Welcome to Your Gluten Free Life. It’s all about chilis and soup this week.
I’ve just reaped the last rewards of my summer harvest, and I now have chilies coming out my ears. I planted a new bush at the beginning of summer because my last bush had run it’s course. But I have to say I didn’t expect the output to be quite as good as it has been.
I have been passing out chilies to anyone who looks vaguely interested. Even the parrots have been getting a feast. Every time I walk out the door into the garden, there is a flurry of feathers as they take off from feasting. The funny thing is they eat the outside of the fruit and leave the seeds dangling from the stem. It looks quite weird! Interestingly, apparently parrots are immune to the capsaicin that is the magic ingredient that give chilies and and peppers their heat. And, it’s not the seeds that are the hot part, it’s the white fleshy bits inside the chilies that is the hot bit.
Anyway, I now have almost half a washing basket of chilies. So the next few days will be spent in a frenzy of making chili jam, sweet chili sauce, and anything else chili I can think of making. Any ideas – all suggestions gratefully received!
It’s almost winter and we’re having a real winter blast this weekend. It’s raining and cold which means neither us nor the dogs want to go outside too much. A quick walk around the lake, and a scamper around the garden to collect goodies for vegetable stock is about all I managed today (apart from picking all those chilies!).
I had picked up a nice big lump of pumpkin the other day at the supermarkets, so I decided it was ideal soup weather. I love pumpkin soup, so I knocked up a nice big batch so we can have some for lunch today and tomorrow. I have taken the traditional recipe and given it a bit of a twist. The recipe is here for you to check out.
Lovely with a couple of pieces of bread while watching the rain fall outside.
Chocolate Chip Cookies
For your sweet treat this week, I’m sharing my recipe for gluten free chocolate chip cookies (or biscuits as we Aussies call them). Did you know that chocolate chip cookies were created by accident? Apparently the accidental genius who made the first batch was making traditional chocolate cookies but was in a hurry. So, instead of melting the chocolate and mixing into the rest of the ingredients as she should have done, she dumped the packet of chocolate chips into the cookie dough and baked them, expecting them to melt into the dough. Presumably, if they had worked, no one would have been any the wiser. But, luckily for all of us, the chocolate chips held their shapes and the chocolate chip cookie was born.
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