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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Isabel’s gluten free pancake mix

Pancake day has been and gone by a quite a while, but I’m still thinking about the fabulous pancakes I had and think I’ll have to have more soon. Partly, I confess, this is due to the fact that I had them with Nutella which reminded me how amazing Nutella is. Partly though it’s down to finding yet another excellent Isabel’s Free From mix. I don’t think this brand can produce a bad product – I’ve loved everything I’ve tried from them so far. 

I’ve always enjoyed pancakes, usually only one or twice a year though. As a child we always had pancakes on Shrove Tuesday, and it was always the crepe style pancakes so you could have fun trying to flip them. In those days I’d usually just have sugar and lemon on my pancakes. In recent years I’ve tended to favour thicker American or Scotch style pancakes with maple syrup but this year I felt like a change and went back to the crepe style. Unbeknownst to me, my partner had treated himself to some gluten-filled protein pancakes, but that was no bad thing as it meant more gluten free pancakes for me! I actually ended up saving half the batter and having pancakes for breakfast the next day 🙂

The mix is really easy to make; you just add eggs, oil and milk; whisk together; let it rest for a short while; and then you’re ready to go. It makes a very thin batter so is easy to spread in the pan and cooks quickly. I attempted the odd flip but really they were too thin, so I used a spatula to help me turn them. I was planning to have a few different fillings/toppings but the Nutella was so delicious that I ended up having that on all of them! 

Isabel's Free From Pancake Mix

Isabel’s Free From Pancake Mix

Isabel's Free From Pancake with Nutella

Isabel’s Free From Pancake with Nutella

The only downside to discovering another great product from Isabel’s is that they’re not as easy to find as they don’t tend to be stocked in many of my local supermarkets. I’d really like to try the Isabel’s gravy but still haven’t found that anywhere. They do however sell online and you can get the pancake mix from their website (I may have to do an online order myself to stock up on some of my favorite mixes and try out the few products I haven’t yet given a go!).

Did you have gluten free pancakes on Shrove Tuesday? What did you have on yours?

Gluten Free Eating at Center Parcs – The Pancake House

This is part of a series of blog posts based on my experience eating gluten free at Center Parcs (Woburn Forest) in September 2015. The first blog post on Gluten Free Eating at Center Parcs gives an overview of my experience, and will link to the other posts when they’re available.  

I knew The Pancake House offered a gluten free pancake and was very much looking forward to it. After a slightly terrifying but utterly exhilarating Aerial Adventure we treated ourselves to a pancake. I mentioned that I was gluten free as I arrived and the menu was explained to me. I could have a gluten free pancake, but not a waffle. They were able to adapt the toppings for most of the pancakes, though unfortunately the first one I asked for they said they couldn’t adapt (I think perhaps it would have been missing too much of the topping!). I actually didn’t mind as what I ended up having was so good, definitely a highlight of the week food wise. I had a Gluten Free Caramel Crunch pancake which came with honeycomb, caramel sauce, ice cream and cream. Mine was marked with an ‘Allergen’ flag so the staff all knew which one was mine.

Gluten Free Caramel Crunch Pancake

Gluten Free Caramel Crunch Pancake

It was seriously sweet but so enjoyable! We actually ended up going back to The Pancake House the following day for brunch and had the Maple Stack which came with maple syrup and bacon. We both chose the same, though of course mine was gluten free. I was told that I could have the stack, but that it wouldn’t be as high as the regular one. When I arrived I could see what they meant – I guess due to the lack of gluten the pancakes aren’t as fluffy as the regular ones. You can see the difference between the two in this photo (both have 5 pancakes in the stack, the only difference is that mine on the left is gluten free).

Gluten Free New Yorker Pancake Stack next to 'regular' New Yorker Pancake Stack

Gluten Free New Yorker Pancake Stack next to ‘regular’ New Yorker Pancake Stack

Despite this, it didn’t ruin the taste at all – it was delicious! A great way to finish our break and give me some energy to see me through the last day.

I was really impressed by The Pancake House and would definitely recommend it either as a sweet treat or an indulgent breakfast. They also offer savoury items for lunch/dinner. So good to be able to have gluten free pancakes 🙂