The other day I asked the other humany people in the house if we needed anything from Tesco and my son piped up that we needed eggs. I said that we had eggs but he said no eggs!!! He meant left over Easter eggs that were going cheap. Nice idea I thought, good man, taught him well over the years. So I went on a mission.
They had a lot of mini egg type things going cheap and no big eggs except for the last two remaining Free From eggs which said a lot really. I mean the poor dairy free, wheat and gluten free just gets left behind like no one ever wants a chocolate egg without milk eh?
Well I do and for a discounted price I bought the last two. This was obviously to make them feel they were just as good as the other dairy products and just as loved you understand. Well I have to say they are very nice. I haven't pigged them both but I have eaten one, honest!
I have to say that free from chocolate is very light, it doesn't make you feel as though you've eaten the whole of Cadbury's and it isn't sickly or rich. This may be a disadvantage as you can, in fact eat more I suppose, oops. The big egg was accompanied by some small truffle type chocolates which were equally nice, I mean it's chocolate isn't it? It's all nice.
You will notice the difference if you are a chocolate expert and know what you like but for those who have to stay away from the old dairy it's a good replacement. It looked nice in it's Tesco Finest packet and I thought I got a bargain. Would I have paid full price? Well not sure as I don't really have a problem, with full on, fully leaded milk chocolate but it was nice to try it.
That's the time to buy chocolate eggs, after Easter.....so cheap. Some are cheap anyway when they are released after Christmas so probably good to buy then. You never quite feel like it though when you've just stuffed yourself full of Celebrations and Quality Street after the festive period and it's always a shock to even think about Easter that early.
So I now need a low fat diet of some sort to get over the chocolate binge but hey I'm sure I'll work it of in some way. Bye to chocolate and hello salad.
Thank you fro reading today, please pop by tomorrow for Autism Support Saturday but for now take care.
Crikey how hard is it to be gluten free and vegetarian? Well easy really if you are cooking some recipes that involve fresh ingredients but when I'm looking at veggie mince and sausages, well a lot of seem to contain wheat.
I'm not taking it too seriously I suppose, but I have fell out of love with meat. I don't seem to enjoy preparing it or eating it these days. I don't fair too well as a serious vegetarian as I don't like mushrooms or peppers so I am not onto a good start. There is still stuff left though and I am enjoying finding new things to eat.
I know the Quorn range has a lot of gluten free products but here again I stumble on a problem. I have eaten Quorn before and have been poorly sick so I am a bit reluctant to try it again. I'm not sure whether it has something I am allergic to or that it just doesn't agree with me. Maybe something is just telling me that this veggie thing not a good idea.
Luckily I do like a lot of other veggies so I might get through and all I'm looking for really is meat substitutes but I suppose it is a big debate as to why? If I am giving up meat why do I want something that looks like meat? It's because I really like a bolognese or a chilli so I would like a bit of mince. If anyone knows a gluten free one then please let me know.
I enjoyed a lovely vegetarian roast dinner last weekend which was basically a plate full of roast vegetables with a gluten free cauliflower cheese and gluten free gravy and it was so tasty, I didn't miss the meat at all. I will keep trying, after all if it's what I want to enjoy my food then I will work around it. Who knows I may even get used to mushrooms and peppers!
Thank you for reading today, as I've already mentioned, if you do have any recommendations for gluten free products I can eat then let me know in the comments. I will be back tomorrow for Pass the Remote but for now.......
When I see an announcement in the 'free from' world I tend to get a bit excited especially if it involves something as yummy as cheese I'm there! It's so good to. be able to eat the same things that the gluteny people eat.
So when I saw an advert for these Mozzarella Sticks from Morrisons I thought I would go straight down there and get a packet. It only seemed right to cook some up and consume them just to let you know what they were like. It was hell but hey someone has to do it.
They were really lovely, very soft and cheesy and because of the mozzarella, very stringy. They can be found in the freezer department and they take just eight minutes to cook from frozen. brilliant if you want a snack or accompaniment with a main meal. I think the packet would serve two people but I ate the whole lot to myself, call me greedy or just a big cheese fan.
So go and try them and see what you think, they do have a great range of free from food at Morrisons, I am truly impressed.
Thank you for reading today, I will be back tomorrow for Autism Support Saturday so join me then.
Take care for now.
I have just recently started buying the Free From items from Sainsbury's as they have a fantastic selection. I mean this is just a few items available on the Free From aisle but it's the food available in the fridge that is such a bonus.
There are pork pies, quiches, cheesecake, apple pie and pizza. these are all things I have really missed. I am just loving a bit of pork pie with salad, oh it's just free from heaven. I mean don't get me wrong the other supermarkets have a good selection too but I think Sainsbury's has that bit more.
