FreeFrom Food Awards 2015: The Shortlist

I said the shortlist for the FreeFrom Food Awards 2015 would be out soon – here it is! And what a shortlist…

Details of the shortlist, the judges, the process – including the criteria – and the sponsors are all available on the FreeFrom Foods website. It’s definitely worth having a look – you can see some of the judges hard at work over the 2 weeks of judging. (Not me, luckily: you can bet I’d have my mouth full of cake at the moment the camera clicked!)

The winners will be announced on April 22, at an Awards event in London. It’s exciting!

The Shortlist (in alphabetical order)

The Innovation Award – Sponsored by Food Matters Live

  1. Bfree Fajita Kit
  2. Booja Booja Chilled Chocolate Truffle Selection
  3. Cereal Lovers Simply Apple & Blackcurrant Granola
  4. Farabella Pasta Orechiette
  5. Feelgood Foodies Uprising Ready-To-Roll Shortcrust Pastry 
  6. Just Gluten Free Good White Bread
  7. Kirsty’s GF & DF Beef Lasagne with a Rich Bolognese Sauce
  8. Mash Direct Vegetable Burgers with Spring Cabbage
  9. PureBred Pancake Mix
  10. Squeeze Juice Ready to Drink Wheatgrass Shots
  11. Sweet Goodness SOLOaf Single Serve GF Bread Mix 
  12. The Paleo Food Company Honey & Pecan Grain-free Granola

Breakfast foods – Sponsored by Tesco

Breakfast cereals:

  1. Cereal Lovers Forest Crunch Breakfast Cereal
  2. Delicious Alchemy GF & DF Purely Oaty Fruity Muesli
  3. Dr Gaye Super Shake Super-Porridge
  4. Nairn’s GF Scottish Porridge Oats
  5. Primal Joy Foods Maple & Pecan Nut Crunch
  6. Rude Health Organic Sprouted Porridge Oats
  7. The Paleo Foods Co Honey & Pecan Grain-Free Granola
  8. The Paleo Foods Co Berry & Almond Grain-Free Granola

‘Milks’ and yogurts:

  1. Coconut Merchant Coconut Jam
  2. Delamere Dairy Goats butter
  3. Dream Hazelnut & Almond Praline Drink
  4. COYO DF Coconut Milk Yoghurt Morello Cherry
  5. Pudology Natural Yoghurt
  6. Rhythm Health Coconut & Pomegranate (Kefir One Shot Drink)
  7. Rhythm Health Pure Coconut (Kefir One Shot Drink)
  8. Rude Health Coconut Drink
  9. The Coconut Collaborative DF Large Natural Coconut Yoghurt

Baked breakfast goods:

  1. Amy’s Kitchen GF Breakfast Sandwich
  2. Bfree Multiseed Bagels
  3. Cambridge Muffin Co Brunch Muff
  4. Genius Gluten Free Crumpets
  5. Genius Gluten Free Pain au Chocolat
  6. Goodness Grains Gluten Free Bakery Sesame Seed Bagel
  7. Sainsbury’s FF 6 Syrup Pancakes

Breads – Sponsored by Genius Gluten Free

  1. Bfree Brown Seeded Loaf
  2. Bfree Soft White Loaf
  3. Bfree Brown Seeded Rolls
  4. Bfree Multigrain Wraps
  5. DS-gluten free Frozen White Rolls 
  6. Goodness Grains Gluten Free Bakery Bread Bap with Sesame Seeds
  7. JUST: Gluten Free Bakery Good White Bread
  8. PureBred Wholegrain Sandwich Rolls
  9. Rule of Crumb Part Baked Mini Baguette
  10. Smart Eats & Treats Kmaje (Yeast Free Pitta Bread)
  11. Smart Eats & Treats Rosemary & Olive Oil Focacette
  12. Smart Eats & Treats Za’tar Manakish (Yeast Free Flat Bread)
  13. Tesco Free From Fresh Seeded Bread
  14. Udi’s Gluten Free Tiger Bloomer

Store cupboard – Sponsored by Sainsbury’s

Savoury mixes & sauces:

