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Re: Alternative to bread or toast

Postby liketocook » Mon Oct 12, 2020 12:43 pm

What about polenta Gill? I buy the ready made blocks and they make great chips or "toasts". Just slice as you want brush with oil or melted butter and griddle or bake until golden. I usually have them with eggs poached in ratatouille and I can testify they are great for dipping/mopping up sauce.

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Re: Alternative to bread or toast

Postby smitch » Mon Oct 12, 2020 12:55 pm

How about the Ugandan rolex recipe that was veganised and featured in the Guardian recently?

https://www.theguardian.com/food/2020/aug/29/meera-sodha-vegan-recipe-ugandan-rolex

I found loads of eggy versions on google too.

I also really like Japanese okonomiyaki, which can be adapted with whatever you have in the kitchen. https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/japanese-okonomiyaki

Possibly more lunch than breakfast, but I do like something savoury and flavourful on a weekend. I also love spicy stuff for breakfast.

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Re: Alternative to bread or toast

Postby KeenCook2 » Mon Oct 12, 2020 1:05 pm

I was wondering about polenta as well, Gill, as LTC just said.

Funnily enough I watched Ruth Rogers making some on a River Cafe cooking video a couple of days ago (it was for serving with porcini) - I didn't realise you could just leave it to bubble away for 40 mins without having to stir it.

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Re: Alternative to bread or toast

Postby scullion » Mon Oct 12, 2020 1:15 pm

what about socca? would that work?
it can be flavoured how you like and act as a vehicle for toppings in a pizza and toast style.

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Re: Alternative to bread or toast

Postby Gillthepainter » Mon Oct 12, 2020 1:19 pm

Wow, polenta has got to be great. That's a fabulous suggestion, and honestly, these ideas I just wouldn't have come up with.

That Uganda rolex link looks divine. Never heard of it before.
Scullion socca would definitely work!

It looks like I'm going to be back on the "toast" for breakfast again. It's been a long time.

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Re: Alternative to bread or toast

Postby slimpersoninside » Mon Oct 12, 2020 1:21 pm

Sorry, no suggestions from me Gill.

Just want to say how great you must feel now that you have control again. I have a digestive disorder that made life difficult for some years, eventually diagnosed (pretty much by me with confirmation from the medical peeps) and now I take daily medication and it's more or less under control (occasionally eat something I shouldn't and have a bit of a flare up).

Such a good feeling to be able to make arrangements that you'll be able to keep!
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Re: Alternative to bread or toast

Postby Earthmaiden » Mon Oct 12, 2020 1:21 pm

I'm sure there was a post from Suelle recently where she made easy flatbread. I can't find it anywhere :?

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Re: Alternative to bread or toast

Postby Gillthepainter » Mon Oct 12, 2020 1:29 pm

okonomiyaki
I haven't the least idea what that would taste like. I feel a project coming on for that recipe. I'd go for a prawns version, but then I'm a real prawn fan!

SlimpOTI, absolutely. Today is 3 months clear, and I'm quietly confident I can maintain this. Looks like I'm going to be putting my lost weight back on :lol:
But that's a good thing of course.
Congratulations on your improvement too. Nice one.

Flatbreads, EM. I may even buy a tortilla press for the job.
And talking of presses, I've just thought of waffles. Waffles should be OK.

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Re: Alternative to bread or toast

Postby smitch » Mon Oct 12, 2020 2:06 pm

Can't believe I didn't think of waffles! I love them. I've also seen a few recipes for savoury recipes using potato and cheese.

I'd never heard of okonomiyaki before but there is a street food market that sometimes had a Japanese trader who specialises in food from Osaka. I make a veggie version, but it is really tasty.

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Re: Alternative to bread or toast

Postby herbidacious » Mon Oct 12, 2020 2:13 pm

Has anyone mentioned cornbread?

I am sure someone will have mentioned sodabread...

Porridge bread?

https://www.sainsburysmagazine.co.uk/re ... idge-bread

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Re: Alternative to bread or toast

Postby karadekoolaid » Mon Oct 12, 2020 2:47 pm

Wow. No-one has mentioned a Venezuelan arepa yet - the perfect substitute for bread. It IS our bread, in some sense. Made from ground,white, cornmeal, it´s totally gluten free, relatively cheap, can be filled with almost anything you like, is easy to make; the list goes on.
You can find it on Amazon https://www.amazon.co.uk/Harina-Pre-Cooked-White-Maize-Meal/dp/B01M00RD2N/ref=pd_lpo_325_img_1/257-6136494-4206619?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=B01M00RD2N&pd_rd_r=9d482cc3-175b-4d4a-ba53-6edf493b572b&pd_rd_w=PbGmw&pd_rd_wg=bcdpn&pf_rd_p=7b8e3b03-1439-4489-abd4-4a138cf4eca6&pf_rd_r=0ENCJH2QDYCQJR96Y6MV&psc=1&refRID=0ENCJH2QDYCQJR96Y6MV
Typical fillings over here are:
Grated cheese, soft white cheese, grated cheese and black beans, cooked pulled beef, roast pork, "reina pepiada" (cooked chicken with avocado) and, if you´re at the beach, mixed spiced seafood.
Here´s a bit of info - you can practise your Spanish as well, but I thought the pic was good:
https://www.recetasderechupete.com/arepas-como-hacer-arepas-consejos-y-su-origen/26665/

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Re: Alternative to bread or toast

Postby Gillthepainter » Mon Oct 12, 2020 4:55 pm

I'll look at the cornbread too, Herbi. Sadly from what I can see, porridgebread has yeast, does it? I love the thought of making bread with porridge & oats and will pursue it.

