Gluten Free Pasta, Sun Dried Tomato, Olive and Basil Salad

A taste of Italy…

Life of a Gluten Free Girl

Gluten free pasta salad

The weather is warm, friends are inviting you over for BBQ’s and pool parties and you need to bring a salad.  Easy right?  It seems that way until the organised ladies in the group begin to “shotgun” the only salads that you know how to prepare (Greek salad, Coleslaw, Garden salad) and before you can say the words “Potato salad” someone has snatched that up before you also!  So here is an easy gluten free pasta summer salad that is different and tastes great!

3 cups of gluten free pasta ( I prefer  to use San Remo’s gluten free spirals)
6 sundried tomatoes (fresh tomatoes can be used as an alternative)
150g mozzarella diced
Pitted black olives
Pitted green olives
1 spring onion thinly sliced
Handful fresh basil leaves (Rocket can be used as an alternative)

90 ml olive oil
15ml balsamic vinegar (Lemon juice can be used…

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Nonna’s Soup

A hearty soup to warm you up on even the coldest days…

Help! My Teenager has Coeliac Disease

Last Tuesday was a ‘bitterly’ cold winter’s day in the tropical north : 16 – 19 C. Actually, it was an upside down day with 19C being registered at 1am and 16C chilling the bones at 1pm.

Nonnas Soup

In other words, a perfect soup day.  This soup takes me back to my childhood and the smells of my nonna’s kitchen. A simple soup in some respects but full of flavour.

Later in my life, I made sense of this soup in a cultural and historical context.  A hundred years ago in rural Europe, farmers cooked and ate by the seasons and learnt to make a meagre meal stretch further. Meat was not everyday fare and what little a family had, was always made to go a long way. My Catalan grandmother spoke  of the daily vegetable soup and the 1 sardine, 10 to 12 cm long which would feed the family. The…

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Pho Thai

Such a visually appealing meal and the fragrance should be amazing…

Cooking with a Wallflower

Vietnamese pho noodles in Thai spicy and sour soup with shrimp, mushrooms, and refreshing basil, a quick and easy recipe for a cold dreary day.

Pho Thai | Cooking with a Wallflower

Vietnamese pho + Thai Tom Yum = Pho Thai

This Vietnamese and Thai fusion noodle soup is so delicious I have to share it with everyone at Fiesta Friday!

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Red Hot Beef with Cashew Nuts

Great variety 

Help! My Teenager has Coeliac Disease

This is one of those recipes that you can use as a base and then build your variations around it.  You can make it into:

Stir Fry Beef and VegetablesFlat Breads and Red Hot Beef

Pad Thai Beef and use peanuts

Thai Beef and Fried Rice

Last night, we teamed it with garlic flat bread.


500 g tender beef steak (rump or sirloin) cut into strips

1 teaspoon vegetable oil


1 tablespoon sesame seeds, toasted

1 garlic clove chopped

1 tablespoon finely grated ginger

½ fresh chili, choppedRed Hot Beef

2 tablespoons gf soy sauce

½ teaspoon Thai red curry paste

To Garnish

4 tablespoons unsalted cashew nuts, toasted

1 shallot, slice diagonally


  1.  In a bowl, mix beef, oil, sesame seeds, garlic, ginger, chili, soy sauce, curry paste.
  2. Refrigerate for 30 minutes to 1 hour.
  3. Heat a heavy base fry pan until very hot and brush with oil.  Place the beef strips in the…

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Sweet Potato Tacos with Miel de Piloncillo

What a great way to use sweet potatoes

cocina de cella

One of my favorite things my nana used to make when I was little was tacos de papa. Something that I specifically remember is she would never tell us it was time to eat — she would ask, in a way that is so characteristic of her gentle nature, “Quieres comer?” Americanized as I was, I didn’t speak Spanish and always thought that she was saying, “The food is ready.” “Gracias Nanaaaa,” I would respond as I zipped around the corner into the kitchen and settled into a seat at the table.

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There was always a sense of excitement when she made us tacos de papa, I think because there was a do-it-yourself aspect to it. There would be a tray of crispy tacos in the center of the table, still piping hot from the oil she fried them in and stuffed with lightly-seasoned mashed potatoes. I think she only used salt…

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Slow Cooked Pork Belly

The only way to cook Pork Belly

Sharing The Food We Love


I’ve been dreaming of using my slow cooker all summer.   I know it doesn’t produce heat so really it should’ve been getting a work out way earlier than now, but somehow I couldn’t bring myself to think about eating a warm casserole style meal in the middle of the heat we’ve been having.  Oh well, we’re into Autumn now and the weather is starting to be more moderate which is lending itself to more luscious warming food.

This recipe is one that I’ve had on my list to attempt since Genie posted it on her blog Bunny. Eats. Design back in October.   She cooked it as part of her wonderful concept Our Growing Edge which encourages you to explore new ingredients, new recipes and then share them as part of a monthly roundup.  I’m hoping I’m not being too cheeky recreating a recipe from this collection to contribute…

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