Gluten Free Goats Cheese and Chunky Almond Pesto Stuffed Chicken

A house move…

It’s been a few weeks since i posted a blog on Wuthering but at least i do not have myself to entirely blame, the process of buying a new house…and then deciding what to fill it with is not necessarily the easiest thing to be dealing with at the weekends alongside recipe developing and photos. If you’re nosy and love a bit of interior and design snooping you can see my Pinterest Boards on what we’re trying to achieve, let me know what you think of the Kitchen plans, i feel i may have convinced hubby that the ongoing trend of copper and teal is indeed essential ;)!

After coming home night after night after working all day and going through numerous homeware online shops and putting confirmed items on a spreadsheet ready to buy after exchange everyday is tiresome but, would rather the planning be over with so we can just get home to the house and fill it with wonderful things.

Chunky, Almond Pesto, Gluten Free

As you can imagine from all of the above, dinners have been stressful so we’ve found an undying love for things like pesto which can be made up in advance, and is so wonderfully adaptable for any type of meal. This dish can be made in a variety of ways, with chicken thighs for a midweek meal, in chicken breasts for a romantic dinner for two or at the weekend with all the family stuffed into a large chicken for an alternative spring roast.

Chicken stuffed with goats cheese, almond pesto, gluten free

Of course without the meat, this pesto is great tossed through steamed new potatoes or in a potato salad, pasta, rice. Fresh, tangy and delicious, i highly recommend you give it a try!

Chicken stuffed with goats cheese,almond pesto, gluten free

Gluten Free Goats Cheese and Chunky Almond Pesto Stuffed Chicken

 Serves 2.

I’ve based this recipe on the thighs version but you can use the same amount for Chicken Breasts but i would double for stuffing a whole chicken.

A bunch of Watercress and/or Rocket (about 35g)

8 Large Basil Leaves

2-3 Large Garlic Cloves

20ml Rapeseed or Olive Oil

30g of Roughly Chopped Almonds

Salt and Pepper

4 Chicken Thighs

50g Goats Cheese cut into 4 pieces

4 Slices of Parma Ham or Proscuitto (Optional)

Preheat oven to 200 degrees C.

Pop the watercress, rocket, basil and garlic cloves into a food processor and whizz until well combined.

Add in the rapeseed or olive oil and give a small further blitz.

Mix in the roughly chopped almonds and season to taste with salt and pepper. Lemon zest is also great to add here.

Lay out your Chicken Thighs flat on a roasting dish lined with tin foil.

Place pesto in the center of the chicken thighs and top each with a slice of goats cheese.

Using some toothpicks to hold the thighs together, wrap them into a ball and season on top with Salt and pepper and a bit of oil.

If using, wrap around the parma ham or proscuitto slices around each one.

Drizzle a tiny bit of oil over the dish and pop straight into the oven for 30 minutes.

Serving Suggestions/Meal alternatives:

Serve with Salad, New Potatoes, Rice, Champ or buttered Quinoa.

Use the pesto with chicken thighs for a midweek meal…

In Chicken breasts for a romantic dinner for two or at the weekend

With all the family stuffed into a large chicken for an alternative spring roast. 

Or without the meat, this pesto is great tossed through steamed new potatoes or in a potato salad, pasta, rice. 

Gluten Free Pistachio Pesto Pasta with Prosciutto Feat: Heck Sausages

Sunshine! 

Gluten Free, Pistachio Pesto, blending

It certainly feels like i have been trapped in a cave for twenty years and have just peeked my head out to see everything in all it’s Technicolor again! Isn’t the world much lovelier when the sun’s out? On a Monday morning in particular it’s ever so extremely welcome.

Heck, Chicken Italia, Gluten Free, Sausages

Most pleasant it is to steer away from those well known comfort food dishes in the autumn/winter weekly shopping agenda and on to things a bit more colourful, fresh and wild. A week ago Heck Sausages sent me a few packs of sausages to try, and with the sunshine seeping through the windows now and again i just felt i had to make a dish to reflect this in demand weather change and their Chicken Italia Sausages were the perfect, Mediterranean infused starting point!

