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.

Chunky, Almond Pesto, Gluten Free

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.

Chicken stuffed with goats cheese, almond pesto, gluten free

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!

Chicken stuffed with goats cheese,almond pesto, gluten free

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. 

Crate of Nothing Gluten Free Review

Crate of nothing, hazel's box, gluten free

When Crate of Nothing bounced up on Twitter i wasn’t quite sure what they were going to offer that was different to regular graze boxes and the like, so i was rather skeptical to test them out at first. Gluten free and dairy free treat boxes sent through the post is a most welcome idea.

One thing i love about the Crate of Nothing boxes is the lovely little information card, it details all the ingredients of the products in your box and on the other side it shows a ‘featured blogger’ of the month with a recipe they have shared. This month it was Hazel’s Box (Gemma Mcfarlane) @icedgembakes and her recipe was for Gluten and Dairy Free Chocolate Brownies. The best part is that the box contained all the ingredients to make them. I can’t wait to try them!

ingredients!

The quality of the products featured in my Crate was excellent, and with a few items that i’ve never heard of or tried before, this gives me hope that they will support new gluten free and dairy free businesses and products- it may even be a way to begin their exposure to a great target audience, and i’m all for supporting that.

crate of nothing, gluten free

My Crate contained the following:

1 Braw Apple and Pear Bar

1 Incognito Lemon Drizzle Cake

1 Honeyrose Lime and Coconut Macaroon

1 Bakes Just 4U Lemon Cake Pot

1 Nom Nom Vitality Muffin

1 Steph’s Kitchen Ginger Bread Man

1 Bigoz Oat Coconut and Strawberry Porridge Pot

1 Ilumi Moroccan Style Vegetable Tagine

The ingredients for the brownies.

Steph's Kitchen ginger bread man

My ultimate highlight was the Steph’s Kitchen Ginger Bread man, probably one of the best i’ve tried! Soft and not too sweet (even though there was icing), it was a really impressive gluten and dairy free treat.

You can either order a monthly crate for £20 or a single crate to try at £22.50, which does make me question whether enough people will buy the product on a monthly basis- for me it would be a bit too much, but if you do have that spare money and you’re fed up of having the same ole gluten free and dairy free products or scouring for new things then this may well be a great solution.

Lemon and drizzle cake, gluten free, dairy free

Crate of nothing? Crate of everything it seemed! Give it a go, it may not be for you on a regular basis but this is a great way to introduce some new products and bloggers that you may never have heard of… a product which goes just that bit further into making you satisfied.

This Crate Of Nothing box was offered to me complimentary but did in no way reflect my opinion in writing this review.  

Marks and Spencer’s Free From Range review

It’s safe to say that one of the best suppliers of gluten free convenience products of late is Marks and Spencer – from their wonderful array of gluten free christmas biscuit treats and their wide range of party food, to their fish cakes and gluten free breaded fish that have been regularly available in their Simply Food stores. I generally do not get to visit their stores much, mostly because they are a bit out of my way but when i am in town or on the motorway i do make sure i pop into the free from section to see what’s going on.

I was kindly sent through some Free From samples to try on some products that i’ve only heard about in Twitter stories. Some Sliced White Boule with Poppy Seeds, Lemon Shortbread, Triple Chocolate Cookies and Mini Cheese Crackers. I made sure i got some opinions from Gluten eating beings also to see what they thought. Oh and Miko… can’t forget Miko.

gluten free, sliced, boule, poppy seed

Made Without Wheat Sliced White Boule

I was incredibly impressed with this in particular out of all the products, as most of us gluten free/Coeliac beings among us know -finding a decent loaf of gluten free bread can be a mean feat. Brilliant for freezing, toasting and for sandwiches, this bread had a really nice texture and crust. My favourite way to have it was toasted with some butter and honey with a cup of tea. I can imagine this bread would be perfect to make a bloomin’ good Ham, Mustard Sandwich with. Only negative is that i wish it could be a bigger loaf..

4/5 from WB

gluten free, mini ,cheese crackers

Made Without Wheat Mini Cheese Crackers

I really wanted these to be like the gluten Mini Cheddars but they didn’t quite get there for me in terms of being a moreish snack, i think there needed to be a stronger flavour of cheese. These would however be perfect for sliding on a cheese board and for a pre-party snack, the little bags also make them very convenient for taking on the go, putting in a lunchbox and as a nut substitute for a plane journey; so i have to give them points for that.

