Its my first day back at work and its crazy busy – I’ve already got millions of meetings this week alone!
Lately for some reason I’ve been attracted little vintage cropped sweaters, and this little one I got on big sale. I’ve never really been one to wear much brown and so I was a little skeptical, but when I was carrying it around the store (as you should if you can’t decide whether you really like it) I was told it was on sale from $35 down to $8 and so I made my decision straight away!!
I thought I’d do a quick Monday post (now that I have faster internet again) and fill you in on my last couple of days of holiday. If you know me, you know I love to watch cooking shows – poor David is suffering through one at the moment that he hates!! I also love baking – but since being gluten free the joy of baking has become somewhat less because it just never ever turns out the same as it used too. Any way, I was watching a cooking show where they were making pastry and I got inspired to try and find a good gluten free recipe for short sweet pastry. At this point I found a feed talking about the wonders of a gluten substitute (not just your average arrow root or guar gum). So I found a recipe in the Jaime at Home cookbook that I have and decided that I was going to make a gluten free bakewell tart. David popped off to buy the gluten substitute and I was away laughing.
I spent the better part of an afternoon making my tart, but this pastry was the best gluten free pastry I’ve ever seen. Easy to work with, didn’t fall apart, wasn’t dry and crumbly, it was perfect! So all you gluten free ladies out there, the answer to your baking problems is not arrow root or guar gum it’s a gluten substitute! I used Orgran but I’m sure there are many out there. When I make my gluten free flour I tend to just throw in what ever I have (a mix of potato flour, tapioca flour, rice flour etc), I think most of the mixes out there are just made up proportions too, I’m not one to follow instructions exactly when it comes to mixing flour.
Any way, here are the results of my tart (it was yummy and has since vanished into thin air):
The silver spoons and cake forks I’ve had for a very long time and need polishing badly - I got them from a little antique store and the teapot is the one I got from Akaroa.