Sunday, 17 September 2017

The Kitchen Table, Mumbles

I asked on my Instagram as well as on a Facebook group where people would recommend to eat in Mumbles and The Kitchen Table was recommended to me multiple times (I think it was 6!) so it is highly thought of in the coeliac / gluten free community and I can see why!

I trusted the staff so much and I felt they fully understood cross contamination - especially being as I wasn't ill at all afterwards.  The gluten free options are listed on their normal menu and there are lots of options available for us.  It is amazing how many options we do have.  They make gluten free ordering so easy and doesn't make you feel different, which I love.

I had a gluten free fish and chips which was honestly amazing.  I was expecting yummy food but I wasn't prepared for how good this meal was.  The batter was amazing, really crispy and wasn't oily at all.  The chips maybe the best chips I've ever tried!!  I tried mushy peas for the first time and they were delicious.  I'm fairly certain it was homemade which made even more delicious.  I also loved the sauce which complimented the dish so so well.


My mum had gluten free five bean nachos which I obviously had to try too!  It was delicious!  I honestly, didn't realise it was vegetarian.  The cheese topping with the five beans tasted so good with everything.  My mum couldn't eat all of it as it is such a good portion size.  The sauces on the side, we also think were homemade and my mum said how delicious it all was.


I cannot wait to go back to Mumbles on my holiday next year to try some more of The Kitchen Table's offerings.  They had so many gluten free options available as well as vegetarian and vegan options too.  The menu was so extensive and the staff were all so so nice.  I went in for lunch but I they also do breakfasts, puddings and I believe they do dinners too.

Have you ever eaten at The Kitchen Table, Mumbles?  What did you order when you were there?

Sunday, 10 September 2017

Good Full Stop review

I have tried so many cereal  bars, I love the ease of just having a bar when I'm out and on the go, as well as being able to keep it in my bag so I know there's always food out there for me.

So when I was very kindly sent a box of goodies from Good Full Stop to try and review, I was very excited.  You can find them at Holland & Barrett, Grape Tree stores as well as many independent shops.  They've very kindly given my readers a discount code of GFSBLOG for 50% off your first order, how good is that?!


The first bars I tried was the choc & orange and the double choc.  The choc & orange one tasted delicious, I really liked the strong flavour of orange as it reminds me of a chocolate orange!  It made me thinking I was eating something unhealthy when in reality I was eating something pretty good for me!!
The double choc one I had after the gym, it stopped any hunger I had and definitely refueled me after the exercise.  The chocolate flavour is quite strong but it was perfectly fine for after exercise. 
I gave my Granny the mocha & caffeine as I'm not a caffeine fan, she has reported back saying it was very yummy!  I'm glad she enjoyed it.


The choc & mint one tasted very minty - perfect if you love minty chocolate! It'll make you smell very nice, minty fresh if you'd like!! 
Mixed nuts is perfect if you want a nutty snack bar to fuel you.  If you're a fan of nuts, this is the one for you! I especially like this as nuts provide such good fuel for energy and is a great for after exercise. 


The raspberry was my favourite, it was very subtle but that's my ideal bar! I loved the smell of this one.
Cherry & maple tasted good too, this was also subtle, probably my second favourite! This smelt amazing!


I have to say spicy foods are not my thing at all, so my mum tried them. She said double choc & chili wasn't too strong on the chili and was a nice combination with the chocolate flavour.
Fiery choc and chili was exactly that - fiery!!  It was a little too fiery for my mum but if you're into heat, this is your thing.  Let me know if you can handle the heat!!



Visit their website here, and use the code GFSBLOG for 50% off your first order.  And, don't forget to tag me on Instagram in any posts!!

You can keep up with their social media: Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.  Make sure you keep up with their latest news!

I would just like to thank Good Full Stop for sending me their bars to try.  Although I was sent them, all opinions are my own and I am not being paid in response to this post or any social media posts related.

