187 posts by Kate Hardie

Mr Kipling’s Exceedingly Good Wheat And Gluten Free New Range.

  Recently I was approached to sample the new range of gluten and wheat free cakes introduced by Mr Kipling. As a child, Mr Kipling cakes featured regularly in our household, so I was quite excited and felt reminicent about trying the new range but most importantly being able to introduce my 7 year old coeliac to them too....Another generation of fans to add to Mr Kipling's 50 years of making the most exceedingly good cakes! The free from range consists of four products which ... Continue Reading

Delamere Flower Farm Edible Flowers.

I recently had the pleasure of sampling some edible viola flowers from Delamere Flower Farm which is set on the edge of Delamere forest in Cheshire. My vision was to incorporate them into a versatile Summery recipe suitable for all kinds of special occasions from weddings to family gatherings and this was the end result pictured below. The recipe can be found here. The scent of the violas were powerfully fragrant yet delicate in flavour and contain vitamins C, A and several antioxidants. ... Continue Reading

Meringue Nests With Raspberries And Edible Flowers (GF)

I recently had the pleasure of sampling some edible viola flowers from Delamere Flower Farm which is set on the edge of Delamere forest in Cheshire. My vision was to incorporate them into a versatile Summery recipe suitable for all kinds of special occasions from weddings to family gatherings and this was the end result. You can read more about the ways I have used edible flowers previously here. Makes: Approx 15 

Ingredients: 450g / 1lb caster sugar 225g / 8oz medium egg ... Continue Reading

Beetroot, Mushroom and Dill Canapés for Hoots Snacks.

Makes: Approx 30 Ingredients: Hoots Snacks 150g / 5oz vacuum-packed beetroot, roughly chopped 3 tablespoons crème fraîche 120g / 4oz ricotta Small bunch dill, half roughly chopped 40g / 1½oz butter 250g / 9oz button mushrooms, sliced 3 garlic cloves, finely chopped Method: 1. Place the beetroot, crème fraîche and ricotta cheese into a medium bowl and pulse with a handheld food blender until it appears smooth and evenly blended. Season according to taste, stir and ... Continue Reading

Hoots Snacks.

Hoots Snacks invited me to create a canapé or dipping recipe using one of their 5 baked wholegrain snacks which are available in either salt & pepper, smoked bacon, salt & vinegar, pickled onion or cheese & onion and are both suitable for vegetarians and vegans. I decided to use the salt & pepper snack and created a recipe using beetroot, mushrooms and dill. The topping also works really well with gluten-free toast or crostini if following a free from diet. The recipe ... Continue Reading

Morrisons ‘Free From Feast’

  I was recently invited by Morrisons to take part in their first ‘Free From Google Hangout’ to discuss the new developments and improvements in the Morrisons free from sector since we met in August last year. In advance of the hangout, we each received 2 very intriguing substantial gift boxes brimming with free from products - with instruction not to open them until the right points of the discussion - this made the curiousity excruciating and I was desperate to see what was in ... Continue Reading

La Belle Assiette Private Dining Experience With Chef Ivan Duchene.

Take one extrodinarily experienced creative French chef, four servings of exceptional food and six helpings of fabulous friends, then you can guarantee that it is going to be a recipe for a successful culinary evening. La Belle Assiette is a private dining company who’s portfolio includes cooking for many European clients as well as operating in the UK with over 550 registered chefs. I have been aware of the company for some time now and when I was approached to write a review for one ... Continue Reading

Sticky Toffee Bread and Butter Pudding (GF)

Serves: 6 Moist, sweet and sticky toffee pudding and bread and butter pudding have transcended generations for years - now you can enjoy both at the same time. Happy Mother’s Day! Pudding Ingredients: 175g / 6oz dates, stoned and roughly chopped ½ teaspoon bicarbonate of soda 175ml / 6fl oz water 425ml / 15fl oz double cream 425ml / 15fl oz milk 1 vanilla pod, split lengthways and seeds scraped out 6 medium eggs 4 medium egg yolks 140g / 5oz golden caster sugar 75g / 3oz ... Continue Reading

The Guardian, Cook Supplement: Lavender Shortbread With Homemade Orange Curd.

Today my gluten-free lavender shortbread with homemade orange curd recipe features in The Guardian and is my modern twist on the classic Jammie Dodger. Dale Berning Sawa of The Guardian described it as “ an elegant take on the Jammie Dodger. Punching out the holes seemed to me a step too far. In fact, I didn’t even bother with the sandwiching: I was perfectly happy just to dunk the biscuits in the curd." The recipe can be found here. Continue Reading

Morrisons pushing the free from industry.

This week I was invited to attend a free from event at Morrisons head quarters alongside a select group of likeminded individuals all with a keen interest in this thankfully ever expanding free from market. Eager to discover more about Morrisons and in particular, its vision for the free from sector, I listened with great interest of their obvious passion to get this sector to the forefront of the Morrisons shelves, competing along side some of the big guns such as Coca Cola with their ... Continue Reading