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Monday, August 22, 2016

How to Make and Can Crab Apple Jelly - A Step by Step Guide

I've been helping my mom make crabapple jelly for as long as I can remember. We used to have a big tree in our backyard and every year we'd pick a whole bunch of them and make tons of jelly, some of which was gifted to friends and family throughout the year.

Crabapple jelly is one of the easiest jellies to make, and the colour - depending on your apples - is absolutely stunning! But like all jelly-making and canning, it's just a bit time-consuming.  However, I'm going to show you how I do it (with pictures) as quick and easy as possible!

Also, if you're in the canning mood, you  might want to check out my tut on how to make dill pickle cucumbers, it's another canning recipe I've been doing since a little girl!

My Gluten Free Weekly Meal Plan

I'm a little behind posting this week's meal plan, but here it is! It's been super hot again, and I've been working on a new series of recipes based around making meals in the microwave because it is waaay too hot to turn on the oven!

So stay tuned, because I have a couple of recipes coming up on the blog, like easy GF lemon bars, mug pasta, and more :)

But for this week, I'm focusing on one-pot and crock-pot meals, to keep the heat out of the kitchen!

Friday, August 19, 2016

Eating Gluten Free in Winnipeg

Last week I spent five days back in my hometown of Winnipeg, Manitoba visiting with my elderly grandmother in a care home. When there, it's usually up to me to choose where my family and I eat, since I'm the one with the food restrictions.

So I did a bit of research and came up with a few places near our hotel in the Fort Rouge / Osbourne Village area. Here are a few places I came up with, and my thoughts on them:

Saturday, August 13, 2016

My Gluten Free Weekly Meal Plan

Imagine me with a sheepish wave right now. Right after I said I'd be posting more regularly I promptly turned around and didn't post anything for two weeks ago.

I do have a reason this time, though. I ended up in Winnipeg, my hometown, visiting my grandmother who lives in a care home. So the upside of that is that I can now do an updated post on eating gluten free in Winnipeg...

But here I am, back in Vancouver, in the midst of a heat wave, and meal planning.

Needless to say, this week involves one-pot meals, leftovers,  vegetables cooked in the crock pot, and salads!! 

Sunday, July 31, 2016

15 Easy, Vegetarian and Gluten Free One Pot Dinners for Hot Summer Nights

Hi all, I know I've been AWOL the last month, and I apologize! Things have been quite hectic, I released The Draughtsman's Daughter early this month, and my brother-in-law just had a fabulous wedding on Friday, at which I was the MC.

But now that the dust has settled, I hope to be back on schedule for regular postings!

Earlier this summer I went through a one-pot meal phase, and I decided for ease of access to put a bunch of my best, gluten free one-pot dinners together in one post. There's nothing worse than slaving over a hot stove in the heat, stirring and frying and boiling and sweating and swearing... oh, wait, that may just be me! 

So here it is! A list of easy, healthy, gluten free one-pot meals (almost ALL of which have vegan options) that can be whipped up in no time - most under 30 minutes - and are perfect to keep the kitchen cool in the summer heat!

Monday, June 27, 2016

Canadian Food 101: In honour of Canada Day!

Yup, that's me exercising my nationalist pride 

July 1, 2016 is Canada's 149th birthday!  

In honour of that, I'm re-posting one of my older Canada Day posts. Here, you'll find a ton of info on Canadian food and a few of our food traditions.

I've also updated it with a Youtube playlist of some of classic Canadian music, stretching across aaalll kinds of genres from the birth of 80's Canadian hip hop to Leonard Cohen, K'naan, A Tribe Called Red, and more!

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Gluten Free Ma'amoul / Middle Eastern fruit-filled biscuit cookies (nut-free, with fig filling and vegan option)

Mmmmm... Ma'amoul, how I've missed you.

There were so many things that kept us apart for the last seven years, but I hung on to the memories of the good times we had. Back when I could eat both gluten and dates and nuts.  

I always wondered if there was some way we could make it work between us.

And now we have... 

In case you didn't know, maamoul is a Middle Eastern cookie / pastry / biscuit much like a fig newton. Except that they're usually filled with date or nut spread and made in a mold (don't worry, you can make them without a mold, too).

