Artisan Gluten Free Bakery – Newark-on-Trent 

I had heard about this little gem via my husband who had spotted it on Facebook. Their page is here

Hubby’s family live over that way and I’ve been itching to tie in a visit while seeing them. We went across yesterday as part of Mother’s Day Weekend. It was decided that we could pop in for morning coffee. The place is fairly small. There’s a few table downstairs but there’s seating upstairs too. 

Inside there’s a counter full of cakes. All gluten free and some are dairy free too.

They also do fresh bread.

All gluten free. They also do food mostly sandwiches and pizzas; and they are licensed so have a selection of gluten free beers on offer. However we were having morning coffee….(I will be going back for lunch one day).  It took a while for me to choose which cake to have…

I actually had two cakes…the third is what hubby had but is on the plate as show.

The place was busy which was nice to see. I can’t wait to go back 😋

Blessings 

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#glutenfree Ramsgate and Margate 

So dear Reader every so often I have to go and see the sea.  Hubby wanted to go to Dreamland in Margate after fond memories as a child and well I wanted to see the sea.  

We had planned on staying in Margate but when we went to book our accommodation about a month ago there were no rooms.  So we ended up staying here  in Ramsgate.  Although they do offer evening meals hubby had done some digging of where I could eat gluten free and found alternatives.  The hotel please note do have gluten free bread for toast at breakfast.

So that left finding food in Margate. Well there’s not much choice in Margate but I did find Proper Coffee House for coffee, cake and a sandwich.  The choice is limited but I enjoyed the cakes and toastie that I had.

Excuse the shadow! 

In Dreamland there are food outlets and My Little Green Box does have gluten free options but note no separate preparation area if you are sensitive to cross contamination.

So for evening meal it was back to Ramsgate. One meal at Pizza Express…… and the other at Shakey Shakey for Fish and Chips.  This is a family run place where everything is home made and to order.

So when I arrived in asked to see the menu thinking maybe it will be just fish and chips but reader wait for this… you know how some places put the menu on the wall? Well

Yes all of that is gluten free….. yep all of it…..😁😁😁😁

So what to have?   Decisions. Decisions. In the end I opted for Veggie Spring roll which wasn’t like the Chinese version more of a vegetable cake/pattie but roll shaped and a side of onion rings.  Yep I also had fish and chips but had a child’s portion after I was advised by the lovely lady who served me.

Yes that’s a child portion. The portions are generous! The tartar sauce is homemade and gluten free. There is gluten free vinegar and in the tub at the side a gluten free version of Shakey Shakey a herb/spice mix.

There is a separate fryer and preparation area so there is no risk of cross contamination.  The staff are friendly and very knowledgeable. Definitely 5 stars!

Loved eating there 😋😋 Definitely planning on going back when I’m next down that way in September.

If you are ever down that way please go and say Hi and eat some chips 😁

Blessings 

#glutenfree product review – Hobnobs

Dear Reader 

Well there’s been great excitement in the gluten free world since McVities announced gluten free Hobnobs.  Ever since I heard about them I’ve been keeping my eyes open for them. Today I saw them in Waitrose 😀

For £2.19 you get 8 chocolate covered Hobnobs. OK so a bit on the pricey side but remember biscuits are treats.  So as far as a treat goes what are they like?

They are crunchy and hold well when dunked. They taste very nice including the chocolate.  As you know I always do a taste test on the husband.  Now hubby is a big biscuit lover.  When I texted him earlier to say I had found some he went out to get the normal ones.  

Tonight he tried them side by side.   He prefers mine. So now it looks like that maybe we could now have one biscuit barrel instead of his and hers…..however yep there’s the price and I must remember that they are a treat.

Blessings 😀

Malaga

This time last week I was in sunny Malaga with the girls.  It was my first proper girlie weekend and I had a great time! I can highly recommend Malaga for a weekend in the sun.

We had a great time walking around the city. There is so much to see and do. The architecture is beautiful. I love the gardens and park area around the harbour.

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Gluten free wise I managed OK. I had printed off a sheet in Spanish that explained Coeliac Disease. I got it from here There was one place that then presumed I couldn’t eat potatoes but we managed to get the waitress to understand that I could have Spanish Omelette.  The sauce it came with I couldn’t have it due to gluten. I had done some research on restaurants before hand using this guide and we visited one of the restaurants mentioned.

Pizzeria Romolo y Remo didn’t have an actual menu as such. In our Fritspanglish – a language that we made up using French, Italian, Spanish and English – (honest we did have a phrase book but that wasn’t much use) we managed to understand that they had 3 pasta sauces that were gluten free. I was quite reassured as I heard the waitress remind the chef cooking several times that it was a gluten free dish.

Allergen information was a bit hit and miss but the winners were an ice cream company called Conico as they had clear labels on all their ice cream that had allergens in them and the menu at La Plaza Alcazabilla had clear allergen information on it.  This also made it easy to order what I wanted!

What surprised me was the amount of gluten free stuff in the supermarket.  It would be very easy to stay self catering as the supermarket had bread and pasta. They also had lots of nice cakes and biscuits that I’ve not seen before.

