GF Pub Night, Gluten Free Mothers Day Brunch and GF Pasta Night at GF Diner in Edmonton

May is Celiac Awareness Month, and who better to support this month than Ted from GF Diner with three great gluten free events in May.

First up, GF Diner will be having a Pub night with live music on May 6 from 7pm to 10pm.  Menu items are 10 bucks each, choose from Chicken bites to green onion cakes, or order a platter!  Can you imagine a full gluten free platter of pub grub? I don't think i've ever seen that before anywhere!

Next up, the more family friendly, Mothers Day Brunch.  On May 8th, GF Diner's kitchen will dedicate itself to its special Mothers Day brunch menu.

Finally, gluten free pasta night, May 13!  For 20 bucks, you get a buffet style pasta meal with baked mac and cheese, Lasagna, Cesar salad and much more.

Check out the posters below and visit www.gfdiner.com for more about GF Diner.




Gluten free Nut free chocolate stuffed oatmeal bars

I tried a new and super easy recipe today and let me tell you....It was delicious!!! I made a couple of modifications of course to accommodate our household (gluten free & nut free) and I think you will definitely like it.

No bake 5 ingredient gluten free nut free chocolate oatmeal bars. How can that be bad? I mean it, this could not possibly be easier. The most challenging part was waiting for it to cool enough to eat.

I adapted the recipe below from How Sweet Eats. Visit the blog at www.howsweeteats.com
Gluten Free Chocolate Stuffed Oatmeal Bars

Yield: makes 16 squares

Ingredients:

3/4 cup unsalted butter
1/2 cup loosely packed light brown sugar
2 1/2 cups quick cooking oats (I used gluten free oats)
3/4 cup dark chocolate chips
1/3 cup peanut butter (I used WOW butter which is made from soy)

Directions:

Line an 8x8-inch baking dish with aluminum foil.

In a saucepan, heat the butter and sugar over medium heat, whisking until the sugar dissolves. Cook until it's bubbling and let it boil for 2 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in the oats until completely moistened. Set aside.

Place the chocolate chips and peanut butter in a bowl. Melt in the microwave (30 seconds at 50% power, stirring after each time) or a double boiler until the chocolate chips are melted.

Press half of the oat mixture into the baking dish. Pour the melted chocolate over top, spreading with a spatula. Gently press the remaining oat mixture over top. Let cool completely or refrigerate (I love these cold!) - let sit for a few hours (3 to 3) before slicing.

Gluten Free at Little India Cuisine

We recently tried the gluten-free options at Little India Cuisine on 34 Ave and 92 st.  You can order a la carte off the menu or choose of the buffet.  We wavered over the buffet vs. menu, but ultimately chose the buffet so we can try more options.

There is definitely a cross contamination issue at the buffet, so just be aware of where the human factor issues come to play before deciding. Other than that everything tasted great from the buffet. The staff was knowledable and able to walk Amanda around the buffet and let her know what was okay and what was not okay.  A nice touch was that while we were getting food, the staff went to the salad area and prepared a beautiful and tasty salad for us using all the nice indian flavours from their salad bar.

We tried some of the staples like the korma, butter chicken and pakora.  They also made for us some dosa and what they called a herbed gluten free Naan.



The herbed gluten free naan was really tasty.  The only thing is that they didn't warn us that they put hot chili peppers in the naan so my mouth was on fire at the same time.


We mainly ate the dosa and the papadum to scoop up sauces.

After visiting I did email the owners and offered them some tips for reducing cross contamination issues.  

  • We suggested a dedicated container for pakora vs. samosas.  Otherwise the pakora's would be contaminated
  • We suggested separate tongs for the papadum because they were used to also pick up another item that contained gluten.
Although there were no ill effects from eating there, next time we will probably order a la carte.

Little India Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Gluten Free Green Onion Cakes

I recently shared a Facebook post about gluten free green onion cakes available at the Old Strathcona Market in Edmonton and one of our followers Michelle said that she loves to make them from scratch!  I was excited to hear that someone had a recipe and, asked if they would share it with me with a picture for a blog post... and well here it is!  Thank Michelle for this one.

