Gluten free coconut cream cake from Selfridges

Popped into Selfridges on a long walk back across London last weekend. They now have a totally separate section in their bakery and patisserie department dedicated to gluten and wheat free baking. The assistant was very very knowledgable and assured me that all these products are baked and prepared in a separate area. 

With a starting price of 2.99 (for a miniature sponge cake) these are only for special occasions! 

I tried the coconut cream sponge cake and the Victoria sponge cake - both £2.99. To be honest, I found them a little unspectacular and disappointing, especially as you expect something a little out of the ordinary from Selfridges. 
The sponge (made from rice flour) was a little dry and relied of much on the cream filling to balance the texture. The coconut coating was also very very sweet and overall the flavour combinations on offer were a little safe and bland. 

I think I’ll stick to Sugargrain in future for the best gluten free sponge around! Get yourself to Borough market instead…

Gluten free coconut cream cake from Selfridges

Popped into Selfridges on a long walk back across London last weekend. They now have a totally separate section in their bakery and patisserie department dedicated to gluten and wheat free baking. The assistant was very very knowledgable and assured me that all these products are baked and prepared in a separate area. With a starting price of 2.99 (for a miniature sponge cake) these are only for special occasions! I tried the coconut cream sponge cake and the Victoria sponge cake - both £2.99. To be honest, I found them a little unspectacular and disappointing, especially as you expect something a little out of the ordinary from Selfridges. The sponge (made from rice flour) was a little dry and relied of much on the cream filling to balance the texture. The coconut coating was also very very sweet and overall the flavour combinations on offer were a little safe and bland. I think I’ll stick to Sugargrain in future for the best gluten free sponge around! Get yourself to Borough market instead…
Homemade pizza using Glutafin pizza bases

Finally managed to work out how to cook these tough little critters. The trick is to part-cook them for 5 minutes in the oven before adding the toppings and then giving them a proper bake. A little dusting of oil also helps to soften up the bases.

I smothered this one with tomato purée, some mixed herbs, goats cheese, sundried tomatoes and pineapple pieces!

Homemade pizza using Glutafin pizza bases

Finally managed to work out how to cook these tough little critters. The trick is to part-cook them for 5 minutes in the oven before adding the toppings and then giving them a proper bake. A little dusting of oil also helps to soften up the bases.

I smothered this one with tomato purée, some mixed herbs, goats cheese, sundried tomatoes and pineapple pieces!

Gluten free breakfast at Carluccios

My new obsession… Carluccios’ breakfast menu! Although I often eat here in the evening I had no idea what an extensive breakfast menu they had as well. Until now…

I’ve been travelling a lot for work and it’s always a case of stuffing eat natural bars in my suitcase for an on the go safe breakfast, so when I accidentally came across a brunch I can return to time and time again, I was more than happy to eat it two days in a row!

The waitress in the branch in Bath was really clued up and mentioned that the gluten free bread was toasted separately and away from the normal bread. She double checked on every detail and I was even happier to discover that their Italian drinking chocolate is also gluten free - there’s so few places that I can safely order this.

My only gripe is the consistency in the product in different branches. The Bristol breakfast was tiny in comparison to my first experience in Bath and I was only served a single slice of bread (which didn’t really seem very substantial for an £8 dish).

In conclusion, lots of protein rich options for coeliacs on the go. Just make sure they don’t short change you on the gluten free bread!

Gluten Free Fish and Chips at the White Hart Inn at Llangybi, Wales.

They really seem to understand the needs of a coeliac here, with separate fryers for gluten free batter mix and the chips. The staff were really au fait with cross contamination issues and made it seem like an every day request. Seriously impressed and highly recommend you drop in here if you are ever in South Wales.

Gluten Free Fish and Chips at the White Hart Inn at Llangybi, Wales.

They really seem to understand the needs of a coeliac here, with separate fryers for gluten free batter mix and the chips. The staff were really au fait with cross contamination issues and made it seem like an every day request. Seriously impressed and highly recommend you drop in here if you are ever in South Wales.

Gram flour pancakes

Gram flour is an excellent gluten free flour that also packs a protein heavy punch. I mix half a cup of flour with half a cup of water, a pinch of garlic salt and baking powder and fry in coconut oil. Smother with houmous and avocado slices or add finely chopped sweet peppers to the batter mix for added crunch!

Bean medley with cashew nuts, coconut oil and whole grain rice
After being sick for the last few weeks I’ve decided to get back to basics and focus on cooking from scratch with lots of protein and fresh ingredients. I whipped this up with what was left in the fridge and store cupboard. Just a scoop of coconut oil infuses the whole dish with a gorgeous aroma and taste.

Bean medley with cashew nuts, coconut oil and whole grain rice

After being sick for the last few weeks I’ve decided to get back to basics and focus on cooking from scratch with lots of protein and fresh ingredients. I whipped this up with what was left in the fridge and store cupboard. Just a scoop of coconut oil infuses the whole dish with a gorgeous aroma and taste.