Gluten Free Falafel & Crispy Kale Salad with Paprika, Sour Cream & Chive Dressing.

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Lunchtime is one of the hardest meals to plan for me and although it’s really simple at the end of the day – salads, gluten free sandwiches…

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…I get sick of having gluten free bread every day at lunch and then after, looking at the hefty paragraph of ingredients on the back of the packet. It’s really quite off-putting but when you’re looking for convenience it just works every time.

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I picked up some of these gluten free falafels from ‘Great Food‘ and potted around the garden picking out anything that looked worth cooking with, spring onions and kale were in abundance- and still are.

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With all salads must be a tasty dressing so i pushed by focus here on making something classic and i hope you’ll find it as tasty as i do. I guess you could call- and use it as a dip really but it’s now become one of these easiest things to make and keep in the fridge!

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Gluten Free Falafel & Crispy Kale Salad with Paprika, Sour Cream & Chive Dressing.

Serves 1

The Salad:

Homemade or Shop Bought Gluten Free Falafels x 4

I Small Gem Lettuce

3 small stems of Kale cut into small bits (see pics)

Extra Virgin Olive Oil

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The Dressing/ Dip

Squeeze of lemon juice

3 Heaped Tbps Sour Cream

1 tbp of Paprika

1 Chive chopped

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Prepare your dressing/dip! Put all the ingredients in a small bowl and give it a good mix, put it in the fridge to keep cool!

I prefer my falafel heated with this salad. Heat the oven to 200dc. Pop the falafel onto a baking tray on one side with the kale on the other. Coat the Kale with a dash of olive oil and salt and pepper and pop into the oven for 5- 10 mins. Keep an eye on the kale- you don’t want it to burn and it turns crispy very quickly!

Prepare the base of the salad in a bowl, chop your gem lettuce and dress this with some extra virgin olive oil or rapeseed works well too.

Get your falafel and kale out of the oven and evenly distribute on the lettuce, scatter over some of the dressing and it’s all ready to eat!

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What’s your favourite gluten free lunchtime salad to make? Tweet me at @wbites!

Gluten Free Roasted Halloumi and Tomato Salad with Pesto Vinaigrette

Summer arrived… briefly!

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I feel like every time i write a blog post i start off with complaining or mentioning the weather, but honestly it’s because i feel like i’m talking to my friends – and i am right?

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Husband and i was out in the garden and we were discussing how we never really eat salads for dinner and after having many wholesome, filling salads on holiday and in restaurants, i thought i’d focus on trying to create a salad recipe into our midweek meals- that would be as tasty as any other meal. But hey, i’m not saying this is going to be a crazy healthy one… no-one said to cut out cheese right?

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Sainsbury’s kindly sent me some of their Cider Vinegar and Rapeseed oil, i’m a huge fan of Rapeseed oil in general, it’s got a lovely golden colour – cooks to a good amount of heat and has a great flavour that works with almost anything.

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I much prefer a warm salad and as a dinner course i felt it may go down well with the entire family if there was several tasty elements with chewy and salty Halloumi, sweet roasted tomatoes and crunchy toasted almonds. Cover all the bases and you can’t go wrong as long as it all blends together to taste good.

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Gluten Free Roasted Halloumi and Tomato Salad with Pesto Vinaigrette

Serves 4

80g Fresh Basil

Lemon Zest of Half a Lemon

200-250ml Rapeseed oil

2 Tablespoons Cider Vinegar

30g Pistachios (Optional)

Salt + Pepper

500g Halloumi cheese, sliced

300g Cherry Tomatoes, halved

Rocket / Watercress (Enough for all)

Sliced Almonds

Turn the oven on to 200 degrees Celsius (Fan).

Make your basil vinaigrette, pop the Basil, zest, 200ml Rapeseed oil, Cider Vinegar, Pistachios into a food processor and whiz until well combined- i like to leave the nuts a bit chunky for more texture but it’s really up to you! Add Salt and Pepper for taste and a bit more oil if you need it.

Lay your sliced Halloumi on one baking tray and space out evenly. Drizzle over a tiny bit of oil and add a bit of pepper.

Lay your cherry tomatoes -inside up on a separate baking tray and scatter over a tiny bit of salt.

Put your Halloumi and Cherry tomatoes in the oven for 10- 15 mins until roasted and golden.

In the meantime, put the sliced almonds into a dry frying pan and toast on a high heat until golden – keep an eye on this to avoid burning.

Lay out your salad in a bowl and dress with oil if you fancy or toss it completely in half of the vinaigrette. We prefer to dollop some on top and put the rest aside, so people can help themselves to less or more.

Take out the Halloumi and tomatoes and add these to the top of your salad.

Scatter over the almonds and dollop over the vinaigrette to your taste.

Serve up!

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What’s your favourite salad- do you have salads for dinner? Share your recipes and favourite ideas below or tweet me @wbites!

Gluten Free Strawberry, Apple and Vanilla Bean Galette Recipe

I sit here writing a summer recipe and it’s pouring with rain outside. Typical British Summertime.