3.5/5 from WB

Marks and Spencer, made without wheat, lemon shortbread

Made Without Wheat Lemon Shortbread

Before being gluten intolerant, i was a massive fan of the Shortbread. It’s quite a tricky thing to get right in the kitchen, i have on numerous occasions found my gluten free attempts just melt into thin bits of cooked nothing. These were perfect, i love mostly the texture and the bits of lemon peel throughout. I could give these to my family and noone could tell the difference. Not even Miko…

5/5 from WB

4/5 from WB Hubby

5/5 from Miko

marks and spencer, made without wheat ,triple ,chocolate ,cookies

Made Without Wheat Triple Chocolate Cookies

I think this review comes down to personal taste as i much prefer a softer cookie as apposed to these crunchy ones but the general consensus around the office was that they were perfectly acceptable to have with a cuppa tea, i feel it may just be being fussy with cookies. I like there to be an even distribution of chocolate to cookie and sometimes was left with one piece of choccy in the whole cookie. I also like cookies to be soft and chewy. So not perfect for me, but great as an office treat.

2/5 for WB

4/5 for My work colleagues (who then devoured the lot!)

There are lots of other goodies in the Marks and Spencer’s Free From range, from more treats like their Chocolate loaf, Mini Coconut Macaroons, Orange Polenta Biscuits and Ginger Biscuits to a Brown Bloomer loaf topped with Millet Flakes. Proving to have truly stepped up their ‘free-from’ game in the past year, i just hope that- especially with these fantastic new breads that they continue to get some more gluten free lunch alternatives in the stores as sometimes it’s truly hit or miss if i find one!

What do you think of the M&S Free From Range? Let me know in the comments below or on Twitter @wbites!

These products were sent to be complimentary but did no way impact on any of my opinions stated here in the review. As always, just good ole honesty and keeping you informed! 

Gluten Free Beer Battered Fish and Chips with Celia Lager

Gluten Free Fish and Chips. We meet again.

Gluten Free, Beer Battered, Fish

This is the first time i’ve had a proper fish and chips before going on a gluten free diet. Now i am completely hitting myself that i had not tried this sooner. It was so simple and easy, and the, slightly dangerous process was aided by the wonderful lager that Celia had given me to taste. It is however advisory to not be completely drunk on beer whilst cooking with extremely hot oil in a pan. Keep it safe people.

Celia lager, gluten free, beer,

Celia lager is now organic which is great news! It’s also gluten free, for those of you who may not be aware of the brand, it’s a fabulous drink for any beer lovers who have recently just been diagnosed with Celiac disease and feel as though they are missing out. My husband loves them more in comparison to some of the gluten beers on the market, and that’s saying something. Recommended.

beer batter, fish

The recipe is incredibly easy to do but you really need to get all of your prep done in advance as you don’t want to be faffing around in the kitchen like a crazy person. Which, if you’re like me is mostly driven by two cats wanting food continuously.  Serve with some minted mushy peas and chips of course!

gluten free beer battered fish

Gluten Free Beer Battered Fish

Serves two. You’ll need a deep saucepan or saute’ pan if making without a deep fat fryer.

1lt Sunflower Oil

2 Large Fillets of Cod or Haddock

230g Gluten Free Plain Flour. Plus a touch more for dusting (I used Doves Farm)

3 Heaped teaspoons of Gluten Free Baking Powder

300ml of Cold Gluten Free Beer (I used Celia Lager)

Salt and Pepper

If you’re cooking oven chips, get them in the oven. The fish should take about 20-25 in total to prep and cook.

Dry down your fish fillets with a piece of kitchen towel and season with salt and pepper. Coat both sides of the fish with a dusting of gluten free flour on both sides. This will help the batter stick to the fish better.

Glug around 1lt of Sunflower oil into a deep saute or frying pan and bring gentle to a high heat whilst you prep the fish batter.

In a mixing bowl put the flour, some salt and pepper and baking powder in and give it a good whisk so the powder is evenly distributed.

Add in gradually the cold gluten free beer. The mixture should be slightly thick, enough to coat and stick onto the fish.

