I have always considered myself quite a nice person. I like food of all shapes, flavours and colours. From every country and continent. I don’t discriminate, I am an equal opportunity eater. It’s only the doctors who say I’m intolerant. And certain foods who refuse to tolerate me. They certainly refuse to recognise and respect my right to eat them without major physical discomfort and distress.


Gluten and lactose are not my friends.


Despite the negative attitudes surrounding me from many of those I love best, (cakes, ice cream, hot toast) I decided to become a chef. Not always easy when you live in a bread and milk filled world. I like to think that this has helped me become a better person as I embrace my differences and refuse to let the gluten get me down. I believe InTolerance. I am the InTolerant Chef.

Food should not be about what you can’t eat, but what you can and what you enjoy eating. This blog is about my journey of cooking and eating and discovery. It’s not a definitive guide to allergy awareness nor do my intolerances make me an expert. Your body is your responsibility, not mine. I only know what works for me.


I can tell you this..... No glutens were harmed in the making of this website.

February 26, 2012

Just Dinner





Being a chef can have its disadvantages.








People have certain expectations.

They exclaim 'your family must eat well' and to my husband 'you're on a good wicket then' while pointing at his tummy.

But really, you can't always be on. Its not souffles and sunshine all the time.

I thought I'd give you, my Dear Readers, an insight into one of our family meals- just a dinner. Last Sunday nights supper actually.
I wanted something quick and easy, tasty, and that would incorporate a heap of our garden veggies before they take over the yard.

This is it. Chicken Veggie Pasta Stuff. Sound good?




















Welcome to my world.

















Chicken thigh fillets- cut into chunks
Small amount smokey bacon- from the freezer
Leek- rescued from the bottom of the crisper
Mushrooms- reduced to clear and marked down
Zucchini- so many zucchini!
Cherry tomatoes- veggie patch
Spinach- from the freezer
Garlic- always on hand
Slurp of white wine- cause thats what I was drinking
Splash of red wine vinegar- from the pantry
Dribble of lactose free cream- UHT pantry pack
Basil- veggie patch


Gently sweat down the leek and bacon to render out some of the smokey fat.




















Throw in the chicken and seal it off.




















Add in all the veggies, all at once to make life easier. Squish the tomatoes as you stir to help make some sauce.




















Now slurp in the garlic, wine and vinegar and give a good mix around.





















Simmer just until the chicken is cooked through, then take off the heat and dribble in enough cream to the pan juices to make a sauce. Toss in the basil leaves.



















Serve over pasta. San Remo is my favourite, it tastes good and retains some bite to it when cooked, but like most gluten free pastas doesn't stay in one piece if you want it the next day.

















So Dear Readers, that's an ordinary dinner at this chefs house. What did you have for dinner today?














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40 comments:

  1. That looks delicious and full of flavour! Tonight we are going to avail ourselves of a nearby sushi place :)

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    1. Ooh sushi! So nice and fresh, I hope you have a good time :)

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  2. haha, i love your ordinary dinner! plenty of veges and flavour :)

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    1. Thanks Muppy, I love lots of nice fresh veggies, yum!

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  3. tonight I went ultra easy. Made parsnip mash, with shredded bacon fried separately & tossed through the parsnip. softened the mash with a little light coconut cream.

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    1. I love parsnips, I've planted them in the garden and am hoping for the best.

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  4. Homemade G Free pizza! Your's looks yummo!

    Michelle

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    1. Guilt free junk food, great idea Michelle!

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  5. Your "ordinary" is full of some pretty awesome ingredients. Only a chef would have cream and basil leaves at the ready... leeks and bacon are an excellent start to any dish. Yum! In summer we always have lots of fresh herbs in the kitchen, making any meal feel much more special.

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    1. Thanks! I actually have big bunches of herbs on my kitchen bench in vases instead of flowers, the only problem is disturbing them to cook with them, they look so pretty :)

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    1. Thanks Lisa, you come up with some amazing dinners yourself, and always so healthy!

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  7. Ordinary smordinary - it looks delicious!! :D

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  8. I had salmon and veggies en papillote for dinner today! I consider it one of the easiest dinner to prep and cook. :p

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    1. You're so right Tigerfish, no washing up either, win-win!

