Ilumi’s Noodle Snack Pots Review

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When I was down at the Allergy & FreeFrom Show in London in July I was chatting to the guys at Ilumi World and they were super excited to show me their new noodle snack pots which would be launching in October. Being someone who lives a busy life any gluten and dairy free product that is quick and easy sparks my interest.

Well here we are in October and I was delighted when the Ilumi team got in touch to ask me if I would like to try the new noodle snacks pots, of course I jumped at the chance. So in the name of gluten and dairy free research I thought I would share my findings with you guys.

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The noodle snack pot comes in four flavours (of which 3 are vegetarian) and are free from gluten, dairy and eggs – I’ve included the ingredients for each one below so you can have a look:

Singapore Rice Noodle Snack Pot:

Rice Noodles 70% [Rice Flour, Tapioca Starch], Maltodextrin, Dried Vegetables (5%) (Carrot, Spring Onion, Red Onion, Peas), Flavourings (contain Celery), Potato Starch, Sugar, Curry Powder (1.4%) [Coriander, Turmeric, Salt, Pimento, Ginger, Fenugreek, Garlic Powder, Pepper, Cumin, Red Pepper, Bay], Onion Powder, Garlic Powder, Salt, Chinese Five Spice [Salt, Star Anise, Onion Powder, Sugar, Cinnamon, Black Pepper, Ginger, Fennel, Clove, Garlic Powder], Chilli Powder, Dried Coriander, Mushroom Powder, Colour (Curcumin)

Sweet Chilli Rice Noodle Pot:

Rice Noodles 66% [Rice Flour, Tapioca Starch], Sugar, Flavourings (contain Celery), Potato Starch, Maltodextrin, Cornflour, Garlic Powder, Dried Red Pepper (1.3%), Dried Spring Onion (1.3%), Salt, Onion Powder, Ground Ginger, Colour (Paprika Extract), Chilli Powder, Citric Acid, Dried Jalapeno Pepper

Tom Yum Rice Noodle Pot:

Rice Noodles 67% [Rice Flour, Tapioca Starch], Maltodextrin, Tomato Powder (3%), Flavourings (contain Celery), Dried Vegetables (6%) (Red Pepper, Mushrooms, Leek), Sugar, Demerara Sugar, Salt, Ground Spices (Chilli Powder, Coriander, Ginger), Citric Acid, Dried Coriander, Palm Oil

Vietnamese Beef Pho Rice Noodle Pot:

Rice Noodles 67% [Rice Flour, Tapioca Starch], Maltodextrin, Beef Stock (5%) [Yeast Extract, Beef Extract, Salt], Flavourings (contain Celery), Dried Red Pepper (2.6%), Potato Starch, Dried Mushrooms (1.3%), Sugar, Garlic Powder, Dried Spring Onion, Ground Spices (Ginger, Chilli Powder, Cinnamon, Black Pepper), Salt, Chinese Five Spice [Salt, Star Anise, Onion Powder, Sugar, Cinnamon, Black Pepper, Ginger, Fennel, Clove, Garlic Powder], Dried Leek, Dried Coriander, Caramelised Sugar Powder

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The concept is simple, the pot contains a ball of rice noodles and a sachet which provides the flavouring. You pour the sachet over the noodles and fill to the marked line with boiling water, pop the lid back on and wait for 4 minutes. I took one to work and it was great to have something different, we don’t have a kitchen at work so I can’t take in anything to be microwaved. The noodles cooked well and the sauce had a nice kick to it.

The noodle pots are £1.99 and contain about 250 calories a serving. I would buy these products again as I always like to have a handy convenience product at work and in the house that is gluten and dairy free.

Good job Ilumi, keep expanding your product range – you can buy the noodle snack pots in Asda or on Ilumi’s website: click here

Enjoy!

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Review and Recipes with Quorn Gluten Free

I’ll be honest and say that I’ve never tasted Quorn before, I am a meat eater but will often have vegetarian options. I’m always up for trying something new so when the guys over at Quorn got in touch to ask me to try out their new Gluten Free range I jumped at the chance.

Quorn now have 27 products that are gluten free (not all are dairy free so please check before buying) – you can check it out in the gluten free section of their website –> Quorn Gluten Free.