To have cheesecake as well is bliss, before I've just slobbered over the gluten ones and dreamed of owning my own and now I can. I actually feel as though I have proper food in my fridge and in my cupboards now and I don't have to take any silly risks with gluten food stuff. I know silly me.
So if you are gluten free and dairy free, get yourself to Sainsbury's as there is so much to eat!! Go now.....don't worry about those calories, it's being able to eat and be happy so just go and get something for a treat if you are dieting, you will not regret it.
Thank you so much for reading today, come back tomorrow for Autism Support Saturday but for now......
Why go gluten free for fun
if it's not hurting your tum or bum?
So many diets and foods to choose
but going gluten free, your weight you'll not lose
If anything you will put weight on
as food without gluten has to be compensated on
Bread falls apart and cakes turn to crumb
why would you do this unless it's to save your tum?
It takes all of your money out of your purse
that's one reason I'm writing this verse
Another is to tell you it's not all that
unless there is a reason backed up with a fact
So eat the gluten if you can tolerate it well
don't cut it out because your poo or trumps over smell
I've seen some reasons why people eliminate the gluten
it's become more fashionable since the invention of the futon
It's a serious thing if it's to see you right
but not if weightless is your only plight
So before you start allowing this way of eating to be unfurled
it way be just as wise to stick to Slimming World
Thanks for reading today....join me again tomorrow
for Autism Support Saturday
but for now....
Now these are a bit of luxury, exclusive to Aldi, a gorgeous little dessert just waiting to be eaten. Well story is that I did eat it and it was very nice and another one too, no not on the same day, that would be too greedy.
I purchased this flavour thinking that it had fruit in it so it must be good and I also had the Lemon Posset one which contained lemons so again I thought nice and fruity. They do also come in Chocolate and Salted Caramel and a Milk Chocolate flavour so I shied away from those as I though they would contain too many calories. Although I have ditched Slimming World for now I didn't want to go too far.
Secret is though they are all very calorific but they a taste so heavenly. Just have one for a treat now and again and don't think about the calories. They are a gorgeous velvety texture and so you don't have to scoff it all down quick, it's one of those desserts that you see people eating on the adverts, all slow and almost seductive. Oh I say.....we don't normally get saucy on the brew eh?
You do get a prize with these desserts as you are not just left with a crappy plastic container that you can't recycle, I know, I feel your pain Mr Attenborough! Instead you are left with a classy little ceramic pot that you can use again, for more desserts or perfect to put nibbles in. Oh and did I say they are all gluten free as well so go forth an devour yourself in pudding heaven.
There is more information about the products from Love Something on their website here: www.lovesomething.co
Thank you for reading today and I do apologise if I have tempted you into a luxury dessert that you were trying to avoid in Aldi. Quick push the trolley fast past the nice stuff, stick to your Quark and low fat yogurts as I know how it can make a difference and then when you get to target weight treat yourself to one of these.
I will be back tomorrow for Autism Support Saturday, crikey how these weeks fly by, I cannot believe it. For now though you take care for now.
These biscuit breaks from Nairn's are blooming gorgeous. Now, you know what I have been like with my new little fetish on coconut just lately well I thought I would give these little beauties a go.
Nairn's have a few gluten free biscuits in their range and in nice flavours. The biscuits are wrapped in little handy packs of three which I like because I can just pop one in my handbag and they are there for an emergency snack. All snacks are an emergency to me, if I need to snack it has to happen straight away and these certainly help in that emergency situation.
I also like that there are just three biscuits in a pack, some of these packs have too many in and you either force yourself to eat all of them ( I know hell eh?) or you decide to save some and are left with the fact that the packet usually doesn't re seal. Random biscuits floating around in a handbag is not acceptable especially if you forget and find them in a month covered in handbag fluff.....not good.
There will never be a totally healthy biscuit but these do contain 35% less sugar, contain gluten free wholegrain oats which are high in fibre and are only 64 calories per biscuit so not bad for a snack and a change from fruit. It does say they are chunky but I think that is a bit misleading, they are a little bit thicker than other biscuits in their selection but if you are searching for serious chunkiness then you may be disappointed.
They taste lovely and I think are the nicest ones in the Nairn's range that I have had the pleasure of eating. I do like that added coconut taste and a chocolate chip now and again. You can get a fruity version if that is your thing, they are available in oats, blueberries and raspberry flavour too.
So give them a go if you haven't already and tell me what you think. Thank you so much for reading today, I will be back tomorrow for Autism Support Saturday but for now enjoy your biscuits and take care.
I feel as though I've been dieting forever, well I've been with Slimming World for a few years now and I just can't get with it. I lost two stone and then got stuck really and never got back into it. So I thought, do you know what? I'm just going to give it a rest.
