There are so many fantastic gluten free products around that are making it easier for those restricted in their diets. Here are some of my favourites.
Orgran is the stuff to use for cakes and muffins. Substitute quantities directly for a light and fluffy texture.
I use F.G Roberts brand in my biscuits (also comes in plain flour). Substitute self-raising or plain flour quantities directly. I use the plain flour of this brand in my Christmas Cakes as well. Gives a better texture as Christmas Cake is heavier and doesn't need that light and fluffy texture that the Orgran brand produces.
There are many good pastas around but I prefer BuonTempo. Comes in a larger pack and is available in spirals, shells and penne.
For a long time, I survived without the joy of Cannelloni in my life until I came across this wonderful product. Casalare have a great range of gluten free products. Keep an eye out for them.
I keep a container of these in my pantry and use them to crumb schnitzels, etc. If I run out however, I process my own crumbs out of puffed rice cereals (be sure to check for gluten content and traces ).
This franchise makes the best gluten free bread by far. It comes in a loaf or in a pizza base. The pizza bases are thick round slabs that can be cut in half and toast up perfectly in a toasted sandwich machine. Also good for pizzas. Find a location here.
I never used to be particularly fond of the CountryLife brand of gluten free bread, but they have a new and improved product and I think it's fantastic. Have only tried the white bread at the time of writing, but it's good stuff. I have also had success processing it down to breadcrumbs to use on top of mornays and pasta bakes.
These are delicious thin gluten free bases. I buy them from Coles but am not sure of their availability elsewhere. The brand is Old Time Bakery.
If you are substituting cornflour in recipes, make sure you are not using a wheaten cornflour. Use cornflour that is made from 100% corn.
Orgran is my preferred lasagne for gluten free substitution, but if it's not available Casalare (see below is equally as good).
Casalare lasagne sheets work well, however, I always buy 2 packets as I make large lasagnes and I find that 1 packet doesn't go the distance in my large baking tray.
Life for us has been all about survival on a shoestring budget. I cook from scratch and don't buy prepackaged mixes of anything. I've learnt how to live on very basic (and cheap) staples. I've raised happy and healthy kids and I believe that good food is central to a good life!
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I have an unpublished cookbook manuscript that lives on my kitchen bench. This is the collection that I have fed my family from for many years, all made from a core list of practical and economical ingredients. The manuscript is splattered with butter, flour and milk from daily use. It moves between the kitchen and the office as I edit and test-kitchen the recipes.