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Gluten Free at Thermae Bath Spa

Relaxing in the spa is one of my very favourite things, so I was over the moon when David (my boyfriend) bought a Twilight Spa experience for my birthday. The package includes a meal and drink at the spa restaurant, so when I booked I realised I had to check if there was something gluten free to eat. Doh! The last thing you want to do is worry about food when you’re going for a relaxing experience, but unfortunately as a coeliac finding safe food is always a concern. I thought I would do a quick rundown of my experience to help out any other gluten free folk who are doing what I was, and frantically Googling what is safe to eat! —————————————————————————————————————— My meal I was a little apprehensive about the gluten free options before my visit but the staff at the restaurant put me at ease. Both waiters we came into contact with knew the menu very well, and were able to tell me what was gluten free, and what could be made gluten free. …

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 …

Free #glutenfree beer, you say?

Attention, gluten free Londoners! CELIA lager are launching a new flavour of gluten free beer, and are holding a delectable-sounding, 100% gluten free event in London to celebrate. CELIA lager describe their new creation, CELIA Dark, as “a beautiful Czech beer with a burnt caramel aroma”, with hints of coffee and rye bread. I’m not generally a beer drinker, but they sure know how to make it sound good. CELIA are teaming up with Melt London to give the evening a chocolatey twist…don’t read any further if you’re hungry… “First we’ll explore buttery caramel, you’ll enjoy wonderfully rich MELT caramels – chose from delicate vanilla or zingy passionfruit! Next, we’ll titillate your tastebuds with bitter coffee in our delicious Dark dessert cocktails. Then we’ll guide you through a CELIA Dark and chocolate tasting featuring delights from Ecuador and Madagascar, including a devilishly dark 100% chocolate. After we’ll tempt you with a chewy bite of chocolate heaven from our macaroons with CELIA Dark ganache, then, last but in no way least, you’ll finish on sweet high thanks to a limited edition exclusive, …

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Soothe Food: Gluten Free & Low-FODMAP Supper Club in South London*

Gluten free oatcake stars with lactose-free cream cheese & smoked salmon. Served with a pomegranate & prosecco cocktail. Inset: little pack of seeds to grow at home. *Disclaimer: Soothe Food kindly invited myself and a friend to come and try their supper club for free. My opinions are my own. Please have a read of my Disclaimer Page. ———————————————————————————————————- I am happy to say that I have ticked one of my new year’s resolutions off the list. A few weeks back I had the pleasure of dining at the Soothe Food gluten free and low-FODMAP supper club. What is Soothe Food? A specialist supper club. Restaurant-quality cooking served up in a cosy home in South London, with a menu that is entirely gluten free and Low-FODMAP; suitable for coeliacs, IBS sufferers and normal folk too. Like a really fancy dinner party with strangers. The concept may seem odd, but our host Emma was warm and welcoming, and made us feel like we were over at a (super-talented chef) friend’s house. Once the cocktails were flowing, there was no awkwardness. It was actually a pleasure …

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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 …

Gluten Free & Low FODMAP ideas: Lunches and Dinners

Once your Low-FODMAP breakfast goes down, you’re going to need some FODMAP-friendly lunch and dinner. For me, the two meals are interchangeable. Lunch is usually made up of leftovers from whatever creation I made the night(s) before. As a FODMAP-avoiding-coeliac, there is very little (if any) choice of ready-made food to buy out and about, so it is much easier and tastier to D.I.Y. I’ve brought a bunch of basic recipes together here, I hope this might inspire some fellow FODMAPpers to try something new. 1. Roasted fennel and red pepper pasta bake. Simple comfort food. Roast the veg with some olive oil or garlic-infused olive oil, salt, pepper, Italian herbs. A few cherry tomatoes could go well too. Stir in cooked gluten free pasta when almost done, and roast a little longer with added mozzarella and parmesan on the top. Take out when the cheese is melted. 2. Red grape, goats cheese and green bean salad. Add sunflower seeds for crunch. Chuck it all together, dress to your taste. 3. Pizza. I use Isabel’s Gluten Free Pizza Mix*, which …

Gluten Free & Low Fodmap ideas: Breakfast

In my last post I gave you my top tips for staying sane on the FODMAP diet as a coeliac. As a veteran of said diet, I want to share a few of the easy, gluten-free and FODMAP-friendly meals that I have actually enjoyed. This is the first in a series of gluten free and Low-FODMAP recipe ideas, starting with the most important meal of the day. 1. Gluten free cornflakes + rice / almond milk + FODMAP-friendly fruit. Blueberries, raspberries and bananas all work well. Small glass of freshly-squeezed orange juice on the side. 2. Rice porridge with rice or almond milk + optional maple or golden syrup or jam. Hearty and reasonably healthy. 3. Genius Pain au chocolat. Love these. The only gluten free pastry I have continually repurchased in 21 years of being coeliac. 4. Lactose free yoghurt (I like Lindahl’s, it tastes similar to Total Greek yoghurt) with FODMAP-friendly fruit + sunflower seeds or maple syrup. 5.Traditional English breakfast! FODMAP style: gluten-free sausages that do not contain any soybean flour, onion or garlic (look out for Heck …

Sample list of Low and High FODMAP foods

When Coeliac Disease meets IBS: The joys of FODMAP

As those of you who follow me on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter may know, for the past few months I have been following the mother of all elimination diets, the FODMAP diet. I don’t cut out delicious foods for fun; unfortunately it seems that I may have some form of IBS or food intolerance, as well as coeliac disease. Yay! Though I’ve had a bunch of tests (including the aforementioned endoscopy) these haven’t pointed to anything obvious, so I am still in the process of figuring out what exactly is causing me problems. This is where the FODMAP diet comes in. FODMAPs are Fermentable Oligosaccharides, Disaccharides, Monosaccharides and Polyols. These are all compounds that can trigger digestive issues in people who suffer from IBS, and are found in foods right across the spectrum, even in healthy foods like fruit and vegetables. The Low FODMAP diet minimises intake of these compounds as much as possible. The diet is extremely restrictive (especially when combined with coeliac disease) so it is not intended as a permanent solution, but rather as an elimination diet where you cut out every possible irritant, …

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Helen’s Brilliant Scone Mix – The Fat Odyssey

I had been tempted by Helen’s mixes for a while, and when I found a Helen’s Brilliant Scone Mix on offer in Sainsburys*, I couldn’t resist. I made a batch of very easy, very tasty scones, that my gluteny friend M declared tasted exactly like normal ones. Helen’s recipe is very simple, and would be a great start for a baking novice. You simply add buttermilk and egg to the mix, knead into a dough and pop on a tray, into the oven. Just over 10 minutes to bake, so a lovely quick treat. The mix makes a decent amount of scone, just enough to have a few to share and a few for you. I ate mine with a scrape of M&S butter, and some delicious plum jam that I found in Oliver’s Wholefoods. My gentleman friend D insisted that scones need to be covered in raspberry jam and clotted cream, and made us a batch of his own so we could try. I am on a fat odyssey. It is bloody delicious. *NB …