Once your oil is hot enough (190 degrees C – you can also check by putting in the handle of a wooden spoon, if the bubbles start to rise and surround it frantically, you’re good to go!)

Cover one fillet at a time with the batter and slowly, carefully lower one side into the oil and then release the whole fillet and stand back. Careful of spitting.

The fish should take around 2 minutes on each side, turn halfway with a long utensil.

When the fish is golden, take out and set aside onto some foil until you’ve cooked the next fillet.

At this point you can either fry your chips in the oil, or you can put them alongside some oven cooked chips.

Serve with minty mushy peas and some chips!

Yum.

Celia Lager provided me with samples for this recipe but did not in anyway impact my opinion of the product

Gluten Free Holiday : Barbados

My Gluten Free Christmas consisted of a wee excursion to what i’m normally used to, i was lucky enough to get invited to my husbands family christmas in Barbados. I have to say, i’m normally one for cosying up by the fire and actually enjoying the cold as i work my way through numerous cheese and nibble platters and a big roast; but this year the warmth was very much welcome.

Gluten Free, Barbados

On The Plane

British Airways ,gluten free, meal

Eating gluten free on the British Airways flight was the first challenge, and i should have known better to bring a collection of goodies with me… the only food i brought in my hand luggage was Perkier Foods Rocky Road and of course i got through them in seconds. If you haven’t tried them yet i highly recommend you do! My on flight requested gluten free meal on the way out was rather terrible i have to say, guilty of the #Fruitisnotapudding debacle too as i found myself given three plates of fruit as snacks throughout the flight whilst others received sandwich carbs to fill their bellies. I made sure i was content however with my rocky road and numerous cups of tea whilst enjoying the first three episodes of Under The Dome on the inflight entertainment system.

Gluten Free Shopping

On arrival we headed straight for the Super Center supermarket in Holetown before going to our self catering villa at Port St Charles (Highly recommended). You’ll find some gluten free bits in the freezer section, i got a few breakfast muffins and some challah bread – both of which were edible but nowhere near as good as Genius or Udi’s in the U.K. It was also expensive, so i would recommend highly to bringing your own bread and gluten free essentials. 

Gluten Free Hotels in Barbados

If you’re looking for a Hotel to stay at, this website may give you an indication on the best hotels to accommodate gluten free guests, this health food shop delivers gluten free supplies. I’m sure if you are staying self catering, you could also arrange for a delivery from them also for when you arrive.

Eating out 

After a long day of sunbathing and cocktail drinking we were up for going out to several restaurants in the evening. I used to be very nervous eating out in different countries but as long as you do your research and make contact in advance with the restaurants there should never be a problem (unless all they serve is just gluten!). There are four restaurants i would recommend in Barbados that dealt with my request for a gluten free meal very well, and i must add the people in Barbados are SO friendly. Here are the four restaurants…

Cobblers Cove

Gluten Free Barbados

Cobblers Cove offers a wonderful night out, not only is the food very good but the atmosphere is very relaxing and just what you want after a day in the sun. We went on a christmas steel pan music night and it was actually very good, despite my reservations about Hotel entertainment. The waiters dealt with my gluten free requests very well  (we went here for lunch one day too). I ordered Proscuttio Ham, Green Apple and Blue Cheese salad to start, and the Fresh Daily Seafood Catch for a main. I was told i could also have all of the mains featured on the menu with the exception of the parmasen tuille on the risotto..something that i wouldn’t cry over. Fantastic.

The Fishpot

The Fishpot, Barbados, gluten free

The Fishpot is a really great, lively and romantic place to go for a meal out. Every time we went their we had a good laugh with the waiters and the location , right on the beach, is stunning. If you love seafood, like myself then this will be your favourite place to eat in Barbados, although a few of us ordered the Chicken main and there was several nodding heads around the table as they ate. I think it’s a good restaurant that aims to please alot of people. I had the fish of the day again, out of my own choice (i love fish!). The only thing on the menu that i couldn’t have were the tempura prawns, the chips, the gratin and the pasta dishes. Recommended.

