What Am I?

We had loads of correct answers to last week’s puzzle – hurray! Props, kudos and congrats go to Dominique from Dominique’s Desk for being the first to guess correctly!

Let’s see how you get on with this week’s puzzle. Remember, there’s a shout out, link back and bottle of champagne* to the first person with the correct answer, and a shout out on Twitter to all those with correct answers, if you leave your Twitter handle in your comment.

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*there’s no champagne.

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Udi’s Gluten Free Cookies Mix – Review

Udi’s Gluten Free have recently added lots of new products to their gluten free range in the UK and they asked me if I would like to review some of them. One of the items they sent me was a box mix for cookies. I tend to steer clear of box mixes for baking, but I have to confess that I’ve struggled to make a good gluten free chop chip cookie, so I looked forward to seeing the results.

Plum decided to help me make them, and had great fun. You need to add butter, egg, honey and vanilla to the mix, which contains tons of nice chunky chocolate chips. The recipe on the box uses cups as the measurement or butter, but my head doesn’t work in cups, so I had to convert it. It asks for softened butter but I found it better to melt the butter. I also added a bit extra because the mix wasn’t forming breadcrumbs the way it was supposed to.

The instructions recommend chilling the dough or 2 hours if you want thicker biscuits, which is what we did. Once chilled, we rolled the dough into 24 balls and baked them in the oven for 15 minutes. The smell whilst they were baking was driving me mad!

Udi's Gluten Free Cookie Mix

As you can see from the picture, they were a huge success. Still soft and chewy on the inside, they had this gorgeous cracked look on the outside. And they tasted delicious. Plum was dancing all round the garden singing “my cookies are gorgeous! My cookies are gorgeous!” 

They really were very nice tasting. Stonelaughter, who can take or leave gluten free biscuits at the best of times, and doesn’t like packet mixes, loved them. I hadn’t told him they were a mix, and he was really surprised. And immediately asked if they are also available in ginger, because he needs ginger biscuits that are as good as these in his life. Bean, and Bean’s friends were similarly impressed, and came back to ask for seconds.

I think we will be buying this mix in the future.

Udi’s Gluten Free range of products is available in Tesco and Asda. Find your nearest stockist here.

 

 

 

Disclosure: I was sent this mix, along with other items from the Udi’s Gluten Free range, free of charge for the purpose of review. All opinions are my own.

This Parenting Lark – Parenting Post Link Up

It’s been a strange week here. Everyone, including the children, seemed to be tired out all week and as a result nothing more than chilling and playing has happened. This parenting lark is hard work at times, you know?

At the beginning of the week, we played a new board game which both Bean and Plum were quite excited about.

It’s the British History game and I was really impressed with it – there are four different ways to play with increasing levels of difficulty. In some game play you simply get familiar with different periods of history and the order they come in, in others you start finding out more about those times in history and testing your knowledge. I think Bean and I will be using it as the basis for a home ed project.

British History Game

 

In other news, PK grows more mischievous by the day. The last week or two have seen him become obsessed with taking his nappy off and leaving it where it drops. He’s also developed a bit of a thing for the appliances in the kitchen. He can (and does if you don’t watch him like a hawk) turn on the oven, dishwasher, washing machine and tumble dryer. Oh, it’s such fun!

He’s also learnt some new songs though and can be heard singing bits of “The King of Rock and Roll” by Prefab Sprout. He’s begun counting to twenty, and just yesterday demonstrated an understanding of what number mean by counting groups of items. It’s all go in his little world!

This Parenting Lark linkyWhat about you? What has family life brought for you this last week? This Parenting Lark is open for your parenting posts – serious, funny, bizarre, poignant, cries for help ….. You name it, if it’s to do with parenting, feel free to link up your post and spread the word.

 


Workshop Fun at the Farm

Earlier this month we went to the LinDhu Gathering in Lincolnshire and I said last week that I would post more about what we got up to.

There were all kinds of workshops on over the weekend – some free, some charged, but covering all kinds of things. I’m pleased to say that despite the weather and all the work that we were there to do, we managed to go to quite a few between us.

