Fajitas Fajitas Fajitas

Don’t you just love it when you go into a supermarket you don’t usually go to and find a bunch of gf products you have never seen before? Well that has just happened to me! I popped into a Tesco store for 1 thing and left with 3 bags full of gluten free goodness.

You may have already tried these beauties but if not I wanted to give you my opinion on them.

BFree Fajitas. I think we’ve all seen the BFree wraps… and I think these are exactly the same except they come with 2 sachets of salsa and a fajita herb mix.
By golly are they yummy! So so yummy!
It’s lovely to be able to buy something that is available to everyone else, and we all know that finding sauces can be difficult.

I do have to say there is one negative in my opinion and that is the price. £5.50 for the pack of 6 fajitas.

Has anyone else tried them?

Here are some piccies of my concoction …

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UDI’S Super-New Products

Exciting news! There are even more products coming to our shelves very soon thanks to UDI’s!

I am oober excited to share with you a few of these products.

The coming soon products in which I have tested with my very professional taste buds are…
GF Milk Chocolate Wafers
GF Blueberry Muffins
GF seeded Bagels

I had my tasting hat on and stuck in immediately!

First up to try had to be the chocolate wafers – who doesn’t want to try chocolate wafers?

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I have to say that these were absolutely delicious. Wafers can sometimes be a little dry… but not these ones. I feel they had the right consistency of chocolate and wafer. They were that nice that I accidentally ate them all in one sitting :O (and I could have eaten more)

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When are these coming out??? I neeeeeed more

So after trying the wafers I decided to try the muffins (you may get the impression that I prefer sweet to savour – and you would be right). Now, this may surprise you but I have never tried a blueberry muffin. I have only ever eaten chocolate or choc chic muffins. The reason being, I’m not a fan of fruit in my cakes – FACT.

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By the way I would like to point out that I did not eat the whole box of wafers and then the muffins straight away. It was at least the next day 🙂
So, I was in a predicament. I had eaten my very healthy dinner and had nothing to snack on afterwards 😦 boohoo for me. I needed something sweet and spotted the blueberry muffins and thought “what the heck!” If I really don’t like the blueberry’s I will just pick them out.

So I opened the packet and stared in amazement at this ball of fluffy sweetness… OK so I didn’t do that. I pretty much just shoved it in my face… and then chewed.

I was actually amazed that I really enjoyed it. The cake was fluffy and light yet full of flavour and the blueberry’s were not overpowering whilst still tastey. I am rather stubborn when it comes to food. If I don’t think I will like it I will never try it. In this case I am glad I proved myself wrong and it’s even more surprising that I would actually buy these over chocolate muffins! Well done UDI’s you have converted me!

The final product I tried was the seeded bagels.

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It was probably a bad time to try these as I was due to go shopping and had nothing to eat with the bagels other than butter. So I decided to toast them and smother them in butter.

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Unfortunately, I have to say that these are not to my taste – mainly because there was no flavour to them and seemed rather dry. This is probably my fault due to the lack of an interesting topper. Whilst eating them I did think to myself that they would taste rather nice with some lovely jam. I much prefer their cinnamon bagels but saying that. Everyone’s taste is completely different and I am sure there will be many people out there who will enjoy them – I know my mother does!

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Cheesy Potato Bake, Salmon and Vegetables

Last night I had the urge for cheesy potatoes! I didn’t fancy mash though so I decided to make a cheesy potato bake – however, I didn’t have many ingredients in that would normally be needed in a cheesy bake; for example cream and onions. So I got out what I did have and started cooking and it tasted yummy! You don’t have to go out and buy a load of ingredients just for one meal.

So here it is… (sorry for the poor quality in photography, camera wasn’t near me when I decided to take the photo’s DOH!)

Ingredients
Salmon Fillets
Mixed Vegetables (Frozen)
Potatoes
Butter
Olive Oil
Cheese

Firstly cut your potatoes into thin slices – I used baby potatoes as that’s what I had in the cupboard. Place potatoes into a pan of water and simmer for 10 minutes and then drain. Place 1 Tbsp of oil (I used sunflower oil) into the pan of potatoes and stir so that the oil is evenly placed.

