February 13, 2015

Decadent Chocolate Mousse :: Gluten Free Recipe

The Gluten Free Scallywag:: Decadent Chocolate Mousse
A little person. We created a little person. It's been just over two months and I still can't quite believe it. He is amazing. He has grown so quickly already; his little cheeks have filled out,  his arms and legs have those adorable chubby baby rolls on them. His smile is the cutest thing I've ever seen. I'm biased, but the lady at Bed Bath n Table also told me so the other day.

Life is settling down a little. My man, David and I learn more about each other and our little cookie each day. I'm attempting to slow down. I won't get this time back (nor any in the years to come, but this time full of cuddles is so special. I won't be here as often this year, but I plan on another edition of The Gluten Free Scallywag Magazine towards the end of the year. In the meantime I will continue client recipe redevelopment and food photography, hopefully, mid year after my self imposed maternity leave.

The Gluten Free Scallywag:: Decadent Chocolate Mousse

10months ago when I fell pregnant I had been planning on whipping up two things in my kitchen; chocolate mousse and tiramisu. Pregnancy put a stop to that thanks to the recipes' raw eggs. Now (yay now!) I can enjoy them! I've made this chocolate mousse a few times now. I alternate between using Whittakers 72% or 50% cocoa chocolate. Funnily enough the consensus is that that lower cocoa chocolate is somehow richer, perhaps the sweetness? I'm not sure, I'll have to make both again to confirm.

The Gluten Free Scallywag:: Decadent Chocolate Mousse

December 22, 2014

Apricot Sultana Cookies & Our Little Cookie

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It's been a while between posts. In fact, it's a whole other side of the country between posts! Yes, we have moved back to Perth and have settled into our new home south of the river (my first time this side, it's taking a little while to get used to it!). We have a few boxes left to unpack and my desk, although together, still needs a top coat of paint. I'll show you around some time but for now I am simply busting to tell you...

I'M A MUM! 

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Just over 2weeks ago we welcomed our first little bundle of joy into our lives, Ray, our little cookie. He is just precious. I am totally, 100%, completely biased of course, but I think that's the case with most parents. Labour went by quickly after we'd made a trip to IKEA to purchase a few last minute items in the afternoon. I didn't know the sensations I was feeling were contractions (I though I was just being a bit of a sissy and they were possibly Braxton Hicks - ha!) but clearly, it really was a last minute shopping trip as Ray was born not even 7hours later. As we were left in our room together a couple of hours after midnight I said to my man, David  "We're parents - we created this little human!" I have repeated that exclamation a number of times over the past two weeks.

There has been a whirlwind of visitors as my parents became Grandparents for the 1st time and my man's parents for the 6th! My best friend missed out on making me my labour inducing (kidding) nutella cheesecake pots prior to his birth but she has dropped around with some delicious wholefood mudcake as nutrition for Mum. When I steal the recipe off her I'll share it here - so good!

Ray doesn't mind that there's no Christmas tree up, just a string of fairy lights glittering on our newly renovated dresser - which, I'm positively loving by the way, stacked up with my vintage finds and crockery collection, or that I'm introducing him with a rather non-festive cookie recipe. I must admit after having made gluten free gingerbread just before his birth and enough fruit mince pies for a small army (ie my then growing belly) I felt that I wanted something a little more... wholesome. Something fruity and full of homemade goodness. Something that I won't feel too bad about eating as a midnight snack, one handed, with a cup of tea at the kitchen table, while I feed him and go nuts pinning on Pinterest at the same time.

So, go make these cookies. I did right after I'd put our little cookie down for a sleep, so you can too.

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September 17, 2014

Banana Nutella Pancakes with Strawberry Sauce & Goodbye Melbourne

The Gluten Free Scallywag | Banana Nutella pancakes

Last week I said good bye to Melbourne. My time there has been so very amazing. I set myself goals when we moved over; cook more, share more, photograph more (read: get better at it), see what you can do. I've cooked many different things in Melbourne but feel my greatest achievement has been working on my photography, I look back at my last Perth post to today and I am proud of myself. As someone who is so often very critical of themselves this is something I don't often indulge myself in, as I'm always striving to be better; be a better person, a better cook and I'm sure in our new adventure as parents I will most likely strive to be a better mother (Oh, that sounds so surreal - I can't wait!)

My favourite thing about Melbourne and our little apartment space though has been the creation of The Gluten Free Magazine, founded in Melbourne in 2011 (our first year there). I am constantly overwhelmed by you; you, who read the magazines, who have purchased the print copy, who have emailed or facebooked me. You who have baked your very own gluten free Christmas Cake in however many years, or who tell friends to make my gluten & dairy free carrot cake as it's 'so delicious'. You are the ones that make this gluten free baking journey all worthwhile. THANK YOU.

The Gluten Free Scallywag | Banana Nutella pancakes

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