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This was my little haul 🙂

I had a great trip and would definitely go back there 🙂
Blessings

#newburnbakehouse #glutenfree product review – #miniwholegrainwraps

So on my last blog I mentioned that I was very excited as I had been chosen to receive a new gluten free product to review by Newburn Bakehouse.  Well all this week I have been trying their new mini multi grain wraps!

As you can see from the photo they contain various grains all suitable on a gluten free diet.

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There are 6 in a packet and retail price is £2.99.  They are available on line and in most retail stores. 

My first taste was for lunchtime.  Simply filled with tuna in a Marie Rose Sauce.  Due to their size they cannot be overfilled so please bear this in mind when making a wrap to roll or fold.  This is how mine turned out.

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They taste nice but the taste completely changed when toasted. I attempted to make a tostada but my results were messy – hence no photos but the wraps toasted extremely well. An experience and experiment that I’m going to try again!

They are also brilliant for ripping up and dunking in soup.

Since I wanted to get my hands on some more I went to big Sainsbury and spied another Newburn product that I’ve not seen  or heard off before. I’m now asking why because it’s amazing!

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White Sourdough Artisan Bread. It looks like a proper bread loaf you know the type you find in a proper bakery.  I decided that I needed to treat this with a bit of respect. Perfect for doorstop bacon sandwiches but since there was no bacon in the house only eggs I made a fried egg (dry fried) sandwich.

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How gorgeous! Xxxx

OH got a piece to try and his remarks were “it’s proper bread”! 🙂  What can I  say?

Well done Newburn and thank you for letting me try your new product. Keep up the good work and I hope to be trying something new soon 🙂

#Glutenfree in and around South West Scotland

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Dear Reader

I’m back after a week’s holiday with my parents  staying along the bank of Loch Lomond.  During my stay we went out and about to various places and as ever I kept my eye out for gluten free finds.

On our first day we visited Helensburgh, a pretty place on the river Clyde. This is where the river Clyde starts opening up to the sea and there was a definite smell of the sea in the air!

Helensburgh has lots of independent shops including a wool shop but Monday is a closed day for the majority of the business (this included the wool shop but I had taken plenty of projects with me).  Along the front is a Spanish Tapas Restaurant called La  Barca that has plenty of gluten free options on its menu including Meatballs. The lunchtime offer was good value and the portions are generous.

I had the meatballs, vegetable paella and salad. All of which were delicious. My mum and dad went back there for a meal after we returned home.

Tuesday saw us visiting part of Glasgow as I wanted to go to the Mackintosh Church and mum wanted to go to St Mungo Museum of Religious Art this gave us a problem of where to eat.  The museum website wasn’t clear if there was anywhere to eat. They do have a cafe and looking at the menu when we got there after we had eaten I could of had a jacket potato.

What showed up on the Internet being close by Steak, Cattle and Roll. On the menu outside there was no mention of gluten free options but we poked our heads in and asked.  The waitress was very knowledgeable. She mentioned that there were gluten free burgers and buns. However when she checked with the kitchen they had ran out of the burgers but had pulled pork which was gluten free and I could have this with a gluten free bun. The chips were not classed as gluten free as the waitress explained about cross contamination in the fryers. I love having knowledgeable staff 🙂

Wednesday saw us all heading to Falkirk to do the Falkirk Wheel. We took a packed lunch with us. There is a cafe that does food. They had gluten free Dundee Cake, gluten free Brownies and gluten free Cherry Cupcakes. Now I know in the spirit of research I should really have taste tested them all but I’m still trying to be good. So I had the Cherry Cupcakes which were delicious. I also spied and brought these:

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I’m so glad that Walkers have got on the bandwagon.  Not sure how south these travel and how available they are but good to see.

Now for some exciting gluten free news!!! As you know dear reader I share with you my findings. Until now I have never had products sent to me. I commented on a Facebook post for Newburn the gluten free arm of Warburton ‘s.   They have sent me their latest product which I can’t share with you till next week!  Watch this space 🙂 #excited

#glutenfree review – Marmalade, Chester

A few weeks ago I went to a charity fashion show with a friend. There was a raffle and I won a wonderful prize of a night in a hotel in Chester which included dinner and breakfast 🙂

OH and I used took advantage and booked for Bank Holiday. Today I have spent the day wondering round Chester and admiring the wonderful architecture. There is so much to see and do! 

Before we went I had googled gluten free places to eat. Marmalade came up in the search.

The menu is made up of various salads, jacket potatoes, soup and sandwiches. All the soups are gluten free and they can be served with gluten free bread. The sandwich fillings are also gluten free and can be made up using gluten free bread. The staff are knowledgeable and checked when hubby ordered his food if he required gluten free bread.

One other thing all the  cakes including the cheesecake are gluten free 🙂 They also have gluten free scones. I’m not going to discuss the right way of eating scones but bearing in mind I rarely eat them I just got into a mess – but it was delicious 🙂

If I’m ever up there again I’m definitely going back!