Gary's baking page


Over the years I have spent many hours cooking; more so when I was told that I have a intolerance to gluten. Most of my recipes do not contain gluten and very few have added salt. Some are suitable for vegans and vegetarians.


One of the things you may notice is that when I cook I will not use low fat, low sugar etc as I feel that if you want to cook with a product you should use the 'real' ingredients.


The other rule that I normally use is that I if I cook vegan or vegetarian I will not use 'meat substitutes' as part of the fun of cooking is discovering new ingredients.


I have recently started baking, see my cooking page for recipes. Finally I want to start cooking my own gluten free breads as the ones on the market are dreadful; ditto flatbreads.

Cooking In Thailand


Steak, mushroom and onion pie



  • 500g stewing steak - cut into chunks
  • 200g button mushrooms
  • gluten free pastry - I buy ready made
  • 2 onions - finely chopped
  • 2 tsps wholegrain mustard
  • 200cl beef stock
  • Olive oil
  • corn flour - to thicken
  • one beaten egg - for glazing

    Add the steak to a pan with olive oil and seal


    Add the finely chopped onions and mushrooms


    Add the stock along with some conr flour; approximately 2 tsps, cook on low heat for about 20 minutes until the sauce has thickened


    Add the mixture to an oven-proof dish, cover with the pastry, glaze with the egg and cook on a high heat until pastry has turned a lovely golden colour

    Steak pie
    Mixed fruit and chocolate chip cake



  • 500g mixed fruit
  • 100g chocolate chips - 70%
  • 3 eggs
  • 40ml milk
  • 250g gluten free self-raising flour
  • 1tsp Xanthan gum
  • 1tsp gluten free baking powder
  • 125g soft brown sugar
  • 125g melted butter

    Pre-heat oven to 150C fan or 170C.


    To bake you can either use a loaf or circular baking tin. If loaf cook for approximately 90 minutes; if round bake for around an hour. Remember to grease tin!


    Mix all ingredient together except fruit and chocolate chips


    Add the fruit and chocolate chips - mix by hand


    Add mixture to tin and bake. You can if you want add extra sugar to top before baking for an extra crunch!




    Christmas Pie Christmas Pie

  • Turkey/chicken pieces
  • gluten free sage and onion stuffing mix
  • gluten free pastry - I buy ready made
  • nuts and raisins
  • cranberries
  • whole grain mustard
  • olive oil
  • honey
  • cheese

    Place the turkey / chicken pieces in a pan with olive oil and seal.


    Add a handful of cranberries, whole grain mustard and honey to taste. Add some water and corn flour, cook until sauce thickens and everything is cooked through.


    Make the stuffing mix and add some raisins and nuts, make this slightly loose


    Add the turkey/chicken mixture to a baking dish along with stuffing mixture and add pastry topping.


    Finally, grate some cheese on top and bake in an oven until cheese and pastry golden brown.






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