A story about my blog…

Right now, I’m on a beautiful beach enjoying my 4th year wedding anniversary with my lovely husband. I’m ever so thankful for this.
I’m not normally a strictly beach holiday kinda person- I like to be able to do things, mostly to take my mind off of work and life problems. That’s kind of what my blog Wuthering Bites was about too – I would use this escape as a way to make myself work. In a kind of screwed up way I found myself coming back from holiday with a huge list of recipes, restaurants I’d visited and things to write about, which I used to love. Since January I hadn’t felt that spark as I had previously with my blog, no creativity and most of all I have had no energy to make beautiful food photos or write up my life month by month. It’s not because I’m finished with my blog but I’m not having fun anymore. I found myself with only opportunities to review products, and although I’m grateful for these, this has kind of disrupted my activity and willingness to post​.
I love social media, this is why it is my job as well, so I still regularly keep updates here and will continue to do so. The plan? To create a better blog space for my audience and me. Sometimes all you need is a good old revamp. My blog is changing and for the better, definitely gluten free of course- always but maybe more of the things I love and would love to write about as well as giving good ole advice. Like stories of my ever increasing love for creating themed music playlists on Spotify, how my cat loves to sit in pizza boxes or how Masterchef Australia is the best Masterchef series of them all. 
See ya in a few months… :)


My Top Favourite Gluten Free Things Of 2015

Whilst i sit in bed, suffering the tail end of what is possibly the worst case of the flu & bronchitus that i hope never to experience again in my lifetime, i thought i may as well write a short blog to see in the new year with you; it’s just me and the antibiotics this year! You may, or may not have noticed things have been a bit quiet here in Wuthering Bites world, i’m really not making any excuses but these past few months have really been tough and when things get tough- you just got to do what’s best for you at the time; i needed the hiatus.

Here’s a short round up of what i loved, gluten free wise this year:

Gluten Free on the Great British Bake Off

gluten free, pitta bread

I think we were all anticipating the health fad approach that this episode may have spurred but the Free From episode was a delight to watch really. The media are still confused and in a pickle about how to approach this whole area but i think 2016 could be the year?! Just remember folks that agave nectar and all that other syrup crap – still doesn’t make it sugar free…

Here’s a link to Paul Hollywood’s Gluten Free Pitta Bread recipe from the episode.

A Gluten Free TV advert by Tesco

It’s all such an emergency! Gluten free people are coming! Hurry up and get to Tesco. I still find delight, despite the odd set up of the story, that this had hit telly boxes nationwide and online. I have to say that Tesco’s have really stepped up their free from convenience products game this year and alongside the advert it must have certainly helped those gluten free family ’emergencies’.

The Rise of Gluten Free Beer

gluten free beer, gluten free blog uk,

Everyone knows my tipple is a straight up Gin and Tonic but i have delighted in the fact that many of the standard supermarkets stock 2 or 3 gluten free beers now. A great feeling for beer loving coeliacs who have such a wonderful choice now. One of my favourites has been Marks & Spencers Gluten Free Belguim Premium Pilsner.

Gluten Free on Jamie Oliver’s Website

gluten free, jamie oliver

Love or hate him, his website is an incredible go-to source for naturally gluten free recipes as well as more elaborate baking ones. It’s clear and easy to navigate through, the photos make me want to cook the dish instantly and there are some really helpful videos here. This nutrition guidance page is a neat way to start too…

Chain Restaurants

chain restaurants, gluten free

Don’t get me wrong, i love my independent restaurants over on Gluten Free Bristol and will always support them wholeheartedly but i do feel this year i have swayed for going to chain restaurants slightly more this year at lunchtimes due to the accessibility of clearly laid out gluten free menus, knowledgeable staff and with my IBS and anxiety when eating out these really have made my eating out experiences enjoyable. Here are my top 3:

Pizza Express – Menu is the same for all – easy labelling and knowledgeable staff. Coeliac UK accredited.

