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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Our Compliments Gluten Free Products

Grocery store chains are getting into the action with their own line of gluten free products.  Earlier this year Our Compliments introduced their own line of gluten free breads and mixes.  Our Compliments went through the Canadian Celiac Association Gluten Free Certification Program in order to gain the confidence of consumers that these products are being made safely and meet a higher standard of gluten free.

We tried a couple of the products, including their gluten free cinnamon bread and chocolate cake mix. 

The gluten free cinnamon bread was okay, but not great.  I think Amanda did prefer Udi's cinnamon bread over Our Compliments but it was certainly nice to see these well stocked on the shelf.  Below is a picture of the cake mix.  I am not the baker, but I took a stab at using this mix to make Amanda's birthday cake this year.  As you can I kind of messed up on the baking part with the misshaped cake.  Please don't blame Our Compliments for that!  That was totally my incompetence with baking.  None the less, the cake actually tasted really good and was really moist.  The cake mix is something we would buy again.  I topped this off with Betty Crockers icing mix which is gluten free as well.

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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Who loves Gluten Free Hot Cross Buns?

We received an email from Leanne at Celebrate Gluten Free sharing with us her newest creation....Gluten Free Hot Cross Buns just in time for Easter. While we don't celebrate Easter in our home, we do enjoy a good hot cross bun. 

It is always enjoyable to come home and find a little gluten free treat waiting on your front doorstep. Leanne was not  kidding when she said that her Gluten Free Hot Cross Buns were delicious! Leanne and Celebrate Gluten Free are often seen at the various Farmers Markets through out Edmonton, most recently we ran into Leanne at the Downtown Farmers Market.

As I explained to Leanne the hot cross buns were excellent, they were light, fresh and perfectly seasoned with just the right spice ratio. They held up nicely even after being in the fridge for a couple of days (can't eat too many sweets all at one time). My only request would be to put more of the sweet topping on the top of the buns, but that I know is a definite personal preference. The Celebrate Gluten Free hot cross buns are and excellent addition to any table and are currently available, just in time for Easter.

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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Pinty's line of Gluten Free Chicken Fingers

In February there was lots of chatter about Pinty's, which has ready made chicken fingers and now has a line of gluten free products.  So far their gluten free products have been spotted at Safeway, Wal-Mart and Costco.

We gave them a try mid February because we had to with all the hype.  We couldn't be the only ones not running to the store buying them up!  So what were the results?  Absolutely tasty gluten free chicken fingers, that come with plum sauce too (that was quite tasty and sweet I might add!).  These were much more crispy then the ones I make from scratch, but that doesn't mean I won't stop making my own.  These are great when you need a quick meal with no prep time.  We served them with some roasted potatoes and had a nice easy gluten free meal.  These are really kid friendly, our daughter scarfed them down.

Pinty's also makes a gluten free buffalo chicken finger which has been spotted at Costco.  We have also tried their chicken wings (which are not labelled gluten free), but do not contain gluten ingredients.

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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Last Call for Gluten Free Passover a Hawkestone Sobey's

Every year I write about what gluten free products are available during the Jewish holiday of Passover. During the Passover, the Jewish people not only eat Kosher foods, but they eat Kosher for Passover foods that have additional rules to the preparation of the food.  E.g.  Only unleavin breads are eaten, mainly in the form of what is called matzah.  Which is really just flour and water, made with with no time to let the yeast rise.

For those of you that live in Edmonton's West end and eat Kosher, you all know two of the most common places to shop at Andy's IGA and Sobey's Hawkestone which carry the largest assortment of Kosher foods in the city.  During the holiday of Passover, these locations also carry Kosher for Passover foods.

Due to the acquisition of Safeway by Sobey's, this year will be Sobey's Hawkestone's last year carrying Kosher for Passover products. The Hawkestone location is one of the locations that was forced to be sold to a competing grocer in order for fair competition (quite understandable).  Co-op foods will be taking its place in May 2014, and I have no idea if Co-op will be taking over the Kosher section, so as far as I know this is the last call for kosher at Hawkestone.

As we are a Jewish family we will definitely be picking up some of these for our house during Passover.  I'll be the first admit, we don't keep a kosher diet, nor do we keep a strict kosher for Passover diet.  Also ten years ago Kosher for Passover foods had really bad connotations of being REALLY bad, heavy and constipating at times.  The main culprit is matzah,  But really matzah one of those foods you love to hate, because you remember times when you made your first matzah pizza and being so proud of yourself.     You also don't want to miss out on traditional offering like matzah ball soup (which a friend brought us a gluten free mix from the states) and matzah with eggs and onions or pound cakes.

I think the gluten free diet has really helped the kosher brands to be more innovative with their products as gluten free foods can't use the grains not allowed in a kosher for Passover diet, so they just need the proper preparation ad certifications to be kosher for Passover.

So here is what is in store at Sobey's Hawkestone for a gluten free Passover 2014:

Gluten free matzah by Manischewitz

Gluten free vanilla cake mix with chocolate frosting by Streit's
Gluten Free yellow cake mix with fudge frosting by Manischewitz
Gluten free frosted flakes and fruit loops by Lieber's

Gluten free pound cake (marble, vanilla, and chocolate chip) by Osem
Gluten free chocolate cookies by Lieber's

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Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Wise Bites Gluten Free Ginger Bread Cookies

Our friend RL brought some ginger bread cookies over to our house to try.  They are called Wise Bites Ginger Babies cookies.  They are gluten free, nut free, kosher, dairy free and soy free.  They are made out of a bakery in Richmond, British Columbia. Yay Canada!

They seem to have a big line of gluten free cookies you can get and are allergy conscious.  Check out their line of gluten free products.

So here are out thoughts on these cookies.  I'll be honest, Amanda didn't like them, but I did.  The cookies have a quinoa and date base.  Amanda tends to not like products that have dates in them.  The Lara Bar is the only one date based product that she likes.  But she gets the peanut butter, chocolate chip ones to mask the taste of the dates.

I on the other hand, grew up with a Moroccan family that ate dates on a weekly basis, so to me this cookie brings familiar flavours that I refreshingly enjoy.  So if you are like Amanda and don't really like dates, you may not want to try this.  But if you have kids that just want a ginger bread cookie, you may want to!

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