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!

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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!

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.

 

The Pig Hotel – near Bath. Gluten Free Restaurant Review

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Lemon verbena, Marmalade ice cream. Citrus Sorbet

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

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

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

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

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

 

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.

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

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Gluten Free Goats Cheese and Chunky Almond Pesto Stuffed Chicken

 Serves 2.

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

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

8 Large Basil Leaves

2-3 Large Garlic Cloves

20ml Rapeseed or Olive Oil

30g of Roughly Chopped Almonds

Salt and Pepper

4 Chicken Thighs

50g Goats Cheese cut into 4 pieces

4 Slices of Parma Ham or Proscuitto (Optional)

Preheat oven to 200 degrees C.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Serving Suggestions/Meal alternatives:

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

Use the pesto with chicken thighs for a midweek meal…

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

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

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

Crate of Nothing Gluten Free Review

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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