I don’t know about you but I love the build up to Christmas! Buying presents, decorating the house and making delicious gluten-free treats to enjoy!
I am just about sorted now, the cake is baked, ready to top with marzipan (I picked mine up from Sainsbury’s) and then ice and decorate it. It has been regularly “fed” with brandy, so we should have a very moist Christmas cake to enjoy!
I love the tradition of Christmas baking, here is the recipe for Mince Pies if you want to have a go as well. If you’re short of time or don’t want to make them, I have sampled the new gluten-free ones from Marks and Spencer, they were so good I managed to polish off a full box of 4 (not all in one day!) so I can highly recommend them!
My little tip, which I am sure you will be sorted with, is to be prepared to take things to eat when you are out and about as I have to confess I was slightly caught out on a recent Christmas shopping trip with my friends. We had set of early in the morning and I decided not to make any gluten free toast to take with me… not a good idea, as although all the coffee shops that we went into could offer sweet things, I didn’t want cake for breakfast and there was nothing savoury to hit the mark. Fortunately there was an M&S Simply Food so I managed to pick up a gluten-free ploughmans sandwich. Luckily the coffee shop didn’t mind and I was able to eat it in there with my friends over a nice cappuccino.
Lunch was much more successful, we popped into The Oast House in Spinningfields, Manchester.
The hot meat is barbecued so I had to skip that, instead I had the most delicious cold platter, consisting of hummus, olives, roast chicken and waldorf salad. The presentation was excellent and the atmosphere was delightful and really Christmassy!! If you pay them a visit do let them know you are coeliac and run through the menu with them to ensure all ok before ordering.
My Christmas treat shopping is almost there, Cadburys roses are squirreled under the stairs, along with other gluten free treats. Being a bit of a lazy bones I have bought Mrs Crimbles stuffing, but you can make your own gluten-free stuffing, click for the Juvela recipe for gluten-free stuffing. There are lots of places that offer gluten free sausages (if your local butcher does that is fantastic), I have bought them from M&S in the past as they do clearly mark up they are gluten free. Most supermarkets do have gluten-free sausages, such as The Black Farmer.
If you want to check what Christmas treats are suitable for coeliacs here is a link to Coeliac UK’s list of gluten free Christmas goodies!!
Hope you have enjoyed my blog this year – Wishing you a very Merry Christmas!