Showing posts from November, 2014


With Christmas coming up, Waitrose naturally has provided a recipe for gingerbread on their monthly recipe cards. After reviewing some feedback by members of the public, I've done a little adaptation of my own based on this feedback. By taking away the butter, this recipe is also vegan. On its own, this gingerbread is not particularly sweet, but this is easily remedied with some icing. 125g dairy free margarine 100g soft brown sugar 4 tbsp golden syrup 325g Dove's Farm Gluten Free Plain Flour Blend 3/4 tsp Xanthan gum 1tsp bicarbonate of soda 3tsp ground ginger 1tsp ground cinnamon Preheat the oven to 170 celsius (150 for fan-assisted ovens) Sieve the flour, xanthan, bicarbonate of soda and spices into a large bowl. In a medium saucepan, melt the butter with the golden syrup and brown sugar, mix the melted ingredients with the dry to make a stiff dough. Roll the dough to 3mm thick, cut into the desired shapes (in the absence of cookie cutters, I simply cut

The World Ends with You

Platform: Nintendo DS Developer: Square Enix Japanese name: Subarashiki kono Sekai (It's a Wonderful World) Needless to say, I have to review this game, because it is this game that I drew inspiration for the blog's name. I think every gamer has a game that marks the console. For me, two games stand out in the Nintendo DS roster, one is the Ace Attorney franchise, in particular for reviving the Visual Novel genre of games outside of Japan, but the other, for its unique gameplay, has to be The World Ends with You . In it, you play as Neku Sakuraba, a teenaged amnesiac who finds himself going unseen in the bustling Shibuya. Not long after, he finds himself fighting mysterious monsters with alongside a girl named Shiki Misaki, who he must work beside in order to defeat creatures known as 'Noise'. As a game, there are certainly a number of classic RPG tropes, the emo protagonist (Neku), amnesia for the sake of tutoring the player (Neku again) a girl in


WARNING! The following recipe results in soft and incredibly addictive cookies, sharing this recipe may result in you being perceived as a cookie grandma, you have been warned. Between Cookie Clicker and the simple fact that a delicious soft cookie is nearly impossible to find when you're allergic to wheat, I just had to share a recipe that I had tweaked. 125g sunflower spread 100g soft brown sugar 125g caster sugar 1 egg 1 tsp vanilla essence 225g Dove's Farm self-raising flour blend 1/2 tsp salt 1 tsp Xanthan gum 200g dark chocolate, as chips or cut into chunks Preheat the oven to 180 Celsius or 160 in the case of fan-assisted ovens. Weigh out the sunflower spread and put in a mixing bowl. Mix the sugars together (this helps prevent clumps of brown sugar, making the next job easier) Beat the sugar and sunflower spread together until pale and fluffy Beat the egg with the vanilla essence and slowly mix into the sunflower mixture, don't worry if thi


One of Xander's favourite meals is bangers and beans, but the vast majority of sausages contain rusk, a form of breadcrumb used to get the right texture. This is, of course, made with wheat flour, so what choice is there? Well, Tesco and Sainsbury's both sell frozen bags of dedicated free from sausages for £2 (although Sainsbury's have slightly better value with two more sausages in the bag than their competition). However, while shopping for myself at a local Waitrose while staying at Alex's over the Easter holidays, I discovered an impressive range of sausages that are free of wheat rusk. UPDATE- Following the initial publication of this article, Sainsbury's and Tesco both are offering more gluten free varieties. I will add these over time. Good Little Company 85% outdoor British pork and dedicated gluten free, there is a lot to be said about these gorgeous sausages. The chipolatas and big sausages are juicy and tender, and the cocktail sausages make great p

Drop Scones

The original recipe is actually from a student cookbook I bought myself while I was studying in Liverpool. I love serving them with blueberry sauce made with maple syrup. Makes about 12 150g Dove's Farm wheat free self-raising flour blend (available in the free from section of most supermarkets) 1/2 tsp salt 2 tsp caster sugar 1 large egg, beaten 150ml Rice milk (plus a little more for consistency) Dairy free spread (at Xander's house, the spread of choice is Vitalite sunflower spread) Sift the dry ingredients together. Beat the egg into the milk and pour the mixture into the mixing bowl bit by bit. Heat a frying pan over medium heat and lightly coat it in butter. Use a tablespoon to drop the batter into the pan, careful not to put them close together in case they spread out. Turn them over when the top appears porous and leave for a moment before taking out of the pan and putting on a plate. Best served while still warm. The best part about this recipe is tha

Vegan Cakes!

The manager of the store I work at as of this writing is a vegan, so when I thought she was leaving, I made a couple of vegan friendly cakes for her. Turns out she was made an offer to get her to stay in the company but she does want these recipes. So here's to you boss! Recipes by Rachel Allen Vanilla cupcakes 1 tbsp white wine or cider vinegar 275ml rice or soya milk (I used coconut milk myself) 75ml sunflower or vegetable oil 1tsp Vanilla extract 225g self-raising flour 3/4 tsp baking powder 1/2 tsp baking soda 1/4 tsp salt 200g caster sugar For vegan icing (if desired) 125g dairy free spread 500g icing sugar, sifted Pinch of Salt 2 tsp vanilla extract or 1/2 pod's seeds Oven: 180 Celsius/350 Farenheit/ gas mark 4 (fan assisted ovens need a slight reduction) In a bowl, mix the vinegar, oil, milk and vanilla extract In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Mix in the sugar Add the wet ingredients t