Pistachios, pesto, pasta

I love nuts in pasta dishes- in particular Almonds and Pistachio’s as they give a lovely bit of texture and freshness to a dish, but if you are allergic to nuts you can always substitute in some toasted, herbed breadcrumbs like these ones!

Gluten Free , Pistachio ,Pesto

The Heck Chicken Italia Sausages are something of a revelation to me, i had never tried a chicken sausage until now and i can certainly see the versatility these flavoursome sausages have. The main ingredients are of course Chicken, mozzarella and basil so are the perfect sausage for cutting up and putting into pasta sauces, for stuffing into your sunday roast chicken and do not get me started on BBQ season ideas…!

Heck, Chicken Italia, Gluten Free, Sausages

This certainly isn’t a calorie friendly dish, although i am never consistently counting these myself, this would be the perfect alternative for a Sunday Roast on a slightly cold yet sunny day; still incredibly filling and comforting but bursting with fresh flavour!

Gluten Free,  Pistachio, Pesto Pasta, Proscuitto, Chicken Sausage

Gluten Free Pistachio Pesto Pasta with Prosciutto + Chicken Sausage

Serves 2, Generously.

Ingredients

Gluten Free Pasta for Two

75g of Prosciutto

150ml Double Cream (You can use Single too)

6 Gluten Free Chicken Sausages (We used Heck’s Chicken Italia)

For The Pesto

50g of Pistachio nuts (2-3 mins roasted)

Handful of Basil

Handful of Rocket & Watercress

3 Large Cloves of Garlic

Glug of Olive Oil

1 Teaspoon of Lemon Zest

35g Grated Parmesan (Plus more for seasoning)

Place sausages in pre-heated oven at 180C for 25 mins.

Roast skinned garlic and pistachio nuts together in pan for 2-3 minutes until both are slightly browned.

Put the basil, rocket, watercress, lemon zest, garlic and nuts together in blender, while blending – add chosen olive oil until fine paste.

Empty contents of the pesto into a container and mix in the grated parmesan.

When the sausages have 10-15 mins remaining, start to cook your chosen pasta (Fusilli / Penne recommended).

With 3 mins to go put 150ml of double cream onto a medium heat to warm up (do not boil).

Stir in the pesto to the now hot double cream, to make a deliciously creamy green pesto sauce. Take off the heat.

Drain your pasta (keeping a tablespoon of pasta water) and then put back into its previous pan (off the heat), pouring in the creamy pesto sauce.

Pour the saucy pasta into your serving bowl.

Take the chicken sausages out of the oven (they should be browned) and place them on top of the pasta (optional: chop them into bite size chunks).

Now place the prosciutto ham around the bowl along with a teaspoon of pistachios for added crunch (optional: add some more grated parmesan for seasoning.)

Gluten Free,  Pistachio, Pesto Pasta, Proscuitto, Chicken Sausage

Enjoy with a lovely green salad!

Gluten Free Oat Pancakes and Perkier Breakfast Range Review

Perkier, Gluten Free, Breakfast, Range, Review

A while ago it was pretty difficult to find anything inspiring to have as a gluten free breakfast, things like eggs, toast or very bland cereals were often the case. As someone who actually enjoys eating breakfast in the morning it has been refreshing to see a burst of new gluten free offerings and convenience products available now. One of my favourite brands of late (and i’m sure a lot of other gluten free bloggers and fans would agree) is Perkier Foods. Their brand is bursting with fun, inspiring and deliciousness, and their tremendous packaging certainly makes them stand out from the rest on the supermarket shelves. I’m not saying looks are everything, but i would say it certainly helps bring some more positivity to the Free From world!

