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Wheat Free on ebay

You may not have the funds for a whole wheat free hamper (ditto) but you may still want to treat yourself or your loved one to wheat and/or gluten free treats for Christmas.
The answer - ebay. Ah, ebay. Making life easier since 1995 :)
The lovely people at http://www.wheat-free.org/ have this ingenious page that allows you to view at a glance what wheat free books, treats and even dog food are currently for sale on ebay.
Link http://www.wheat-free.org/ebay.php

Gluten Free Christmas Dinner - Stuffing, Gravy & Yorkshire Puddings

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Image and stuffing recipe from the Tesco website.
I'm staying at my mum's for Christmas this year and I didn't want her to worry about cooking special things for me on Christmas day. So, I've decided to cook it all myself (with Hubby's help.)
For me, as long as the stuffing, gravy and Yorkshire puds are awesome, all is well :)
This is the stuffing I'm planning to make;
Ingredients
4 rashers streaky bacon, snipped into small pieces
1 large onion, peeled and sliced
50g butter
250g Gluten Free bread
Large handful of Parsley
2 eggs
Salt & Pepper
150g cooked chestnuts (the vacuum packed ones are excellent)
Method
Fry the bacon and onion in the butter until the onion is transparent
Whiz the bread and parsley in a blender until breadcrumbs are formed.
Add the bacon and onion, eggs and seasoning. Blend until combined, then tip into a bowl.
Roughly chop the chestnuts and stir into the bacon mixture.
Either pack the stuffing into the neck of the turkey before cooking or roll it into b…

God Bless Channel 4

The Channel 4 website has posted up a "gluten free" Christmas menu because... "Most people want to stuff their face with stuffing on Christmas Day but fewer feel up for bloating like a balloon in front of the Queen's speech."
True dat.

Courses are; Starter - Halloumi and Quinoa Salad Main Course - Traditional Turkey with Pancetta Sausages Dessert - Gluten free Christmas Cake
2 problems - Halloumi and quinoa? Not very Christmassy is it? Looks like they just bunged on a GF recipe they had lying around. Also - "12 good chiplolata sausages"?! Can you even get gluten free chipolatas?
Ah well, they had a go.
Link - http://www.channel4.com/food/recipes/occasions/christmas/4food-s-gluten-free-christmas-menu_p_1.html

Gluten / Wheat Free Christmas Gift Idea

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For the Celiac who has everything - Gluten Free Christmas Hampers!


I am pretty impressed that Gifting Direct offer not one, but 15 different Gluten Free hampers!
Here's the link - http://www.giftingdirect.co.uk/cat--Gluten-Free-Food-hampers-UK-Gifting-Direct-Gluten-Wheat-Free-Hamper-Gift-UK--Hamper+Gluten+Free.html
Us GF types definitely deserve a basket of goodies for Christmas!

Alternative to Laxatives

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I'll never buy off the shelf laxatives again. They are way too harsh. I found these in Holland & Barrett. They're all natural and gentle on your system.
Aloe Vera Colon Cleanse (330mg)">
Each tablet contains:
Aloe Vera Gel (Aloe barbadensis) (leaf gel) Buckthorn (Rhamnus cathartica) (bark) Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale) (root) Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare) (seed) Gentian (Gentiana lutea) (root) Horehound (Marrubium vulgare) (leaf and stem) Liquorice (Glycyrrhiza glabra) (root) Rhubarb (Rheum palmatum) (root)
Well you can't go wrong can you? (Is any more detail required? Let's just leave it there!)
Shop link - http://www.hollandandbarrett.com/pages/product_detail.asp?pid=653&prodid=688#variations

Bailey's Irish Cream - Gluten Free?

T’is the season to be merry and for me that means copious amounts of Bailey’s Irish Cream JI’ve seen some Bailey’s copies on the market that say they contain gluten but the official Bailey’s bottles don’t.I dug about on their website for a while and found in the FAQs some info on allergies.I am allergic to Gluten/Egg/Lactose/Nuts doesBaileys®contain Gluten/Egg/Lactose/Nuts?We are not qualified to give medical advice. If you are a person with a serious food allergy, you should consult your doctor before consumingBaileys®who can contact us for a more detailed list of component ingredients if required. The information below is intended as a guide only.
Gluten:
Please be advised that the whiskey used in
Baileys®is manufactured by fermenting grain which contains Gluten. Due to the presence of gluten in the whiskey components before distillation we cannot absolutely guarantee that there are no effects to coeliacs. As we are not qualified to give medical advice persons requiring a gluten free d…

RECIPE Gluten Free Fairy Cakes

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I regularly make gluten free fairy or cupcakes using the Doves Farm Gluten Free flour from Tesco but for a friend’s birthday a couple of weeks ago, I made chocolate ones and I was very pleased with how well they came out. Firstly you need a bag of plain gluten free flour, such as this one http://www.mysupermarket.co.uk/tesco-price-comparison/Flour/Doves_Farm_Gluten_Free_Plain_White_Flour_1Kg.html from Tesco.This one has a recipe on the back for Victoria Sponge. I follow this recipe and adapt it to make the fairycakes. The recipe I’m posting here is slightly modified from the packet to make the cake chocolatey and less buttery.
Makes about 12-15 cakes.
Ingredients
75g Butter75g Margarine½ teaspoon Vanilla Extract2 eggs1 teaspoon Baking Powder125g Gluten Free Plain White Flour25g Cocoa Powder3 tablespoons Milk
Method
Cream the butter, sugar and vanilla together until light and fluffy.Beat in the eggs one at a timeBeat in the baking powder, flour and milkDivide the mixture into cake cases in …

Gluten Free Lemon Cake in my Post Box!