Daphne’s

Daphne's, Gluten Free, Barbados, menu

I was impressed with Daphne’s, merely for the fact that they had a completely separate gluten free dinner menu. Well this was easy! Top marks here for being able to offer gluten free pasta and an array of desserts. The downside however was that my order was slightly mixed up, and the wait for the food was very very long. So long that other tables around us had started to leave after a two hour wait. By the time my main had arrived (which was cooked perfectly) i just had to eat! Unfortunately this service did not make us want to go back and try again but if you’re staying in the area and are looking for a long lunch definitely try it as the beach will keep you occupied while you wait.

Daphne's ,Gluten Free, Barbados

Yacht Club 

sunburnt wutheringI don’t have a picture of the Yacht club menu or restaurant so here is a picture of me with rather patchy sunburn. Awesome.

We went to Yacht Club several times on our trip as it was on site on the self catering complex we were staying at – Port St Charles. Beautiful place and great accommodation. The Christmas day buffet was fab as i could practically have most things, the meats, roast red honey potatoes, rice and peas, plantain, fish curry and it was all cooked very well. We also went here on a Caribbean night which was very good fun and had a selection of tasty traditional Caribbean food, the roasted citrus chicken was very yummy and almost distracted me from the rather awful Tina Turner impersonator on stage…i told you i was not one for hotel entertainment! ;)

Conclusion

Wuthering bites, gluten free, Barbados

Overall a really great place to go on on a gluten free holiday. ESPECIALLY if you love your seafood. If you don’t, there will still be options but really make sure you phone the establishments in advance and make them put a mark on your booking and ensure they notify the chef also on arrival.

If you go to Barbados or have been already, please comment below on your experience and where you’ve been that’s suitable for a gluten free meal!

:)

Still need your help! Vote for Wuthering Bites in the Shortlist for Food Magazine Reader Awards 2014

Hello to my wonderful readers,
Thank you so much to everyone who voted for me to be nominated as Best Food Blogger for the Food Mag Reader awards 2014!

I still need your help to get #WutheringToWin! All you have to do this time is simply click Wuthering Bites in the Best Food Blogger category and submit your entry- no filling out forms like last time!

If you’ve enjoyed my recipes, my Gluten Free Bristol List, blog posts, gluten free reviews and various attempts at written humour then I would love it if you could vote again for my blog in the Food Mag 2014 Food Reader awards in the Best Food Blogger category and most of all, use this as another opportunity to gain more Gluten Free Awareness in the U.K if i go on to win. 

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Click here to Vote Now!

Once again i would really appreciate it from the bottom of my gluten free heart. <3

Thank you so much for the constant support you lovely people!
Lots of food love as always,

Sarah x

Ash x

Miko x

Wuthering Bites Gluten Free Christmas Guide 2013

WB’s Gluten Free Christmas Guide 2013

If you are a Coeliac or on a Gluten Free diet there is nothing more stressful that planning a Gluten Free Christmas- as if christmas was stressful enough. It may not be for some people, who are all clued up in whats gluten free or not, but if you are starting out it can be quite a cafuffle; the same can also be said for anyone who is having a coeliac or gluten free guest over for Christmas this year. There is nothing worse than heading to the supermarket the weeks prior to the christmas break and being surrounded by other crazed shoppers while you are endlessly hunting the aisles or indeed- the backs of the products to search for the allergen box. Wouldn’t it just be good to have it all planned? WELL how about an ickle gluten free round up? Here are a few things i would recommend getting this year… I hope you’ve got your shopping list at the ready…

Gluten Free Christmas Cake and Pudding

I’m not a massive fan of christmas cake or pudding (dare i say!) but some of the free from products have truly shined this year.

The Sainburys Free From Iced Rich Fruit Slices are the perfect solution if, like me, you find christmas cake all a bit too much!

Hale and Hearty, gluten free, christmas, pudding

If you were organised you would have already ‘stirred up’ your homemade christmas pudding but if you’re keen to buy a separate gluten free christmas pudding for the party i would highly recommend the Hale & Hearty Gluten Free Christmas Pudding. Full of flavour but not too rich and boozy which some store bought puddings can be like. This is the perfect pud to add on that brandy for a flaming finish.

