Gluten Free Rhubarb, Ginger and Almond Pinwheel Pastries

The Wuthering Bites garden is changing, autumn is most definitely well on it’s way and i’ve found myself out in the garden prepping for inevitable cold weather. As for the house- we’ve been slowly popping in new bits of furniture and saving up to get someone to install our wood burner, can you tell that we’re hosting family Christmas this year?

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I would complain about the cold, but the truth is – aside from getting the sniffles and bouts of flu- this time of year really gets me excited and more inspired to bake in the kitchen. In a bid to rid of the abundance of rhubarb growing in the garden i’ve chopped it all down, given some to friends and family and of course- frozen some for ourselves to use throughout the winter months.

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My first task was to make a tasty rhubarb and ginger compote, something you can use in several wintery dishes. As i was popping a bag of chopped rhubarb into the freezer i noticed a packet of Genius puff pastry which i had clearly forgotten about for a while. The rhubarb and ginger compote was simmering away – so i got the packet out to defrost; the gluten free rhubarb, ginger and almond pinwheel pastry was born…

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I rolled out the pastry and there’s me completely covered in gluten free flour all over my hands and Ash hops up onto the counter ready to walk over my greaseproof paper- i can’t pick her up to get her off without covering her with flour so imagine me rapidly using my head to shoo her away off the counter…

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These mini pastries would be perfect for a quick grab breakfast on the way out to work or for a treat besides a cup of breakfast tea. You could most definitely switch up the rhubarb and used stewed apple compote with cinnamon and give them a icing glaze or perhaps simply use some raspberry jam infused with a bit of vanilla bean. Switch out the nuts for any form of dried fruit or finely chopped chocolate chips.

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 Gluten Free Rhubarb, Ginger and Almond Pinwheel Pastries.

Makes 20 small pinwheels


1 packet of defrosted Gluten Free Puff Pastry (400g) (I used Genius)

1 Egg yolk

Dash of milk

2 Tablespoons of Gluten Free Plain Flour

Filling- Rhubarb Compote

(Enough for this recipe and to jar)

600g Chopped Rhubarb

3 Teaspoons of Ground Ginger (You could use Stem Ginger too)

100g Caster Sugar

Tablespoon of butter


2 Tablespoons of Honey

2 Teaspoons of Ground Ginger


100g Chopped Almonds

1) Start by making the Rhubarb compote filling. Cut and measure all the compote ingredients except the butter, mix and pop into a medium sized saucepan over a medium heat until simmering. Turn down the heat and wait for the rhubarb to soften completely. Pour the mixture into a food processor with the butter (or use a stick blender straight in the saucepan) to combine well. Set aside to cool.

2) Preheat the oven (fan) on 200c and line a large baking tray with greaseproof paper.

3) Mix together the egg yolk and milk and set aside.

4) Mix together 2 teaspoons of honey and ground ginger in a small saucepan and set aside.

5) Scatter a large surface evenly with half of the puff pastry (200g) and roll into a long rectangle. Spread evenly over 2 heaped tablespoons of the cooled down Rhubarb compote and scatter with a few chopped almonds.

6) Roll this into a log slowly and chop into 4-6cm pieces and lay flat onto your baking tray (swirl facing up!).

7) Glaze each generously with the egg yolk mixture.. Put them in the oven for 20 minutes.

8) Dupilicate steps 5-7 with the second half of the pastry until all cooked.

9) Heat up the glaze onto a high heat for 1 minute until glossy. Brush this all over your pastries and sprinkle on some more chopped almonds.

10) Transfer to a plate and serve when completely cool.

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Enjoy with a cuppa tea!

Luce’s Gluten Free Sourdough Mix Review

Tasty, Tasty Gluten Free Sourdough.

This morning i woke up at 6am, mostly due to my inability to get out of work mode when it comes to the weekends, oh and let’s not forget the two cats i also have as my personal alarm clocks. The husband just rolls over away from the cats in the morning and somehow blocks out the purrs, the meows and the war dances.

