That was a song wasn't it? A Love Supreme mmmm (thinking but actually googling) by........Will Downing. I remember now because it was a classic example of a missed heard lyric as instead of 'love supreme' we used to sing 'lots of cream'. Find it on You Tube, it's a oldie from 1988.
I like the play on words with this soup from Aldi though 'Soupreme' brilliant and it is a brilliant soup. Gluten free so I'm eating this to my hearts content and low on the old syns with Slimming World, it's a winner.
I've actually bought the creamy Leek and Potato which is 10.5 syns for the whole 600ml but I have tasted the Carrot and Coriander which is only 3 syns for the same amount so you can't go wrong. Their soups also come in 400g cans too with similar reasonable syn values and they taste great as well. Some soups tend to be a bit wishy washy if they are low fat but this is like a proper wholesome homemade soup.
I look a bit like I'm hoarding all of Aldi's stock of soup in my fridge as I also have the Tomato and Basil which I've had tonight with some gluten free toast......very nice on these cold winter nights. It's the ultimate winter food and really filling as well, I may have turned into a soup-a-holic.
Give them a try and see what you think. I know a lot of them contain some milk so it wouldn't be an option for the dairy freer's amongst us but I find it is easy to make your own soup too so that may be a way of combating that and keeping it all gluten free as well. If you make your own it's like anything else you know exactly what's in it and there's no preservatives and hidden baddies. Oh I can feel a soup maker coming on although I do find a pan and a blender is just as easy to use.
Let me know what you think anyway if you have tried these soups, likey or no likey as Paddy would say. Enjoy them and keep warm.....I will catch you for Autism Support Saturday tomorrow but for now........
I thought I would just share another gluten free snack while we are all still weaning ourselves down from the snackerthon at Christmas. It's hard to come down from all the food we consume over the holidays right down to a lettuce leaf for Weight Watchers, Slimming World or whatever diet you follow.
The fact is if you struggle you can have a little snack somewhere along the line as long as you don't go overboard. These little baked beauties are really tasty and quite nicely fill a little gap sometimes. I have purchased these from Aldi but they are very similar to Pop Chips which are sold in other supermarkets. They are gluten free and suitable for vegetarians, here we have the mixed vegetable snacks but they are also available in barbeque and sour cream and onion flavours too.
If you are following Slimming World as I am then these will set you back 5.5 syns for 25g so not too bad. I don't eat them all the time but they are nice to have around if I get that savoury craving. It's funny because by eating vegetable crisps we always feel that they will be more healthy but then potatoes are blooming veggies as well and no crisps are healthy are they? If you're like me though I just need that salted snack fix though now and again and it's so nice to reach for something gluten free. I'm forever reading packets, if you hear a woop of delight in a supermarket then it's probably me getting excited because a product is gluten free.
I feel like running around the supermarket sometimes shouting 'look it's gluten free, this is gluten free.....hallelujah - it's a miracle, join me in this celebration' but no everyone looks at me a bit funny. I love the 'free from' aisle in a shop, it's my special place to go where everything is alright to eat. I ponder at the cakes and puddings wishing that one day again I will eat them again but just settling for pasta and wafer thin crackers.
It's a bit like the eighties gameshow Bullseye, 'oh look Sue from the Brew this is what you could be eating'. No speedboat or caravan for me just a consolation Bully to take home. If you were born late on then there must be an old episode on You Tube, it was a classic. You would get a contestant from Birmingham who didn't own a car but won a speedboat and thinking what the heck am I gonna do with that? They would still smile and say 'thanks Jim', Jim Bowen (gameshow host) - top bloke.
Well that's me done for today so onto Autism Support Saturday tomorrow, come and join me for that but for now you all take care and keep warm, it's getting a bit chilly now.
I've never really understood the whole gluten bread bread thing with Slimming World. Well I do get it but I suppose I don't agree with it is what I'm trying to say. I lost a good two stone a while back ignoring a few rules about the bread so I figure it doesn't really matter in the long run and I'm definitely not awake thinking about it. In fact I may try and drift off to sleep one night thinking about slices of bread jumping over Slimming World HQ.
