Tuesday, 21 August 2012

Love and cake @ herne hill market

The new Herne Hill farmers market on Railton road in South East London, has been up and running for just over a month, it's got a good selection of stalls selling everything from meat, fruit and of course cakes!

There is a stall selling gluten free cakes as well as normal cakes called Love and Cake, they are only at this market and also do bespoke cake orders from their south london bakery.   They have 2 or 3 cakes that are made without gluten,  I have eaten two cakes from the stall and haven't personally had any adverse effects, they make regular cakes with regular flour too so worth asking them if you are worried about contamination.

The two cakes I have tried are the chocolate brownie and the spiced chocolate cake, the brownie was delicious, gooey, chocolaty and tasted divine, I offered Jules a taste and I almost didn't get it back tsk!, The chocolate cake was nice but a bit on the dry side, it's such a delicate balance to get a perfectly textured cake with gluten free flour and it must be harder still if you are baking regular cakes just fine, I appreciate having more than just a brownie to choose from though and liked the different flavours on offer. 

So the verdict - the Brownie was really good so

Love and cake chocolate brownie 8/10 gooeylicious

Verified by Jules

Wednesday, 8 August 2012

Gluten free lunch deliveries in London

Yes you read that right, gluten free lunch deliveries in London!  I had a similar reaction when I heard about Annie's Larder, a new catering company set up by Chef Annie who also runs the secret gluten free supper club on the London/Kent borders.

I work in Farringdon and luckily that is one of the areas they cover, they currently deliver to East and South East London but are hoping to extend locations.  Its very early days but having been to a supper club at Annie's I was really keen to try it as I knew of the quality of the gluten free cooking.  So I booked through the site and selected my lunch options, you can choose from sandwiches or salads with various fillings, one options of cake, fruit or crisps and then a drink option for £6 which I think is pretty reasonable for the quality.  They are happy to drop off at your office or if you don't have a designated receptionist they will meet you at a pre-approved venue.  I collected my lunch from outside of Farringdon station and was very excited to do so!  I got it back to the office, and unwrapped my sandwich, I had chosen a falafel, tomato baguette with chilli sauce, a lemon cake (of course) and an apple juice.  The baguette was quite clearly homemade, it was really delicious, like nothing we normally get to have as a sandwich, the falafel was also homemade and really tasty with cucumber, tomato and a side of chilli sauce really delicious.  The cake was really really good!  Lovely lemon flavour, perfect texture, not too moist not dry and with a lovely lemon glaze, yummy, and a nice apple juice to wash it all down with.  It is such a lovely feeling to have a fresh homemade gluten free sandwich delivered to you at work that I am fully behind this venture and urge you to give it a try, I will be re-ordering for next week.

Annie's Larder

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