Noodle's Workshop

Crafting, cooking and baking tips for today's woman

Life Changing August 10, 2014

Filed under: Uncategorized — Nickety Split @ 1:53 pm

If you are celiac or gluten intolerant than you know how hard it is to find baked goods that are edible. I have been gluten free for about 3 and a half years now. I grew up in a house where my mom was an amazing cook and baker. So I figure I am actually at quite the disadvantage because of this. I refuse to eat just anything. I have spent countless amounts of money buying and trying many different products out there. There is one product that you will see me talk about non stop and that is because it is life changing.

Cup 4 Cup is an amazing gluten free flour that is a complete flour replacement. No more trying to decipher how much of each individual “type” of gluten free flour to use. This great mix is made up of cornstarch, white rice flour, brown rice flour, milk powder, tapioca flour, potato starch and xanthan gum.

It will literally change your life. I use this flour to bake for my family, friends, and coworkers and I like to hear when they tell me “this can't be gluten free!” I can finally bake and enjoy it. Gone are the days of crumble all over your lap baked goods with that horrible gritty taste.

So my morning started with some Cup 4 Cup and gluten free ham from Lepp Farm Market so that I could make us delicious Gluten Free cheese and ham muffins. This is one of my favourite weekend breakfast treats.

One of my tricks is using these awesome parchment baking cups by PaperChef. Literally nothing will stick to these puppies. They are a bit expensive but well worth the money. You can find them in the regular baking isle at Superstore.

Cheese and Ham Muffins (Company's Coming Muffins & More)

  • 2 cups Cup4Cup Flour
  • 2 tbsp. Granulated Sugar
  • 1 tbsp. Baking Powder
  • 1/4 tsp. Salt
  • 1 cup Grated Cheddar Cheese
  • 3/4 cup Ham, chopped into small pieces
  • 1 Egg, slightly beaten
  • 1 cup Milk
  • 1/4 cup Cooking Oil

Measure first 6 ingredients into large bowl. Stir thouroughly. Mak a well in center.

In small bowl beat egg slightly. Mix in milk and cooking oil. Pour into well. Stir only to moisten. Batter will be lumpy. FIll greased muffin cups 3/4 full. Bake in 400F oven for 20-25 minutes. Let stand 5 minutes. Remove from pan. Serve Warm. Makes 12 muffins.

So after 20 minutes of waiting, you can now enjoy your delicious and safe gluten free ham and cheese muffins.




Gluten Free Bread? Yuck!!! April 17, 2013

Filed under: Uncategorized — Nickety Split @ 8:45 pm

I can't tell you the sheer amount of gluten free bread products that I have tried. I am not even sure you can call them food. Most brands I have tried are crumbly and weigh about 15 pounds a loaf! Or the worst yet is when you make a delicious burger with all the tasty fixings and they end up all over your plate with the crumbled mushed bun!

So my secret to a great burger, sandwich, or PB & J toast? Udi's bread products! Now I can't promise that it will 100% fill your wheaty bread cravings but it gets the job done and tastes good. Hey it even turns brown when you toast it!

You can find Udi's at most grocery stores. I usually buy it at Save on Foods (in the freezer section of the bakery) or Superstore (in the natural foods isle freezer). Don't worry when I say it's in the freezer! I leave mine in the freezer until I need it and just zap it in the microwave for 15-25 seconds to defrost.

So the husband is away on business this week and I really didn't want to eat left overs again so I decided to make a sandwich for dinner. We have a great farmers market that specializes in gluten free meats that are all made in house, antibiotic and hormone free. It's called Lepps farm market in Abbotsford. So with a zap of the microwave I made myself a gluten free chicken, cheese, lettuce, pickle, mayo and mustard sandwich on an Udi's gluten free whit bagel. Yum!



Cinnamon Crinkle Cookies April 16, 2013

Filed under: Uncategorized — Nickety Split @ 9:18 pm


One thing that I do miss about eating gluten free are the baked goods. Nothing is quite the same and a lot of the prepackaged items are just down right terrible! I am always on a mission to create items that non gluten free eaters will say “this is gluten free?”

Armed with a clean kitchen and an empty house I decided to give a new recipe a try. I have to say that this is a super easy recipe and I was very happy with the results. The original cinnamon crinkle cookie recipe came from Bare Feet in the Kitchen.

Cinnamon Crinkle Cookies

1 cup butter, room temperature

1 1/2 cups sugar

2 eggs

1 1/2 cups brown rice flour *

1 1/3 cup tapioca starch *

1/2 teaspoon xantham gum *

1 teaspoon baking soda

2 teaspoons cream of tartar

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

Cinnamon Sugar mixture: 1/4 cup white sugar plus 1 tablespoon cinnamon

* If you are not in need of a gluten free cookie, you can substitute 2 3/4 cups AP flour for the items marked with an *. I prefer to use a premixed gluten free flour like the one below. This is the one that I just recently discovered at Save On Foods in their natural foods section.

Cream together the butter and sugar. Add the eggs and beat again. Whisk together the flour, starch, xantham, baking soda, cream of tartar and salt. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix to combine. Chill the dough in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour.

Preheat oven 400 degrees. Scoop the dough into balls and roll in the cinnamon sugar mixture. Place on parchment lined baking sheet. Bake for 8 minutes and remove from the oven before the cookies are browned. They should be slightly puffy and crinkled on top. (If you prefer crispy cookies, let cook them a minute or two longer.) Allow them to cool on the baking sheet for 1-2 minutes and then remove to a wire cooling rack. Alternate using two baking sheets to allow each baking sheet to cool completely between batches. Enjoy!



Who is Noodle?

Filed under: Uncategorized — Nickety Split @ 8:13 pm

Greetings! My name is Nicki and I am a 28 year old woman with a passion for many things. One in particular is delicious tasting food! I grew up in a home with a great cook for a mom!

Just over 2 years ago I finally got sick of having stomach pain and gave up wheat and gluten. A lot of people you may know these days are eating gluten free. I am dedicating this blog to my trials…and errors in gluten free eating, baking and every day life.