It’s important for us Brits to understand that our summer is simply always late, and when it does burst through- it will still tend to chop and change between the rain and the wind and -occasional hail we’ve been having sometimes recently. Still i’m thankful that a few of my strawberry plants have fruited in the garden, we did manage a few weeks of sunshine so they kicked into gear- which is nice.

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With the weather in mind, who has the time to slave in the kitchen – making the nice summer dessert for the family when you would just rather be outside enjoying the sunshine? This recipe is for you. We must take advantage of every opportunity of sunshine in the U.K, and even if there are still a few clouds out- we will inevitably still make that BBQ happen.

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This recipe for a Gluten Free Strawberry, Apple and Vanilla galette came initially from sifting through the pantry for ingredients- as well as having the strawberries on hand.

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The vanilla pod was a lucky surprise… lurking back in the cupboard, i’d forgotten about this gem of an ingredient. After deseeding – it makes the most wonderful aromatic for keeping in your sugar jar.

You can always make your own Gluten Free pastry- see my ‘how-to’ here  – but if the suns out, grab out that frozen gluten free pastry and go and enjoy the sun while it defrosts!

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Gluten Free Strawberry, Apple and Vanilla Bean Galette

Serves 4-6

350g Strawberries

1 Small Cox Apple

1 Tablespoon of Cornflour

1 Vanilla Pod, deseeded.

70g Granulated or Caster Sugar

1 Egg Yolk

Gluten Free flour/rice flour for rolling pastry.

1, 2 x 200g pack of Gluten Free Shortcrust Pastry – (I used the DS one)

 Preheat the oven to 200 degrees C.

Prepare the filling by chopping each strawberry into thirds and finely slicing the apple- you can keep the skin on if you prefer. Place the fruit into a medium sized bowl.

Add the cornstarch, vanilla seeds and half the sugar to the bowl. Give it all a good mix and set aside.

Sprinkle down some gluten free flour onto a large piece of parchment paper. Roll out your first 200g of pastry into one square – i would go for a measurement that will fit your baking tray – just under the thickness of a £1 coin. Roll out the second 200g of pastry on a separate piece of parchment paper with some gluten free flour sprinkled on it. Once you’ve rolled this one, carefully lift it up and flip it over to lay directly on top of the other rolled out square. You should have two layers of pastry, this will help stop any leakage from the fruits in the oven.

Score out a circle (i pressed the bottom of a serving plate) into the pastry and begin the lay flat the slices of apple followed by the strawberry within this circle.

The next bit is not flawless- rustic is the key! fold over all the sides gently around and over the filling, leaving the centre mostly exposed. If any bits break off- do not worry- patch this later with some egg or milk wash.

Once you’ve gone round all your sides with the pastry, get a small pastry brush and coat it with some egg yolk.

Sprinkle the entire galette with the remaining sugar.

Pop the galette into the preheated oven for 25-30 minutes. At around the 20 minute mark you should check on it and add some more egg wash for the remaining 10 minutes.

Remove from the oven to cool completely.

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Serve heated or cold with a dollop of creme fraiche or naughty vanilla ice cream. Clotted cream works a treat too!

New Found Joy – Gluten Free Review

With a lot of gluten free sugary snacks on the market- and in particular the brownie- i was very thankful to be sent a selection from New Found Joy to review but not crazy excited to try in comparison to new inventive gluten free like wraps and such. I couldn’t have been more wrong really. These truly are some of the best gluten free naughty treats I’ve tasted.

New Found Joy are a new gluten free company on the market, based in Ireland, who aim to produce delicious gluten free baked goods that taste just as good as their gluten counterpart in an 100% segregated gluten free bakery environment. Lovely. Let jump straight to the taste test…!

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My favourite treat pre gluten free has always been a caramel slice, and apart from being a bit crumbly on the base- the chocolate and caramel was spot on. Perfect with a strong coffee I reckon.

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Diana delight- I’ve never heard of this type of traybake before but I gave it a whirl. White chocolate with marshmallows and coconut. A bit too sweet for me but if I found this in a cafe as a gluten free option out and about I certainly wouldn’t be complaining!

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Chocolate brownie- after many a chocolate brownie in my gluten free life it’s definitely a difficult one to judge. I think people have different opinions about what makes a good chocolate brownie, and I love small bits of chocolate scattered on top. I tried this warmed up with a dollop of clotted cream ice cream and it was a match made in heaven, tasted like chocolate truffle! Restaurants really have no excuse to not at least serve this as a dessert option over the typical go-to fruit salad;) – also when will airlines realise that good gluten free cakes exist?!

Last but not least is the Rocky Road. Oh mama. It may not be as chunky as you would like for a slab of rocky road but the mix of sultanas, marshmallow and biscuity crunch is just right.

It’s very difficult to tell the difference of these gluten free products in comparison to the gluten versions, aside a bit of a crumble in the biscuit side of things. I have no doubt they will succeed and I hope they continue to bring out more varieties as their business grows.

If you’d like to find out more about New Found Joy and any stockist information, head on over to their Facebook page!

Have you tried these tasty treats? What did you think? Let me know in the comments below or tweet me @wbites.

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.

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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 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.

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

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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!

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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!