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This Luce’s Gluten Free Sourdough Mix had been waiting in my baking cupboard since i placed my first order with Freego, if you haven’t tried them yet i would recommended taking a browse over at their wonderful website, it’s full of lots of interesting artisan free from foods. Luce’s Gluten-Free Artisan Bread company are based in America and have a whole range of gluten free bread mixes from inventive ‘Really ‘Rye’ to ‘OMG Flatbread’.

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The back of the Luce’s packet seemed pretty straight forward so i grabbed my mixing bowl and got to it. The first thing i noticed with the mix was the ingredients list, no dried sourdough starter inside or anything so assumed it will be modified to taste like sourdough but i am certainly no sourdough expert!

Brown Rice Flour, Potato starch, Sorghum Flour, Modified Tapioca Starch, Millet Flour, Rice Flour, Salt, Yeast and Xanthan Gum.

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The methods were simple- add water and stir 50 times. The only thing that was different was using a bag to bake the dough in, i am one for experimenting so was excited to give it a go. You place your wet mixture onto a provided parchment sheet which you then slide into a parchment bag to bake in the oven as it rises to 205c for 85 minutes.

At 60 minutes i was rather impatient… the smell of my kitchen was so torturous that it woke up husband from his slumber with hunger pains. I pulled it out of the oven at 72 minutes, i knocked it on the back and it sounded hollow- all was cooked well. Everyone of these bread mixes says to wait for it to cool but tell me i’m not the only one who nibbles the edge and burns their tongue am i?

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A few hours later we had this with some salad, and i have to say it really is one of the best tasting gluten free breads i have tried. The texture is also spot on, that crust is very addictive. Perfect bread to start off a dinner party, dipping chunks into olive oil.

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The loaf was however, quite small- don’t expect this to rise like a sandwich loaf, which makes me question if i would get this on a weekly/monthly basis. The price is £4.99 ex delivery when i ordered with Freego but i’m not sure it’s something i would fork out for weekly, if it was more widely available i may think otherwise. It is certainly a treat worth trying.

I’m off to America soon so i will see if i can pick up any more of their mixes to try!

For more on their mixes:

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Have you tried Luce’s gluten free sourdough mix before? Let me know what you thought in the comments below or on my Facebook Page.


Delicious Alchemy Gluten Free Oaty Cookie Mix Review

Is there anything better than a cookie?

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If you’re anything like me lately, you just don’t have the time to stop and sit down and have a proper cup of tea with a proper decent gluten free biccy. I received a box of brilliant Delicious Alchemy goodies a while back and amongst all the hectic parts of my lifestyle at the moment it had been sitting on the counter top patiently waiting for me to open one of the mixes and try them out; they were wonderfully patience, no problems there!

Delicious Alchemy have had a lovely little relaunch of branding a few months back, don’t you just love their website and styling? I have to say that 90% of the time, i do buy a product if it looks good- i’m a sucker for great packaging and Delicious Alchemy’s is no exception. Although if i was to buy the product again, it would 100% have to taste good.

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The mix is easy to follow, although i got a bit confused at first with how they worded the temperature and i accidentally didn’t set it to the fan temp- maybe this is something they can alter later on. (I also would have preferred the instructions on the back of the packet- but that is me really nit-picking!)

The mix went into my kitchenaid bowl alongside some melted butter and water (they’re also dairy free if you use dairy free margarine). I gave it a good slow whizz and voila, it was done! I would imagine these would be fab to make with littleuns to hand mix in a mixing bowl.

I was tempted to add in some chocolate chips or raisins but after tasting the mixture i felt it was sweet enough and i didn’t want to spoil any texture of the cookie in the oven first time around.

I divided the mixture into 10 small cookie balls and pressed them down slightly as per instructions and popped them in the oven for 18 minutes.


^That was an oven timer by the way. They came out really well. Slightly chewy in the middle- which the husband approved of- (he ate 5 in one sitting F.Y.I)

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I highly recommend getting this mix, and the price (£1.99 ex. vat) is very reasonable for the minimal additional ingredients and fuss involved. Great if you’re about to have some friends over and want to bake something or simply for a rainy Sunday morning..

You can find out more about Delicious Alchemy’s gluten free (and dairy free) products on their website- you can also follow them on Facebook here and Twitter here!

