I like to think that it is the delicate refineries that the Royal Family offers that makes them still popular today. The quintessential stiff upper lip, aristocratic upbringing and the longstanding etiquette that makes the Queen stand out from the rest of British society. This Queen's Birthday, I am paying homage to the Queen by celebrating the very essence of British tradition - devonshire tea (made gluten free of course!)
Here’s What You’ll Need...
- 4 cups GF self-raising flour
- 2 tsp GF baking powder
- 300ml cream (or soya cream or Zymil lactose free cream)
- 375ml can lemonade (or soda water – if making savoury scones)
And Here’s How to Make It...
- Preheat oven to 200 degrees Celsius. Sift self-raising flour into a bowl, make a well in the middle and pour in cream and ¾ of the lemonade (or soda water)
- Mix to make a firm dough (if too wet , add more flour)
- Extract from bowl and dump onto a floured surface and knead into a high, round mound
- Cut with a scone cutter or using a knife and place on a baking paper lined tray close together.
- Using a pastry brush or knife, brush some cream on the tops of the scones, so when baked they are golden on top.
- Bake for 15 mins or until golden brown.
For savoury scones, substitute the lemonade for soda water and add semi-dried tomatoes, or parmesan cheese and your favourite herbs to the mix.
Adapted from 4 Ingredients Gluten Free book by Kim McCosker and Rachael Bermingham
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Gluten Free For Me, 11/20 Aerodrome Road, Maroochydore, Queensland 4558, Ph:0754434343
Date of Review: 1 May 2013
How many times have you looked at a menu in a cafe and known with confidence that you could order anything you liked and it was guaranteed to be gluten free? There is only one cafe I know of and it is in Maroochydore, Queensland.
Gluten Free For Me was developed in response to the diagnosis of coeliac disease in the owner's son. Sick of being told "no you can't have it", this cafe was created with "can" in mind. As well as a cafe open for breakfast and lunch, there is also a large selection of gluten free groceries and you can also order them online!
The fresh green and white decor of the cafe spills out onto the courtyard in front and welcoming smiles greet us as we walk in. It is a very hard choice, but I opt for something I've never been able to have since being diagnosed with coeliac disease - waffles!
Although the size of the plate does not match my ravenous appetite, the waffles are crisp on the outside and chewy in the centre. They come with berries and syrup which drips through them.
The coffee here is good - even my coffee snob friends agree! And once we're done, I peruse the glass cabinets, oogling over the gluten free cakes and slices. I take a large slice of carrot cake home.
Cafe prices are very reasonable and even though the cafe is clearly gluten free, my non-gluten free friends have said they would definitely come back!
TOTAL SCORE: 26/30 or 87%
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It's an age old argument and not one that's really related to coeliac disease, but with the Queen's Birthday upon us for another year, still worthwhile discussing. So why does Australia continue to celebrate the birthday of a woman who lives nearly 17,000 km away? And why do we celebrate Queen's Birthday in June when her real birthday is on 21 April?
Well it all dates back to the pragmatic Edward VII who decided that given the risk of bad UK weather and disruption to his November birthday, he would instead celebrate in June - the British summer. Although subsequent sovereigns had more convenient birthdays, the practice of separating the monarch's real birthday from the official one was reinstated by the current Queen's father, George VI and has continued ever since.
The Queen's Birthday is therefore formally celebrated in the UK on the first or second Saturday in June with the ceremonial parade of the Trooping the Colour. In New Zealand and Australia it is traditionally celebrated on the first Monday in June and serves also as the opening of our snow season. All except Western Australia that is, which generally celebrates in late September as the Queen's Birthday date in June clashes with the State's own foundation day celebrations.
So what does the Queen like to eat on her birthday? Despite her status, the Queen prefers simple food - a raspberry jam sandwich, a slice of chocolate cake, or a scone with jam and cream are said to be among her favourites. And that makes this recipe for gluten free scones all the more appropriate for you to mark this year's Queen's Birthday!