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My July Favourites

Having been M.I.A recently with blogging, I realised I was a good few days late doing my ‘Monthly Favourites‘ blog post! *slaps wrist*

So what have I been doing all this time? Nothing much and nothing exciting but I’ve been enjoying the ‘summer’ [even if it’s rained  nearly every day!], I’ve enjoyed the Olympics, getting out more, meeting friends, enjoying beer gardens and I also got to see my friend Sophie who I hardly ever see since she’s moved to Spain!

Right… on to my July favourites!

Genius Croissants & Pain Au Chocolats

 

 

I honestly thought I’d never see the day when I, a coeliac, would be happily eating a croissant and pain au chocolat! Genius answered our prayers and brought out these beauties which are amazing! All I did was heat them up in an oven and smeared a little butter in the middle! I’ve written a more in-depth review about them here  and they’re becoming an all time favourite of mine – thank you Genius!

HaveCake Brownies 

 

As we all know, nothing beats a good brownie, especially when they come in huge boxes and are the size of house bricks! The only brownies I’d eaten prior to these delightfuls, were Asda’s own free from brownies which were pretty bland, tiny and quite dry! I’ve written a more indepth review about them here 

Home Sweet Home, Manchester 

 

Home Sweet Home in Manchester is a cute and retro bake house and coffee bar in the heart of the Northern Quarter. Many of my friends had been before me and told me about these amazing toasties they do, not realising they do gluten free toasties too! So you can imagine my excitement when I finally got to have my very own gluten free toastie! Honestly, they were AMAZING! Please excuse my shoddy iphone picture above because it doesn’t give it justice! I highly recommend going if you’re ever in the area!

Asda Free From Instant Porridge

 

When I was little [and obviously before my gluten free days] I would have chocolate flavoured ready break for breakfast every day [makes me feel sick just thinking about it!]  which then morphed into an obsession with Oats So Simple golden syrup instant porridge. I obviously had to give that up when I was diagnosed with coeliac disease. It was so painful watching my house mate ‘Wheat Pete‘ devour bowl after bowl of the stuff … until Asda came to the rescue with their instant gluten free golden syrup flavoured porridge! I absolutely love the stuff! Some people may find it a little too sweet, but I honestly don’t mind this [then again this is coming from a girl who’s trying to ween herself off 3 sugars in her coffee!]

Genius Gluten Free Croissants & Pain Au Chocolat Review

I always remember having a ‘tweet-versation’ [that’s a conversation on twitter!] amongst my coeliac friends discussing which product we’d love to see on the market as gluten free. One of the things that was mentioned over and over again was the need for gluten free croissants and pain au chocolats!

We missed not being able to indulge on some warm, buttery croissants on a Sunday morning and most, if not all, of us missed those buttery,  flaky viennoiserie bread rolls! Now fast forwards a couple of months to the month of June when I noticed Genius had uploaded a picture of the most spectular thing I’d seen. So spectacular that it made me stop what I was doing and stare at the screen with my mouth agape. There staring at me was a picture of their latest gluten free product: gluten free croissants and gluten free pain au chocolats!

 They’re available from Tesco and and retail at £2.10 for the gluten free croissants [for a pack of 2] and £2.70 for gluten free pain au chocolats [for a pack of 2]

What Do They Taste Like? 

 

I was lucky enough to be able to taste these beauties and I can honestly say… they’re the nicest things I’ve ever tasted! It’s hard to believe they’re gluten free and the pastry is everything that I remember; flaky and buttery!

The croissants basically arrive pre baked. You have to bake them in the oven for 10 minutes which is the only downside. You see, I was so excited to taste these that those 10 measly minutes felt like a lifetime! But on the plus side, once baked, the kitchen is filled with that sweet aroma of freshly baked croissants!

Once baked, I cut them in half and smeared a little butter in the middle, made myself a fresh brew and polished them off in record time. Even my ‘fussy with food’ brother tried one [who’s lucky enough to be able to eat anything] and couldn’t believe how nice they were. We both agreed that they tasted just like the ‘normal’ croissants out there!

