Gluten Free Copenhagen

Anyone who knows me will know that i’m never one to not plan things and on New Years Eve last year, my husband and i started to jot down some places we’d like to visit for 2015. We’re not sure why – but Copenhagen had become a destination of conversation at the end of 2014, i feel it was propelled from designing our house as well as Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall’s programme ‘Scandimania’ – which i highly recommend watching if you ever get the chance.  We booked on New Years Eve. ‘I’ll worry about the gluten free dining side of things next year’ – i thought to myself.

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So the next day i began researching gluten free options in Copenhagen. On my initial Google, i got in a bit of a panic as there really wasn’t a huge list. That’s when i went into spreadsheet mode- any other gluten free peeps do this too? In the end, i needn’t have worried, Copenhagen is a friendly, thoughtful and welcoming city and they know a thing or too about a gluten free pastry! Here are my recommendations:

Where to stay in Copenhagen: Gluten Free

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I may be biased, as we stayed here, but after having such a relaxing and comfortable time eating gluten free at Axel Guldsmeden i cannot highly recommend this place enough. The only downside is that it is a bit on the pricy side for breakfast (around £15pp).

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It was phenomenal though. Organic, fresh fruit, gluten free bread, delicious hot food, cold meats and cheeses, homemade organic yoghurts and granolas.gluten free, bread, axel guldsmeden

There was so much choice that we indulged and couldn’t manage lunch really most days- the price for the breakfast is then completely justified.

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Andersen Bakery – Want a gluten free cake and a coffee for breakfast? Go here! We went just before we visited Tivoli Gardens, it worked out perfectly.

Where to eat a Gluten Free Lunch in Copenhagen?

We didn’t eat lunch out much in Copenhagen- mainly due to the big breakfast at the Hotel, but here are a few places we went to that i would recommend stopping by if your plans correlate well.

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Sticks ‘n’ Sushi – A lovely Japanese chain in Copenhagen with good understanding of catering to Coeliacs, just ask for a guide through the menu and the essential Tamari sauce for dipping!

DØP – Inexpensive, handy, on-the-go hot dog stand. Check out their wonderful traditional menu, all their sausages are gluten free, just ask to drop the bread and have the mashed roots option: ‘Our mash is made of parsnips, potatoes and kohlrabi and traditionally served with mustard, ketchup and beetroots.’

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Naturbageriet – Gluten Free/ Vegan bakery very near to Torvehallerne Food Market – i popped here to get banana cake and a gluten free pizza foccacia for lunch. All gluten free options labelled easily in red.

naturbageriet glutenfree bakery

Personally i wouldn’t change the big breakfast and snacks/coffee and cake for lunch regime, it made things a lot easier for exploring the city spontaneously- nothing worse that rushing from a tourist heaved attraction to a lunch reservation on the other side of town.

Where to eat a Gluten Free Dinner in Copenhagen?

Have i said how great the food was in Copenhagen yet? Dinner was really where it shined, truly amazing. Definitely book for the following places, they are extremely popular (even for early blocks at 6pm) and you can also note and email the staff prior to your visit to let them know you’ll be needing a gluten free option.

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Tight – Our favourite gluten free place to eat in Copenhagen, so good that we considered cancelling one of our other reservations to dine here again. Gluten free clearly stated on the menu, sublime service (friendly and completely welcoming to allergies) and delicious. Go here.

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Madklubben – Great bistro style menu, great ‘special occasion’ atmosphere without the cost, lots of offerings and helpful with gluten free.

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Barburrito – Want a fun night out, this was perfect. Great cocktails, and everything was gluten free aside the burrito tortilla. My husband is a huge burrito fan and he said the tacos were the star of the show- especially the coriander shrimp special. There are two options – takeaway or the sit in restaurant – if you’re a fan of 80’s/ funk/ pop classics definitely sit in and enjoy the night!

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Spuntino – We ended up cancelling our reservation here as we simply couldn’t afford it in the end, but it gets a special mention for their service prior to our visit. Emails back and forth on gluten free, also the 5 course menu always sounds divine.