Sunday, 3 September 2017

Forest & Shore hallelujah hair oil review

I have found that since my coeliac diagnosis, I get very dry hair and very dry skin.  I have no idea why but I do know that others suffer the same issues.  I have to constantly use moisturising products to keep my skin soft and hair not frizzy!  Emily very kindly contacted me to ask if I would like to try her new brand, Forest & Shore, hallelujah hair oil for dry or damaged hair.  I jumped at the chance as it's something that would benefit my hair so much and I knew that some of you would find it useful too as I'm not the only one with dry hair (or skin!).  It is also cruelty free which I do really love.



As you can see, the packaging is amazing!  The bottle comes in a cardboard box that has this neutral floral pattern on, this is completely my aesthetics!  The product comes in a class jar with a pipette to dispense the product from.  I feel so fancy when I use this hair oil!!

It smells honestly amazing, the packaging says it is 'a blend of olive, sesame, coconut, arnica, rosemary and lavender essential oils' - they all go together so beautifully.

So, how is it helping my hair?
My hair is not frizzy anymore!  I put around 3 drops on my hand and rub it into the ends of my hair, every night after I wash my hair.  I then roughly blow dry it and my hair doesn't go frizzy at all.  I have very thick hair and I often find it can go uncontrollable I don't have a product in my hair.  I used to find that sometimes my hair felt too heavy and weighed down with certain oils, but as you use so little of this oil, I don't have this issue.



The delivery...
I ordered the product on Friday 18th and it was meant to be delivered between Thursday 24th to Wednesday 30th (it was a bank holiday weekend) which I thought was pretty quick - 3 to 5 working days.  But no.  It got delivered on Tuesday 22nd!  How quick is that?!  I was honestly so impressed!  I love speedy delivery, I get excited for a parcel when I order and when it comes quickly, it means I get to use it quicker - bonus!!



As you can see in the above photo, it is free from synthetic fragrances, synthetic colours, parabens, sulfates, silicone, EDTA and mineral oil.  It is 100% organic and is soil association approved.  They are suitable for vegetarians and vegans, none of their products have been tested on animals.  It is also recyclable.

You can buy the product here.
Follow Forest & Shore on Instagram here.
Follow Emily Forests, the founder, here.

I hope you have found this useful, as it is something a little different for my blog but I did think it would help many of you.  Do let me know if you've tried it and you're thoughts.  Thank you once again to Emily and the team at Forest & Shore for giving me this opportunity to try your amazing hair oil.  
As always, all opinions are on my own.  I have not been paid and have no obligation to say anything or post about this product - I just love it so thought you'd want to hear about it!

Sunday, 27 August 2017

AQUA Carpatica water review

This week, I have been very kindly sent AQUA Carpatica to try and test out.

I can be very fussy with my water as I think many bottled water tastes funny!  Over the years I have presumed this is as a result of the water source running through rocks which give off a funny taste (to me).  I didn't have this problem with AQUA Carpatica water and I think it is because of it having such a low mineral content which is giving it the clean taste with no funny after taste.




I love the bottle shape - it is rectangular!  Something so so simple but it makes it feel so fancy and really expensive.  Some water bottles I think look ugly, but you could never say that about this shape.  It also has 500ml in which is great, sometimes I am finding that bottles are getting smaller, which I am not happy about!  Also, I don't drink alcohol so I take my own water with me and this bottle looks so pretty, I wouldn't be embarrassed to take it out and have a drink at a party.  I'm also finding that sometimes bottles aren't very good quality from other brands and I am unable to reuse them as they go out of shape, this isn't an issue with AQUA Carpatica bottles - I can reuse it over and over again - ideal!

I'm starting to go the gym as well as carrying on with my pilates and dressage.  I often find even after drinking I still feel thirsty.  By AQUA Carpatica having natural electrolytes it is meant to improve hydration and help you feel hydrated for longer.  It also has a naturally alkaline pH (7.8) which helps to assist in digestion and metabolism.  I am always trying to find ways to help with my digestion now I'm coeliac as sometimes I find it is a little slow and sluggish.  Metabolism, is something we all like to be quick!

I am very concerned about the environment ans therefore packaging of the products I buy.  The bottles are 100% recyclable which I love!  I hate buying products that you are unable to recycle, I think it is so pointless.  If we all do our bit for the environment, improvements will be seen.  It is also BPA free - this is a chemical which companies coat their plastics in, research has been done and sometimes it is seen to seem into drinks and food which may have possible health risks associated.  Being as the uncertainty around BPA products, it is always better to be safe than sorry so I do try to avoid.

