25 December 2011

Christmas dinner

Am I tipsy posting this?! Maybe. Maybe. you'll never know. There is an empty bottle of Captain Morgan's in my house right now, tho'. Just sayin. But there's two of us and we've been working on it all day.

Some Christmas recipes for you. Gluten-free doesn't mean nasty, ok? ok. It means awesome.

My Christmas dinner with Skylar:

- Mashed spuds (white potatoes, extra garlic, rice milk, olive oil)

- Roasted vegetables (carrots and parsnips) with salt, rosemary, and mixed herbs, in the lamb drippings

- leg of lamb from local butcher, roasted in oven with olive oil, salt, rosemary, thyme, marjoram, basil, and oregano (SO GOOD OMG. TENDER AND LOVELY. YOU ARE JEALOUS.)

- flourless peanut butter cookies:

(300-400 g ( ~1 cup) Peanut Butter chunky or creamy
225 g  ( ~ 1 cup) Packed light or dark brown sugar
1 Large Egg, slightly beaten
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. vanilla!

Heat oven to 175 deg.C -- 350 F. cook 15 min-ish or until brown and puffy/soft. Let cool 20 min or more. makes delicious chewy cookie

- bottle of captain morgan's rum mixed with club orange and mango juice

- Christmas pudding, from this recipe here:


but with a few edits, so here's what I actually did:


125 gRaisins
125 g          Sultanas
75 gCurrants
50 gMixed Peel
100 gBrown Rice Flour
100 gDark Brown Sugar
2 tspsMixed Spice
50 mlbrandy
100 gmixed nuts (pecans, walnuts, almonds, etc)
1 Orange's Juice
50 gmelted Coconut Oil
1 Lemon's Juice
1 T vanilla extract
1 pudding basin


  1. Mix together the raisins, sultanas, currants, mixed peel, mixed nuts, orange & lemon juice, and brandy. Soak overnight.
  2. Add flour, sugar and mixed spice.
  3. Mix in the melted coconut oil.
  4. Stir well.
  5. Grease the sides of a pudding basin (I forgot to do this. But don't!).
  6. Stir the mixture again then press the mixture into the pudding basin.
  7. Spread tin foil over the top of the pudding basin tucking it in well around the outer rim (or just use lid if you have).
  8. Place the pudding basin in saucepan then fill with water until it is half way up basin.
  9. Put the lid on the saucepan and boil for 5 hours.
  10. Carefully remove the pudding and cool without removing the foil/lid.
  11. Store the pudding in fridge until required.
  12. Place the pudding basin in saucepan then fill with water until it is half way up basin.
  13. Steam for a further two hours.
  14. Put a plate on top of the pudding bowl and carefully invert the pudding.
  15. Serve warm. If you like, add a ginger and sugar drink to the final product. Or maybe some rum or brandy?! or vanilla ice cream, if you can do dairy (or a coconut milk equivalent)
** VERY SWEET ** cut sweetness with unsweetened cream if possible

Temperature & cooking time: 
Simmer on hob for 5 hours then for 2 hours right before serving. during first five hours, go get drinks in local Irish pub and get proposed to by a 52 year old man with a moustache. Meet sweet Irish people who call your friend beautiful (because she is). Sing Christmas carols for applause. Get free drinks from kind strangers, including a Galway fisherman.
Dietary status:
Without Gluten , Without Soya, Without Wheat. also, no eggs and a lot of other things. you'll know you own allergies, like. whatevs. Pay attention.

Lovely Christmas! Maybe I will post more on it later!



  1. LAMB! Oh my gosh, jealous. :3

  2. When we talked on the phone you left out the bit about singing Christmas carols in the pub. Sounds like you had fun though.