What would we do without the good old potato? It is just a fabulous food, you can cook it in many different ways and it is so filling too. It makes you feel full for longer so no need to snack on that chocolate in between a meal after eating a spud or two.
They are gluten free and depending on what you put with them or cook them in they can be included on the vegan diet as well. I don't know about you but when I see a baked potato on a menu somewhere I feel safe, safe that I know I will be able to able a meal and stay gluten free. It's that 'happy dance' time isn't it? Even when a eatery says that they will swap the fries for a baked potato to make it ok to eat.......yes!!! So simple but sometimes us gluten free'ers could kiss you catering people (well maybe I am going a bit overboard now).
I love potatoes.....I love them roasted with other vegetables and that will do me for a meal, I can even leave out the meat and just stick with a plate full of veg. I love a bit of mashed potato and I also make my own fries. Sweet potatoes are so tasty too, I roast those a lot and turn them into chips, just as a bit of an alternative.
There are also different varieties to play around with like your King Edwards, Maris Piper, Baby Potatoes, Charlottes, Jersey Royals and Desiree.
Maris Piper's and your King Edward's are a floury texture, a perfect all rounder - ideal for chips, roasties, baking and mash. Desiree also make lovely mash. Jersey Royals, Baby's and Charlottes are more waxy and perfect for boiling, steaming and used in a salad.
So now you know, if you are ever stuck for a 'free from' meal, reach for a potato to have own their own or include them with salad's or a nice roast dinner. You just cannot go wrong. I went to an event the other day where there was a buffet, now buffet's can sometimes be nightmare but the host reeled off a list of what I could eat and when he said that the potatoes were gluten free, well that was it, that was enough to keep me happy. Small chopped up roasties with skin on, oh they were so nice.......I even brought leftovers home too, brilliant!! I don't like to waste potatoes, it hurts me inside......be good to the potatoes and they will be good to you.
You never hear many people saying 'oh I don't like potatoes' either do you? See so versatile and everyone's favourite. I've now made myself so hungry.....potatoes for breakfast, oh yes - anytime of the day!!!
Thank you so much for reading today, please do come back tomorrow for Autism Support Saturday but for now......stay warm and take care.
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.
I was in Derby the other week performing with Rock Choir, it was our last sing song before Christmas so a few of us decided to round everything off with some ice cream. I know mad eh? We had all put about fifty layers of clothes on to keep warm as it was a cold and wet December day and yet we still stopped off for ice cream.
Well I couldn't help it really as all these lovely flavours were cast out in front of me looking all delicious so it was just too tempting not to just have a look anyway. The place was literally a step away from where we had been performing in Derby's Market Hall, Just Ice was the name of the place and there was a lovely lady beckoning us to try her ice cream. It was like the landlord of the inn showing Joseph and Mary the way to the stable to give birth to the baby Jesus.
Yes it was......come on my fellow brewsters go with me on this........imagine all those flavours of ice cream staring at you, the star of Rock Choir led us there. Alright I'll give the whole nativity thing a rest then but there were some Christmas flavours of ice cream. There was mince pie flavour, gingerbread, brandy snap, chocolate orange and even a vanilla ice cream with little nativity chocolate shape figures.
There are dairy free options here and get this, there are also gluten free wafer cones.....how cool is that? I always get disappointed if I can't have an ice cream because of the cornet. Brilliant!! Sally Murray the co owner of this wonderland looked a bit forlorn as she had run out of mulled wine with was also on offer so we improvised. We decided to create a coffee floater, a black coffee with a lovely dollop of their Bailey's ice cream in and oh wow that was gorgeous.
Now this tends to cool your coffee down gradually but if you like iced coffee then this starts of as a warm creamy coffee moment and finishes as an iced coffee so you get everything really but it was perfect. I love this place as it is a small family business who use natural ingredients and fair-trade vanilla, chocolate and sugar. They have 'free from' options which means we can all go and have an ice cream and if you are not sure which flavour to devour they offer little free tasters.
If you are in the Derby area then please go and support this lovely business. You can book them for an event too. You may have a wedding coming up or a charity event that would be able to offer something a little different. Everyone loves ice cream even in winter.
You can find Just Ice at Units 7&8, Derby Market Hall, Tennant St, Derby DE1 2DB and they have a website here:
So you can get all the information you need......go now and start your new year with ice cream.....it's the way to go!
Thank you for joining me today, please pop back again tomorrow for Autism Support Saturday but for now..........
I have been trying to bake a great gluten free cake and to be honest, only managed it a couple of times. I've always thought mine are never as good as teashop ones and could do with some improving.
Well during my son's catering class at college he had to bake a chocolate cake. My goodness this is the cake of all cakes and I'm so jealous that he just cracked it first time. It is gluten free, spongey, light and completely cakey. I don't go in for chocolate cake so much but this is so light and fluffy it would be a temptation for anyone.
So what did he do I hear you ask? What is the secret? Well according to his teacher it is the oil, it makes it spongey. Here is the recipe so you can give it a try. It is actually a recipe taken from the BBC Good Food website but we adapted the ingredients to make it gluten free.
We used the Doves Farm self raising flour and instead of making the icing we whipped some cream up and used that instead. It tastes divine honestly. So a big well done to Mr T for making this gorgeous cake, I will definitely be using this recipe from now on. In fact I like the BBC Good Food site as it has some really good recipes and they are easy to follow too. I don't like anything complicated when baking and they also have so many good gluten free treats to make. You can print the recipes off and even set up a shopping list for your ingredients, great eh?