Have you tried the Delicious Alchemy Gluten Free Oaty Cookie mix? Let me know if you added in anything to the mix and what you thought in the comments below!

Gluten Free Strawberry Sangria Ice Lollies

The Wuthering Bites Garden…

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I love having a garden. After having moved into our new house, we were lucky to be blessed with a bountiful fruit and vegetable patch that the previous owners had left well maintained for us to continue.

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I had to get my green fingers out and read many gardening books and blog posts on maintaining and remedying particular plants and i’m glad to say i’ve really taken to it and added to the patch some lettuce, more herbs and sown some chilli seeds courtesy of Wahaca London who gave out some seeds after our recent dinner there. (Blog coming soon) Let’s hope i don’t destroy my plants and that they continue to grow. Here’s hoping!

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Our first BBQ in our garden was quite aptly accompanied by an ice lolly kit that was sent to me from Sainsburys HQ. I have to say i was very very excited when this arrived, like a kid in a treehouse. ‘LOOK AT THE COLOURS’ i said with glee in front of my poor husband who quite frankly wasn’t taking to the ice lolly idea.. it’s too childish he said…

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My mind turned to alcohol. It had been a hard day of gardening and DIY! In a bid to get my husband to try an ice lolly i went to the strawberry patch and picked a punnet along with some mint. After a bit of whizzing in a food processor with now, one of our favourite wines from Sainsburys – Coolwater Bay -Sauvignon Blanc 2013, the strawberry sangria ice lolly was born. Enjoy…

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Gluten Free Strawberry Sangria Ice Lollies

(Makes enough for 6, or 4 and a glass leftover to drink)

6 Big Strawberries (To blend)

260ml Cloudy Lemonade

100ml White Wine

1 Leaf of Mint

Teaspoon of Caster Sugar

3 Strawberries (sliced)

Ice lolly mould (I used a Sainsbury’s Ice lolly mould)

In a food processor, or with a hand blender, whiz together the 6 big strawberries, cloudy lemonade, white wine, mint and caster sugar until well combined and smooth.

You may wish to now put the mixture through a sieve if you feel the mint bits are too large or you’d like them to be smoother. I left my mixture as it was.

Assemble the sliced strawberries so that they stick into each side of the ice lolly mould sections (this will make the strawberry visible when eating) I like to put one in each side and make them quite chunky, as the fruit would be in a sangria.

Pour over the sangria mixture until just under the top to avoid any spillages when moving and to avoid lots of freezing around the handle sticks.

Place into a freezer for 8 hours but ideally overnight.

Remove from the freezer and place under a warm tap for 30 seconds before removing.

Enjoy in the sunshine!

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Did you enjoy this gluten free blog post or have a go at making the Strawberry Sangria Ice lollies yourself? Let me know what you thought on my Facebook or Twitter pages.


The Pig Hotel – near Bath. Gluten Free Restaurant Review

The Pig Hotel, Bath, gluten freeIt was a last minute decision to indulge… and after having dreamt many times over on the The Pig Hotel website, going through to the end of the booking system process only to finally realise, no- Sarah you have a house to pay for, you cannot simply book weekends away to the New Forest on a whim! I was just thrilled when they announced they were opening a hotel near Bristol. At least i can try the food on a (kind of) regular basis now.

The Pig Hotel, bath, orangery restaurant

The Pig Hotel- near Bath, is completely shabby chic in style, from the inside out. It’s a true delight to just visit this hotel site of which they converted former Hunstrete House into. Still as gorgeous as ever and keeping in all those character features. It’s luxurious but not pretentious and as soon as you walk in the staff make you feel ever so welcome but then again, if anyone offers whether i would like a gin and tonic in a gorgeous orangery, when am i really ever going to dislike that?

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The kitchen garden is stunning and so is the produce it harvests. Meters of salad and herbs all in a row had me envious that my garden is nowhere near as big or as neatly maintained but it was certainly something to aspire to.

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A truly inspirational garden to get lost in, that any keen vegetable gardener should definitely visit to simply admire the glory and maybe even have a chat with the gardener who was happily saying hello and moseying about.

