Gluten Free Banana & Prune Loaf

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  • 5 overripe bananas, mashed
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup pitted prunes, roughly diced
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 1/2 cups gluten free self raising flour

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 160’C and line a 10cm x 20cm loaf tin.
  2. Place all ingredients in a mixing bowl and stir until combined.
  3. Bake for approximately 1.25 hours or until cooked through.

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Gluten Free Chicken & Mushroom Pasta Bake

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Ingredients

  • 340gm Gluten Free Barilla Penne Pasta
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 500ml thickened cream
  • white pepper to taste
  • 200gm button mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 BBQ chicken, meat shredded
  • 450gm Perfect Italiano Perfect Bake Cheddar, Mozarella and Parmesan cheese
  • paprika to garnish
  • mixed dried herbs to garnish

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 160’C.
  2. Cook pasta as per packet directions.
  3. Melt butter and oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Add garlic, cream and white pepper and stir until mixture reaches a simmer. Add 2 handfuls of cheese and continue to stir until sauce thickens.
  4. Saute mushrooms in a small frying pan with a small amount of oil.
  5. Combine pasta, sauce, mushrooms and chicken in a baking dish. Top with remaining cheese and sprinkle with paprika and herbs.
  6. Bake for 10-15 minutes or until cheese is golden brown.
  7. Serve with salad.

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5 Places to Listen to an Audible Book

Enlight23These days we all seem to lead such busy lives. I find that I have such little time for one of my favourite hobbies, reading. That is why I was so happy to discover Audible books. Listening to an audio book allows you to complete other tasks and activities while having a book read to you. Five of the places I listen to audio books are:

  1. Commuting to work in the car or on the train.
  2. In the bath.
  3. While knitting, sewing or crafting.
  4. While doing housework.
  5. In bed at night, with the timer set and my eye mask on.

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My Favourite Beauty Products – April 2017

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  • Nivea Rich Nourishing Richly Caring Dry to Very Dry Skin

   An excellent all over body moisturizer. It absorbs quickly and is not sticky.

  • Clarisonic Plus

    I have used a Clarisonic sonic cleansing brush for the past 2 years and have been very impressed with the way it cleans and gently exfoliates my skin. It is my most favourite beauty tool.

  • Clinique Foaming Sonic Facial Soap

    Used with my Clarisonic, only a little is needed to thoroughly cleanse the face and prepare the skin for moisturizing.

  • Dermal Therapy Heel Balm Platinum Next Generation Formula

    I use this product at night just before I hop into bed, rubbing a little on my heels and soles of my feet. I have tried many products in the past but this one works well and is not greasy.

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White Chocolate Scones – Gluten Free

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Makes approximately 16 scones

Ingredients

  • 4 cups gluten free self raising flour
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup white chocolate chips, roughly chopped
  • 1 egg
  • 2 1/2cups milk

 

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 220’C and line a baking tray.
  2. Place all ingredients in a large mixing bowl and stir quickly to combine.
  3. Lightly knead mixture on a bench until 2 cm high.
  4. Cut with scone cutter and place scones on lined baking tray.
  5. Bake for approximatley 15 minutes.

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A Weekend in Melbourne

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If you are looking for a top place to stay in Melbourne you can’t beat the Grand Mercure or Mercure Welcome located at Little Bourke Street.

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These are my top reasons to stay in the heart of the City :

  1. Location, Location, Location
    • Walking distance to Flinders Street Station,  MCG, National Gallery of Victoria, Chinatown, Crown Casino, South Bank, Federation Square, tram stops.
  • A short tram stop to Queen Victoria Markets.
  1. Haigh’s Chocolates Store – Located in the foyer of the hotel is the Haigh’s Chocolates store which has delectable delights.image
  2. Retail Shopping Therapy – Bourke Street Mall, Emporium Melbourne, Melbourne Central and a number of small Heritage Arcades.  A short tram ride will take you to the Harbour Town at Docklands.
  3. Buffet breakfast with a variety of cuisines.
  4. Cocoon Bar  – intimate wining and dining away from the hustle and bustle of the busy city.

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Chocolate Fudge Cake – Gluten Free

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This cake is a long time family favourite from the Family Circle Favourite Cake Recipes book.

Recently, we have adapted the Chocolate Fudge Cake to be Gluten Free and here is the recipe.

Ingredients

Cake

  • 125gm butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla essence
  • 2/3 cup cocoa
  • 1/2 cup hot water
  • 2 teaspoons vinegar
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 cups gluten free plain flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  • pinch salt

Icing

  • 125gm butter
  • 2 1/2 cups icing sugar, sifted
  • 3 tablespoons cocoa
  • 3 tablespoons hot water

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 160’C and prepare two 20cm round cake tins.
  2. Beat butter until light and creamy. Add sugar, eggs and vanilla and beat until light and fluffy.
  3. Mix cocoa with hot water to form a paste and gradually add to the cake mixture.
  4. Combine milk and vinegar to sour.
  5. Sift together flour, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda and salt. Add to cake mixture alternately with sour milk. Stir to combine.
  6. Pour mixture evenly between the two prepared cake tins and bake for approximatley 30 minutes or until cooked through. Allow the cakes to cool in their tins for ten minutes and turn onto racks allowing to cool completely.
  7. Whilst the cakes are baking, prepare the icing by beating butter until light and creamy.
  8. Mix cocoa with hot water to form a paste and add to the butter alternately with the icing sugar.
  9. Cover the cake with the icing, including a layer between the two cakes.

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