Gluten Free Mince Pies 

udi's, gluten free, mince, pies

The Udi’s Gluten Free Mince Pies (Avaliable currently in Tesco’s) have an excellent rich taste in the centre, if you like your mince pie crust to be quite soft and sugary then these are perfect. I tried these with custard and i was in heaven. However if i was to have mince pies with ice cream/ cream or on their own, i would want something with a firmer crust and i feel that the …

Marks and Spencer’s Gluten Free Mince Pies work for me, just like last year but with a revamped -even more buttery pastry crust. They tick all the boxes for me..

Gluten Free Nibbles / Starters

The Udi’s Ancient Grain Crisps, as mentioned in my previous review of their products are an excellent alternative to typical snacking crisps, the jalapeno cheddar flavour would be great with a sour cream dip and should be adored even by gluten eaters!

Here’s also a handy list from M&S on all those helpful nibbly party food sausages, trimmings, roasting joints which are gluten free this year.

Gluten Free Advent Calendars / Chocolate / Biscuits

Sainsburys have all sorts of great free from christmas treats this year including a very cute Free From Advent Calendar out this year, it’s nut free, dairy free and gluten free and it looks absolutely cracking. Not sure on the verdict of the chocolate yet..you’ll have to wait until December 1st!

The Sainsbury’s Panettone loaf cake is an amazing idea! I actually got all fuzzy inside when i saw this. It’s great cut into slices, popped in the oven for 30 seconds and served with lots of brandy cream. Delicious.

Other Free From sugary treats from Sainsbury’s this year include Mini Chocolate Yule Logs, Choc Discs, Santa Chocolate Bars which are fantastic for popping into any stocking!

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If you’re like me and can’t resist an After Dinner Mint Choccy, i’m rather addicted to the Marks and Spencer Mint Chocolate Twigs. I also don’t think you can go wrong with the Hotel Chocolat Alternative Mince Pies for an extra indulgent treat.

Gluten Free Hampers / Christmas Gift Ideas

The Really Truly Gluten Free Hampers are great affordable hampers to treat anyone with, whether they have a gluten intolerance or not! I particularly love the ‘Italian Night In’ Hamper. Perfect for something a bit different to marzipan and the like!

Keeping it Local- The Arch House Deli Gluten Free Hamper looks simply divine this year and i may have to buy one just for myself. Particularly loving the featured Kent and Fraser savoury biscuits to go with cheese- something which would be amazing if you were preparing a dinner party cheese course for a gluten free guest/coeliac. A gluten free cracker or biscuit for a slice of cheese is highly appreciated.

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Marks and Spencer’s have a Classic Clarent with Gluten Free Festive Treats Hamper. These also feature the mince pie and biscuits again. Would make a great gift or a good way to quickly stock up on some gluten free essentials if ordering other M&S food online; only available for delivery between 16th to 23rd December 2013.

Gluten Free Christmas Dinner

gluten free, beef gravy

The Sainsbury’s Free From Beef Gravy is the perfect meaty gravy that you need to accompany any special roast dinner so if you aren’t a master of making the gravy from scratch and adding the Doves Farm Gluten Free Plain Flour to thicken, then i would recommend getting a pack of this and popping it in the microwave. That flour is essential for anyone who’s cooking for someone who is gluten intolerant or Coeliac, you can pretty much opt in this flour every time you would normally use regular flour in general cooking.

If you prefer packet stuffing for convenience then i would grab a pack of the Mrs Crimbles Sage and Onion Stuffing, a relative of mine bought a packet of this one year and didn’t notice a major difference to the Paxo boxes you get; which is always good to know as having to make and buy separate gluten free additions isn’t going to help anyones budget or time this Christmas.

You could always make your own Gluten Free stuffingmy recipe i created last year is easy, simple and tastes way better than packet bought!

gluten free, yorkshire pudding

For the most epic Yorkshire pudding i would recommend making your own ones (the prepacked DS Gluten free ones just don’t have that yumminess in my opinion). Try using this great recipe by Adriana from Gluten Free 4 Kids- never fails for me!

Kallo Stock Cubes are all gluten free (double check on the stock pots) which is worthy to note when doing your christmas shop.

I hope this blog has been some help for sorting your Gluten Free Christmas or options this year! Look out for posts in the next couple of weeks for more gluten free christmas food inpiration!

WB X

Udi’s Gluten Free Review

Udi’s Gluten Free products come to the U.K!