Perkier have a range of Breakfast options to choose from, Cereal Flakes (Fruity and Red Berry), Porridge Pots for on the go (Apple and Cinammon, Golden Syrup and Red Berry) and packs of Porridge (Gingerbread and Raisin, Apple, Cinnamon & Raisin, Red Berry and a superb Oat Free Apple, Cinnamon & Raisin; fab for anyone avoiding oats). I was kindly given a selection of these to review here on WB so lets get started!…

Perkier, Red Berry, Flakes, cereal, Gluten Free

 Red Berry Cereal Flakes – Gluten, Wheat and Milk Free

I was overjoyed to hear Perkier announce these, as i’d been longing for something to replace my Special K obsession days (i wasn’t dieting just really liked the cereal !). My husband and i tucked in and got through the entire pack in 3 days, mostly because we love our cereal but they are just really tasty. Some people may not like that ‘buckwheat’ taste but we found it went rather well with the lovely red raspberries in there. You can also make those naughty chocolate cornflake cakes with them ;)

5/5 from WB

Gingerbread and Raisin, Red Berry Porridge, Perkier Foods

Multi-Serve Perkier Porridge Packs- Gingerbread and Raisin & Red Berry. Gluten, Wheat, Milk and Egg Free.

I can’t express how obsessed i am with the Gingerbread and Raisin Porridge flavour that i’m almost tempted to say, if you buy anything it should be this! Lovely to have such a creative and tasty breakfast option without being TOO sweet. Aces. I’m still mastering the perfect porridge consistency with these and have found over the hob is best for me! 4/5 overall, 5/5 for the Gingerbread and Raisin flavour alone ;)

Porridge Pots,, gluten free, Perkier Foods Perkier Porridge Pots- Gluten and Wheat Free.

These are so cute. I’m a real sucker for packaging. Luckily the contents are pretty awesome too! Great for if you’re a bit late for work, you simple add boiling water -cover the pot and wait a few minutes then VOILA tasty porridge! Best flavours here for me are the Golden Syrup and the Apple Cinnamon & Raisin. The raisins in the pot really make it super tasty! Can we please get these on aeroplanes and things?!

5/5 from WB. Now here’s a super quick recipe i made with these beauties…

gluten free, oat, pancake, recipe

Gluten Free Porridge Pot Pancakes

This recipe i thought was the perfect solution for a quick, and delicious weekend morning treat! With the Perkier Porridge Pots you can make Golden Syrup, Apple, Cinammon and Raisin or Red Berry flavour pancakes but feel free to adapt and experiment with any kind of gluten free oats and combinations you find!

1 Perkier Porridge Pot (or 65g of Regular Gluten Free oats)

175g Gluten Free Plain Flour

2 teaspoons of Baking Powder

Pinch of Salt

250ml Milk

2 Eggs

1 Tablespoon of Golden Syrup/Honey (Optional)

Knob of butter

Pop the oats, flour, baking powder, salt into a mixing bowl and give this a very good whisk to ensure everything is evenly distributed.

In a measuring jug, add the milk, 2 eggs and golden syrup and give this a very good whisk too!

Add the milky egg mixture gradually to the dry ingredients, whisking well intermittently. The mixture will appear lumpy but keep whisking in between leaving it to stand as you make your pancakes.

Add a knob of butter to a very hot frying pan.

Using a ladle, scoop and pour into the pan small amounts of the mixture. (I’ve found it best to pour and keep your ladle as still as possible as you do it to get an even circle)

The mixture should cook very quickly (1min tops!), using a flipper or spatula, get underneath and flip them over. The other side should not take long at all. Repeat!

Porridge, Pot, Pancakes, oat, gluten free

Lovely topping combos are:

Apple and Cinnamon porridge pot- Stewed Apples, Honey, Nutella.

Golden Syrup porridge pot- Nutella and chopped up hazelnuts, Grilled Peaches, Banana

Red Berry porridge pot- Honey, Lemon, Raspberries, Maple Syrup

I shall be revealing a competition on the Wuthering Bites Facebook Page shortly to win a whole range of these Perkier Breakfast Treats! Make sure you don’t miss out!

