Anyone up for a Greedy Coeliacs' Xmas Thread?

(56 Posts)
SpringHeeledJack Sun 02-Dec-12 21:03:39

just that, really

am just over a stomach bug and spent two hours shoving my way thro Sainsbos ^on my own^- these two factors combined have made me obSESSed with Christmas Food

anyone got any recipe ideas, link em on here

and also feel free to RANT about the plethora of fucking pastry snack ads- TOWERS of pastry snacks- gah!- yeah, you, MandSWaitroseIcefuckinglandSainsburys etc etc

sorry to post and dash- off to watch Homeland

Will bump tomorrow

<gives secret wheat free salute to all>

fuzzpig Sun 02-Dec-12 21:06:24

I'm in! I'm not a coeliac myself but my DH and one of my DSDs are.

CMOTDibbler Sun 02-Dec-12 21:12:08

I made gf mincemeat cupcakes on Friday - very tasty, and I have plans for baileys buttercream next time.

It must be time for my annual raid on M&S

SpringHeeledJack Sun 02-Dec-12 21:20:25

woooah, yum

linky please if you have one

I am thinking of trying these

...this for a family where noone actually likes dried fruit much



Fresh01 Sun 02-Dec-12 21:25:22

As a side question, my MIL is coeliac and I was wanting to get her nice chocolates for x-mas. Is there anywhere good to try apart from the usual M&S and Thorntons?

DottyDot Sun 02-Dec-12 21:26:19

Woohoo! My kind of thread!! Dp makes amazing gluten-free mince pies for me using doves farm flour - will ask her for the recipe and post back.

I have g-f trifle on Xmas day - made with g-f sponge then the usual ingredients. Love it and never really liked Christmas pud anyway.

Tesco do some really good g-f chipolata sausages that I might cut up and wrap with bacon.

Looking forward to it already grin

CMOTDibbler Sun 02-Dec-12 21:42:44

M&S do gf cocktail sausages and sausages in bacon, so thats always my fave thing. Trifle is a big christmas thing in my family, so I always make one - sponge freezes fine, so you can make ahead of time.

I like Genius mincepies, and if Sainsbos have the iced gf mincepies again, they were great last year.

Mincemeat cupcakes - 3 egg sponge mix, plus 100g of mincemeat. I also subbed 50g of the Doves Farm SR flour with ground almonds for extra christmassy ness. The Baileys buttercream is make buttercream, then beat in as much Baileys as poss, just as you'd use milk normally

I use brazilian cheesebread mix for pigs in blankets and general snackyness, and you can do fab things with make your own sushi. Last year I did duck and hoisin rolls, which were snaffled at high speed (bought a crispy duck half already cooked, so v easy), but have also done sweet chilli chicken and plan on beef and horseradish next time.

SpringHeeledJack Sun 02-Dec-12 22:03:32

oh, you lot are goooood

I am adding a few more things to my list. Trifle would be yum; those cupcakes look like a goer. And I didn't know about M&S gf sausages- I tend to swerve them as they seem to put a tiny Tinkerbelly sprinkle of flour in just about everything. gah

Fresh- I don't know about chocolate assortments- I find M&S list stuff as containing gluten when it might just be a bit of biscuit in one sweet- again, I avoid. I tend to get either tins of Heroes etc or really really posh Belgian ones I don't really I'm just hinting

<looks pointedly in DP's direction>

SpringHeeledJack Mon 03-Dec-12 18:13:57

<bumping for the evening Greedy Coeliacs>

you're all in the kitchen, aren't you?

(lentil lasagne, since you asked. And no, it's delicious)


CMOTDibbler Mon 03-Dec-12 18:25:06

I really like lentil lasagna. But have blown calorie budget on eating gf gingerbread stars with orange icing that were leftover.

Have decided to give gf rough puff pastry a try to make sausage rolls this year, and have found a really nice cinnamon roll recipe on Pintrest to try.

