9 {Gorgeously} Gluten Free Things I’ve been Loving This July

Oh July! What beautiful weather you’ve brought us. This month also brought me a lot of new goodies to try! Here are some of my favourties:

1. Gluten Free Hobnobs!

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They’re here, they’re here! The Hobnobs are here! They are as delicious as you think they are! They’re pretty expensive, I’m not going to lie but as a one off tasty treat, they’re amazing! I picked these up from Waitrose. You can also get them in plain!

2. Honest Burger.

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Always in my favourites is Honest Burger. This time we checked out the new one on Tottenham Court Road. Classic Order: Honest Burger with a GF bun, fries and a cheeky side of onion rings to share with the BF. No need to eat again for a week!

3. Pizza Express Margherita Pizza.

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The new pizza express bases maybe like gold dust to find, but once you get one…you’ll never want to buy anything else again. These bases are delicious, I say base because who wants a cheese and tomato pizza. I like to pimp mine up with pepperoni or with spinach and an egg like the one above. They are really thin, and have a really soft texture like proper restaurant style!

4. Cannelloni.

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These delightful cannelloni came directly from the allergy and free from show 2016, from Honest Eats!

Allergy and Free From Show London 2016 | A {Gorgeously} Gluten Free Review

A really simple recipe! My boyfriend made a a white sauce, I made a garlic tomato sauce. Sauté garlic and a whole big bag of spinach, chop and add into a bowl with a tub of ricotta, a beaten egg and chilli and season. Stuff the cannelloni. Add the tomato sauce to the base of a dish. Add the cannelloni in one layer, then top with the white sauce and some mozzarella. Bake for about 30 minutes at 200°C.

5. Whole Foods Picnic!

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Whole Foods is an amazing place to spend £20 each on a picnic.  The salad boxes are done by weight and damn those dolmades are heavy! Shared among friends we also have the delightful organic blue corn chips and the best guac I’ve ever tasted. Dessert were these tasty peanut blondies from the Free From Bakehouse.

6. Home made stir fry.

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There is nothing nicer than a tasty wholesome homemade dinner, I used my new Kikkomans Tamari gluten free soy sauce, to make this tasty sweet chilli chicken noodle bowl. Made with a whole lotta leftover veggies, chillies, lemons and soy sauce.

7. Deliciously Ella Brunch.

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The sausages and eggs don’t feature in Deliciously Ella’s cook book but these gorgeous homemade baked beans, and hash browns do. Super easy and super tasty. These feature in Ella’s first cookbook.

8. Afternoon Tea at the Palace

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The Historic Palaces have a great selection of gluten free cakes available. I enjoyed this gorgeous carrot cake at Kensington Palace after a Sunday stroll around the palace and gardens.

9. Nutri-brex

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Who doesn’t love Nutri-brex? They’re wholesome, healthy and tasty! And…who knew what tasty things you could do with them…pancakes, banana bread, granola. Gone are the days of “Weetabix”, milk and sugar.

Read about my brunch with Nutri-brex here!

Have you tried any of these gorgeous things I’ve been loving this month? Anything new you’ve tried? Let me know in the comments below x

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Bee in the Butterfly Café, Hexam: Review (with lemon cake recipe).

So me, my Mam and sister Lauren went on a long walk during the Easter holidays. When we arrived in Hexam, Mam had heard about this little café that did Gluten Free Cake.

The Bee in the Butterfly. What a lovely quirky name for a lovely quirky cafe.

We turned up at the cafe 20 minutes before it closed (it was a sunday) but the owner said it was fine. She was a very friendly and interesting. Her cafe nicely reflected a life of travels around the world, something I absolutely loved.

There was a great variety and choice of gluten free option, we didn’t have food so I can’t comment on that, but we did have tea and cake.

Right, the cake.

So she had two options left for us, diam cake (always incredible) and a lemon cake. We both chose lemon cake, and when we sat down, she came over to tell us there was a secret ingredient and we had to work out what it was.

We deliberated this for ages, and my Mam suggested potato….oh how me and Lauren laughed. But she was right…it was a lemon drizzle potato cake. This fascinated me, I couldn’t believe it, she said it was easy to bake, you can bake it in bulk and freeze it, then let it deforest. She warned us not to refrigerate it, because it becomes more potato-y! But it was delicious. It had the texture of like bread and butter pudding, but in a really good way. Unfortunately, I didn’t have my phone to take any pictures so you are going to have to trust me….it was delicious.

I searched online and found the recipe, which I’m going to share with you… (it’s from BBC Good Food)

Gluten-Free Lemon Drizzle Cake

Ingredients

  • 200g butter, softened
  • 200g golden caster sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 175g ground almonds (to make it nut free see below)
  • 250g mashed potatoes
  • zest 3 lemons
  • 2 tsp gluten-free baking powder (Supercook does one)

For the drizzle

  • 4 tbsp granulated sugar
  • juice 1 lemon

Method

  1. Heat oven to 180C/fan 160C/gas 4. Butter and line a deep, 20cm round cake tin. Beat the sugar and butter together until light and fluffy, then gradually add the egg, beating after each addition. Fold in the almonds, cold mashed potato, lemon zest and baking powder.
  2. Tip into the tin, level the top, then bake for 40-45 mins or until golden and a skewer inserted into the middle of the cake comes out clean. Turn out onto a wire rack after 10 mins cooling. Mix the granulated sugar and the lemon juice together, then spoon over the top of the cake, letting it drip down the sides. Let the cake cool completely before slicing.
 So a truly incredible cake, unusual and really tasty. A wonderful little cafe run by a friendly, and fascinating woman. What more could you ask for?

Here is her Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/BeeInTheButterflyCafe

If you’re ever in Hexam, pop in…you’ll be truly welcome!

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3 Cattle Market, Hexam, NE46 1LS, 07790257209

 

 

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Olive and Bean: Gluten Free Cafe Review

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I heard about this cafe by little wishers across Newcastle, It was elusive and I could never find it. So I googled it, and the rumours were true, Gluten Free, Deli, Newcastle were all correct information. So when I went home for the weekend I brought my family here, to be greeted by a 20 person queue to the door. Ravenous we went somewhere else.

A Sunday, a few weeks later. I came home again and me and my boyfriend came here for Sunday Brunch.

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I got the mega bus at 3.35 am to leeds then another bus to York then a train to Newcastle, in which I arrived at like 10.30. It was a very long journey. So when we arrived at Olive and Bean, I ordered a coffee.

It was a salted caramel mocha, and it was delcious and woke me right up! We read the papers which had been left on the table for everyone to share. We revelled in the lovely atmosphere sat in some nice big comfy chairs. Sipping away at our gorgeous drinks.

After a while, we decided to order. The staff were very nice and the open kitchen looked calm and in order. Looking at the menu, you know your going to be here awhile, we order off the breakfast menu because it looked just delcious. They do gluten free bread, so if you check with the waitress when you’re there about what you can have, I’m sure it might change depending on ingredients they have ect.

I ordered eggy bread with bacon and maple syrup (I asked for it on Gluten Free bread) and it was delcious! My Boyfriend through enjoyed his gluteny meal too!

20131128-123945.jpgThe staff were lovely and friendly and the whole place has a wonderful atmosphere. I thoroughly enjoyed myself and can’t wait to go again!

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