Gluten Free Beer range from 9 White Deer Brewery

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Gluten Free Beer range from 9 White Deer Brewery

The folks at 9 white deer brewery in Co.Cork were kind enough to send me some samples of their new gluten free range of beer, Stag Saor.  Yes, it’s a very hard life eh?

Within this range is Ireland’s first gluten free stout and it’s also Europe’s first full range of gluten free craft beers. G’wan the Irish!

I invited some friends to try the range with me and they all went down really well, even though I was the only coeliac in the bunch. It’s a good sign when you have genuine craft beer lovers confirming they wouldn’t know there was any difference with this range being gluten free.

The stand outs for me were the Stout and the IPA. The stout has really strong chocolate and vanilla notes and is surprisingly light. I would never have been a stout drinker par se prior to being diagnosed but I would definitely buy this again. My other favourite was the IPA which was light, balanced and fruity.

The standard ales and German Kolsh were tasty and balanced – they just wouldn’t be my preference in general for a beer. Overall, a huge thumbs up from me on the entire range, well done lads

You can locate Stag Saor stockists by visiting the brewery’s website.

DIY – Gluten Free Satay sauce

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DIY  – Gluten Free Satay sauce

This is an easy recipe and the chili is optional! This amount serves 2-4.

Ingredients:

3 generous tbsp Peanut Butter (I used Aldi’s own brand)

3 tbsp Tamari Soy sauce

1 tbsp Peanut oil

2 garlic cloves, crushed

1 red chili – chopped finely

1 cup of Water to loosen

This is how we do it:

  1. Mash all the ingredients together in a bowl except the water
  2. Marinate meat/fish if you have time, if not, add straight to your stir fry as it’s cooking and allow to heat through.
  3. Add water gradually to loosen to taste – I would normally add a full cup but you might prefer a thicker sauce – to each his own!

Gluten Free Lunch in Dublin City

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I blogged about this a number of years ago and still get many emails, particularly from tourists, thanking me for making their trip to Dublin a little easier in terms of eating gluten free. With that in mind I’ve updated the listing as some places had closed and even increased it, I do aim to please!

Luckily it keeps getting easier and easier to eat out gluten free so this wasn’t much of a challenge and I’m happy to say a lot of my old favourites are still on there, as well as some newbies.

So, whether you’re in the city for a bit of shopping or seeking something to tasty to brighten up your work day, here’s a listing of some of my favourites.

Beshoffs

Gluten free fish and chips as well as onion rings, chicken goujons – so so good  – their garlic dip is also delish. Multiple locations, eat in or take away.

ITSA

ITSA is an awesome lunch spot, not only for gluten free diets but for allergen friendly food in general.  You’ll get GF soups and bagels as well as great coffee and cakes . There are multiple branches and you can eat in or takeaway.

Millstone

Situated on Dame Street, Millstone has one of the best set ups for gluten free in the city, they have a separate gluten free menu for lunch and dinner with sandwiches, pizzas…you name it.

Milano

Milano do a great GF pizza base as well as a good variety of other options throughout the menu. They even launched their famous dough balls in a gluten free option last year although I’ve yet to sample them. I love their mini GF dessert and Coffee combos. There are multiple locations and you can also takeaway if you want. If you just want pizza to take away, I’d recommend Credo on Montague St for their GF pizza also.

Lemon

Lemon do buckwheat crepes which means they are suitable for coeliacs. However, they are cooked in an extremely gluteneous environment so please eat at your own risk.  Personally, I have eaten many crepes from Lemon with no ill effects but I do think you need to bear in mind that they can’t make any promises. Two locations in the city centre on Dawson and South William Street. Eat in or take away.

Boojum

There seems to be a burrito place on every corner in Dublin these days but Boojum and Little Ass Burrito are my favourites and both have gluten free options clearly marked on menus. You can eat in our take away and both of multiple locations.

Kilkenny cafe

Located on Nassau street, the cafe in the Kilkenny shop always have gluten free options clearly marked and offer really good value for money. Eat in.

Neon

Similar to the mexican vibe, Neon of Camden Street is one of the many Thai options for gluten free diners around the city. It’s my favourite and does an amazing lunch deal for a tenner which includes a drink. Other good options which are more eat in are KOH on Jervis Street, Red Torch Ginger on St Andrews Street or Saba on Clarendon Street. All clearly mark gluten free options and have good lunch deals.

Bunsen

I’ve already blogged the bejaysus out of this place here. Amazing gluten free burgers and chips – enough said. Be prepared to queue to get in.

