The Wheat Free Kitchen – our wedding cake!

Hi everyone, I’m back!!

Sorry for the blog / social media silence for the past few months / year but I’ve been fully engrossed in changing jobs and getting married, but as Rich and I are now Mr and Mrs I thought it was time to get back to the blogging, and what better way to start than with a review of our wedding cake! :)

From the start of the wedding planning process, we both agreed that all food at the wedding would be gluten free to avoid the risk of any potential cross contamination issues and to make sure that I wasn’t ill on our big day.

There are quite a few places in Bristol that make gluten free cakes and I got some quotes from these places, as well as asking around for suggestions at work. We also went to a wedding fayre at our wedding venue, and although the sample cakes there were amazing, there was little reassurance from anywhere I’d contacted that they could safely cope with making a gluten free cake.

Cue my lovely friends Gem and Beth at The Wheat Free Kitchen…

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Silly Yak Ready to Roll Pastry Block

product--pastry-blockIt’s always great to see new gluten free products on the market and I was delighted when new brand Silly Yak contacted me and offered me the chance to try some samples of their new Ready to Roll Pastry Block.

Since my diagnosis I haven’t really attempted to make my own pastry, but from what I’d seen it certainly didn’t seem to be an easy thing to do. My Mum is one of the few who seems to have sussed it and she regularly makes a gluten free quiche when I go home, but I wasn’t feeling the urge to try it myself. Fingers crossed this product would change all that!

If you don’t know much about the brand, here’s some more information for you, taken from their website:

When Lucy, the wife of a talented young baker named Tom, was diagnosed with Coeliacs, Tom couldn’t bear for her to miss out on all of her favourite baked goodies. With passion in his heart and a rumble in his tummy, Tom created a selection of truly scrumptious gluten and wheat-free treats that he and Lucy both loved. Now you can love them too with this delicious range of delights from the Silly Yak. Continue reading

Bristol Coeliac Group – Meet No. 6

The May outing for members of the ‘Coeliacs in Bristol’ Facebook group was to Italian restaurant La Grotta which can be found on Union Street in the city centre.

I regularly used to spend my lunch breaks eating at La Grotta when I used to work just around the corner, but this was in my pre coeliac days. So how would it compare now?

I’d been advised that they had gluten free options, so I emailed them to find out more and they supplied me with an entire gluten free menu, which was 4 pages long!! What a great start, but how would I know that they could be trusted with cross contamination etc?

Well, it turns out that one of the team is gluten intolerant. Not quite the same as being a coeliac, but she understands the pain of eating out when you’re sensitive to something and having to ask lots of questions about your food!

Here is the opening text from their Gluten Free Menu:

We are pleased to be able to offer the following options from our menu as Gluten Free. Here at La Grotta we understand all about food Intolerances and Allergies and the havoc they can cause to digestion and general wellbeing. We try to source the best tasting Gluten Free products for you to enjoy and feel passionately that Gluten Free customers should enjoy eating out as much as everyone else.
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Too Good To Be Gluten Free NO.G range

logo-1A few months ago social media was full of people saying they’d found a new gluten free range in their local supermarkets called NO.G, which produce gluten free pies and quiches. I’m a big fan of quiches, particularly with a salad on a hot day, but I was struggling to find the products that everyone was raving about.

Well panic not, I’ve now found them! :)

A couple of weeks ago on a trip to my local ASDA I finally found them, nestled with the glutenous pie and quiche offerings. At that time they were at an introductory price of £2 per product, so it would have been rude not to have given them a go!

Before I get on to my product reviews, here’s a little bit more about the brand, taken from their website:

Adopting a gluten free lifestyle shouldn’t mean that you have to compromise on quality, flavour or choice. Our expert chefs have a real passion for creating great-tasting gluten-free food, where premium ingredients are key. Continue reading

Bristol Coeliac Group – Meet Nos. 4 and 5

Coeliac UK Local Bristol Group update

As well as providing you with the lowdown on our latest group outings, I also want to use this post to update you on the Coeliac UK Local Bristol Group that we’re working to reinstate.

