Gluten Free Cup Cake at "My Sweetopia"

Gluten Free Cup Cake at "My Sweetopia"
The girls at "My Sweetopia" always like to make a special GF cupcake for Angus!

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Well, my boys have discovered meat loaf. I never thought I would make one - it's something I remember with horror from year 8 Home Economics classes - but I managed to find a very nice recipe from my July edition of Notebook: magazine which incorporated fennel seeds, pistachios and caraway seeds. I just whizzed up some left over crusts from our home made gluten-free bread for breadcrumbs and 20 minutes later - dinner! I cooked them in a tray that was broken up into little individual loaves. Didn't quite look like a Master Chef presentation, but definitely better than the thick slices I remember from home ec. There's a thought - how about a Master Chef challenge to cook all gluten free one night. Let's see them turn out a great gluten-free cake or pastry.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010


Well - the one thing that I've learnt about blogging - you actually have to do it. Very remiss of me to write one post then disappear as I try to organize my life! Unfortunately my world has been turned topsy-turvy over the last couple of weeks - the most significant change of which is that I may have to move back to full time work due to performance opportunities being removed thanks to budget cuts! I love being a musician and playing, but unfortunately it doesn't always pay the bills, and once accounts start looking at how much it costs to maintain a band, well..... the rest I'm sure you can work out. Anyway - that's in limbo, so house renovations are in limbo (thank goodness we hadn't signed with the bank yet!), so extra work...also in limbo - but if you know of a school looking for a brass teacher - then I'm your (wo)man.
A gluten-free challenge this week - Son no.1 just had braces put on - gluten free mush for a week (no he won't eat Elizabeth's mushed up baby food like I suggested!). We managed to find a few soups "La Zuppa" brand which are gluten free - we had to go on a special shopping trip to find sloppy gluten free goodies as apparently mashed potato and pumpkin for a week wasn't his idea of food. Still we are managing, as long as I cook lots of Spaghetti Bolognaise and supply copious amounts of ice-cream he thinks he will live!

Thursday, May 6, 2010


Well, here I am, doing what everything else is doing and starting a blog. I turned 40 on the weekend and have decided that it must be time to try something new in my life. What could possibly be interesting about my life, that would interest anyone else, I wonder. Well - I guess what I've spent a lot of my time doing is preparing food and eating it. Why is that a challenge - well two of my children and my husband are coeliacs. To complicate matters, my husband is also a late onset type 1 diabetic - so lots of potato and pasta are out of the question. Even if noone reads my blog - it'll be a chance for me to record my experiences so that I can find recipies again without retrawling through cookbooks for the one that worked.

Where should I start with my Gluten Free adventure - well how about my birthday on the weekend. With 4 children, one still breast-feeding having a huge night out on the town was out of the question. So we did breakfast. Off we trotted with our gang and friends who cared enough to get up early on a Sunday morning to "James Street Bistro" in the Valley. My Coeliacs were happy as they do gluten free bread as well as other yummy options. My husband (Tony - coeliac) had a huge Omlette stuffed with spinach and goats cheese - yum, while Grandma & Steven (coeliacs) chose from the create your own breakfast menu. By the way - Tony had a cappucino - did you know that not all of the chocolate that they sprinkle on the top is gluten free. He always avoids it just in case. So we were all happy - particularly me who had my favourite Eggs Benedict. We stayed long enough to be served a celebratory glass of champagne. Lovely!

Of course we had to have the obligatory birthday cake. My children were disappointed that I wouldn't put 40 candles on the cake. However I was fortunate enough to have an excuse from this daunting task. Grandma brought I beautiful Tiramisu from "Bonjour Patisserie" in New Farm. Due to the copious amounts of cocoa on the top I explained that I couldn't blow the candles out for fear of spreading cocoa across the room. This accepted, we proceeded with the singing of "Happy Birthday" and proceeded to devour this most beautiful cake. I wish now that I'd taken a photo of it to show you. If you haven't been to Bonjour - head there straight away - gluten free pies, cakes and pastries. So many that only the non-gluten free food has stars on it. How fabulous is that!

Well, must go and tackle the washing. Have a great day.