Chopped

A salad bar with multiple locations throughout the city, it does what it says on the tin – all their dressings are gluten free so just put a bowl together and bobs your uncle. Takeaway only in most outlets.

O’Briens Sandwich Cafes

Serve sandwiches and bagels from the Bfree range. They do have guidelines with regard to cross contamination however, similar to Lemon, cannot give any guarantees. I think as long as you ask the right questions and be vigilant you’ll be fine. I’ve never been glutened here. Eat in or takeaway.

My focus here has been for lunch on the move in the city and I’ve blogged about my favourite gluten free dining experiences in Dublin overall in a separate post. Any suggestions or thoughts are more than welcome.

Best ever gluten free fudge brownie recipe – no word of a lie

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Best ever gluten free fudge brownie recipe – no word of a lie

I love a warm brownie with ice cream, especially on a cold winter evening. I’ve tried so many recipes but this is definitely my favourite, which I found on Gemma’s Bigger Bolder Baking.

It’s a very decadent receipe but it works every time, you just can’t go wrong with it.

I adjusted for gluten free by using Gluten Free plain flour from Aldi, Moser Roth 70% Cocoa chocolate from Aldi and Green & Blacks Cocoa Powder which is GF and can be found in most health stores.

I also added 1 tsp of Xantham gum to the flour mix to help with the binding.

Make, bake and enjoy!

Lidl Gluten Free white bread mix – a winner!

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Lidl Gluten Free white bread mix – a winner!


I bought and tried this mix recently. The result is a lovely soft fresh bread with a great crunchy crust.

The package comes with a sachet of yeast so all you need to do is add water and oil to the flour/yeast mix, leave to rise and then bake for one hour.

I enjoyed this bread fresh the first day and toasted the second, definitely a winner and one I will buy again, great price point too.

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Best ever gluten free scone recipe – no word of a lie

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Best ever gluten free scone recipe – no word of a lie

I came across this recipe in Phil Vickery’s Seriously Good Gluten Free cook book and have used many times for ourselves or for when guests are calling. The scones are light, fluffy and you can have them on the table in half an hour start to finish.

I use Phil’s recipe with a few tiny tweaks.  I like larger scones so rather than making 12 small ones, I usually get 6 -8 larger ones from this recipe. Read, bake and enjoy!

What you need

300g Gluten Free Plain Flour (I’m loving Aldi’s at the moment)

2 Tsp Xanthum Gum

4 Tsp Gluten Free Baking Powder

1 Tbsp Sugar

100g Softened Butter

2 eggs

125ml Milk

Pinch of Salt

Jam and Cream to serve

This is how we do it

  1. Mix your dry ingredients (flour, xanthum gum, baking powder, sugar, salt) together into a bowl
  2. Add the butter and mix with your fingertips to form a breadcrumb texture. Put a well in the center
  3. Mix the eggs and milk together in a jug and add to the center of the butter/flour mixture
  4. Mix well with a wooden spoon to form a batter
  5. If you find the batter is a little wet, add a couple of tablespoons of flour to the mix and go again
  6. Lightly flour a work surface and turn out the scone batter. Flatten it by hand until it’s about 2/3 cm thick.
  7. Using a cutter (I use a standard ramekin, just as easy) – cut out your scones
  8. Line up on a greased and very lightly floured baking tray – use whatever is left in your milk/egg mix in the jug to eggwash the scones
  9. Bake at 220C for 8-10 mins until golden brown. You’ll know they are done if when you tap the bottom it sounds hollow.
  10. Leave to cool for a few minutes and serve with cream and jam.

If you have any leftover (unlikely!), these keep well in an air tight container for 24 hours and can be warmed for maybe 20 seconds in the microwave. They are better eaten fresh though.

 

 

New gluten free range from O’Hehirs Bakery

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New gluten free range from O’Hehirs Bakery

O’Hehirs Bakery originated in Sligo over 30 years ago and now has 14 Bakery cafes located down the Western Seaboard and across the Midlands. They saw a customer demand for a gluten free range  in recent times and after 2 years of trial and error have launched a range of products. The produce is baked centrally in Sligo in a separate bakery to avoid cross contamination and the breads are made fresh nightly.

ohehirstoastieThey kindly sent me some samples of their products and boy was I impressed. The vienna bread in particular is very close to a traditional vienna – look at the toasties my husband made and I defy you not to salivate!

What was great about the breads was that they had a lovely soft texture and didn’t taste mealy like a lot of gluten free breads can. They also stayed reasonably fresh for up to 5 days.

