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Aubrey Allen Gluten Free Sage and Onion Sausages – reviewed

sages Last week I reviewed the Aubrey Allen Thick Gluten Free Pork Sausages and this week its the turn of Aubrey Allen Gluten Free Sage and Onion Sausages.

These are large, meaty and very tasty sausage each weighing about 120g each so two are plenty for a meal. The wonderful herby savoury flavours combined with the wonderful pork make these sausages a wonderful lunch or dinner.  My favorite so far…

Made fresh and available from Aubrey Allen Butchers and Delicatessen, 108 Warwick Street, Leamington Spa.

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Aubrey Allen Thick Gluten Free Pork Sausages – reviewed

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I have reviewed sausages in the past but I am now in the very fortunate position to work for one of the best butchers in the country.  This week I tried their Thick Gluten Free Pork Sausages which are freshly made in the Aubrey Allen Butchers and Delicatessen in Royal Leamington Spa.

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They are large sausages and we found 2 each to be plenty for our evening meal.  They cooked to a golden brown colour and when cut the beautifully minced pork gently spilled out the case. As was expected the taste was amazing, a wonderful seasoned suasage with tasty pork flavours.

These were a a definate hit with us!  Over the coming weeks I will be reviewing all the Aubrey Allen sausage range. IMG_2326 (2)

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UDIS Muffin and Scone Mix

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A few months ago I bought “UDIS Soft and Delicious Muffin Mix All Purpose” to review on my blog. I have to be honest it has sat on the larder shelf since then as I seldom use packet mixes for my cakes.  Yesterday I fancied something for afternoon tea and decided to try the mix.  As an “All Purpose” mix it offers the choice of making Muffins or Scones and with the clotted cream and strawberry jam ready I started making the scone recipe.

TheFullSizeRender (3) instructions for both recipes are on the back of the packet and for both recipes you need to add other ingredients – eggs, butter and flavours.  The size of the font of the recipes is very small and I found it very hard to read.  Also the measurements are American in cups and sticks (I researched a stick of butter and it is approx 110g)

Making the scones I added some juicy sultanas and then I rolled the mix out to about 4 cm thick and then cut them with a small scone cutter. It made 13 scones. Baked at 190C for about 15 minutes and they came out golden brown.

Left to cool on a cooling rack and then served warm with clotted cream and strawberry jam.  They looked more appetising than the picture on the front of the packet!

FullSizeRender (4) I have to say these were delicious, slightly lighter than a non gluten free scone and I felt needed a little sugar added to the mix – maybe 50g of caster sugar should be added to the dry ingredients.   My wife said “these are the best gluten free scones I have tasted in a long time”

Fully recommended and I would buy this again.

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Roasted Vegetables with Honey Soy Chicken served with Greek Style Baked Pasta

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My recipe entry and blog posting for the Knorr’s Gluten Free Challenge has been so popular. I have updated the posting below with some pictures of the dish in the making.  I hope you enjoy it

Knorr’s Gluten Free Challenge

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Last week I received a wonderful hamper from Knorr who are promoting their Gluten Free Stock Pots. The hamper contained a mix of fresh vegetables, store cupboard staples, a store voucher to buy some more ingredients and of course their range of Gluten Free Knorr Stock Pots.

The challenge from Knorr; to incorporate stock and the ingredients into a home cooked dish and promote it on my blog and twitter.

The hamper contained curly kale, a bunch of new carrots, fennel, red and yellow peppers, beetroot, soy sauce, GF pasta, GF flour and GF pastry mix and of course the stock pots; Chicken, Rich Beef, Vegetable and Beef.

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I looked through the ingredients and created a delicious dinner with a twist, based on some of our favorite meals and using two of the stocks. I managed to use all the ingredients apart from the GF pastry mix.

Roasted Vegetables with Honey Soy Chicken served with Greek Style Baked Pasta 

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I started by preparing and roughly chopping the following vegetables; carrots, beetroots, fennel, peppers and onion. They were then roasted in a hot oven until half cooked and starting to crisp. While the vegetables were roasting I marinated free range chicken fillets in a Knorr Chicken Stock Pot, honey, lemon juice, garlic and soy sauce. I then added the chicken fillets along with the marinade to the pan and put back in the oven to cook until golden and sticky. Finally the chopped kale is added 10 minutes before serving to add a wonderful green to the already colourful dish  See my Lemon and Chicken Tray Bake for the basic recipe.

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My Greunnamed (1)ek style Baked Pasta is my twist on a classic Greek dish called Pasticcio.  The pasta was cooked in water with a Knorr Vegetable Stock Pot until just cooked and then strained off. I then mixed the pasta with my bechamel sauce and pushed it into a baking tray and baked in the oven until golden brown.

 

 

I served the dish by pacing a square of the baked pasta on the plate and spooned the roasted vegetables next to the pasta and topped with the chicken and drizzled with the marinate from the pan. It looks wonderful with the autumn colours of the beetroots, carrots, peppers, pale fennel and the dark green kale with the honey chicken and the golden baked pasta.