I’d been looking at American instagram-er’s for a long time, watching them post pictures of the fabulous range that Udi’s had to offer to the gluten free market and i am so pleased that they finally have come over to the U.K. The bagels were the most anticipated from the u.k i think, to have a gluten free cinnamon and raisin bagel again is like, for me, rediscovering Kate Bush’s Hounds Of Love album; amazing. I digress..

I was kindly given a bundle of goodies through the post from Udi’s to review with a mixture of some very tasty products. I received Toaster Pastries (Otherwise known as fancy Pop Tarts without the sickly icing) in both Apple and Cinnamon and Strawberry flavours, Cinnamon and Raisin Bagels, Ancient Grains Crispies in Jalapeno Cheddar flavour, Chocolate Chip and Toffee Muffins and a box of mince pies.  I have to say i enjoyed every single part of this gluten free bundle but i will go into a bit more detail on some of the stand out products for me and also some opinions from my gluten eating friends.

Udi's, Apple and Cinnamon, Gluten Free, Toaster Pastries

Udi’s Gluten Free Apple and Cinnamon Toaster Pastries.

What a nice change to have for a gluten free snack. I found these excellent to have at work when i got the brunch nibbles. I liked them mostly because they are not too sickly and have just the right amount of jam-to-pastry ratio. I probably wouldn’t buy them all the time, there is an awful lot of ingredients in them- and i don’t like to eat alot of things i don’t know the name of every single day; but these are great to take on holidays and for breakfast cravings.  My gluten eating colleague said: “MMM i like them because they are nice and cinnamony!”

Verdict- 3 out of 5 

Udi's, Gluten Free, Ancient Grain, Crisps

Udi’s Gluten Free Ancient Grain Crisps in Jalapeno Cheddar Flavour

These were SO moreish. My gluten eating husband and i were munching away on these on a Saturday night whilst we were waiting for our roast to cook and we seriously couldn’t stop. Who needs Pringles or chilli Doritos? These are on par and excellent nibble food for guests- though i doubt sharing these would be an option for some. I love most the texture of these baked crisps, they have bits of pepper, dried beans in the actual crisps and make them nice and crunchy too. My gluten eating husband said: ” These are so yummy i don’t want dinner now. These would be great on soup.”

Verdict:- 4 out of 5

Udi's, Chocolate Chip, Toffee, Muffins

Udi’s Gluten Free Chocolate Chip and Toffee Muffins

One of the best muffins on the gluten free market i think. These are delicious. I had both (naughtily) for breakfast one morning. Someone mentioned on twitter how these would also be great heated up with custard on. Now i’m on the mission to make this be a reality very very very soon. YUM.

Verdict:- 5 out of 5

Udi's, Gluten Free, Cinnamon and Raisin, Bagels

The Cinnamon and Raisin bagels i reviewed on my Facebook page and it was interesting to see the comments from others who have tried them also. The mince pies i shall be reviewing in a post called WB’s guide to a Perfect Gluten Free Christmas. So make sure you are subscribing to the blog to ensure you don’t miss out on the verdict!

To find out more about the Udi range and stockists have a look on over at their website. If you have any questions feel free to fire them at their twitter as they are very helpful.

These products were given to me to review complimentary but this did not effect this review in anyway. 

Gluten Free Spicy Chilli Flatbread / Pizza Base

Gluten Free, Scotch Pancakes

Gluten Free Pancake Birthday

‘Twas my Birthday week last week and i found myself mostly making gluten free pancakes (like above), eating way too many sugary things and drinking champagne cocktails at Haus Bar in Bristol, until i couldn’t remember how many i had. It was a fantastic week and my husband Rob put the icing on the cake by taking me to see Cats at the Hippodrome and going to the Lido to have Tapas- also very gluten free aware which is good to know.

Aside feeling absolutely huge after my week of indulgence, i’ve also been left a bit skint through no fault of mine own. I now understand how deadly £8 cocktails can be in every sense. So have been cooking alot of frugal meals as i wait for pay day. I came over this recipe for flatbreads on the good food website and after making it once i thought it needed a bit of tweaking as i felt they did come out quite dense, a bit bland and turned quite dry quickly. I was surprised at how cheap these were to make so thought it was worthy of a blog post.