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  9. Yummmm, love all of the gorgeous fresh vegetables! You are so lucky to be able to get lactose free cream! Oh how I wish....

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    1. My garden is going gangbusters at the moment Ina, I'm just trying to keep up! I use Liddels UHT lactose free cream, but Pauls now make a fresh one stocked in the fridge section at Coles and Woolies now too.

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  10. I do the same thing when I get home, have no idea what I'm cooking until I look in the crisper. Every night is a mystery! Just last night I cooked up roasted rosemary and shallot potatoes, roasted purple carrots, cauliflower au gratin and a bunch of steamed veges. Mmmmmm. Lactose free cream?! Awesome :)

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    1. What a great combination indeed! Some of the best meals come from using up odds and ends, don't they?

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  11. It still looks pretty amazing! A meal with no effort for me would be takeaway, lol.

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    1. That would have been lovely too :) I like Turkish and Chinese takeaway, mmmmm....yumm....

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  12. Wow, that looks incredible! Love the flavors and could eat the whole thing . I have a weakness for pasta.

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    1. Thanks Asmita, A big bowl of pasta is definitely comfort food isn't it?

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  13. Good for you for showing us that it isn't all degustation meals in a chefs house. Although, for a scratch meal, I must say that's a bloody good one!

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    1. Aw shucks Amanda! Sometimes though it's just toasted sandwiches :)

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  14. This is DEFINITELY my kind of recipe. I love your tomatoes - they are perfect and have so much vibrant colour. It is so good to go through the fridge and freezer and work out what you have and then cook the family something. This is a recipe I could be 'borrowing'! xx

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    1. You're more than welcome to borrow it Charlie! We have so many tomatoes at the moment, and so many feral cherry tomatoes that I'm uprooting whole bushes at once. Last week I pulled up a couple that had strayed over the boundaries and picked 2kgs of green cherries off them. I turned them into pickles- that'll teach 'em!

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  15. Mmm that looks delicious!

    I had homemade GF/DF pizza topped with spinach. I'm not sure if you have these products there, but if you can find them, you've gotta try them.
    Glutino pizza mix : http://www.glutino.com/our-products/gluten-free-pantry/french-bread-pizza-mix/
    Daiya cheese : http://www.daiyafoods.com/

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    1. Pizza perfection! Thanks for the tips Lindsay, I'll certainly look them up. I usually go for sheep or goats cheese, and have been having lots of soy cheese lately too.

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  16. This looks so completely jazzy to me, you're a star - even your throw together meals are divine :) I love the look of the dish before you add the cream (not that the cream isn't yum!), but just before then it totally looks like the perfect french cassoulet to serve with crusty bread. mmmmmmm. sorry - major craving haha!
    Heidi xo

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    1. Thanks Heidi sweetie! Crusty hot bread would be the perfect side with this. Now I've got a craving too!!

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  17. I hear you! I don't usually post my 'normal' meals - but I really should! Your pasta looks delish.

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    1. Sometimes I try Christie, but then realise that doing it all in a hurry and trying to photograph a meal fending off hungry family members just isn't worth it! And usually I make them up as I go along anyway :)

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  18. People are right, darling. Your family do eat well, and BigJ IS on a good wicket. :) Even your everyday cooking is tasty and delicious!

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    1. I keep telling him that too Celia. He would be happy with plain old meat and three veg every night of the year though if it were up to him! Although he does claim leftovers for work lunches and brags about his duck, or thai salad or whatever to the guys who bring sandwiches, but he won't let me make cakes for the office- go figure?

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  19. I think you are underselling your talents. This is a delicious healthy meal and you have livened it up with some white wine, vinegar, and fresh herbs.

    What comes naturally to foodies is probably more like a special treat to those with out your skills.

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    1. Thanks GG, a bit of zing makes all the difference :)
      Maybe you're right, at least I guess I'm giving my girls great expectations and skills for when they have families of their own :)

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  20. I don't think this is just a dinner!

    I think it is wonderful! tasty & apart too! :)

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  21. See, that "throw someone together and it all works well" skill is something I was born without. I need at least half a recipe. My wife, however, can do that in her sleep. Yours look great!

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