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So a last minute morning decision to dine out is always a risky one for Coeliacs and the gluten intolerant, we phoned them up in advance instead of booking via the website which you can if you want to. They said they were happy to cater for me and that gluten free bread was available. I felt positive.

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The waiter sat us to our seat and immediately he addressed us to find out which person was gluten intolerant then proceeded to firstly, offer me some gluten free bread, secondly to effortlessly quickly run through the entire menu detailing which things were not gluten free and which things could be adapted and finally if we’d like anything alcoholic to drink. I sat back in the sunshine with my ‘Pig’s Tail’ cocktail (Chase Vodka, The Pig’s fruit syrup, fresh lemon juice, cranberry, ginger syrup and cloudy apple juice) and started to wonder whether this is what heaven actually is like…

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I ordered some of their infamous pork crackling with homemade Hunstrete apple sauce to nibble on to start and Rob had the chargrilled asparagus and garden radishes with home cured pancetta and fried duck egg. Both as delicious as they sound, the crackling wasn’t chewy or hard to eat and the asparagus dish really delivered on it’s freshness.cosmic mash, the pig hotel, bath, gluten free, menu, hotel

For a main i had the cosmic mash (potato and beetroot mash) with the oven roasted rump of english lamb with braised spring cabbage. Very well seasoned, the lamb was perfectly cooked and the cabbage could have been a star of the dish itself. The portion size was huge and thus justified the cost.

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We ended our meal by sitting outside once again to enjoy some of their seasonal ice creams and sorbets, we had Marmalade ice cream and Lemon Verbena, Citrus Sorbets. I live for experimental not-ya-typical sweet food and this was the perfect way to end the meal for us.

Lemon verbena, Marmalade ice cream. Citrus Sorbet

I feel like i should say something negative in this review but i really cannot fault it, the price may be expensive for some but when you’ve had one of the best meals and service in months, it was very easy to pay that bill at the end.

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I can only hope that the other hotels in Southhampton, Brockenhurst and Studland offer the same gluten free service and experience so that people outside of these Somerset ways can also try their gluten free delights.

For more information about The Pig Hotel- Near Bath, do have a gander over on their website.

The Pig Hotel is now on the Gluten Free Bristol List in the new ‘A Bit Further Out’ section.

Have you been here? Let me know what you thought on either my Twitter or Facebook page!


Costa Gluten Free British Chicken & Basil Wrap review

I’m wrapped.

As they say in Australia, well at least in Masterchef Australia, which has thankfully started once again to my delight! If you haven’t seen the Australian Version i highly recommend you do!

Firstly it’s so fantastic to see another, gluten free convenience product bought to a chain coffee shop, the amount of times i have been stuck in the city centre without a substantial lunch offering is reaching the thousands. The new Costa Gluten Free British Chicken & Basil Wrap, certified by Coeliac UK is a truly welcome addition. I feel the uproar of  happiness from the Coeliac and gluten intolerant community.. this is what we wanted, more healthy (ish) lunch choices, less brownies, less sugar and less of the only savoury option of just crisps for a lunch. It was beginning to get frustrating. If i see another brownie or lemon and polenta cake… 

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Thankfully there has been much more experimentation from the chain world, with new desserts that aren’t just fruit, and now Costa have provided us with a wonderful British Chicken and Basil Salad Gluten Free Wrap.
The wrap itself: Delicious, these are supplied to Costa from Newburn Bakehouse- so you know you’re in for a treat if you’ve tried these before!
The filling: Could have done with slightly more chicken and salad (one side of mine was mostly just wrap) and seasoning but i thought it was a very good lunch portion and very tasty. It tasted very fresh and was easy to eat- i could imagine this being very popular in places like theme parks and airports- perfect.
The price: Very fair. £3.75p isn’t bad at all, especially in comparison to some of the gourmet sandwich offering offered in my area. This is perfectly acceptable for a gluten free wrap and i’m sure lots will happily pay for this when all else to offer in the area is straight up junk.
A pleasant addition to Costa chains all over the land and the best gluten free offering i’ve tasted in a while. I bought one again the next day…recommended.
If you get to pick up one of the wraps, let me know what you think on Twitter or Facebook :)
I was given a voucher to review this product but it did no way impact on my review or my choice to try the product, as always it is a completely honest opinion and decision.

