WIAW #18 Gluten-free Blue Cheese & Walnut Bread

What I ate Wednesday is here again! Lets jump straight in…

Breakfast – Gluten-free Blue cheese, Walnut and Thyme bread… I understand it is not everyone’s cup of tea but it is sooooo darn tasty! Recipe will be up later..promise!

Gluten-free bread

Lunch – Homemade Cauliflower and Carrot Soup. It’s freezing here in Ireland now so this is comforting!

Homemade soup

Dinner – Tapas in The Port House, Dundrum with my friend when we were Christmas shopping on Friday. There was prawns pil pil, chickenpeas with chorizo, meatballs, chicken skewers and olives. Delicious!!

Tapas

Snacks – My mini donut (doughnut) maker arrived yesterday so I decided to whip to a batch of pumpkin mini donuts. They are unbelievably light and so tasty. Recipe to follow

mini donuts 20141126-114901.jpg pumpkin donuts

That’s my what I ate Wednesday for this week guys!! Go check out the other bloggers at Peas and Crayons

Happy Thanksgiving Eve to my American readers, I hope you all have an amazing day tomorrow! xx

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Breakfast made easy

I have had a lot of queries from readers asking about quick and easy breakfast options, a lot of you skip it and that is just not on… As we all know it is the MOST important meal of the day! I understand people are pushed for time with children, getting ready for school and work, so I have selected a few of my favorite breakfast recipes, some of which can be made ahead so they are a grab and go option. They can be eaten for brunch or lunch too and all recipes are Gluten-free with some Paleo recipes here too.

Wrap

First up is my one egg wraps, you can have these pre-made and in the fridge ready to be filled in the morning. Here is the recipe -> One Egg Wrap and below are some ideas for fillings depending on how much time you have.

  • Bacon with your choice of sauce – who doesn’t love a bit of bacon in the morning?! 🙂
  • Sausage & cheese – very satisfying and will keep you full until lunch
  • Tuna Salad
  • Chicken, Rocket & Cucumber
  • Ham & Egg Mayo

Mini Fritatta

Mini egg muffins or mini frittatas as I like to call them are extremely easy to make. You can cook a batch on Sunday night and you can use right up until Wednesday. Here is the recipe -> Mini Frittata. Again, these can be filled with your favorite ingredients. Below are some suggestions, remember to cut the ingredients in to small dice.

  • Bacon lardons, mature cheddar, spring onion & sun-dried tomato
  • Broccoli, feta & sun-dried tomato
  • Spinach & Parmesan
  • Chorizo, red peppers & parsley
  • Cooked cubed potato & sausage

Breakfast Burrito

The next recipe is from the wonderful Michelle at Cavegirl Cuisine, I made these wraps yesterday and they were delicious (I was so hungry they were gone before I remembered about a photo..oooops sorry! I will get one next time, promise!)

All her recipe are Paleo, you can of course change the filling to your preference but I loved the sausage and egg mixture. Michelle calls this her Breakfast Burrito Pancake and if you are a breakfast skipper I guarantee you will start having it again once you try this OR any of the above recipes!

Is there any other breakfast / lunch recipes you would like to share?

Mince Pie Crumbles

Mince Pie Crumbles

You guys are in for a real treat today as I am now going to share another one of my favorite holiday recipes.These are a twist on the traditional mince pies and I love them. The crunch from the crumble really complements the mincemeat filling. They’re easy to make too!

Makes: 16 pies

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 5oz unsalted butter – chilled and diced
  • 1 and 2/3 cups gluten-free flour (I use brown rice flour as I love the crunch it gives but you can use plain white flour like doves farm) – plus a little extra for rolling
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 tbsp icing sugar
  • Grated zest 1 orange
  • 1 cup gluten-free mincemeat (I use luxury mincemeat)

Crumble

  • ¼ cup ground almonds
  • 2 tbsp flaked almonds
  • Pinch ground cinnamon
  • 1oz unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 tbsp soft light brown sugar

Method

  1. Pre-heat oven to 375F / 180C
  2. To make the pastry place the butter and flour in a food processor until it resembles breadcrumbs. Add in the icing sugar, orange zest and egg yolk until it becomes a dough. If it is still too dry add tablespoons of water until you get the correct consistency (do not add more than 3 tablespoons)
  3. Sprinkle some extra flour on your work surface and roll out the pastry. Cut in to sizes to fit your muffin tray by using a cutter or a glass works just as well.
  4. Top each pastry with 1 teaspoon of mince meat
  5. To make the crumble rub combine all the ingredients in a bowl and sprinkle some over the top of each pie.
  6. Bake for 20 minutes until the pastry is cooked and golden brown. Leave in the tray for 5 minutes before transferring to serving plates. Serve with whipped or pouring cream! Mmm mmm mmmmmm

What is your favorite Christmas / Thanksgiving Recipe??