My personal favourites have to be the gluten free pain au chocolats! Before my diagnosis, I would always have pain au chocolats for my Sunday breakfast [as a treat of course!] and these, in my opinion, taste like the real thing! Just like the gluten free croissants, these have to be baked in the oven for 10 minutes. What you get at the end is a soft and flaky pastry and warm, melted chocolate in the middle [even typing this is making my mouth water]. It’s hard to believe they’re gluten free!

Verdict? 

 

I give both the gluten free croissants and gluten free pain au chocolats 9 and a  1/2 out of 10. They’d get a 10 if there was 3 in each pack, but that’s because I’m greedy! Although the croissants taste just as nice plain, I do recommend heating them in the oven and smearing a little butter in the middle! I’m just praying to the Coeliac God that Genius will start bringing out more of these pastries, especially Pecan and Maple Danish Pastry!! [pretty please Genius!!! *flutters eyelashes*!]

 

My June Favourites

Well June has been quite an eventful month and has gone pretty quick. We celebrated our Queens diamond jubilee, got an extended bank holiday, Mike celebrated his birthday, I had a lovely weekend in Bath, England lost at the Euros and we had absolutely shocking weather! Just rain, rain, rain and more bleeding rain. On top of that I’ve been ill with tonsilitus and when I was finally getting over that… I got an ear infection [cue the sad trombone]

Anyhow, it’s time for my monthly gluten free favourites. Although I usually do these every month, sadly the months April and May have been the crappiest months of my life so I decided not to bother [I wrote a little about it here]

PomBear Crisps 

 

God, I am addicted to these crisps! Not only are they gluten free but the crisps are actually bear shaped * squeals* I was more than happy munching away on their Ready Salted flavoured crisps but I honestly nearly had a slight cardiac when I saw they’d brought out new flavours – one being my favourite flavour – Prawn Cocktail! The only downside is I can’t stop eating them and on one particular day… I had 4 bags!

Genius New Gluten Free Bread

 

In my opinion, Genius do the greatest gluten free sliced bread I’ve ever tasted, so when I heard they were launching their ‘new recipe’ sliced bread, I actually wondered whether they could make it any better… and believe me, they did! The bread slices are huge, which make it the ideal bread for sandwiches, it tastes like ‘normal’ bread and it’s taken a while for me to get used to not having to ‘refresh’ it or have it toasted! Even my friends and house mates can’t get over the fact it tastes just like ‘normal’ bread!

And while were on the subject of Genius… have you heard about their new products they’ve brought out?

Gluten free Croissants and Gluten Free Pain Au Chocolat!!

Sainsburys Gluten Free Oaty Granola 

 

I can not get enough of this oaty granola from Sainsburys! Before, I was eating their gluten free muesli for breakfast, which was ‘ all right’ but I don’t know if I kept picking up ‘dodgy’ packs but it was like 90% raisins, 5% oats and 5% seeds plus it was bland and boring. So you could understand why I was a little hesitant to try their oaty granola – but I’m so glad I did! It’s absolutely gorgeous, so gorgeous that I find myself having it on an evening and munching on little handfuls throughout the day!

Mrs Crimbles Sage and Onion Stuffing 

 

 

We all know Mrs Crimbles do the greatest gluten free macaroons and mixes, but they also do the nicest gluten free stuffing! One of the things I worried about when I had to go gluten free was how much my Sunday Roast was going to be affected. Luckily, I’ve found a way to make lovely Gluten Free Yorkshire Puddings [or if I’m being lazy, Dietary Speicals do the greatest gluten free yorkshires!]  and there’s some great Gluten Free Gravy on the market, but I was worried I wouldn’t be able to have my stuffing anymore… until Mrs Crimbles came to the rescue! Contrary to what my cat Honey thinks [he thought it was cat food, until he sniffed the box and realised it was a box of stuffing!] it’s the nicest stuffing I’ve had! Plus when I’m feeling extra generous, I sometimes share it with my family, who say they can’t tell the difference! Infact, my dad prefers this stuffing to the normal stuffing!