At present we have a committee in place and we’ve all signed up to the Coeliac UK constitution. We are now waiting for the go-ahead from Coeliac UK to move things forward, but unfortunately they already had commitments to start other groups during the first part of the year, so until they’re up and running it’s a waiting game for us.

That said, I’m very pleased with the progress we’ve made to date to put a committee together and fingers crossed we will hear some more news soon! Continue reading

Blog Update

Morning all,

I just wanted to post a little update to explain my recent absence.

Over the past few months I’ve been trying to sell a house, planning a wedding, arranging my 30th birthday celebrations, liaising with Coeliac UK to try to re-establish the Bristol Coeliac group, oh and getting to grips with my relatively new job too! So things have been a little hectic! :(

I’m still keen to hear about any gluten free news or reviews that you have and I’m always on the look out for guest bloggers, so if anyone’s interested or has something to share please get in touch! :)

In the meantime, I’m off for a relaxing weekend with my soon to be in laws, so I hope to be back with you shortly. There’s so much I need to review!

Thanks all,

Trace

Not A Trace Awards 2014

Slightly later than last year, here are my Not A Trace Awards 2014. These awards provide me with an opportunity to look back over the last year and remind you of my highlights.

Unfortunately my blogging has taken a bit of a back seat over the past year due to work commitments and this year my time will also be restricted due to house moving and wedding planning, but I hope to blog whenever I can to bring you all the best brands, restaurants etc.

This time last year my blog had passed 9,000 views, and I’m extremely delighted to say that my views have now passed 28,000 which is a massive jump, so thank you all so much for continuing to read my blog! :)

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Bristol Coeliac Group – Meet No. 3

The third outing for the ‘Coeliacs in Bristol’ Facebook group, hopefully soon to be renamed ‘Coeliac UK Bristol Group’ if everything goes according to plan(!), was earlier this month when we booked to have a gluten free Christmas meal at The Townhouse on Whiteladies Road.

There are always new faces at every gathering, as well as some familiar ones, and it was great to see that this continued at this meet up.

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We had decided to go for The Townhouse as it was recommended by lots of members of the group, and I’d been there previously myself. On my first visit the food was absolutely stunning, but unfortunately the restaurant let themselves down on the service as it was a very busy day and it seemed that they didn’t have enough staff to cater for the guests. I was keen to see if this had been improved. Continue reading

The Godolphin Arms, Marazion – the perfect example of how to turn things around!

godolphin-logo@2xBack in April when Rich and I went back to Cornwall for my birthday, we decided to have a family meal at the recently renovated Godolphin Arms in Marazion.

If you don’t know the area, the restaurant is located directly opposite the stunning St Michael’s Mount.

When I was still living in Penzance, my friends and I would regularly visit the Godolphin, with many of my friends working there over the years, but having not been for a while I thought this would be a great place to celebrate my birthday with my family.

I was aware of the stunning views from the Godolphin across to St Michael’s Mount, but there recent renovation meant that they now had windows across the full length of the wall, which would make the view even better. Amazing!

I contacted the Godolphin beforehand to double-check all things gluten free and they assured me that they had no problem catering for dietary requirements, so it all seemed perfect. Continue reading

Gluten Free Somerset

logoYou may recall that at the first gathering of the ‘Coeliacs in Bristol’ Facebook group (details here), one of the members that runs her own food business kindly offered us the opportunity to try some of her products.

Mandy runs Gluten Free Somerset and she kindly brought us all a gluten free chocolate and orange cupcake to try, as well as gluten free Battenberg! I love Battenberg so this was very exciting for me! :)

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Before I give you my review of the cakes, here’s a little bit more about Mandy and her brand, taken from her website:

I have been gluten free for nearly 20 years, back in the days, when gluten-free pizzas were posted to you! 

I have learnt to create my own recipes in my gluten-free kitchen. 

I can make that special occasion, very special. 

Children’s birthday parties, with traditional cakes, like Battenberg, victoria sponge, cupcakes, sausage rolls, quiche, character birthday cakes and so on, just let me know what you require! Continue reading