Sunday, 15 October 2017

Lemon meringue pie

I had bought some pastry from Wheat Free Bakery ages ago and froze it, I had some spare time so thought I would start to experiment.  

To start with we rolled out the pastry and had to blind bake it.  We realised pretty quickly that we didn't have the balls that you're meant to use - they were in a plant pot in the garden for decoration!!  We had to use some pasta on baking parchment instead - it worked out pretty well!  

We then filled it with shop bought lemon curd - I wouldn't recommend doing this as it just melted in the oven and when we cut it, it spilled out everywhere.  It tasted good though, just very sweet!  You could only have a small slice.

We then mixed up a simple meringue mix and spread it on, if you wanted to be fancy you could pipe it but surprise surprise, I don't own a piping bag!  We then put it in the oven for 30mins at about 160c (it was a warm oven as we had just cooked our dinner in it).  It turned out like this:

Delicious!  The pastry was amazing - I would highly recommend it, you can find it here.  If you do make your own, please tag me in any photos on Instagram.  I'm sure yours may be a little more successful than ours!

Sunday, 8 October 2017

The Seafare Fish and Chips, Cirencester

I found on Facebook The Seafare Fish and Chips in Cirencester and I was so excited to see that they have a gluten free Monday!  Fish and chips nearby is honestly so amazing!  

They do gluten free every Monday 5pm to 8pm but do check their Facebook page before you go as sometimes they have to cancel it - I presume it is because they may be short staffed but I am unsure exactly why.

As you can see below, my mum and I shared a fish and chips as well as a sausage chips.  It was honestly amazing!!

It wasn't oily at all, which I did find was a constant battle with fish and chips before I was diagnosed as a coeliac.  The portions were a great size, you really do get your moneys worth, we couldn't finish ours!  The sausage tasted so nice, I don't know where they get it from but it tasted such good quality which I'm always slightly worried about.

I had salt and vinegar on mine - they even do a gluten free vinegar, which I was very grateful for!

They put a sticker on the gluten free food to make it very clear which is gluten free (you can see in the photo above).  They also put it in a brown paper bag, which is different to the gluten containing ones which are given to you in a white plastic bag.  A separate person was in charge of doing the gluten free food to ensure no accidental cross contamination.

Before I went, I sent them a message asking about cross contamination, and the response was amazing - you can see it below.

They had completed a course on gluten free management as well as studying the Coeliac UK website in depth - this filled me with confidence.  Nothing gluten containing is fried in the gluten free fryer (I have found to be a common mistake with fish and chip shops - gluten is not killed with heat!).  They also have separate utensils and cleaning equipment so their is no chance of cross contamination.

I would highly recommend visiting The Seafare Fish and Chips if you're ever in Cirencester on a Monday.  They are so clued up and have delicious food.  I'll definitely be returning soon.  Have you ever been?  What did you order?

Sunday, 1 October 2017

Glebe Farm cranberry and blueberry muffin mix

I found this Glebe Farm cake mix in my local Budgens.  I had never seen any of their products before so I was excited to give it a go and see what it tastes like!  It is so good!

When I saw on the packet, you just had to add butter, eggs and a banana (or yogurt), I really didn't believe it would be that easy!  It is so simple!
The cakes turned out really well and they also freeze well.  I put them all in the freezer and get one out when I need it for school.  They're a perfect size for a quick snack.  The fruit in them also gives you an energy boost!

I probably could have filled my cases slightly fuller but I was a little cautious as I've had cake explosions previously where I've filled cases too full!!

Have you tried any of their mixes?  I would highly recommend!

Sunday, 24 September 2017

Delicious Alchemy vanilla sponge cake mix review

So, some of you may have noticed that I've reached 1000 followers on Instagram!  To celebrate I made 1000 followers cupcakes, to do this I used a Delicious Alchemy cake mix - the vanilla sponge one.  I thought I would give you a little review of what I thought of it, so here we are!  

The cakes above were the final outcome, and if I do say so myself, they look delicious!!

So, I started off with the cake mix (pictured below).  It is so simple, you just put all of the mixture in a bowl and add 3 large eggs, 180g butter (or butter alternative) and 20ml of water.  All you do is whisk it all together and bake - so so easy!!

Then, bake it at 180c for 20 - 25 minutes and ta-dah, they're done!!  So so simple and quick - ideal if you're in a rush or not the best baker (you can't go wrong!).  Below are the final cupcakes, not decorated.  To decorate, all I did was whisk up some cream and smoother that on.  And to decorate I just added some strawberries.  It ended up really well and tasted amazing!  My non-gluten free dad (who hates everything gluten free) loved them - he actually went back for seconds!!

I made several cupcakes and have put lots in the freezer so I can have them at sixth form as a snack!  

You can buy the mix here, or look at other mixes here, or find all of their products here.

Honestly, Delicious Alchemy is one of my favourite brands as they make such affordable (this mix was only £2.99!!) great, yummy products!  What's your favourite mix you've tried?  I think this might be mine!