Kirsty’s Sausage and Sweet Potato Mash

20140129_171044I bought this Kirsty’s ready meal from Waitrose. It is Sausage with Sweet Potato Mash. Gluten free sausaged in a rich onion gravy with carrot and sweet potato mash. It is free from dairy, wheat and gluten, low in fat, low in sugar, only 260 calories and one of your 5 a day. Something I quite liked about it when I bought it was it had a fairly long time before the use by date, I think over a month! Meaning I could keep it inn the fridge for a day when I needed a quick meal. I had it with baked beans.

I liked the meal, for convenience it is great and it seems healthy. For me, I generally like meat very well done if I cook it, but for a microwave meal you can’t expect this really. I liked the taste of the mash, it was very mashed it had no lumps in. The portion was fairly small, but as I had beans as well I didn’t notice this too much. I would recommend if you like this sort of food. I can’t remember the price, but the website says it is £3.

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I also tried the Spanish Chicken with Brown rice which I enjoyed more, it was quite spicy and the rice had vegetables in so I didn’t cook anything extra to go with it. I forgot to take a photo but here’s one from the website.

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Genius Spicy Fruit Loaf

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I recently bought this Spicy Fruit Loaf from Genius. I have had it toasted with butter, and with peanut butter. I like the taste and it has a good amount of fruit in. Would buy again!

Gourmet Burger Kitchen – Gluten Free Menu

Having heard about GBK’s new gluten free bun I couldn’t wait to try it, I haven’t had a proper burger for years! So me and my friends went to the Bluewater GBK, as we arrived and asked for a table I asked our waiter if he has a gluten free menu. Not only did he know what it was straight away but he took one from the pile next to the normal menus, no going to the back office to find the one menu!

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I went for the Halloumi Bites, and the Avocado Bacon Beef Burger with a corn on the cob. The chips are currently not gluten free as they are cooked in the same oil as onion rings. The Halloumi bites were lovely (I forgot to take a picture) with a spicy kiwi dip, which was interesting and really nice but a bit too spicy for me to have much. You can choose how the burger is cooked, I went for well done.

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I honestly really enjoyed it, the bun was nice. It looks different than the gluten buns which is good and makes me feel at ease. It did break up a bit but it didn’t fall apart and didn’t bother me, the whole burger was pretty messy to eat either way! The avocado and bacon were both really nice and the burger was cooked just how I like it, the corn was lovely too. I didn’t miss the chips, I was so full up after the burger. My friends all had their skinny chips which were very skinny and weren’t that impressed so I didn’t feel I was missing out.

The price was good, the service was quick and I believe they do take away too.

I will be going back and trying more ‘flavours’. It’s great to have so much choice, even though they are all burgers! I loved it.

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Maxwell’s Covent Garden

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I went for lunch on Sunday at Maxwell’s in Covent Garden, London.

On their Sunday menu you can get two courses for about £14.50, there is a three course option but none of the deserts on that menu are gluten free.

I emailed them before I went and received a quick reply about being able to eat most things apart from the obvious (breads) and no relish or bbq sauce. They also provide a gluten free bun for burgers or sandwiches and tortillas for fajitas. When we were seated I mentioned it to my waitress too who immediately told me the same information without having to go and ask anyone!

I went for the potato skins with cheese and bacon to start, and a cajun chicken sandwich for my main, with the gluten free bun. She was very helpful and reiterated it was gluten free when she bought it over. Two others at my table had made the same choice, and they were given it as ‘cajun chicken with regular bun’ and I could see that it was different as mine had sesame seeds.

Overall it was a really good meal and I was too full for desert anyway! If I went to have the regular menu I might try the vegetable fajitas.

Also I recommend going on a Sunday as their cocktails are £4.50 all day (may not seem that cheap but they are usually £7!) I had a Cosmopolitan and it was very nice, quite strong!

Latitude Gluten Free- The Genius Perfect Toast Tour

ImageHaving a look at the Latitude site map I noticed a familiar logo, that of Genius Gluten Free Bread! It turns out that Genius are taking their bread around the UK this summer on their Perfect Toast tour, and they will be at Latitude! I assume handing out FREE gluten free toast, to me, every day 🙂

Latitude Festival- Gluten Free Options

latitude-festival-dyed-painted-sheepI have been to Latitude Festival for the last 2 years and am going again this year. I find it very difficult to find gluten free foods to eat and it is difficult to see the menu’s or ask the stall owners due to the crowds and long queues. So I decided to do a bit of research this year before I go. I managed to find out a list of the food vendors from the catering bookers. I’m surprised at how much I have found so I am sharing this below.

Click ‘continue reading’ to see the food vendors.

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Pizza Hut- The Return

ImageSo as you can tell from my previous post, I was less than impressed with Pizza Hut. The general gist was that I went into my local Pizza Hut and they told me that they didn’t do the square GF base because they have a small menu. I was told by the head office that it was because they work off the delivery menu- strange as I had successfully ordered a GF pizza from them before for collection (back in the day when they didn’t deliver those bases and couldn’t explain to me why!)

Anyway, my friends love Pizza Hut and the other day they were getting a take away so I decided to try again and guess what?! They delivered me a GF pizza! They have it on their online delivery menu, which they always did, which is what I tried to tell them! So frustrating.

Anyway, I went for a Texan BBQ Chicken. It says on their website that all toppings are gluten free including the barbecue sauce, but NOT their barbecue dip! It was very tasty and very greasy but nice! I have also tried their Chicken Supreme and Vegetable Supreme and they are very nice. I just think they need to sort themselves out a bit!

Caffè Nero- Chicken and Pesto roll

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Really like this gluten free chicken salad and pesto Genius seeded roll from Caffè Nero! Maybe my favourite shop bought sandwich so far. It is £3.50 compared to the £2.95 ‘normal’ sandwiches which is a bit disappointing. I know gf bread costs more but I can’t imagine any sandwich costs more than about 50p to make so I’m sure it doesn’t need to!

I also like the Starbucks and Sainsbury ones. Waitrose used to do sandwiches but they seem to have disappeared from the one near me. I think the only one I haven’t liked is Marks and Spencers, I just for some reason really don’t like the taste or texture of their bread. (I tried one quite a while ago so I’m not sure if it’s changed)

Allergy and Free From Show 2013

ImageEarlier this month I attended the Allergy and Free From show in London with my friend Rachel (she’s not gluten free but I like to think of her as a Coeliac Sympathiser). I wasn’t sure what to expect as I hadn’t been before, but I really enjoyed it. I noticed that gluten free really dominated the show, which is fine for me as I am just gluten free, but it was also good to see other food intolerances and allergies being represented, always good to learn about these things. I think my favourite part of the show was the free tasters, so weird to be able to pick things up from any stall and eat it! Everything I tasted was lovely, and although I tasted them in a strange order of sweet and savoury all mixed up, it was sooo good! Click ‘continue reading’ below to see some of the stalls and vendors I liked-

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