I tend to find a soup each year that quickly becomes a favourite and this year I have already found one that the whole family enjoys, Quirky Jo's creamy chicken and brown rice soup. This soup is like a blanket, wrapping itself around you and warming you through to your core, whilst lifting the soul!
Now if you have a European background like I have (or even probably if you don't!) you would know that it is mandatory to serve bread with soup. Well, it is mandatory to serve bread with everything in many cultures but with soup, it is definitely a must! The only problem with that comes when you are a Coeliac, like myself! Because us Coeliacs know that a good bread is hard to find, and instead of enhancing a soup experience, it would more often than not spoil it. Until now. On receipt of our Thermomix we also bought the gluten free cookbook designed for Thermomixes which contains a fantastic bread recipe developed by Cyndi O'Meara, an inspiring and thought provoking nutritionist who is refreshingly simple in her approach to achieving a healthy lifestyle. It is a fantastic bread for three reasons: it tastes great, it is made predominately from scratch - and I mean milling grains and legumes, and is nutrient rich - something a lot of gluten free breads on the market are lacking.
So anyway, back on the point (!!), I have used the bread recipe as the base for this delicious cheese and herb loaf - perfect for soups but also great for lunch or snacks on the go for kids having the nutrients of all the grains and legumes plus fresh herbs and a calcium hit from the cheese. For those with intolerances, it is obviously gluten free but to make it dairy free, simply use a soy based cheese or omit the cheese and just mix the herbs and a chopped clove of garlic through the mix. To make it egg free, either use egg replacer available in health food shops and some supermarkets or mix 2 tbs chia seeds to 3 tbs of the water qty and leave for 10 minutes before adding to the mix. This should help bind the dough sufficiently.
For a snack on the go, follow the method below but layer into large/texas muffin trays instead of the loaf tin and cook for approx 20-30 mins.
If you haven't started your own herb garden yet, this recipe should get you up out of your seat and off to your local nursery ( :
If you don't own a Thermomix, you could still make this recipe. Simply use rice flour, quinoa or millet flour, chickpea/besan or buckwheat flour in place of the grains and mix all together in a food processor or electric mixer with paddle or whisk. Finely chop herbs and grate cheese.
Gluten free cheese and herb loaf
|220 g rice (I use a mixture of basmati and brown) |
80 g quinoa (or you could use millet)
40 g chickpeas (or raw buckwheat)
20 g raw cane sugar or rapadura sugar
140 g arrowroot flour (or corn flour, potato flour or glutinous rice flour)
2 tsp xantham gum (available in health food section of most supermarkets or health food shop)
2 tsp dried yeast (or one sachet)
1 tsp sea salt
40 g mixed seeds of choice (I use flaxseed/linseed and chia but also try sesame, soy grits, sunflower)
400 g warm water
30 g olive oil
1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar (if you dont have apple cider use white)
2 large eggs
100-150g tasty cheesehandful fresh herbs of your choice (I used basil, thyme, sage and rosemary)