeled back the casing and inspected the composition. They smelled the same and looked the same and the proof was in the eating. I considered holding my nose to quench any disgusting flavours but braved the elements and tucked in.
OMG - they is LUSH. They taste EXACTLY the same.
My wheat free dalliance is turning into a bit of a success. I mean, I have never professed Im a bad cook. I just don't cook. Mark does. But I have to say that I love this new experience because my complacency has driven me into a bored stupor. Feeling further adventurous I then made my cakies into a bit of a spesh pud (jaffa cakes no less). Recipe for quick jaffa's
1. Take one tablespoon of apricot jam and the juice of one clementine and place in a dessert bowl. For ease, heat in microwave for 20 seconds and then mix thoroughly.
2. Then melt 4 squares of dark chocolate in the microwave(and believe me Sainsbury and Tescos own basics choc at only 24p a bar is so much nicer for cooking. My sister swears by it and she is a cool cookster).
**Tip for melting choc in Mic without burning it. Melt 4 squares of choc for 50 seconds on warm, then stir. Place back in Mic for another 50 seconds on warm and then stir again. Do it one last tome for 50 seconds and it will have melted enough to pour (and it won't be scolding hot neither!).
3. Place two cakies on the hot apricot liquid and then run liquefied choc on top.Mark didnt even know the difference and believe me, Mark is a food snob.
You can imagine Ellie features heavily on this one!
Finally I have to big up Roz who raised a whopping £260 towards our fundraising. Suzanne auctioned Roz off at their recent Luxurious Angels retreat and Roz managed to sell herself twice at the leisure of two wonderful donations of £100 each. Roz has now to become a slave for a day eat each of the ladies houses. How wonderful is that? Thank you so much xx
And now these. These are a 500mb collab digi kit made by a number of AMAZING contributors and will be released this weekend at Divine Digital, N4D and Heather Manning's store. All proceeds go to Ellies Fund. I dont quite know how to measure how delighted we are. Belle loves the colours - they remind her of Refreshers sweeties. I just bloody love it anyway.
All of that in one swoop.... its wicked!