Simply Cook

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At the Gluugle launch I met Karen from Loves the Good Life  who is also one of the chefs behind Simply Cook’s new recipe boxes. Their concept is to make cooking restaurant style meals easier and quicker by sending you all the spice blends and dry ingredients you need. You add these to the fresh ingredients you buy from the recipe list included. Each meal kit includes enough ingredients to make 4 different recipes, with each recipe box having 3 pots of ingredients. These include pastes, seasoning blends, stocks, infused oils, spices, marinades or rubs which saves you having to go out and spend a fortune buying each individual component which may go into your cupboard and never be used again! I got send a box to try for myself and once I get back to London il set about trying them out and report back. If anyone else wants to try one and get 50% off your box (£5 instead of £10) use the code GFJane at the checkout. Continue reading

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Honeybuns Cake Mix

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I first came across Honeybuns and their lovely cakes in a rather unexpected place – at Glastonbury Festival! You can find out more on my blog post ‘My Gluten Free Glastonbury Experience’ but ever since I have tried many of their tasty cakes and I had the opportunity recently to try out their new gluten free cake mix.

Its easy and quick to use especially if you are short of time, it contains all the dry ingredients you need with the addition of eggs and butter. It comes with a handy recipe sheet with several ideas of how to use the mix; either make a plain sponge or something more elaborate. I decided to make a double chocolate cake with mine, a chocolate sponge smothered in lots of chocolate buttercream so I needed some extra ingredients; 1 tablespoon of cocoa powder and 50g of melted dark chocolate (a good quality 70% one) which I added into Continue reading

BFree: Wraps and O’Briens Sandwiches

  

I first came across BFree and their Multigrain Wraps at the allergy show back in June (see my post about it) and it was definitely one of the highlights. This is the first time id come across proper gluten free ‘tortilla’ wraps after years of looking on with jealously when my friends ordered their fajitas. These wraps from BFree are the real deal – my wheat eating friends say they can’t tell the difference! They hold together well, you can freeze them and defrost them very quickly at mealtimes but best of all, they are only 99 calories each!  Compare this to 200 calories per wrap of a leading brand of wheat tortillas this makes them a healthier alternative. What’s more, you could replace your usual gluten free sandwiches with these wraps for a lower calorie lunch, a leading brand of gluten free bread has up to 210 calories per two slices. They also have the added benefit of being high in fibre, dairy free and egg free so anyone can enjoy them. They are currently stocked in Continue reading

Gluten Free Victoria Sponge

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Victoria Sponge may seem an over simple recipe to make as it’s always one of the first things you learn to bake as a child, but mastering the art of any gluten free baking isn’t as straight forward and you have to go back to basics.

I love baking, but I have to admit I have had my share of failures when it comes to making the perfect gluten free cake that is light but moist and holds its shape. Recipes have to be adapted properly to compensate for the lack of gluten Continue reading