GLUTEN INTOLERANT – HOW & WHY | Rebecca Sophie

A quick chatty video about why I’m gluten free and how it’s changed my life. Hope you enjoy the recipes and food tips, and let me know down below whether you have any specific diet or low carb questions.

Hope you enjoy, and as always, thank you for watching, subscribing and liking my channel ❤️

xx Rebecca

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Terre à Terre, Brighton | Restaurant Review

During our recent day trip to Brighton, I was very excited to head back to my favourite vegetarian restaurant, Terre à Terre.  Although quite pricey for Brighton standards, I have great memories of coming here with friends during uni and having the sharing platter as an entire meal – both because that was all we could afford and because it was plenty of food!

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It’s a bit of a shame that they’re renovating the outside as I completely walked past the restaurant twice without spotting it, but once we finally walked in, I was immediately making Christmas lists from their wall of local honeys, oils and jams.

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In order to not break tradition, we started with the sharing plate of baba ganoush, rice balls, fried tofu, kale, polenta fries… The list goes on. It was absolutely amazing but a rookie’s mistake as we were both completely full after this alone.

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This was swiftly followed by a main of gluten free Thai rice balls on a peanut and kohl rabi salad which I still managed to finish somehow. Boyfriend on the other hand, went for the battered halloumi which was not amazing. It was nice how they made it look like fish & chips but it was very heavy and quite plain, especially compared to the dish that I ordered.

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Overall, the meal as a whole did not disappoint. I wouldn’t recommend going for the battered halloumi but everything we saw on other tables looked amazing too. Friendly staff, organic beers, delicious wine, delicious food… We’ll be back soon 🙂

Check out my video on the whole day here:

A Trip to Café Monico, Shaftesbury Avenue

Another new favourite of mine in central London – Café Monico is a new brasserie by Soho House that is just in the centre of Shaftesbury Avenue. Recommended to me by a colleague, I couldn’t say no after scrolling through their menu.

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Having arrived early (as usual), I started the evening waiting for my boyfriend at the bar downstairs with a glass of wine and just loved the people watching – the atmosphere was buzzing with business men and women standing around with plates of charcuterie and cocktails.

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We were seated upstairs on the rounded balcony where a waiter asked us of any allergies. I mentioned I was gluten-free but said that I was used to picking the right things from menus so not to worry. When my steak tartare arrived, the man kindly brought over some gluten-free toast with it! It’s little things like that which make me very happy 🙂

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As a main course, we both had the moules frites which, as you can see, went down very quickly. The garlic and wine sauce was one of the best I’ve had. At this point, you could tell that the plays in the area were ending as the place filled up and the waiters were getting more and more difficult to reach. However, it was a lovely evening with lovely food and lovely wine and I’m already looking forward to our next trip!

Two Weeks in Sicily

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Villa Elena was an absolute dream. Up at the top of a hill in the middle of rural Sicily – the villa had views over all of southern Sicily, and the pizza oven was definitely a plus too.

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Arriving to my brothers swimming in the pool and my dad cooking pasta made it feel like we were definitely in Italy, and the jetlag (from waking up for a 5:00 flight) suddenly disappeared.

Days on end at the pool were so great, but I would have to say that the highlight of the trip was a day at the Masseria del Feudo vineyard – filled with endless food, wine and wine…!

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To no surprise the food was definitey the highlight of the trip, and although I felt horrible from the sheer amounts of food that I ate on some days, I have to say that the gluten free pasta from a brand called Barilla was really the best pasta I’ve had in years – tastes like normal pasta.. Who would have thought?? (FYI: sunglasses are the RollRights from Taylor Morris)

img_20160910_191440Although September was pretty late for a summer holiday, it made for perfect pool weather, tanning on our golden swan, and tanning weather for a pale kid like me :)There was also a stunning daily sunset that turned all of the views into a dark orange!
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Slow Cooked Lamb with Kale & Leek Salad

If you haven’t yet heard of the Hemsley sisters, you’re missing out. After they created a complete spiraliser craze a couple years back, I was one of the first to pick up their cook book ‘The Art of Eating Well’ and it’s become my new food bible. Most of their recipes are low carb and gluten free, and they talk you through fresh ingredients and the best produce you can use for each dish.

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This Sunday was the perfect day (aka TV & laundry day) to test out their slow cooked lamb and we enjoyed it so much and I thought it would be rude not to share…

The recipe is pretty simple: add garlic, anchovies and thyme to lamb and leave it covered in the over for 3 hours.

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The kale & leek salad needs to be done at least an hour or two before serving, as you mix it with olive oil, mint and lemon, which helps soften the kale over time.