Products featured in this review were received complimentary but did in no way effect my opinion of the product, just good ole honest opinion!

Gluten Free Bristol News: The Mighty Burger Company

Spotted!

Mighty, Burger, Company, gluten free

A new Gluten Free Bristol business on Twitter has popped up recently @MightyBurgerCo looking to offer creative Vegetarian, Vegan and Gluten Free burgers in a heavily meat obsessed city. I think this is a great idea, hence me posting a special alert blog about it!, i am intrigued to see the range of burgers they will offer!

Follow their Twitter and Instagram feeds for a competition coming up soon to win free packs of their burgers.

Shall keep you updated on Twitter @wbites as always ;)

Crate of Nothing Gluten Free Review

Crate of nothing, hazel's box, gluten free

When Crate of Nothing bounced up on Twitter i wasn’t quite sure what they were going to offer that was different to regular graze boxes and the like, so i was rather skeptical to test them out at first. Gluten free and dairy free treat boxes sent through the post is a most welcome idea.

One thing i love about the Crate of Nothing boxes is the lovely little information card, it details all the ingredients of the products in your box and on the other side it shows a ‘featured blogger’ of the month with a recipe they have shared. This month it was Hazel’s Box (Gemma Mcfarlane) @icedgembakes and her recipe was for Gluten and Dairy Free Chocolate Brownies. The best part is that the box contained all the ingredients to make them. I can’t wait to try them!

ingredients!

The quality of the products featured in my Crate was excellent, and with a few items that i’ve never heard of or tried before, this gives me hope that they will support new gluten free and dairy free businesses and products- it may even be a way to begin their exposure to a great target audience, and i’m all for supporting that.

crate of nothing, gluten free

My Crate contained the following:

1 Braw Apple and Pear Bar

1 Incognito Lemon Drizzle Cake

1 Honeyrose Lime and Coconut Macaroon

1 Bakes Just 4U Lemon Cake Pot

1 Nom Nom Vitality Muffin

1 Steph’s Kitchen Ginger Bread Man

1 Bigoz Oat Coconut and Strawberry Porridge Pot

1 Ilumi Moroccan Style Vegetable Tagine

The ingredients for the brownies.

Steph's Kitchen ginger bread man

My ultimate highlight was the Steph’s Kitchen Ginger Bread man, probably one of the best i’ve tried! Soft and not too sweet (even though there was icing), it was a really impressive gluten and dairy free treat.

You can either order a monthly crate for £20 or a single crate to try at £22.50, which does make me question whether enough people will buy the product on a monthly basis- for me it would be a bit too much, but if you do have that spare money and you’re fed up of having the same ole gluten free and dairy free products or scouring for new things then this may well be a great solution.

Lemon and drizzle cake, gluten free, dairy free

Crate of nothing? Crate of everything it seemed! Give it a go, it may not be for you on a regular basis but this is a great way to introduce some new products and bloggers that you may never have heard of… a product which goes just that bit further into making you satisfied.

This Crate Of Nothing box was offered to me complimentary but did in no way reflect my opinion in writing this review.  

Marks and Spencer’s Free From Range review

It’s safe to say that one of the best suppliers of gluten free convenience products of late is Marks and Spencer – from their wonderful array of gluten free christmas biscuit treats and their wide range of party food, to their fish cakes and gluten free breaded fish that have been regularly available in their Simply Food stores. I generally do not get to visit their stores much, mostly because they are a bit out of my way but when i am in town or on the motorway i do make sure i pop into the free from section to see what’s going on.