M&S do loads of gf stuff this time of year - their stuffing packs are gf, cocktail sausages, and lots of other bits. Well worth a trip, and I freeze for the rest of the year, esp as I really like the chestnut stuffing

awaywego1 Mon 03-Dec-12 18:25:30

I'm not celiac but I have just had to go gluten free for health reasons. Day 4 here so I had already made Christmas cake angry
Have nothing so far but will be lurking for tips!

SpringHeeledJack Mon 03-Dec-12 18:36:16

I am taking M&S off my Wheaty Shitlist

I shall see how they fare

inspired by ^^ I am going to do g/f trifle on Christmas eve- hopefully there will be leftovers for Christmas day if the puddings turn out to be shite

last year I did this: Danish rice pudding and a whole lot nicer than it sounds

it's tradishnal, innit. You put a whole almond in and whoever gets it wins a marzipan kugelen-y (??) sort of thing- like the sixpence in the pud

then the person who wins it gets the huff because they don't like marzipan and the ones who lose get the huff because they didn't win

happy days


SpringHeeledJack Mon 03-Dec-12 18:37:26


you may be experiencing feelings of panic and/or helplessness at the idea of giving up wheat

if that's the case be assured that it's easier than you think smile

awaywego1 Mon 03-Dec-12 20:46:12

springheeled how did you guess wink
I'm sure it'll get easier-right now it feels very confusing! Dreading socialising and having to explain to everyone what I can and can't eat! Eek.

MoreBeta Mon 03-Dec-12 20:54:53

Any coeliacs out there suffering also from lactose intolerance can use double cream in a recipe if you get rid of the lactose with a lactase enzzyme. Put 10 drops of Coleif in 600 ml of cream, stir and leave in fridge 24 hours.

M&S do good 93% pork sausages with pea starch in rather than bread or rusk.

Doves Farm gluten free flour is great for shortcrust pastry in tarts. Actually it is better than using normal flour. Go easy on the Xanthan Gum though as it makes pastry too hard. Just put one extra egg white in for each 400g of pastry.

SpringHeeledJack Mon 03-Dec-12 20:55:25

telling other people is a PITA, in my experience

everyone thinks you're being like Gwyneth Paltrow and/or you've made it up grin

I find, with eating out, the chains are your friends. Loads have an allergy menu (look online) so you can check before you go smile

Aspiemum2 Mon 03-Dec-12 21:01:02

I bloody hate some people - exdp and his stupid ignorant family "don't believe in all this gluten free crap". Constantly undermine it despite school, dr and ed psych saying ds needs to be on it. In the end a social worker went to visit him and told him straight that he sticks to it or else.

Dc's are going to Panto with them soon and ds was told if he wants gf stuff he has to bring his own as they like celebrations so that's what they're taking.

Poor boy, always caught in the middle hmm

Sorry .... Someone said we could rant !

CMOTDibbler Mon 03-Dec-12 21:03:20

It is scary at first - but it gets easier and easier with time. First of all, deal with socialising by finding out local places that have an allergy menu or good gf dishes, then if people want to go out, you can just suggest a place you know is OK, rather than feeling like you are making a fuss.

I've been gf 15 years now, and its never stopped me doing anything - I travel round the world for work and eat out a lot for instance

Smudging Mon 03-Dec-12 21:20:17

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

DaysieGoneBananas Mon 03-Dec-12 21:32:13

I'm not a coeliac but my DM is and she asked me if I would make her a christmas cake. She gave me her gluten free flour and I made the same basic recipe as I did for all the other standard ones I'd done for other people. I found though that adding a little more booze moisture in the mix was needed and it took slightly longer to cook than the others. However teh finished product was pretty impressive I have to say..currently still feeding it with a little whisky or rum every week smile
Also I did notice Pizza Hut are now doing gluten free pizza bases if anyone wasn't aware.

awaywego1 Mon 03-Dec-12 23:01:08

Yeah in dreading the bloody gwyneth effect grin Tricky also as I'm not celiac, fortunately friends are very supportive ad have seen me quite ill for so long that they won't write it off as a bit of a airy fairy woo thing! Plus I can say an actual dr told me too...but still!
I'm sure it'll get easier, did the deep kitchen clean at the weekend and am going to get familiar with zantham gum-I love baking!
Wondering how long it'll take to notice a difference so far my tummys been worse, I've had a terrible sore throat and my period is four days early!

