The Wheat Free Kitchen

logoAnother brand I was very excited to see at the recent Love Food Festival in Bristol was The Wheat Free Kitchen. I had no idea they were going to be there until I looked on the website the evening before and saw the list of stallholders. It would be fair to say that I got a little over excited! Not only was there going to be gluten free goodness, but a whole stall of it!

I hadn’t heard of The Wheat Free Kitchen before the festival, and if you haven’t either here’s some information about them taken from their website:

The Wheat Free Kitchen – tasty gluten and wheat free baking is what we do. We know there’s a lack of good quality, good tasting free from products out there. Apart from gluten free, you will also find in The Wheat Free Kitchen, dairy free and vegan based products.

The way we shop has changed, we all need products that are in balance with the way we live our lives – the food we eat should complement our lifestyle – and that’s what we’re here to help with, just because you can’t eat gluten shouldn’t mean that you have to miss out.

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Fair & Square Chocolate Brownies – Part 3

logoThe first product review on Not A Trace was of Fair & Square Chocolate Brownies who still remain one of, if not my favourite brownie producer!

After my first review, I went on to write a follow up review in July when I came across Fair & Square at another local food festival and discovered that they had produced some new flavours that just had to be reviewed.

Well, here they are again! I discovered a few months ago that the lovely Sarah would be bringing her brownies back to Bristol with her attendance at the Love Food Festival. The date went straight in my diary as I didn’t want to miss out on gluten free brownies! Continue reading

Trevaskis Farm, Gwinear, Cornwall

logoTo celebrate my sister’s birthday (and my best friend’s hen do) a few weeks ago I went back home to Cornwall for a few days. I thought this would be a great opportunity for me to visit Trevaskis Farm as I’d heard so much about it from my friends, and from following them on Facebook I could see that they had a lot of gluten free products available in both their shop and restaurant. As a result, I suggested to my sister that we paid it a visit.

Firstly we visited the farm shop where I found a massive selection of gluten free goodies. My haul included easter eggs, sweets and gravy mixes, but they offer much more than this at very good prices.

Here’s some more information about the farm shop taking from the Trevaskis Farm website:

Trevaskis Farm presents the Trevaskis Market, from May 2008 – West Cornwall’s first farm market, offering the ultimate in convenience shopping with the uncompromising quality of a farmer’s market. Featuring not only the finest fresh fruit and vegetables, butchery, fishmongers, deli, dairy and bakery but everything you need for your weekly shop at competitive prices, all under one roof.

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Happy Birthday ‘Not A Trace’!!

On the 3rd April 2013 I set up my Not A Trace gluten free blog as an outlet for me to share my views on gluten free products and venues. Exactly one year later and it has had more than 14,000 views – for a little blog I’m quite proud of that figure!

I was fortunate that when I started my blog I had just left a permanent job in order to return to auditing, so I had the time to concentrate on setting up the blog and making sure that it had enough posts to make it relatively self-sufficient as I knew I wouldn’t be able to commit to it as much when I was back at work. Continue reading

Lamphey Court Hotel & Spa, Pembrokeshire

logoAs you probably know, I stay away quite a lot for work and being a coeliac this is always quite a nerve-wracking experience, as you never know what you’re going to get!

As a result I tend to stick to Premier Inns as I know which items on their menus I can have and their allergen information is always very useful. However when I was arranging a 2 night stay in Pembrokeshire recently, I discovered that Premier Inns don’t exist that far west in Wales. As a result I had to use our internal booking system and the only hotel available was the Lamphey Court Hotel & Spa.

I did a bit of research on the hotel and as always I emailed ahead to make sure that they could indeed cater for my dietary requirements. I was delighted when they said they could and they said ‘Please just state Coeliac when booking and we can arrange any orders we need to put in place’. Ace! Continue reading

The Great Sausage Review!

As we are now approaching Summer and the sun is starting to shine, now seemed to be a good time to review some of the gluten free sausages available on the market, just in time for the BBQ season!

After realising quite how many different brands of gluten free sausages are now available on the market, I thought I’d see if any of them would be interested in me carrying out a review of some of their range.

To my delight there was lots of interest and I soon received some samples from companies I’d never come across in my local supermarkets, but I also purchased some packs from brands that had been recommended on Twitter.

I’d managed to accumulate sausages from seven different brands (that’s a lot of sausages!) and as a result the review later became labelled the #greatsausagereview :) Thanks Julie (@TalkingGoodFood)! Continue reading

Coffee @ Camden, Bath

DSC03097A few months ago I started following @SarararaCoffee on Twitter. Sara is the owner of Coffee @ Camden, a coffee house in Bath that also happens to make their own cupcakes!

