Lemon Lime & Bitters (Sometimes, you need a little drink...)

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... because you've had a bad day at work (or a really fabulous one), so you come home.......pour some vodka (amount depends on exactly how bad or fabulous your day was) onto some ice, add some lime juice, a splash of bitters + lemonade

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and wa-lah! Lemon Lime & Bitters (with vodka) perfect for cooling down after a (very) average day at work.

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Cheers - to a relaxing weekend!(Happy Friday!)

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Weekend of crazy weather & a cold...

Wow, I haven't had a cold for over two years! I forgot how crap horrid you feel when your throat is itchy, your nose is blocked and your head feels like it has a medicine ball inside it... so, I sit here, in bed, bouncing between this blog and that, bookmark another brownie recipe to try, then onto the next blog, steadily getting lost in all these amazing food blogs, tissues litter the floor beside me and I'm quickly running out of honey for my honey teas.

I want to get better, now! But, my bed is oh so warm... and outside the wind is crazy - I'm scared for our little herb garden on our balcony...

..basil for homemade pesto
from the garden - Purple basil

parsley for my morning eggs
from the garden - parsley

the delicate flowers...
from the garden - flowers of peas

...before they became - our very first snow peas!
from the garden - Our first pea!

So I stay inside, relaxing on the couch. On Sunday I had a rush of energy that led me to make these gluten free custard tarts - although not perfect (I found the custard a bit too thick and gluggy, next time I'll use less cornflour)  they were my first custard tart in over two years - oh the joy! Until my sweet tooth left me that evening and I haven't been able to even look at them.... oh cold go away! 

I made some delicious soup and the lovely spices and vegetables have kept me going over the past few days, I think soup is the best thing when you're sick, especially to cook as it's such low effort! Chop veggies, sauté, add stock, simmer, blend and serve.... yum (recipe coming soon)

Lentil Sweet Potato Carrot Soup

The Heat. It's Hot.

For the past couple of days it's been 40+Degrees (Celcius) here in Perth. It is days like this that remind me that I don't really like summer that much. I'm a 35+Degree hater. I just can't stand it.

To deal I eat yoghurt. Rich, creamy, cool, smooth, yoghurt. With coulis. Of course. One needs the colour and the antioxidants that the berries posses you see. Plus it is oh, so delicious!

Cool, Creamy, Colourful Yoghurt with Coulis

Gluten Free Cakes (that turned into a rant)

Gluten Free, The Gluten Free Scallywag, GF,

I (now) hate morning teas at work.

There are so many times that people don't cater for those who have Celiac disease or allergies (nuts, dairy, cocoa, etc). I know it isn't fair considering it can be hard to find things that are gluten free but it really does piss me off when people don't even try!

I mean, it's not like I woke up one day and thought 'oh, I'm going to become Celiac, or allergic to dairy or nuts or whatever!' These things just happen and we must come to terms with and embrace it or we'll go on screwing up our own bodies and possibly lives (thanks for interrupting my fabulous rant that was going on in my head there Mum!).

I do that.

98% of the time.

In that 98% I accept that I'm Celiac and can't eat that liquorice or fairy bread or reach over and taste my friends pasta when we're out or buy that bag of 6 warm dough-nuts with my dad at the show and scoff them in one go (he had 4 and I 2).

I must admit I miss those days, walking around the showgrounds with my dad stuffing my face with gluten (and calories) checking out the photographs and the old trucks. So for the other 2% of the time I think I'm allowed to get a little bit 6year old 'this sucks' and stamp my foot (I'm a redhead remember). Even, occasionally, lash out and place blame where its absolutely not appropriate and feel better for it! Not to anyone's face mind you!

hehehe... don't you?

If you say yes then I'll rephrase that to 'didn't you ever do that' If you still say yes then I'm happy to announce you are perfect and all other should possibly worship your wonderful optimism, if you didn't tho then YAY revel in that little bit of jealousy after all some of us are just born with green eye and can't help that monster coming out!

Ok, sorry that was a bit of a tangent, wasn't it?

So, anyway... today was a different story.

Today was Miss M's birthday and she went out and asked questions, 'do you have anything gluten free?' to which the little French patisserie said yes! Miss M then asked 'whats in it then' which was promptly followed by a string of explanations in a light French accent of which she mainly got 'hazelnut and almond'.

Of course I had a good look at it and yes, of course there may have bee contamination and one can never know exact ingredients, but I had most of it (it was rather rich). I haven't felt ill or broken out in a rash; my first symptoms, yes I know I probably SHOULDN'T have eaten it - but you know what you only live once and I'm good every other day!

So, thank you Miss M and all the people out there who actually try to cater for everyone!