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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Twice as Nice Bakery, Newcastle under Lyme

Don’t you just love it when a new gluten free place opens up near you? We’ve been very lucky recently – we moved in mid-December and the week before we moved a totally gluten free bakery opened within walking distance from our new house! We’ve also had a Pizza Express and Cappello Lounge which have opened in the last few weeks too. Anyway, Twice as Nice…


Twice as Nice Bakery sells only gluten free products – it’s the first of its kind in our area and the first I’ve ever been to. The owner, Laura Krippner, is passionate about gluten free baking (some of her bread recipes have won awards already and some have been shortlisted on the Free From Awards this year). She’d been wanting to open up a gluten free bakery to sell the bread as well as other gluten free produce. She stocks a variety of different types of products; both made in store and bought from other suppliers. Some highlights include:

  • Baguettes – really lovely to dip into soup – the baguettes are crisp (which I like) and the flavour is very good.
  • Anzac biscuits – a coconutty biscuit using New Zealand recipe (Laura used to live there) – I’d not tried these before and I love them!
  • Brownies – as I’ve said before on the blog, there are plenty of gluten free brownies around so for one to impress me takes a lot. Laura’s are some of the best I’ve tried in a while (and according to my partner are better than gluten filled ones he’s had recently!).
  • Gluten Free Oatcakes – extremely popular! Oatcakes (the savoury pancake style, not the crackers!) are a North Staffordshire tradition and being able to buy gluten free ones is fabulous. Twice as Nice stock Weston Coyney Gluten Free Oatcakes. I’ve bought the ready made ones as well as the mix to make our own (blog post coming on this!).
  • Voakes pies – I’ve tried a couple of pies and a quiche, all of which were great.

I also tried sourdough bread last time I visited, which I haven’t tried before. I tried a small sample and have to admit I had another piece before I left! I’ve tended to visit later in the day so often miss out on some of the freshly baked breads, cakes, and pizettes but I’ll be trying more in future I’m sure.

I can’t put into words how fantastic it is to be able to visit a bakery and know I can eat anything I want. I’m so used to looking out for one or two things I can eat in restaurants, shops etc. and even in the free from section of the supermarket I have to check as obviously the products aren’t just gluten free so some might be dairy free but have gluten in. It’s so refreshing to be able to visit somewhere that I know is totally safe and that I can choose whatever I’d like and not have to check the labels or ask any awkward questions about the ingredients. It does of course mean each visit costs a fair bit as I want to try absolutely everything!


In addition to it being such a great place for coeliacs to get food, it’s also a really lovely environment in the bakery. Laura is so passionate and it’s lovely to chat with her about her latest experiments and creations. I’ve also met some great people whilst I’ve been in there and always feel a sense of mutual understanding when you meet others who are following a gluten free diet. Some have shared tips and product recommendations, and others have shared their stories (I bumped into Sarah Leanne from Growing Butterfly one time and we got chatting about blogging). Laura has recently added tables and chairs so you can now enjoy a cuppa and a snack whilst you’re in there 🙂


I’m so pleased Laura took the plunge and opened a gluten free bakery in Staffordshire, and I’m pleased it’s so popular (I’ve never been in without there being other customers too). It’s great to have somewhere like this in my local community, and I hope it will bring others to the area to experience some gluten free delights (if you’re ever visiting North Staffs you have to try some gluten free oatcakes!).

Twice as Nice Bakery is at 3 Fogg Street, Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffs. It’s open every day other than Sunday. Full opening hours and further information is available on the website and Facebook page.

I highly recommend visiting if you’re nearby – maybe I’ll see you in there! 🙂

 


 

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Gluten Free Favourites – January 2016

A quick round up of some of my favourite gluten free things I’ve been enjoying this month…

January Favourites

January Favourites

 

Schär Gluten Free Chocolate Fingers – I was fully prepared to be totally disappointed when I bought these over Christmas as a substitute for Cadbury’s version. I was definitely wrong! I really like both the chocolate and the shortbread biscuit in these, and they’re a little fatter than the Cadburys version which I like as you get more biscuit to your chocolate.

Marks and Spencer Pea Snaps – these baked crisps are really interesting. They have the texture of Wotsits, but are made from peas. I’ve tried the Peri Peri flavour and really like them. There’s also a Green Chilli, Lime and Coriander flavour which I plan to try.

Simply Cook – we’ve had quite a few Simply Cook meals this month and have really enjoyed them. Our favourite is the Jerk Chicken with Coconut Rice but we also really enjoyed the red pepper sweet potato mash. I love the convenience of these kits – lovely flavourful meals but you can adapt them to your preferences and budget (e.g. excluding ingredients you don’t like, using cheaper cuts of meat or substituting meat for veggies). Many of the meals are gluten free and are clearly marked on the website. If you’re interested in trying a box, this referral link gets you a box with 4 kits in for £1 (incl. p&p).

Delicious Alchemy – I ordered some items in the Delicious Alchemy sale and have really enjoyed both the Oaty Cookies (so easy to make and delicious!), and the brownie mix which we used to make a ridiculously sweet but very enjoyable Creme Egg Chocolate Brownie.

Twice as Nice Bakery – new fabulous local bakery that is 100% gluten free. I won’t say too much more for now as I have a review coming. It’s amazing though and highly worth a visit.

Cappello Lounge – another new fabulous local place which has a brilliant gluten free menu – I’ve been twice already. I’ll also be reviewing this soon.

What have been your favourites this month? I’d love to hear your recommendations.