Bristol Good Food Awards 2014: Gluten Free Category Finalists!

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It’s that time of year again! Bristol restaurants, cafes, local food suppliers and food heroes are all awaiting this big annual event to see if they’ve won a Bristol Good Food Award.

Over the next few weeks i will be in fact judging for the gluten free category! This is the first year this category has been introduced and i feel incredibly honoured to be a part of such a wonderful celebration of Bristol’s great food. Catering to gluten free is highly commendable and in my many years of bidding to getting more gluten free options in restaurants, i really feel this award will really give other Bristol eateries encouragement and reason to think about their menu’s creatively in the future to cater to sufferers of Coeliac Disease and the Gluten Intolerant.

Over the past year, in Bristol and it’s surroundings, i have seen a fantastic rise in gluten free offerings, all which you’ll find on my Gluten Free Bristol List, long may this continue! These are the finalists in the gluten free category, voted by the general public, with links to their individual websites for your perusal. The winner and runner up will be announced on the May 18th- stay tuned!

Bristol Good Food Awards 2014

Best Gluten Free 

Boston Tea Party

Pizza Provencale

Primrose Cafe

The Townhouse

Windmill Hill City Farm

Gluten Free Goats Cheese and Chunky Almond Pesto Stuffed Chicken

A house move…

It’s been a few weeks since i posted a blog on Wuthering but at least i do not have myself to entirely blame, the process of buying a new house…and then deciding what to fill it with is not necessarily the easiest thing to be dealing with at the weekends alongside recipe developing and photos. If you’re nosy and love a bit of interior and design snooping you can see my Pinterest Boards on what we’re trying to achieve, let me know what you think of the Kitchen plans, i feel i may have convinced hubby that the ongoing trend of copper and teal is indeed essential ;)!

After coming home night after night after working all day and going through numerous homeware online shops and putting confirmed items on a spreadsheet ready to buy after exchange everyday is tiresome but, would rather the planning be over with so we can just get home to the house and fill it with wonderful things.

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As you can imagine from all of the above, dinners have been stressful so we’ve found an undying love for things like pesto which can be made up in advance, and is so wonderfully adaptable for any type of meal. This dish can be made in a variety of ways, with chicken thighs for a midweek meal, in chicken breasts for a romantic dinner for two or at the weekend with all the family stuffed into a large chicken for an alternative spring roast.

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Of course without the meat, this pesto is great tossed through steamed new potatoes or in a potato salad, pasta, rice. Fresh, tangy and delicious, i highly recommend you give it a try!

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Gluten Free Goats Cheese and Chunky Almond Pesto Stuffed Chicken

 Serves 2.

I’ve based this recipe on the thighs version but you can use the same amount for Chicken Breasts but i would double for stuffing a whole chicken.

A bunch of Watercress and/or Rocket (about 35g)

8 Large Basil Leaves

2-3 Large Garlic Cloves

20ml Rapeseed or Olive Oil

30g of Roughly Chopped Almonds

Salt and Pepper

4 Chicken Thighs

50g Goats Cheese cut into 4 pieces

4 Slices of Parma Ham or Proscuitto (Optional)

Preheat oven to 200 degrees C.

Pop the watercress, rocket, basil and garlic cloves into a food processor and whizz until well combined.

Add in the rapeseed or olive oil and give a small further blitz.

Mix in the roughly chopped almonds and season to taste with salt and pepper. Lemon zest is also great to add here.

Lay out your Chicken Thighs flat on a roasting dish lined with tin foil.

Place pesto in the center of the chicken thighs and top each with a slice of goats cheese.

Using some toothpicks to hold the thighs together, wrap them into a ball and season on top with Salt and pepper and a bit of oil.

If using, wrap around the parma ham or proscuitto slices around each one.

Drizzle a tiny bit of oil over the dish and pop straight into the oven for 30 minutes.

Serving Suggestions/Meal alternatives:

Serve with Salad, New Potatoes, Rice, Champ or buttered Quinoa.

