The perfect Sunday

What a great way to spend my Sunday – warm 20 degree sunshine and the family around me.  It started off with taking Ansh and Lola for their weekly swimming lessons followed by a trip to the local park where both enjoyed riding their bikes and generally running around.  Both behaved for a change and ate their lunch without a fuss.  Anna and I then proceeded to clean the barbecue which has not seen much action in over a year and prepped for the evening meal.  Out of the blue,  Ansh said he felt like having some tomato soup for dinner.  I thoroughly enjoyed making him a batch of fresh tomato soup and grilling some portabello mushrooms and trout for our dinner.   For all my vegetarian friends and family the mushrooms are a great addition to your barbecue repertoire and you can have fun tinkering with the various topping combinations.

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Tomato soup

What do I need to make it?

  • 1 large tomato cut in pieces
  • 10 cherry tomatoes quartered
  • 1 small onion chopped
  • 1 sprig of spring onion chopped
  • 1 celery stick chopped
  • 1 carrot chopped
  • 1 pearl of garlic finely chopped
  • 1 vegetable stock cube
  • 1/2 cup almond milk (use normal or cream if not bothered by lactose)
  • Handful fresh basil chopped
  • Knob of butter
  • 3 tbsp oilve oil
  • Salt & pepper to taste

How much will I make?

Serves 2 comfortably

How do I make it?

Heat a pan and add olive oil to it.  First add the garlic and saute for 30 seconds before adding the onion, celery and sprig onion.  Saute over medium heat for 2-3 minutes before adding the carrots.   Continue sauteing for another couple of minutes before adding chopped tomatoes.  Bring to a boil and then add stock cube and about 1 cup of water.   Allow to cook for 10 minutes before adding the fresh basil.  Blitz the liquid in a blender and bring it back to the boil before adding almond milk and a knob of butter.  Adjust the seasoning  and serve hot.

Barbecued portabello mushrooms

I don’t have exact measures for this recipe but can share with you how I make it.  Skin the portabello mushroom before adding the seasonings.  Sprinkle a pinch of mixed herbs, crushed red chilies and some garlic salt.  Drizzle some balsamic vinegar and good olive oil and grill on the barbecue for 15-20 minutes.  Alternatively you can repeat the first step with the dry ingredients and  add some lemon juice and butter instead of the vinegar and oil.


Gluten/Lactose Free Almond milk pancakes

I  have always struggled with breakfast as I do not have a sweet tooth and do not usually like something sweet for breakfast.   Our breakfast options have become rather limited after we started our gluten free journey.  I can no longer bolt down a slice of toast before rushing off to drop the kids off in school.  I have found a breakfast idea which I enjoy and can be made really quickly and the great thing about this is I can have a sweet or savoury option.

 What do I need to make it?

  • 1 ½ cup gluten free all-purpose flour (we use Dove’s Farm)
  • 1 tsp unrefined cane sugar
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 250 ml Almond milk
  • 1 egg beaten
  • Dash of vanilla essence (optional)
  • Butter or oil to grease the pancake while cooking (just a little)

How many will I make?

Around 8-10 small pancakes

How do I make it?

Whisk all the ingredients together to make a smooth batter.  Heat non-stick  frying pan and then pour a ladle of batter and spread evenly by moving the pan in a circular motion.   Add butter/oil around the pancake.  Serve the pancakes hot with a traditional maple syrup or fresh seasonal fruit.  Alternatively, chop up some overripe bananas and heat them through with a knob of butter and 2-3 tsp of honey (if allergic to honey buy a bottle of Agave nectar which is a fantastic alternative)  to get a warm banana compote.

For a savoury option, chop up some spring onion, a red Thai chilli, coriander leaves and a couple of tablespoons of sweet corn.  Drop all the ingredients in the batter before making the pancakes.