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Gluten Free Snacks for Hungry Coeliacs!

As an awkward coeliac and frequently hungry person, I’m all about finding tasty and portable snacks. Even though there are more gluten free options in cafes and restaurants these days, I still feel more comfortable keeping snacks with me, or buying gluten free snacks that I know are safe. I especially like to discover good savoury gluten free snacks, as I find too many gluten free options are of the sweet variety – I love cake, but I don’t want to eat it all the time! I thought I’d share a few of my favourites for my fellow hungry coeliacs.  🎒 Gluten Free Breadsticks  While these Nature’s Store breadsticks don’t appear to be available any more, Tesco do a remarkably similar product which tastes just as good. You get two sealed bags of breadsticks in a box. Very handy for keeping in your bag as an emergency snack. Freefrom Breadsticks, £1.20 at Tesco Snacking Chorizo This snacking chorizo is the bomb.com, and gluten free! Chorizo is one of the most delicious foods on earth as far as I’m concerned, …

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Gluten Free Quinoa Beer (yes, really)

Here’s a new one for you… Quinoa beer. Yes, really! David and I stumbled across this in a health food shop in Bath (Harvest – brilliant place). At first we thought it sounded like a product from a fad dieter joke. It is definitely real. We didn’t buy a bottle because a) We weren’t sure how the nutty taste of quinoa would translate to beer and b) It was on the pricey side, even for GF. I thought it was a rather intriguing concept though, as an alternative to de-glutenised hops. Altiplano is the company – “100% gluten free, organic and french“. Have you tried it? Would you? Issi x Sign up for your FREE printable Coeliac Guide to Eating Out Gluten Free in London * indicates required Email Address * First Name Last Name

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Gluten Free Christmas Gift Guide 2015

It’s nearly Christmas, woohoo! I love this time of year, and especially love finding the perfect gift for my nearest and dearest. I know not everyone loves shopping as much as I do, so I’ve put together a gluten free Christmas gift guide. If you have a special gluten free person in your life that could do with a treat (or you’d like to treat yo’self!), read on. (THE best Christmas song, no?)  —————————————————————————————————————— 1. Sweet Mandarin Cookery Book & Dipping Sauces If you’re gluten free and missing Chinese food, you’ve got to check out Sweet Mandarin. I ate my first ever gluten free Chinese meal at their restaurant in Manchester and it was GLORIOUS. The recipes in this book are straightforward with colourful photographs (always a plus in my view) and each recipe has guidance on how to make the meal gluten and/or dairy free. Sweet Mandarin Cookery Book – total bargain at £3 from The Book People ————————– The dipping sauces are also very tasty.  Sweet Mandarin Dipping Sauces – £2.50 from Ocado —————————————————————————————————————— 2. Gluten Free Beer ‘Mystery Box’ For the gluten …

I mentioned earlier this week that Celia were putting on a launch party for their new gluten free lager, and thought I’d share a few snapshots from the night!

Celia + Melt: A little photo diary of the Celia Dark launch party

I mentioned earlier this week that Celia were putting on a launch party for their new gluten free lager, and thought I’d share a few snapshots from the night! Celia is a gluten free beer brand, whose Celia Lager is one of the most widely stocked and popular varieties of freefrom beer. The launch was for their newbie, Celia Dark, which is similar to their original beer, but as the name suggests, a darker flavour, with a ”burnt caramel aroma’. The launch was held at the Melt chocolate shop in Holland Park. In a pretty cool and innovative move, Celia and Melt collaborated on some wonderful chocolatey, alcoholic creations for the night, all of which were gluten free!  There was beer + dark chocolate ganache (pictured, above), french macarons, caramels, cocktails, chocolate buttons…who knew that beer and chocolate were so complementary? I am not usually a huge fan of beer, but I was willing to give Celia’s a go. Celia Dark was actually the most palatable gluten free beer I’ve tried (and the only one I’ve finished a whole …

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Beyond Bread: A Gluten Free Bakery in Central London!

