About Me

Welcome to my blog - my ramblings about trying to find healthy, affordable gluten free food in St. John's, NL.
Despite being gluten free, I love to try new products and am always interested to hear about new places to eat.
I try to help the environment and purchase organic products where possible.

Enjoy :)

Monday, 28 April 2014

Canyon Bakehouse Gluten Free Bread

A new gluten free bread available in NL! Yay! This one is by Canyon Bakehouse and there are currently two varieties to purchase here. 7-Grain was the one I bought, and I really, really liked it!

The texture is really nice - not gritty or heavy, and it has a nice soft mouth feel; both toasted and plain. A bag is $6.99 so it's a little more expensive, but not by much.

The ingredient list on the bread is also impressive. While not as good as Silver Hills, the bread is a lot softer and more "normal" feeling. This bread has mostly whole grains, but does have eggs so it's not entirely allergen free. I've listed the ingredients below. In terms of calories, each slice has 90 calories, 2 grams of fiber and 2 grams of sugar.

I bought this one at the Stavanger Drive Dominion, but I've heard it's also available at the Blackmarch Road store as well. I haven't seen it at the Stadium Dominion however.

Water, Brown Rice Flour, Tapioca Flour, Organic Agave Syrup, Whole Grain Sorghum Flour, Xanthan Gum, Whole Grain Millet, Cultured Brown Rice Flour, Whole Grain Quinoa, Eggs, Whole Grain Teff, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Whole Grain Amaranth, Sugarcane Molasses, Sea Salt, Yeast, Whole Grain Buckwheat Flour, Natural Enzymes




Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Fruit Cobbler Recipe

Over the weekend I was watching the Food Network and came across a cobbler recipe to try. It's from Ree Drummond's Pioneer Woman, and it's quick, easy and yummy!

Ingredients: 

1 cup all purpose flour
1.5 tsp baking powder
0.5 tsp salt
2 cups of berries of your choice (I used frozen PC Frozen Power fruit blend)
1 cup milk (I used 2 %)
1/3 cup butter melted
3/4 cup of sugar (You could use less if you wanted)

Mix together your dry ingredients, then add your milk and butter and combine completely. Add your berries and pour into a greased baking dish.

Bake for 50-60 minutes at 350 degrees.

Super easy, and totally customizable depending on what fruit you like or have on hand. It's also great with some ice cream!

Monday, 10 March 2014

Vitacost.com Online Order Review

I love visiting the Vitacost.com website. They always have lots of gluten free, organic, and vegan products to look at! Last winter I placed an order and shipped it to the US, this year, I figured I would try the shipping to Canada. Shipping was dependant on the weight, and while most products fall under NAFTA, you do have to pay local taxes which are collected at the checkout. Some items / quantity of items are restricted, but these are mostly picked up at the checkout and it will tell you that you can't buy it.

I placed an order before Christmas, it arrived UPS within about 10 days, and even with the exchange, shipping and taxes - items were still cheaper :) I was pleased with my previous order, so I placed another on February 14th. This time it shipped Canada Post, and while it didn't take that long to get to St. John's, it sat for 6 days at the depot before it was delivered! If it stayed on delivery schedule it would have taken about 2 weeks; instead, it was closer to three. As long as you are not in a hurry - it's totally fine :)

For this order, the subtotal was $86 (I had a 10% off coupon), shipping was $23, and local tax was $18. All these amounts were in US dollars. I bought items that you mostly can't get here, or are about twice the price. These included: Surf sweets, gluten free oats, organic spices, hot cereal, Amazon Flakes (I have no idea why they don't sell these in Canada), Seventh Generation wipes and some other miscellaneous items. 

Everything came in great shape, the box was packed really well and everything had its own bag in case of a spill/break.

Since this order, I've noticed that Vitacost now offers $9.99 flat shipping rate to Canada! While the taxes seem a little higher, it's still significantly lower than before.

As with any online ordering, you need to know your prices so you don't end up paying more than you would locally. However, I feel like I get a huge selection with great prices and items that arrive at my door :)




Thursday, 6 March 2014

Fugdy Brownies

I found a yummy brownie recipe online. It uses coconut sugar and while the recipe calls for butter, I used Earth Balance spread and it was an easy substitute. They are really easy and rise quite well. Best of all, they have a nice chewy texture. These are also dairy and nut free :)

Ingredients: 

6 tbsp Earth Balance Spread
8 ounces chocolate chips (I used Enjoy Life)
2/3 cup coconut sugar
1/2 tsp kosher salt
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 eggs
1/3 cup tapioca flour

2 tsp of coconut flour

Method:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and place rack in middle position
2. Butter 8 inch square pan
3. Using a double boiler melt butter and chocolate chips
4. Once melted whisk in sugar, salt and vanilla extract. Whisk eggs in one at a time. Whisk in tapioca flour and coconut flout. Let batter sit for 5 minutes to let the coconut flour absorb in the mixture.
5. Pour batter into dish and smooth the top.
6. Bake for 25-30 minutes until the middle is still a touch moist.
7. Let cool and cut into squares!

This is a keeper recipe - really simple and delicious!

Wednesday, 12 February 2014

Kashi Indigo Morning Gluten Free Cereal Review

Kashi has 2 new gluten free (and organic) cereals now available in Canada :) Indigo Morning and Simply Maize are available just about anywhere in the city and I've spotted them at Sobeys, Dominion, and Target.

Also, as it is a new product, many places have had them on sale for $3.99 a box the last couple weeks. Regular price is between $4.99 and $5.99.

I was really excited when I spotted these cereal because they are also organic and the ingredient list didn't look too bad. The Indigo Morning has the following ingredients:  Organic whole grain corn, organic dried cane syrup, organic freeze dried blackberries, organic freeze dried blueberries, salt, organic molasses, natural flavour and organic vanilla extract. Each 3/4 cup serving comes in at 100 calories, 6 grams of sugar, and 2 grams of fiber.

The cereal has nice medium sized flakes of corn that are crunchier than a regular flake and the texture was like a really thick frosted flake that is air popped. The dried berries were a nice addition and tasted wonderful! With some help from the other family members, we decided it tasted very similar to Captain Crunch. I thought the cereal tasted great on its own, and of course with the milk (dairy or non dairy) of your choice! I let them soak a little, and they did soften up, but not to the mushy point which was nice!

Overall, I'd buy these again. The corn is whole grain, there is no Bht in the packaging, and it was a tasty treat!

I will update when I have tried the Simply Maize box!