They're not too sweet, not too fatty, and go absolutely perfect with a cup of tea or Homemade Turkish Coffee.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Goodreads Giveaway for The Draughtsman's Daughter

Guess what everyone! I'm giving away a paperback copy of The Draughtsman's Daughter (due for release July 1st). All you need to do to enter for the chance to win is sign up with a Goodreads account and be in the US or Canada.

What's it about? Here's the blurb:


Near the Land of the Dead:
Iset is juggling a gang of tomb robbers, a younger brother, a sick mother, and a multitude of secrets that could ruin the lives of her close-knit family. Just as she learns her life is in danger, she runs straight into the most unusual man she's ever seen. Can she trust him to help her, or will he hasten her demise?

Batr, one of the queen's Royal Guard, is determined to find the men behind the desecration of a nobleman's tomb. But when he's drawn into a web of mystery, he finds Iset at the centre of it all. And she's the most intriguing woman he's ever met.

Meanwhile, in the court of Abdju:
When Raia learns her father’s tomb has been robbed, she resolves to see the perpetrators punished. Aided by Makae, Batr’s twin brother, they uncover a series of confidences that force Raia to question everything she’s ever known.

Follow the two couples through the painted tombs of the Land of the Dead and into the treacherous world of ancient nobility as they seek a gang of dangerous thieves who threaten the peace of both the living and the dead.

Goodreads Book Giveaway

The Draughtsman's Daughter by Danielle S. LeBlanc

The Draughtsman's Daughter

by Danielle S. LeBlanc

Giveaway ends July 03, 2016.
See the giveaway details at Goodreads.
Enter Giveaway

Of course, if you can't wait, you can pre-order your copy today from one of the following eBook suppliers:

* Kindle
* Barnes & Noble
* iTunes
* Kobo
* Inktera 

 Haven't read the other books in the series yet? No worries! Each book is a standalone, so they can be read out of order. Want to stay up to date on other giveaways, or get book extras?  

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Saturday, June 4, 2016

Book #3 in my Ancient Egyptian Romances series available for Pre-Order now!

Woot woot! Guess what everybody?! The Draughtsman's Daughter is available for pre-order right now! 

Release date is July 1, 2016 (Canada Day, for my fellow Canucks). 

Pre-Order your Kindle copy today, or stay tuned for updates on giveaways, promo stuff, and other ordering options. 

Wanna know what it's about? Check out the back cover copy below!

Friday, June 3, 2016

Gluten Free Lemon and Lavender Bread

I planted some lavender in a pot on my deck recently, and have been so impatient for it to grow big enough that I could use some leaves to bake with! Finally, last week I decided I could clip off a little and the first thing I wanted to try was lavender bread.

Most of the lavender bread recipes I found were quick breads, sweet and buttery and likely good with a cup of tea. But I didn't want a sugary sweet bread, though, I wanted one that I could have reasonably guilt free with breakfast, but still carry that delicate lavender flavour, with a touch of citrus to accent it.

So this recipe is a yeast bread (that doesn't need rising time), modeled off the gluten free rosemary beer / soda bread in my cookbook, Cooking and Baking with Gluten Free Beer.

It's a quick, easy, real loaf-sized bread that pairs well with jam or feta cheese. It's also soft, yet sturdy, so you could even make a sandwich out of it, if you like! It's sturdy enough that you can make nice, thin slices, too.

Sunday, May 29, 2016

My Gluten Free Weekly Meal Plan

I'm a day behind on my meal planning due to a wretched migraine yesterday, but I finally got around to it today, so here's this week's gluten free meal plan!

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Easy Gluten Free Ragout, Greek-Inspired with Vegan Option

Ragout is a very flexible dish - made with or without meat - generally cooked slowly, over low heat. It's another one of those meals that can be different every time, depending on what's in the fridge, once you get the basics.

You all know I like a quick, one pot meal, so of course I had to tweak this dish to make it fast and easy. This recipe is inspired by a ragout my husband had the last time we were in Greece, staying in the small town of Sparta, eating in one of the handful of restaurants there. The cheesy Greek music and dirty pink walls were less than appealing, but the food was excellent!

So to appease my husband, who appreciates only having to wash one pot after dinner, I made this gluten free version of Spartan ragout!

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