Carluccio’s – Separate gluten free menu for all day. The only place in a shopping centre i can guarantee a gluten free menu for breakfast/brunch. Coeliac UK accredited.

Ed’s Easy Diner – My first gluten free hot dog was had here this year. An American diner with a gluten free menu is a wonderful thing… And the milkshakes aren’t bad either ;)

What are your personal favourite gluten free things/moments/highlights of 2015, was there a particularly amazing meal you had? Let me know over at @wbites!

Gluten free Spiced Cider Apple Treacle Tart


I love Autumn and i sure am not the only foodie blogger who relishes in comforting pantry ingredients this time of year, in fact i know some that actually prefer the cold to the warm!

Black Treacle, gluten free, tart

Even though i feel a sense of abruptness this year in terms of the garden (i thought i’d get another batch of September strawberries or more courgettes) – perhaps i’ve just not had much luck, there is much to love about a break from the outside to focus on the inside.

Gluten Free, Pastry, Tart

So when Waitrose approached me to participate in their #AutumnWarmers campaign i thought it would be the perfect start to the season on the blog. I was asked to create a recipe that represents my region (the west country), so after thinking up rather elaborate connections i settled for something traditional with a twist. We all know Bristol and as the west country is fuelled on cider & apples so i thought, i’ll just pop it all in a tart!

Gluten Free, Spiced, Cider, Apple, Treacle Tart

As you know my favourite type of cooking is making use of what you have in the cupboard, so i pulled out some Black Treacle that my dad gave me last Christmas, luckily it was still in date. Did you know that Black Treacle is prone to exploding if you open it past it’s sell by date? I don’t want to imagine the mess…

Gluten Free, Spiced, Cider, Apple, Treacle Tart

Gluten free of course, and delicious. This tart is perfect with a rich custard or heated up with a huge dollop of clotted cream- keeping it west country of course!

Gluten Free, Spiced, Cider, Apple, Treacle Tart

Gluten free Spiced Cider Apple Treacle Tart

150ml cider (I used Chaplin & Corks Somerset Reserve)
1/2 a Cinnamon stick
8 cloves
3 medium apples. 21/2 grated finely. 1/2 sliced for decoration at the end.
420g golden syrup
3 tablespoons black treacle
Teaspoon of cinammon
Teaspoon of mixed spice
Grated nutmeg
225g fine gluten free white/ brown breadcrumbs ( I used Genius bread)
2 medium eggs
Drop of cream


I used The Pastry Room mix, but Genius Shortcrust would work well or my pasteasy recipe works well too.

Make your gluten free shortcrust pastry, roll out to 3mm and grease a 9 inch tart tin with butter before lining with the pastry. Use a fork to put some holes in the pastry and place in the fridge for 10 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 180 degrees C (Fan)

Meanwhile make your cider apples and filling.

In a saucepan slowly heat up the cider, cinnamon stick and cloves together and add in the grated apple until it reduces slightly. Take off the heat and let it sit until cool, separate the apples from the syrup as much as you can and put into a bowl. Keep the cider syrup aside for later.

Blind bake your pastry by placing parchment paper over and filling with any kind of dried pulse for some weight. Put in the oven for 10 minutes then remove the paper and pulses and put back in the oven for a further 5 mins until just firm. Remove from the oven ready to add your filling…

Warm up the syrup and treacle in a pan just so it softens and then take off the heat. Add in the ground spices, breadcrumbs and grated apples and give it a good stir. In a separate bowl whisk up the eggs just to break them up and then add this to the mixture.

Pour the filling into the the blind baked pastry case and lay a few slices of apple around the centre for decoration. Grab the cider syrup from earlier and give the entire top a glaze over with a brush.

Pop in the oven for 25-30 mins until the filling is set and the pastry is golden.

Gluten Free, Spiced, Cider, Apple, Treacle Tart

Want to see more #AutumnWarmers recipes? Head on over here!