Ingredients:
  • 2 cups GF Flour Mix of your choice (preferably a one-for-one mix. I use Bob's Red Milk All Purpose GF Flour Blend)
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons xanthan gum (omit if your gf blend has it already)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 2 tbsp olive oil (plus more for frying)
  • 1/2-2/3 cup of finely chopped green onion
  • sesame oil
  • salt or sea salt for seasoning
Directions:
  • Mix together GF flour mix, baking soda, xanthan gum and salt.
  • Add one cup of boiling water.  Mix again.
  • Add olive oil and chopped green onion.  Mix well.
  • Shape it into a cylinder.  Divide into the number of cakes you wish to make, and follow the directions below for rolling out and painting with sesame oil.
Rolling:

Shape dough into a round, flatten onto piece of parchment paper, and roll out to about 1/4 inch thickness.  Lightly paint the dough with sesame oil.  Salt to taste.  Fold in half.  Lightly paint with sesame oil again.  Fold in half again, but don't paint this time.  Roll out dough lightly, to desired thickness. Don't roll too thin, or you won't get the separation of layers in the cake, and it will become too dense.

Fry in a small bit of oil (a teaspoon or less) in a non-stick pan until golden brown.  Flip and fry the other side until golden as well.  If you want it crispier, add a little oil.  Serve warm or keep warm in the oven until ready to serve.

Brazilian Cheese Balls from RioVida

Have you been to Pampa and tried the gluten free cheese balls?  Well if you have, you want to hop on over to Najah at RioVida Gluten Free Bakery.  Did you know Najah is Brazilian?  So this recipe come naturally to Najah, and therefore, naturally tastes awesome!


If you've never been to RioVida, you need to check it out.  Najah has a plethora of gluten free goodies to try including flatbreads, pizza crusts, donairs, donuts, buns and much much MUCH more.

She keeps a freezer of goodies, but it is good to call in to see what is fresh, or call in a custom order for the week.  Visit her website at www.riovidaglutenfree.ca

If you haven't been to RioVida RioVida Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Millcreek Cafe Gluten Free Breakfast

Have you been to Millcreek Cafe in Bonnie Doon for breakfast or lunch yet?  If not, you should.  They open at 8:30am from Monday to Friday for breakfast and 9am on Saturday and 10am for brunch.

We've been a few times and have had the latkes (potato pancakes) with boursin cheese and lux.  More recently Amanda ventures off and tried their gluten free stuffed french toast with Nutella and strawberry's.  Yum yum yum!  

Yes it tastes just as good as it looks.


Their menu is well marked with the gluten free items (which is just about everything).  Heck they even will make gluten free french toast which is fantastic.  And their gf surcharge is only $1 which is better than most places.

Mill Creek Cafe Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Wild Garden Gluten Free Snacks

We were recently provided some samples of Wild Garden Mediterranean Foods Snack Box to Go! gluten free treats (note, not all of them are gluten free).  Each snack to go box comes with one squeeze pack of gluten free hummus and one pack of gluten free cracker or chip.

This product is fairly new and not available everywhere yet.  You can find Snack Box to Go at Sobey's locations.  We even saw them recently available at Jugo Juice (those guys are just on the ball).

We really enjoyed these quick snacks.  The hummus tastes like a traditional hummus, very much heavy on the chickpea, lighter on the tahini.  They source 3rd party chips/crackers from other gluten free manufacturers, so you can choose your favourite.


Gluten Free Sloppy Hoggs Roed Hus

We tried out Sloppy Hoggs Roed Hus on 118 ave for lunch recently. All the meats and sauces are gluten free. They even have a gluten free dessert ice cream pie made with oats (remember unconaminated oats are not for everyone) 

They do have a shared fryer for the fries so the fries might not be for everybody. The food itself was pretty good, and really good value.  The lunch was 10 dollars and it came with fries.  An entree portion is a la carte, it comes with more, and is 9.75, with fries ordered separately.  Gluten free bun is a $1.25 extra, which is reasonable.

Try it out and let us know what you think.





Sloppy Hoggs Roed Hus Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Gluten Free Enchilada Sauce and Tortilla's

We're not in the habbit of making lots of Enchilada's but when we do, we use this Frontera sauce found at Safeway that does not contain gluten ingredients with this gluten free tortilla from La Cocina found at Superstore.

To be honest, when it comes to enchilada's we don't have much to compare to because this was the first sauce we tried and liked it so much, we never felt the need to try another.

A recipe is on the package, and you just need to add any extra fix'n's you want to your enchilada's.  Our kids love this recipe!  It is not to spicy, so you may want to add some of your favourite hot sauce if you want to add some kick to this.



Easy gluten free vegan chocolate pudding

Seriously if I had the resources to create one of those Buzz Feed Tasty videos, I would do this gluten free vegan chocolate pudding recipe for you because it is so damn easy.

All you need is two ripe Banana's, two ripe avocado's and two tbsp of cocoa (just make sure the the cocoa is gluten free):



Put all in food processor...


.. and presto!


You can adjust the ratios to your liking.  More cocoa = more chocolate, more banana = more sweet and more avocado = more creamy smoothness.