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Bath Gluten Free Fair: 5 Ace Brands

I love food fairs in general, but I love gluten free fair’s most of all. They are THE place to discover new products, catch up with the latest in the coeliac and gluten free community, and perhaps most importantly, sample delicious 100% gluten free foods. Here are the brands that most excited me at Bath & West Wiltshire Coeliac Society’s recent gluten free fair. 1. Gingerella Gingerella are a fledgling gluten free company, only a few months old. They are based in Manchester and sell freshly baked gluten free cookies. Their gluten free cookies are properly big and squidgy. Not weirdly hard, not crumbling into dust, not ‘cookie’ with a side of sawdust. Yum. The flavour combinations are amazing – it’s like they’ve peeked inside my head and seen all my favourite things. Chocolate and orange. Pistachio and white chocolate. CHOCOLATE and chocolate. Refreshingly, they don’t claim that their gluten free products are healthy, ‘clean’ or better for you, they are simply good quality indulgent products made by a coeliac. Essentially, I want to throw my …

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Silly Yak Pastry: Easy Gluten Free Baking

I love baking. I love reading beautifully illustrated cookbooks and blogs, fantasizing about how amazing everything tastes, and pretending that I am the kind of person that whips up a cake on the reg. However. I don’t actually do a lot of baking in real life. I find that gluten free bakes can get complicated. To mimic the texture and taste of ‘normal’ baked goods, you often need to use extra ingredients like gums and powders, or a mix of different flours. After a tiring day at work, ain’t nobody got time for that! Happily, I have found some great gluten free ‘shortcut’ products recently which make the baking process quicker and easier. The first of these is Silly Yak gluten free pastry. (photo courtesy of Tesco.com) Finally, a readymade gluten free pastry that works! I have been wanting to make gluten free pies, pastries and tarts forever, but found previous readymade gluten free pastries pretty lacking. I made two very easy things with my block of Silly Yak’s. First, a savoury pie with a spinach, feta and tomato sauce filling. I …

Another delicious Isabel’s Pizza

Cooking pizza from scratch is one of my favourite ways to relax. Now that I have got the hang of Isabel’s mix (reviewed here), I can make myself a delicious meal and wind down at the same time. Kneading the dough for a good 5 minutes is both cathartic and makes for a more stretchy and supple base. This time I did a simple topping of tomato paste, red peppers, basil, mozzarella and plum tomatoes. Yum.

Baking bread the gluten-free way – Take 1

Is there anything better than to wake up to than a freshly baked loaf of (gluten-free) bread? I was lucky enough to find one in the kitchen last Sunday, when my lovely new flatmate baked a delicious doorstop of a loaf while I was sleeping. The Bread Baking gluten-free bread is a trickier beast than baking normal bread, as gluten is the ingredient that primarily gives normal bread its texture and stretch; when you take it out you are often left with a crumbly cardboard mess. A blend of flours tends to give better results than using a single flour, and this time K used the readymade Dove’s Farm Brown Bread flour blend, following the bread recipe on the back of the packet. (Ingredients : Flour Blend (Rice, Tapioca, Potato, Buckwheat and Carob), Sugar Beet Fibre, Xanthan Gum.) Taste Test Quite a heavy, cakey texture, a nice crunch on the outside, best toasted. Very tasty with a little butter, honey or jam. It is quite different to supermarket Freefrom gluten-free bread; I would say the …

Cooking: 5 yummy Gluten-free Pastas

Gluten-free pasta used to be best described as ‘claggy’, ‘rubbery’, or ‘bleh’. It turned the water a funny colour and made the pan into a foamy mess, and was only available on prescription. Thank the lord, gluten-free pasta has improved since then and has become widely available. Every supermarket and their mum has brought out a version. Pasta became my staple dish as a student, and is still my go-to for a quick and delicious meal.  Here are my tried and tested favourites. Heinz Pasta – £1.50 – £2.00 for 500g A decent range made from corn, potato and lupin flour, I particularly favour the slim penne. This is one that I keep repurchasing. FYI, it is 20-50p cheaper in ASDA than other supermarkets at time of writing. Dove’s Farm Maize and Rice Pastas – £2 for 500g Dove’s Farm is an enduring classic gluten-free brand. Their products in my experience are reliably good; they are not ridiculously expensive and their pastas, flour mixes and breakfast cereals are stocked in the Freefrom aisle of most supermarkets (many …

