Thursday, 13 February 2014

Gluten free cake lover: New monthly gluten free box of goodies from Crate ...

Gluten free cake lover: New monthly gluten free box of goodies from Crate ...: I felt real excitement when waiting for my crate to arrive last week! For those of you who haven't heard about Crate of Nothing, it'...

New monthly gluten free box of goodies from Crate of Nothing

I felt real excitement when waiting for my crate to arrive last week! For those of you who haven't heard about Crate of Nothing, it's a new food subscription business who will deliver you a gaggle of gluten free or dairy free foods for you to try, once a month or as a one off box.  The model reminds me of the subscription service I did with glossybox, but this is food rather than beauty products!

The contents are unknown at time of ordering, but getting a surprise is half the fun! Along with food products, there was also a blogger recipe, this month for brownies and the ingredients to make them, which I really liked, although I havent got around to making them yet!

Crate of nothing 

So what did I get:

Apple & Pear bar by Braw 
Lemon drizzle cake from Incognito

Lime and coconut macaroon by honeyrose
Vitality muffin by Nom Nom
Lemon cake pot by bakes just 4u
Ginger bread by Stephs Kitchen
Bigoz Oat, Coconut ans strawberry porridge pot
Moroccan style vegetable tagine by Illumi 

Crate of nothing contents

The crate costs £22 and that seems the right price point for a monthly delivery, the amount of products feels decent for that, similar to a hamper.  I liked the mix of brands, half I had heard of and half I hadn't, and the quality was good.  

I think it's a really cool idea, there are so many small producers out there who are making great products but are only selling at markets or at trade shows so I am really hoping they will have a chance at a wider audience here, I think it will be especially good for some friends I know who don't live near large supermarkets and so struggle to get hold of new products sold locally. Overall I really hope it takes off as a business, please support it, and if you know of a great small producer they should be stocking for a future 'crate' email or tweet them with your suggestion at @crateofnothing #mycrate

Thursday, 24 October 2013

Afternoon tea @ Harrods

I was delighted to be asked to try the gluten free afternoon tea at Harrods, they have recently been awarded with coeliac accreditation and as such are safe for people with coeliac condition as well as those with a gluten intolerance.  

When we arrived I was struck with how beautiful the room was, the floral arrangements are large and stunning and it has a traditional yet modern feel to the room. 

Georgian restaurant 
As you would expect from Harrods the service was impeccable, a lovely waiter looked after us and recommended which teas to try.  I went for the Assam gold blend and my husband went for The Georgian blend, with a side order of champagne! Why ever not! The teas were delicious and they were continually topped up throughout the afternoon, my personal favourite was the Georgian blend but both were delicious, you also have a choice of herbal teas if you prefer.  

The silverware is reassuringly heavy and expensive looking and once we were settled with our tea and champagne our food stand was brought to the table,
Sandwiches, Scones and Cakes 
all the food looked delicious and we couldn't wait to tuck in.  we hadn't eaten lunch in anticipation so we got to work on the finger sandwiches straight away, the fillings were: Red pepper and hummus, 
Smoked salmon cream cheese, Ham and mustard, Egg mayo, Chicken and pesto.  The bread was slightly chilled which meant they weren't as soft as I would of liked but still tasted nice. Next were the scones, two fruity and two plain and both slightly warm, they were absolutely delicious! Some of the best gluten free scones I have ever tasted, the cream and jam were so yummy, I stopped at one scone to leave a small space for cakes, I had a pretty looking pink macaroon with a jam filling, the jam was yummy and tasted like the flavour you get  inside doughnuts, the little chocolate petit four was really good, the kumquat jelly was good but had a very strong taste, then there was marzipan inside a plum which was really good, and finally a vanilla meringue.  

We had a wonderful time having GF afternoon tea at Harrods, even with champagne it's really reasonable at £29 per person or £39 with champagne compared with Claridges afternoon tea at £69 per person, its somewhere you could justify going regularly.  It's a great treat and I am already planning a trip back with my mum, I would thoroughly recommend. 

Harrods gluten free afternoon tea in the Georgian Restaurant

Wednesday, 16 October 2013

White chocolate and raspberry muffins from Newburn bakehouse

I was very excited to get some white chocolate and raspberry muffins through the post from Newburn bakehouse, I am a long term fan of their gluten free muffins and this flavour was right up my street. 

white chocolate muffins
sample of the Raspberry and White chocolate muffins

I ate one pretty quickly after opening, and it was light with a good texture, slightly moist and very yummy. 