Use the pesto with chicken thighs for a midweek meal…

In Chicken breasts for a romantic dinner for two or at the weekend

With all the family stuffed into a large chicken for an alternative spring roast. 

Or without the meat, this pesto is great tossed through steamed new potatoes or in a potato salad, pasta, rice. 

Gluten Free Pistachio Pesto Pasta with Prosciutto Feat: Heck Sausages


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It certainly feels like i have been trapped in a cave for twenty years and have just peeked my head out to see everything in all it’s Technicolor again! Isn’t the world much lovelier when the sun’s out? On a Monday morning in particular it’s ever so extremely welcome.

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Most pleasant it is to steer away from those well known comfort food dishes in the autumn/winter weekly shopping agenda and on to things a bit more colourful, fresh and wild. A week ago Heck Sausages sent me a few packs of sausages to try, and with the sunshine seeping through the windows now and again i just felt i had to make a dish to reflect this in demand weather change and their Chicken Italia Sausages were the perfect, Mediterranean infused starting point!

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I love nuts in pasta dishes- in particular Almonds and Pistachio’s as they give a lovely bit of texture and freshness to a dish, but if you are allergic to nuts you can always substitute in some toasted, herbed breadcrumbs like these ones!

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The Heck Chicken Italia Sausages are something of a revelation to me, i had never tried a chicken sausage until now and i can certainly see the versatility these flavoursome sausages have. The main ingredients are of course Chicken, mozzarella and basil so are the perfect sausage for cutting up and putting into pasta sauces, for stuffing into your sunday roast chicken and do not get me started on BBQ season ideas…!

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This certainly isn’t a calorie friendly dish, although i am never consistently counting these myself, this would be the perfect alternative for a Sunday Roast on a slightly cold yet sunny day; still incredibly filling and comforting but bursting with fresh flavour!

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Gluten Free Pistachio Pesto Pasta with Prosciutto + Chicken Sausage

Serves 2, Generously.


Gluten Free Pasta for Two

75g of Prosciutto

150ml Double Cream (You can use Single too)

6 Gluten Free Chicken Sausages (We used Heck’s Chicken Italia)

For The Pesto

50g of Pistachio nuts (2-3 mins roasted)

Handful of Basil

Handful of Rocket & Watercress

3 Large Cloves of Garlic

Glug of Olive Oil

1 Teaspoon of Lemon Zest

35g Grated Parmesan (Plus more for seasoning)

Place sausages in pre-heated oven at 180C for 25 mins.

Roast skinned garlic and pistachio nuts together in pan for 2-3 minutes until both are slightly browned.

Put the basil, rocket, watercress, lemon zest, garlic and nuts together in blender, while blending – add chosen olive oil until fine paste.

Empty contents of the pesto into a container and mix in the grated parmesan.

When the sausages have 10-15 mins remaining, start to cook your chosen pasta (Fusilli / Penne recommended).

With 3 mins to go put 150ml of double cream onto a medium heat to warm up (do not boil).

Stir in the pesto to the now hot double cream, to make a deliciously creamy green pesto sauce. Take off the heat.

Drain your pasta (keeping a tablespoon of pasta water) and then put back into its previous pan (off the heat), pouring in the creamy pesto sauce.

Pour the saucy pasta into your serving bowl.

Take the chicken sausages out of the oven (they should be browned) and place them on top of the pasta (optional: chop them into bite size chunks).

Now place the prosciutto ham around the bowl along with a teaspoon of pistachios for added crunch (optional: add some more grated parmesan for seasoning.)

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Enjoy with a lovely green salad!

Gluten Free Oat Pancakes and Perkier Breakfast Range Review

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A while ago it was pretty difficult to find anything inspiring to have as a gluten free breakfast, things like eggs, toast or very bland cereals were often the case. As someone who actually enjoys eating breakfast in the morning it has been refreshing to see a burst of new gluten free offerings and convenience products available now. One of my favourite brands of late (and i’m sure a lot of other gluten free bloggers and fans would agree) is Perkier Foods. Their brand is bursting with fun, inspiring and deliciousness, and their tremendous packaging certainly makes them stand out from the rest on the supermarket shelves. I’m not saying looks are everything, but i would say it certainly helps bring some more positivity to the Free From world!

