Free from aisle’s: Co-opĀ 

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I’ve been taking pictures of free from aisles when I go to places with great selections. 

I thought I would start a new category for this, and potentially it might help people find places that have lots of choice!

Brightlingsea – Essex

This pic I took a while ago, however the range stays fairly similar with occasional new options. 

This Co-Op is not a huge store, but actually has a decent range of items. They have lots of things that aren’t sold in the other supermarkets, from less well known brands. Definitely worth popping into, if you’re that side of Colchester.

Hullbridge – Essex

I just popped into this one, on the off chance as needed to grab some milk on route to somewhere. Unfortunately a very limited selection, although a few useful bits in an emergency!

Review: Kellogg’s Puffed Corn Cereal

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Cornflakes, fibre flakes and special flakes can all get a bit boring after a while.

I came across this offering on Ocado, from Kellogg’s which is puffed corn.

Possibly not for those people who aren’t fans of sweet things, as these are definitely sweet.

Not particularly great value as the box is very small for the cost, unfortunately.

However, I love these!

I treat myself to them occasionally, because they are really good. Being puffed corn, the taste is quite different. They’re quite light, and yet don’t go soggy like cornflakes do once in milk (or milk alternatives)

A brilliant option from Kellogg’s, although I’ve not found them for sale anywhere other than Ocado yet.

Well worth getting for the occasional treat, just wish it was a bigger box!!

Review: Glebe Farm Maple & Banana Oat Granola Crisp

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Yes I know, another review on cereal!!
But what can I say, I am a total cereal monster. The increased range of cereals on offer for coeliacs, gives me a great excuse to try more!

Another Glebe farm version is their banana and maple syrup granola. This also comes in their handy resealable pouch.

The smell is deliciously syrupy when the packet is opened. 

This isn’t really the same as gluten alternatives. However was brilliant all the same.

Consisting of rice crispies type bits, flakes,oats and banana pieces. This was a nice varied ‘granola’.

The taste is quite sweet with all of the syrup, but as they only come in a small pouch I always mix mine with a plain  cereal such as corn flakes. This seems to balance it out.

Another fantastic product from Glebe Farm. 

One I have bought several more packets of as well….

Review: Schar Salti crackers

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I used to really enjoy Ritz biscuits prior to my diagnosis.

Schar have kindly introduced a gluten free version!! 

These are an amazing salty type cracker, absolutely perfect with non cow dairy cheese alternatives (I love soft goats cheese) or Sainsbury’s new new dairy free cranberry Wensleydale. 

The packet is fairly large, unfortunately easy to tear. So might be worth chucking them into a tub. 

Not a great deal to write about these, but they are brilliant for a quick snack by themselves or with a topping.

I’ve purchased them from Kaisers in Berlin and large Tescos here in the U.K

Review: Neals Yard Gluten Free Muesli

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I remember when I first got diagnosed with coeliacs, Holland & Barrett was a place I could go to and buy items other than the standard vacuum packed ‘bread’, and cornflakes most supermarkets ranges consisted of.

However supermarkets now have much better ranges (and are cheaper) so it’s been a while since I’ve been to one. I went for a nose when in town a while ago and was left disappointed.

They appear to have stopped all their gluten, dairy free cheesecakes and I couldn’t find the goats milk ice cream I used to get.

There were a few expensive biscuits and cakes and a couple of cereal items. Of course I picked up a bag of muesli, the fact that it was sold in a 1kg bag was fab! Much better size than the alternatives elsewhere.

I love the fact that it has all different sorts of flakes in this muesli.

Unfortunately I was left disappointed. The walnuts were rancid, not sure if they’d gone bad for this batch or if it’s just poor quality nuts they use in general.

A lot of the flakes were dry and tasteless.

I’ve quite a sweet tooth and this cereal just left a dry, rancid taste in my mouth. Occasionally sweetened by a raisin.

Well done for providing a decent sized bag, just unfortunate it does not taste great!

Will not be buying again.

Review: Glebe farm strawberry oat granola crisp

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Anybody that knows me knows my love for cereal, I just can’t get enough of the stuff. When I was first diagnosed with Coeliacs the choice was extremely limited and consisted of flakes, corn flakes, special flakes, etc. Slowly, but surely the range is increasing (finally)

I was first introduced to Glebe farm by a fantastic host at an airbnb in Norfolk. There is a range of different cereals, all come in handy resealable pouches.

I love strawberry tasting foods. This granola came with lots of crispy bits which were delicious (and not overly sweet) the strawberry bits were delicious. Unfortunately there were also some black dried fruits which where bitter, almost solid and not very nice.

I had to pick these bits out and bin them, I’m wondering if I got a bad batch? As I’ve had further bags which havent had this issue and have been delicious 

These are not cheap, and only come in the small pouches (from Ocado anyway) but I find they last well enough if mixing with some corn flakes etc.

A constant regular in my basket when shopping from Ocado, I just wish other supermarkets would stock Glebe farm products.

Definitely recommend!

Update on this post, I’ve unfortunately had a further bag with the dried fruit that were hard and some very burnt.

Having tried alternatives, I think I will be giving the strawberry one a miss now before I break my teeth.

Review: Schar Landbrot

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I love Berlin, and Berlin seems to love Coeliacs!

What is always great is trying new things, and bringing some of those back with me!

One of these being Schars Landbrot. It’s one I’ve bought several times whilst out there.

It’s a great bread, that holds together well (and fit lots in!!!) 

If in Berlin as a coeliac it’s a good staple, that can be bought from Kaisers and a number of other places.