I was kindly sent through some Free From samples to try on some products that i’ve only heard about in Twitter stories. Some Sliced White Boule with Poppy Seeds, Lemon Shortbread, Triple Chocolate Cookies and Mini Cheese Crackers. I made sure i got some opinions from Gluten eating beings also to see what they thought. Oh and Miko… can’t forget Miko.

gluten free, sliced, boule, poppy seed

Made Without Wheat Sliced White Boule

I was incredibly impressed with this in particular out of all the products, as most of us gluten free/Coeliac beings among us know -finding a decent loaf of gluten free bread can be a mean feat. Brilliant for freezing, toasting and for sandwiches, this bread had a really nice texture and crust. My favourite way to have it was toasted with some butter and honey with a cup of tea. I can imagine this bread would be perfect to make a bloomin’ good Ham, Mustard Sandwich with. Only negative is that i wish it could be a bigger loaf..

4/5 from WB

gluten free, mini ,cheese crackers

Made Without Wheat Mini Cheese Crackers

I really wanted these to be like the gluten Mini Cheddars but they didn’t quite get there for me in terms of being a moreish snack, i think there needed to be a stronger flavour of cheese. These would however be perfect for sliding on a cheese board and for a pre-party snack, the little bags also make them very convenient for taking on the go, putting in a lunchbox and as a nut substitute for a plane journey; so i have to give them points for that.

3.5/5 from WB

Marks and Spencer, made without wheat, lemon shortbread

Made Without Wheat Lemon Shortbread

Before being gluten intolerant, i was a massive fan of the Shortbread. It’s quite a tricky thing to get right in the kitchen, i have on numerous occasions found my gluten free attempts just melt into thin bits of cooked nothing. These were perfect, i love mostly the texture and the bits of lemon peel throughout. I could give these to my family and noone could tell the difference. Not even Miko…

5/5 from WB

4/5 from WB Hubby

5/5 from Miko

marks and spencer, made without wheat ,triple ,chocolate ,cookies

Made Without Wheat Triple Chocolate Cookies

I think this review comes down to personal taste as i much prefer a softer cookie as apposed to these crunchy ones but the general consensus around the office was that they were perfectly acceptable to have with a cuppa tea, i feel it may just be being fussy with cookies. I like there to be an even distribution of chocolate to cookie and sometimes was left with one piece of choccy in the whole cookie. I also like cookies to be soft and chewy. So not perfect for me, but great as an office treat.

2/5 for WB

4/5 for My work colleagues (who then devoured the lot!)

There are lots of other goodies in the Marks and Spencer’s Free From range, from more treats like their Chocolate loaf, Mini Coconut Macaroons, Orange Polenta Biscuits and Ginger Biscuits to a Brown Bloomer loaf topped with Millet Flakes. Proving to have truly stepped up their ‘free-from’ game in the past year, i just hope that- especially with these fantastic new breads that they continue to get some more gluten free lunch alternatives in the stores as sometimes it’s truly hit or miss if i find one!

What do you think of the M&S Free From Range? Let me know in the comments below or on Twitter @wbites!

These products were sent to be complimentary but did no way impact on any of my opinions stated here in the review. As always, just good ole honesty and keeping you informed! 

Gluten Free Beer Battered Fish and Chips with Celia Lager

Gluten Free Fish and Chips. We meet again.

Gluten Free, Beer Battered, Fish

This is the first time i’ve had a proper fish and chips before going on a gluten free diet. Now i am completely hitting myself that i had not tried this sooner. It was so simple and easy, and the, slightly dangerous process was aided by the wonderful lager that Celia had given me to taste. It is however advisory to not be completely drunk on beer whilst cooking with extremely hot oil in a pan. Keep it safe people.

Celia lager, gluten free, beer,

Celia lager is now organic which is great news! It’s also gluten free, for those of you who may not be aware of the brand, it’s a fabulous drink for any beer lovers who have recently just been diagnosed with Celiac disease and feel as though they are missing out. My husband loves them more in comparison to some of the gluten beers on the market, and that’s saying something. Recommended.

beer batter, fish

The recipe is incredibly easy to do but you really need to get all of your prep done in advance as you don’t want to be faffing around in the kitchen like a crazy person. Which, if you’re like me is mostly driven by two cats wanting food continuously.  Serve with some minted mushy peas and chips of course!

gluten free beer battered fish

Gluten Free Beer Battered Fish

Serves two. You’ll need a deep saucepan or saute’ pan if making without a deep fat fryer.