Now I usually have the Genius Farmhouse Brown Bread because I really love it which is 36g per slice. I can have 2 slices of any brown or multiseeded bread at approx 60g as a Healthy Extra B. Slimming World has the Genius bread at one slice on a HEB which I just think is daft, have you actually seen the size of gluten free bread? I have to squint to see if it is actually on my plate. I can understand normal bread (shall we say) or maybe I should call it non gluten free bread being a HEB at one slice because its blooming massive, you get double the bread. In fact you could probably fit two slices of gluten free on a slice with the gluten in.
I know it's all about the weight and tell me about it, that's the whole point of dieting isn't it? Weights of food, weight of the body but blimey there is not much weight in a slice of gluten free bread. For 12g's over I'm calling it two slices and taking the approximately 60g at 72g so arrest me. I might just cut the crusts off to see if that makes a difference but then Im left with bread the size of a postage stamp and frankly that just becomes a posh canapé, that my friends is a party snack to me.
Get me, getting a bit assertive with my diet, I am having two slices of gluten free bread on a HEB like it or lump it, that felt good. I'm also sticking with butter, obviously I'll be good and syn that though with the extra HEA we get now and did think 'oh come on Slimming World give us a break'. I can't be doing with low fat spread, it's got lots of rubbish in it. Sugar is another thing too, I've dropped the sweeteners and I can tell you I haven't had any weird palpitations since giving those up, that tells me they may not be very good for me.
Dieting is one thing but eating unnecessary chemicals is another thing entirely. My grandad always used to say, eat what you like but in moderation and thats not bad advice. I'm also favouring the Mediterranean diet, people eating that just live forever so I may just incorporate that in. I'll have so many syns on Slimming World they will kick me off. Ahhh we'll see!
Anyway my brewsters I'm off to battle another day and try to keep on track with the gluten free diet, with added Slimming World and a touch of the Mediterranean. Wish me luck!!
I will be back tomorrow for Autism Support Saturday but for now.....
Wow I got this lovely gift of a gluten free brownie mix for Christmas, I know, good eh? Someone knows me very well. All the ingredients are weighed out, popped in plastic bags and presented in a cute little gift box. The instructions are in there too and with this mix all you have to do is add 100g of butter and 3 eggs. Easy peasy.....and you can even make this vegan friendly to by adding a dairy free butter and egg replacer. The ingredients supplied are nut free so this really is a great free from experience.
I baked it yesterday and my goodness it takes so good. You know how some packet mixes are a bit bland and boring, well this is just fantastic. it really is so easy to do and the result is just the best brownies I've tasted in ages and baked by me. You could use this mix to bake with young ones as it is all measured out, there is a bit of pan work but hey kids get a good adult to assist and away you go.
There are detailed instructions as I've said but basically with this mix you pop the flour/sugar mix into a mixing bowl and whisk in your eggs or egg replacer. Melt the butter in a pan and add the chocolate chips until smooth, then add this to the flour/sugar/egg mix and pour onto a greased baking tray 18cm x 30cm. Bake for 20 minutes on 170 and after that let it cool on a wire tray until ready to eat, yes it's that easy.
I've eaten some warmed up with a dash of double cream (diet starts Monday) and it was so delicious. I cannot tell you how good this was. So my fellow brewsters the only way to really know is to go and purchase one. I know these mixes are available locally at Scoff and Shop in Ticknall, Derbyshire - details here scoff-shop-ltd.business.site
They are also available from the Bak'dcake website here bakdcake.com
You can also get other packs too such as honeycomb crunch and a blondie mix too. No you don't get Debbie Harry and the guys to unfold out of box and play for you, it's the white chocolate version of the brownie mix. I don't know, I could see your minds working and thinking that you would get cake complete with a rendition of Hanging On The Telephone, or was that just my mind?
Anyway please do go and try these mixes, they make a perfect gift and do taste absolutely fabulous. I need to go now and eat brownies before the Teenagers from the Brew wake up, wish me luck!
Thank you for reading today, I have now been on this road of blogging for two years, see I needed cake....Happy Birthday to Make a Brew Sue. I feel the need to carry on so join me again tomorrow for Autism Support Saturday.
Take care for now.