BBC Good Food Eat Well Show

Recently, I attended the first ever BBC Good Food Eat Well Show –  an event dedicated to healthy eating and special dietary needs, including gluten free diets. 11037763_832116943527074_8783331699261664250_nThis was the first time I have attended a food show and I was hugely impressed at the amount on offer, which included over 70 stalls where you could try out and purchase various products, the ‘Eat Well Forum’ and an Interview Stage where you could query the experts, a Dietitian’s Clinic and the ‘Healthy Kitchen’ where you could watch celebrities and chefs creating exciting dishes from which to grab inspiration. I attended on the sunday so I saw Hemsley + Hemsley and Lorraine Pascale!

Among the exhibitors I spotted various Gluten Free companies including BFree, Delicious Alchemy and HECK to name just a few. It was great to speak to the companies first hand, get better idea of the products available and to try before you buy! The ladies at the BFree Stand were particularly helpful and were happy for me to sample everything, they also had some great offers available and I managed to stock up on gluten free bread and wraps at very reasonable price.

I would highly recommend attending the BBC Eat Well Show and I am already looking forward to next year – I hope they will expand the show to include more gluten free products. These shows are also a very good idea for newly diagnosed Coeliacs to attend, as it gives them the opportunity to try gluten free products without spending a fortune and to stock up very cheaply.

You can also find out more about the BBC Good Food Eat Well Show at http://www.bbcgoodfoodeatwellshow.com. 

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Delicious Alchemy Oaty Cookie Mix Review

Recently I entered Delicious Alchemy’s ‘Gluten Free Magic Bake Off’, a competition on Facebook to find a Gluten Free Magic Bake Off Champion. I won week 4 of the competition by entering a Red Velvet Cake I made for my both my sisters and my prize was a huge selection of goodies which I was so excited to try out.

Delicious Alchemy are an award winning company who make Gluten Free Baking Mixes and Bread Mixes, all of which are naturally gluten free and free from artificial flavours.

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One thing I don’t make a lot of is biscuits and cookies, so the mix I wanted to try the most was the Oaty Cookie Mix.

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Each packet makes 10 cookies which took just 30 minutes to do. I don’t tend to use a lot of packet mixes, but I think they are handy to have stashed in the cupboard just in case you need something yummy to offer if you have friends popping round at the last minute for a cuppa.

The best thing about these cookies is they were super easy to make. Each packet is detailed with very clear step by step instructions so you can’t set a foot wrong which is perfect for baking beginners or those who aren’t so confident baking gluten free.

To make the cookies you only require butter (or dairy free alternative) and water, I also added a handful of dried cranberries and glacé cherries to the mix to add a bit of extra flavour, but you could also try adding white chocolate chips which would taste yummy too. The mix does contain gluten free oats which are not always suitable for coeliacs (so definitely double check you can have them before you make a purchase) however Delicious Alchemy do other mixes without oats in them which are worth checking out.

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What I was most impressed with was how these tasted so much like normal cookies (something not always easy to achieve when baking gluten free). If you are on a gluten free diet and missing real cookies but prefer home baked goodies over shop bought cookies definitely give these a try.

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You can check out Delicious Alchemy here and you can follow the Gluten Free Magic Bake Off competition (#GFMBO) on Facebook and Twitter