Browns Socialhouse Gluten Free Menu in Edmonton

Browns Socialhouse is a modern pub style restaurant with a couple locations in Edmonton including one in Windermere at the Currents of Windermere and one in the west on Weber Ave. just west of West Edmonton Mall over the Henday.

We've only tried three gluten free options off their gluten free menu to date and have really enjoyed it.  Browns does welcome families, however because the meals are not exactly kid friendly pricing, we recommend this as a date night.

Item #1 - Street Taco's! - So delicious and a great shareable menu item.  This taco was just bursting in flavour. 

#2 - Potato crusted halibut - This is a delicious pan seared halibut with a crispy potato crust.  What you see in the picture below is one order split into two because we shared this dish.  The servers just split the portion for us, which was kind of nice.  It is served with their cowgirl salad and rice.

Item #3 - On a second visit back, Amanda tried the pad thai, which was a generous portion that was really tasty and full of flavour.  Something I will probably order next time we go.  

What's your favourite item off their gluten free menu?

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Gluten Free Chocolate Zucchini Bread

As the summer season winds down and the fall creeps in, many of us find ourselves with certain vegetables that simply are not holding their own quite as they did during those hot summer months. For me, zucchini is the main culprit in this department. I love love love zucchini, green, yellow I don't care. I love them all. My first and foremost favorite way to eat them is to simply cut them into wedges (lengthwise) and liberally sprinkle them with salt and pepper then throw them on the BBQ for a grill.

During a recent trip the St. Albert farmers market I came across a giant (in my opinion) yellow zucchini squash. Now, compared to others I realize this one was more like "really big" but to me, it was giant! The point is that I paid $1 for it and it sat around for quite some time before I figured out what to do with it. It was too big to be grilling the way we usually did, and all of my recipes for gluten free zucchini bread had some form of nut flour in them. Since one of our kiddos has a nut allergy and we do not use nuts in our baking, this simply would not work.

I have always loved the blog (and cookbooks) by Nicole Hunn of Gluten Free on a Shoestring. Well, she came through for me once again. Here's the recipe that I made twice to use up all of that giant yellow zucchini squash. And let me tell you, it was delicious!

Chocolate Chip Gluten Free Zucchini Bread

I have actually cut & pasted the entire recipe direct from the website.


1 1/2 cups (210 g) all-purpose gluten-free flour
1/2 teaspoon xanthan gum (omit if your blend already contains it)
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2/3 cup (4 ounces) semi-sweet chocolate chips (use dairy free chips to keep the recipe dairy free, if necessary)
1/2 cup (100 g) granulated sugar
1/2 cup (109 g) packed light brown sugar
2 1/8 cups (215 g) grated zucchini
2 eggs (100 g, weighed out of shell) at room temperature
1/4 cup (56 g) neutral oil (like grape seed, canola or vegetable oil)
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract


Preheat your oven to 325°F. Grease a standard 9-inch x 5-inch loaf pan and set it aside.

In a large bowl, place flour, xanthan gum, salt, baking soda, baking powder and cinnamon, and whisk to combine well. Place the chocolate chips in a small bowl, add about 1 teaspoon of the dry ingredients to the chips and toss to combine. Set the chips aside. To the flour mixture, add the granulated sugar and light brown sugar, and whisk to combine (working out any lumps in the brown sugar). Add 1 1/4 cups (125 g) of the grated zucchini to the dry ingredients, and mix gently to combine. Set aside the dry ingredients.

Place the remaining 7/8 cup (88 g) of grated zucchini, the eggs, oil and vanilla in a blender, and pulse until well-blended and beginning to emulsify. Create a well in the center of the bowl of dry ingredients, and add the wet ingredient mixture. The batter will be very wet. Add about 1/2 cup of the chocolate chips and reserved dry ingredients to the batter and mix until the chips are evenly distributed throughout the batter. Scrape the batter into the prepared loaf pan, and smooth the top with a wet spatula. Scatter the remaining chocolate chips on top and press down lightly to adhere.

Place the loaf pan in the center of the preheated oven. Bake, rotating once, until the top is golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the center of each loaf comes out with a few moist crumbs attached (about 50 minutes). Remove from the oven and allow to cool for at least 30 minutes in the loaf pan before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely before slicing and serving.

I made Dafina! A Morrocan stew for Shabbat - In memory of my brother Dan.

September 14, 2015 marked the 3rd anniversary of the passing of my brother Daniel.  Daniel loved his family and loved cooking for his family and friends.  That's why he started Haggis and the Herring.

Every year I have been posting one recipe to honour him.