Rosemary Pork Sliders with Spicy Mustard

Pork Sliders

 

With winter well and truly here it was time to start using the slow cooker once again! It is such an amazing appliance and I haven’t had any bad experience with slow cooking, ever! The meat is always so tender and juicy, the flavors have had time to really deepen and the sauce always reduces to a lovely consistency. It really is the only way to make a stew ~ Comfort food at its best!

This recipe is for Rosemary Pork Slider with spicy mustard and can be made in the summer also, I change the sauce and make a homemade BBQ sauce to put on the sliders. I use gluten-free sandwich / burger buns but feel free to use whole-grain ones if you aren’t gluten or wheat intolerant.

Serves: 10-12

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 (1 ½ lbs.) boneless pork loin, trimmed
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh chopped rosemary
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • Wholegrain gluten-free sandwich buns (or whole grain / wheat ones if you can eat them)
  • Spicy whole-grain mustard
  • Rocket / green leaves – to serve

    Instructions:
    1. Heat the oil in a large skillet / frying pan over medium-high heat.
    2. Season the pork with pepper then add to the skillet.
    3. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes on each side until browned then transfer to the slow cooker.
    4. Stir together the water, chicken broth, onions, rosemary and garlic then pour into the slow cooker.
    5. Cover and cook on low heat for 8 hours until the pork is tender.
    6. Remove the pork to a cutting board and shred with two forks.
    7. Strain the cooking liquid through a mesh sieve and discard the solids.
    8. Return the pork to the slow cooker with 1 cup of the cooking liquid and mix through.
    9. Serve the pork hot on top of toasted buns with spicy mustard and some salad leaves.

Thanksgiving is just days away now! What are you plans and who is cooking in your family?

We don’t celebrate Thanksgiving here but shops have started to incorporate Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals which is great!!

I am cooking Christmas Dinner again this year and we have family coming over from England so it will be LOTS of fun! I cannot wait 🙂

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QBK x

 

WIAW #17 Kilkenny Food Festival

Hey guys and happy Wednesday!! My what I ate Wednesday this week is a round-up of what the hubby and I ate when in Kilkenny for the Savour Food Festival.

I don’t have pictures of everything unfortunately but I will tell you it was all amazing! It was a great set up and the aromas coming from most stalls was out of this world!

We stayed in Kilkenny Rivercourt Hotel – it is a lovely hotel in a great location with a cozy bar and lovely restaurant. We also dined here which is included below!

Breakfast

Full Irish Breakfast in the hotel – it was delicious and they have the option of Gluten-free bread!

Breakfast

Lunch

We had a sample of massaman curry at the food festival, from the restaurant Lemongrass, it was delicious and we have decided to dine here the next time we are in Kilkenny. We then purchased a small portion of paella, I cannot remember the name of the stall (oooops!) They had the proper massive paella pan! We only thought of taking pictures when we were finished!

Dinner

Feta Cheese salad to start following by Striploin of beef with vegetables. The hubby had Chicken breast with a coconut sauce.

20141105-124545.jpg Kilkenny Court Hotel

Desserts / treats

We had an assiette for dessert which included strawberry cheesecake. I love cocktails later on we had Strawberry Daiquiris aswell as Mojitos….very refreshing 😉

Daiquiri

So there’s this weeks WIAW – I promise to try have better photo evidence for next week!! Linking up to Peas and Crayons – go check out the page and see what the other bloggers are eating!

With Thanksgiving just three weeks away and Christmas just SEVEN – I feel this year has absolutely flown by!

What’s your favorite cocktail??

How has 2014 been for you so far, is there anything you would change?

Any imminent plans for 2015 yet?