Gluten Free Disney: Disney’s Yacht Club Resort

Disney's Yacht Club, Gluten freeI love Disney. My husband and i are 26, without kids and after our trip to Orlando last year to Universal and Disney we both fell in love with this particular ‘theme park’ holiday. We’re both kids at heart and love good rides, entertainment and appreciate the level of enthusiasm cast members have to make your visit special. I personally love Disney because i can pretty much eat anywhere and not have to worry about whether something is gluten free or not. Now that i’ve done my research i can now happily whizz around the parks and resorts enjoying myself without suffering from a ‘glutening’ (then missing a day of holiday due to pain) and just, relax and have fun. I rarely relax, i’m a stress/worry pot so although some people may see a Disney holiday as a stressful one, i feel quite the opposite.

Disney's Yacht Club, Gluten free

If you’re against beating the queues, following touring plans and guides when you’re at Disney, then i suggest you find a great resort to set up camp! Our resort- Disney’s Yacht Club (connected also to Beach Club) offers arguably the best pool on Disney property- Stormalong Bay – featuring a lengthy waterslide, lazy river, activities and a wonderful and unusual sand floor to make you feel like you’re in the sea! There’s a running trail, adult pool, arcade, tennis courts, boat hire and it’s a five minute walk to Epcot…  i could go on for days. Despite the abundance of amenities we didn’t feel it was too crowded and if you’re looking for a more adult, quiet base, then this or the recently renovated Polynesian resort were our favourites for this.

Disney's Yacht Club, Gluten free

But let’s get on to the gluten free disney food!

Room Service

It’s tradition for us on a long haul holiday to order room service on our arrival, we’re normally knackered by the time we get there! We picked up the phone and simply requested to hear the gluten free options, i ordered a Cheeseburger and Fries with an ice cream sundae – the staff were so helpful on the phone and on arrival of the food it was noted to us what items were gluten free.

Very Good.

Yachtsman Steakhouse

Gluten Free, Yachtsman Steakhouse

We booked a last minute table here and i was worried that the gluten free note (you can make a dietary note on any reservation on the My Disney Experience App), hadn’t been transferred to the wait staff. I needn’t have worried.

Gluten Free, Yachtsman SteakhouseThe allergy menu was clear and the waiter offered to bring the chef out to discuss my needs in more detail. The service was a bit slow due to a fully booked restaurant but the food did justify the wait. Perfectly cooked Steak, one of the best meals we had but at an expense…

Excellent (Although costly!)

See the allergy menu here.

Captains Grille

Captains Grille was our breakfast destination. Most days we visited the parks bright and early and i brought along some gluten free biscuits to have with coffee. On the days with the worst jet lag though, we woke up early and headed here. Captains Grille offers a quick buffet option as well as a la carte, and the chef is happy to take you around the buffet to show you which things are gluten free.

Gluten Free Disney, Captain's Grille

I decided on this occasion to opt out of the tour, as in a sleepy state i was worried i’d forget which items were gluten free! So whilst my husband opted for the buffet, i ordered gluten free blueberry pancakes. Other options are gluten free waffles, omelettes, gluten free toast – pretty much anything can be made on request. Although my order did take a while to arrive and the pancakes were quite hard and stodgy, i was thankful to have that option.

If you’re in a rush to the parks i would suggest bringing something with you for a quick breakfast. I recommend a small snack with coffee in the parks then going to an early lunch to beat the crowds, it worked every time!

Good (for a lazy morning)

See the allergy menu here.

Hurricane Hanna’s

Hurricane Hanna’s is the Stormalong Bay pool bar, this is shared with the partner resort Beach Club and it offers a very good gluten free lunch offering.

Gluten Free, Disney, Hurricane Hanna's

The Allergy Chicken Tenders can be found all over the Disney parks but it was great to see them on offer here too; i’ve only had chicken nuggets 6 times in my gluten free life and only at Disney! They are plentiful, tasty and affordable -one meal fed us both. Other gluten free offerings include cheeseburgers, salads, chicken sandwiches and cocktails of course!