In more interesting news waitrose gluten free mince pies are lovely grin

ReshapeWhileDashingThroTheSnow Mon 03-Dec-12 23:10:37

Well, I am Greedy and my DH may well need to be gluten-free by Christmas! grin He seems to have IBS (at least, I hope that's all it is, he's still pressing for further tests to rule things out) and it may well be that less gluten will help. He's never been a fan of Christmas cake so I eat it all myself but he does love, and look forward to, a Yule Log. So any idea how I can do a GF yule log (v light swiss roll, I suppose)?

MoreBeta Tue 04-Dec-12 08:01:18

Yes do a Yule log with very light chocolate sponge. Its a real treat.

Also try this Italian version of Xmas pudding.

Line a glass bowl (1 litre) with 1 cm thin sliced gluten free chocolate sponge and soak with 25 ml of cognac or brandy. Press firmly so it sticks to sides of bowl.

Fill void in middle of bowl with a mixture of 500 ml whipped cream (treated with lactase if sensitive to lactose), 100g of toasted finely chopped hazlenuts and a can of black cherries (drained and soaked in 15 ml of kirch) and 150g of grated 70% chocolate.

Put a lid of chocolate sponge cut to a circle shape on top of bowl and place in fridge with a plate to weigh lid down.

After 2 hours invert bowl and tip pudding out onto plate. Scatter cocoa powder and icing sugar on top in an attractive pattern.

Serve by slicing down through cake to reveal the interior layers of choclate, cream and cherries.

Smudging Tue 04-Dec-12 18:03:41

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

awaywego1 Tue 04-Dec-12 18:26:47

Sorry I'm distracting from the Christmassyness but could people tell me if they eat things that don't contain gluten but say they were made in a factory where wheat is used? Bought some cooking choc earlier and now I'm not sure...
On a more festive note I'm going to attempt the bbc crumble topped mince pies tonight but am going to add some zantham gum. smile

MoreBeta Tue 04-Dec-12 18:32:45

I used a standard chocolate sponge recipe but with with GF Doves farm flour instead of normal flour.

I fold in extra whipped egg white and some extra baking powder to make it really light. I avoid Xanthan Gum if at all possible as it makes cakes heavy and sticky and pastry hard as a brick.

MistyB Tue 04-Dec-12 19:46:59

MoreBeta which Doves Farm flour do you use for pasty? the plain or the white bread?

sittinginthesun Tue 04-Dec-12 19:52:45

Marking my place. Haven't actually made my cake yet, but my mince pies usually work well.

Half my family are GF, so I'm buying GF beer, biscuits and chocs as presents this year.

We always get sausages, stuffings etc at M & S as they are mostly GF.

MoreBeta Tue 04-Dec-12 21:46:45

I use this Doves farm GF plain flour.

SpringHeeledJack Tue 04-Dec-12 21:57:55

MoreBeta- I remember being on a thread with you when I first got my coeliac diagnosis and was all fretty

amongst other Useful Stuff, you linked to a fabulous g/f polenta cake- it's been a staple of mine ever since

you're the GLUTEN FREE DON


MistyB Wed 05-Dec-12 07:05:13

Thank you!!

MoreBeta Wed 05-Dec-12 09:54:42

SpringHeeled - blush

The sad truth is I just looooouuurve cakes and pudding so much I had to find a way to feed my habit after I was diagnosed.