Perkier have a range of Breakfast options to choose from, Cereal Flakes (Fruity and Red Berry), Porridge Pots for on the go (Apple and Cinammon, Golden Syrup and Red Berry) and packs of Porridge (Gingerbread and Raisin, Apple, Cinnamon & Raisin, Red Berry and a superb Oat Free Apple, Cinnamon & Raisin; fab for anyone avoiding oats). I was kindly given a selection of these to review here on WB so lets get started!…

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 Red Berry Cereal Flakes – Gluten, Wheat and Milk Free

I was overjoyed to hear Perkier announce these, as i’d been longing for something to replace my Special K obsession days (i wasn’t dieting just really liked the cereal !). My husband and i tucked in and got through the entire pack in 3 days, mostly because we love our cereal but they are just really tasty. Some people may not like that ‘buckwheat’ taste but we found it went rather well with the lovely red raspberries in there. You can also make those naughty chocolate cornflake cakes with them ;)

5/5 from WB

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Multi-Serve Perkier Porridge Packs- Gingerbread and Raisin & Red Berry. Gluten, Wheat, Milk and Egg Free.

I can’t express how obsessed i am with the Gingerbread and Raisin Porridge flavour that i’m almost tempted to say, if you buy anything it should be this! Lovely to have such a creative and tasty breakfast option without being TOO sweet. Aces. I’m still mastering the perfect porridge consistency with these and have found over the hob is best for me! 4/5 overall, 5/5 for the Gingerbread and Raisin flavour alone ;)

Porridge Pots,, gluten free, Perkier Foods Perkier Porridge Pots- Gluten and Wheat Free.

These are so cute. I’m a real sucker for packaging. Luckily the contents are pretty awesome too! Great for if you’re a bit late for work, you simple add boiling water -cover the pot and wait a few minutes then VOILA tasty porridge! Best flavours here for me are the Golden Syrup and the Apple Cinnamon & Raisin. The raisins in the pot really make it super tasty! Can we please get these on aeroplanes and things?!

5/5 from WB. Now here’s a super quick recipe i made with these beauties…

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Gluten Free Porridge Pot Pancakes

This recipe i thought was the perfect solution for a quick, and delicious weekend morning treat! With the Perkier Porridge Pots you can make Golden Syrup, Apple, Cinammon and Raisin or Red Berry flavour pancakes but feel free to adapt and experiment with any kind of gluten free oats and combinations you find!

1 Perkier Porridge Pot (or 65g of Regular Gluten Free oats)

175g Gluten Free Plain Flour

2 teaspoons of Baking Powder

Pinch of Salt

250ml Milk

2 Eggs

1 Tablespoon of Golden Syrup/Honey (Optional)

Knob of butter

Pop the oats, flour, baking powder, salt into a mixing bowl and give this a very good whisk to ensure everything is evenly distributed.

In a measuring jug, add the milk, 2 eggs and golden syrup and give this a very good whisk too!

Add the milky egg mixture gradually to the dry ingredients, whisking well intermittently. The mixture will appear lumpy but keep whisking in between leaving it to stand as you make your pancakes.

Add a knob of butter to a very hot frying pan.

Using a ladle, scoop and pour into the pan small amounts of the mixture. (I’ve found it best to pour and keep your ladle as still as possible as you do it to get an even circle)

The mixture should cook very quickly (1min tops!), using a flipper or spatula, get underneath and flip them over. The other side should not take long at all. Repeat!

Porridge, Pot, Pancakes, oat, gluten free

Lovely topping combos are:

Apple and Cinnamon porridge pot- Stewed Apples, Honey, Nutella.

Golden Syrup porridge pot- Nutella and chopped up hazelnuts, Grilled Peaches, Banana

Red Berry porridge pot- Honey, Lemon, Raspberries, Maple Syrup

I shall be revealing a competition on the Wuthering Bites Facebook Page shortly to win a whole range of these Perkier Breakfast Treats! Make sure you don’t miss out!

Products featured in this review were received complimentary but did in no way effect my opinion of the product, just good ole honest opinion!