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 :)

Thursday, 27 December 2012

Gluten Free Bagels


There have been huge improvements in the world of gluten free products in the last number of years. No longer do we have to settle for dense, lead-ish bread that crumbles at the touch. We now have lots of varieties to choose from that are tasty, healthy and even organic!

One thing I haven’t been able to find is a good bagel. I mean the kind of bagel that has a little chewiness factor, not too dense, but also not like a feather. There really is nothing like a good bagel sandwich, or a toasted bagel with cream cheese and jam.

So far I've tried the Kinnikinnick varieties: Cinnamon Raisin, Sesame Seed and Plain. They are good, but are a little dense, not chewy, and moderately dry if not toasted.

I also tried the Glutino varieties: Cinnamon Raisin and Plain. And again, they are ok, better if toasted, but not awesome.

Udi’s came the closest to a good bagel. I did however find them a little airy, and they still lacked that “ump” yummy factor.

Has anyone tried other varieties of bagel they can recommend?? I would love to know of another brand to try! 

Sunday, 23 December 2012

Moroccan Style Chick Pea Soup Recipe

I love pretty much any kind of soup and this one we adapted from the America's Test Kitchen cook book is awesome :)

Ingredients:
1 minced onion
2 garlic cloves
1 teaspoon of salt
1/2 teaspoon of paprika
1/4 teaspoon of ginger
1/4 teaspoon of cumin
1 can of chickpeas
2 potatoes cut into 1/2 inch pieces (we sometimes leave out the potatoes)
1-2 springs of celery
1-2 carrots
1/4 cup of diced tomatoes
1 carton of chicken or veggie broth
Shot of hot sauce

Cook the onion until softened - about 5 minutes, add in spices, garlic, celery, carrots, and diced tomatoes and cook for 5 minutes.

Add in chicken broth, potatoes and cook for 20-30 minutes until veggies are tender. We add in hot sauce - because we like the soup a little spicy - but you could leave it out if you want.

This is an awesome soup on a cool day and great for lunches or a snack :)

Saturday, 15 December 2012

Gluten Free Snowballs

Anyone who lives in Newfoundland knows the popular "snowball". It's seen at lots of parties, bake sales and grocery store bakery aisles. There's lots of different variations of recipes out there, so after reading a few, I combined elements of each and made a pretty decent dessert!

These are simple to make, and the only thing that takes any time is the cooling of the batter. I left mine in the fridge for about 30 minutes, but 45-60 would be ideal.

Ingredients:

2 cups of water
2 cups of gluten free oats
1/8 cup of honey
1/4 cup of sugar
1 cup of coconut plus another 3/4 cup for rolling
1/4 cup cocoa powder

Mix the dry ingredients, boil your water and dissolve the honey, mix the dry and wet ingredients together, let sit in the fridge until you can roll them (about an hour) and roll the balls in coconut.

These are great to freeze, and something quick and easy if you have company coming!

As a side note - I used organic unsweetened coconut which is why I ended up adding about 1/4 cup of cane sugar. You could not use any sugar, or use brown sugar etc. depending on how sweet you like them. Some recipes call for an enormous amount of sugar (like 2 cups), but I was trying to keep it on the lower side!

I also used organic cocoa powder which has a less refined sweet chocolate taste and more coco-y chocolate taste. Everyone liked these - gluten and non-gluten eaters!

Sunday, 9 December 2012

Barbara's Bakery Honey Rice Puffins Cereal - Product Review

Puffins Honey RiceSomeone at work mentioned last week that Costco was now carrying Barbara's Puffins cereal - it is gluten free - so I had to try it. The cereal is $6.59 for a 794 gram box. It is equivalent to a family sized box I would guess.

I wasn't sure what to expect with this cereal, my favourite cereals are by Nature's Path, and it will be hard to ever top those - that being said, I'll always try something once!

The "puffins" (and I haven't figured out where the name comes from) are big squares that are hollow and about double the size of a Captain Crunch piece.

I tried one before milk, and my first impression was a little meh. It has a slight after taste on first bite, but after eating a few more, it goes away slightly.

Once loaded up with milk and blueberries it was improved - crunchy and a little sweet - but again, that slight twinge of after taste. That is one of my biggest pet peeves of being gluten free - the "gluten free" after taste.

Looking at their website, it seems there are a variety of Puffin flavours, including a cinnamon one which might be good.

Anyone tried any other Barbara products?


Saturday, 8 December 2012

Annie's Gluten Free Bunny Cookies

I admit, I have a bit of a sweet tooth, and when I came across Annie's gluten free bunny cookies in the US, I picked up a couple boxes to try. They come in 3 flavours: Snickerdoodle, GingerSnap and Cocoa and Vanilla. I tried the Snickerdoodle and GingerSnap.

These cookies are a cross between an animal cracker and a teddy graham in terms of size and texture. They have an excellent crunch factor and are bite sized for quick snacks and a sweet tooth fix :)

The snickerdoodle were my favourite - they have cinnamon on the outside that is just perfect - not overpoweringly sweet, but just right. I love that they are crunchy and don't leave an after taste in your mouth.

Unfortunately - I can't seem to find any gluten free Annie's bunnies online or in stores in Canada. I've asked Real Food Market if they can get them in as they have the regular Annie's graham bunnies, so I'm hoping! They are available at Vitacost.com but I am not sure how their shipping and duty works.

The gingersnap cookies were great as well - I am not a huge gingerbread flavour person, but still enjoyed the box :)

If anyone knows where I can order Annie's products please let me know!

Thursday, 6 December 2012

Barbara's Puffin Cereal at Costco

Just a quick note - Costco is carrying Barbara's Puffin Cereal - anyone tried this one yet? I'm going to pick one up this weekend to try!

Monday, 3 December 2012

Jovial Cookies Review

Gluten Free Chocolate Chocolate Cream Filled CookieWhile I was in Florida, I picked up a couple packages of Jovial gluten free cookies at Whole Foods.  They come in a few flavours: Fig fruit filled, chocolate filled and vanilla filled. I tried the chocolate ones :)

I liked the fact they come in packages of 2 cookies - that way they don't dry out while you are making your way through the box. I also liked they were normal sized, and 2 cookies were plenty for a snack or dessert.

The cookies themselves had a shortbread, crumbly-ish exterior and a creamy filled interior. I would have liked more of the filling, but nonetheless it was tasty. I did find them a little dry, but they go great with milk, coffee, tea or beverage of your choice!

And I forgot to mention - they are also USDA Organic - even better! I love it when you can find gluten free AND organic :)

The package cost $4.99 and I would get them again - I haven't found them online in Canada yet - but if you know where to buy them - let me know!