It’s great to see a company updating their product range to make it suitable for those gluten free – the products have the crossed grain symbol prominently displayed on the front of the packaging making it easy to pick out in the supermarket.

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I opted to have try the Quorn meat free mince and chicken pieces and here are my thoughts.

I really loved the meat free chicken pieces, it tasted really tender and juicy. I made gluten and dairy free BBQ chicken, try out my recipe:

Ingredients:

  • 1 packet of Quorn chicken pieces
  • 1 red pepper, diced
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 tablespoon BBQ spice mix
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon garlic paste
  • 2 gluten free pitta breads
  • handful of mixed salad

Directions

  1. Heat the olive oil in a shallow pan over a medium to high heat
  2. Add in the garlic paste, Quorn chicken pieces, pepper and onion
  3. Stir fry for 10 minutes
  4. Add in the BBQ spice mix and cook for another couple of minutes
  5. Serve with the pitta and salad

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After really enjoying the Quorn chicken I was looking forward to trying the meat free mince. I opted to use it to make a personal favourite of mine – gluten and dairy free cheese burgers. Again, I was really pleased with the results, try out my recipe:

burger 1

Ingredients

  • 100g Quorn meat free mince
  • salt and pepper for seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon garlic paste
  • pinch of chilli powder
  • 1/2 small onion, finely diced
  • 1 tablespoon gluten free breadcrumbs
  • 1 tablespoon grated dairy free cheese
  • 1 egg

Directions

  1. Place all the ingredients into a bowl and mix until well combined
  2. Divide in two and shape into burgers
  3. Chill in the fridge for 30 minutes
  4. Heat a drizzle of oil in a shallow pan and cook the burgers for about 7 minutes on each side
  5. Serve in a gluten free bun

burger 2

I would definitely buy both of these products again, I’m on a high protein diet due to medical problems with my pancreas and this is a great healthy source of protein for me. It’s always great to see manufacturers bring gluten free products to the market so thank you Quorn, can’t wait to try the other products.

Enjoy!

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Free From Donuts – Borough 22 Review

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I’m always excited to try anything new that is gluten and dairy free and I especially love when it is made by an individual with personal experience of food allergies/intolerance. So, let me introduce you to Borough 22 – a free from bakery run by Ryan who said ‘Borough 22 was born out of a desire to provide my wife, daughter and son with a free from after dinner treat that didn’t taste like hand recycled cardboard’. We are with you on that one!

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They offer home baked brownies, cupcakes and donuts which can be hand delivered throughout London and they also offer some of the products on mail order. They have items available that are gluten free, dairy free, soya free and egg free. I had the cinnamon sugar and vanilla glazed donuts – what a treat. You guys know I love my home baking but every so often is is nice when someone else makes something for you!

The donuts were soft and sweet (but not too sweet) – they tasted home made and survived the journey well. Mine are a few days old now and still taste amazing after 10 seconds in the microwave. The price is also very reasonable at £20 for 12 donuts including next day delivery.

So if you fancy a little free from treat drop Ryan an e-mail (details in the photo below) or check out his website by clicking here Borough 22

Enjoy!

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Gluten and Dairy Free Homemade Protein Bars

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During my trip to the food Allergy show this year I got chatting to the guys at Team Nutrition. I’ve talked a few times on my blog about incorporating a higher amount of protein into my diet for health reasons. Team Nutrition introduced me to their gluten and dairy free protein powder – Pura Power Bio Protein 95.

This protein powder is perfect to bake with so I thought I would use it to make some homemade gluten and dairy free protein bars.

Enjoy!

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Gluten and Dairy Free Homemade Protein Bars Recipe

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Provena Gluten Free Jumbo Oats Review and Recipes

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Tonight I’m reviewing Provena’s gluten free Jumbo Oats. I talked in my previous post about the brand and how they are manufactured to ensure that no cross contamination occurs with gluten free cereals so I won’t cover it again, but if you haven’t read it check out the post below for more details.

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The Jumbo Oats are 100% gluten free oats, no other hidden nasties! The oats in the packet are exactly as described – jumbo, none of that powdery stuff they pass off as oats!

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Being Scottish the obvious thing for me to make with the oats was a big bowl of porridge and the oats definitely hit the mark. I made my porridge using a combination of dairy free milk and water, I also added some grated apple, sultanas and cinnamon. It made a perfect gluten and dairy free breakfast and very healthy as the oats are high in fibre and provide slow release energy. These oats are extremely versatile and I decided to push the boat out and make some other gluten and dairy free treats.