This is what it takes to make Dafina
I was recently in Toronto for a family wedding.  My sister'n'law Brianne was getting married.  During one of the post wedding celebration meals, her husbands aunt made a Moroccan dish that I had not had in a long time.  Dafina is a Moroccan stew made on the Sabbath because the cooking is started before shabbat begins, and finishes after it ends, so your meal is ready to be eaten.

Read my full post on Haggis and Herring. (This recipe is gluten free!)

Daiya's Gluten Free Mac & Cheese and Greek Yogurt

Our friend RL is always seeking gluten free, vegan, kosher foods.  Doesn't always find stuff available in Canada, but likes to share what she finds, and how you can get it.  Here is the latest:

Once in a while I get lucky and find a product that is EASY to make that is gluten free, dairy free, soy free, vegan/vegetarian and kosher. Daiya's new line of Cheesy Mac certainly delivers.  As far as I know this product is currently available in the US only.  I was able to order it from

I ordered both the cheddar version and the white cheddar veggie. I recently tried the white cheddar veggie and loved it.  First of all, it's incredibly easy to make- just like all your favourite boxed macaroni and cheeses. Boil water, add noodles, cook then add packet of "cheese". The taste and texture of the noodles and cheese was great.  The 'cheese' tastes like other Daiya cheese products.  So if like that taste you won't have any surprises here. I'm hoping that this product will be available in Canadian stores soon. I'm also waiting on Daiya's Greek yogurt to make an appearance in Canada

Have you tried Daiya Cheesy Mac yet? What did you think?

-Guest Blogger RL

Wal-Mart Hits Its Stride in the Gluten Free World

It is without a doubt that Wal-Mart is a family brand.  What proves this point best is their great value brand which has now started to come out with many gluten free products including these really tasty gluten free chocolate vanilla cookies, vanilla creme cookies and lemon flavoured white chocolate chip cookies.  These cookies are certified through the Canadian Celiac Association Gluten Free Certification Program.

But what truly makes Great value a family friendly brand?  Not that just that these are cookies that the kiddo's will love, but that these cookies are all nut free as well!  Way to go Wal-Mart!  So just in case your kid has a nut allergy, you can dig into these cookies as well.  

Why is this important to us?  We have one child that has a nut allergy, and there are so many delicious cookies that may contain nuts that we can't eat.  Not only that there are many gluten free cookies that contain nuts and may contain nuts.  So this is a great option that Amanda can share with our kiddo for a treat.

Celebrate, Gluten Free now has a store!

Have you tried Celebrate, Gluten Free at the farmers across Edmonton in the past?  Ever want to have their goodies during in the week, inside, with comfortable places to eat?

The all gluten free cafe is located in the west end at 15213 Stony Plain Rd. and offers gluten free goodies like muffins, cinnamon buns and cookies with some comfort.

They still go to the St. Albert farmers market, along with their brick and mortar store and like any cafe, menu will always be changing.

Follow Celebrate, Gluten-Free on Facebook and Twitter to keep up to date on what is being freshly baked.

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A different kind of celebration

For anyone who has been reading this blog for awhile, you will know that I not only have Celiac disease but I also have Type 1 diabetes. Today marks a celebration of sorts for me that I felt the need to share with the blog world. I will warn you that this is not directly related to gluten free foods, gluten free living or gluten free anything specifically for that matter. Today marks a very different and special celebration for me....

On August 24, 1989 I was with my family in Winnipeg, celebrating my grandmothers 65th birthday and I was just not myself. I will spare you the details, but the end result was that I was diagnosed that day with Type 1 diabetes. Today marks 25 years (completed) of managing and living with type 1 diabetes for me!

Now to some this is not a reason to celebrate and to others I should be celebrating even more than I am. But to me, it is important to share with people that I (and my family and friends) have been through many experiences directly related to my diabetes and I am so very thankful for my family and friends who have been there with me every step of the way. 

I recall as if it was just yesterday that after finding out about my diagnosis, one of my oldest friends in the world, who at the time was living very far away, decided that because I couldn't eat Halloween candy she too was abstaining from eating Halloween candy. Now, when you're 11 years old this is really a huge deal. Only a true friend would give up their Halloween candy because they love me that much. Other friends & family (Including Abisaac), have been there when I have experienced low blood sugars.  These friends and family have helped me through the minor lows where they just grabbed me a simple glass of juice to major lows where they've had to call 911 and be at my side.  Even my old dog, Cookie, would even sense when my blood sugars where heading downwards and would stay by my side till someone noticed to help me out. 

Over the years, I've fought the misconceptions of having type-1 diabetes.  People have asked "It must be hard to travel with your diabetes and live away from home".  I have been able to travel abroad, I have lived away to attend University and then lived away long after that.  When I was first diagnosed, I even had sleepovers at friends houses, and started to manage diabetes on my own because I didn't want me parents coming over to the sleepover to make sure I take my insulin.