1lt Sunflower Oil

2 Large Fillets of Cod or Haddock

230g Gluten Free Plain Flour. Plus a touch more for dusting (I used Doves Farm)

3 Heaped teaspoons of Gluten Free Baking Powder

300ml of Cold Gluten Free Beer (I used Celia Lager)

Salt and Pepper

If you’re cooking oven chips, get them in the oven. The fish should take about 20-25 in total to prep and cook.

Dry down your fish fillets with a piece of kitchen towel and season with salt and pepper. Coat both sides of the fish with a dusting of gluten free flour on both sides. This will help the batter stick to the fish better.

Glug around 1lt of Sunflower oil into a deep saute or frying pan and bring gentle to a high heat whilst you prep the fish batter.

In a mixing bowl put the flour, some salt and pepper and baking powder in and give it a good whisk so the powder is evenly distributed.

Add in gradually the cold gluten free beer. The mixture should be slightly thick, enough to coat and stick onto the fish.

Once your oil is hot enough (190 degrees C – you can also check by putting in the handle of a wooden spoon, if the bubbles start to rise and surround it frantically, you’re good to go!)

Cover one fillet at a time with the batter and slowly, carefully lower one side into the oil and then release the whole fillet and stand back. Careful of spitting.

The fish should take around 2 minutes on each side, turn halfway with a long utensil.

When the fish is golden, take out and set aside onto some foil until you’ve cooked the next fillet.

At this point you can either fry your chips in the oil, or you can put them alongside some oven cooked chips.

Serve with minty mushy peas and some chips!

Yum.

Celia Lager provided me with samples for this recipe but did not in anyway impact my opinion of the product

Gluten Free Holiday : Barbados

My Gluten Free Christmas consisted of a wee excursion to what i’m normally used to, i was lucky enough to get invited to my husbands family christmas in Barbados. I have to say, i’m normally one for cosying up by the fire and actually enjoying the cold as i work my way through numerous cheese and nibble platters and a big roast; but this year the warmth was very much welcome.

Gluten Free, Barbados

On The Plane

British Airways ,gluten free, meal

Eating gluten free on the British Airways flight was the first challenge, and i should have known better to bring a collection of goodies with me… the only food i brought in my hand luggage was Perkier Foods Rocky Road and of course i got through them in seconds. If you haven’t tried them yet i highly recommend you do! My on flight requested gluten free meal on the way out was rather terrible i have to say, guilty of the #Fruitisnotapudding debacle too as i found myself given three plates of fruit as snacks throughout the flight whilst others received sandwich carbs to fill their bellies. I made sure i was content however with my rocky road and numerous cups of tea whilst enjoying the first three episodes of Under The Dome on the inflight entertainment system.

Gluten Free Shopping

On arrival we headed straight for the Super Center supermarket in Holetown before going to our self catering villa at Port St Charles (Highly recommended). You’ll find some gluten free bits in the freezer section, i got a few breakfast muffins and some challah bread – both of which were edible but nowhere near as good as Genius or Udi’s in the U.K. It was also expensive, so i would recommend highly to bringing your own bread and gluten free essentials. 

Gluten Free Hotels in Barbados

If you’re looking for a Hotel to stay at, this website may give you an indication on the best hotels to accommodate gluten free guests, this health food shop delivers gluten free supplies. I’m sure if you are staying self catering, you could also arrange for a delivery from them also for when you arrive.