So there you have it. I miss it already!

I’d love to collate a list here for people searching for gluten free places to eat in Copenhagen, so if you’ve visited recently please comment below with your recommendation and i’ll add it to the list!

Gluten Free Black Garlic & Sesame Chilli Beef

I’m always looking for new ingredients to use in my recipes, to literally ‘spice up’ our weekly meals in the Wuthering Bites household, so when Sainsburys kindly sent me some Black Garlic to try, i was curious and ready to experiment as always.

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Before you get scared, Black Garlic is just in fact- regular garlic, that’s been cooked at a very low temperature for around three to four weeks. Its result is a tremendously sweet, umami flavour, rich but with a wonderfully subtle garlicy aftertaste.

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It’s great for adding to meaty dishes of which you’d prefer the slow cooked taste of garlic rather than the very strong raw taste. Personally i find it wonderful for raw marinades and dressings- especially if you’re looking for the same garlic health benefits too!

Black Garlic Chilli and Sesame Marinade

Marinade Lover

One of the easiest, foolproof ways to introduce Black Garlic to your cooking is in Asian dishes, so i experimented with a marinade for a stir fry. Marinades really are a godsend and i never really get back in to the swing of making them throughout the winter as they are mostly associated with Barbecuing; as spring and summer approaches it’s almost second nature, but as i make this marinade on a chilly morning- i wonder why not?

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Make a batch of the marinade and keep it in the fridge- ready to pour over some meat before work, and after a long day, you certainly reap in all the taste rewards.

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Gluten Free Black Garlic & Sesame Chilli Beef

 Serves 3

1 Large/2 small cloves of Black Garlic roughly chopped

1 tsp of Brown Sugar

1 small Fresh Red chilli

2 tsp of Chilli Flakes

2 tbsp of Olive Oil

3 tbsp of Tamari (more if you fancy)

1 tsp of Dark Sesame Oil

Salt and Pepper

350 grams Organic Beef Steak, diced.

A bunch of Tenderstem Broccoli

A few spring onions, chopped.

Sesame seeds.

Rice Noodles (to serve)

Start by making your marinade, put the black garlic, brown sugar, chilli flakes, olive oil, tamari and dark sesame oil into a small bowl and use a pestle or fork to stir and combine in the black garlic well.

Season the marinade with Salt, Pepper and a touch more chilli, sugar, tamari- dependent on your tastebuds!

In a medium sized bowl, put the diced beef in, season well with salt and pepper. Pour the marinade over the beef, stir it around well with a spoon. Cover the bowl with cling film and put in the fridge for 2-3 hours to marinade.

Heat a frying pan to a high heat and fry up any vegetables you may like to in a little oil. ( Here i’ve used broccoli and spring onions, but it’s up to you!)

Once the vegetables begin to steam well, add in the marinaded beef and cook until medium.

Add in a scattering of sesame seeds and give it a good stir.

Serve with rice or rice noodles and a drizzle more Tamari for taste.

The Black Garlic in this recipe was provided to me by Sainsburys. For more information about Black Garlic check out their website.

Have you tried Black Garlic? What did you make with it? Let me know in the comments below or on my Facebook page!

Gluten Free Warm Stir Fried Mackerel & Kale Salad with Tamari Honey Dressing

What is ‘eating healthy’ any more? I’m just confused.

Is anyone else bothered or confused by the constant preaching and contradictions in food / health food articles lately; pushing one thing as healthy then the next day it’s reportedly completely the opposite? Maybe i’m just too much of a media junkie but it’s normal to worry about your health and whether what you’re eating on a daily basis is what you should be, right?

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Recently i’ve been watching a vlogger from America, he’s not food vlogger at all, just an entertainer daily vlogging his life in America. He has, as a side note, become rather obsessed with making kale chips and it’s kinda become a ‘thing’.  Overtime it appears that he doesn’t necessarily make the kale chips because it’s a ‘healthy option’ now but rather because it’s a tasty way of cooking it. That should be how everyone approaches food. Kale seems to have trickled into the U.K into juices, juice diets and recipe books quicker than my cats eat their crunchies; i hope i’m not the only one who would just begin eating something just because someone tells me too.

