Caramel Walnut Slice

Gluten Free Scallywag Walnut Slice

Have you been to the Camberwell Sunday Markets? Do you like sorting through trash to find treasure or love collecting vintage nick-knacks? Yes? Well, don't go to the Camberwell Sunday Markets then, you'll get addicted! Ha! One of the ladies I met at a workshop that I did with Dario earlier in the year is addicted (like me), sometimes we'll text each other our finds and sometimes we'll go shopping together; make a day of it. You know, talk each other in and out of purchases, carry ridiculously heavy bags when the others fingers are purple and about to fall off- it's just what friends do - take everything home and re examine it all over a coffee and then pour over the cookbook collection to get in the kitchen again! It's a vicious, vicious cycle and one that my gorgeous fiance finds hilarious, so long as everything I buy fits in my tiny prop cupboard (which isn't much!) but somehow I always manage to find something else and it always fits...

This market is one of my favourite things about Melbourne . That and the awesome industrial/vintage coffee shops, Chapel St Bazaar (like Camberwell Markets but open all week - it's a dangerous spot!), walking round the tan on sunny mornings, turning corners to find hidden bars with friends and drinking too much good wine when out to dinner!

Gluten Free Scallywag Walnut Slice
Gluten Free Scallywag Walnut Slice

One of the other things I've thoroughly enjoyed here in Melbourne are the expos and shows and I can't wait to help out Three Ducks Gourmet with their stall on the 15th September! I'm helping out Three Ducks with the powerwoman behind One Girl Pie who makes amazing gluten free pies that are stocked at Three Ducks and eaten by me on the odd occasion I want a wee bit o' blueberry pie! So, if you're gluten free and in Melbourne on the 15th September 2012 then head along to the Vic + Tas Gluten Free Expo from 9.30am to 4pm at the Caulfield Racecourse hosted by the folks from the Vic + Tas Coeliac Society. Tickets are available to buy here , or read below to find out how to

WIN TICKETS TO THE VIC + TAS GLUTEN FREE EXPO! 

This competition is now closed. Congratulations to Megan Trembath the winner!

To enter the competition to win one double plass to the Vic + Tas Gluten Free Expo

  1. You must live in Melbourne, Australia.
  2. Leave a comment below (on this post) with your email address and postcodebefore midnight Sunday 9th September 2012.
  3. that's it. Although you could make this slice in celebration of entering the comp ;)

Winner of the double pass will be announced on Monday 10th September and contacted by email.

Meanwhile onto this delicious caramel walnut slice

... it's moist, coconutty, crunchy and did I say delicious? Perfect for a morning tea at work, picnic in the park or lash out and have a slice for morning AND afternoon tea and whilst you're at it add a dollop of whipped cream. Then hit the gym and go double time on that treadmill.

Caramel Walnut Slice

Adapted from AWW. Makes about 12 squares.

Base

160g (1 cup) plain gluten free flour

125g butter, melted

95g (1 cup) desiccated coconut

70g (1/3 cup) castor sugar

1/2tsp gluten free baking powder

 Heat oven to 170degrees celcius. Line a brownie tray (28 x 18 cm) with baking paper.

Combine all ingredients and press into the prepared lamington tray. Bake 15minutes. Meanwhile prepare the topping.

Topping

2 eggs

1tsp vanilla essence

150 (3/4 cup) brown sugar

95g (1 cup) desiccated coconut

60g (1/2 cup) walnuts, chopped

Whisk together the eggs, essence and sugar until the sugar is dissolved. Add in remaining ingredients and mix together. Pour over the baked base and bake fore 20minutes.

Cool in tray. Slice and serve. Will keep for approximately 3-5days in an airtight container.

Avocado & Mint Toasts for Brunch & A Hamper Giveaway!

Gluten Free Scallywag - Avocado + Mint Toasts

Don't you just love the weekends? Those two days between Friday and Monday where

the evenings are ours to do as we wish,

the afternoons ripe for (possibly boozy - but I'll deny it all) lunches with your girlfriends and lazy mornings sleeping in in your big bed all by your self whilst your fiance is out riding his bike. Yep, that was my weekend this weekend, although, I must say my gorgeous man did make me dinner last night, pick me up after the deny-it-all-boozy-lunch (that may have extended on into the evening in a not-so-boozy-manner - thank goodness - as I feel I can't handle many of those these days!) then we walked down to the Prahran Markets with me on Sunday morning for some fresh fruit at veg.

Oh! Which reminds me - did you know there's a new gluten free store there at the Prahran Markets? Yep, there is and it's packed full of gluten free goodies, so you should check it out whilst you're buying your gluten free snags from the butchers next weekend...

Gluten Free Scallywag - Avocado + Mint Toasts

After a long day on Saturday all I wanted on my return from the markets was something tasty for brunch. I've been

slowly getting my man to eat avocado

. He knows that avocados are rich in vitamin C, high in fibre and folate and contain natural antioxidants such as Vitamin E. Yep, he knows they're pretty fab, but he's never liked the flavour and wasn't to fussed on the texture either, so, I took some inspiration from a recent breakfast out and made this brunch for him combining the avocado with a few of his favourite things - mint, lemon and feta. Smash it onto some crispy toast (more on that below), top with a fried egg and ta-da fiance friendly avocado! Highly recommended.