You can buy the bottles at:
  • Ocado
  • Harrods
  • Whole Food
  • Amazon
  • As Nature Intented
  • As well as over 600 independent stores

I couldn't believe how reasonably priced they are:
  • RRP 0.65p for 500ml Still Natural Mineral Water
  • RRP 0.69p for 500ml Naturally Sparkling Natural Mineral Water
  • RRP £0.79 for 1 litre and £0.99 for 1.5 litre Still Natural Mineral Water
  • RRP £1.09 for 1.5 litre Naturally Sparkling Natural Mineral Water

There are three types of water (left to right): natural sparkling, natural still mineral water, natural sparkling forte.  Still mineral is my fav but there's something to suit everyone!

Have you ever tried them before?  What were your thoughts?  I really loved them!

Sunday, 20 August 2017

Gluten free Facebook groups - which ones to join?




I never realised there was such a massive community on Facebook with coeliacs creating groups to help support one another.  I only discovered these groups after I had settled in with the gluten free diet and got used to being a coeliac but I wish I had found them sooner, they would have been really useful in the early days.  So the ones I'm a member of and find super useful are:

Coeliacs in the UK - this group has nearly 17,000 members and is specifically for people in the UK which is very good as you know the knowledge is relevant to this country (if you aren't in the UK, there are similar groups for other countries) 

Gluten Free and Me - this group has nearly 22,000 members so is also very large.  I often find, the larger the group, the more responses you get.  I do find it worthwhile being members of many groups as they all offer something slightly different.

not another boring CD / GF group - this group was originally set up for James to tell everyone his stories about being a coeliac, now it has turned into a group with humour, this group gives humour to bad situations!

GUTs Coeliac UK - this is Coeliac UK's official group for 'Gluten Free Under Thirties'.  It is specifically designed for people 18 to 30 (I'm 17 and find it useful).  It is the perfect place to get people at similar ages, who are probably going through similar struggles advice.

Grub without Gluten (and other matters gluten free) - this is similar to the other groups but the only slight difference is that you have to get your post approved.  They are very quick at approving posts so no issues there!

Coeliacs Eat Out Too - this is purely for your eating out recommendations and questions. I find this very useful as it is only eating out so no need to sieve through various other posts

Coeliacs Eat In Too - this is purely for eating in, similar to the one previously really!

Coeliac Disease for Beginners - you don't have to be a beginner to join this group, if you have been a long term coeliac, you are able to give advice and to help people newly diagnosed.  This is a smaller group of under 1000 members if that is what you like.

There are certain groups for certain areas depending on where you live, these would be useful for finding local places to eat and local recommendations.  There are also weight loss support groups and support groups if you have children.  Honestly, I think there are groups out there for pretty much any coeliac need, just have a quick search and I'm sure you'll find something suitable.

Sunday, 13 August 2017

Gluten free chocolate flapjack

I made these delicious gluten free chocolate flapjacks with Sainsbury's deliciously free from oats and deliciously free from dark chocolate.  They're quick and easy to make, if you do re-create, don't forget to tag me!


Ingredients:
300g butter
150g demerara sugar
3 tbsp golden syrup
450g porridge oats (this is the size of the Sainsbury's bag)
100g chocolate (this is the size of the Sainsbury's bar)

Cooking instructions:
200C (gas mark 6) for 15 minutes

Method: 
  1. Preheat the oven and prepare your tin
  2. Melt the butter, sugar and golden syrup in a bowl.  I a put a saucepan full of water on the hob and placed the bowl on top and melted this way.
  3.  Once melted, add the oats and mix thoroughly.  You need to ensure all the oats are coated in the melted mixture as otherwise they won't stick together.
  4. Once everything is coated, add the chocolate.  I cut mine into small chunks, the size of the chunks is up to you!
  5. Then, put into your tin and push down ensuring it gets into every corner.  I then cut it and pushed down any excess again.  These lines will be my guides once it is cooked.
  6. Place in the oven and wait!
  7. Once out of the oven, cut the flapjacks properly whilst still warm.  This makes it easier to cut.
  8. Enjoy!  And don't forget to tag me in any photos posted!
I hope you enjoy your flapjacks!  Tag me in your photos!

