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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

Recipe: Peanut Crunch Superfood Salad

I love peanut butter in a psychotic, terrifying kind of way. I’m one of those people that could just dive head first into a jar of a Monday evening and merrily while away a few hours swimming about in it. So when the idea of eating something that tastes even slightly like peanut butter and may also be a tiny bit healthy came to me, I just had to share it. 

 

This crunchy, tangy salad is inspired by Thai flavours and goes perfectly with a nice cold glass of New Zealand Sauvignon – see full details of my preferred choice, Astrolabe Awatere Sauvignon Blanc, at the foot of the recipe, or find out more about wine pairings here.

 

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Peanut Crunch Superfood Salad

Serves 4

Time: 25 minutes

 

For The Dressing:

  1. 1/4 cup good peanut butter – smooth and crunchy are both fine
  2. 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  3. 2 tablespoons water
  4. All the lime juice you can get out of one lime if you squeeze really hard
  5. 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  6. 1 tablespoon soy sauce (use gluten free if possible)
  7. 2 tablespoons runny honey
  8. 1/4 teaspoon crushed chilli flakes
  9. 1 teaspoon salt
  10. 2 garlic cloves
  11. 1-inch square piece fresh ginger, peeled
  12. Fresh coriander – to taste

 

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For The Salad:

  1. Leaves of your choice. I used a bag of ready mixed beetroot salad from Waitrose, because I’m terribly lazy, but by all means pick your own lettuce, cabbage, rocket etc!
  2. 3 Carrots – use your peeler to make them into thin ribbons
  3. 1 Cucumber
  4. 2 Spring Onions (you can also get ready prepared ones to make it extra quick!)
  5. More fresh coriander
  6. Handful of peanuts

 

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You could also add:

Meat! Chicken, Tofu, Prawns or any seafood you fancy. Just season and grill it before you’re ready to serve.

 

Method:

1. Roughly chop your garlic and ginger.

 

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2. Combine all the ingredients for the dressing in the most powerful blender you can get your hands on.

 

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3. BLEND!

 

4. The dressing can be made ahead of time – so refrigerate it until you need it if you’re not using straight away.

 

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5. Chop your salad items into any shape you wish. If you want the salad extra crunchy scoop the seeds out of your cucumber, too.

 

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6. Stick your preferred meat item on the grill, or oven bake. I grilled a chicken breast on this amazing invention called the Optigrill – you just press the chicken button and wait for a beep!

 

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7. Present the salad beautifully on your plates, then top with meat, sprinkle lovingly with peanuts and a drizzle of the dressing.

 

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8. Pour yourself a large glass of Astrolabe Awatere Sauvignon Blanc, sit back and… enjoy!

 

 

Pair It With:

Astrolabe Awatere Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough, New Zealand

 

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Made by the highly regarded winemaker Simon Waghorn, this New Zealand Sauvignon would go perfectly well with many a seafood dish, but this time I was looking for a more unusual pairing – and that’s how the Thai salad idea came about.

I was inspired by a recent trip to Peter Gordon’s Kopapa, where New Zealand wines hold their own against a big, bold menu of fusion dishes, many of which have Asian influences.

This, like most Sauvignons, is an assertive wine, with intense nettle, lime and basil flavours, passion fruit scents and concentrated rich exotic guava and passion fruit flavours.  It’s the perfect match for the big flavours of this salad – rich and tangy with a bit of kick!

 

Astrolabe Awatere Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough, New Zealand is exclusive to Waitrose. You can get yourself a bottle by clicking right here, or view the full Waitrose Cellar selection here.

Astrolabe Awatere Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough, New Zealand is also available as part of the ‘Ultimate Cellar Wine Case’ – perfect if you’re after a tasting tour. The case includes a hand-picked selection of wines, chosen from 1,200 bottles by Waitrose’s wine buyers. 

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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Why Pret Must Be Punished

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Have you ever attempted to wander down a London street without being assaulted by one of those sandwich shops they call Pret? Probably not. Which is for the best really, because it can’t be done.

 

Like a malignant odour, this faux-French chain has spread through our streets, devouring entire stretches of roads and turning entire boroughs into naught but ideas factories for madcap products like a half-full plastic pot of spinach and cold egg. That actually exists. Look.

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Pret sells freakish foodstuffs that no normal person would even consider having for lunch, with the conceited confidence that screams of unsoundness of mind.

 

Mere moments ago I found myself battling through a haze of suits in an attempt to secure a suitable lunch in a box, and amidst the riot I found all sorts of peculiar objects.

 

On one shelf was a bar flavoured exclusively with ‘LOVE’. A small wooden crate housed popcorn which was both sweet and salty – a bag of snack food showing blatant disregard for the laws of physics. And those needing something to wash it all down could visit the fridge for a frighteningly green smoothie which I fear must have been made out of the mashed up hopes and dreams of Janaury’s detoxers.

 

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Mystifying products aren’t the most troublesome thing about Pret, however. The thing that really perturbs me about this tragically popular sandwich empire is their staff, their DISTURBINGLY DELIGHTED STAFF.

 

Why are they always so PLEASED? Their smiles stretch so far across their faces that speech presents a real risk that they might accidentally gobble up their own EARS. It’s quite bizarre. Are they just people who really love sandwiches, or could it be something more sinister?

 

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Want to know the worst thing? I’ve been to Pret for lunch every day this week. For the last two days I’ve bought the same thing. A lack of originality so astounding I’m embarrassed to speak of it.

 

Within spitting distance of my office are FOUR whole Prets. There’s a Pret in EVERY DIRECTION. I can barely leave the building without an overpriced bar of over-friendly gibberish finding its way into my sweaty clutches. I don’t stand a chance.

 

Vietnamese Cuisine at Pho, Shoreditch

Pho bills itself as London’s ‘first specialist Vietnamese street-food restaurant’, a brazen lie that’d shame Shia LaBoeuf himself. But they are amongst the first of London’s restaurants to make Vietnamese food truly accessible, which is definitely a good thing.

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Gluten Free Burgers at Gourmet Burger Kitchen

I fell in love with Gourmet Burger Kitchen at an early age. I loved the fact that almost all burgers on the menu seemed totally excessive. I loved that they were all served with sticks in, lest they toppled over in a meaty mess. I loved that toppings included such madcap ideas as AVOCADO and PINEAPPLE. I just loved it.

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