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Prepare your salmon fillets. Place your salmon into lightly wrapped tin foil and pour a tiny bit of water on then so that they do not dry out. Place them to one side.
Grease your baking dish or dishes will butter and place a thin layer of potatoes. Add a few small sprinkles of butter and grate some cheese over the top.

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1 layer

Then repeat this method one more time so that you have two layers.

2nd layer

Place your baking dish into a pre-heated oven of 200 degrees along with your salmon. Leave for approximately 20-25 minutes depending on the cooking time of your salmon.

Place the mixed vegetables into boiling water and simmer for 2-5 minutes covered. The time for your vegetables will depend on the brand used – follow the instructions on the packaging.

Drain your veg – take your food out of the oven and voila! Enjoy!

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Worst eating-out experience so far!

So last night I went out to a local pub for a meal to celebrate my nieces 1st birthday. I had been there a few times before and therefore knew that there would be something on the menu for me to eat.

I think this was the worst restaurant I have been to since I have been diagnosed with Coeliac Disease. I actually feel discriminated against! I will tell you the shocking story but first I will name and shame the establishment ‘St Bernards Grange’ in Birmingham – a part of All-Inns group.

Whilst there was no gluten free options on the menu, nor was there any type of dietary food symbols (apart from vegetarian) I spotted a few things that I could eat; such as steak, chicken and salad. I fancied the roast chicken but it came with gravy so I asked the waiter to check with the chef whether it was gluten free or not. When the waiter returned he explained that the chef said it wasn’t gluten free and nothing on the menu was! So I sad there – in shock that in this day and age I can go to a restaurant and not be able to eat anything on the menu. Luckily I was with…THE MOTHER! My mom works in catering and knows very well what I could have had on the menu so approached the waiter and asked to see the chef, in the meantime a lovely waitress agreed to sit down with me and look at the menu to see what I could have. After deciding on steak she went to the chef and asked if he could cook me a steak, or chicken separately.

When the waitress returned… you will never guess what. The chef refused! I understand that they would have to cautious of contamination but to flat-out refuse is ridiculous. Especially since there are vegetarian options on the menu which they would have to keep separate and away from contamination – so I know it could have been done! Also, the chef could have at any point came out to speak to me about why he had refused but of corse he didn’t.

I am livid! I feel discriminated against. How can they refuse to cook for someone who has special dietary needs? I don’t think the chef, or the staff even had a clue what gluten free actually is – I got asked if I could eat potatoes???? It should be compulsory that all people working in a food environment are educated on the different dietary needs! Ridiculous!

In the end I managed to get a piece of salmon and salad, so after all that whohar I could actually have 1 thing on the menu! Yes I am having a little rant about the lack of gluten free food but the whole meal was a nightmare. They kept the kids waiting for a long time for their puddings and then brought them out with all our dinner plates still on the table (They were still there when we left). We asked for our cake and candles to be brought out – which didn’t happen. We had to light it ourselves after waiting for half an hour.

I am so disappointed and therefore will not be going there EVER again! and neither will any of my family!

 

 

Starbucks Gluten Free Veggie Wrap

After a succesful launch into selected shops this year, Starbucks have announced that they will now be placing their gluten free veggie good houmous wrap into 750 of their stores.

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As I posted yesterday about the Costa wrap – this is yet another big Coeliac deal! The big companies are now hearing us – and why shouldn’t they? The number of people on a gluten free diet in the UK is growing rapidly. We are a growing market and every company should be seeing the potential in catering to our needs.