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I love vegetables. Honestly i really feel like i need to eat more of them in my diet. Do i? This is where the confusion lies. Can i really eat sugar in moderation? Can i have a bag of mini eggs if i feel like it one day?

Like many, i do have an obsession/ addiction to sugar- ‘the killer’- some say, which i’m aware of. In January i made a pact to eat ‘better’ – more ‘organically’, i guess, less produce that has pesticides and chemicals attached, in a bid to cleanse my body and perhaps increase a hope for not developing some form of cancer or health issues down the line. My mum passed away earlier that we all expected and i wonder- was it all just genetics? Could it have been about what she ate or her lifestyle?

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It seems everyone is confused. Nothing’s proven. These articles and reports on super foods and ways of life will always debate back and forth but really we all just have to make an individual choice and get on with our lives. I think i’m gonna go with not eating products or produce with things i cannot pronounce in like ‘Benzophenone’- an addictive used usually in plastics.

How ’bout this for a catchy headline: Here’s a nice recipe, try it if you approve of the ingredients list! …

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Gluten Free Warm Stir Fried Mackerel & Kale Salad with Tamari Honey Dressing

Serves 1

Juice of half a small lemon

1 teaspoon of honey

3 teaspoons of Tamari (Gluten free)

Drizzle of apple cider vinegar

2 tablespoons of rapeseed oil (extra for cooking)

Sprinkling of sesame seeds/ chopped almonds/ pistachios

1 garlic clove chopped finely

Chilli flakes (optional)

Bunch of Green Kale (I also used Black)

1 fillet of smoked mackerel (peppered optional)

In a cup put the lemon juice, honey, Tamari, apple cider vinegar and rapeseed oil with a bit of salt and pepper. Give it a good stir and set aside.

In a saucepan put a drizzle of oil in the pan with the finely chopped garlic and sesame seeds. Cook on a medium heat until the sesame seeds begin to smell toasted.

Add the kale and chilli flakes to the saucepan, along with the dressing and cook until the kale begins to wilt slightly. Pull the kale to the side of the pan and place in the mackerel skin side down and cook until warm- make sure to keep tossing the kale salad ingredients and to avoid it burning.

Serve immediately.

What do you think about healthy eating articles/ books? Are you confused? What choices have you made? Let me know in the comments below or tweet me @wbites.

River Cottage Advanced Gluten Free Cookery Course Review

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At the end of last year, River Cottage kindly invited me to experience one of their advanced gluten free courses down at the River Cottage HQ taken by the lovely Naomi Devlin. I’ve always wanted to visit River Cottage, since they opened one of their lovely canteens in Bristol, so I instantly accepted and looked into the types of techniques and recipes that my husband Rob and I would be taught in the advanced gluten free cooking course:

Gluten free puff pastry

Gluten free yeasted pastry (to be used to make Iraqi pastries- Kleichas)

Gluten free choux pastry

Gluten free pitta breads

Gluten free french bread

Chat on gluten free nutrition

So an awful lot to cover in a day – i was wondering how we’d manage it all!

[On a side note, we decided to make a weekend of it so the night before the course we stayed at the affordable Tytherleigh Arms, who were very hospitable and welcomed my gluten intolerance with open arms. The food was stunning and the bed- very comfy, i highly recommend staying here if you’re going on a course and want to stay nearby –  for more information go on to their website.]

We woke up to the most beautiful beating sunshine on a crisp, chilly autumn morning. we couldn’t have gotten any luckier in terms of weather. The course started at 10am but we were asked to arrive for 9 so we set off after a bit of breakfast and drove to River Cottage.

The view from the top of the farm was spectacular.