There was an amazing circus/theatre group there and they ran lots and lots of free workshops for the children over the weekend, in various circus skills including juggling and Diablo. Bean attended two or three of these. I love that he could just go and see what was on for the day and then take himself off to whatever took his fancy.

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The stall next to us sold various spiritual, Pagan and magick style items made from Fimo clay, and they ran several free workshops for the children too. Bean and Plum went together to make their own wands and it was lovely to spy on them and see Bean helping Plum with the bits that her three-year old hands couldn’t manage. On our last day, Bean popped over to make a unicorn too, which we brought home to cook in the oven. It’s definitely sparked his interest in clay creation and we’ll be getting ourselves some Fimo and air dry clay for them both to experiment with.

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There was another stall selling clay items, some from polymer clay but most from terracotta and other “normal” clays. She was running a workshop for a group Goddess project. She came to me for a henna tattoo, and during that, she told me about the workshop, so went the time came, I put up my little sign and toddled off to the marquee with my coffee. We each created a Goddess figure from terracotta, which she was taking home to fire. They were then going to be strung into bunting and returned to the farm where the festival was held. The farm holds quite a few spiritual events so the goddess bunting will look fabulous there.

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The other thing I made time to do was visit the healing field and have an ear candle session. I’ve had Hopi ear candles before but these we Jill Fraser candles, made from pure local beeswax. It was so peaceful in the healing tent and I had a wonderful hour of face massage and ear candles and I felt totally spaced out at the end of it. The treatment was incredibly effective in clearing my ears too, though I feel like I need it doing again very soon to really make a big impact.

There’s so much more I could tell you about the weekend – I may need to write another post about it!

Great British Bake Off – Gluten Free Parmesan Plaits

The Sated Coeliac - Gluten Free RecipesLast week’s Great British Bake Off was all about biscuits and so this week’s recipe from me is a biscuit recipe of course. I’ll be honest, I didn’t fancy building a 3D model with gluten free biscuits and the florentines only have 50g of flour in them, which is easy to swap for gluten free flour, without making an other adjustments, so this left me with the challenge of savoury biscuits.

I decided to make these plaits – they are quite soft and chewy on the inside and pack a parmesan punch. If you prefer a cracker for cheese that crunches, simply roll out the dough to 5mm thick and cut out your biscuits with a cutter. Reduce the cooking time by 2-3 minutes.

Great British Bake Off Gluten Free Biscuits

If, like the Great British Bake Off judges, you have a think about producing a billion biscuits all identical in size, shape and bake then I recommend avoiding the plaits!

Gluten Free Parmesan Twists
Yields 12
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Prep Time
45 min
Cook Time
12 min
Total Time
54 min
Prep Time
45 min
Cook Time
12 min
Total Time
54 min
Ingredients
  1. 220g gluten free plain flour
  2. 1tsp salt
  3. 2 tsp gluten free baking powder
  4. 1 tsp xantham gum
  5. 4 tsp caster sugar
  6. 125g butter (chilled)
  7. 130ml single cream
  8. 5tbsp grated fresh parmesan
  9. 2 tbsp dried oregano
  10. 1 tsp freshly ground black pepper
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl, combine all the dry ingredients and mix well
  2. Chop the butter into cubes and rub into the flour mixture with the tips of your fingers until it resembles fine breadcrumbs
  3. Add the cream and mix with a knife until you have a slightly sticky (not soggy) dough.
  4. Chill in the fridge for half an hour.
  5. Preheat the oven to 230c
  6. Remove dough from the fridge and knead slightly.
  7. Take walnut sized pieces of dough and roll them into sausages.
  8. Squash three strands together at the end and plait the lengths together, squashing the ends together.
  9. Do this until you've used all the dough.
  10. Transfer to a baking tray lined with baking paper
  11. Bake for 10-12 minutes until they are get beginning to colour.
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What Am I?

Well, I thought last week’s was going to be easy, but it seems everyone went down the same path – and it was the wrong one. Lots of guesses of blinds and shutters, but it was something much smaller – a bar code!

So, I wonder what you’ll make of this one? What Am I?

No prizes, but a pat on the back, a mention and a link in next week’s post for the first right answer. Leave your twitter name and I’ll shout out everyone who gets it right!

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