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 :)

Wednesday, 25 September 2013

Home made Cinnamon Raisin Bread

I love Cinnamon Raisin Bread - my Nan used to make it all the time when I was younger, and it's such a great snack with butter or jam. 

There are a few brands of cinnamon raisin bread around here, but I decided to try to make my own. This recipe was pretty straightforward, and had good results. Next time I think I'll leave the tinfoil off longer than 15 minutes - I like the bread toasty on top :) 

The bread is moist, has a good texture, and of course is awesome toasted! I usually slice it and freeze after 2 days to ensure it stays fresh :)

This recipe doesn't require a bread maker, so anyone can make it! I found the recipe on Hope's Kitchen website and have listed it below! 


3 c GF Flour Mix - see below for recipe
2 t xanthan gum
1/2  t sea salt
3 T sugar 
1 t dry yeast
1 t cinnamon 
2 t coconut oil (melt before measuring)
1 1/2 c + 2 T warm water
3/4 c raisins 

1. Grease and dust with GF flour an 8×4 loaf pan.  Heat oven to 200 degrees.
2. Combine GF Flour Mix, xanthan gum, salt, sugar, dry yeast and cinnamon in a medium sized bowl and whisk together. Set aside.
3.  In mixing bowl, combine the coconut oil and warm water together and then add the dry ingredients. Mix on high for 2 minutes, this activates the yeast. It should resemble a thicker cake batter.  Gently stir in raisins.
4.  Pour batter into prepared pan and cover with a tea towel.  Turn OFF the oven and set the covered bread in the warm oven to rise. Carefully shut the oven door.
5. The bread will take about 30 min. to rise to just below the top of the pan.  Take the bread out carefully and set aside. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.
6.  Place bread in preheated oven and bake 50-55 minutes.  After the first 15 minutes, tent tinfoil over the bread for the remainder of the baking time to prevent the crust from darkening too much.
7. Test the bread with a toothpick. After you’ve removed the bread from the oven, immediately rub the top with butter. Remove loaf from the pan to a wire rack to cool. 
8.  Let cool completely before cutting.   This makes a big difference on how well it will slice and stay together.

Paula's Gluten Free Flour Mix (this makes enough for 2 loaves of bread plus 1 extra cup)
1 1/2 c. millet flour
1 1/2 c. sorghum flour
1 c. tapioca flour
1 c. potato starch
1 c. arrowroot powder 

Monday, 23 September 2013

Online order at Walmart.ca - Review

I received my walmart.ca online on Friday :) Delivered right to the mail box - it was pretty cool! (Note that my package came via Canada Post and was placed in the larger box on the bottom of the mail box group. If your package is too large, you may have to pick up at a postal outlet).

As it was my first time ordering, I just placed a small order to see what it was like. I placed my order on Tuesday, Sept. 10 and it arrived Friday, Sept. 20. It's not super fast, but not horrible - especially considering it was free shipping and the items have the potential to be heavy! All the items were well packed and secure, and nothing was broken or damaged.

I ordered Pacific Chicken Broth @ $3.67 (it usually runs $4.49 - $5 in the grocery store, but sometimes will go on sale for $3.50), 2 packs of Dr. Lucy's Cookies @ $4.47 and a package of Tinkyada Organic Brown rice spaghetti @ $3.47. I've seen Dr. Lucy's cookies at Costco once, but otherwise they are hard to come by around here. Also, most grocery stores carry the Tinkyada brand of pasta, but I'm not sure if it's organic.

The prices online are all cheaper than the regular price at the grocery store, and I love the fact I can sit home, and order to re-load my pantry! Not to mention that I really enjoy Dr. Lucy's cookies as a treat :)

If you live outside a major center and have limited options for gluten free groceries - this is a great competitively priced way to get GF foods.

I give the whole online Wal Mart experience a 9.5 / 10. The only place it lost points was when I was trying to check out, the forms do not like special characters (and St. John's has 2 of them). Once I figured that out - I was good to go!