Excellent (Gluten Free Quick Service heaven!)

Beaches and Cream

The best ice cream sundae i’ve ever had was at Beaches and Cream. This colourful restaurant/diner is technically at Disney’s Beach Club resort but as it was a 5 min walk (It’s located at the Stormalong bay pool) i felt compelled to place it in this gluten free round up as a positive for staying at the Yacht Club.

Stormalong bay, gluten free disney

The waitress was helpful and immediately noticed the dietary note attached to the reservation, she kindly asked how severe my intolerance was and guided me through the menu. I could have most things easily replaced with gluten free bun or bread. I really wish all restaurants would pick up on this in the UK.

Gluten free, Disney, Beaches and Cream

Rob and i ordered the Chicken Sandwich: Grilled Herb Chicken Breast topped with Brie Cheese, Cucumber, and Frisée tossed with Raspberry Vinaigrette with fries to share as we had our eyes set on dessert, it really was tasty.

Gluten Free, Disney, Chicken Sandwich, Beaches and Cream

When ordering a sundae here it’s best to speak to a staff member on what they could make you off-menu, some of the statement sundaes like No Way Jose (Peanut Butter sauce, Hot Fudge, Chocolate and Vanilla Ice Cream, Peanut Butter and Chocolate Morsels, Whipped Cream, and a Cherry) are not on the gluten free menu but they can be adapted to be made gluten free.

Gluten free, Sundae, Beaches and Cream

Excellent (Ambience, entertainment and ice cream madness!)

View the Beaches and Cream allergy menu here

A special mention here goes to Sarah at the Gluten free and Dairy Free WDW blog, her links were invaluable to be before this holiday- check it out!

I’ll be writing up more for my gluten free disney series soon so please subscribe to the blog or follow on Twitter to stay tuned.

Gluten Free Blackberry and Ginger Scones : The Pastry Room Review

Gluten free The Pastry Room scone mix

Scones are most certainly one of my favourite treats and let’s just bypass the fact I’ve rediscovered peanut butter M&Ms in America recently (which are on a completely other naughty sugar level). There really is nothing better than a warm scone from the oven. Sometimes you forget how baking simple treats can be.
I’ve made gluten free scones in the past and I’ve created a nice recipe that I use from time-to-time but I wouldn’t say it’s a traditional one; so when The Pastry Room asked if I’d like to try their version I was happy to oblige and get tasting…

The Pastry room scone mix, gluten free, dairy free, egg free

The Pastry Room sent me a big freezer bag of their scone mix- quite a genius and convenient idea really to be able to buy in bulk a pre-made mix to whip out whenever you get a phone call that you’re family are popping over later! I could imagine these bags would work rather well in Hotels, tea rooms all around the UK who just want a reliable, easy gluten free mix in order to cater to coeliacs and those who are intolerant.

The Pastry room scone mix, gluten free, dairy free, egg free

I had the last of my blackberries lurking in the garden, so instead of the inevitable blackberry crumble i decided to try them out in the scone mix with a bit of ginger for some spice.

The Pastry room scone mix, gluten free, dairy free, egg free

The instructions were extremely simple and it is worthwhile to note that these can be made dairy free and egg free also- which is great for when my IBS is causing issues. The scones took me around 40 mins, start to finish to make if you discount my 20 mins waiting for them to cool down – i burnt my tongue as with all newly baked goods -woops;)!

A really great mix, i was unsure as i added fresh fruit that the wetness of the dough would cause problems but i needn’t have worried! Delicious.

The Pastry room scone mix, gluten free, dairy free, egg free

Gluten Free Blackberry and Ginger Scones

500g of The Pastry Room Scone Mix (straight from frozen)

2 medium eggs

70ml Milk

80g Blackberries chopped in half

1.5 tablespoons of Ground Ginger

Set the oven to 190 – fan assisted.

Put the scone mix into a stand mixer with 2 eggs and the milk and whiz slowly until combined.