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ohehirsbakewellThe cake selection was equally delicious and when shared out amongst a number of friends and family, they wouldn’t have known they were gluten free unless I had told them. For me the raspberry bakewell slices were the real stars of the show – moist, moreish and not at all crumbly.

 

 

Price list is as follows

  • Chocolate & Coffee Gateauxs – €10 each
  • Vienna Breads – €3.50 each
  • Bread Rolls – €2 each
  • Brownie & Raspberry Bakewell Slices – €4 each

O’Hehirs have locations in Letterkenny, Donegal, Sligo, Claremorris, Ballina, Westport, Galway, Athlone, Mullingar and Longford.

Irish Freefrom Food Awards 2016 – Congrats winners!

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Irish Freefrom Food Awards 2016 – Congrats winners!

Pictured at the 2016 FreeFrom Food Awards Ireland, is Emma Clarke Conway, FreeFrom Food Awards Coodinator, Claire Hunter, Rule Of Crumb and winner of Product of the Year, John Burke, Founder, FreeFrom Food Awards Ireland and Maria McHale, Editor, Slainte Magazine.

I was asked to join the judging panel for the inaugural awards earlier this year and was delighted to oblige in April. The awards ceremony took place last night with over 120 awards handed out to producers from Ireland, Northern Ireland and around Europe. Unfortunately I couldn’t make it myself as I have a 4 week old baby to entertain but I understand it was a fantastic night.

We have some amazing homegrown Gluten Free food here in Ireland – congratulations to all the winners – full listing below! For more information on the awards, visit the official website.

PRODUCT OF THE YEAR

GLUTEN FREE SALTED CARAMEL & CHOCOLATE PROFITEROLES

RULE OF CRUMB

(Northern Ireland)

PRODUCT RANGE OF THE YEAR

BFree

(Ireland)

CATEGORY  – BEER

GOLD DAURA Damm (Spain)

SILVER CELIA Premium Czech Dark Lager (UK & Czech)

BRONZE 9 WHITE DEER Saor Gluten Free Beer (Ireland)

CATEGORY  – BEVERAGES (NON-AlCOHOL)

GOLD SUPERVALU Lactose Free Milk (Ireland)

SILVER KOKO Dairy Free Original + Calcium (UK)

BRONZE ALPRO Almond Unsweetened (UK)

CATEGORY – BISCUITS & COOKIES ***This category has a double bronze award***

GOLD THE FOODS OF ATHENRY Belgium Chocolate Orange Biscuit Cake (Ireland)

SILVER BIA GANBREISE Gookies – Cranberry & White Chocolate (Ireland)

BRONZE ALDI Specially Selected – GF Cranberry & White Chocolate Cookies (Ireland)

BRONZE LIDL Just Free – Caramel Shortcake (Ireland)

CATEGORY – BREAD (SLICED & LOAF)

GOLD KELKIN Multiseed Sourdough Bread (Ireland)

SILVER FRIA Grova Dark Loaf with Linseed (Sweden)

BRONZE PURE BRED Multigrain Farmhouse Loaf (Ireland)

CATEGORY – BREAD MIXES

GOLD JUVELA Gluten Free White Mix (UK)

SILVER ODLUMS Gluten Free Tritamyl White Bread Mix (Ireland)

BRONZE JUVELA Gluten Free Fibre Mix (UK)

CATEGORY – BREAD PRODUCTS

GOLD RULE OF CRUMB Part Baked Bread Roll (Northern Ireland)

SILVER BFREE Stone Baked Pitta Breads (Ireland)

BRONZE CRUST & CRUMB Delicio Gluten Free Thin & Crispy Garlic Bread (Northern Ireland)

CATEGORY – BREAKFAST (NON-CEREAL)

GOLD HODGINS Gluten Free Black Pudding (Ireland)

SILVER ALPRO Go On – Blackcurrant (UK)

BRONZE DUNNES STORES Gluten Free Sausages (Ireland)

CATEGORY – BREAKFAST CEREALS

GOLD HOMESPUN FOODS Quinoa Crunch – Pecan & Cranberry (Ireland)

SILVER NESTLE Gluten Free Corn Flakes (Global)

BRONZE MARIA LUCIA BAKES Cranberry, Coconut and Chia Seed Granola (Ireland)

CATEGORY – CAKES

GOLD FRIA Swedish Brownie Cake (Sweden)

SILVER FRIA Chocolate Muffins (Sweden)

