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gluten free potato balls

Gluten free fried potato balls

Like I mentioned last time, my children love potatoes. They don’t eat bread at school and it important for me to find something they will love eating that is also filling. Potatoes give me that possibility. They love it and it is filling at the same time.

Ingredients:
3 potatoes (raw potatoes that you grate)
pinch of salt
1 egg
2 tablespoons of brown rice flour (or regular flour if you prefer)

Method:
1. Make the balls as big or small as you like. I make it small, easier and quicker to cook and not too much to eat at a time.
2. Take a spoon full of mix and press together in your hand. Once it holds it’s shape, deep fry in oil.
3. I choose to deep fry them, but you can shape them and then bake in the oven without any oil.

Potato balls in bowl

Easy to make 🙂
Enjoy!!!




potato cakes gluten free

Potato Cakes, gluten free

My children are very fussy when it comes to eating at school. They do NOT like bread (only toast) so I had to come up with something else they will enjoy at school that is filling enough and NOT full of sugar and junk. So I tried these wonderful potato cakes. It only takes a few ingredients and are very easy to make. You only need the following ingredients:

Ingredients:
4 large potatoes (boiled and mashed with a little bit of butter)
1 extra large egg
pinch of salt
A large hand full of cheddar cheese (or whatever cheese you prefer). You can add as much as you enjoy.
Optional: add bacon, salami or ham.

Method:
1. First boil the potatoes and mash with some butter.
2. Add the cheese, egg and salt and mix well.
3. Add the bacon, salami or ham, whatever you are in the mood for 🙂
4. Mix well and heat up a pan. I use my pancake pan and don’t use any oil.
5. Form little balls and then press them flat in the pan. I bake 4 at a time.
6. Turn when one side is golden brown and cook on the other side.
7. Remove when ready and eat warm or cold as a snack…

Easy breakfast for celiacs

Celiac breakfast

This is a wonderful breakfast anyone can enjoy. It is very quick and easy to make for people on the go and it tastes wonderful.

As you know my husband is a celiac and it is a struggle to get anything gluten free for him. South Africa doesn’t really cater for celiacs and I do not think that it is going to happen any time soon either.

Keep posted to see what else my husband will post. I will let you know as soon as he adds anything new to try 🙂

Visit his site and leave your comments about how you experience being a celiac, no matter where in the world you are… http://celiacguy.com/

Gluten Free birthday cake

Gluten Free birthday cake :)

Happy birthday love of my life 🙂 My wonderful husband’s birthday was this week and we baked him a wonderful Gluten Free sponge cake. It was great fun… Usually when you bake gluten free cakes, they don’t rise that well, but this cake did. It started off as a little bit of cake batter, in less than halve the tin we used and it filled the whole pan in the end.

I was so happy with the results we got… We also used butter for the icing rather than margarine because my husband loves butter. It was much thicker and harder than the margarine icing, but just add a spoon full of water and this will fix it very nicely.

We had a wonderful day together as a family and the children are still eating the cake. They decided that the gluten free cake is MUCH nicer than the regular cake with gluten. Wonderful for us all 🙂

Cup cakes

This mixture can be used to either bake one large cake or cup cakes. Depends on what you are in the mood for… This sponge cake is very light and tastes wonderful with the orange.

Ingredients:
1 cup of margarine or butter
1 ½ cups of sugar
1 cup of corn flour(maizina)
1 cup of milk
4 eggs
2 cups of flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
A pinch of salt
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
1 teaspoon of grated orange peel

Method:
1. Cream the butter and sugar together.
2. Mix the corn flour with ½ a cup of milk and add.
3. Beat the eggs very well and add to the mixture.
4. Sieve the dry ingredients together and add, taking turns with adding the milk as well.
5. Lastly add the vanilla and orange peel. Mix well and pour the mixture in a round cake pan.
6. Bake in a pre-heated Bak at 180°C for about 50 minutes until light brown.




If you are baking the cup cakes, you shouldn’t need to bake them for longer than about 20 minutes. Decorate them in any colour you feel like… Let the children help 🙂

If you live in Vereeniging in South Africa and want to order cup cakes instead, why not visit our Ouma’s Cookies site 🙂

Kolwyntjies

Hierdie mengsel kan gebruik word om een groot koek te bak en kan versier word met botterversiering en “hundreds and thousands”. Dieselfde mengsel kan ook gebruik word om individuele “cup cakes” mee te bak.

Bestandele:
1 koppie botter/margarine
1 ½ koppies suiker
1 koppie mielieblom (maizina)
1 koppie melk
4 eiers
2 koppies koekmeel
2 teelepels bakpoeier
‘n Knippie sout
1 teelepel vanilla geursel
1 teelepel gerasperde lemoenskil

Metode:
1. Room die botter en suiker saam.
2. Meng die mielieblom met ‘n ½ koppie melk en voeg by.
3. Klits die eiers baie goed en voeg by die mengsel.
4. Sif die droë bestandele saam en voeg om die beurt met die res van die melk by.
5. Voeg vanilla en lemoenskil laaste by. Meng goed en gooi in ‘n ronde of vierkantige
pan.
6. Bak in ‘n voor-verhitte oond teen 180°C vir omtrent 50 minute tot ligbruin.




Indien jy kolwyntjies bak kan die bak tyd aangepas word. Behoort nie langer as so 20 minute te bak nie. Versier sommer met enige kleur versiersuiker 🙂

As jy in Vereeniging Suid-Africa bly en jy wil eerder kolwyntjies koop, besoek gerus ons Ouma’s Cookies webblad…

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Klopdisselboom

As ek eerlik moet wees is daar nie VREESLIK baie wat ek kan onthou van wat ek op Laerskool geleer het nie… My brein absorbeer Inligting, dit weet ek beslis, maar wat bly en wat nie is nogal ‘n interessante konsep. Daar is ook baie Inligting in my brein wat ek weet, maar kan vir jou glad nie vertel wanneer of waar ek dit geleer het nie.