  1. Gordon Rhodes A Jolly Fine GF Gourmet Sage & Onion Stuffing Mix
  2. Mrs Crimbles Home Bake Sage & Onion Stuffing Mix 
  3. Sweet Goodness SOLOaf Single Serve GF Bread Mix 
  4. Vegusto No-Moo Rac
  5. Ilumi Sweet Soy & Ginger Stir Fry Sauce 
  6. Sacla Free From Basil Pesto 
  7. Sanchi  Tamari Soy Sauce
  8. Tesco Free From Sweet & Sour Sauce 
  9. The Foraging Fox Beetroot Ketchup
  10. Yau’s Black Bean Sauce
  11. Yau’s Zum Sauce 

Miscellaneous Savoury:

  1. Quinola Mothergrain Express Quinoa with Split Peas
  2. Ambu Tree Spicy Tandoori Marinade
  3. Asda Free From CousCous 
  4. BFree Multigrain Wraps
  5. Hotch Potch GF Cheesy pastry
  6. Pulsetta Foods GF Breadcrumbs
  7. Raw Health Organic Virgin Coconut Oil
  8. Slendier Organic Spaghetti Style 

Sweet:

  1. Coconut Merchant Coconut Sugar
  2. Delicious Alchemy GF & DF Vanilla Sponge Mix
  3. Fria Swedish Style Puff Pastry
  4. Mrs O’s Fuss Free Mixes Egg Free Scrumptious Gingerbread Mix 
  5. Orgran No Egg, Natural Egg Replacer 
  6. Udi’s Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Brownie Mix

Pasta and Pizza – Sponsored by Integrated Food Projects Ltd

Pasta, fresh and dried:

  1. Asda FF Dried Lasagne Sheets
  2. Bionita GF Plain Gnocchi
  3. Clearspring Organic GF Brown Rice Wide Noodles 
  4. Explore Asian Edamame & Mung Bean Fettuccine 
  5. Farabella GF Fresh Orechiette Pasta
  6. Garofalo GF Casarecce
  7. Garofalo GF Linguine
  8. Rizopia Organic Brown Rice Spaghetti

Pizza Bases & Complete Pizzas:

  1. Georgia’s Choice Margherita Pizza
  2. Georgia’s Choice Pepperoni Pizza
  3. Sainsbury’s FFMargarita Pizza
  4. Venice Bakery 3 pack Medium Pizza Bases

Raw Foods and superfoods  – Sponsored by Tiana Fair Trade Organics

  1. Amazing Grass Raw Reserve Berry 
  2. Decadently Pure Salted Caramel Pecan Raw Chocolate Bar
  3. Dr Gaye Super Shake Super-Spoonful
  4. inSpiral Visionary Products Organic, Raw Kale Chips – Incan BBQ
  5. Le Pain Des Fleurs Organic Quinoa Crispbread
  6. LoveRaw Organic Superblends 
  7. Marvellous Superfood Super Protein
  8. Mello Drinks Raw Fresh Cantaloupe Melon Juice
  9. Nosh Detox The Raw Cashew Nut Pesto 
  10. Nosh Detox The Raw Tomato Soup
  11. Rawr Foods Raw Organic After Dinner Mint Chocolate Bar
  12. SaVse Super Green Smoothie
  13. Squeeze Juice Ready to Drink Wheatgrass Shots
  14. Sunwarrior Raw Organic Ormus Supergreens
  15. Sweet Revolution Instant Hot Chocolate
  16. Sweet Virtues Super Food Chocolate Truffles Baobab & Vanilla

‘Food to go’ and food for vending machines – Sponsored by The Food and Drink Innovation Network

  1. Cambridge Muffin Co Cheese & Sundried Tomato Muff
  2. Coconut Merchant Coconut Chips
  3. Karkli Karkli
  4. Of The Earth Instant Superfoods Cereal Pot – Power of Red
  5. Quinola Mothergrain Kids Mediterranean
  6. Rude Health Mini Corn Thins
  7. Rude Health Mini Rice Thins
  8. Sainsbury’s Dark Chocolate Corn Thins
  9. Ten Acre Crisps How Chicken Soup Saved the Day
  10. The Primal Pantry Coconut & Macadamia Paleo Bar
  11. Voakes Free From Traditional Pork Pie 

Down the Pub and the Bar – Sponsored by Udi’s Gluten Free 

Gluten-free beers:

  1. CELIA lager
  2. Daas Ambre
  3. Daura Damm GF Lager
  4. Green’s Beers India Pale Ale
  5. Green’s Beers Dry Hopped Lager
  6. Monty’s Brewery Masquerade
  7. Stringer’s Beer Outlook Golden Ale
  8. Stringer’s Beer Outlook Amber Ale
  9. Westerham Brewery Bohemian Rhapsody – Kent Craft Pilsner
  10. Westerham Brewery Hop Rocket India Pale Ale