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I've mentioned Rebecca's Cakes here before but I really wanted to give her another shout out today as last night I received this beautious lemon cake *drool*
Look at the size of it!
Rebecca made my wedding cake, which was a real crowd pleaser. (Blog post here http://ukglutenfree.blogspot.com/2009/07/wedding-cake.html ) Her creations are beautiful, scrumptious, arrive in the post and can be gluten free, egg free, dairy free, diabetic, sugar free, organic, soya free and vegan.
Please visit her website here http://www.rebeccas-cakes.co.uk/Free%20from%20Baking/ make a purchase and stop paying through the nose for cakes and treats from 'health food' companies!

Low Carb Diet Linked to Depression

There was an article in the London Metro paper yesterday about a study they've done in Australia on dieting and the physical and emotional differences that result from a low fat diet and a low carb diet.

This is from http://www.hindustantimes.com/News-Feed/wellness/Low-carb-diet-may-land-you-in-depression/Article1-475166.aspx

"An Australian study published in prestigious medical journal, Archives of Internal Medicine, a journal of America Medical Association, shows that compared to low fat diets the very low carbohydrate diets can cause depression, anxiety and mood swings in the patients. The study says that very low carbohydrate diet takes away all the joys of weight loss."

"We see a lot of such cases were eliminating or giving less carbs than what the body requires is causing severe reaction in people and the reactions manifest more in the physical functions like in chronic fatigue syndrome, mixed anxiety, restlessness, palpitations and panic attacks," said Dr J…

Rules for Gluten Free Foods

I remember hearing a little while ago that the EU rules on Gluten Free labelling had changed.
I just found some info on the Food Standards Agency website.
Link -http://www.food.gov.uk/news/newsarchive/2009/jan/newrulesforglutenfree

Here's the text;

"New food labelling and composition rules aimed at helping people who are intolerant to gluten have been published.

Under the new European Union regulations, only foods that contain less than 20 parts of gluten in a million will be allowed to use the term 'gluten-free' on their packaging. Recent evidence has shown that this extremely low level offers better protection for people with an intolerance to gluten. Previously, a food labelled ‘gluten free’ could have contained up to ten times more than this.

In addition, some foods made using cereals that have been specially processed to remove most of the gluten, but which contain less than 100 parts of gluten in a million, will be able to make the claim 'very low gluten' o…

Things I miss

(Note to Gluten Free food companies)
Scampi Fries Pasta in shapes other than spaghetti, penne and fusili Croissants Free bread rolls in restaurants Pasties Cheapo instant noodles Prawn Toast Trifle Profiteroles Dry roasted peanuts Pork Pies Curly fries Flavoured sausages Naan bread Boost chocolate bars Fish in batter Hot Dogs Worcestershire Sauce Wheat Crunchies KFC Oxtail soup My Nan’s bacon sandwiches
(I just know I’ll be updating this as I think of new things!)
I’ve just looked back at this list and it reads like a list of lard infused waist enemies. Maybe I should be happy that there are no (or really bad) gluten free alternatives of the above!

Free From Food Awards

I only found out about these food awards when I was on the Mrs Crimbles website today. I find that really odd! Their website is http://www.freefromfoodawards.co.uk/
Looks like Tesco Free From is sponsoring the 2010 awards event. Blimey, it's like a germ.
The overall winner in 2009 was the Healthy Cake Company http://www.healthycakecompany.co.uk/ . Their carrot and raisin cake sells on their website for £19.95 with £6.95 for P&P! I think I'd rather order from http://www.rebeccas-cakes.co.uk
Though I am happy that Genius Bread won the Innovation award http://www.geniusglutenfree.com/
I guess that these awards help us in that the bigger shops are more likely to stock the winning products. What I don't understand is why Tesco is sponsoring the award when they have (or can easily produce) their own alternatives of the submitted products?
As a side note - I'm also confused by companies calling their products 'healthy' just because they don't contain gluten!

Mrs Crimbles Frozen Gluten Free Apple Pie

I was in Holland & Barrett the other day (there's a branch on my route home from work, a handy but expensive hobby), and I spotted a frozen gluten free apple pie in the freezer.It was one of these http://www.mrscrimbles.com/frozen-fruit-pies.htm (Rhubarb also available apparently). I considered getting one (more for my husband really as I think he misses such things but I'm usually not that bothered about desserts), but then I saw the price. It was almost £5!
I would consider forking out the money if I thought it would be better than anything I made at home but I am positive that the usual problems that gluten free pastry has would still be there. I.E You just have to look at the pastry funny and it falls to a million bits and you need a glass of water to wash it down because it's so claggy. I've also tried their brownies and peanut biscuits and thought they were very dry.
Of course, if Mrs Crimbles wants to send me a couple gratis I'd be glad to road test them for…

Work Christmas Meal

We are going to Carluccios!I brought it up in time for last week's staff meeting and all agreed on going there.
That means I can choose from any of the gluten free meals on this menu - http://www.carluccios.com/our-food/menus/gluten-free-menu/Microsoft%20Word%20-%20Gluten%20Free%20Menu%20January%202010%20_2_.pdf
I expect I'll go for the; 'Insalata Contadina con Anatra' - Smoked duck breast, potatoes, green beans and roasted peppers dressed with extra virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar, followed by the 'Amatriciana' - Corn pasta served with a spicy tomato sauce and pancetta.
I'm unnaturally excited about having pasta in a restaurant!