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Coeliacs assemble! After a few moments of waiting at the tractor stop, our tractor pulled up to take us on a ride down to the farm, something that’s become a bit of a perk when attending a River Cottage event. We chatted with fellow gluten intolerant and coeliacs and made our way down to the cookery course kitchen space.

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Instantly there was lots of hustle and bustle as we were asked to gather some basic equipment for the day. Rob and I put on our black aprons… funny how as soon as you put on an apron you feel you can do anything in the kitchen.
With equipment at the ready and a tasty tomato rosti to keep us going, the introduction and cooking began…

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Rob and i were impressed with the result of our choux and puff pastry- both requiring a hell of alot of arm work but we agreed that nothing has come close in terms of processed products to these freshly made batches!

Gluten Free, Choux pastry

The Kleichas were an interesting alternative yeasted pastry to make, and extremely tasty. These were stuffed with a choice of delicious sweet mincemeat or sticky dates. We devoured these entirely on our way home and i immediately added them to the Christmas menu- to which family members were very impressed.

Gluten free, kleicha

We paused for a tasty fresh lunch of vegetable tagine with fresh vegetables followed by baked apples with a yoghurt ice cream made by the River Cottage team; which was the perfect accompaniment for talking to other course members about their reasons for coming on the course and for comparing our arm strengths (after the choux pastry workout!)

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Rob’s highlight of the day was with his puffed up pitta breads- these were just so easy and simple to make.

Gluten free, pitta breads

I however was overwhelmed by the gluten free french loaf that Naomi had prepared for us.

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A revelation really. This is how gluten bread tastes like- i instantly thought. I clutched my course notes tightly for the rest of the afternoon as to never lose that brilliant recipe. A few weeks later i made the same bread again with the same incredible results, it has now become a must for special occasions.

Gluten free, pitta breads

Naomi really made this entire day worthwhile, her end of the day knowledgeable talk on flours was incredible and she was kind and very approachable; which i feel is an important factor when choosing a cookery course. You need a teacher who can really relate to your reason for learning and as Naomi herself is a coeliac, i think she really gives you that trust that you need when learning gluten free cookery.

River cottage, farm view

The day was fun, challenging and if you’re determined to make gluten free bread from scratch it really allowed you to ask all those questions regarding rise, nutrition and what combination of flours work better for particular recipes/ pastries.

For more info and prices for this gluten free advanced cookery course you can view and book it here.

For more information about Naomi you can view her blog here, or chat to her on Twitter!

This course was kindly paid for by River Cottage but it did in no way effect my opinions stated in this review.

Heinz Gluten Free Pasta Review and Butternut Pasta Bake recipe.

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In our household we relish in leftovers each week, something to be very grateful of and most likely to continue until we’re feeding for more than two of us. A few of our most popular leftovers are half a butternut squash and the remainder of a bunch of sage leaves. After cooking a batch of the traditional, classic butternut squash and sage risotto we always find ourselves with these two by the end of the week. Usually i would chop up the leftover butternut and pop it in a tupperware to defrost into soup but as it was Sunday, and funds were tight i decided to make something tasty with these and things we had left lying around in the fridge. I’m sure any food blogger would tell you, that it’s times like these where you get the most inspiration to write a recipe, it’s the equivalent of the mystery box challenge in Masterchef; especially with it being a Sunday too, i had to somewhat impress.

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A few weeks back, Heinz sent me a wonderful array of their gluten free pasta range to try, we’ve tried the sauces numerous times with the pasta before- and i’ve expressed on my social media how much i love the convenience of these little boxes of joy- they are great for travelling with and quickly heating up for lunch with rice or pasta in the office. Their pasta is most definitely one of the more impressive gluten free pastas on the free-from market, on giving my dad a bag of penne, he responded with the typical ‘what’s this, gluten free, uhm?’ response, but after a day or two i get a follow up note saying how ‘it just tastes like normal pasta’. Yes. Yes it does father.

It’s definitely something that’s become more successful over time, i remember when gluten free pasta would just fall apart completely. There are still a few issues with gluten free pasta clumping together, particularly after it’s cooled but it’s something i’ve certainly learnt to deal with easy enough.