Savoury snacks:

  1. Angelic Gluten Free Rosemary & Sea Salt Biscuits
  2. Clearspring Snack Organic Tamari Roasted Sicilian Almonds
  3. Vegusto No-Moo New Classic
  4. DS-gluten free Pretzels
  5. Freed Foods GF Crispbread with Chia and Sesame Seed
  6. Karkli Karkli
  7. Nairn’s GF Wholegrain Cracker
  8. Quibbles Chilli Chilli Bang Bang! aka the orange bag
  9. Sainsbury’s Corn Thins 
  10. Softsage Veggie Rosemary Dough Balls
  11. Tesco FF Savoury Party Pack Selection
  12. The Italian Corner L’Alpino Osella Lactose Free Full Fat Soft Cheese 

Meaty and Fishy Ready Meals – Sponsored by Genon Laboratories

  1. Afia’s WF & GF Lamb Samosa
  2. Genius Gluten Free Denby Dale Chicken & Gravy Pie
  3. Georgia’s Choice Cod Fishcakes
  4. Hotch Potch GF Ploughmans Pie 
  5. Hotch Potch GF Red Onion Smoked Bacon & Cheesy Sauce Pie
  6. Kirsty’s GF & DF Beef Lasagne with a Rich Bolognese Sauce
  7. Kirsty’s Spanish Chicken with Brown Rice
  8. Slim Pasta Spaghetti Bolognese
  9. Rule of Crumb Chicken Goujons
  10. Rule of Crumb Chicken Kiev
  11. Sainsbury’s FreeFrom Chicken Hot Pot
  12. Sainsbury’s FreeFrom Pork Sausages
  13. Tesco FF Pulled Ham & Cheddar Crispbake
  14. Tesco FF Smoked Haddock Fishcakes with a Melting Middle 
  15. Tesco finest* British Traditional Pork Sausages
  16. The Black Farmer Pork & Apple Burgers
  17. Voakes Free From Pork & Chilli Chutney Pie
  18. Voakes Free FromSteak & Ale Pie
  19. Watmuff & Beckett Chorizo & Butternut Squash Risotto

Veggie Ready Meals – Sponsored by Goodness Direct

  1. Quinola Mothergrain Express Quinoa Spicy Mexican
  2. Amy’s Kitchen GF Manhattan Veggie Burger
  3. Amy’s Kitchen GF Chinese Noodles & Veggies
  4. Christine’s Puddings Taste of the Med Savoury Tart
  5. Clive’s Pies GF Mushroom & Leek Pie
  6. Georgia’s Choice Mexican Bean Bake
  7. Senza GF Chestnut Mushroom & Blue Cheese Quiche
  8. Smart Eats & Treats Vegan Red Onion & Courgette Quiche
  9. Tesco FF Mature Cheddar Cheese & Onion Crispbake
  10. Tideford Organic Red Lentil Soup with Apricots & Chillies

Foods manufactured in a nut-free environment – Sponsored by Wellaby’s

  1. Big Oz Organic 5 Grain Super Cereal 
  2. Cereal Lovers Simply Orange Granola with orange pieces
  3. ilumi Chicken Za’tar
  4. Orgran Mini Outback Animals Chocolate Cookies
  5. Pudology Chocolate Orange Pud
  6. Sweet Mandarin GF Hoisin Sauce
  7. Sweet Mandarin Nut Free GF Satay 
  8. Udi’s Gluten Free Parmesan & Garlic Bagel Chips 

Foods designed for children – Sponsored by Delamere Dairy 

  1. Rule of Crumb Chocolate balls
  2. Cocoa Libre Alternative to Milk Chocolate Orange Frogs
  3. Georgia’s Choice Chicken Bites
  4. Georgia’s Choice Chicken Grills
  5. Moo Free Merry Moos Selection Box
  6. Quinola Mothergrain Baby Swede and Parsnip
  7. Quinola Mothergrain Kids’ Tex Mex
  8. Rizopia Organic Brown Rice Pasta Fantasia
  9. Sainsbury’s FreeFrom White chocolate Easter egg
  10. Softsage Veggie Cheese Dough Balls
  11. Tesco FreeFrom Chocolate and Coconut Milkshake
  12. Zero Zebra Cool School 26 Chocolate Letters