Friday, 20 September 2013

WOW Chocolate Chip Cookies Review

I recently picked up a new (to me) kind of cookie at Sobeys. It's from WOW Baking Company. Based out of Washington state, they are a wheat free and gluten free company. Their product line includes cookies, cookie dough and cake mixes. I've only seen their bagged cookies around these parts, but they offer 5 types: Chocolate Chip, Lemon Burst, Snickerdoodle, Peanut Butter and Ginger Molasses (can't say I've seen this particular flavour).

Cookies come in a re-seable bag, however, they probably won't be resealed for long as they are quite delicious! The cookies are soft, have a slight chewiness, and are bite size. From what I can tell from the label, 2 cookies is considered a serving and comes in at about 140 calories, 12 grams of sugar, and 6 grams of fat. Depending on your sugar allowances, they might have a bit too much sugar for some people.

These cookies have pretty normal looking ingredients: flour blend, chocolate chips, sugar, butter, eggs etc. They do contain eggs, milk and soy (soy lecithin is in the chocolate chips). There is nothing artificial which is awesome :)

There is a note on the package that they are produced in a dedicated gluten free facility so no worries about cross contamination!

The cookies were $4.99 a bag at Sobeys - but regular price is $5.99. I really enjoyed these; so did non-GF people! They are worth a try!

Wednesday, 11 September 2013

Maria's Lentil Pasta Review

Gluten free pasta is a staple in my pantry. I try to keep 2-3 different varieties at all times as it makes a quick meal, great salad, or addition to soup.

The last time I was in Toronto I picked up a bag of Maria's Red Lentil Pasta. I had never seen lentil pasta before, but figured it was worth a try! The ingredients are just ground lentil flour and water - so it has healthy ingredients with no bizarre additions!

Like most GF pasta - paying CLOSE attention to cooking is important. The package says 5-8 minutes, and I found at minute 6 mine were good to go.

These noodles didn't taste like lentils at all, and really held their shape. As an experiment, I left them in the fridge overnight and the next day when re-heated they were a little mushy, but no worse than regular pasta left over.

Now, I have the problem that I can't seem to find anywhere to re-buy them! They are made in Ontario, but the company doesn't seem to ship. I also contacted them, but didn't hear back :(. I'll just have to stock up next time I'm in Toronto!

UPDATE: Once I contacted the company, they shipped my pasta for a flat rate $10 fee. Check out the goodies below!

Tuesday, 10 September 2013

Gluten Free Items at Wal Mart.ca

I just found out this morning that WalMart.ca  carries gluten free items that are available for shipping! At a quick glance, they have Dr. Lucy's Cookies, Duinkerken, Kinnikinnick, Betty Crocker and more!

I plan to order - and I'll post on my experience :)

Here's the post http://www.glutenfreenl.com/2013/09/online-order-at-walmartca-review.html

Thursday, 5 September 2013

Vega One All in One Nutrition Bars

I'll start off my saying, I am not a protein bar person. Mostly, I think they taste like a mixture of cardboard and granulated cement - not to mention the sometimes bizarre ingredients they contain.

A few weeks ago I was walking around downtown and popped into Whole Health. They carry a great selection of gluten free and natural products including the Vega One bars. I seen these before but never actually tried them. I've tried multiple Vega protein powders but there's only a couple I actually like.

The bars are EXPENSIVE! (or at least I thought they were). It was $4 for one, but you can get them for a little more than $3 online if you purchase a box.

There are three flavours to pick from: Cherry, Chocolate Almond and Double Chocolate. I went with the double chocolate. Each bar packs a big punch with 15 grams of protein, 6 grams of fiber, Omega 3's and antioxidants.

Texture wise, I have to say, the bars were not bad. They were a tiny bit grainy, but not granulated cement. The taste was really good, nice chocolate, but not too sweet. The bars do fill you up and would be a substantial snack.

Overall, the bars were good - I might consider buying a package of them online for travel especially.

Vega does not certify their products as non-GMO which is kind of a downer. Most of the ingredients listed seem pretty healthy, and they use real sugar as opposed to artificial sweeteners.

Anyone try other types of Vega bars?