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Product review – Genius breakfast pastries

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Genius have recently introduced their range of breakfast pastries; Croissants and Pain au Chocolate and I was lucky to be sent samples to try and review.  Its a product range that in the gluten free market is limited and there is certainly room for a supermarket supplier to succeed in this area.

Genius Pain au Chocolate

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Light, buttery, flaky and crisp and the chocolate filling is rich and plenty of it.  This is a wonderful pastry and we have already been out several times and bought more. They are in packs of 2 and although not cheap at £2.00 per pack they are worth the treat for a weekend breakfast. Serve hot from the oven after about 8 – 10 minutes at 170C

 

 

 

Genius Croissants

These didn’t appeal to us quite as much as the pain au chocolate.  Somehow they don’t seem as close to the non guten free croissants. Not as flaky and light as the pain au chocolate and a little stodgy in side.  As well as being gluten / wheat free these are also dairy free. Packaged in packs of 2 and also around £2.00 per package. Bake at 170C for 8 – 10 minutes.

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Product review – DS Gluten Free Ciabatta Rolls

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DS recently sent me a pack of their gluten free brown ciabatta rolls to try.  Its been some time since we last bought these and it was good to have them again.

They were one of the really good rolls before all the “newcomers” to the gluten free ranges became available in the supermarkets and they won a Free From Award in the “Breads and Bread Mixes” category in 2011 where the judges claimed “A really outstanding product – first bread without codex wheat starch that really manages to successfully mimic the texture of bread”

They have a crispy crust with a light, soft middle (without falling apart or being too crumbly), high in fibre and low in saturated fat. Put them in the oven for a hot roll and also great served straight from the packet and they taste like bread.  They are perfect filled with lunch fillings for a packed lunch, great with soups and also make a good garlic bread when brushed with garlic butter.

Packaged in a plastic long life packet with 4 small rolls and available in most supermarkets at about £2.00 a packet.

Verdict: still one of the best gluten free rolls in the supermarket, the only down side is they are a little on the small side.

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Product review – Newburn Bakehouse Cracker Thins

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Newburn Bakehouse Cracker Thins

Newburn Bakehouse recently sent me some of their new Cracker Thins to sample and review.

Two flavours – Blue Cheese and Sweet Chilli are both equally delicious. At last a new cracker biscuit is available that is crisp, thin and full of flavour and different to so many of the other gf biscuits we have become used to in the supermarkets.

The Blue Cheese Cracker Thin has real authentic taste of blue cheese and is amazing with a creamy chunk of Stilton on it.

The Sweet Chilli Cracker Thins have a lovely chilli kick to them and perfect with Mature Cheddar or a rustic Camembert and a dollop of spicy tomato chutney.

As well as having them with the obvious – cheeses, we enjoyed them with other dishes;  great on the side with a dish of risotto, a bowl of soup, frittata or for snacking with your favourite dip.

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Definitely a winner with us.

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Howard Middleton

Howard Middleton, a previous Great British Bake Off contestant has recently been appointed by Newburn BakeHouse as their #Lunchoff Ambassador.  He has teamed up with Warburton’s Newburn Bakehouse to make lunches more varied and interesting. You can see Howard demonstrating some of his tasty ideas on a series of You Tube videos.  Click here to link to them

Read my guest blog on the Newburn Bakehouse website and read my feature on #Lunchoff – Packed lunches for the working week click here

 

 

Product review – Udi’s

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Udi’s is the No 1 gluten free food brand in the USA and in 2013 they launched in the UK with a simple philosophy to create great products that bring happiness by creating the very best gluten free foods on the planet.

Recently Udi’s sent me a selection of thier UK product range to try and review.

Plain Bagels and the Cinnamon and Raisin Bagels
These seemed to be some of the first of the Udi’s product range to appear on supermarket shelves last year and certainly made their mark in the gluten free market place.  These are soft, a wonderful flavour and they toast well and as good if not better than the non gluten free bagels.  As well as being gluten free they are dairy free and suitable for vegetarians. Excellent !

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Crisps – Cheddar Jalapeno Ancient Grain Crisps and Aged Cheddar Ancient Grain Crisps

Packaged in large family sized bags (140g) these two different flavoured crisps are both very distinctive with big bold tastes and an unusual shape and grain texture.  Both were very enjoyable but there are many other flavoured crisps available that are gluten free.

 

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Toaster Pastries – Apple Cinnamon and Strawberry

They come in boxes of 5 individually wrapped pastries and can be eaten either cold straight from the packet or toasted or microwave as a hot snack.  These are not something we would usually eat and found the fillings rather sweet for our taste.

Chocolate Chip and Toffee Flavoured Muffins

A twin pack containing one chocolate chip muffin and one toffee with fudge cubes. Light and fluffy and well flavoured but over sweet for our taste.

Summary

This was a small selection from there ever increasing range that includes breakfast cereal, breads, rolls and cookies as well as the products reviewed above. In our opinion the bagels are leading the range at the moment and are a definite winner. Udi’s products are sold in many of the leading supermarkets  http://udisglutenfree.co.uk/

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