March, 2011


31
Mar 11

Free From Kitchen News & Free Tickets!

No, I haven’t run away. Apologies for leaving it rather too long since I last blogged. It’s been an extremely busy couple of weeks at Free From Kitchen.

Next week, we will be attending the Free From Food Awards, run by Foods Matter, which is hosted by Antony Worrall Thompson in London (http://www.freefromfoodawards.co.uk/shortlist_11.html). Do check out the shortlist, as it does include so many excellent free from food producers in the UK. There are so many products that I bet many people thought they couldn’t eat on the list. I’m sure you will find some delicious new products to try.

My company, Go Free Foods, has been shortlisted to win a prize for our chocolate brownies, so we will be attending the event and reporting back.

I also have some exciting news. I will be cooking live at the Allergy & Gluten Free Show, held at Kensington Olympia in London from 6-8th May. I will be baking some of my favourite free from recipes live on Sunday 8th May at 14:45pm. I hope you might be able to come along. I would love to meet some of you. Take a look at this link to see what I will be cooking: http://www.allergyshow.co.uk/sainsburys-cooking-zone/sainsburys-cooking-zone-sunday.php

I’m really pleased to be able to offer you a free ticket to come along to the show and watch me live. You can obtain your free ticket by using this link: http://www.allergyshow.co.uk/go/charlottepike

If you are able to come, please drop me a line and say hi. You can follow me on Twitter @gofreecakes.


7
Mar 11

Shrove Tuesday at Free From Kitchen

 

 


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Shrove Tuesday is one of my very favourite days of the year. It is the one day I actually get round to making pancakes. Pancakes are one of my favourite foods, but have found it difficult to find a perfect free from recipe. My favourite pancake is very traditional, which I make with wheat and gluten free plain flour, but if you can tolerate wheat or gluten, you could try some French style crêpes, or even raw vegan pancakes, but the recipe below is my absolute favourite fail safe recipe which works for almost all food intolerances.

As for fillings, the day is not complete for me without having savoury and sweet pancakes for my supper, so I have given you some of my favourites below, which can be adapted according to your taste and diet.

Just a quick note on the recipe – it is an absolutely fail safe recipe provided you stick to the quantities below. You can substitute cow’s milk for soya milk and rice milk using the same quantity, but please keep the quantity of gluten and wheat free flour exact, as this can really alter how the pancakes turn out. Please don’t use wheat flour instead – the free from flour is much more absorbent.

Basic pancake recipe

Makes roughly 10 pancakes, using a 6″ pan

125g Wheat and Gluten Free plain flour (I use one of the leading brands sold in the supermarket and it works beautifully)

2 large eggs

335ml Milk (Cow’s milk, soya milk and rice milk all work very well)

 

Fillings

 

Ø  Cream cheese, spinach leaves and mushrooms

Ø  Parma ham and chopped sundried tomato

Ø  Cheese, ham and egg

Ø  Egg and spinach

Ø  Garlic mushrooms

 

 

Ø  Chocolate spread and freshly squeezed orange juice (it really does work)

Ø  Fruit compote – you can buy some great jarred compotes. I like blackberry (pictured) or cherry

Ø  Grated dark chocolate and sliced strawberries

Ø  Mark’s banana pancakes – placed slices of banana in the bottom of the pan before adding the batter. The bananas will be lovely and soft. The only thing is, it is quite hard to flip!

Ø  Sliced oranges with a shot of Cointreau

Ø  Mixed berries and soya ice cream

Ø  Caramelised apples with cinnamon and raisins

Ø  Salted caramel (dulce de leche and a tiny sprinkling of sea salt)

 

 

 


2
Mar 11

A little bit of Free From Food News

A slight change from the usual recipe this week, and some news from the Free From food world.

You may be interested to know that the shortlist is out for the Free From Food Awards 2011. The awards are held once a year and are run by the Michelle and Cressida at Foods Matter. You can take a look at the shortlist at: www.freefromfoodawards.co.uk . There are a number of excellent producers of free from foods (large and small) which feature in the shortlist, and may help you find some great new products to try. And even better, my company, Go Free Foods is shortlisted. We will be attending the awards ceremony and will bring you the news from that in a few weeks’ time.

Last week I went along to the launch of Fria in the UK. Fria make several varieties of frozen gluten free breads, rolls and cakes, and their products are best sellers in Sweden, where they are based. A number of their breads have just been launched over in the UK (in John Lewis, Oxford Street & Bluewater) and is so popular; His Royal Highness Prince Daniel of Sweden, Duke of Västergötland popped along to the launch! For those of you trying to follow a low fat gluten free diet, you may be interested to learn that their products are much lower in fat than many of the gluten free breads which are currently widely available in the UK supermarkets.

Another update is that the Allergy & Gluten Free Show will be taking place in Kensington Olympia again this year from 6-8 May. This is a great event at which you can learn more about dealing with food intolerances and discover some new suppliers of Free From foods.

If you have any news that you think should be featured here, do let me know. You can follow me on Twitter: @gofreecakes

Next week, in honour of one of my favourite days of the year, Shrove Tuesday, I will be bringing you some delicious free from pancake recipes. Watch this space!

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