Arepas, I've heard you talk about them often, KK.
I'd love to try them, and know Sainsbury used to have the flour in their World Food section.
And thanks for the spanish homework too. That pic is indeed very good.

Yumm-O!

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Re: Alternative to bread or toast

Postby aero280 » Mon Oct 12, 2020 6:17 pm

What about a rice based biscuit, sort of thing? Or just a curry and rice?

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Re: Alternative to bread or toast

Postby Suelle » Mon Oct 12, 2020 6:29 pm

Earthmaiden wrote:I'm sure there was a post from Suelle recently where she made easy flatbread. I can't find it anywhere :?


Equal weights of SR flour and full-fat Greek yogurt mixed to a soft dough with added seasoning/flavouring, portioned and rolled out as thin as you like, then cooked on a griddle or heavy based frying pan. I use 100g of each for one generous portion.

https://mainlybaking.blogspot.com/2020/ ... reads.html
Traditional home baking, and more:
http://mainlybaking.blogspot.co.uk/

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Re: Alternative to bread or toast

Postby Uschi » Mon Oct 12, 2020 6:29 pm

If you like waffles, then Pizelle (thinner and crispier) might be up your street, too. In my family we only make sweet, cinnamon flavoured ones that are rolled up into cigarettes or cones, but I think there are neutral or savoury varieties.

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Re: Alternative to bread or toast

Postby Suelle » Mon Oct 12, 2020 7:50 pm

Suelle wrote:

Equal weights of SR flour and full-fat Greek yogurt mixed to a soft dough with added seasoning/flavouring, portioned and rolled out as thin as you like, then cooked on a griddle or heavy based frying pan. I use 100g of each for one generous portion.

https://mainlybaking.blogspot.com/2020/ ... reads.html


An added bonus - I've just found out that the mixture makes lovely dumplings - 20 minutes at 180C on top of an uncovered stew.

Good to know, as I usually end up throwing most of a pack of suet away, as it's used so rarely.
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Re: Alternative to bread or toast

Postby jeral » Mon Oct 12, 2020 9:46 pm

Cornmeal, fine ground, makes flat breads (as mentioned), so does gram (besan, chickpea) flour, so does buckwheat flour (which has a taste to me) or any g-f four - meaning you could avoid both wheat and gluten by all of these for now.

Thin cornmeal crackers are on shelves of the main supermarkets and there's Doritos corn crisps too. (Good for cheese, dips, salad plates.) Not forgetting celery sticks and carrot etc crudites for dips.

Bird's Eye potato waffles are good for eggs etc for breakfast. I sometimes chop them smaller and fry to crisp all round (if oil/fat is OK).

If potatoes are OK, you could cut some big old ones into slices, boil, then saute or not, and make a layered tien stack in a ring interleaved with egg, tom, mushroom.

Big Portabello mushrooms themselves make good holders for drippy poached eggs.

A pizza base can be made from the small florets of a cooked cauliflower, crushed down - there are plenty of internet recipes.

If wheat is OK, you could make pastry jam tarts, but with marmalade or apricot jam for breakfast. Or make savoury bacon and egg etc tartlets.

Q: Do you eat "fancy" muesli? Things like flax seeds and other seeds can disturb tummy and bowels in some, or if eating too many.

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Re: Alternative to bread or toast

Postby halfateabag » Mon Oct 12, 2020 10:31 pm

I'll give it a :thumbsup for a Polski thread..... I do Kluski Polski 3 or 4 times a year but they don't really go with poached eggs.

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Re: Alternative to bread or toast

Postby Rainbow » Tue Oct 13, 2020 12:38 am

KeenCook2 wrote:I was wondering about polenta as well, Gill, as LTC just said.

Funnily enough I watched Ruth Rogers making some on a River Cafe cooking video a couple of days ago (it was for serving with porcini) - I didn't realise you could just leave it to bubble away for 40 mins without having to stir it.

I make polenta in my slow-cooker. Very easy and no stirring or sticking :)

Lots of interesting ideas on this thread. Must get around to trying some!!

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Re: Alternative to bread or toast

Postby jeral » Tue Oct 13, 2020 2:05 am

I did cook some polenta once, including the tray spreading and cutting up. Not since, having learned I can buy it ready made. Either :thumbsup or :oops: No worries.

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