Gluten Free Scallywag - Avocado + Mint Toasts

The fabulous end to the weekend was knowing that I had some goodies to give away to my Queensland readers this week

! A big shout out to all of you who joined my little 'Oi!' campaign on

Facebook

and

Twitter

last week - thanks for saying hi and good luck!

This giveaway is now closed! 

I have 2 hampers full of Simply Wize goodies*

and

double passes to the Queensland Gluten Free Food Expo* to give away to two lucky Queensland readers,

all you need to do is leave a comment below (on this blog post) between now and 11.59pm AEST Sunday April 29th 2012 answering this

"If you won this Simply Wize hamper what would you put on your first piece of fresh crusty bread?"

I will pick two winners at random and announce them on Monday 30th April.

A few conditions - Entries are open to Queensland residents only. No anonymous comments please. One comment per person. Prize must be claimed with 48hours of announcing the winner or the prize will be re-drawn - sorry folks, but otherwise you won't get your tickets in time for the Expo!

* The booty thanks to the team at Tesch Communications.

- Two tickets to the

Queensland Gluten Free Food Expo

on at the RNA Showgrounds, Brisbane this May 11th + 12th.

-

Simply Wize

Hamper containing two each of their gluten free Crusty Bread Mix,Cheese Deli Wafers, Poppyseed & Sea Salt Deli Wafers, Original Mini Lavosh, Cheese Mini Lavosh  and Gnocchi (which is actually what I used in

this recipe

last Autumn!)

Gluten Free Scallywag - Avocado + Mint Toasts

Avocado & Mint Toasts with Eggs

Makes enough for two

1 large ripe avocado

3-4 fresh mint leaves

1-2tsp lemon juice

1-2tablspoons Persian feta

Pepper to taste

Crunchy gluten free toast + fried eggs (to your liking) to serve.

Cut your avocado in half and scoop out the flesh into a small bowl. Smash together with the remaining ingredients.

Spoon and spread onto toasted bread with an extra sprig of mint and crumble of feta Top with a fried egg and some cracked pepper. Also delicious without the egg!

Enjoy with your favourite person or people.

Giveaway Winners & an Announcement!



Congratulations to:


Margaret Jasinska - This Christmas I'm looking forward to making a pavlova topped with lots of cream, nectarines, blueberries and passionfruit. So nice because it's already gluten free and lovely and cool on a hot summer day.

Ellie Rose -  This year i am looking forward to baking mince pie bomb Alaska's: a gluten free mince pie topped with homemade coconut milk ice cream and baked in a meringue shell, literally heaven on a plate!


Your numbers were pulled out of the magical random.org and you have each won a copy of the 'Irresistible for the Irritable' Cookbook by Sue Shepherd! You should have received an email from me earlier today, if you haven't please check your junk mail and email me at jas [@] glutenfreescallywag.com if it hasn't come through.


Now, onto my announcement - serious happy dances happening here people!


Last week my man surprised me with a lovely bottle of champagne to celebrate, because, you see, my kitchen, recipes and business plan has been approved by my local council to be able to bake my gluten free goods for you to gobble up. Yes - that's right everyone!


The Gluten Free Scallywag Bakery  is now open for business! 

It's taken me a while (as those select friends that knew about my plans would know!) but it's here and I can't wait to be able to help those of you in Perth, Western Australia, with your gluten free celebrations! You'll see a new page at the top of this site which has information about the Gluten Free Scallywag Bakery; what's available - gluten free cakes, cookies and slices are on the menu, plus important information about my kitchen and where these gluten free goodies are available!!


So, if you have a friend that's gluten free and you need some gluten free cupcakes or cookies for them or you are gluten free and simply aren't in the mood to bake that next morning tea for work then, please, check out The Gluten Free Scallywag Bakery and contact me about an order of scrumptious gluten free cakes, brownies or cookies!

After all this excitement (and more than a few happy dances and a bottle of bubbly) I haven't had a chance to complete my usual recipe post for you, so I'll leave you with one of my favourite gluten free salads from this time last year - Gluten & Lactose Free Creamy Mustard Chicken Salad.

Giveaway: Irresistible Gluten Free Food Show - Winners!


First things first.

Winners of the (Melbourne) Irresistible Gluten Free Food Show Giveaway are Jade of Monique In Melbourne, AustCrime Fiction, Sarah of Sarah Hone & Renee! Congratulations!

Jade + Aust Crime Fiction, please contact me (via email to: jas [@] glutenfreescallywag [DOT] com)  as soon as possible I couldn't find your email address on your blog!

If you missed out on the free double passes to the Irresistible Gluten Free Food Show (Melbourne, October 2 & 3rd 2010) don't stress (it's not good for you - but then again neither is cake), you can still buy tickets online here.

Secondly - I'll be posting the recipe for these delightful gluten free orange cookies tomorrow - stay tuned!