Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Wednesday, April 9, 2014
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.
Wednesday, April 2, 2014
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.
Wednesday, March 26, 2014
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|
Wednesday, March 19, 2014
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!