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Gluten Free Cake Delivery!

Bespoke cake specialists Bakerdays know that no special occasion is complete without cake – a sentiment I’m sure you’ll agree with. But all too often gluten free folk are left out of the great ceremony of the cake… and that’s got to change.

 

Thankfully Bakerdays are leading the way – they now do gluten free cakes which can be fully customised according to your most obscure gluten free wishes. They do One Direction cakes too…

 

You can get little ones sent through the post, and they even fit through your letterbox, so you can prance about with a big old smile on your face all day knowing that CAKE awaits when you get home.

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Here’s a Bakerdays gluten free cake specially designed for grumps; it’s a beautiful thing. And it’s not just beautiful – it actually tastes great too. Not dry, not crumbly, in fact its all things a good cake should be. And it comes with oodles of icing and jam!

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All Bakerdays letterbox cakes come with candles and balloons, and they taste a whole lot better than a birthday card. If you want something a bit bigger though Bakerdays offer a huge range of sizes – serving up to SIXTY people. Or a few very greedy ones.

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Order before 2pm to get your cake the very next day. A gluten free letterbox cake will set you back £17.99. Dairy free cakes are available too.

 

Cakes by post. It’s the future.

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Bakerdays website: bakerdays.com

Gluten Free Grilling with the Tefal Optigrill

I love a gadget. And I’ve just got a new one. It’s called Optigrill… and it’s practically perfect in every way. Made by Tefal, the Optigrill is a sort of jazzed up George Foreman, which by some sort of witchcraft knows how long to cook all sorts of different foodstuffs. Even steak.

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Free From Find: Perkier Foods

I’m a big fan of the recent influx of gluten free companies flogging their free from delights on our supermarket shelves, but one I hadn’t tried (until now) was Perkier foods.

 

The brand is totally recognisable with bright packaging and plenty of talk of snafflers, and it’s all gluten free, wheat free and free from artificial colours or flavours. So when a scrumptious little food parcel from Perkier arrived on my doorstep I was more than happy to do a little taste testing for them…

 

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Perkier make breakfast cereals, porridge pots and loads of naughty treats like rocky road and tiffin bars. I loved the porridge pots – it’s pretty tricky to find gluten free breakfasts when one’s out and about, so if you’re on the hunt the Perkier pots are well worth a try.

 

 

I loved the apple, cinnamon and raisin variety personally, but the golden syrup’s not bad either. Can’t have too much sweetness of a morning, can you?

 

My absolute favourite Perkier food item though has to go to the tiffin bars, which also come in little bite-size pieces for sharing with friends. Or for eating on your own in a dark room whilst watching nonsense tely such as “My Big Boob Hell”, which, incidentally, is a very interesting documentary full of facts. Not at all likely to rot your mind and turn your brain to marbles. Not at all.

 

 

Perkier snacks are definitely good, I had to fight the gluten-lovers for them. So they must be good. Eat some, you’ll see.

 

10/10

 

Gluten Free: Yes, yep, yes indeed.

 

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DS Gluten Free Pastry

There are few things more difficult than baking with gluten free pastry. Instead you may consider finding a needle in a haystack, walking on water or purchasing a jar of tartan paint. If you are up for a challenge, though, or just have a craving for pie that no pastry-pretenders will satisfy, I recommend this: FROZEN GLUTEN FREE PASTRY of the Gods.

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Product Review: Udi’s Gluten Free

There are some things which come swimming across the pond that really should have stayed put. Take Justin Bieber, for instance, or that peanut butter which is half peanut butter half ‘jelly’. And the jelly isn’t even jelly at all, it’s some sort of jam-meets-syrup hybrid that’ll make all your teeth fall straight out of your head whilst your feet run around in continuous circles until all the molten sugar fuel runs out and you collapse to the floor in a sweating, shivering mess. Yeah that. They can have that back. Continue reading Product Review: Udi’s Gluten Free

Product Review: Love Raw Gluten Free Bars

There are some foods that are just so virtuous you feel like you’re adding years on to your life just by eating them. Love Raw bars are one of these foods. They’re organic, unprocessed, nutritionally dense and jam-packed with vitamins and minerals. Pure superfood.

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Newburn Bakehouse White Chocolate & Raspberry Muffins

When it comes to the muffin very few free from brands have got it completely right. They’re always too crumbly, too bland or too stodgy. But the beauties I’ve tried from Newburn Bakehouse – well they’re just about perfect!

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Product Review: Honeybuns

When it comes to gluten free cakes there’s a vast amount to choose from, but very few are actually any good. This brand, though, is a gem.

 

Honeybuns gluten free cakes are apparently made with love in Dorset. I’m not entirely sure how the presence of love alters a cake’s taste, but I think it’s safe to say it can’t be a bad thing.

 

I’ve sampled a few of their cakes over the years, cake connoisseur that I am. The brownies and caramel shortbread are all well and good, but I’ve got to tell you about my favourite one, because it’s just so bloody brilliant.

 

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The Amondi biscuit is rich, chewy, chock-a-block full of almonds and totally bad for you. And I love it. It’s got a bit of a citrus kick to offset the sickly sweetness of the cookie, but I think it’s the texture that makes it truly great. So many gluten-free cookies and biscuits have that dry, crumbly texture making them taste all of dust and not much else. This one doesn’t. It’s got the texture of an actual, proper cookie. So you must try it. You must!

 

I’m not the only one who loves Honeybuns. They’ve been winning many an award of late. Their range is all gluten and wheat-free, and some of it’s also dairy-free. They do cakes, brownies, flapjacks, shortbreads, cookies and a new range of savoury treats which I’m yet to try, but they’re definitely on my list!

 

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You can order Honeybuns products from their online shop – they’re also stocked in plenty of cafes, delis, farm shops, supermarkets and their own Bee Shack Cafe. I saw them in Tossed the salad place the other day. Delighted, I was!

 

9/10

 

Gluten Free: 100%! And some are dairy free.

Product Review: Georgia’s Choice Gluten Free Lasagne

So the other day I sat down to a dinner that would usually have me in a cold sweat. Lasagne and garlic bread. And no, I wasn’t about to commit gluten-suicide. I was, in fact, sampling the free from versions of two of my most-missed gluten full treats.

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The lasagne was provided by Georgia’s Choice, a brand which looks to me to be rather small in the product range department, but perhaps it is growing. Who knows. Anyhow I can report that the lasagne was all I could have dreamed of and more. Well maybe not all I could have dreamed of, but it was pretty good, as far as ready meals go.

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I mean, the meat wasn’t the finest quality stuff I’ve ever tasted and the whole thing was, in essence, a very unhealthy concoction but… lasagne! I haven’t eaten lasagne in five years. It was EXCITING.

Georgia’s Choice products aren’t answering the prayers of many allergy-ridden folk, however. This lasagne is gluten free only. It contains plenty of dairy, probably half a dozen eggs and enough yeast to raise a skyscraper. Well, it contains cheese anyway.

To find out more about the garlic bread click here, it got its own blog – lucky devil.

Gluten Free: Yes indeedy!

6.5/10