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Apart from making/crafting, taking photos & Basketball I love food. I love talking about it, cooking it & of course eating it!
About three or four years ago I started to follow a gluten free diet. This change of diet has been beneficial to my health, giving me more energy to continue crafting. Like the handmade industry a gluten free diet can be hard work.
Bread, pastry, pasta, real ale & gravy are only a few of the things missing from my diet. As the years have passed I have been lucky to meet others who follow a wheat & gluten free diet. My knowledge has grown and I have been able to introduce gluten free alternatives back into my diet.
Tesco started stocking quite a wide range of gluten free foods and at the beginning of October the yellow logo of Udi’s was a part of that range. I knew Udi was widely available in the US and got rather excited about the prospect of being able to eat bagels after 3ish years. So excited I posted photos on my Instagram page. I didn’t think I would become one of those people who took pictures of my food but I am. I think when you have dietary requirements it can be useful to others and share ideas of what you can eat.
I got an email asking if I wanted to try some products from Udi’s and I jumped at the chance. Then this lovely box turned with a cute label on it.
Inside the box I was delighted to find lots of goodies
Including jalapeno ancient grain crisps, cinnamon & sugar bagel chips, cinnamon & raisin bagels, aged cheddar ancient grain crisps, apple & cinnamon toaster pastries and chocolate chip & toffee flavoured muffins.
I started with the crisps and they were nice, it’s sometimes hard to get gluten free flavoured crisps. The jalapeno ancient grain crisps do have a kick of heat to them but I didn’t mind.
I then looked at the muffins as I have an allergy to chocolate, I thought about giving the packet to a gluten free colleague. I re-read the packet and only had to give away one. My colleague Jayne was really excited and enjoyed the muffin. She said the muffin was a good size light and fluffy in taste. I did enjoy the toffee muffin and we both thought the mixed packet was a great idea.
I had an urge for bread and butter pudding and thought I could use the bagels. I then couldn’t be bothered to cut them up and used the bagel chips, this saved me adding any sugar or flavouring to the pudding. The full recipe will be detailed in a separate blog entry. Oh my word it was a great pudding! I have frozen the rest of the fresh bagels and they have defrosted really well.
The toaster pastries were a convenient product to keep at work, I did find the pastry a bit salty but overall they were ok.