Life is just so much better with cake. grin

SpringHeeledJack Thu 20-Dec-12 21:42:06

digging up thread in case any other GCs have tips they'd like to offer

and to ask- do any of you do Yorkshire puddings? Ever?

if so how do you manage it? I have the yearnings

We are having roast rib of beef with yorkshires on christmas day this year and our 7 yr old DS is coeliac so the yorkshires will be GF.

I've made them several times before and they've been fabulous - I will dig out recipe tomorrow and put it on here. They were tasty, soft inside, crunchy out and puffed up wonderfully. After years of no yorkshires as we didn't feel it was fair on DS2 our yearning was satisfied!

SpringHeeledJack Fri 21-Dec-12 11:21:18

you STAR

if you don't find the time to link, don't worry- I'll do em for New Year

<dribbles slightly>

Heavymetalmater Fri 21-Dec-12 18:56:59

Delia smiths sticky chocolate log is flourless and is yummy.

Recipe for GF Yorkshire puddings - makes 12

50g doves farm plain flour
50g cornflour
3 eggs
140ml milk (or I use rice dream so they're dairy free)
Pinch salt

Mix well, rest in fridge for half hour
Heat fat in tin (I use small dot of goose fat for each but otherwise sure butter or oil be fine) pour mixture in, half hour in hot oven 200 in our fan though thinking of turning down slightly as bit burnt last time

What do GF people dredge their parboiled potatoes in before roasting? If anything? I was reading nigella law sons Christmas book and her suggestion is to parboil pots in morning, dredge them in semolina and leave in pan till ready few hours later, to tip into hot fat and roast.

I'm wondering if leaving them drained but not dredged in anything would work as well when doing them few hours in advance. Would be quite handy to get the parboiling/draining bit out the way.

CMOTDibbler Sat 22-Dec-12 20:59:53

I did yorkies this evening - 120g doves farm SR flour, 200ml semi milk, 2 eggs, salt and pepper. Secret is to bung in the mixer and mix the hell out of it. I use rapeseed oil as it heats so well.
They were gorgeous.

I don't dredge potatoes - but you could use DF plain flour I guess. But really rough up the potatoes and they'd be fine

MoreBeta Sat 22-Dec-12 21:08:45

Really interested to see people doing Yorkshire puds with Gluten Free flour - but does this have Xanthan Gum premixed in it to make them stay risen?

I do gluten free Choux pastry for profiteroles, etc but it always flops after rising nicely. Still tastes great but I want a gluten free choux pastry recipe that stays crisp and risen without Xanthan Gum. Does anyone have such a recipe?

CMOTDibbler Sat 22-Dec-12 21:23:54

The DF SR flour has Xanthan gum in it.

I haven't done gf eclairs, but intend to so on Monday. All the recipes I've seen use xanthan, though I guess you could try psyllium husk

MoreBeta Sat 22-Dec-12 21:49:36

I think I might try with Xanthan Gum. I dont like using it but needs must.

Psyllium I presume is availabe in health food shops? Its a bowel cleanser isnt it? Does it give you the runs?

CMOTDibbler Sat 22-Dec-12 21:54:52

I haven't used it - but its a very hyrophillic substance that makes a matrix apparently.

Am now thinking about Baileys eclairs...

CMOT - I'm going to try your recipe for yorkshires this lunchtime. Might not go with the ham and red cabbage we're having and seemssilly to be having a practice run so close to Christmas day, but if I can better them I would love to!

Will update later. It is quite a different recipe from mine so worth comparing them. Tks

I use same recipe as mintchoc and always works fine for me (don't have fan oven though)

notapizzaeater Sun 23-Dec-12 21:44:06

Easy yorkshires - 90gcornflour, 4 eggs, milk to double cream consistency - whisk together cook 180/190 for about 15/20 mins - never fail to rise....