So else what did I make with my box of Provena Jumbo Oats?

Gluten and Dairy Free Banana and Peanut Granola

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Granola is one of my favourite breakfasts, especially when it is accompanied by dairy free yoghurt and some fresh berries. These oats were perfect for making granola as you cold properly coat and toast the large flakes. You can click here to get the recipe for my gluten and dairy free banana and peanut granola.

Gluten and Dairy Free Rhubarb Crumble Bars

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Rhubarb always makes me think of my Grandma, she grew the best rhubarb I’ve ever tasted and I used to eat a tonne of it when I was a little girl. Rather than make the traditional rhubarb crumble I thought I would make some bars – basically its rhubarb crumble on an oaty biscuit base, and of course gluten and dairy free.

You could try making these with any stewed fruit you like, I’m thinking a cherry version or plum and ginger or maybe apple and cinnamon! You can get the recipe for these gluten and dairy free rhubarb crumble bars by clicking here

In summary I would say the one word that sums these oats up is quality. As I said before I buy a lot of gluten free oats and I get fed up when half the packet is filled with something that looks like saw dust! The Provena oats packet was full of lovely, good quality oats – no saw dust in sight!

So where can I get my hands on these fabby oats? Holland and Barrett are selling them just now for £3.50 for a 500g box and they are also included as part of their buy one get one half price. Buy them by clicking here

Check back tomorrow when I’ll review the gluten and dairy free oat flour and my recipe for blueberry and lemon oat flour muffins.

Enjoy!

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Provena Gluten Free Oats

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For those of you that follow me regularly you can probably guess that I’m a big fan of gluten free oats as they feature in a lot of my recipes. A ‘gluten free’ oat is a bit of a funny concept as oat protein does not naturally contain the gluten found in wheat, rye or barley as oats come from a different family of cereals.

Unfortunately traditional farming and processing techniques means that oats become cross contaminated with gluten containing cereals making the oats unsuitable for consumption by coeliacs. So for an oat to be gluten free it must be farmed and processed away from other cereals containing gluten.

I was excited when gluten free oat manufacturer, Provena, got in touch to tell me about their product range, They kindly set me some samples to try and I was so impressed I wanted to share my thoughts with you guys and the recipes I made.

I was reassured to see the storyboard on http://www.provena.fi/en/gluteeniton-kaura that showed how they keep their oats gluten free. This is a summary of their process:

  • genetically pure oats are planted in oat only fields
  • cultivation on a farm that doesn’t handle other cereals
  • grain inspected during growing season
  • harvesting with dedicated machinery
  • drying in a dedicated dryer
  • stored in a dedicated silo
  • silo oats are sampled and inspected
  • transported in a dedicated vehicle
  • sampled and inspected again
  • stored in a dedicated silo in the factory
  • sampled and inspected again
  • manufactured and packaged in a factory which only handles oats

Provena offer the following products:

  • Jumbo Oats – Gluten and Dairy Free
  • Instant Oatmeal – Raspberry or Apricot – Gluten and Dairy Free
  • Oat Flour – Gluten and Dairy Free
  • Buckwheat Rolls – Gluten and Dairy Free
  • Carrot Rolls – Gluten and Dairy Free
  • Snack Biscuit Oats and Fruit or Dark Chocolate – Gluten Free
  • Oat Muesli – Gluten and Dairy Free
  • Oat Bread Mix – Gluten and Dairy Free
  • Chocolate Muffin Mix – Gluten Free

I’ll be reviewing the jumbo oats, raspberry oatmeal, oat flour and oat bread mix and sharing the recipes I made with them over the coming week.

Check out Provena at their website or follow them on Facebook

Enjoy!

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Review of Marks and Spencer Made without Wheat Fishcakes and Chicken Bakes

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While perusing the aisles in Marks and Spencers I was pleasantly surprised to find some of their coeliac range in the fresh produce section. They are now offering a gluten (and dairy free) fishcake and chicken and mushroom bake as part of their Made without Wheat range.