Add in the blackberries and put on a very slow speed to combine.

Roll out the dough onto baking paper to about 2.5cm thick and use a cutter to cut out shapes you want your scones to be.

Place scones onto a lined baking tray. You may wish at this stage to coat your scones with egg yolk to produce a shine, i prefer mine rustic so i scattered over a bit of gluten free flour instead.

Pop in the oven for 15-20 minutes until they rise and are golden brown. If you tap the bottom they should sound hollow!

Leave to cool or eat and burn your tongue straight away. :)

Serve with clotted cream… of course.

The Pastry room scone mix, gluten free, dairy free, egg free

The Pastry Room has also kindly offered a discount code TPR/SARAH for Wuthering Bites readers to claim 25% off on their online store- head over to their website if you’re interested!

If you’d like a chance to win any 2 gluten free, dairy free, egg free pastry mixes from The Pastry Room- enter via my Twitter Page from Saturday 12th September – 25th September!

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…

gluten free, falafel, kale, salad

…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.

gluten free, falafel, kale, salad

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.

gluten free, falafel, kale, salad

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!

gluten free, falafel, kale, salad

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


The Dressing/ Dip

Squeeze of lemon juice

3 Heaped Tbps Sour Cream

1 tbp of Paprika

1 Chive chopped


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!

gluten free, falafel, kale, salad

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

Lemon Verbena, Peach & Lime Gin Cocktail with Rock Rose Gin

Hello everybody my name is Sarah and I’m a ‘Ginaholic’. Unlike an alcoholic however I’m more likely to stare and sniff at my pretty bottles of gin on the shelf than drink the stuff constantly. Gin is definitely my drink of choice. It took me a while with my IBS to figure out what spirit my body would be okay with, for years I would drink ciders, rums and have all kinds of problems. So I’m thankful for my body settling for lovely gin…
lemon verbena, lime, cocktail, gin, rock rose gin, recipe
Usually my go-to gin is Bristol based Psychopomp- gotta support the local!, but this week I was sent some lovely homemade Rose Rock Gin all the way from Scotland.

Rock Rose Gin gets its wonderful flavour from a carefully selected and put together creation of local and traditional botanicals, Juniper berries, locally harvested Rhodiola rosea off the cliffs, sea buckthorn and Rowan berries. All these combine to make a really fresh and zesty smooth gin- read more about the story behind their gin on the website here!

lemon verbena, lime, cocktail, gin, rock rose gin, recipe
Our garden is flourishing with Lemon Verbena at the moment – it’s one of the easiest things we grow in the garden. I hardly tend to it and it just pops up in spring- summer with its gorgeous perfume everytime I’m rushing past it. Miko tends to smell like it after he lays directly behind it in his sheltered cat spot in the garden all day. I much prefer that smell over tuna.
lemon verbena, lime, cocktail, gin, rock rose gin, recipe
Rock Rose Gin has wonderful berry notes and is great for a stand alone G+T but I wanted to get creative, I’m no cocktail expert but I love mixing things up, as you know.
lemon verbena, lime, cocktail, gin, rock rose gin, recipe
I wanted to make a mixer syrup that I could keep in the fridge to be used whenever I fancied (Friday nights, weekend BBQs, dinner parties) but I feel this Lemon Verbena, peach and lime gin cocktail ..would be truly amazing as a wedding reception drink.
lemon verbena, lime, cocktail, gin, rock rose gin, recipe

Lemon Verbena, Peach & Lime Gin Cocktail

I got my Agave peach nectar from M&S but i am sure this can be sourced in a variety of specialist delis and online. The peach is lovely in this, but the cocktail is also just as delicious without it. 


2 tbps of Lemon Verbena and Lime Simple Syrup (See recipe below)

50ml of White Peach Nectar

Double measure of Rose Rose Gin (50ml)

Tonic water or soda to top.