I made a baked mincemeat cheesecake last night for us all to eat tomorrow :-)

I have made the following GF goodies this Christmas:

Mince pies
Rocky road (I managed to find GF amaretti biscuits)
Christmas pudding
Christmas cake
Trifle sponges- took three attempts but have come up with really good approximation of the lady fingers you can buy- bodes well for Tiramisu also! Will post recipe if anyone is interested, they were very easy.
Mini quiches
Also made puff pastry today, although haven't yet made it into its intended cheese straws and sausage rolls so will report back on that one tomorrow! Took bloody hours to make, so it had better be good!

I didn't do a trial run of CMOTs Yorkshire recipe as I had too many things to do and a party to go to before a Carol service. I'll just go for the usual recipe.

Tomorrow is our main GF cooking day - DH is making GF cheese straws with potato starch in a new recipe, GF blinis for smoked salmon and I'm making GF gingerbread for after church on christmas morning with coffees before we get started on the wine and nibbles!

Sometimes seems funny that in a family of 4, with 5 more close family coming for Christmas day, everything we eat is GF despite only 1 of us being coeliac, and that 1 being the youngest member of the family at 7yrs old! Funny the dominance it has and noone mentions it, everyone assumes everything needs to be GF and if they make things to bring, I know they'll be GF or they won't bring it. I'm glad, it must be tough if family question it or make mistakes.

I'm making GF blinis too tomorrow mintchoc- its a new recipe though, have you a tried and tested one?

No sorry it's not tried and tested, tomorrow is our first time. The recipe uses buckwheat flour which is also new to us so not sure how it will go. Our main problem with GF cooking seems to be that most things we make has a short shelf life and is best the day it's made.

So we've been considering doing the blinis on Christmas day but decided that would be too stressful so one day ahead should be ok.

Do you find that?

Yes, a lot of stuff doesn't seem to last <annoying>, but freezing is sometimes a good compromise when wanting to do stuff ahead.
My blini recipe also has buckwheat- I've used buckwheat in a Leon pancake recipe which was very nice and turned out beautifully so am fairly confident it'll be OK. I didn't want to do on Christmas day as I will have so much else to do but I have considered it as I will have to heat the blinis through anyway. I'll see how I feel tomorrow and how long it takes me to sort out the shower of shite that Waitrose have caused with their fucked up delivery tonight which arrived at 10.30 pm instead of 6-8pm, only half complete and without turkey or cheeseboard or any veg at all.

MaryChristmaZEverybody Sun 23-Dec-12 23:31:42

Can I just mark my place here as ds has a friend who is/has Coeliac (what's the correct term?) and I'm sick of feeding him gluten free sausages and eggy (gluten free) toast.

I'm fine with main meals, but the snacky filling Christmassy things that teenagers love are hard to find sad.

It does require more planning Mary( and unfortunately deeper pockets
I find)

MoreBeta Mon 24-Dec-12 09:17:28

GF cakes and pastry and bread definitely better on the day. Yhey seem to get quite dry if left over night. I freeze most GF cakes though so I always have a stock of things to take out when I need them. It seems to work quite well but I dont put them in a fridge as that always make them dry as a brick.

Did you get your turkey Terry? Sounds very stressful.

We have our blinis made which are lovely, cake finished, gingerbread done and fabulous cheese straws. So all ready for our roast beef lunch tomorrow - just the yorkshires which are a worry as they're a bit unpredictable.

Lawabidingmama Mon 24-Dec-12 23:49:09

It's our first gf Xmas!! DD1 who is 2.9 was diagnosed in feb, we tend to eat gf as a whole family to cut the risk of contamination and so she's included in everything! Only gluten we will be having tomorrow is my homemade cheesecake as could only find gf digestives made with its flour she can't have oats yet so figured I would just use normal digestives and she can have ice cream for pud! I'm delighted my mince pies have turned out so nice as usually pastry is a bit tricky I find! Doing stuffing with gf sausage meat and found gf pigs in blankets in co op whoop! Only thing I'm nervous of us the Yorkshires as mine are hit and miss!

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