Gluten Free Favourites – August 2016

August has been a lovely month – my first month of self-employment! This has also coincided with some lovely weather every now and again so I’ve spent some time working (and relaxing!) in the garden, and we’ve had a couple of nice days out too. Food wise we’ve been having quite a lot of great Simply Cook meals, some Tyga curries, and I’ve been experimenting with some of the goodies I got from the Morrisons Free From event 🙂

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Gluten free favourites – August 2016

Gosh! Chickpea, Courgette and Moroccan Spiced Bakes topped with Harissa Peppers – I hadn’t come across this brand until the free from event I went to as Morrisons HQ, and I’m so glad I have now. These are vegan and free of all 14 main allergens, and really tasty, especially the harissa spiced ones. You can get these from some Tesco stores and I believe they are coming to other stores soon (there’s a handy store locator on their website).

Tesco Free From Strawberry and Vanilla Cones – these are just fabulous. We’ve had them before and enjoyed them, but it wasn’t until we tried a competitor’s product that we appreciated just how good these are. The ice cream is lovely and creamy (despite being dairy free!) and the cone stays crisp. They get the thumbs up from everyone, well apart from fussy brothers who complain about the bottom having unexpected strawberry syrup as well as chocolate.

Twice as Nice Bakery Teff Cookies – these are sort of secret as they’re a new product, but they’re so fantastic that I just had to share in my monthly favourites. I’ll be honest, I had to ask Laura at Twice as Nice what teff was and why it’s so great, but once I’d tried the cookie I was sold. So much so I bought another to take home for my partner to try (I’m the greatest girlfriend ever). He agreed; they’re awesome. The flavour is great, but it’s more the texture that surprised me. They hold together really well, but still have that wondrous cookie-ness to them. They’re also vegan but you wouldn’t know it. Fabulous! I didn’t get a photo but Sarah Leanne at Growing Butterfly (who was the inspiration behind the cookies!) posted one on Instagram.

Barnacles Chip Shop – when you’ve had a lovely day in the sunshine and you’re by the seaside there’s nothing better than fish and chips on the seafront. Normally this would be a no no for coeliacs, but fortunately more and more chip shops are offering gluten free options. Barnacles in Llandudno has been offering it for a while and there is such a great selection. I’ll be writing a blog post soon but in the meantime I wanted to mention it in my favourites as the fish, chips and curry sauce I had were amazing.

Genius gluten free pancakes – these were given to me at the Morrisons free from event and to be honest I wasn’t that excited, but they’re brilliant. I simply toasted them for a few minutes and then spread Nutella on them. Such a nice weekend breakfast. It may have been the GBBO effect but they reminded me of jaffa cakes – just needed some marmalade and I would have been sorted!

Veggie enchiladas – I’ve been experimenting with some Newburn Bakehouse products I was sent to try and made some veggie enchiladas with the seeded wraps. I filled them with mixed pepper rice, refried beans, chilli powder and spring onions, and cooked them in salsa, yoghurt and cheese. Really easy to make but filling and delicious!

What have you been loving in August? Any recommendations? 

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Victorious Cakes and Cookies

This is part of my series of blog posts reviewing brands from the Coeliac UK Birmingham Gluten Free Food Fair I attended in September 2015. For an overview of the event, please see my earlier blog post. Other brands from the fair will all be tagged with ‘birmingham gluten free food fair 2015’ so you’ll be able to view them all from this page.

I spotted Victorious Cakes and Cookies at the fair and loved their stand, the jars of cookie mixes stood out in particular. Victorious Cakes and Cookies is a local business (based in Sutton Coldfield) selling cakes, cookies, and bake it yourself kits; further information is available on the Victorious Cakes and Cookies website. They specialise in gluten free due to the owner’s sister being diagnosed coeliac.

Victorious Cakes and Cookies stand

Victorious Cakes and Cookies stand

We love baking, so decided to buy one of the cookie making kits. I loved the attention to detail with these – the packaging was lovely and everything very clear so you knew exactly what else you needed to add (not much at all!).

Victorious Cakes and Cookies - Bake it Yourself White Chocolate Chip Cookies

Victorious Cakes and Cookies – Bake it Yourself White Chocolate Chip Cookies

The mix was really easy to use and very quick to make, so we were soon enjoying some white chocolate chip cookies. They didn’t last long as they were yummy!

I really like these as a gift idea, or a treat for yourself. If you don’t want the jar you can also buy the mix in alternative packaging but I’m sure we’ll find a use for the jar 🙂

Victorious Cakes and Cookies also sell vegan cookies – I chatted with Victoria and she said they’ve been exploring more gluten free vegan baking so it will be interesting to see what new products they may sell in future. Another great local business – I love the free from shows for introducing us to these.

You can buy from Victorious Cakes and Cookies online – more details on their website or their Facebook page.

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