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They are priced at £1.70 for a packet of two or two packets for £3. I’ve tried the chicken bakes and was pretty impressed. It is basically mashed potato with shredded chicken and mushroom through it coated in crisp rice crumbs. The salmon fishcakes are waiting for me in the freezer to try another day.

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They are a great quick meal as they oven cook in 15 minutes, very handy for busy days. Well worth a try if you are gluten and/or dairy free.

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Enjoy!

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Review of Udi’s Gluten and Dairy Free Pastry Mix

I was super excited to see that Udi’s have luanched a gluten and dairy free pastry mix, it’s a great addition to my store cupboard:

Udi's Pastry Mix

It contains the following ingredients:

  • Brown Rice Flour
  • Potato Starch
  • Tapioca Starch
  • Sugar
  • Salt
  • Thickener (Xanthan Gum)

The pastry is easy to make up, you add either butter or dairy free spread into the pastry mix and rub in until it resembles breadcrumbs. In another bowl you beat together eggs and a little vinegar and then stir into the mix. The pastry is then chilled in the fridge. I found the pastry really easy to work with and the instructions on the packet where spot on for the perfect consistency of dough. It was easy to roll out and didn’t stick to anything or crumble and fall apart.

I decided to make an apple tart, so I added a little caster sugar to the pastry and filled it with some stewed apples and cinnamon. The pastry tasted great, light and crumbly without falling apart.

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I would really recommend you try out this product, I think it is the best gluten and dairy free pastry I’ve tasted.

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You can find the Udi’s Gluten and Dairy Free Pastry Mix at Tesco.

For all things gluten free check out the guys at Udi’s: http://udisglutenfree.co.uk

Enjoy!

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Review of Udi’s Gluten and Dairy Free All Purpose Flour

This is the third instalment in my series of review’s of the new product range from the guys over at Udi’s. This time I’m testing out their Gluten and Dairy Free All Purpose Flour:

Udi's Gluten Free Flour

It contains the following ingredients:

  • Rice Flour
  • Potato Starch
  • Tapioca Starch
  • Thickening Agent (Guar Gum)
  • Salt

making it a good choice for people with multiple food intolerances/allergies.

Overall I was really pleased with this flour and it would definitely be a great addition to anyone’s gluten and dairy free store cupboard.

It is available to buy at Tesco.

I decided to use the flour to make a carrot and walnut cake. I was really happy with the result and I was pleased with the texture of my cake. If you would like to make this cake, click here for the recipe: Gluten and Dairy Free Carrot and Walnut Cake Recipe.

Gluten Free Carrot Cake

Coming soon my review of Udi’s gluten and dairy free pastry mix.

Check out Udi’s website at http://udisglutenfree.co.uk

Review of Udi’s Gluten and Dairy Free Chocolate Cake Mix

Hello,

As promised this is the next review in my series of review’s of Udi’s new gluten and dairy free cake mixes and flour. This week I’m reviewing the chocolate flavour sponge cake mix. For starters it is great to see a chocolate gluten free cake mix that is also dairy free.

The cake mix looks like this:

Cake Mix Packet

and is available to buy in Tesco for £2.50.

The ingredients in this mix are:

Ingredients

I made the cake up per the instructions on the packet which was to add dairy free spread, eggs, soya yoghurt and some vanilla essence. The instructions were easy to follow and the cake mix was made up quickly. I put it in the oven and enjoyed the chocolatey smell while it cooked.

When I removed the cake from the oven in looked lovely and light and I couldn’t wait for it to cool so I could taste it. The cake had that lovely slightly crisp outside but was soft and fluffy in the middle. It did taste of chocolate but it wasn’t an overly sweet cake.

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I have a really sweet tooth and I think it would have to be iced before serving but that is just personal preference. I think the options for serving this cake is endless. The packet suggestions topping with fondant icing or chocolate cream or raspberries. It also tells you how to make the cake mix into cup cakes which is very helpful.

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I decied to top my cake with some cashew nut butter and fresh raspberries which complimented it perfectly. I would definitely buy this cake mix, it would be a great addition to my gluten and dairy free store cupboard. We had if for lunch and everyone really enjoyed which is a great sign as I was the only coeliac!

Check out all the other fab Udi’s gluten and dairy free products at http://udisglutenfree.co.uk

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Coming soon ……… Reviews of Udi’s gluten and dairy free pastry mix and plain flour!