I'm off to devour the rest of this cake. I will be back tomorrow for Autism Support Saturday but for now take care.
It's a really popular time of the year when someone is bound to mention buffet or fuddle and how do we feel? Dread it or take a risk and suffer the consequences? Obviously the Coeliac's amongst us can't take any chances but the intolerant's may feel it's all too much trouble to insist on any gluten free at the table.
There is no excuse though as there is so much variety of party foods available now. Most supermarkets have introduced and great line of Christmas nibbles and treats for us to enjoy as well and no one needs to be left out. I bought a selection of food from Tesco's which I took along to a lovely Christmas fuddle today. A few of us Rock Choir members got together where we laughed, ate food, drank a bit of pop and yes we sang a little too. It was so nice and I have to say a big thank you to Rockie Lesley who was the hostess with the mostess, that lady knows how to make everyone feel so warmly welcome and she makes a top brew!!.
It was a 'bring something along' kind of do so I packed plenty of essentials as you can see, all the party favs. There is a lot more in stores too including puddings, mince pies so 'cinder free fromers' you may go to the ball. I always used to be a bit nervous of needing to have the gluten free food options but it is really important, as who wants to be poorly unnecessarily? I know I don't.
So forget about being beach body ready, we all attempt that later when Christmas is over. Well I'm still waiting for the beach to go with my body actually, not sure I care whether my body is ready for it I'd just like to see one.....a beach that is. We just need to be buffet ready at this time and with a little help from the supermarket people we can. Yes it's a little more pricey than the full leaded food as I call it but you don't have to go too buffet crazy. If you are anything like us today, the chatter and laughter take over the eating so there were plenty of doggy bags going out.
I love that expression.....the doggy bag, makes me chuckle. It's a term that was made popular in the 70's apparently and actually refers to a container or bag provided initially by a restaurant to take home left over food. The leftovers were meant to be given to a pet but I think most people end up tucking into the contents themselves at a later time. It's a good idea especially if you paid for a meal and don't want to waste anything, we've all had cold pizza in the morning for breakfast surely?
A great time was had and I feel great because I stuck to my diet, well not the Slimming World kind but the gluten free one. Although Rockie Di did bring along a Slimming World crustless quiche which I have to find the recipe for as it was blooming tasty so maybe I was a good girl after all. (yeah right).
You all have a good time and enjoy your festive buffets and meals. I will be back tomorrow for Autism Support Saturday but for now.....take care and stay warm.....there's a cold spell coming.
Love and best wishes xx
Ok so it's not 'free from' completely, well of sugar that is or milk but 80% less sugar well I don't think that's too bad. It tastes ok as well. I'm always a bit iffy when it comes to low sugar or sugar free things as I think it's going to taste really awful but no, tastes like chocolate.
It may have sweeteners to compensate but it does state on the packaging that it contains 'naturally occurring sugars' so make of that as you will. I'm thinking if it says low sugar then is it low fat? Well it is 99 calories for two chunks and they are big chunks. The other thing is it isn't too moorish so you don't sit there and scoff the whole packet. That's what full sugar makes you do you see, it's like a drug, gets you hooked and then you've eaten it all and wave bye bye to those pounds you've lost in weight.
If you are following Slimming World, two chunks of this will set you back 2.5 syns but like I say, I have had enough after those two chunks. If you don't fancy the milk chocolate there is a plain bar too. So where did I get this little sugarless treat?
Aldi me lovelies and for the bargain price of 79p a bar.....not bad eh? have this instead of a box of Celebrations or Roses it may be better for you. Who am I kidding giving you that sensible advice? I won't heed that advice myself. I'm off to stock up on the Christmas chocolates. Save this healthy stuff for the new year, make a resolution to diet and keep fit and then you can limit yourself to two chunks of this.
I do think it is nice so I would buy it with the rest of you in January but hey enjoy yourself for now.......IT'S CHRISTMAS!!!!
You all take care and I will be back tomorrow for Autism Support Saturday.
Bye for now.
These gluten free flat breads are absolutely gorgeous. I have been searching for a good type of cracker that I can eat for ages and so I'm glad to have found these. Since giving up the gluten I have really missed the classic cream cracker and ryvitas as they were always nice with any type of cheese or fancy topping.
At this time of the year I have to walk very fast past the cracker aisle in the supermarket as they have those big selection box in. I used to love one of those at Christmas. Gluten free crackers always seem to be either too small or no where near anything like a cream cracker, so sad.
These lovely flatbreads are just so tasty and plenty of room to put a nice bit of Wensleydale on Gromit, yes even Wallace would approve. They are available in original and the rosemary and salt salt which I purchased. Around £1.75 for a 150g box, can vary at some supermarkets and only 55 calories for each flatbread. If you are following Slimming World that is around 2.5 syns each.
The only thing I find annoying is that inside the box the flatbreads are packed in two packets of six, I just wish they were packed in smaller handy size packs. This would just prevent me scoffing all six down because I can't be bothered to repackage them. It would be good though to have smaller packs for say, a lunch box or to take out as a snack.
You could have these instead of bread, with all sorts of toppings or have them as an accompaniment with soup. So they have ticked the boxes for me as now I have something in between a cracker and a ryvita so I am really happy.
Give them a try and see what you think. Let me know as I would be interested to hear your views too.
Thank you for reading today, I will be back tomorrow for Autism Support Saturday but for for now you take care.