Saturday, 28 July 2012

Gluten free mini bites from b-tempted

I was lucky enough to win a competition for a box of b-tempted cakes.  I was bursting with anticipation, and when they arrived I was suitably impressed with the premium looking box that came through the post.  

b-tempted box of cakes
Packaged in a brown metallic box with a hemp like ribbon, once opened, 4 different flavours of the mini bites b-tempted are famous for were inside.  I had come across b-tempted before, as I had bought a pack of the lemon and cashew cakes in a health food shop once before and had devoured them in no time at all!  b-tempted are a gluten-free bakery who specialise in mini bites,  brownies and shortbread. They sell their wares online and at selected stockists such as Harrods and Whole Foods market.  

gluten free mini bites 
The small flourless mini bites come in delicious flavours that include; raspberry, white chocolate and pistachio and lemon, cashew and flourless brownies.  They are completely moreish and I was shocked (but not surprised) at how quickly I got through the box, whoops! Jules was actually lucky to get to try a few.   They have a great subtle flavour, a lovely moist texture and I really like the little sizes of the cakes, this of course makes you feel you can have 2 or 3 at a time! I think the box of cakes and the tray bakes you can buy online would make an excellent present for anyone, although especially someone following a gluten free diet.  My favourite has to be the white chocolcate raspberry and pistachio and I enjoyed them so much I am looking forward to ordering a box of the shortbread next.

White chocolate raspberry pistachio mini bites – 9/10 heavenly

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Tuesday, 17 July 2012

The refurbished WAGfree in Brixton Village

I was very excited to pay a visit to the refurbished WAGfree last weekend for lunch, the little shops inside Brixton Village are pretty small but by moving production out of the small space it's allowed WAGfree a bigger table and bench to exist as well as a few more tables just outside, the decor is still on the shabby chic side but hey it's Brixton so I didn't mind, there were two cooked options for lunch, fish goujons or pie which both came with peas and chips,

Wagfree pie and chips
We ordered one each. They were both delicious but I preferred the fish goujons which were yummy and crunchy, the chips were great and the mushy peas not so mushy but resembled real peas rather than your frozen variety,

WAGfree fish goujons and chips

Jules really enjoyed the steak pie which is praise indeed. The price is really reasonable and I hope this doesn’t change, WAGFree were not as busy as some of the other cafes in the village but I put that down to its niche concept? Unfortunately the service left a lot to be desired, lots of young girls focusing on I don't know what but not their customers! When I went to pay it took 3 of them to figure out how to use the till! Apparently it's new, but service elsewhere in the village is pretty slick so it would be a shame if this let it down. I bought a golden bloomer, two white rolls, a cupcake and a Victoria sponge, all of which have been good and I have been nibbling over the last few days, if I was being critical I would say the bread was on the dry side but I have still enjoyed the taste. So in summary it's a great place to go as a coeliac, it's pretty hard to find a dedicated GF bakery where you can feel confident all the food will be free of contamination, the foods great but it's the sponge cake with fresh cream I get excited about,
WAGfree gluten free sponge cake

It's good food at a good price and in a buzzy eclectic environment which is Brixton Village, I urge you to check it out

Wagfree sponge cake with cream 9/10 divine

Thursday, 12 July 2012

GF cake lovers cakes - muppets

muppets cupcakes

A few Muppet cupcakes inspired by cupcake occasions

Tuesday, 3 July 2012

Gluten free cakes in Rye @ Hayden's

The weather forecast promised a (rare) sunny day on the weekend so off we went in the car to the nearest sandy beach!  This happened to be Camber Sands near Rye and Is a most beautiful sandy beach renowned for its sand dunes.  When we arrived it was a bit windy which wasn’t great for our toddler, so we decided to go into the town of Rye to look around and have some tea.  I had done some google searching on the way down and had identified a café that said they did gluten free cake.  It was easy to find on the main high street along with two health food shops next to each other which also seemed to have a range of gluten free treats, hurrah.  

gluten free lemon cake
We decided to go into the coffee shop called Hayden’s and have a well earned hot drink.  Hayden’s is a B&B as well as an Organic and Fairtrade coffee shop and restaurant and it is really lovely inside, minimal classic look with lots of chunky wood tables, yet still feels very modern and a relaxed atmosphere.  There were high chairs so baby A got to sit at the table and have a nibble on Jules’ scone.  There were 2 gluten free cakes on offer, a lemon cake and a brownie, I opted for the lemon.  The cake was really tasty, moist and tasted like it was probably made mostly with ground almonds, this meant it had a slightly nutty taste, Jules actually thought it had coconut in it but I didn’t detect this flavour! The Lemon flavour came out in the icing which was a sharp very tangy lemon icing which complemented the cake well, overall a lovely little place to stop for coffee and gluten free cake if you visit the lovely town of Rye.  We went down to the beach later on in the afternoon and got to make some sandcastles and sit on the sand, bliss.

Hayden's Lemon cake – 7.5/10 delicious

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