Eating out 

After a long day of sunbathing and cocktail drinking we were up for going out to several restaurants in the evening. I used to be very nervous eating out in different countries but as long as you do your research and make contact in advance with the restaurants there should never be a problem (unless all they serve is just gluten!). There are four restaurants i would recommend in Barbados that dealt with my request for a gluten free meal very well, and i must add the people in Barbados are SO friendly. Here are the four restaurants…

Cobblers Cove

Gluten Free Barbados

Cobblers Cove offers a wonderful night out, not only is the food very good but the atmosphere is very relaxing and just what you want after a day in the sun. We went on a christmas steel pan music night and it was actually very good, despite my reservations about Hotel entertainment. The waiters dealt with my gluten free requests very well  (we went here for lunch one day too). I ordered Proscuttio Ham, Green Apple and Blue Cheese salad to start, and the Fresh Daily Seafood Catch for a main. I was told i could also have all of the mains featured on the menu with the exception of the parmasen tuille on the risotto..something that i wouldn’t cry over. Fantastic.

The Fishpot

The Fishpot, Barbados, gluten free

The Fishpot is a really great, lively and romantic place to go for a meal out. Every time we went their we had a good laugh with the waiters and the location , right on the beach, is stunning. If you love seafood, like myself then this will be your favourite place to eat in Barbados, although a few of us ordered the Chicken main and there was several nodding heads around the table as they ate. I think it’s a good restaurant that aims to please alot of people. I had the fish of the day again, out of my own choice (i love fish!). The only thing on the menu that i couldn’t have were the tempura prawns, the chips, the gratin and the pasta dishes. Recommended.

Daphne’s

Daphne's, Gluten Free, Barbados, menu

I was impressed with Daphne’s, merely for the fact that they had a completely separate gluten free dinner menu. Well this was easy! Top marks here for being able to offer gluten free pasta and an array of desserts. The downside however was that my order was slightly mixed up, and the wait for the food was very very long. So long that other tables around us had started to leave after a two hour wait. By the time my main had arrived (which was cooked perfectly) i just had to eat! Unfortunately this service did not make us want to go back and try again but if you’re staying in the area and are looking for a long lunch definitely try it as the beach will keep you occupied while you wait.

Daphne's ,Gluten Free, Barbados

Yacht Club 

sunburnt wutheringI don’t have a picture of the Yacht club menu or restaurant so here is a picture of me with rather patchy sunburn. Awesome.

We went to Yacht Club several times on our trip as it was on site on the self catering complex we were staying at – Port St Charles. Beautiful place and great accommodation. The Christmas day buffet was fab as i could practically have most things, the meats, roast red honey potatoes, rice and peas, plantain, fish curry and it was all cooked very well. We also went here on a Caribbean night which was very good fun and had a selection of tasty traditional Caribbean food, the roasted citrus chicken was very yummy and almost distracted me from the rather awful Tina Turner impersonator on stage…i told you i was not one for hotel entertainment! ;)

Conclusion

Wuthering bites, gluten free, Barbados

Overall a really great place to go on on a gluten free holiday. ESPECIALLY if you love your seafood. If you don’t, there will still be options but really make sure you phone the establishments in advance and make them put a mark on your booking and ensure they notify the chef also on arrival.

If you go to Barbados or have been already, please comment below on your experience and where you’ve been that’s suitable for a gluten free meal!

:)

Gluten Free Leftover Turkey Hot Pot Pie

Thinking Ahead… Turkey Leftovers

gluten free ,turkey, hot pot, pie

What a busy month it’s been so far in the WB household. Busy and ridden with cold and flu as well…both stress and illness together is something you really do not want however, along with Christmas Shopping and malls full of crowds it is only inevitable that you will experience one of these feelings in the month of December.

I spent this past week, when at home, lighting candles and eating all sorts of Gluten Free Christmas goodies, feeling festive and seeing as much family as possible. We don’t have a tree this year as we are off to Barbados for the holidays, and we briefly argued, is it worth putting up the tree for a week so we can come home to dismantled fake tree branches and broken glitzy baubles due to Ash and Miko thinking it’s a climbing frame?