Daar is egter iets wat in my brein vasgesteek het toe ek dit gehoor het. Op Laerskool het ons die wonderlikste skoolhoof gehad. Meneer van Zyl was ‘n lieflike man. Hy het altyd so sag met die kinders gewerk, baie geduldig maar tog ook streng en ferm en baie goed gesproke. Hy het altyd die wonderlikste woorde gebruik en die mooiste suiwerste Afrikaans gepraat…

Ek onthou nog die oggend toe ons op die aantrevlak aangetree het in die oggend voor skool begin het. Ons het soos altyd geopen met gebed en Meneer van Zyl het met ons gesels. Hy het vir ons vertel dat dit klopdisselboom met hom gaan. ‘n Groot woord wat ek nie verstaan het nie, maar hy het vir ons mooi verduidelik.

As dit so goed met jou gaan dat dit nie beter kan gaan nie, dan gaan dit klopdisselboom. Dink net… so goed dat dit nie beter kan gaan nie. Hierdie woord het van daardie oomblik af in my kop vasgesteek en ja, as ek aan die woord dink dan glimlag ek sommer breed van oor tot oor.

Elke oggend as mense my vra hoe dit gaan dan sê ek goed dankie, en omtrent 2 sekondes na my antwoord dink ek, ek moes gesê het klopdisselboom  So volgende keer as iemand vir jou vra hoe gaan dit, bly eers stil vir 2 sekondes, glimlag en vertel dat dit gaan klopdisselboom dankie. Dan kan jy ook verduidelik wat dit beteken.

Hierdie is ‘n wonderlike mondvol woord wat net heerlik lekker oor jou tong sal rol. Hoe gaan dit vandag met jou? Met my gaan dit sommer klopdisselboom baie dankie!!!!!

Organic peanut butter, gluten free

Organic Peanut butter

Do you also get angry when you walk down the isles of the supermarkets and all you can find is processed foods with colours, flavourings and additives? Most of the time you don’t even know what they are using or where it comes from. Is it bad for your health, how does it influence your children?

Since my husband has been diagnosed as a celiac, our choices of products to purchase has shrunk by more than 90%, so we have had to learn to read EVERY single label, find out what exactly goes into all these funny words they add to our foods. Living in South Africa is even HARDER because they do not have to indicate ingredients in products and even if they do, no one are checking up on the companies…

So we have had to go back to the beginning, the basics… Everything we buy is fresh. Fruits, vegetables, plain meats (nothing processed or with spices) and stocks we make ourselves. I know it is VERY inconvenient, but so much healthier for us. At least we know exactly what goes into our food, every single day…

So when I found this 100% natural organic peanut butter with coconut oil, we tried it and it is lovely. Tastes totally different from the peanut butter you purchase on the shelves of supermarkets.

We sell them as well, so if you are interested, please visit our site Natural Choices. The best part is that it is organic, gluten free and produced in South Africa 🙂




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Cold, colder, coldest….

You won’t believe it if I tell you that 2 weekends ago we went to watch out little boy play a football match at 11:30 and we had sunburn, at the end of the autumn I have to add 🙂 And then this weekend just gone, we were so cold we could not warm up…

Friday it started raining, continuing right through Saturday and part of Sunday. We do not usually experience such soft rain throughout the day during the start of the winter here in Gauteng. We have a summer rainfall and the days get very cold if the sun doesn’t shine.

Our winters are lovely… It is VERY cold at night, at the moment it is about 1 degree Celcius (but winter is not here yet). At around 9 the sun is shining in it’s full power and the earth starts warming up. If you sit in the house in the sunshine, you can almost get away with wearing a summer’s shirt I tell you 🙂

It warms up to about 19 degrees Celcius in the daytime and then when the sun goes down around 5:30, you feel it. It becomes instantly cold and you have to go indoors. But this weekend with the rain, the sun did not come out (which does NOT happen often, I have to add). It was around 5 minimum and 8 degrees Celcius maximum. Not used to it. No double glazing or any kind of heating in homes, believe me, you feel it. We took out our blankets to keep warm.

Kiddies have the most beautiful warm water bags for their hands. They are lovely and warm and they take it to school in the mornings. They love it!!!!

Let us know your winter experiences, and don’t forget to bake PANCAKES!!!!!!!!! Click on the link to see the recipe…

my kiddies

What is a cup?

Sometimes when you read a recipe and they talk about cups, what do they mean? I grew up with cups, tablespoons and teaspoons. Everything from liquids to flour are measured in this way and that is why I wrote all my recipes in my recipe book like that.

Since I can remember my mother has had a cup in her cupboard. Pink on the outside and white on the inside with a little ear to pick the cup up with. I believe it used to be part of a tea set a loooooooong time ago 🙂 If you see the cup you will understand what I mean… It has a chip on the top and reminds me of little Chip in Beauty and the Beast… This cup must have experienced so much in it’s lifetime.

This is what everyone should have. A cup used for baking and cooking. Something you can grab that you know for certain is going to result in the correct measurement every single time. All you need to do is measure 250ml of water and add it to the cup. If the cup is full to the top, then this is the cup you should use for measuring. Even if you then have to measure 1 cup of flour, it will still be that specific cup (that holds 250ml of liquid) you need to use.

Go on, get yours today and keep it safe in your baking cupboard…

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