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Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Vegan and Gluten Free Fatayer / Miniature Pizza Pies


I have been wanting to re-create these little Arabic pizza pies / pockets forever! Well, at least since 2009, when I first discovered I was gluten intolerant.

Fatayer is an easy, delicious Middle Eastern pizza / stuffed biscuit / pie type thing that varies in shape and fillings. You can make them with meat, cheese, or - as in this recipe - spinach and other greens. They can be a meal in themselves, as a snack, or as part of a spread of mezze/tapas dishes.

They're so delicious, btw, that I've been eating like three of them for breakfast every morning... and then another one or two with lunch...


Saturday, April 16, 2016

My Gluten Free Weekly Meal Plan


Here we go again, I'm back on the meal planning wagon! Every time I fall off I realize how much better things are when I'm planning. We buy and throw away less food, I waste less time trying to decide what to make, we eat better, and I experiment more.

So here we are, another gluten free weekly meal plan! And it's mostly one-pot meals, cuz you know I hate doing dishes ;)


Thursday, April 14, 2016

Easy Gluten Free Pie Crust Pizza Rolls (using up leftover pie dough) + vegan option



What a miraculous discovery! These gluten free pizza rolls were a complete fluke, and a total hit! This last minute attempt to use up leftover pie dough scraps turned into a recipe that I will use again and again. It's very easy and totally delicious.

This weekend we had the in-laws over for dinner and I decided to make gluten free pot pie (the recipe for the pie is in my book, Living with Oral Allergy Syndrome but don't worry, the recipe for the crust is in the post below). I doubled the recipe and ended up with extra pie crust

Now normally when I end up with extra pie dough I make little tartlets, like these Miniature Gluten Free Chocolate Pudding Pies but as it happens I already have 16 tart shells in my freezer waiting to be made into something.

So I thought, why not try an appie of some sort?

Well behold, friends, gluten free pie dough pizza rolls - an appie/snack that can be made very quickly, served as an appetizer or snack, taken to potlucks, and definitely shared with others!


Wednesday, March 30, 2016

I'm Running a Giveaway!! NOW CLOSED



Updated April 14: 
Sorry folks, this giveaway is now closed, but stay tuned for updates! You never know when I might run one again :)


Hi folks, just a heads up to let you all know that I'm running an #AmazonGiveaway for the 1st novel in my Ancient Egyptian Romances series, In the Court of Kemet.



You can enter for a chance to win a Kindle edition of the novel, simply by following my author page on Amazon.

No purchase is necessary, however you must be a US resident (sorry, Amazon's rules, not mine). The giveaway ends early next week, so hurry up for the chance to win!



Saturday, March 26, 2016

Gluten Free Easter Cookies with Easy Natural Food Dye Icing


Hi all, I know I've been MIA the last couple of weeks and I apologize. Things are hectic as I try to finish editing the 3rd novel in my romance series, and I'm working on creating a brand spankin' new author website, totally separate from the blog.

But I haven't forgotten about you all. And I haven't forgotten that it's Easter weekend!!

Sooo, I'm no artist when it comes to decorating, but I am pretty pleased with how these sugar cookies / spritz cookies turned out. I made my own naturally dyed icing, and I'm going to share my secret with you below. It's so simple, you're going to want to try and make these all on your own. 


Saturday, March 5, 2016

Gluten Free & Vegan Hint of Orange Oatmeal Cookies (+MeatlessMonday)


I never ever thought I'd say an oatmeal cookie could be addictive. I used to hate the nasty little things when I was younger. And frankly, I'm not even really a big cookie eater. But I'm going to warn you now - these oatmeal cookies are seriously addictive.

Even my husband says so, and he's neither gluten free nor vegan.

From now on, I think orange zest should be added to all cookies, everywhere, forever more.

These hint of orange oatmeal cookies are also pretty darned healthy, comprised almost entirely of oats (and only 1 Tbsp of tapioca starch), and can easily be made with dried cranberries, nuts, or other healthy things. So I don't feel guilty grabbing a couple of them and munching them on the way to the gym, or having a couple of them first thing in the morning with my cup of coffee while I'm writing at my desk.