Tea Time! – Sponsored by Mrs Crimbles

  1. Asda Free From Caramel Rice Square 
  2. Asda Free From Triple Chocolate Cookies 
  3. Asda Free From Fruit & Oat Cookies
  4. Bakestone Bakery Vegan Double Chocolate Chip Muffin
  5. Bakestone Bakery Welsh Cake
  6. FEEL FREE for Gluten Free Donuts
  7. The Foods of Athenry Honeyed Almond & Rosemary SodaBread Toasts
  8. The Foods of Athenry Flapjacks ‘The Works’ Mini Bites
  9. Fria Gluten Free Chocolate Muffin
  10. Genius Gluten Free Lemon CupCake
  11. Goodness Grains Gluten Free Bakery Chocolate Muffin
  12. Goodness Grains Gluten Free Bakery Chocolate Brownie
  13. Goodness Grains Gluten Free Bakery Cinnamon Swirls Danish Pastries
  14. Lazy Day Foods Ginger Tiffin (Belgian Chocolate & Stem Ginger)
  15. Lovemore Gingerbread Men 
  16. Marnie Searchwell Chocolate & Olive Oil Cake
  17. Marnie Searchwell Jamaica Ginger Cake
  18. Marnie Searchwell Luxury Jamaica Christmas Cake
  19. Mummy Bakes Italian Almond Biscotti 
  20. Punku Quinoa Foods Chocolate Chips Quinoa Cookies 
  21. PureBred Jammies 
  22. PureBred Lemon Muffins
  23. Sainsbury’s Free From Pecan Tarts
  24. Sainsbury’s Free From Stem Ginger Cookies
  25. Sainsbury’s Free From Hot Cross Buns
  26. Senza GF Cherry Bakewell
  27. Tesco finest* FF Triple Chocolate Cookies 
  28. Tesco finest* FF Belgian Chocolate Brownie
  29. The Free From Bakehouse Rosemary & Raisin Cookies
  30. Twice as Nice Bakery ANZACS Biscuits
  31. Twice as Nice Bakery Earl Grey Shortbread Biscuits
  32. Udi’s Gluten Free Chocolate Flavour Sandwich Cookies 
  33. Udi’s Gluten Free Cashew Nut & Salted Caramel Cookies 

Desserts and Puddings – Sponsored by Romer Labs UK 

Hot puddings:

  1. Christine’s Puddings Jam Sponge Potted Pud
  2. Genius Gluten Free Denby Dale Apple Pie 
  3. Glamour Puds Raspberry Bakewell Tart 
  4. Glamour Puds Treacle Sponge 
  5. Sainsbury’s Freefrom Bramley Apple Pies
  6. Sainsbury’s Freefrom Sticky Toffee Pudding
  7. Tesco finest* Free From Christmas Pudding with Courvoisier VS Cognac
  8. Tesco FF Melt in the Middle Belgian Chocolate Puddings 

Cold or frozen desserts:

  1. Antonio Russo Caribbato Jamaican Blue Mountain Coffee DF Iced Dessert
  2. Antonio Russo Chocolato Belgian Dark Chocolate with a zest of Orange DF Iced Dessert
  3. Asda Chosen By You Mango Sorbet
  4. Booja-Booja Pompompous Maple Pecan Ice Cream Alternative
  5. CocoNuts ‘Island Days’ Raw Cacao Organic DF Ice Cream Alternative
  6. Coconut Collaborative DF Mango & Passionfruit Coconut Milk Yoghurt 
  7. Coconut Collaborative Mango Snowconut Frozen Yoghurt
  8. Almond Dream Mint Choc Chip Ice Cream
  9. Jollyum Passion Fruit & Chocolate DF Ice Cream
  10. Taywell NOSH (No Added S(h)ugar) Strawberry Ice Cream
  11. Tesco FF Sweet Party Selection
  12. Tesco FF Italian Coffee Style Dessert
  13. Tesco FF Creamy Vanilla Iced Dessert
  14. Yee Kwan Matcha Green Tea Ice Cream
  15. Yummy Lollies Apple & Mango 

