I get asked a lot how difficult I find it to eat at Christmas. The answer to that is that I don’t, my first wheat free Christmas was tricky but after 6, I have got it sussed.
I had duck on the day with pigs in blankets, sausagemeat stuffing, roast potatoes, sprouts, carrots,leeks and gravy. Yes, I know that’s a big dinner. The duck was roasted with just a little of seasoning on the dried off skin as the Gressingham Duck website suggests. I popped the potatoes in around the duck as they end up lovely and crispy in all the duck fat. I bought the pigs in blankets from Tesco, they are part of the finest range and were on a 2 for £5 offer so I also bought some pork sausages; both were marked gluten free. For the stuffing, I finely chopped an onion, several chestnut mushrooms and removed 3 sausages from their skins and mixed it all together, seasoned it and rolled it into balls. I popped these in round the duck too. The sprouts and carrots were steamed and the leeks were boiled. Easy stuff, especially when you add in Antony Worral-Thompson’s gluten free chicken gravy. I don’t eat Christmas pudding, never have, so I bought a Tesco free from chocolate pudding and Bird’s instant custard. I have got the other half of the chocolate pudding left, even I’m not that greedy!
There you go, one wheat free Christmas dinner, simple and, if I do say so myself, extremely tasty. Now, on to the best bit.
I don’t eat Christmas cake either so I got the chunk of carrot cake I bought out of the freezer and polished it off with a coffee. I bought them from Simply No Gluten who I mentioned in a post on my other blog. Apologies for the next bit, I am about to rave about a company I was recently introduced to. I ordered peanut butter brownies, carrot cake and scones. The brownies never made it to Christmas they were that good. Only part of the carrot cake made it but that is because I have a modicum of self control sometimes. The brownies were amazing, soft and moist, just as they should be and with lovely big blobs of peanut butter in. The carrot cake was beautifully moist too and had the right amount of cinnamon in and was frosted. The cake and frosting both freeze and defrost really well. Usually, a gluten free cake is rock-like, weighing half a ton and you could kill people if you threw it at them. Not this one, it was light and tasty, before and after freezing.
I took the scones out of the freezer last night and put them in the fridge to defrost, they were light too, so light I almost dropped them as I wasn’t expecting it. I warmed them in the oven for 10 minutes this evening and then ate all 4 of them with clotted cream and jam…heaven!
Not everyone would enjoy all of that, I know but it was perfect for me and so easy, no cooking stress for me this year.
Oh, in case you’re thinking of asking, I love having Christmas on my own so no, you can’t come next year.