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! 🙂
So, let’s kick off the awards…..
You will notice that some categories are slightly different to last year due to the types of reviews I’ve carried out, but they’re all worthy winners in my opinion.
Best Bread (loaf)
I’ve only been able to try this product once as it was only stocked in Tesco and this is the furthest supermarket from me, but even on the times I did go I was only able to find it the once. That was a shame as this loaf is amazing! Pre coeliac days tiger bread was always my favourite, and every Saturday I would have a tiger roll with tuna mayo from my local bakery…. It was so nice to be able to get back to something near to this! It definitely needs to be distributed to a wider range of supermarkets though!
I haven’t really eaten many varieties of crisps over the past year, but two have stood out for me. Udi’s Ancient Grain crisps stood out as they are my preferred choice for serving with dips. You can read my review here.
This unfortunately is another product that I’ve only been able to find once and as such haven’t been able to write a review, but I am determined to find these again as they are, quite simply, amazing (and taste a lot like Squares!)
Best Dinner for One
They provide numerous one serving ready meals to cater for various intolerances including gluten free. As well as providing main meals they also provide desserts and my favourite has to be their stunning Triple Chocolate Fudge Torte! You can read my full review of their products here.
I do also have to mention Amy’s Kitchen in this category, as their Mac & Cheese is a firm favourite of mine and I have to make sure I have one in the freezer at all times in case I’m short of time! You can read my review here.
Best Handmade Cakes
Mandy kindly treated us at our first meet up by bringing along some of her bakes, including Battenburg! Wow! You can read my full review here.
Best Own Brand Supermarket
No change in this category, Marks & Spencer wins again for me. You can read last year’s review of their chicken breast fillets and cod fillets, as you will see from my review here.
It’s great to be able to have tagliatelle with Spaghetti Bolognese. 🙂 You can read my review here.
They produce a wide range of pastry products and cakes, but their Caramelised Onion, Potato and Cheddar Cheese Pasty is divine! If you’d like to read my full review you can do so here.
Best Restaurant & Best Gluten Free Supplier
They offer a selection of gluten free options on their menu and I was even able to have a gluten free Panini which was gorgeous.
They also have their own shop on site which as well as providing store cupboards essentials, also includes gluten free sausages and burgers. Brilliant! You can read my full review here.
Best Savoury Pies
Her Gluten Free Pork Pies are immense and make her brand the winner of this category! You can read my full review here.
I don’t believe that The Store Cupboard has a website as yet, but if you’d like more information about the brand please let me know and I will pass any comments on to Maggie.
Best Stocked Supermarket
Last year I gave this award to Sainsburys as they seemed to be doing quite well at holding off Tesco, but I have to be honest with this category and say that all the supermarkets are great, you just have to shop around.
I regularly have to go to both Sainsburys and ASDA to get a full shop, but one thing that has gone against Sainsbury’s this year is the production of their veg packs, as they now can’t guarantee that they’re free of gluten during their production!
This now makes ASDA my preferred supermarket due to its proximity, although if there was a Tesco within reach I’m sure that would also get a lot of visits.
Best Takeaway Option
I ate in and had my meal there, but they have brilliant coeliac awareness and even include a section on it in their menu! Well worth a look if you’re in the area. You can read my review here.
They’ve now also ensured that their staff have a good level of gluten free awareness. I’ve eaten their a couple of times since my first visit and had no issues at all. You can read my review here.
So there we have it, that’s my round-up of my second year as a coeliac. Congratulations to all of the winners!! 🙂
I’d love to hear from you if you agree or disagree with any of my selections – please leave a comment below.
In the meantime, thanks for continuing to share my coeliac journey with me and here’s to an amazing 2015!!