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Once again, it's time for my monthly gluten free favourites - and here is what I've been loving this June! It's been a little bit of a quieter month, though I did have a lot of fun enjoying the heatwave and making some yummy food for #FreeFromBBQs as well as a Mexican feast for friends.
Chocolate-coated gluten free pretzels
My friend Mikey is obsessed with white-chocolate coated pretzels, so when I discovered the Schar gluten free pretzels in Sainsbury’s and Tesco, I decided to have a go at making my own. I’m not a huge white chocolate fan so I decided to go for milk chocolate instead. I picked up a packet of gluten free pretzels for £1, melted the chocolate and dipped them in. They chilled for half an hour in the fridge before I had these delicious gluten free chocolate coated pretzels – the perfect mix of sweet and salty!
Gluten free sushi from Tesco
I was SO excited to see that Tesco's sushi is now all gluten free! It comes with gluten free soy sauce as well, which means now it's super easy to grab gluten free lunch on-the- go. I am so pleased Tesco has followed in the footsteps of Boots, which I think have been in my gluten free monthly favourites previously, I hope all of the supermarkets cotton on! They have a good range of gluten free sushi too, including veg, chicken, and lots of different fish sushi packs.
Gluten free raspberry crumble cake from Bake and Brew
I went to visit the new Bake and Brew trike along the Tarka Trail in Yelland, North Devon, this month. Kirk has set up this eco-friendly trike overlooking the estuary, and is offering all sorts of gluten free bakes and treats. He gave me some samples to try, including a chocolate and salted caramel brownie, which was delicious, and a gluten free raspberry crumble cake which was SO incredible. Definitely worth a pit-stop if you’re passing by on a bike!
Gluten free at Tea by the Taw, Barnstaple
Tea by the Taw is a gorgeous vintage tea room on the edge of the River Taw in Barnstaple. It offers quite a few gluten free options, including cake, scones and sandwiches. I went to not one, but two, baby showers there during June, and each time had some delicious gluten free food. I had a HUGE gluten free tuna baguette on one occasion, and on the other I had a gluten free citrus cake. It was gorgeous.
Gluten and dairy free chocolate éclairs by Rule of Crumb
I must confess, I haven’t had a chance to try these gluten and dairy free chocolate éclairs from Rule of Crumb yet, but I was very excited to find them in the free from frozen aisle in Sainsbury’s this month! I haven’t had a chocolate éclair since being diagnosed with coeliac disease 15 years ago, so I cannot wait to try them. The fact they are also dairy free is amazing as they can be enjoyed by so many more people.
Gluten free curry on Barricane Beach, Woolacombe
Barricane Beach is a magical place. The little beach hut café which sells authentic, Sri Lankan curries used to be a well-kept locals secret, but now it is hugely popular. Word has spread and visitors to the area now join us locals on the beach, queuing for the delicious curries as soon as they start serving. To celebrate the end of my Mum’s chemotherapy we went down to the beach and had curry as it was incredible – it’s all completely gluten free and served with loads of sides too.
New Sri Lankan curry from Boom Kitchen
While we’re on the subject of Sri Lankan curry, my favourite curry-masters, Boom Kitchen, have come up with a new curry and it’s amazing! The Ayubowan curry is fiery and delicious. It’s gluten free (of course) and is different to the other Boom Kitchen kits, in that it’s a littler drier and have a completely different flavour. I thought it was amazing and can’t wait to try it again.
The heatwave and Kevin the flamingo
It might not be anything to do with gluten free food, but the heatwave this month gave me a chance to take my brand new inflatable flamingo to the beach! Lauren and I took Kevin (totally his name) down to Westward Ho! tidal swimming pool to cool off in the summer sunshine. It was magical just floating around and makes me appreciate what a gorgeous part of the world I live in.