BRONZE PURE BRED Gluten Free Lemon Mini Muffins (Ireland)

CATEGORY – CAKES (ARTISAN)

GOLD WILDBERRY BAKERY Orange & Almond Cake (Ireland)

SILVER WILDBERRY BAKERY Lemon & Raspberry Cake (Ireland)

BRONZE THE GLUTEN FREE KITCHEN CO. Gluten Free Chocolate Eclairs (Ireland)

CATEGORY – CATERING AND FOOD SERVICE

GOLD NATURE’S OILS Burger Sauce (Ireland)

SILVER SING LI Curry Mix (Ireland)

BRONZE DENISE’S DELICIOUS Fruit Scone (Ireland)

CATEGORY – CONDIMENTS, DRESSINGS & MARINADES

GOLD JANET’S JUST DELICIOUS Scrummy Plum Chutney (Ireland)

SILVER SPICE DEVILS Daube Tropical (Ireland)

BRONZE REBEL CHILLI Jalapeno & Raspberry Jelly (Ireland)

CATEGORY – CONFECTIONERY

GOLD MIENAS Chocolate Hazelnut & Cranberry Nougat (Ireland)

SILVER BRODERICKS Gluten Free Road Rocking Choc Choc Block (Ireland)

BRONZE MIENAS Almond & Pistachio Nougat (Ireland)

CATEGORY – CONFECTIONERY (Chocolate)

GOLD MOO FREE Bunnycomb Mini Moos (UK)

SILVER ELIZABETH SHAW Mint Crisp Dark Chocolates (UK)

BRONZE MAGIC MAYAN Always Almond (Ireland)

CATEGORY – CRACKERS & CRISPBREADS

GOLD THE FOODS OF ATHENRY Cranberry & Hazelnut Soda Bread Toasts (Ireland)

SILVER KENT & FRASER Olive, Walnut & Pimenton Toasts (UK)

BRONZE THE FOODS OF ATHENRY Multiseed & Cumin Soda Bread Toasts (Ireland)

CATEGORY – CRISPS & SNACKS

GOLD TAYTO Bistro – Crushed Sea Salt & Aged Vinegar Crisps (Ireland)

SILVER CAVEMAN GRUB No-Grain-O-La Bar (Ireland)

BRONZE O’DONNELLS Sweet Chilli Flavoured Crisps (Ireland)

CATEGORY – DESSERTS & PUDDINGS

GOLD RULE OF CRUMB Gluten Free Salted Caramel & Chocolate Profiteroles (Northern Ireland)

SILVER GRANNY’S TRADITIONAL Christmas Pudding Ice Cream (Ireland)

BRONZE THE FOODS OF ATHENRY Christmas Pudding (Ireland)

CATEGORY – DIPS & RELISHES

GOLD REBEL CHILLI Green Chilli – Lemongrass & Ginger (Ireland)

SILVER REBEL CHILLI Red Chilli – Lemongrass & Ginger (Ireland)

BRONZE JANET’S JUST DELICIOUS Beetroot Blush (Ireland)

CATEGORY – FISH PRODUCTS

GOLD DUNNES STORES Breaded Haddock Goujons (by Atlantis Seafoods) (Ireland)

SILVER DUNNES STORES Breaded Smoked Haddock Fillets (by Atlantis Seafoods) (Ireland)

BRONZE DUNNES STORES Breaded Hake Fillets (by Atlantis Seafoods) (Ireland)

CATEGORY – FLOURS, BATTERS & MIXES

GOLD ISABEL’S Pizza Mix (UK)

SILVER DOVES FARM Plain White Flour (UK)

BRONZE DENISE’S DELICIOUS Sweet Pastry Mix (Ireland)

CATEGORY – INNOVATION

GOLD THE FOODS OF ATHENRY Bite Box (Ireland)

SILVER BFREE Multigrain Wraps – Quinoa & Chia Seed (Ireland)

BRONZE ILUMI Singapore Style Pot Noodle (UK)

CATEGORY – KIDS CHOICE

GOLD DOHERTYS Gluten Free Cocktails Sausages (Ireland)

SILVER GOODNESS GRAINS Gluten Free Lemon Muffin (Ireland)

BRONZE LARGO FOODS Pombear (Original) (Ireland)

CATEGORY – LONG LIFE ***Kelkin Multiseed Sourdough Bread – 2nd GOLD for this product)

***ALPRO Almond Unsweetened – 2nd BRONZE for this product)

GOLD KELKIN Multiseed Sourdough Bread (Ireland)

