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

August 12, 2014

A little news & a teacake...

Raspberry & Cacao Nib Tea Cake | The Gluten Free Scallywag

It’s been quiet around here of late. I’m sure you’ve noticed my (and the recipes) absence since March. It’s not because life has been quiet .... oh no, quite the contrary, but I’ll fill you in on some of the in-betweens later as I want to jump on to the news that has me busting out of my pants - quite literally - I’m pregnant!

Over halfway and all is going well. I've ditched the jeans and my winter wardrobe consists of a lot of current in season leggings (thank goodness) and I can say with some certainty that I’ve not had any cravings, well not weird ones at least. I’ve always eaten what I’ve craved so it’s a bit hard to tell if I’ve wanted anything more than normal. Having said that I can say that I ate a heck of a lot of toast for the first 15+ weeks - apricot jam and gluten free vegemite were my toppings of choice, separately, obviously...

Raspberry & Cacao Nib Tea Cake | The Gluten Free Scallywag
Raspberry & Cacao Nib Tea Cake | The Gluten Free Scallywag
Gluten Free Scallywag - 20weeks Pregnant

April 07, 2014

Little Chocolate Strawberry Cakes: Gluten Free Recipe


Little Chocolate Strawberry Cakes

Many, many moons ago I used to babysit three adorable children that lived across the road from me in Perth. Many an afternoon was spent talking to their Mum and playing with the kids as she whipped up spaghetti jaffles (I'm still not a fan) or chocolate chip cookies (umm... BIG fan!), I remember the two eldest loved watching their Mum cook. You could see in their eyes that they knew yummy food was coming and, in the case of the chocolate chip cookies, bowl licking was coming. Now, my Mum taught me how to properly scrape a bowl of 98% of the batter, but I've still never seen a cleaner un-clean bowl from baking as I did at their place and the chocolate coated smiles were proof enough that the kids thought that this baking hoo-ha was the bomb.

Approximately 16 years later and I still think of those kids licking the bowl every time that I umm... lick the bowl! Ok, so I don't stick my finger into the batter like I used to, as baking for others doesn't really allow this, no, no, no, I've moved up the working through the teaspoons in the cutlery drawer. I try to only get two out for a sweet recipe like this as otherwise my final yield is not as much as it should be! These little cakes that are laden with melted chocolate and soft sweet strawberries are one of those recipes that tastes awesome raw and I'm not talking about the good for you uncooked, vegan, vegetable raw. Oh, no, I'm talking about unadulterated sweet cocoa buttery goodness...

Little Chocolat Strawberry Cakes
Little Chocolate Strawberry Cakes Little Chocolate Strawberry Cakes
Little Chocolate Strawberry Cakes


So, get your teaspoon at the ready and whip up these little cakes that are perfect warm from the oven with a dusting of icing sugar, or you could top with a luxurious chocolate ganache and a strawberry for something little more 'fancy'. I went for warm from the oven, there was no way they were going to last long  enough to cool down... let alone make more dishes creating a topping, as delightful as it may be...