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The Heinz gluten free pasta range features the comfort food favourite- macaroni, penne and spaghetti. All of which i have made successful dishes with. You can see some of the Heinz recommended recipes to try on their You Tube channel, which is great for anyone wanting some quick recipes to try with the sauces. I’ve found the penne to be my favourite but i feel this is more due to my childhood – loving the shape of penne to encase and slurp up every bit of the sauce with. The best is when a bit of bacon gets stuck inside, it’s like you’ve struck gold.

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A pasta bake is a favourite with everyone, quite a simple recipe for a blog post really but this one whizzes up a butternut squash into a sauce which really does make it feel all kinds of special. A great cheap alternative for a wintery Sunday lunch.

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Gluten Free Butternut Squash, Sage and Pancetta

 Pasta Bake.

Serves 4. 

You’ll need…

A large deep baking dish.

Half a butternut squash peeled and diced

Olive oil

1 white onion

Bunch of roughly chopped Sage leaves

Penne or Macaroni (enough for 4)

20g of Butter

100g Pancetta

100g Mozzarella

50g Parmesan

S + P

Preheat the oven to 200 degrees C.

Put the chopped butternut squash into a saucepan of water and onto the boil.

In a saucepan fry the sage leaves, onion and pancetta with a drizzle of olive oil and any other seasonings you desire. When crispy, set aside.

Drain the soft butternut squash and transfer to a food processor and add in half a small cup of water and the butter with some salt and pepper. Whizz until smooth, you may want to add more water or butter to achieve the smooth silky sauce.

Pop the pasta onto cook.

Transfer the crispy sage, pancetta and onion into the butternut squash sauce and add in half of the parmesan. Season for taste and set aside.

Drain the cooked pasta and pour into the butternut squash sauce and stir well, making sure all pasta is coated.

Transfer the saucy pasta to a deep baking dish, and top generously with the remaining parmesan and mozzarella. Garnish with some sage leaves and a drizzle of olive oil and pop in the oven for 20 minutes until a cheesy, golden, irresistible top has formed.

Serve immediately, but careful not to burn your tongue ;)

To read more about the Heinz gluten free range pop on over to their website.

Let me know in the comments below if you’ve tried this range of pastas before, what did you think? What’s the best gluten free pasta you’ve had?

Need your help: Vote for Wuthering! Food Mag Reader Awards 2015.

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Hello Wuthering Bites Fans!

The Food Magazine Food Reader Awards are back for 2015, i’ve been shortlisted for the third time for Best Food Blogger for the South West and i’m really hoping i can push to actually win it this year!

I hope my gluten free recipes, reviews and the Gluten Free Bristol List have helped my readers over the past three years.

I would love it if you could vote for my blog in the shortlist for the

Food Mag 2015 Food Reader awards in the Best Food Blogger category.

I know how tiresome these forms are, but if you do get time and have enjoyed reading my content, i would really appreciate it from the bottom of my gluten free heart. <3

I’d also just like to tell you how much i’ve appreciated all of my followers support over this third year on Facebook, Twitter and WordPress- i’ve met some truly lovely people!

Vote for Wuthering Bites

Lots of food love,

Sarah x

Frankie and Benny’s Gluten Free Menu Review

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I’m not always keen on going to chain restaurants to eat out in. I love a good independently run place, as my Gluten Free Bristol list shows, mainly due to the more tailored approach to offering gluten free options. However chains like Frankie and Benny’s, Pizza Express, TGI’s – have all come up trumps over the past year with their peace of mind gluten free menus. They’ve cottoned on to the want for clarity and ease. They offer separate menus so that the Coeliac and gluten intolerant community don’t now feel like complete plonkers when the server comes back to ask what we’d like to order after they hastily give you over the main menu on arrival and scoot off -assuming you have no questions.

‘What would you like to order?’

