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.
Cheesecake, probably one of my most missed desserts as a coeliac and dairy intolerance.
There were a number of frozen cheesecakes that were gluten and dairy free, that I fell in love with. However can no longer find any of these. Tesco have recently introduced their own branded frozen version, however this is unfortunately not free from dairy.
Due to this, it has been a while since I’ve had a cheesecake fix. Therefor I was of course extremely excited when I came across these chilled cheesecakes in the refrigerated free from section.
I’ll admit to being a little apprehensive once I’d got them home. I’m not entirely sure how a cheesecake can be made with oil and coconut milk.
Packaging wise, there is two in a pack. The cheesecakes themselves come in two little plastic pots with film lids.
There isn’t a great deal of dessert in each pot, and so these aren’t particularly great value for money.
The ‘cheesecake’ is a layer of a syrup’y tasting jam, which wasn’t particularly great tasting. The next layer was the strange tasting ‘cheesecake’ part.
This pretty much tasted like coconut oil, but was still better tasting than the jam like syrup layer.
At the bottom of it all was the biscuit base. Nothing particularly amazing here, just a thin layer of crumbs.
Overall, I was rather disappointed. Yes it’s a vegan cheesecake that suitable for coeliacs and those who can’t eat dairy or eggs. However, it’s not cheap and it’s not a cheesecake.
I’m sorry Tesco but these were a disappointment. I will not be trying them again!
I came across Rule Of Crumb products whilst browsing Ocado.
They do a range of frozen items, which are great for when you need a quick meal.
I’m not personally a fan of products such as chicken nuggets, as tend to find the meat doesn’t taste great. However I thought I’d give these a go.
Clearly marked up as suitable for Coeliacs, although in a rather later box for what’s in it. I’ve generally had about two-three meals out of one of these boxes.
Cooking wise, I find they tend to take longer than the packet states but then I’m always very wary of chicken.
The batter is crispy and doesn’t burn too easily, so the chicken does cook enough before the batter reaches its over cooked state.
Overall these are a perfect for keeping in the freezer for a quick and easy meal.
They taste great, and aren’t too expensive for how many you get.
Definitely worth getting if you’re putting in an Ocado order!
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!
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!!
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….
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.
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.