So before i hop off to a sunnier climate, i thought i would leave you with a Gluten Free Turkey Hot Pot Pie recipe that i would make with all those yummy Christmas leftovers. My natural instinct would firstly be to put it all in between two slices of gluten free bread and be done with it.. but if you use leftovers in a more elaborate way you’ll find it will leave you with even more leftovers to get you through the week.

Leftovers are one of the best Christmas gifts you can get…

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Gluten Free Leftover Turkey Hot Pot Pie

Serves 4-6 accompanying extra veg. You could also top this with this gluten free pastry instead if you wanted. 

You will need a deep large ovenproof dish.

Drop of Olive Oil

4 Rashers of Streaky Bacon or bits of sausage chopped into chunks

4 Spring Onions or White onion chopped finely

100g Mixed Mushrooms

Juice of Half a lemon

150g Cooked Brussel Sprouts chopped roughly (or other greens)

200g Leftover Turkey, shredded, chopped or otherwise

1 Heaped tablespoon of Gluten Free Plain Flour or Corn Flour

100ml White Wine

Bay Leaf

250ml Chicken/Turkey or Vegetable Stock

200g Spinach

2 Heaped Tablespoons of Creme Fraiche or 100ml of Double Cream

500g Cooked Sliced New Potatoes or Leftover Roast Potatoes Sliced

Salt & Pepper

Bits of Butter and Leftover Cheese to top

Pop the oil into a deep saucepan or saute pan and heat up on a medium heat.

Add in the bacon/sausage bits and fry until they’re just turning brown.

Add a dash more olive oil along with the spring onions/onion and mixed mushrooms and reduce the heat slightly. Fry until the mushrooms are just turning soft.

Add in the roughly chopped Cooked Brussel Sprouts or other greens and the juice of half a lemon. Give it a good mix around and leave for a minute to heat up.

Sprinkle over 1 heaped tablespoon of Gluten Free Plain Flour/Cornflour and give it a good mix around.

Pour over 100ml of White Wine, and pop in the bay leaf and leftover turkey, give everything a stir and turn the heat up gently until the liquid has reduced slightly.

Pour in the 250ml of stock and leave to simmer for around 15-20 minutes until the mixture has thickened.

Pile on top of the mixture the spinach and wait until it naturally wilts down. Stir it into the mixture.

Add in the creme fraiche or double cream, season well and take off the heat. Stir in well and then transfer the filling to a deep ovenproof dish.

On top of the filling layer with the sliced leftover roast potatoes or sliced cooked new potatoes. Season well once more.

Top with any leftover cheese, dabs of butter and pop the dish under a grill for around 10-15 minutes so it turns nice and golden.

Enjoy with some steamed veg on the side.

Hope you all have a wonderful Gluten Free Christmas this year, let me know what you’re making for the big day and join in the discussion on the Wuthering Bites Facebook page or over on Twitter.

Lots of love,

WB x

Still need your help! Vote for Wuthering Bites in the Shortlist for Food Magazine Reader Awards 2014

Hello to my wonderful readers,
Thank you so much to everyone who voted for me to be nominated as Best Food Blogger for the Food Mag Reader awards 2014!

I still need your help to get #WutheringToWin! All you have to do this time is simply click Wuthering Bites in the Best Food Blogger category and submit your entry- no filling out forms like last time!

If you’ve enjoyed my recipes, my Gluten Free Bristol List, blog posts, gluten free reviews and various attempts at written humour then I would love it if you could vote again for my blog in the Food Mag 2014 Food Reader awards in the Best Food Blogger category and most of all, use this as another opportunity to gain more Gluten Free Awareness in the U.K if i go on to win. 

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Click here to Vote Now!

Once again i would really appreciate it from the bottom of my gluten free heart. <3

Thank you so much for the constant support you lovely people!
Lots of food love as always,

Sarah x

Ash x

Miko x