Confectionery and Chocolate – Sponsored by FreeFrom Heaven

  1. Booja-Booja Rhubarb & Vanilla Fool Chocolate Truffles
  2. Cocoa Libre Dark Mint Chocolate Knackali
  3. Doisy & Dam Maca, Vanilla & Cacao Nibs
  4. Kinnerton Confectionery DF Hollow Santa
  5. Kinnerton Confectionery DF Bar
  6. Moo Free Cheeky Orange Bar
  7. Ombar Coco Mylk Buttons
  8. Sweet Virtues Super Food Chocolate Truffles Baobab & Vanilla
  9. Sweet Virtues Super Food Chocolate Truffles Chia Seeds & Lime
  10. Sweet Virtues Super Food Chocolate Truffles Maqui Berry
  11. Vego Chocolate Bar

Bars – cereal, fruit, superfood, grain-free etc – Sponsored by Holland & Barrett 

  1. Creative Nature Blissful Berry Bar
  2. FEEL FREE for Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Granola Bars
  3. Get Fruity Juicy Apricot, Orange & Ginger Bar
  4. Get Fruity Moist Mixed Berry Bar
  5. Get Fruity Scrumptious Strawberry Bar
  6. Natural Balance Foods Nakd Bakewell Tart
  7. Primal Joy Foods Coconut Paleo Bar
  8. Sainsbury’s Choc ‘n’ Crispie Bar
  9. The Primal Pantry Hazelnut & Cocoa Paleo Bar
  10. Traidcraft Geobar Fruity – Carrot & Stem Ginger

Free From Dilemmas: How to Judge

free-from-foods-awardsIt’s ‘just’ gluten free…

I can’t tell you how many times that came up last week, as we ate our way through over 25 different vegetarian gluten free ready meals, and 55 tea-time items (cakes and biscuits).

Yes, I was in London again, on the panel of judges for two of the sessions of the Free From Food Awards 2015—and I felt I needed someone to roll me home afterwards. You may think that 55 tiny pieces of cake would be fab, but actually, it probably adds up to be the equivalent of one big birthday cake.

It’s always great to join the panel – interesting people with strong views not only about the free from world but also about each piece of cake – but I won’t be able to eat another piece of chocolate cake for a few weeks!

The ‘just’ gluten free comment came up as part of the many discussions we had during the course of the day. Here’s the thing:

  • there are many potential allergens. Which is better, a product that is delicious but ‘just’ gluten free (that is, it isn’t also dairy free, or egg free, etc), or one that is free from multiple allergens?
  • And another angle on it: which is better, a product that tries to mimic a ‘normal’ product, or one that tries to do something completely different, with unexpected and interesting results?
  • And: does the world really need another gluten free chocolate muffin (or more chocolate brownies) – and of the many chocolate cakes that already exist, which is better?

It became clear that our expectations of free from food are now very high indeed, which meant that we can now be very picky about the quality of the pastry, for example, rather than just marvelling that it had been done at all.

Having tasted some amazing products – ones that are ‘just’ gluten free, and ones that are great without any of the major allergens – we have set the bar high. Or rather, the manufacturers of these modern products are increasingly raising the bar. And some manufacturers are being left behind.

It is now much easier to find free from products that are indistinguishable from ‘normal’ – products that you could offer to guests without embarrassment or explanation, and with the expectation that they would enjoy them.

Not necessarily like-for-like replication; some ‘normal’ products rely so heavily on gluten, say, to give them their unique properties (I’m looking at you, croissants) that it is unrealistic to expect someone to recreate them exactly without it. At least, at the moment.

But the new baseline should be products that do not need any apology—this should be the new norm for gluten free products, and yet, sadly, it isn’t always so. There are still dry, gritty, taste-free biscuits available, for example.

We should insist on good food – if you don’t really like it, don’t buy it. There is better out there… and the list of products shortlisted should show you some of the many interesting new things available (the list will be out soon is out now!).

Gluten Free is the New Black

beyond bread gluten free danish pastry

Doesn’t that look delicious?

Since I was in London for the day, I thought I’d take the chance to call in at Beyond Bread for breakfast – and had a fabulous danish pastry. I asked for a muffin, but changed my mind when I saw the tray of danish pastries arrive, fresh from the oven…

I don’t think I’ve been to an entirely gluten free cafe before, and this was a good experience. They were very welcoming – to me, and to all the other customers who came in while I was there. Clearly some of the other customers were regulars, coming in to pick up a sandwich for lunch, because they were discussing what they’d had yesterday, and what they’d have today. Some had dropped in to ask specific questions, like the one who wanted to know what egg-free breads they had available. Others were there for breakfast, like me, and at least one of those had porridge.

