[BLOG] An Easy & Gluten Free Christmas Dinner

So the countdown begins, only 23 days until Christmas and if you’re anything like me, you’re slightly panicking trying to find time to get all your presents and gifts sorted *slight panic*

But if your newly diagnosed with coeliac disease or embarking on your new life has gluten freer, you not only have to worry about getting your tree up, getting presents, writing your cards and finding the perfect attire for the Christmas party, you also have to worry about surviving the Christmas dinner!

So don’t fear, as I’ve compiled a list of the gluten free products and foods that you need to have a stress free, easy and gluten free dinner!

All products listed are available in all major supermarkets and are easy to find. However, try to get these things pretty soon as I have learnt the hard way – the closer it gets to Christmas the more chance these things won’t be available!

Stuffing

  • Mrs Crimbles Home Bake Sage & Onion Stuffing [my favourite]
  • Hale & Hearty Free From Sage & Onion Stuffng

HALEANDHEARTYMRS CRIMBLES

Gravy

  • Bisto Best Gravy  (although the jar states that it may contain wheat and gluten due to the production handling, Coeliac UK lists this as safe for coeliacs) [ my favourite]
  • Kallo Organic Gluten Free Gravy Granules

BISTOBEST KALLOGRAVY

Yorkshire Puddings

  • Dietary Specials Gluten Free Yorkshire Puddings [my favourite]
  • Isabels Gluten Free Yorkshire Pudding Mix

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Mince Pies

  • Lovemore Mince Pies
  • Tesco Free From Mince Pies
  • Sainsburys Free From Mince Pies

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Christmas Pudding & Christmas Cake

  • Tesco Finest Free From Christmas Pudding
  • Tesco Free From Christmas Pudding
  • Tesco Free From Chocolate Yule Log
  • Asda Free From Christmas Pudding
  • Tesco Free From Iced Fruit Cake

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[REVIEW] Warburtons New Gluten Free, Wheat Free and Dairy Free Bread

I couldn’t believe my eyes when I received a large parcel from Warbutons which contained their new loaf of bread and their soft white bread rolls! Being a fan of Warburtons for a long time, I was pleased to have been asked to try their new range and give you my verdict!

Gone are the days when you would have to either ‘refresh’ your gluten free bread in the microwave or toast the bread before eating it as now we’re pretty much spoilt for choice. Little coeliac me can’t believe that I can now eat a sandwich using fresh gluten free bread and choose what type of bread I want; from seeded to brown to bread rolls to wraps – and I have a good feeling the range and choice will get bigger!

As of Monday 29th September Warbutons will be releasing their new bread range, which you will find in Sainsburys and Asda. Their new white, brown and seeded Farmhouse Loaves will replace their existing loaves. Whats more, from the 13th October you’ll also be able to purchase the new products from Tesco, Morrisons and Waitrose!



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One of the things I noticed about the new loaves was how much larger they are and how ‘normal’ it looked! It wasn’t in that horrible hard plastic case which most gluten free bread is in nor was it plasticy looking – it looked normal and would food anyone into thinking it wasn’t gluten free!

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The slices have a lovely dark crust around the edges and the rest of the bread is soft and fluffy – perfect for making sandwiches with! I decided to toast my slices and have it with my morning coffee and they tasted like ‘real’ slices of bread. I even gave some to Mike to try who confessed that he wouldn’t have known it was gluten free if I hadn’t told it was before!

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I also tried their new Soft White bread rolls which have replaced their Sub Rolls!. Although I quite liked their gluten free sub rolls, I sometimes found it difficult to slice in half where as with the new bread rolls it’s a doddle and so easy to slice! Plus you get four rolls as opposed to 3 sub rolls like before, and they fit perfectly in lunch boxes, go well with soup etc.

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I really like the soft white bread rolls and I can see myself purchasing these on a regular basis, especially as they taste lovely fresh! My only concern (which is a slight, minuscule’ concern) is the rolls are quite ‘floury’ on top. This gives the rolls a lovely freshly baked feeling but I found myself with flour all over my mouth and hands – but as I said, this is such a little annoyance and won’t stop me buying it!

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Verdict:

I just love, love, LOVE the new gluten free, wheat free and dairy free range from Warbutons and I know I will become obsessed with their Soft White bread rolls! Don’t forget to keep a look out for the new range in major supermarkets and let me know what you think!

 

[Blog] The #WeBlogMCR Blogger Meet Up

So I was super lucky to be invited along to the first ever #WeBlogMCR meet up at the uber cool The Whim Wham Cafe in Manchester. It was organised by the fabulous and lovely Holly aka Holly Goes Lightly who had the hard task of getting us bloggers together – and she did it, with great success!

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I went with my favourite wheat free girl pal, the gorgeous SpamellaB who I had the pleasure of meeting again when we went for our impromptu double date at the Tea42 Launch Party.

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I don’t know if it was perfect timing or a brilliant coincidence but the meet up began on The Whim Wha Cafes happy hour which meant all their funky cocktails were buy 1 get one free! So naturally me and Pam (and the rest of the ladies) took advantage of this offer and got ourselves some cocktails. Everyone loved the Whambles – which I heard went down a treat, but I wanted something different and went for the cheeky Cherry Lips – which was delicious!

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I had such an amazing time at the WeBlogMCR meet up! It was so nice to meet all the lovely ladies and get to know what inspired them to start blogging! I was too busy having fun and chin wagging with the girls that I didn’t really take that many pictures – which is a shame!

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When it got to ordering food at The Whim Wham Cafe, I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw this….

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That’s right my coeliac pals, there at the bottom of their menu was a little note to state that Gluten Free Bread is available on request! I couldn’t believe it and the more I looked at their menu I saw there was so many dishes that were clearly labelled gluten free that I had to tweet about it!

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And what I didn’t realise was that Holly and The Whim Wham Cafe had a little competition going and my tweet won me a free meal for two – which now I know they do gluten free food I can’t wait to try it!

Again I can’t thank Holly enough for organising such an amazing event, for The Whim Wham Cafe for hosting the event and providing the cocktails, for Pam being my super hot date and for the lovely ladies for being such great fun! I had such an awesome night and can’t wait for the next WeBlogMCR meet up!

  • For more photos, check out Hollys post on the WeBlogMCR meet up [click here]
  • For more information on The Whim Wham Cafe  [click here]
  • For The Whim Wham Cafes Menu [click here]
  • To see who my super hot date was  [click here]

And for the rest of the awesome girlies, see the list below:

@SpamellaB

@HappyLilPlaces

@jessatkinsonxo

@catgirlblogs

@SeeingSpots_

@Andreasmua1

@fashiondough

@missdanielleeex

@amyconlock

@greedysisters

@katieafox

@misspond

@smileatstyle

@FasionMusicAB

@LilacGhosts1990