Monday, 7 August 2017

Where have I been?

As some of you may have noticed, I have taken a break from blogging recently.  I struggled to find the time to sit down and write a blog post while balancing my time with my school work as well as part time jobs and other activities I do.  However, I have still been posting on my Instagram page daily so if you aren't following that already, you can follow me here.

So what have I actually been doing in the period I disappeared on here?
I've been at sixth form studying for mock exams as well as having the normal work load associated.  I have also been working at my weekend job and have just started volunteering twice a week in my summer holidays. As I'm writing this, I got back from my holiday to the Gower, Wales yesterday so I've had a week off.  I wanted to focus on my Instagram in the period where I was rushed off my feet and make sure that was the best it could be and not have two mediocre platforms. 

So I have decided that I shall start blogging again which I hope will please some of you! I will be posting every Sunday at 9am again. If I miss a week, I apoligise now but sixth form work does take priority. 



I will be writing several posts in August and scheduling them as I am on my summer holidays so if you have any post ideas or questions you want answered, don't hesitate to message me and I will do my best to include as many as possible.  The next few posts I wrote previously had them saved as drafts so look out for those.

I do have an idea myself though for Instagram and wanted your thoughts on it.  I was thinking that being as I can't get all over the UK and although I would love to, I just can't try every gluten free brand, products or eatery.  So to overcome this, I thought about featuring my followers recommendations with their photos and a little caption and review written by them.  I would make it clear it was a followers suggestion and I would tag them.  Being as my account is food items that are gluten free and coeliac suitable, the food featured would have to be this.  Is this something you would like on my page or would you rather for me to give it a miss?  Please message, email or comment to let me know your thoughts.

Thank you for being so patient with me and I hope you like my new content.  I shall see you again next Sunday at 9am.

glutenandme x

Sunday, 4 June 2017

Gluten free cereal cakes

I hope you enjoy making these super easy cereal cakes!  I adapt the recipe to whatever I have in my cupboards so feel free to play around with what you include.


Ingredients:
75g butter
150g chocolate
4 tbsp golden syrup
150g cereal (I used 50g of each of the following: buckwheat, Kallo puffed rice, nutribrex)

Method:
  1. Melt the butter, chocolate and golden syrup in a bowl.
  2. Once all melted, add to your cereal mix 
  3. Ensure it is all coated
  4. Spoon into your cupcake cases
  5. Put into the fridge
I hope you enjoy making these super easy and super quick cereal cakes!  Tag me in any photos of the ones you make!

Sunday, 28 May 2017

Gluten free ingredients checklist



Here is a list of ingredients that are gluten free and not.  I have gathered the list from a variety of sources that I have deemed reliable.  I hope you find it useful. 

Gluten free
Agar
Cornflour
Maize starch
Polenta
Amaranth
Cornstarch
Maltodextrin
Potato starch
Arrowroot
Flax/linseed
Millet
Quinoa
Besan
Glucose syrup
Modified maize starch
Rice / rice bran
Buckwheat
Codex wheat starch
Modified starch
Rice flour
Carrageenan
Gram flour
Mustard flour
Rice malt
Chana
Hops
Gluten free flour
Rice rusk
Corn
Maize
Pea starch
Sago
Xantham gum
Urd/urid/urad
Yam flour
Whey
Sorghum
Soya
Tapioca/manioc/cassava
Tapioca starch
Teff




This is the crossed grain symbol, it guarentees it is gluten free and safe to eat!



Gluten containing (also avoid may contains)
Barley
Emmer
Spelt
Wheat protein
Barley flour
Emmer wheat
Rusk
Wheat rusk
Barley malt
Farro
Rye
Wheat starch
Bulgar wheat
Freekeh
Rye flour

Couscous
Khorasan wheat (Kamut)
Triticale

Dinkel
Modified wheat starch
Wheat

Durum wheat
Pearl barley
Wheat bran

Einkorn
Semolina
Wheat flour