Gluten-free comfort food

Yesterday evening was one of THOSE evenings. Long day at work. Bastard commute home. Too-tired-to-care- ever-so-slightly-ill-just-keep-walking-till-you-hit-bed. The thought of conjuring a meal from the meagre selection in my cupboard (rice, rice, lentils, rice) made me want to cry. When I passed a Waitrose, the ‘fuck it’ button went off in my head and I bought the following gluten-free-haul to make myself feel better. For my tummy: Belvoir Elderflower Cordial Dove’s Farm Gluten-free pasta Waitrose Sugo ai Carciofi Artichoke pasta sauce Burnt Sugar Crumbly Fudge Apfel-Mango fruit puree For my mind: Absolute Aromas ‘Equilibrium’ essential oil blend (Bergamot, Frankincese, Rose) for my oil burner. All of this went down very well with my massive duvet and back-to-back episodes of Ru Paul’s Drag Race. What gluten-free bits do you buy to treat yourself?

Gluten-free pick me ups: 8 snacks for on the go

In my years living and working in London, I have become somewhat adept at multi-tasking while on the go. I have fine-tuned my ability to eat-breakfast-while-applying-mascara-and-listening-to-a-podcast-on-a-crowded-commuter-train, and when I don’t have time for a proper meal, I now have  few staple foods that I pick up en route. Here are a few of my tried and tested gluten-free  snacks for on the go. 9 bars – I have only tried the original flavour, but I love it. The bar is made up of nuts and seeds coated in carob, and is a solid energy boost, perfect for mid-morning. Approved by the Coeliac Society, available to buy in most major supermarkets and health food stores. Eat Natural bars – I like the bars with the yoghurt coating; the Cashews, blueberries and Yoghurt bar (blue packaging) and the Almonds, Apricots and Yoghurt bar (orange packaging). A good breakfast for when you’re running out the door about to miss your train. Kettle Chips – Classic posh crisps. A decent array of gluten-free flavours, I particularly favour the Sea …

New favourite: Homemade Gluten-free Pizza

I made a fantastic pizza. Not too soggy, not too hard, not too small (why do GF companies think that coeliacs don’t want a normal-size pizza?) and perfect amount of crunch. Mmmmm. I used Isabel’s Pizza Base mix, which I have long been a fan of but have increasingly found difficult to source. Most of their high street stockists are located in the north of England (I was unreasonably excited when I found some in a little health food shop in the Lake District) but if like me you are in the South, you can now buy it online at Ocado, Asda and Amazon! The things I love about Isabel’s pizza bases are the stretchiness (how often have I seen ready made supermarket pizza bases that are already broken in the pack?), the great taste and texture, and the fact you can make your pizza(s) as big or small as you like. I find so many gluten-free pizza offerings bland and floury-tasting (and tiny!), but this is the real deal. Interestingly, Isabel uses a lot …

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Ilumi – The new ready meal

Ilumi pouches are a tasty quick fix. They are ready meals that don’t taste like ready meals, microwaveable in under 3 minutes yet full of flavour and goodness. They taste close to (if not as good as) home-cooking, and are not only gluten-free, but nut and milk-free too. Ilumi have found a genius way of preparing and sealing their meals that does not involve unnecessary preservatives or require them to be kept in the fridge or freezer (I have an ‘Emergency GF Supplies’ box for mine). The pouches usefully have long expiry dates (over a year in my experience) so you can do a big shop once in a while and stock up. ‘Rather than trying to engineer allergen-free versions of ‘the real thing,’ we create delicious dishes which are naturally safe for people with food allergies.’ – copyright Ilumi website I like the fact that they focus on what delicious ingredients they can put into their meals, rather than what they have to take out. I believe the key to enjoying eating a gluten-free …