After seeing how amazing Sara’s cakes looked from photos posted on Twitter I thought I’d trying my luck at seeing if she made gluten free ones…. of course she does! :)

If you’ve not come across Coffee @ Camden before, here’s some more information about them, taken from their website:

We are based in Camden, about 5 minutes from the centre of the beautiful city of Bath. Serving a selection of scrumptious food, including breakfasts and lunches, all made to order, along with our own fabulous cupcake creations.

We also have our very own special Coffee @ Camden blend of coffee! With an outside terrace you can enjoy the stunning views across Bath, perfect for lovely sunny days.

The cafe has been open for about 3 years now and with a family atmosphere it’s hard to resist the personal, friendly welcome! Continue reading

Udi’s Gluten Free

main-logoIt’s taken a while to get around to writing a review about the Udi’s products now available in the UK, mainly because there’s so many and because I’ve had difficulty getting hold of them in my local Tesco. However, I’m pleased to say that seems to have changed of late now that the distribution of the brand has spread to other supermarkets.

Back in October 2013 I reviewed the Udi’s Gluten Free Plain Bagels (you can read the review here), but since then I’ve become obsessed with a few of their other products…. Continue reading

The Allergy & Free From Show 2014

allergyLast year I attended my first Allergy & Free From Show and I cannot wait to go again this year! If you’ve never been before or would like to know my thoughts on last year’s event, you can read my review here!

What is it about?

The world’s largest free from event: a magnificent day out, filled with the very best food, drink, cosmetics, household products, expert advice, treatments and solutions.

Who is it aimed at?

Whether it’s a medical condition or a lifestyle choice, The Allergy & Free From Show offers countless solutions, designed for those living free from and those living with allergies, food intolerances, coeliac disease, skin and respiratory conditions.

What will be there?

  • Shopping & Products – Try and buy the latest free from products, treatments, therapies and services. Over 200 exhibitors will fill the aisles with food, drink, cosmetics, skin products, allergy solutions and much more!
  • The Sainsbury’s Kitchen – Sainsbury’s famous Try Team, plus a host of additional top chefs will deliver a range of free from cooking classes to inspire the chef hiding within!
  • 1-2-1 Consultations – Allergy UK, Asthma UK,  Anaphylaxis Campaign, The IBS Network and National Eczema Society will be giving you the chance to speak privately to experts
  • Sainsbury’s Recipe Exchange – Swap tasty free from recipes and yummy food ideas at the Sainsbury’s Recipe Exchange
  • Learning Zone – Packed with free-to-attend seminars from the UK’s leading experts in allergies, coeliac disease, eczema, asthma and more
  • FreeFrom SkinCare Awards – Dedicated to recognising the very best products that exclude allergens, fragrances and artificial additives
  • V Delicious: Veggie Heaven! – V Delicious is a Veggie and vegan wonderland! Dedicated to vegetarians, vegans and meat-reducers.
  • Children’s Allergy Adventures – It’s time to have some fun! A brand new area for children with food allergies!

In conjunction with The Allergy and Free From Show, Not A Trace is able to bring readers of this blog unlimited free tickets to the 2014 London show (Friday 4th July – Sunday 6th July). In order to claim your free tickets please click here.

However, as well as the free tickets mentioned above, there is also the option to purchase VIP tickets for this year’s show.

The VIP tickets include:

    • Early access – hit the show at 10am, a full 30 mins before the general public admission
    • Exhibitor offers – grab special ‘VIP only’ treats from exhibitors
    • VIP lounge access – recharge in chilled comfort. Rest with refreshments, away from the rush
    • Priority seating – fast track, front row, reserved seating in all our incredible theatres
    • Guaranteed good bag – be sure to take home the official goody bag
    • Competition entry – automatic competition entrance
    • Free cloakroom – offload your jacket and hit the show floor! No charge, no fuss
    • and much more…..

VIP one-day passes cost £45 per person / £99 for a family booking (2 adults, 2 children – under 16) and there is also a VIP Platinum three-day pass which costs £65 per person. Tickets can be ordered here.

As a reader of my blog you can save a massive 20% off these ticket prices by using the discount code: NOTaTRACE. This offer ends on the 31st March so make sure you book your tickets soon!

For more information and to see who will be exhibiting, visit The Allergy and Free From Show website (www.allergyshow.co.uk) and don’t forget to follow them on Twitter (@AllergyShow).

River Cottage Canteen – Gluten Free Cookery Demo Review

image001If you’re a regular reader of my blog or you follow me on Twitter, you will probably be aware that a couple of weeks ago I attended the first Gluten Free Cookery Demo run by River Cottage’s Bristol Canteen, and now it’s time to let you all know about it! Continue reading