People have commented about having children "Are you allowed to have kids?" asked one nurse during my first pregnancy which surprised me the most.  With lots of diligence, exercise, and tight management of my diabetes, I have two beautiful children that are the joys of my life.

I remember everyday where I started on this diabetes related journey and just how far I have come.   I also know how much farther I still have to go.  

Thank you all for your support and appreciation for everything we do here at Gluten Free Edmonton.

Gluten Free finds at Sobey's

On a recent trip to Sobey's in the west end of Edmonton in an effort to fill my cart with foods that would help get me to the $75 mark in order to get the 75 bonus air miles (yes I am a sucker for these deals and try to cash in on them whenever possible). I was just shy of reaching my $75 and I didn't really want to purchase anything that wouldn't be used or wasn't actually needed or useful to our family just for the sake of getting the air miles. I like my air miles, but I do not like to throw money away or waste food. 

First I was in the gluten free section located near the front of this particular store. Beside the gluten free section is a small Kosher section (there's also Kosher meat located in the meat department in this store for those who didn't know this already. I was pleased to find that they had one of my old favorites Garden Lites in Broccoli & Cheese, The company also makes a variety of other products that are gluten free and kosher. They are all basically a single serving meal or addition to a meal. This one is my long time favorite. I hardly ever buy these types of things anymore, but as I said I needed to get those air miles, right. I think this item costs about $5 but I truly cannot remember. I enjoyed it for lunch that very same day, though I will share that my little one ate most of it and she loved it.

I was later walking through the bakery section, which you would think would not be where you would likely find a gluten free shopper. However, I was in search of the Our Compliments bread as I have not yet tried it. It seems that every time to go looking for it, they are always out. When I turned around I saw this new product on the shelf that caught my attention. I admit it mostly caught my attention because it was only $2.99. The product is called Broghies. I would describe these as puffed corn shaped similarly to a pita or shell. They are so light and filled with air. The company is a Canadian company and who doesn't like to support fellow Canadians? Right. This product does not say Gluten Free on the package and I know that the only ingredients listed are corn flour, masa (corn) and salt. These make a nice light snack and have a great crunch that makes them great when you are looking for just a little something to tide you over.

I am pleased to say that my shopping trip was a success, I found a few new gluten free items and of course I got my other groceries as well. Now, if only I can actually find that Our Compliments gluten free bread to try out...hmmm

An old favorite....Gluten Free Corn muffins

Have you ever looked in your cupboards and just hoped that something, anything would simply jump out and say "I'm healthy, choose me!" Well that is what happened to me this past week. I was feeling snacky (yes it's a made up word) and did not want anything that I could actually see in front of me when I stared into the fridge, freezer or even cupboard. So, instead of reaching for something wholly unhealthy and filled with calories, fat and sugar (yum) I chose to use up a box of muffin mix I had in the cupboard and had always been meaning to use. 

Enter in Heartland Gourmet Gluten Free cornbread mix (purchased at Winners).

Heartland Gourmet Gluten Free Cornbread mix
I decided to make this super easy mix into muffins and since I added a few things to jazz it up a bit, I was able to get not only 12 full sized muffins but also 12 mini muffins. I must say that those mini muffins make for a great after school/daycare snack for little ones! I added some fresh thyme, old cheddar cheese, a touch of garlic powder and a handful of frozen corn kernels tossed in at the last moment.

They freeze well and taste excellent, which reminds me I need to keep an eye out for this stuff the next time I am at Winners.

Red Robin has Gluten Free Buns and Gluten Free Beer!

We are always bouncing around with which burger joint to try out.  Everyone has its advantages and disadvantages.  Some have gluten free buns, some have bed of lettuces, or lettuce wraps, some have dedicated fryer for fries, and some do not.

When it come to Red Robin, they seem to have a few good things to take advantage of:
  1. They have a gluten free bun that is pretty good.  Amanda usually elects for the lettuce wrap, but the last time we went, she decided she wanted the gluten free bun.
  2. To my knowledge (but you should always ask every visit), they have a dedicated fryer for french fries.  This is probably because they are always being made since they are bottomless fries.
  3. During our last visit we noticed (and this is kind of the clincher at being one of the best options for adults to go), is that they have gluten free beer on their menu.
Not that we by any means drink beer (gluten free or not), but we know lots of people like a cold one.  They have two gluten free beers and a cider ready to order and marked off on their drink menu.

During our last visit (we went for a lunch time date), Amanda tried something different.  She not only had the gluten free bun instead of a lettuce wrap, but she went for a chicken burger that they had on special.  Mmmmm.

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