Well, my Christmas and New Year were perfect, hope you can all say the same. The vanilla cheesecake I had planned for Christmas Day became a citrus one and was gorgeous. It’s not just me saying that either, my friend and her daughter gave it the thumbs up too and I am planning on making it again fairly soon. However, as I am looking to get really serious with my weight loss this year (not a resolution!) I will be making it with low fat cream cheese and quark as suggested by my weight loss consultant and nurse, I will let you know how that goes.
I mentioned in a previous post that I would be trying the Dietary Specials Cornish style slices again after discovering that they had changed the sausage rolls. Well, I have and they are gorgeous! As with the sausage rolls, the pastry has been changed and the slices themselves are also less salty. This is particularly good for me as I use very little salt when cooking and of course it is healthier. I only have one complaint which is that the when they are cooked for the maximum amount of time, they can pop open. I’m not entirely sure whether that is because they maybe weren’t crimped together enough or because I am baking them in a combination microwave as I don’t have a standard oven in my kitchen. It doesn’t stop my enjoyment of them though and if you close your eyes, they do an amazing impression of a pasty!
If you are just starting out on the wheat and gluten free path I would suggest you keep a couple of packs of these in your freezer for those days when you need to have a quickish snack. Cooking from scratch is a lot easier than you would think, even for the inexperienced, don’t be afraid of it. I used to be but am now falling in love with cooking again. If you have a favourite recipe, you can still cook it by just changing a few ingredients, it is really simple and it means that you don’t feel deprived of your favourites. The major wheat free foods manufacturers also have recipes on their websites and some of them even have meal plans that you can follow at the start of your new lifestyle. The most important thing is to stay positive, it doesn’t have to be difficult or a punishment.