Wow - I still can't believe we're at the beginning of yet another year! Last year was a bit of a whirlwind with organising the
and moving jobs, it all went terribly fast! I always wonder if everyone else's year seemed to go as fast as mine... did yours?
This year has just as much in store as last year, I'm sure. I've had some
from the bakery and I'm looking forward to learning much more about food photography, doing regular weekly posts and expanding my gluten free baking range...especially after the epic gluten free pastry fail I had yesterday! I even have an intimate
in late January! 2011 is all about expanding my range (and that's not my waistline - that will be slimmed down a little thanks to some swimming and crosstraining!) and I hope that all of you, my lovely readers, who visit this blog regularly and leave lovely comments will do something new this year too! Even if it's just baking your first
This holiday season, we trotted off down to Margaret River in the South West of Western Australia.We spent the week lazing in the sun on the deck. A few trashy magazines piled up on the coffee table or falling asleep on the lounge, only to wake later with
next to me, panting away and wriggling around during his doggie dreams!
There were afternoons spent driving up and down Caves Rd visiting the odd winery and cafe and enjoying the cool waters at Smiths Beach. Trips into town for some gluten free sausages (Coles has a fabulous range of gluten free snags for those who are bbq mad - like me!) were bbq'd then thrown into some gluten free bread and enjoyed with a green salad. It was another lovely summer holiday and I hope you enjoyed yours as much as I enjoyed mine!
This dip was made in my friend Dom's new toy; a Thermomix . We had a gluten free (apart from the bread) Thermomix demonstration during our holidays and I must say it certainly seems to be a most handy appliance - grinding nuts into meal, risotto in 17minutes, a cheats lemon & berry sorbet in moments and it grinds raw sugar into castor sugar and then icing sugar. Ahh.... the idea of only having to by raw sugar for the rest of my life ...bliss! Now, this dip was adapted from the recipe book that comes with the Thermomix, but can easily be made in a food processor.
Luscious Green Cream Cheese Dip: Gluten Free Recipe
Make approximately 1cup
250g cream cheese
1/3cup grated parmesan cheese
1small bunch parsley
1small bunch chives
handful of basil leaves
2 cloves garlic, crushed
pepper, to taste
Wash your parsely, chives and basil and add into the food processor/Thermomix with the garlic. Buzz for a few seconds, till finely chopped. Stop to scrape down the bowl. Add the cream cheese and parmesan, buzz until smooth. Test a little and add pepper to taste.
Serve immediately with some gluten free crackers. Would also store well in an air tight container in the fridge for 2-3days.