Sunday, 29 October 2017

Delicious Alchemy Chocolate Brownie Mix review

In Coeliac Awareness week I noticed that Delicious Alchemy had free delivery so I took advantage of this and ordered some mixes to try as I've only ever tried their rice porridge previously.  The delivery came quickly and it was well packaged in a small box (which I liked as there was no waste of packaging - thank you for considering the environment).

The mix was super easy to make. You only had to add melted butter and two eggs and mix it all together and then put it in the oven for 20 minutes.  Let it cool and enjoy!  Perfect if you're in a rush or aren't the best baker - you can't go wrong here!

It tastes good, chocolate-y but not overwhelming.  Look at this brownie, it looks yum!!  I loved adding strawberries are warming it through in the microwave to make it go a little squishy - perfect with ice cream!

The brownie tastes good both before freshly baked  and after freezing and defrosting again.  I freeze them making them a perfect snack to take into sixth form or out and about - you just have to plan a little in advance to remember to take it out of the freezer.

Have you tried any of their mixes and what did you think? 

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Sunday, 22 October 2017

Winter berry pie

We had some left over Wheat Free Bakery pastry from our attempt at a lemon meringue pie which you can read my post on here.  So we decided to give a winter berry pie ago as we had lots of frozen berries in the freezer.

We defrosted the berries we had that were in the freezer, they were just a mix from Waitrose and Tesco.  We then washed and chopped our cooking apples.  We placed all of this into a glass, oven proof dish trying not to get too many juices from the berry mix in as we didn't want it to damp.  We then mixed in sugar to try and make it less sharp (we didn't actually put enough sugar in ours, it was really sharp!).  Ours looked like this:

We then rolled out our left over pastry and placed it on top.  We made a little slit in the top to let any steam out.  We cooked it for about 30 minutes at 160c but the oven was already warm as it had just had our dinner cooking in it.  It turned out like this.

It tasted amazing and was perfect on a rainy day.  The pastry was delicious - I would highly recommend Wheat Free Bakery's.  We served it warm with cream but you could also have it plain or with ice cream.

Let me know if you recreate it, the measurements are very rough as we didn't really have an exact plan we started - we were just using leftovers up!

Sunday, 15 October 2017

Lemon meringue pie

I had bought some pastry from Wheat Free Bakery ages ago and froze it, I had some spare time so thought I would start to experiment.  

To start with we rolled out the pastry and had to blind bake it.  We realised pretty quickly that we didn't have the balls that you're meant to use - they were in a plant pot in the garden for decoration!!  We had to use some pasta on baking parchment instead - it worked out pretty well!  

We then filled it with shop bought lemon curd - I wouldn't recommend doing this as it just melted in the oven and when we cut it, it spilled out everywhere.  It tasted good though, just very sweet!  You could only have a small slice.

We then mixed up a simple meringue mix and spread it on, if you wanted to be fancy you could pipe it but surprise surprise, I don't own a piping bag!  We then put it in the oven for 30mins at about 160c (it was a warm oven as we had just cooked our dinner in it).  It turned out like this:

Delicious!  The pastry was amazing - I would highly recommend it, you can find it here.  If you do make your own, please tag me in any photos on Instagram.  I'm sure yours may be a little more successful than ours!

Sunday, 8 October 2017

The Seafare Fish and Chips, Cirencester

I found on Facebook The Seafare Fish and Chips in Cirencester and I was so excited to see that they have a gluten free Monday!  Fish and chips nearby is honestly so amazing!  

They do gluten free every Monday 5pm to 8pm but do check their Facebook page before you go as sometimes they have to cancel it - I presume it is because they may be short staffed but I am unsure exactly why.

As you can see below, my mum and I shared a fish and chips as well as a sausage chips.  It was honestly amazing!!

It wasn't oily at all, which I did find was a constant battle with fish and chips before I was diagnosed as a coeliac.  The portions were a great size, you really do get your moneys worth, we couldn't finish ours!  The sausage tasted so nice, I don't know where they get it from but it tasted such good quality which I'm always slightly worried about.

I had salt and vinegar on mine - they even do a gluten free vinegar, which I was very grateful for!

They put a sticker on the gluten free food to make it very clear which is gluten free (you can see in the photo above).  They also put it in a brown paper bag, which is different to the gluten containing ones which are given to you in a white plastic bag.  A separate person was in charge of doing the gluten free food to ensure no accidental cross contamination.

Before I went, I sent them a message asking about cross contamination, and the response was amazing - you can see it below.

They had completed a course on gluten free management as well as studying the Coeliac UK website in depth - this filled me with confidence.  Nothing gluten containing is fried in the gluten free fryer (I have found to be a common mistake with fish and chip shops - gluten is not killed with heat!).  They also have separate utensils and cleaning equipment so their is no chance of cross contamination.

I would highly recommend visiting The Seafare Fish and Chips if you're ever in Cirencester on a Monday.  They are so clued up and have delicious food.  I'll definitely be returning soon.  Have you ever been?  What did you order?