As I'm doing right now. If you could see me, you'd see a plate of cookies next to me, and a furry old cat in my lap.

Oh wait, I can show you that, let me grab my camera...


Saturday, February 20, 2016

My Gluten Free Weekly Meal Plan



Looking over my calendar I discovered to my surprise that my afternoons this week are super busy! I've somehow managed to book a lunch date, a walking date, and a massage three days in a row, as well as a meeting with my writing group and a volunteer event in the early evenings (along with juggling work). It all sort of crept up on me, and as a result, once again this week's meal plan is heavily based on making large pots of things and eating leftovers.

However, I'm also having my dad and his wife over for dinner. So this week's meal plan also includes a Sunday party plan!


Friday, February 19, 2016

Easy, One-Pot Gluten Free Jambalaya (vegan option +MeatlessMonday)



In keeping with my theme lately of easy, gluten free one-pot dinners for my Wednesday and Thursday night meals, this week I made a gluten free and vegan version of jambalaya (don't worry, there's a meat option for you carnivores). I chose to make jambalaya this week as my book club has just finished reading a series of books about New Orleans, culminating in a trip by many of them to Mardi Gras!!

Alas, although I desperately wanted to go, I didn't join them, given that I've already spent two months out of the past twelve traveling. Sometimes one must keep their feet on the ground and their monies in their pockets...

But back to this jambalaya - savoury, a little spicy, satisfying, and once again, so very very flexible and cheap. Jambalaya basically means mish mash, which is perfect for those of us who like to throw whatever is in the fridge into a pot.


Thursday, February 11, 2016

Gluten Free Valentine's Day Gingerbread House


Well it's not exactly pretty at the moment, but I do have a gluten free Valentine's Day gingerbread house! You see, back in December, when the hubster and I were decorating our first (and very successful) attempt at a gluten free gingerbread house he had so much fun doing it as a date together he asked me, "We can make gingerbread houses for other times of the year, right? It doesn't just have to be for Christmas, does it?"

My husband and I aren't huge on Valentine's Day, being as how it's such a commercialized thing that just seems to lead to people being disappointed they weren't spoiled the way they wanted to be, and promoting an unequal gender balance in which women expect men to shower them with gifts. Instead, we prefer to spend quality time with each other, and go on a cheap date on a day other than Valentine's Day. 

And so, odd as it may be, this year marks what may be the beginning of a Valentine's Day Gingerbread house date night tradition...


Easy, One Pot Gluten Free Thai Noodle and Veggie Bowl (vegan option +MeatlessMonday)


I'm really loving these one-pot dinners! It's so easy to clean up just one pot vs multiple pots and bowls and bits of cutlery, and I can even clean while dinner is cooking.

This week's one-pot gluten free dinner is a Thai-style dish, with a blend of sweetness and sour lime. It only takes about a ridiculous 17 minutes from start to finish. I'm a huge fan of Thai food, and without fail, whenever I get a Thai-style dish started by frying a bit of ginger, garlic, and green onions my husband - from wherever he is in the apartment - will say, "That smells really good!"

For some, Thai food can be a bit confusing, with unfamiliar flavours like kaffir, galangal, and tamarind. However, while not exactly the same, these can be substituted with more readily found things like lime, ginger, and brown sugar. I'll show you how, just keep reading! 


This particular dish is, as are all my one-pot dishes, very flexible, so if you want to leave out the nuts you can. If you want to add some bits of leftover chicken, shrimp, or tofu, go for it! If you have kale, peas, bell peppers, or mung bean sprouts, toss 'em in!!

It's all good. Trust me.



Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Cover Reveal for The Draughtsman's Daughter


I'm super excited to reveal the cover for the third novel in my Ancient Egyptian Romances series - The Draughtsman's Daughter!

Read on for a little blurb and more details...



Saturday, February 6, 2016

My Gluten Free Weekly Meal Plan


I have no witty stories or anecdotes to tell this week, except to say that later this week I'll be heading to my hometown of Winnipeg, Manitoba. It's going to be really, really cold when I get there, but I'll do my best to venture out and find a restaurant or two to tell you about.

Anyway, by now my Gluten Free Weekly Meal Plan should need no introduction! So without further ado, this week's meal plan...


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