After hearing about Starbucks new launch, I had a look at their menu and was surprised to find many gluten free items – including cake!. It’s always great to make little discoveries like this but I am rather annoyed that it has taken this long for me to find it! I have made a list below of all the food at Starbucks which is made with gluten free ingredients – Enjoy x

 

Loaf Cake Chocolate Hazelnut – Wheat Free, Gluten Free, Dairy Free

Fruit SaladWheat Free, Gluten Free, Dairy Free

Fairtrade BananaWheat Free, Gluten Free, Dairy Free

Condiment Very Berry CompoteWheat Free, Gluten Free, Dairy Free

Condiment Maple and Honey SauceWheat Free, Gluten Free, Dairy Free

Holy Guacomole SaladWheat Free, Gluten Free, Dairy Free

Roasted Almonds – Wheat Free, Gluten Free, Dairy Free

Nut Mix – Wheat Free, Gluten Free, Dairy Free

Fairtrade Dark Chocolate Bar –Wheat Free, Gluten Free, Dairy Free

Belgian Chocolate Brownie Gluten Free FairtradeWheat Free, Gluten Free

Creamy Natural YogurtWheat Free, Gluten Free

Ploughmans Gluten Free RollWheat Free, Gluten Free

Feta Compli Salad –  Wheat Free, Gluten Free

Fruit & Nut Bar: Cranberry, Pumpkin seed & BlueberryWheat Free, Gluten Free

Starbucks Gold Coinswheat Free, Gluten Free

Granola Bar – Gluten Free

 

 

Gluten Free Wrap at Costa Coffee

In the run up to Awareness Week, Costa Coffee announced the launch of their brand new Gluten Free wrap! Wow! Finally somewhere we can actually pop into for a quick bite whilst out shopping! (not that I shop a lot..cough cough).

Chicken and Basil Wrap

The chicken and basil wrap has been accredited by Coeliac UK and is also dairy free. Some people might be thinking – so what? It’s just one wrap. But to us Coeliac’s it’s not just a wrap. This is the start of a gluten free revolution… or in other words, gluten free fast food. We, like everyone else deserve to go into a coffee shop, resturaunt or store and be able to eat something. This one wrap is something (and it looks really yummy).

Costa are also in the process of creating some gluten free treats to roll out in their stores. The classic cherry bakewell and chocolate brownies. I am looking forward to my next trip to costa and can not wait to try the wrap!

This is exactlty what we want Awareness Week to achieve – Gluten Free Guarentee.

 

Coeliac Awareness Week! – Gluten-free guarantee

Coeliac UK Awareness WeekToday marks the beginning of Coeliac Awareness Week!

This year’s Awareness Week focuses on the availability of gluten-free food in stores and takes place from 12-18 May. This is really important as we need to be able to buy gluten free food where-ever we shop! So let’s make everyone aware of Coeliac Disease and make it happen!

Here’s some information from Coeliac UK

What’s it about?

We know that when it comes to food shopping, many of you encounter difficulties when searching for gluten-free staple items such as bread, crackers, cereal and rolls and you often have to visit more than one supermarket to finish your shopping which can be frustrating and time consuming.

Availability of gluten-free food is high on our agenda – and yours. Supermarkets are offering more and more products which are suitable for your diet, but we’re asking them to go a step further and sign up to our Gluten-free Guarantee which means having eight core gluten-free items available in their stores so that you can manage your condition more easily.

What will the supermarkets be signing up to?

Our Members, together with the advice of healthcare professionals, have told us about the key items they need to maintain a gluten-free diet. From this, we created a core basket of gluten-free food that we want the supermarkets to guarantee to be in store. This basket is made up from:
•fresh white bread
•fresh brown bread
•bread rolls
•breakfast cereals
•pasta
•flour
•crackers
•cereal bars.

We need you

Order your pack for ideas so you can help us make this initiative a success. Many of us asking about gluten-free food demonstrates demand and will help us as we talk to the retailers. You can help to support our Awareness Week when you’re next shopping for food by:
•letting your supermarket know about the demand for gluten-free food using the materials in your Awareness Week pack
•asking your local dietitian to support you by running one of our Store Tours
•use our supermarket card to tell us what’s available in your local supermarket
•holding an information stand in your local supermarket and give out our leaflets and symptom cards.

There are also other ways in which you can support our Awareness Week:
•take on the challenge of one of our Awareness Week walks with HF Holidays to fundraise and have fun at the same time.
•keep an eye on our Facebook and Twitter pages and spread the word by retweeting our statuses and sharing our photos to help us reach more people

If you are running or attending an event this week then let Coeliac UK know at https://www.coeliac.org.uk/forms/awareness-week-2014-event-registration-form/