Gluten Free ,Flatbread, Naan, with CurryThere are many gluten free ready made pitta breads/naan’s at the supermarket that i truly can’t justify paying £2.50 for 4 of and some which i find a bit disappointing if i am honest. So here we are.. adjust the spicy levels as you feel necessary and of course you could omit them completely and add Rosemary and a bit of Olive oil if you’re feeling in more of a charcuterie mood instead!

Apologies also for the dim nighttime photos, am adjusting into freelance full time work for a few months!

Gluten Free, chilli, flatbread, pizza base, affordable

Gluten Free Spicy Chilli Flatbread or Pizza Base

(Makes 4 large or 8 small Flat Breads, depending on how big you roll them. Adapted from Good Food Recipe here)

I’m also keen to try this out as a pizza base as i feel it could work fantastically. Simple cook them the same way on one side, pop your toppings on and put into a 180 degree oven for 10-15 mins. If doing just cheese and garlic, pop it under the grill!

400g Gluten Free Plain Flour (I used Doves Farm)

1/2 Teaspoon of Xanthan gum

3 and a half Teaspoons of Gluten Free Baking Powder

1 Teaspoon of Cayenne Pepper

1 and a half Teaspoons of Ground Cumin

1 Teaspoon of Dried Chilli Flakes

Salt and Pepper

300ml Full fat plain Yoghurt

100ml Tepid Water

Pop the flour, Xanthan Gum, Baking Powder, Cayenne Pepper, Ground Cumin, Chilli Flakes and Salt and Pepper into a bowl and whisk around until well distributed.

Add 300ml of Plain yoghurt to 100ml of Tepid water and stir. Pour this bit by bit into the flour spice mixture. Use a cold spoon to mix together until you reach a good consistency; the mixture should not stick to your fingers but should feel almost dumpling-like but springy to the touch.

Heat a Frying pan to a high heat – no oil or butter is needed. Roll out your first flatbread – i find the thinner you can get them the crispier they will be, it’s purely down to preference. Dust each side of the flatbread with gluten free flour before transferring to the pan. Cook until bubbles form and parts are looking brown underneath. Flip and cook onto the other side. Transfer to a hot plate whilst you cook more.

If you have any dough leftover this will keep well in the fridge for 2 days in clingfilm. Take out of the clingfilm and bring it to room temperature before cooking again otherwise it will be very sticky to handle.

Voila! x WB x

Darling Spuds Gluten Free Crisps Review

Snack Attack! Gluten Free Crisps

Darling Spuds, Gluten Free, Crisps

Most of you will know that when i want a Gluten Free snack, i usually opt for something sweet. Cake. My weakness. However since starting my new full time hours at work i’ve noticed that i tend to get extremely hungry- i think working from home gives me more access to eating more than just a Gluten Free Cheese and Ham sandwich for lunch so now something like crisps at work seems mandatory.

There are lots of Gluten Free crisps on the market, most being fancyshmancy ones, and lets not kid around they do taste the best. These Darling Spuds Crisps are no exception!

Lovingly Made

“Not only are our chips handcooked but also gluten free, vegetarian friendly,
completely free of any unsavoury GMO’s and 20% lower in fat than standard crisps” -Darling Spuds

Darling Spuds, Gluten Free, Crisps

The stand out crisp flavours here for me were the West Country Cheddar, Leek and Pink Peppercorns. These were amazing on there own and also, quite childishly smushed into a cheese sandwich, like i used to do at school with Walkers Cheese and Onion. The Sun Ripened tomato with Green Olive and Oregano were also spot on flavour wise, i would imagine these would also be a nice snack for guests at a dinner party- ooh la la! I had to give my husband the Sea Salt and Italian Balsamic Vinegar ones, as i really dislike Balsamic. He loves it, so it all worked out well. I really love how these crisps are Naturally Flavoured- that’s very important to me as a buyer and i think you can really taste the different in the quality of the ingredients used here.

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My only criticism would be that the bags are truly not big enough. But that’s just me being greedy. I think big share bags would be a good idea as i could happily munch on the cheddar and leek ones all day long at the weekends!

For more information on Darling Spuds and where to get them from visit their website and follow them on Twitter!

If you’d like a chance to win yourself 12 Bags of Darling Spuds, visit the Wuthering Bites Facebook page at the end of October for details of a competition! 

These crisps were send to me free of charge to review but did no way impact my thoughts of the product.