Thursday, 18 October 2012

Fria gluten free

Ever since I discovered Fria at the allergy show this year, I have been looking forward to picking some more products to try, at the show, i had some apple muffins and the bread which were both delicious.  My hair appointment last weekend happened to be near Oxford street and I knew that Skandi kitchen is a stockist, so that was my chance to stockup! 

I initially couldnt find any of the products, but when asked, a nice lady showed me where they were kept in the big freezer in the shop part of the shop.  They had bread, muffins and a kladdaka cake and told me they get more stock in regularly.  I purchased a pack of Fria seeded mini baguettes and chocolate muffins.  

Seeded baguettes and Chocolate muffins
As all the products are frozen, and I was going to be out for some time I knew they would defrost whilst I was out.  I waited until the following day and had a baguette toasted for breakfast, you do need to toast the bread as its been frozen, but the bread was really tasty, I really liked the seeds running through it, it gave it a nice nutty taste, I had one of the muffins later that day and thought it was delicious, really chocolatey, nice taste and texture which is really something considering it was frozen! Over the next few days I polished off the bread and muffins and they still tasted good.  So overall still really impressed with this brand of gluten free goodies.  As well as Skandi Kitchen you can also get the products from Goodness direct online, think I might go for the Kladdaka cake next.


Sunday, 7 October 2012

An open letter to express my anger at IKEA

I dont rant on this blog, in fact this is the first time I have ever posted an 'open letter'.  The reason I am targeting IKEA is because I like the brand, I genuinely do, they have cost effective yet stylish furniture, the showroom provides great inspiration, I don't even mind when it's busy, and I USED to love the restaurant.  This is the basis for my rant, my husband is a long time lover of the meatballs and chips and I used to happy go along with his requests to 'pop in' to IKEA knowing we would be headed straight to the restaurant because I was kept happy with the gluten free kids fish and chips, well labelled on big white boards, followed by gluten free almondy cake, a delight! Even when I had a small baby we still loved going, the private baby feeding area in the restaurant did even more to enhance my love for the brand.  Then one day I arrived at IKEA and gone was the gluten free kids fish and chips, gone was the clear gluten free labelling and gone was the Almondy cake!! I asked one of the staff what was gluten free for me to eat and was told he 'couldn't guarantee anything' I turned away angry and upset, my husband and son were already loaded up with meatballs making their way to a table, then I got mad, I asked to speak to the supervisor, a young guy looked a bit scared and went to find someone but within minutes he explained I would need to go downstairs and talk to someone in the bistro, I politely explained that my family were in the restaurant gobbling up meatballs and I just wanted something to eat, the supervisor finally came to speak to me and I again explained I just wanted to join my family with some food, and just wanted to know what was gluten free, he said he would need to check so went away (I had been waiting a LONG TIME by this point, when he came back, he told me the chips, veg and soup, as well as the IKEA version of the Almondy cake were gluten free and safe for me to eat.  I went ahead and ordered some chips with a side order of veg along with some IKEA almondy cake.  I am pretty disappointed with the service I received that day by the staff, and am angry that IKEA have gone backwards in terms of labelling and choice for people needing a gluten free diet.  I hope that this rant might go some small way to inspiring IKEA to go back to the time when there was a clear option for people needing to avoid gluten, that the previously clear labelling be reinstated and if cross contamination can't be avoided any longer in their kitchens well why not bring in some Fria gluten free products that are Swedish and amazing? Sort it out IKEA, I will be resisting my husbands pleas in the meantime. 

This open letter has also been emailed to Martin Hansson, UK MD of IKEA