Showing posts from July, 2011

Bristol Sweet Mart

Just popped down to the Sweet Mart on St Marks' road in Bristol for a couple of things for lunch. You name it, they got it. The Sweet Mart is particularly good for obscure ingredients and their veggie and vegan range is fantastic. Check it out if you can!
80 Saint Mark's Road, Bristol, BS5 6JH.
0117 951 2257

Gluten Free Stir Fry Sauce

T'is a rare find - a gluten free stir fry sauce.
Trust good old Sainsbury's to bring out this great product - tasty, gluten free and it was on offer when I bought it. It serves 4, so I used half a jar for me and my husband over a packet of fried stir fry mix, frozen prawns, frozen peas and some beans from the garden. I also added some brown rice vermicelli noodles that I found in the 'ethnic foods' section in my local Tesco.
A brilliant, quick meal and relatively healthy too.

RECIPE Falafel Wraps


This recipe is Gluten Free, Egg Free and Vegetarian (and dairy free if you leave out the cheese)!
I'm really cutting back on meat and it's making me examine the supermarket shelves for something a little different to make for dinner. I picked up this easy falafel mix from Hale & Hearty in Sainsbury's not expecting a huge deal. I've tried falafels before and always found them to be the blandest of bland.
I think this may have been why I went a little overboard with the seasoning in my salsa mixture so here's the recipe for the salsa filling I would have made and will make in future!
1 tin chopped tomatoes Half a red onion, finely chopped 1 red pepper, sliced 1 small courgette, sliced 1 stick celery, sliced 1 fresh chilli, de-seeded if preferred & finely chopped 1 tsp fenugreek 1 tsp sugar 1 handful fresh coriander, finely choppe…

Humdinger Vegetable Crisps

Addictive, strange, tasty, bland, yummy. These crisps are such a refreshing change from anything else on the market. I found them in a Tesco in Hammersmith tube station randomly. They cost 99p and it's a pretty big bag. They are relatively low fat for crisps and are suitable for vegetarians and vegans (hence the name.)
They don't explicitly say 'gluten free' or 'wheat free' but the pack doesn't suggest otherwise (might be safer to avoid if you are very sensitive.) While I was eating them, I kept thinking 'peanut butter'. Then my colleague tried some and asked me if they contained cashews. No nuts on the ingredients list...odd. Either way, I really hope they sell well and I can keep buying them!
Website link.
The company also makes dairy free white chocolate products -

Free From...Pretty Much Everything Cupcakes!

Way back when I ate egg whites and I fancied a bit of cake, I'd pop to the kitchen and make some. It wasn't very hard - as long as I had eggs, gluten free flour and butter.Now when I want cake, I cry a little inside.
A friend of a friend has actually given me a recipe for egg free lemon cake which was highly recommended and I will try to make really soon.
In the meantime, there's the ever so fab The Natural Cupcake Company.
All the cakes they make are vegan, which of course means no eggs or dairy. BUT most cakes can also be made gluten free!!!
The menu is like an A-Z of lush (and I don't even have a sweet tooth normally!)
And they do weddings and parties.
Email - On twitter -!/naturalcupcake Facebook -

Coeliac Disease Vaccine?

I received an email the other day from a Dr Hector Damian Brzostowski saying "I have the cure for coeliac disease by the vaccine, one year of treatment with the vaccine and can eat anything and never hurt gluten...."It contained no call to action, just 4 attachments. Very DODGY.
I sort of know how men with erectile problems feel every-time they receive an email about Viagra. (Lol spellcheck knows Viagra!)
It was only very recently published that Australian scientists have had good results from early trials of a celiac/coeliac vaccine. Those scammers are very quick off the mark.
I wonder how sufferers of coeliac disease feel about the vaccine? Would love to hear your thoughts.

Gluten Free Cake at Patisserie Leila, Bristol

Spotted this in the window of on Saturday while I was in the area for St Paul's Carnival. (I know, right?!)They also specialise in macaroons (the maringue type) - also ideal for gluten free-ers.
Address: Patisserie Leila 88 Stokes Croft Bristol BS2 3RJ
Opening Hours: Monday to Friday: 8am to 6pm Saturday: 10am to 6pm

Amy's Kitchen Burrito

I found these in the Bedminster (Bristol) branch of Asda. Ickle ready made gluten free burritos! This one contains beans, cheese and rice, so also suitable for vegetarians (and egg free, yay!). The instructions said nearly an hour in the oven or 4 minutes in the microwave and I was starving to I stuck mine in the microwave. I was nervous about eating it as I hardly touch microwave food these days and usually find it to be plasticy and full of salt and evil e's. Also, the tortilla part looked like a pancake. I needn't have worried though as the burrito was delicious. I tucked into it with gusto and was disappointed when it was gone. My only criticism - wish they came in a 4 pack (at least!) especially for the price (about £2 I recall.). My husband's comment was "you can actually taste all the ingredients that it's supposed to contain!".
Get 'em while you can.