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29Sep 12

Beer and Cheddar Soup

Beer and Cheddar SoupI’ve always been a huge fan of beer, and it was probably one of the hardest things to give up when I first embarked on my gluten-free diet.  Luckily, these days it’s fairly easy to find gluten-free beer, and I’ve finally been able to add it back in to my diet (although I have to admit it wasn’t so lucky for my belly!).

Another of my all-time favourite foods is cheddar cheese, so I just knew that this beer and cheddar soup was going to turn into a new favourite even before I tried it.  It’s creamy and sweet, very satisfying, and frankly one of the most delicious soups I’ve ever tasted, if I do say so myself!  You can use strong cheddar if you prefer, but the mild cheddar seems to melt much better. Besides, the beer gives it plenty of kick anyway.  I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!

For more creamy soups, have a go at this cream of asparagus soup, without the cream.

 

Beer and Cheddar Soup
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Recipe type: Entree
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Serves: 4
 
Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 75g finely diced onion
  • 50g finely diced celery
  • 75g finely diced carrot
  • ½ teaspoon salt, or to taste
  • 1⁄8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • Dash ground cloves
  • Dash white pepper
  • 500ml gluten-free chicken broth
  • 2 tablespoons sweet rice flour
  • 250g grated mild Cheddar cheese
  • 1 bottle (330ml) gluten-free beer
  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh parsley, for garnish
  • Dash paprika, for garnish
Instructions
  1. Heat the butter in a heavy soup pot over medium heat.
  2. Add the onions, celery, and carrot and cook for 1 minute, stirring constantly.
  3. Reduce the heat to medium-low, cover, and cook until the onions are soft and translucent, around 5 minutes.
  4. Add the salt, nutmeg, cloves, pepper and 425ml of the broth.
  5. Simmer, covered, for 30 minutes.
  6. In a bowl, whisk the sweet rice flour with the remaining 75ml of broth until smooth. Then add it to the pot, stirring constantly until the soup thickens slightly.
  7. Remove soup from the heat and stir in the cheddar cheese until it is completely melted.
  8. Just before serving, open the beer, add it to the soup and bring it up to serving temperature over low heat.
  9. Garnish the soup with the parsley and paprika and serve immediately.

 

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13Jul 12

Red Cabbage and Apple

Red Cabbage and AppleAnother typical Mediterranean delight, this red cabbage and apple recipe is sure to knock your socks off if you’ve never had it or anything similar before!  You can find a lot of different variations of the dish if you travel around the Mediterranean countries, but the basic idea is always the same: very tender red cabbage mixed with a sweet fruit (I’ve used apples, but some people make it with raisins, oranges or apricots) and seasoned with some kind of aromatic spice, usually cloves, cinnamon or nutmeg.

The dish works well either as a salad to go along with your main meal, or as an appetiser.  I also find it makes a great topping for sausages or hot-dogs, something like a less vinegary coleslaw. Just be careful not to drop any of it on your clothes, especially white, as it does stain quite easily.  Speaking of the colour, if you find that the red cabbage starts to turn blue when you’re cooking it, it means you haven’t used enough vinegar, as this is necessary to keep the colour from leaking out.  If you think it’s already got enough vinegar, a little bit of lemon juice will also do the trick quite nicely. (Also try this cabbage and barley soup.)

 

Red Cabbage and Apple
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Serves: 4-6
 
Ingredients
  • 450g red cabbage, shredded or very finely sliced into strips
  • 1tbsp sunflower oil
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 2 medium-sized apples, peeled and grated.
  • 4 whole cloves
  • 1tsp ground cinnamon
  • 2tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • Salt
Instructions
  1. Heat the sunflower oil in a large pot over medium heat.
  2. Sauté the onion until soft, about 4 minutes.
  3. Add the red cabbage and apple and mix well.
  4. Add the rest of the ingredients and mix well.
  5. Cover the pot and let it cook for 35-40 minutes, or until the red cabbage is very tender.
  6. Alternatively, you can place the mixture in an oven-proof dish and bake for 50-60 minutes at 190ºc, or until the cabbage is very tender.
  7. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  8. Can be served either hot or cold.

 

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22May 12

Indian-Style Brown Rice

indian style brown riceLately I’ve been trying to eat more whole-grain foods, but at first I had a hard time getting down plain, whole-grain brown rice.  It’s just so heavy and seemed to always get stuck in a ball at the back of my throat.  I’ve always loved Indian pilau rice, so I decided to try and make something similar with organic brown rice.  This Indian-style brown rice recipe is the result.

As with most Indian dishes, you need a lot of ingredients that you might not have in your kitchen, so a trip to the shops might be in order before you can start making it.  In any case, I’ve tried to keep the ingredients list as short as possible and only use the most common Indian herbs and spices.  I also added frozen peas to the mix to try and make it into a full meal in itself, although the best thing to do is to top it off with your favourite curry.  It also goes quite nicely with my baked tofu in peanut butter sauce recipe.

You Need:

  • 500g organic brown rice
  • 1.5L water
  • 100g frozen peas
  • 4 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsps unsalted butter
  • Seeds from 8 green cardamoms
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 tsp fresh chopped ginger
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 8 cloves
  • 1 tsp turmeric powder
  •  2 tbsps fresh chopped coriander

Steps:

  1. Melt the butter in a 3 litre pot over medium heat.
  2. Add the garlic slices, cardamom seeds, fresh ginger, bay leaf, cloves and cinnamon sticks and sauté for about 2 minutes or until the garlic starts to brown.
  3. Add the rice and sauté for about a minute, stirring constantly and making sure all the rice gets coated and toasted with the butter and spices.
  4. Add the water, salt and turmeric and bring to the boil.
  5. Add the frozen peas.
  6. Reduce heat to a simmer and cook for about 30 minutes or until the rice is tender.  The exact time varies greatly depending on the brand of rice used.
  7. Drain off any excess water.
  8. Mix the fresh coriander into the rice and serve with your favourite curry.

Ready In:  30-45 minutes

Serves:  6

Difficulty:  2 out of 5

Note: Now that I enjoy brown rice, I also eat this brown rice salad with pecans and sultanas. Simply scrumptious!

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