Review: Fria gluten free mini baguette

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I’m in love with Fria products, found on Ocado. I have found their range of frozen items perfect for me.

Their rolls, mini baguettes and cakes are brilliant. I know I can always grab one out of the freezer, and not have to worry how long they’ve been in the bread bin for. Or check if they’ve gone stale or mouldy.
 

The Fria products all come in the same sort of packaging. Unfortunately they don’t do larger bags. These rolls come in a bag of four.

They’re pre-baked unlike other brands, so I can just take them out the freezer and either leave to defrost. Or I quickly defrost in the microwave.

The best thing about the Fria rolls is that they actually remind me of the smell of fresh rolls. They have a crunchy crust and soft inside and are as close to normal bread as I’ve managed to get.


Unlike with other products, they are sturdy and thick. They do not fall apart when trying to cut in half. These baguettes are full of seeds as well, for an extra bit of crunchiness in the roll.


Although not particularly large, they are the perfect size for sausages. 

These, and Fria’s rolls are one of my staples on Ocado orders. I sincerely hope that other supermarkets will start to get them in.

Review: Tesco Golden Syrup Pancakes

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Tesco’s free from range is now easily marked up, to show what products are free from.

These pancakes are easy to spot as being gluten, wheat and milk free. 

The pancakes are also freezable, so easy to keep some in the freezer as a handy snack.


The pancakes come in a pack of six. They are thick, and actually hold together well. The golden syrup flavour is not too strong, there is just a hint of it. However I have found they are not too sweet to have with jam.


I love pancakes, and these are definitely no different. Cheaper than other branded versions, Tesco’s have produced a nice tasting product.

I tend to have mine coated in lots of dairy free butter (Vitalite), but have recently tried them with alternative toppings.

An amazing one, was bacon and maple syrup. Not healthy, but amazingly good.

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.

Review: Mrs Crimbles Sage & Onion Stuffing Mix

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Firstly please accept my apologies for my quietness over the holiday season.

It has been rather hectic, but I have continued to try new products and come up with new ideas to cook/bake.

Christmas is one of my favourite times of year as I get frowned at, a lot less for consuming large amounts of stuffing. I love stuffing, and there were a number of years since my coeliacs diagnosis  to finding gluten free versions. So I am obviously attempting to make up for lost time.

Christmas 2016, brought a large selection of gluten free stuffing options. 

Sainsbury’s had joints available to order, that were stuffed with gluten free stuffing.

Tesco’s and Asda both had lots of gluten free stuffing options in their standard chilled aisle.

There were also a number of stuffing packet mixes, which I picked up a few of.

This review is for Mrs Crimbles version. There are some recipe ideas on the back, as well as straight forwards recipe for making the stuffing.


I liked the packet these came in, as take up much less room than boxes in the cupboard.

The recipe was straight forwards and easy to follow. Only bits extra that were needed were hot water and oil (it says to use vegetable oil, I used olive)

The mix smells amazing straight out of the packet. Full of herbs and onions, it’s quite a ‘lumpy’ mix. As opposed to an alternative mix I had recently which was powdery.

I found this gave it, a good texture once cooked. But did mean that it was harder to stop the mixture falling apart as appeared more crumbly.


I used the stuffing in a stuffed peppers recipe (will post this up later) and so did not put the stuffing into balls etc.

The stuffing was amazing. The large bits added to the texture, and there was a perfect amount of herbs and onion to the mix. The stuffing was flavoursome, without being overpowering.

An extremely easy stuffing mix to make, with an amazing flavour. It was reasonably priced as well.

I hope shops continue to sell it throughout the year, as I will be an avid buyer.

Cha Cha -Berlin – Review

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I am trying really hard to be adventurous with food, exploring new places. However this is not a simple task for coeliacs. 

There is always the worry that the restaurant just doesn’t actually understand and feed gluten anyway, or there is the risk of cross contamination. Even if all of these issues are avoided, there is the chance that once all gluten containing dishes are ruled out, there is a single meal choice of a plain salad or worse yet, nothing.

This is probably how I got myself into a bit of a ‘rut’ eating at the same places, repeatedly, because I know I can trust them.

Travelling abroad poses a bit of challenge, as new places have to be found, and there is sometimes a different language to deal with as well.

I love Berlin, and have found that eating gluten free has been easy to achieve. 

Cha Cha was an online find, and I was so pleased I came across it, as I’ve never been to a Thai restaurant before. 

Easy to find and get to, very close to a U-Bahn stop.

The allergen menu is easy to read, a lot of the dishes have coconut milk/cream as opposed to dairy alternatives.



The food and drinks came out quickly, there were no issues with regards to the gluten and dairy free. 

I opted for the Massaman curry again, which was delicious. Consisting of a really filling beef casserole type curry, with a beautiful, thick coconut sauce.


Service was quick especially considering the amount of how busy it was.

A good place to visit if a coeliac or dairy intolerant, and on a trip to Berlin.

@Twenty5 – Ipswich Review

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For my birthday this year I decided I wanted to find somewhere to eat that I could have most the stuff on the menu.

As a coeliac and intolerant to cows milk, this was a huge ask, but ever the optimist I had a hunt on tripadvisor for restaurants being mentioned as good for coeliacs and dairy free.

I fancied something a bit more than a pub, and whilst hunting came across @Twenty5.

There were several mentions on tripadvisor of the restaurants ability to cater to allergens/dietary requirements. When calling up and making a reservation, we advised that one of us was a coeliac and dairy intolerant. 

The location is very central, and easy to get to. This does mean that parking could be a slight issue. However there is some street parking, and a small pay & display carpark opposite. We had no issues parking, and found a spot in the street.

The restaurant itself has two floors, with only a few tables on the ground floor. We were seated on this floor and it was nice to not feel ‘crammed in’. 

First look was at the wine list, I’m not a great fan of French white wines and find these often cause me to feel unwell. I generally prefer German and spanish ones. There was one Spanish wine on the list, and we opted for a bottle of this. It was a lovely wine, and I really enjoyed the bottle!! But it would be nice to have some German ones on offer.

The chef then came over and went through the main menu and specials, one by one. Telling me what she could change on each dish to enable me to have it.

These changes were not just removing the item I couldn’t eat. But offers of using a soya cream alternative, or gluten free tagliatelle etc. 

I’ve never been given so much choice on a menu. I’ve also never felt as reassured as I did, that my dietary requirements were truly understood. 

It was a unique experience to have had the chef come out and go through the menu with me. 

In the end (after much deliberation) I settled for a beetroot and goats cheese salad starter. Pork belly for my mains, and just because I could….. a side of onion rings!!!!


The starters came out quickly, and was presented beautifully. It tasted just as good as it looked.

The mains followed shortly after, presented in the same beautiful manner. The dishes were just the right size, but even so I still struggled to finish my meal (perhaps I shouldn’t have ordered the onion rings as well)

  

I was then advised that there was a dessert I could have that wasn’t a sorbet!!! 

In fact for coeliacs there are multiple gluten free dessert options. Unfortunately the dairy intolerance meant I couldn’t try these. However the offer of some dairy free ice cream for dessert, meant I managed to find some extra room (somehow).


I’m going to have to apologise to my previous gluten free ‘haunts’ & favourites. But @twenty5 excelled themselves. 

There needs to be more advertisement on their ability to cater to coeliacs. I haven’t been able to stop talking about them since my visit. 

A perfect birthday meal, and an absolute experience for a coeliac!