Showing posts from March, 2015

Review - The Flavour Sensation, Park Street, Bristol [CLOSED]

When I started this blog, it was as rare as unicorn's tears to see GF on a menu. In 2013-14 we saw a great surge in restaurant chains putting GF on their menus or providing a separate GF menu.
But what is missing is the same consideration for us gluten dodgers from independent restaurants.
There has been a backlash from restaurants down to '14 Allergens-Gate' - restaurants claiming that new eating out guidelines are stifling creativity and flair in the kitchen.
That's one way to deal with us 'fussy' diners.

The other is to open a centrally located restaurant, offering all the restaurant favourites with GF clearly marked on the menu, with clued up staff and promising to accommodate any dietary requirements. As well as this, The Flavour Sensation have clearly marked 'healthy options', so now you can go out for lunch with your friends while keeping an eye on your 'Syns'.

Proper Margaritas
My tasty prawn starter
My epic ribs
Beer and ribs!
Burger face

Review - Delicious Alchemy

I've been trying to write something witty and clever for this post but I mostly want to shake the hand of the person behind Delicious Alchemy and go on the website and TAKE MY MONEY.

I tried out the Delicious Alchemy Oat Cookie Mix and the Brown Bread Mix and both work like a dream and require such little effort that I'm still slightly in shock.

I have been gluten free for aeons and egg free for about 4 years. In that time I have forked out hundreds of pounds on exotic ingredients to make my own food. I have thrown disgusting lumps of 'bread' into the bin and become mad scientist-like in my quest for a 'simple' home-made biscuit.

Ingredients: Rice Flour, Potato Starch, Rice Bran, Sugar, Sugar Beet Fibre, Stabiliser (Hydroxypropyl Methyl Cellulose), Dried Yeast, Salt, Psyllium Fibre, Flour Treatment Agent (Ascorbic Acid), Stabiliser (Xanthan Gum), Cocoa Powder
I added oil and water to this mix, left for 20 minutes to prove, popped it in the oven and I got the most …

Q&As - IBS, Food Intolerance and Coeliac Disease

I have compiled a series of Q&As with sufferers of IBS, food intolerance and coeliac disease. The questions focus on diagnosis and what happens afterwards. I found the answers fascinating and it has opened my eyes to many things, despite living with multiple food intolerances myself for many years.

What is clear is that a huge number of people are suffering from bowel discomfort and embarrassment. This should not be taken lightly; as you will read, your self-confidence and freedom are affected whether you have IBS, food intolerance or coeliac disease. The people I have interviewed have all noticed a significant improvement in their symptoms by eliminating certain foods from their diet.

I hope readers will note that these are not 'faddy diets'. Living without certain foods may seem extreme to some, but to those interviewed and countless others, it is a life that helps us to feel 'normal'. And for those with coeliac disease, it is essential.

Hopefully some readers w…

Gluten Free Finds - Swansea

I visited Swansea city centre for the first time on Saturday. Me and my husband were in the area for a birthday party so I thought we could have a nice wander around. However it wasn't really the day for wandering around, with biting winds and sideways rain. I was told Swansea was badly damaged during WWII and it shows. Grey, 70's rows of shops sit next to beautiful Tudor buildings. We found ourselves round the back of buildings, in litter strewn alleys quite a bit, wondering where we were going. We found ourselves in a huge modern shopping centre with all the usual shops and then discovered another mall on the other side of town that felt like something from a post-apocalyptic world. There was a cute little market in Castle Square (if you ignore the worrying, blood red water feature), and most of the stall holders were selling local produce or at least locally produced products. There was a good mix of local cheese, bread, cake, pasties, hand sewn and painted items with a …