Gluten Free Finds


Have you tried the new Genius bread available here in the UK yet?

genius breadIt’s been available for a couple of weeks now, but you do have to be lucky enough to have a Tesco near you that stocks it.

My daughter is really enjoying it (so much so that we had to make another supermarket dash this morning). It is really very like ‘normal’ bread, and the brown has a nice malty taste. It is also not crumbly, and makes a good sandwich.

Disadvantages: it is expensive, no doubt about that. It is currently £1.99 during the introductory period, and will be going up to £2.49 in a month.

Also, the brown loaf we had last week had an uncooked section but, as we all know, that sometimes happens to ‘normal’ bread too.

I have asked Genius whether they were hoping to get it on the prescribables list, but haven’t had an answer yet. If I get one, I’ll let you know.

Tesco are currently the only place that have it – I do hope that changes! – and they seem to have a stocking problem. After finding the first (brown) loaf, I went back to buy more, only to find that all five loaves on the shelf were out-dated. I took one to customer services, to ask when more would be arriving, only to find that because there were still five on the shelf, the computer thought they were still in stock, so hadn’t ordered any more – and because the ones on the shelf were past their sell-by, Tesco wouldn’t sell one to me … Husband thought I should have asked them to give it to me instead of selling it!

We went to a very large Tesco specially this morning, and found one Genius loaf left – a white one – and not even in the right place on the shelf. So we grabbed it – if you were out scouring the northwest of England for a Genius loaf this morning, sorry!

For more information on Genius, visit their site at Genius Gluten-free.

(The image is from the Genius site. I can recommend the bread – just wish it was a bit cheaper…)

Bottom of the fridge sauce again?

My husband was rather surprised to be offered ‘bottom of the fridge sauce’ with pasta the other day. I know his mother always had a menu plan for the week, so I suppose he’d never come across this particular delicacy before.

tomatoesMy new resolution for the year is to avoid waste, and (obviously!) this pasta sauce was made with the things lurking in the vegetable drawers in my fridge. It was great, but perhaps I need to work on the marketing …

For years I’ve wanted a recipe book or site that I could ask “what can I cook with what I have in the fridge?” And here it is!

I love this!

At Cookthink, you can ask for:

  • recipes that fit your ingredient (yay – two going-soft peppers, anyone? They suggest sauteed bell peppers with pine nuts and parmesan, or an aubergine, pepper and basil caponata, or …)
  • recipes that fit a particular dish (if you’re looking for a dessert, or fancy a risotto or …)
  • recipes from a particular cuisine (if you fancy turkish, for example)
  • or recipes that fit a particular mood (e.g. healthy, special occasion, gooey or brittle or … what looks like hundreds of different moods)

And any combination of these four main types (and multiple ingredients).

They will come up with one suggestion, but if that’s not quite right, there are many more recipes that fit your requirements.

Now then, the key question is how do they cope with gluten-free? Oddly, this counts as a ‘mood’, but once you know that, you can ask for gluten free recipes – and there are lots. I asked for a gluten free dessert, and they offered me roasted pears with caramel, creme fraiche and pistachios. Sound good?

It isn’t quite perfect yet. It is tiresome to have to keep refreshing to look for the one adjective that fits what you want, particularly since they are randomly generated and it’s easy to click past the one you want and have to wait for ages for it to randomly reappear – I’d prefer to scroll forwards and back across the tag cloud to see what I want. Also, adding items in the box at the bottom doesn’t seem to work. But the idea is great, and they do say it is beta.

Go and explore – I think it is well worth it. I’m going to cook the pears for my sister-in-law later this week, I think …

Gluten free ready meals – delivered to your door

Looking to stock your freezer with freshly made gluten free food? I know that if your life is as busy as mine, it often seems to be time to feed the children again just as soon as you’ve dished up the last meal, with no time in between to get out to the shops …

I’ve recently come across the Lady of Shallott, which is a small company based in Sheffield here in the UK, and which does weekly deliveries of a variety of ready-prepared meals, including soups, salads, main courses, desserts and light meals (or child size meals). These are all vegetarian, and some are also vegan.

Most are suitable for coeliacs and nut allergy sufferers, or can be made so. Do go and have a look – the menu looks great, and this is just such a good idea.

It would be great to have this delivery, and also a delivery of fresh fruits and vegetables from a local organic farm once a week – then you’d be sorted, and could really cut down on the shopping! In fact, a joint venture with a box scheme for fruits and vegetables might be a great idea for the Lady of Shallott.

Just love the name of the business. The idea is that you fill your freezer with these healthy meals – they will offer a discount for a big order.

I’m hoping to try some of their meals soon, and I’ll report back.

Lady of Shallott