I didn’t stay long enough for lunch, but the quiche they described (to yet another customer!) sounded delicious.

They are a completely gluten free establishment, and they use their own mixes of flours, with different constituents for different products. Preparing the mix and dough for the danish pastries apparently takes two days…

The cafe is small and sleek, and the level of enthusiasm is clearly high: there was a new member of staff on the front desk while I was there, being walked through the ingredients/allergens handbook, and being shown some of the more unusual items.

I sent coeliac daughter the photo above, and her response was: ‘THAT’S SO COOL!’

I’m obviously going to have to take her to London sometime soon…

Sister of a Coeliac

sisters

I invited Non-Coeliac Daughter to tell you how it was – and is – to be the sister of a coeliac…

Being the sister of a coeliac was definitely difficult for me at times, especially as a child. Not nearly as difficult as it was for her of course, but it had small effects on me and my brother. Why does she get special food? How come her food gets a separate cupboard? Why aren’t I allowed to eat that? But it became normal as I grew up with it. We’re best friends of course, but sometimes I was jealous of her. I wished I had coeliac disease. She got all this different food, she got to go out to ‘gluten free food tasting things’ with my mother, she got more attention because she was ‘special’.

I often got told off for asking her why she couldn’t take one bite – not even a crumb? – because I didn’t understand the effect it would have on her or how little it takes to make a coeliac ill. Now I’m a teenager, I know why she gets different food, and often more of it, but it was hard to grasp this concept as a young child who couldn’t quite understand invisible illnesses.

Each time someone at school said the word ‘gluten’ or ‘coeliac’, I’d jump at the chance to tell everyone about my sister and her ‘special tummy’. She’d feel embarrassed sometimes when she had to bring her own food to a party, and everyone ‘watched’ her. It was even worse when people offered her food and, feeling rude, she had to decline, simply because she couldn’t eat it. These people would almost always have a moment of realisation a few seconds later and fuss around her, offering her this and that and she’d try to hide from all the attention.

I can see why she gets so excited when she discovers a new occurrence in the gluten free world – Warburtons making gluten free bread, or new discoveries such as gingerbread men, or even, more recently, puff pastry. And I can understand her disappointment when supermarkets make the gluten free section smaller at Christmas to make room for all the gluten filled produce on their shelves.

I realise I take these things for granted and often forget that she might feel resentful that she doesn’t get to eat the same food as us. Not that she would, she’s hasn’t got a jealous bone in her body. Perhaps it’s the gluten free diet that makes her more understanding. She’d always listen politely while I complained about my brother scoffing our entire packet of biscuits and how she was so lucky to not have to share. She’d just try to convince me to go gluten free.

Beyond Bread

BB_GingerbreadMenThis looks interesting… a new, 100% gluten free bakery and café in London.

Called Beyond Bread, it’s at 2 Charlotte Place, in Fitzrovia. The official opening date is 5 January 2015, but there’s a ‘soft launch’ from next Monday, 15 December.

I’m not quite sure what makes it soft: they have an active Facebook page, Instagram account and Twitter account, so it’s not exactly secret. And now you all know too!

I’ve not visited yet – love to, but it’s just too far to get to before Christmas – but I’m told that many of the gluten free products are also vegan, wheat-free, dairy-free and egg-free, and are available to eat in or take away. This sounds like good news for those of you who have to avoid multiple foods – I know from my mailbox that this can be very frustrating.

Lemon and chia muffins, and pastries with cocoa nibs do sound delicious… they’ll be selling gluten free sandwiches, cakes, biscuits, quiches and pies, pastries and pasties and a range of gluten-free breads. So that’s lunch sorted, for anyone working nearby.

I love the idea of a dedicated gluten free café, though I do wonder how coeliac daughter would cope. We took her out for lunch on her birthday at the weekend to somewhere carefully selected to offer a choice of gluten free food, and, faced with more than one gluten free option, she found it too hard to choose. She just hasn’t had the practice! Quite what she would be like if everything in the shop was edible, I don’t know, but it might be fun to find out.

I’m looking forward to reading the reviews, and – I hope – will be able to arrange a trip to London in 2015 to check it out. If you visit Beyond Bread, please do let me know what it’s like!