Thai Bean Cakes

Gluten Free Thai Fish Cakes

A few weeks ago I had the pleasure to go on a gluten free baking course run by the delightful Naomi Devlin at the delightful River Cottage HQ. I had really been looking forward to finding out how to make a gluten free sourdough loaf as well as finding out about some more unusual baking ingredients and Naomi did not disappoint. I’m used to cooking with pretty processed gluten free ingredients, think white rice flour, potato starch, tapioca etc, but Naomi’s baking centres around using wholemeal ingredients that actually have a decent nutritional benefit as well as tasting great. She’s a sucker for chocolate though – never stand between her and a block of 90% dark chocolate, your life would be in danger I’m sure. Continue reading

Grilled Turmeric Chicken

Grilled Turmeric Chicken

When I was a wee foodie, home cooked Indian food was becoming very fashionable in the UK, and my mother embraced the trend with great fervour and enthusiasm. Several Indian cookbooks were added to her already mountainous collection and the kitchen became a smoke filled den of pungent spicy aromas, with mother furiously chopping and stirring amid the chaos. At the time I had just discovered Indian food, having realised that a Korma from the local takeaway meant that I could enjoy rich and creamy eastern flavours without the scorched lips, and I was very supportive of her attempts to replicate such fineries in our own home. Continue reading