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, 29 October 2012

The Happy Hummus Hut Review - St. John's, NL

I've been meaning to try this place since they opened, and now having two Groupons, I figured it was time to test it out. Seeing how I was supposed to be in Florida today, but due to fog, am still in fog land, I figured it would be a day brightener. Maybe I expected too much, or it's just not my thing, but I was left unimpressed.

The Groupon I used was for 2 wraps (or 4 rice paper wraps), 2 sides and 2 drinks. I went in and checked out the menu board - while it was a little confusing, I managed to find the gluten free option. The rice wraps had names, but I had to ask for a description - I finally decided on the "Happy" and "Falafel" - the falafel had beans, nuts and some spices. The Happy one had sun dried tomato as the main component.

I am sure I've had rice paper before but maybe I didn't. Anyway - the wraps were premade in a container and I did do take away, but I am not sure if they were supposed to be warmed or cooked? Anyway, the texture of the rice wrapper was gooey and STICKY. I was not a fan. The inside stuffing was ok - but I found the 2 big string beans a little distracting from the other crunchy mixture.

The sweet potato fries were put on the panini grill which took 10 minutes. While I wasn't in a hurry, I can see this being a bottle neck with more than 2 people ordering......The fries themselves were ok - it was sprinkled with lemon chili salt which was ok - but I am not a huge lemon spice fan. Then came the weird part - after asking 2 times about things being gluten free, the lady asks 'How gluten free are you?' Really? I just asked twice...Anyway - I asked if there was gluten in the mayo and she said there was vinegar. I asked if it was malt vinegar - no - just regular. At this point I was confused...anyway - the mayo tasted ok - and I didn't seem to have any ill effects. I just thought it odd......

As my second side I ordered the salad. It was lettuce, some apple, tomato and a home made dressing. Again, it was alright, but had a bit of a thai taste.

Overall, it was just meh - I will go back and use my other groupon and try the quesadillas. I think I was expecting hummus like you get at the grocery store - and I know they have a special one for the day, but maybe you couldn't get it with the rice paper? When I asked about the special she said they didn't have one. Anyone else try here???

Wednesday, 24 October 2012

Namaste Products - Available at The Natural Health Shop

Just a quick post - The Natural Health Shop on Stavanger Drive has a large variety of Namaste products in their store. Cake mixes, pizza crusts, baking coating mixes (similar to shake and bake), bread mix and flour blend. 

Namaste products are free of a variety of allergens Gluten, Wheat, Soy, Corn, Potato, Peanut, Tree Nut, Dairy and Casein.

I'm headed to Florida on Sunday so I'm hoping to have new and exciting products to write about! 

Monday, 22 October 2012

Bandito's Organic Tortilla Chips - Product Review

I love nachos, and tortilla chips are a great snack with hummus, guacamole  or salsa - or even just by themselves!

In the past, I've purchased the organic Que Pasa corn chips at Costco which are really good, not much salt, but does come in a giant bag (which equates to a lot of tortilla eating!).

Last week, Real Food Market offered a new product - Bandito's Organic Tortilla Chips. They must be new because I can`t find a website for them!

What I like about these tortilla chips is that they are multigrain without the gluten. (Tostidos also has a multigrain chip but it is infested with wheat - ick).

Anyway, these chips have a nice crunch factor and are a little thicker (and bigger) than the Que Pasa ones. They sort of remind me of Food Should Taste Good chips. They are great for dipping and are organic and gluten free :D

There is 5 grams of fiber per serving - which is 17 chips (250 calories). I wouldn`t consider them diet - but they are yummy!

Monday, 15 October 2012

Home made gluten free salad dressing

I eat a lot of salads - especially during the summer when I was part of the CSA weekly food basket. What really makes a salad - is the dressing. While most dressings are gluten free, they also have weird ingredients like yellow 5, sodium benozate, etc. The solution? A home made version! You can control what goes in there, and can make as much or as little as you wish.

My two favorites are Balsamic and Honey Mustard. They are super easy to make:

Balsamic Dressing:

3 parts olive oil
1 part balsamic vinegar
1 part mustard
Salt and Pepper to taste

Shake well and store for 2 weeks

Honey Mustard Dressing:

1/4 cup olive oil
1/4 cup mustard
1/4 cup honey
2 cloves of garlic

Shake well and store for 2 weeks

Easy and yummy!

Monday, 8 October 2012

Gluten Free Strawberry "shortcake" Desert

Today was a holiday so I rummaged through the cupboard to see what I could find to make. The result: an angel food cake, some frozen strawberries, and ice cream = gluten free strawberry shortcake :)

I had a box of angel food cake mix from Kinnikinnick which is super easy to prepare - especially if you have a mixer! Sift the mixture into a bowl, preheat the oven to 375 degrees and butter/grease a tube or bundt pan.

You will need 12 egg whites - if you plan ahead (like I have done in the past, the little box of egg whites do just fine), if you are like me on a holiday with limited stores being open, you will have to separate the 12 eggs.....oh and then find something to do with the 12 egg yolks....

Back to the recipe - whip the egg whites into soft peaks, add 2 tsp of vanilla, and whip into firm peaks. I think this took about 8-10 minutes on 3-4 speed of the kitchen aid.

Fold in the mixture slowly, pour in pan, and bake for 30-35 minutes. I've made this before and they are typically easy to work with.

Invert the pan on a rack to cool and then add your toppings.

I had some frozen strawberries I mixed with a little cane sugar to make a strawberry topping and added some ice cream, but you could do blueberry, raspberry, etc.


Wednesday, 3 October 2012

Gluten Free Peanut Butter Cups Recipe

I've been meaning to post this recipe forever - I found it in Alicia Silverstone's book called the Kind Diet - it focuses on vegan recipes - so this recipe is also vegan :)

It is quite easy to make, and it only needed a substitute of GF Graham crumbs for regular Graham crumbs.

You will need:

1/2 cup Earth Balance Butter
3/4 cup crunch peanut butter (mine wasn't crunchy because I didn't have any at the time)
3/4 cup of gluten free graham crumbs (I used Kinnikinnick)
1/4 cup maple sugar
1 cup chocolate chips (I used Enjoy Life) - if you want it vegan, make sure to use a vegan chocolate chip
1/4 cup soy, rice or nut milk (I used Almond milk)
1/4 chopped pecans, almonds or peanuts (I used almonds just because I already had some)

Step 1: Line a muffin pan with 12 cupcake lines

Step 2: Melt the butter in a small pan over medium heat, stir in the peanut butter, graham crumbs, and maple syrup - mix well. Remove from heat and distribute over your 12 cups (about 2 tablespoons per cup)

Step 3: Combine chocolate chips and milk in a different pan, melt the chocolate chips and pour mixture over each peanut butter mixture.

Step 4: Top with chopped nuts and place in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours.

It really is easy, and OH SO YUMMY! I shared with my friends at work and they all loved them. The kids thought they tasted like Reese Peanut Butter cups :)