It just about made my life when I found out there would be a gluten free bakery opening less than 5 minutes walk from my office. Beyond Bread opened just a few weeks ago, and thus far seems to be getting positive reviews in the gluten free community, for good reason. I’ve popped in a few times to test samples and buy treats, and these are my impressions so far. LOCATION  Beyond Bread have picked a great location; a little shop in Charlotte’s Place, which hits the west end sweet spot between the hordes of office workers with lunch money to burn and the tourists drifting off Oxford Circus. There is space to sit in. This could be a nice place to recuperate after the shopping assault course that is Oxford / Regent Street. THE FOOD So far I have tried the baguettes (they rival the Gluten Free Baking and Living ones – very good), the dark chocolate brownie (almost more cakey than a brownie, but whatevs, it’s delicious), the cinnamon swirl (YUM). One lunchtime soon I would like to sit in …

Breakfast hero products : Gluten, wheat and oat free!

Traditionally a meal given to the most gluteny delights (pastries! cereal! toast!) breakfast can be a bit of a minefield for coeliacs, especially if like me, you cannot tolerate gluten free oats. Thankfully there are a few hero products here to save the day. All of the below are gluten, wheat and oat free, and flipping delicious. Eat Natural Gluten Free Toasted Muesli with Buckwheat or with Vine Fruit – £3.00 for 500g Readily available in the Freefrom aisle, not ridic expensive (well, as gluten free foods go), and you can make the packets go a long way. Though both versions are nice, I prefer the buckwheat. Pair with plain greek yoghurt. Bakery on Main Gluten Free granolas – £3.89 for 340g These are my current favourite, though my wallet is not thanking me. They are expensive, but they are the tastiest gluten free muesli I’ve found. You can find them on Ocado, or instore at Wholefoods.  You can also order them in bulk from Drossa Ltd. Pair with plain greek yoghurt. 9 Bars, Original Flavour …

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LIDL: A Gluten-free Guide

Lidl is not an obvious place to find gluten-free food. There is no Freefrom aisle and no stocking of the typical gluten-free brands, but if you look closely there is a surprising amount of gluten-free choice. It is also very, very cheap. Here is a breakdown of my coeliac-friendly finds thus far. Fruit & Veg Bargain avocados. Bags of organic shallots and punnets of plum tomatoes for under a pound. Albert Rooster potatoes and sweet potatoes in bulk. Surprising items like starfruit and physalis. Apples, bananas, clementines, root vegetables at super cheap per kg prices, resulting in a double take (in a good way) when you get to the till. Dairy Greek Yoghurt – Lidl do a good, thick greek yoghurt. Not as good as Total, but a decent budget version. You can get a 1kg tub for about £1. 24 Month aged parmesan – I read about this on the Skint Foodie blog, and had to try it for myself. It is now one of my regular buys, and at £2something half the price and just as good as the one …

The Gluten Free Emporium: A London Kickstarter!

Wouldn’t it be great to have a completely gluten-free shop in London, a shop where everything is suitable for coeliacs, where there is no need to worry about contamination? A place where the staff will know their codex wheat from their xantham gum and won’t look at you askance for asking to see the label? This is what The Gluten Free Emporium wants to be. Fortunata (Julia) Zardeto and the team behind Kingston upon Thames’ Bruschetta restaurant would like to create a shop in Central London which sells quality, reasonably priced gluten-free food direct from their own kitchens and selected freefrom companies. The company (S G Senza Glutine) currently produces gluten-free pizza bases, cakes, fresh-filled pasta and gnocchi, and they wish to include in the Emporium a fresh pasta counter, a bakery and cakes section, and a deli counter. I for one am SALIVATING at the thought of the fresh pasta and gnocchi, as these are things that as an (almost) lifelong coeliac I have never tried. The team have turned to Kickstarter to raise …

In the news: ‘Fake-food’ and food labels

As a coeliac, the recent news regarding the the proliferation of ‘fake-food’ worries me. This article from The Guardian details various horrid (barely) edibles including ‘meat emulsion’ and ‘cheese analogue’ that are secretly added to our food, but what really bothers me is the claim that a third of food products tested in a West Yorkshire sample, were incorrectly labelled. A third.  People like me who have coeliac disease rely on food labels. I check the label of every single thing I eat. Every day. For life. I need food companies to label their produce honestly and accurately, so that I can minimise risk to myself by avoiding gluten, which as readers of this blog will likely know, is like poison to coeliacs. Although the article doesn’t specifically mention gluten, it does make you wonder how much you can trust food labels, especially as wheatflour is an ingredient that is often used to bulk out cheaper processed products. This is purely my speculation; I would be interested if anyone knows anything more about this. The article …