M&S Gluten-free Event.
Last night my family of 5 attended a gluten-free event hosted at the M&S store at Cheshire Oaks. These gluten-free events are currently running across over 70 stores around the country and is something we have never experienced with other mainstream retailers. Big thumbs up M&S. You can find your nearest M&S event here. It was brilliant to take my 7 year old coeliac to an event without having to swerve all the yummy food and be able to sit back and enjoy all the tasters together ... Continue Reading
The Key Lightbulb Moments That Changed Our Life As A Gluten-Free Family.
Recently Genius Gluten-Free contacted me to become a brand ambassador which I was delighted to do, given that many of their products are a firm favourite with my young coeliac son. Over the next few months there will be several Genius related posts. From recipes that are ideal for school lunch boxes to ones that are perfect for parties and family gatherings. During a conversation with Genius Gluten-Free, they asked what we have learned so far in order to make ... Continue Reading
New Genius Thinking!
I was recently invited to attend a brand immersion event in London with Genius Gluten-Free entrepreneur, Lucinda Bruce-Gardyne, to discuss Genius’ recent product developments. Genius Gluten-Free came about as Lucinda was driven to create tasty gluten and wheat free bread for her gluten intolerant son because she was disappointed by the gluten-free breads on offer. From a very young age I have always been passionate about baking, cooking and everything sandwiched inbetween. I really ... 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 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
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