Sprig of Lemon Verbena to garnish and mix

Put ice into a glass of your choosing and pour over the gin, lemon verbena and lime simple syrup and white peach nectar. Give this an initial mix together before topping with tonic water or soda. Garnish and mix further with a long sprig of lemon verbena.

For the Lemon Verbena and Lime Simple Syrup:

200ml water

200g caster sugar

Juice of two limes (sieved)

Two long springs of Lemon Verbena

Put sugar in a small saucepan with the water and lime. Stir to dissolve over low heat on a simmer. Let it simmer for just a couple minutes. Stir in the lemon verbena and take off the heat. Let steep for fifteen minutes, then put the mixture through a sieve, into a jar or bowl and put aside to cool completely.

I’ll be hosting a giveaway for a chance to win one bottle of Rock Rose Gin on Wednesday 5th August – 14th August on my Twitter page just RT the competition Tweet and follow @wbites for a chance to win!

Got any gin cocktail recipes to share? Post them in the comments below, i’d love to see them!


Gluten Free Naturally Free Shop Review

A few weeks back, Naturally Free kindly approached me and asked if i’d like to try out their new online gluten free shop. As i do normally like seeing the items physically in a supermarket i thought i would give it a try as i’d seen a few items i find really hard to get in my normal shop and there were a few that i’d never actually heard of before!

naturally free, gluten free, shop, online, free from,

Naturally Free state that they ‘are committed to supplying your free-from needs. We understand how important it is for our customers to receive the utmost care and dedication when it comes to shopping for their personal lifestyle choices and allergies.’ Providing for multiple allergies and food lifestyles, with an easy search is key.

Naturally Free, online shop, free from, gluten free, food, order

The website is very easy to use – after you’ve set up your account, you can look through by allergy or/and by brand or category. I thought i would get a mixture of pantry staples and treats to see if they could cater to my regular every day shop.


I was thankful to find the wonderful Bionita gluten free gnocchi, some organic Suma chopped tomatoes and the Doves Farm gluten free baking powder will come in handy for keen bakers!

Naturally Free, online shop, free from, gluten free, food, order

Of course i had to get a few treats, these sauces in particular have been so great for last minute meals and have mostly cured any last minute thoughts to order a takeaway. Supporting these independent businesses is also another reason why i feel ordering via a website like this is great- some of these companies can’t get into major supermarkets.


Naturally free are a new business to the gluten free online shop scene and with some of these kinds of shops it’s hard to fit in where they could become part of your routine, without fresh meat and veg on offer as well to do a complete shop however, i was very impressed with the tracking of the order and speed of delivery and customer service (one of my items was wrong but was quickly changed on request) that i feel if a company like this can deliver a quick turn around it’s worth it for those extra free from bits you may not find at your local.

Fancy shopping yourself on Naturally Free? Why not enter my competition on Facebook for a chance to win a £40 shopping spree- ends 30th June! 

What do you think of these kinds of Free From Online Shops? Would you use them every week – month? Let me know on Twitter @wbites #NaturallyFree or in the comments below!

Gluten Free Roasted Halloumi and Tomato Salad with Pesto Vinaigrette

Summer arrived… briefly!

Gluten Free, Halloumi, Tomato, Salad, Pesto Vinaigrette

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?

Basil, Pistachio, Vinaigrette, Gluten Free

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?

roasted, halloumi, oven, rapeseed oil

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.

Sainsbury's, Rapeseed Oil, Cider Vinegar

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.

Gluten Free, Halloumi, Tomato, Salad, Pesto Vinaigrette

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!

Gluten Free, Halloumi, Tomato, Salad, Pesto Vinaigrette

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.

Strawberries, apple, galette

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.

Gluten Free, Strawberry, Apple,Vanilla Bean, Galette

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.

Gluten Free, Strawberry, Apple,Vanilla Bean, Galette

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!

Gluten Free, Strawberry, Apple,Vanilla Bean, Galette

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.

Gluten Free, Strawberry, Apple,Vanilla Bean, Galette

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