I'm hoping that with all the information and knowledge I've picked up I will at least be able to maintain the loss I achieved but I'm just fed up with it. Life has changed a bit now and I haven't got time to list how many items of food I've been eating all day, and making sure I stick to those syns.
Some days at the moment I'm too busy to even think about food but I do drink my tea, thank goodness. If I'm busy then thats good, I'm not just snacking because of boredom or because the food is around. I'm going to still make sure I have some healthy meals and fill up on syn free stuff, I think it's been drilled into so much the last few years I automatically follow the diet anyway.
The other thing is though I'll save the money, it is quite pricey every few months to pay the subscription online so I think I will put that money to use elsewhere for now. I'll probably be moaning in a few weeks that I'm fat again and I need to be thin for summer. We'll see, but for now I feel a bit relieved and a bit free from it all. Of course I still need to stick to my gluten free diet as that is necessary but at least I will be able to have my porridge and a some bread in the same day (slimming worlders will get that). You can only have one or the other when having the healthy extra options you see.
I'm not knocking the diet in anyway as it has been brilliant and a good healthy way to eat but I need a break and then maybe later I can pick it up again and start fresh. I do truly believe that to follow a diet you have to have your heart and mind set on it otherwise there is no motivation. You have to have a meaning and reason to do it and I must be just happy in my skin at the moment.
So here's to being diet free for a while.....I'll keep you posted on how it goes. for now though you all take care and I will be back tomorrow with Autism Support Saturday......thanks for reading today.
Yes that is all that is left folks, I had to take a quick snap of it before it completely disappeared. This yummy creation was dropped off to me this week by my friend and it was just what I needed.
It is a lovely jam and coconut sponge, gluten free too!! I know she mentioned that the recipe came from a school dinner type theme, remember those? Instead of just eating it as it is all alone I did decide to pair it up with a bit of custard just like old times (not the pink stuff as everyone remembers). Oh it was heaven......it works well with a bit of squirty cream too if you don't fancy the custard.
What a delight and you do need to try this so I did a bit of research and found a Jam and Coconut School Dinner Sponge recipe from Becky Excell who is a gluten free blogger, take a look at her blog at www.glutenfreecuppatea.co.uk but here is the link to this recipe
Have fun trying the recipe and most of all have the best fun eating it as it really is a delicious combination. I was never that keen on coconut at all but now I seem to really like it - oh what a shame, may have to make this cake myself. Thanks Alison for brightening my day, it was a truly lovely treat.
Thank you for reading today, I will be here again tomorrow for Autism Support Saturday but for now.....
eat cake and take care.
Yes it was my birthday yesterday and another year older, I'm not sure how long I can still draw out the 'twenty one again' tag but hey you're only as old as you feel. Talking about twenty one, that's when you get the key to the door isn't it? Well I did have that with the key to my new florist shop so I chose to share my birthday with the opening of my new flower pad.
It was a bit of a wash out really, not for the shop but the weather was terrible and being situated on a park it didn't bring out many of the people walking about. I can't say I blame them either, there were some dedicated runners and walkers that meant business early on but I think even they decided to head for shelter. It was one of those days when you do look out and think 'naa not today thank you'.
It usually snows pretty heavily on my birthday so I could have been digging my way through a snowdrift to open up the shop, I should be thankful for small mercies. I was thankful as I had so many well wishes and support but there is always that one friend who just knows what you need on your birthday.....a bit of chocolate.
These 'Free From' treats from Tesco came along and just made my day. The mini chocolate chip muffins are gorgeous, very light and fluffy. In fact I bought some non gluten free ones for my boys the other day and have been pining over them so having my own 'free from' ones was such a welcome. The little Belgian chocolate wafer bar is a biscuit very similar to a Kit Kat. I love a Kit Kat and these are a very nice alternative, in fact a little nicer because they are wrapped in the Belgian chocolate.....Yummy.
Together with a bottle of Bucks Fizz too I felt as if I had been completely spoilt and that also goes for the other pressies I received too. Thanks to everyone. I really need these treats though as last night I started with a cold so I thought stuff the diet I need to feel better and although the cold and flu tablets stop the snot running you can't beat a nice 'free from' muffin (well ok - two or three....eek, caught me out).
Tesco have a great range of Free From items and all sorts of treats in biscuit and cake form, even celebration cakes too so do have a look (and taste). Although do try and buy before you taste otherwise you may get some strange looks from the Tesco staff if you just devour cakes straight from the shelf. I've never tried it but I can imagine it may not go down to well.
Thank you for reading today, please do pop back tomorrow for Autism Support Saturday but for now.....you all take care now.