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Go Ahead Honey, It’s A Gluten Free Garden Tea Party!

This month we had the pleasure of hosting ‘Go Ahead Honey, It’s Gluten Free’ (GAHIGF) with the theme of ‘Garden Tea Party’. This event is created and organized by the wonderful Naomi Devlin – a gluten free blogger with incredible knowledge and creativity.

Throughout the month we were teased with entries of the most mouth-watering party dishes ever. By the end of the month we really wish we could host a real life garden party with everyone bringing in the actual food they sent us pictures of. Here’s what the table looked like by the end of the month.

Okay. Stop drooling. You’re at a tea party! Let’s be Victorian, put on our fabulous hats and announce the treats individually in the order that they arrived – shall we?

First to the party was Vicky from Sweet’s at Vicky’s with this gorgeous looking Vegan Banana Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Frosting. I’m not quite sure why she calls these ‘The Elvis’ but they certainly make me say “Goodness, gracious!”.

I’m really looking forward to trying this Super Easy Fudge that Stephanie’s from Gluten Free By Nature brought to the party. I know this fudge is going to be awesome because it’s been completely approved by her daughter (who by the way sounds super sweet!)

If you need a little break from some of the sweet treats — check out Judee’s (from Gluten Free A-Z) Stuffed Pepper Appetizer. Now before you think the stuffing is hummus or some sort of cheese mix – it’s not. It’s actually a vegan recipe made from fresh vegetables and nuts. I’m not giving any more hints – check out her recipe for all the details! (PS – it’s husband approved!)

One of my favorite parts of being gluten free and sugar free is that I have completely guilt free desserts! And Nooshin’s Mini Coconut & Almond Cakes falls right into the category of guilt free deliciousness. At her blog, For the Love of Food, Nooshin blogs recipes that are gluten, soy, dairy and refined sugar free. I’m about to save every one of her recipes!

Linda at Gluten Free Homemaker definitely knows how to bring elegance to a party. Her Lemon Thumbprint Cookies look so delicate and oh my so delicious. And yes, amazing Linda even has a recipe to create our own lemon curd filling. Definitely this is being added to the “keep forever” section!

If Kate and William were choosing a sandwich for any of their parties – this would be it. Tressa from Hecka-Good Recipes made these exquisite Radish Mint Tea Sandwhiches. It’s her first time participating so a huge warm welcome hug! I’ve been looking for a tasty way to incorporate radish into my diet — trying this real soon!

A garden party wouldn’t be complete without a side salad which quickly becomes a main because it looks so tasty! Lauren of As Good As Gluten made this flavor-packed, light and fresh Apple-Chicken Salad. And to think that she created this after trying chicken salad for the first time only a few months ago! Amazing!

Tracee from Mrs. Ed’s Research and Recipes, as always, makes the perfect dish for my current life situation. :) These Grain Free Fig Bars are perfect for a garden party.. but I already have plans for making these for some hikes I’m going on real soon! These bars are SCD legal (yay!) and if you’ve been craving Fig Newtons – you’ve just found the perfect recipe.

The amazing Zoe of Z’s Cup of Tea not only has the perfect blog name for a garden tea party but really Carol’s Gluten-Free Dairy-Free Cream Puffs are to die for. I’m so jealous of her family – not only did they get to eat the soft creamy goodness pictured here but they got 4 trials of it!

Shirley of Gluten Free Easily brings us the most perfect cake for having with tea. Her Simple and Good Chocolate Cake has a nice medium sweetness which I imagine will complement a light white tea superbly. White tea has recently become one of my favorite types of tea. I’m really looking forward to trying this simple recipe out! Also, if you’re looking for inspiration for your very own tea party – check out her post, she has some fun ideas and pictures!

My husband is really looking forward to me making Valarie of City Life Eats’ Lemon Carob Bites. You see – he’s allergic to chocolate (I know – gasp!). What I love about these dainty pleasures is that they’re filled with so many energizing ingredients! A bite sized pick me up — just what I need to add a little spring to my Spring!

Sonia (of this wonderful blog – Flip Cookbook) went all out and brought two lovely treats to the party. If you’re feeling like having something sweet – don’t miss her gluten free version of a very popular Indian cookie Nankhatai. And if you want something a little more savory – check out her Asparagus Dip – perfect with some crackers.

What would a tea party be without some tea? If you haven’t given Chai (Indian Tea Latte) a try, you really need to try my really simple recipe. It’ll quite literally warm (and wake) you right up!

I want all of you to picture this – we’re all sitting in a flowering garden.. the sun is slowly slipping below the tree line .. it’s been a wonderful afternoon with delicious goodies to munch on .. and as always amazing conversation. As the warmth of a late spring afternoon slowly fades, Iris of The Daily Dietribe brings out her truly refreshing Raspberry Orange Mint Sorbet. Heaven!

With that blissful raspberry flavor in your mind, I would like to thank you all for attending our party. Sonia and I had so much fun hosting this month and we hope you are eager to rush to your kitchens to make all of this! I know I am!

Next month’s GAHIGF event is hosted by the lovely Aubrée of Living Free with the theme: You Love Him – So Spoil Him! Fathers Day. I’m really looking forward to this because my wonderful dad is visiting me this month.

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14 Responses to Go Ahead Honey, It’s A Gluten Free Garden Tea Party!

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  2. Wow, what a spectacular tea event! Really great job Raj and Sonia! I love the photo with all the goodies on the table–clever and cute. :-) I love how you took us through all the fantastic tea party fare, too! I want everything, of course. ;-)

    Shirley

  3. Oh, just had to add that Tressa’s Radish Mint Tea Sandwiches are absolutely stunning!!

    Shirley

  4. Suchitra says:

    I’m not quite sure why she calls these ‘The Elvis’ -> it’s because it’s said that Elvis Presley’s favorite sandwich was peanut butter + banana sandwich. I think with bacon too, but you can find recipes with and without bacon called Elvis Presley’s Favorite sandwich.

  5. Thank you for hosting ladies! It was so much fun participating and I cannot wait to try all these goodies at my next tea party. That Raspberry Orange Mint Sorbet is calling my name! :)

  6. Zoe says:

    I concur with Shirley, I love the tabletop collage! Thanks so much for hosting this event, it was a really fun theme to work with. :)

  7. love all of these entrees! thanks for hosting the GF garden party :D

  8. naomi says:

    Wow! What an incredible round up! I knew it would be great with such a great theme, but you have all really outdone yourselves this month!

    Sonia / Raj, I just love the image of all the dishes on the table at the top! So creative and heartwarming – just like a real life pot luck… Thank you so much for hosting a great event.

    x x x

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