SILVER JUVELA White Rolls (UK)

BRONZE ALPRO Almond Unsweetened (UK)

CATEGORY – MEAT FREE

GOLD DEE’S WHOLEFOODS Leek & Onion Sausages (Ireland)

SILVER MASH DIRECT Vegetable Burgers (Northern Ireland)

BRONZE BUTE ISLAND FOODS Greek Style Sheese (Scotland)

CATEGORY – MEAT PRODUCTS

GOLD MALLONS Low Fat & Gluten Free Garlic & Herb Pork Sausages (Ireland)

SILVER DOHERTY’S Gluten Free & Wheat Free Beefburgers (Ireland)

BRONZE WOW Steakburger (Ireland)

CATEGORY – MEATS (COLD)

GOLD GREENE FARM FOODS Torn For Taste – Fajita Beef (Ireland)

SILVER GREENE FARM FOODS Cajun Chicken Breast (Ireland)

BRONZE GREENE FARM FOODS Roast Topside Beef (Ireland)

CATEGORY –  POULTRY & GAME

GOLD DUNNES STORES Chicken Kiev (by Shannon Vale Foods) (Ireland)

SILVER SUPERVALU Chicken Goujons (Ireland)

BRONZE WOW Sweet Chilli & Garlic Turkey Sausage (Ireland)

CATEGORY – PIZZA & PASTA

GOLD LIDL Just Free – Margherita Pizza (Ireland)

SILVER PIZZADO Gluten Free Pizza Kits (Northern Ireland)

BRONZE GOODFELLAS Margherita Pizza (Ireland)

CATEGORY – RAW & SUPERFOODS

GOLD THE FOODS OF ATHENRY High Omega Granola (Ireland)

SILVER HOMESPUN FOODS Quinoa Crunch – Goji Berry, Cashew & Coconut (Ireland)

BRONZE REVIVE ACTIVE Joint Complex (TBD)

CATEGORY – READY TO COOK

GOLD MASH DIRECT Potato Croquettes (Northern Ireland)

SILVER JUST GREAT MASH Kale & Chive (Ireland)

BRONZE THE FARMERS DAUGHTER Burger With Red Onion (Ireland)

CATEGORY – RICE & CORNCAKES

GOLD KELKIN Multigrain Corncakes with Quinoa & Flaxseed (Ireland)

SILVER KELKIN Dark Chocolate & Orange Rice Cake Thins (Ireland)

BRONZE KELKIN Dark Chocolate Mint Rice Cakes (Ireland)

CATEGORY – SAUCES (COOKING)

GOLD KAREN’S CUISINE Chasseur Sauce (Ireland)

SILVER SPICE DEVILS Twisted Creole (Ireland)

BRONZE DAN & MONSTRO Curry Sauce (Ireland)

CATEGORY – SAUCES (POUR OVER)

GOLD KAREN’S CUISINE Reform Sauce (Ireland)

SILVER TASTE OF GOODNESS Pepper Sauce (Ireland)

BRONZE TASTE OF GOODNESS Garlic Mayonnaise Sauce (Ireland)

CATEGORY – SEASONAL *** Granny’s Traditional Christmas Pudding Ice Cream also won Silver in Puddings & Desserts

GOLD GRANNY’S TRADITIONAL Christmas Pudding Ice Cream (Ireland)

SILVER KEOGH’S Roast Turkey & Secret Stuffing Crisps (Ireland)

BRONZE THE FOODS OF ATHENRY Mince Pies (Ireland)

CATEGORY – SOUPS

GOLD FUSION & STREET Taste of Mumbai – Chicken Soup With Garam Masala Spices

SILVER SECRET RECIPE Crosshaven Seafood Chower (Ireland)

BRONZE FUSION & STREET Taste of Rio – Tomato Soup With Chorizo, Peppers & Black Eyed Peas & Basmati Rice (Ireland)

CATEGORY – SUBSTITUTE PRODUCTS

GOLD ART OF ZEN Vegan Egg (By Follow Your Heart) (USA TBC)

SILVER BUTE ISLAND FOODS Spring Onion & Cracked Pepper Sheese (Scotland)

BRONZE PLAMIL Chocolate Orange Spread (UK TBC)

CATEGORY – VALUE

GOLD ALDI Has No – Gluten Free White Bread (Ireland)

SILVER ALDI Has No – Coffee Cake (Ireland)

BRONZE LIDL Just Free – White Rolls (Ireland)

 

 

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