‘Well i don’t know really, what’s gluten free?’…

I was kindly asked if i’d like to try out Frankie and Benny’s gluten free menu. Please note that dishes, like other chains and restaurants are made in the same kitchen as other gluten ingredients so the menu is specifically NGCI labeled but the menu has been accredited by Coeliac UK.

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Hesitant, as i’ve never stepped foot into a Frankie and Benny’s before, we arrived hungry at the busy Cribbs Causeway branch in Bristol. Our waiter swiftly showed us to our seats and we were shown the gluten free menu- we informed them in advance that i had an allergy and it’s always nice when you don’t have to ask for anything.

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I ordered the loaded potato skins with Melted cheese and brushetta mix to start. They were rather dry and unseasoned if i’m honest but overall okay, i would imagine the BBQ Chicken Sweetcorn and Cheddar filled skins would have been tastier but as i ordered the Hickory BBQ Ribs for my main i didn’t want to be BBQ’d out!

Frankie and Benny's, Gluten Free, BBQ Hickory Ribs

The ribs were pretty yummy, but oh my it was HUGE. Smokey flavour and melt in the mouth, these were a good choice for a main but i just couldn’t finished my mash potato that it came with. It did say on the menu that it came with a jacket potato so i’m not sure why i was given mash- however i’m not one to complain if i get some mash- i love it, and it was gluten free.

Too stuffed to order dessert, we finished our drinks and left feeling rather content really. A great place to go for couples and families for a daytime treat before or after the cinema or whilst you’re out shopping, Frankie and Benny’s have expensive mains, but they are generous. I would steer clear of some of the kids menu as it seems gluten heavy in the allergens list- but ask for smaller portions from the gluten free menu.

Have you tried the gluten free menu at Frankie and Benny’s? Let me know what you thought of your experience in the comments below!

This meal was complimentary but did in no way effect my opinion of the chain and food, just good ole honest opinion!

Gluten Free Nature’s Path ‘Hot and Steamy’ Porridge Oats Review

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Are you also a bit stumped for ideas for a good gluten free breakfast?

I have to say, that breakfast is the meal time where i crave for something sweet the most- i suppose it’s my comforting part of the morning, where maybe i’m just a bit down about getting ready for work and need something to get me going.

Oats and i have had a pretty tough time together in the past with my IBS, and after battling for years and years my stomach has seemed to be a lot calmer towards oats and dairy in the mornings; something which i am thankful for as growing up porridge was one of my favourite things…with golden syrup ;)

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Nature’s Path offer a wide range of gluten free breakfast solutions and i was delighted when they asked if i’d like to try their ‘Hot and Steamy’ porridge oats box. With three flavours, original (no sugar), Maple (5.6g sugar per 30g sachet) and Spiced Apple (6.3g sugar per 30g sachet) i was eager to try all of them!

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The consistently of the Natures Path porridge oats in comparison to other brands in the same gluten free arena is my preferred choice, the porridge comes out very creamy as per instructions, something that i’ve found difficult to achieve overall with other brands. Perhaps this may just be me, but i like the fineness of the oats. The flavour of the spiced apple was my favourite- as the small chunks of apple and the smell of cinnamon was just so comforting on a windy Monday morning. The sweetness level of both the Maple and the Spiced Apple flavour was spot on- not too sweet and it didn’t make me reach for the sugar pot- something that i’m unfortunately prone to doing at breakfast time.

Of course Miko had to have the last taste…

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I’d encourage you to give these a go, especially if you’re anything like me and just can’t resist a bit of sugar in the morning and don’t want to go crazy.

The Nature’s Path Hot and Steamy Porridge oat pack retails around £2.99, which i think is very reasonable for 8 quick and easy breakfast mornings.

You can find more information on the brand and where to buy here!

Let me know in the comments below if you’ve tried these as i’d love to know what you think!

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

Pastry 

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

Glaze 

2 Tablespoons of Honey

2 Teaspoons of Ground Ginger

Extras

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: www.lucegfbread.com

Follow them on Twitter: @breadnmorels

Order in the U.K: http://freego.com

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.