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Time flies…

So the saying time flies really seems to apply here – I see my last blog post was December 20th! I came back from Christmas in Australia dragging kilograms of books and magazines with me (and of course some food), full of enthusiasm for where I had been, the best brunch I have ever eaten and all the fab things I was going to bake. And that all seemed to grind to a fatigue driven, joint aching autoimmune halt. Fast forward to July, I am still waiting to see a rheumatologist (appointment end August – note to self I should have been a rheumatologist as they are very scarce and apparently very popular) and it does seem like a second autoimmune disease has appeared. But despite the joint issues that I definitely do have, I am feeling better. I have gone back to pilates and gym, my flight to London is booked 24 September, my flight to Australia is booked 23 December,  and the time has come to begin 2016 for gluten free and vanilla. Better late than never!

So as inspiration to get started I am posting some of my favourite pics from my Instagram.

Flat white Weylandts

Coffee in the creative setting of The Kitchen at Weylandts in Kramerville – I think I would like to live here.

Sitting pretty Champagne at Kamers

I am always up for champagne – this time at Kamers 2016 (I did not even do a blog post on this, maybe I still will).

Gluten free chocolate souffle cupcakes

The weekend project: gluten-free chocolate soufflé cupcakes. Always add blueberries.

The eggspresso

The eggspresso from Motherland for Easter – do not be scared by the shot of Espresso – the melting chocolate inside more than makes up for this initial jolt to the system.

Best brunch ever Pixel Coffee

Best brunch ever at Pixel Coffee in Perth, blog post must be done. The plate alone is worthy of adoration.

Beaches of Western Australia

And the beaches of Western Australia – my other home away from home.

So…coffee, champagne, chocolate, best brunches and blue skies – this should be enough butt kicking inspiration to get started…



2015 gluten-free inspiration – what’s on my shelf

I recently read a great piece of advice when it came to New Year’s Resolutions – don’t find motivation, find inspiration. I spent the holidays in Australia, a proverbial mecca for the coeliac not used to restaurants having gluten-free menus or coeliac society endorsed foods. So I returned dragging rather a large amount of books with me – books to learn from, to bake from and to find inspiration from.

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Added to the gluten-free pile were two books by Eric Lanlard – Couture Cupcakes (what a fabulous title) and Totally Chocolate – the idea being to combine some rather opulent ideas with gluten-free recipes and get the best of both worlds.

And my goal for the year – master the art of the macaron. Secrets of Macarons by French chef José Maréchal is quite, shall we say, thorough, taking one step by step through the art of making this “dainty indulgence” covering the classics through to some rather exciting options such as salted butter caramel, macarons de nancy and amaretti. And do not be confused by the macaron versus the macaroon. In many instances people seem to use the words interchangeably, but as so helpfully explains: “a macaron specifically refers to a meringue-based biscuit (cookie) made with almond flour, egg whites, and granulated and powdered sugar, then filled with buttercream, ganache or fruit curd. In contrast, the word macaroon is a generic phrase…mostly, the term is equated with the moist and dense coconut macaroon, which is composed of egg whites, sugar, and dried coconut, often piped with a star-shaped tip, and sometimes dipped in chocolate”. Good to know.

So as we ease into 2015 I shall start to make my way through this fabulous mountain of gluten-free recipes. Stay tuned :).