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Buckwheat Crepes with Persian Feta – Gluten Free

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Normally, when I make these crepes I add a little melted butter but, as these were for a savoury filling I used a little garlic infused oil. With gluten free crepes you really need a little butter or oil to stop the crepe sticking to the pan.

Persian feta is a beautiful creamy cheese and as no one else in the family likes it I get to eat the whole pot! Feel free to change the cheese, soft goats cheese works really well too.

This recipe makes 8 large crepes. I haven’t given quantities for the filling, just suggestions as to what to add.

Ingredients

Crepes

110g buckwheat flour

2 eggs

200mls milk

100mls water

2 tablespoons garlic infused olive oil

Filling

mixed salad leaves

sundried tomatoes

stoned olives

pinenuts

Persian feta

Method

Heat a large non stick frying pan over a medium to high heat.

Measure the flour into the bowl, make a well in the centre.

Add the eggs to the well and, using a whisk, gently begin to whisk the eggs in, drawing flour from the edges.

As this thickens, add the milk and water gradually until all is combined.

Pour the oil into the batter and whisk well.

Pour enough batter into the pan to just cover the base as you swirl it around.

Allow to cook through and as you see the edges darken, using a fish slice, flip the crepe over and cook for a further minute until the crepe has a few golden spots on it.

Set aside on a plate, covered with a tea towel and repeat until all of the batter is used.

To fill, lay a crepe on the work surface, top one half with the filling ingredients, fold over the other half. Holding it firmly, fold this half into a quarter and pop on the plate.

Basil Pesto

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The quickest meal in a family of five often involves pasta for 4 and a Gluten Free option for one.

I always have jars of pesto in the fridge  not just for pasta, spooned into a baked potato, smeared on to fish and chicken, used as a dip and there’s alway potato gnocchi!

Possibly the best reason for making this is it’s fridge life……. A year lurking, hopefully labelled, and it will still be good to go!

Leftover pasta? Great for school lunch boxes cold or hot or, stir through some drained, tinned beans, butter beans  work well, and you have another meal happening!

Makes 3 x 375g jars. One jar covers 500g dry pasta which serves 4-6 depending on appetite!

Ingredients

180g basil leaves

500mls olive oil, plus extra for sealing

200g pine nuts

8 cloves garlic, crushed

250g Parmesan, finely grated

salt and pepper

Method

Process the basil, oil, nuts, garlic, Parmesan and seasoning.

I process till it is still a little lumpy, but  process it to the way you like!

Check the seasoning, I add quite a bit of freshly ground pepper, not so much salt as the cheese adds salt.

Spoon into clean jars and pour some oil over the top to seal.

Put a tight fitting lid on, label and stick at the back of the fridge.