With the second muffin, Warburtons had a recipe for a trifle which I was delighted to try, crumbling the muffins into the bottom of the glass I topped it off with custard, raspberry sauce and white chocolate bits, then topped off with raspberries,  This made it stretch to a desert for 2 and was really nice for a quick desert.  The key is in the ingredients so if you try it use good quality custard.

Quick and easy trifle

So overall, thumbs up for the new muffin flavour, they launched in Tesco on last week!

Sunday, 25 August 2013

GF Doughnuts in Greenwich

I cant wait to tell you about my discovery in Greenwich a few weeks ago.  We had decided to meet some friends for lunch in Greenwich and I remembered a recommendation a friend had given me for Ruby Tuesday, a vegan and gluten free cake stall in the market.  

It was a beautiful sunny day so it was pretty busy in the market and outside when I came across the stall.  Firstly it looks wonderful, a lot of care has been taken to lay it out nicely and the cake offerings on show were different and appetising.  

gluten free cakes
yummy cakes

Ruby is the baker but her mum was manning the stall and only allowed me to take a few pictures once I had given her my card and explained I wanted to tell people about her bakes,  apparently lots of people have copied her designs and unusual flavours so I can understand why she was reluctant.  

gluten free doughnuts
gluten free doughnuts
I bought 3 doughnuts and couldn't even wait 5 minutes before scoffing the first one! I had bought the chocolate, raspberry white chocolate and spiced chai.  They are baked doughnuts, and my previous experience of eating baked GF doughnuts were that they were quite dry, not these, the texture was lovely, it was perfect in fact not too moist and not too dry, They have a subtle cinnamon flavour to them which was really nice and for the chocolate covered ones the covering was delicious.  I am a big fan and I am basically trying to think of an excuse to go back there again to try the cupcakes.  

There you go I have shared a hidden gem with you, go forth and eat Ruby Tuesdays cakes, you won't regret it.

Scrumptious 9/10


Sunday, 16 June 2013

Gluten free wrap off

One of the things I was on the look out for at the allergy show last week were some gluten free wraps, I was determined to have chicken fajitas for dinner Saturday night and knew of at least two producers that were going to have them at the show.

When I got to the allergy show I wasn't disappointed, there were plenty of gluten free wraps and as the prices were also lowered for the show, I was pleasantly surprised at the value for money.

I bought bfree wraps and newburn bakehouse wraps at the show, the bfree wraps were slightly more expensive at the show at 2 for £5, newburn bakehouse were selling each pack for £2 each.

gluten free wraps

When I got home Saturday night I decided to use the bfree wraps for the fajitas, they look more like regular tortilla wraps in that they are thinner and round and only come in at 99 calories each.  I wrapped them in foil and put them in the oven and did the same with my husbands regular wraps and got on and made the filling. When we sat down to eat them, the wraps were warm and as such they were slighter tougher than I was imagining and were a little bit chewy, I got my husband to take a bite to compare, and he said his regular ones were a lot softer, I don't want to be negative, they did taste nice, but still not up to the regular standard.  On Sunday I made quesadillas with parma ham, grated cheddar and cherry tomatoes, the bfree wraps tasted a lot better this time and I think that's because they were hot straight out of the pan.

The newburn bakehouse wraps I had the next day folded over as a kind of toasted sandwich, they are definitely softer and as  soon as I bit into the wrap I remembered why I liked it so much when I tried them a few months ago! They have a great taste, are soft and whilst they are slightly thicker still work well folded over.  I also made a pizza with the NB wraps which was also really delicious.

gluten free pizza using NB wrap

Exclusive:  Newburn bakehouse are releasing a seeded wrap on Monday as well as seeded baguettes!  I have been lucky enough to taste it ahead of time and I can tell you that its really delicious and particularly good as a wrap sandwich, yummy!

So overall, there is a place for both wraps in my store cupboard but on taste alone, I would recommend the newburn bakehouse wraps.


Newburn Bakehouse 
Bfree foods

Saturday, 1 June 2013

Looking forward to the 2013 Allergy show

Exactly a week to go until the Allergy show 2013! Its always a date in my calendar I look forward to, especially because of the new products I discover and so much food all under one roof!

For the second year running I will be meeting up with some fellow foodie bloggers for a natter and then I will be off to learn from the Sainsbury's try team who are cooking up mini fish cakes, mushroom stroganoff and lemon meringue roulade yummy!

As for the exhibitors, I have quite a few I want to check out, the top 4 I will be looking out for our listed below:

Now of course on the day I may well find different products to try, but there will be another blog post post the show where I can let you know whether they lived up to expectations.

If you dont already have a ticket, get one here

Until next week