I’m sure I am not alone in having at least one person in the family who has dietary requirements of some sort. A sweeping statement, but I think it is pretty easy to cater for the vegetarian, but when you are faced with gluten intolerance it can be more tricky.
If you’ve got time (and the inclination) you can seek out the ingredients and make some very acceptable recipes at home But at a time of year when you are already rushed off your feet, help is needed. Check out our gluten free posts listed below and our recipe for Christmas cake.
Given the opportunity to try some of B-tempted‘s range, I voluntered gluten-free Richard to taste of their shortbread and chocolate brownies. Except I had forgotten to tell Richard, who was somewhat surprised when the package arrived. He reported “the packaging makes the cakes look tempting and makes you think you’re getting a treat”. On tasting, he declared that both were a lot more moist than usual – the curse of many gluten free products. B-Tempted’s available at the Giffnock Wholefoods and online from them from 30 November 2011.
Buying Gluten Free Goodies Online
Mercifully it is getting easy to find suitable foods online and the quality and choice is broader and better. You can go direct to the producer, but if you’ve several festive days coming up, it’ll help to purchase everything from one place. I’ve checked out my suggestions below for usability, range of products and whether delivery charge is easy to find.
This site is a great place to go to if you want to find more information about any particular dietary need. There’s a comprehensive section on food with links to the many online food suppliers. A nice touch it provides a one sentence overview of the supplier. There’s also 500 recipes to browse through!
We’ve a soft spot for Realfoods as its Edinburgh born and bred. On the easy to use website it’s easy to filter by food type such as gluten free. The range is comprehensive but favours the cook. Orders over £10 are sent post free to UK addresses – an absolute bargain!
This company stocks foods from The Groovy Food company and Pertwood – including a gluten free panettone and muesli. It’s an easy to use site but frustratingly does not tell you how much delivery is up front.
It’s good to see a different selection of products on sale and it includes a good Christmas range. Postage is free for orders over £40.
Let us know your favourite gluten free suppliers on line!
Get your gluten-free bread delivered fresh from Edinburgh in batches of 6 for just under £17 including postage. At the time of writing, there’s a £1.50 off voucher for new customers. Many of their products are now available at Tesco too.