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Try this out and let me know what you think – if you like it I’d also recommend their ragu or curry with coconut rice recipes, or my cucumber salad that was inspired by this book.Screen Shot 2016-04-24 at 20.31.09

Bon appetit 🙂

 

Flat Iron Covent Garden – Restaurant Review

The best way to celebrate two years together, you ask? Steak. Lots of it.

I have to admit I was a bit reluctant to try out this new restaurant because although its Shoreditch restaurants are so very loved, I’ve never walked past it without seeing a massive queue, and you can’t book in advance. Although that butcher in the window was pretty mesmerising…

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Soooo in order to pull the good girlfriend card, I left work as early as possible and got to the restaurant by 6, to add myself to the hour long waiting list. Met the boy at our favourite pub around the corner just in time for a drink, and got a text about 45 minutes later saying our table was ready!

Walked past the incredible bar in the centre of the restaurant while being seated, with a casual bartender chipping off ice from a big block of ice into an endless row of cocktails.

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Then steak. That’s pretty much the menu, and I approved… big time.

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The steak was perfect, the wine was perfect, the fries were perfect… and cheap too! For such a fancy meal, I was pretty sure they’d given us the wrong bill by the end of the night!

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The meal was also rounded off perfectly, when the lovely waitress gave us mini steak knives, which were our tokens for free salted caramel ice creams!

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We walked out very full and very happy, with salted caramel ice creams to go. By this time the waiting list had extended to THREE hours!

New York Cheesecake

My favourite cheesecake ever is the recipe from Le Pain Quotidien. This one here is a gluten free adaptation of that recipe, hope you enjoy!

Ingredients:

  • 4 eggs
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 600g Philadelphia cream cheese
  • 1tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 x 50g Dove’s Farm Gluten Free Flour
  • 200g sugar
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 50g melted butter
  • 25g oats
  • 50g mixed seeds (pumpkin, flax, sunflower)
  • 1tbsp baking powder
  • 2tbsp milk

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Directions:

  • Preheat the oven to 200C
  • Grind the oats, mixed seeds, baking powder, 50g of flour and milk until it forms a dough (add milk if too crumbly)
  •  roll out and cut into digestive sized circles
  • bake until lightly golden (15 minutes)
  • Leave to the side to cool
  • Mix the sugar and the salt in a mixer
  • Add the cheese, mix for one minute
  • Add the eggs and egg yolks one by one
  • Mix until smooth
  • Butter a cake tray (preferably one with a removable bottom)
  • Mix the cooled cookies with melted butter in a blender, then spread  evenly at the bottom of the tray, press down lightly
  • Pour the cream cheese mix on top
  • Cook for 10 minutes at 200C
  • Lower temperature to 140C and cook for a further 35 minutes
  • Cool overnight in the fridge before serving (I promise, this bit is worth it!)

Tada!

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Gluten Free Spiralized Cucumber Salad

Yum yum yum! Summer is here and it is getting very hot in London! Not feeling the usual warm courgetti pasta so I decided to spice it up and spiralize a cucumber. Very good idea indeed 🙂 Here’s what I did:

  1. Mix two teaspoons of sesame oil, a teaspoon of dark soy sauce, a sprinkle of garlic powder and some chilli flakes into a small bowl. Add salt and pepper to taste, then set aside.
  2. In a small pan, slowly roast about a tablespoon of sesame seeds until golden brown. Make sure to shake the pan regularly a keep an eye on it because they burn VERY quickly. Leave to cool.
  3. Spiralize one large (preferably cold) cucumber & a carrot, and mix all the ingredients together in a large salad bowl.

TADA! Enjoy 🙂

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Veggie Bites – Gluten Free (Low Carb) Stuffed Mushrooms

Here’s another recipe that I’ve begun to make pretty often, because it’s fast to make and perfect for spicing up by lunch boxes 🙂 Here’s what you’ll need:

Eight big big mushrooms
Half a pepper
Half a small onion
One small garlic clove
Half a leek
Grated cheese

Break the stems off the mushrooms and save for later. With a little oil, put the mushrooms into a gas mark 6 oven for 10 minutes.IMG_9349

Finely chop the onions, leek, pepper and garlic and cook down in a pan on a low heat with a little olive oil. I recommend Jamie Oliver’s Tefal pans, they’re amazing.

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Finely chop the mushroom stems too. Once the veg has softened, add the mushroom stems to the mix and add a little salt.
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Leave the mix took down for about 15 minutes, and then begin roughly chopping the spinach leaves and bit by bit slowly to the mix. I love ceramic knives for chopping veggies, in the photo I’m using this one.

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Turn the heat off and let the mix cool down. Once cool, use a teaspoon to fill the mushrooms with the mixture. Add as much grated cheese as you’d like!

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