The Allergy Show London 2016

It’s been a while since I’ve blogged (thanks, life) so I thought I’d make my ‘comeback’ with a round up of my trip to this year’s Allergy Show in London, which was my 5th!

Here are some my favourite brands this year:

BFree

 

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These guys have taken the gluten free market by storm in recent years, with their bread, bagels, pittas and wraps. Now avaialble across the country in Tesco & Waitrose stores, they launched their brand new Sweet Potato wraps at the show this weekend. Not only this, they’ve also made their whole range vegan!

Nutri-Brex

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This range of Weetabix-like cereal launched last year as Nutribix and Coeliac’s everywhere rejoiced as they could once again enjoy their favourite wholewheat breakfast. They’ve recently rebranded to Nutri-Bre to coincide with the launch of their second product in the range, which they sampled at the Allergy Show. The Coconut & Cripsy Rice Nutri-Brex is seriously good, with the rice giving it another level of texture. Not only are they sampling & selling their products, but they even gave a box of the original type away in the show goody bag!

Perk!er

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I met Ann & Steve at my first Allergy Show, when they were just a small start-up selling their rocky road & tiffin. They’ve come a long way since then and are a household favourites for many Coeliacs. Sadly some products haven’t made it along the way (RIP Tiffin) but their current range is still so good. I live on their porridge pots throughout winter (great for early starts watching my boyfriend play hockey) so of course stocked up on those, but I also tried their new Quinoa bars, which I have to say are fab! A few of the Sprouted Oaty Cranberry & Cashew Bars made it home with me… keep up the good work guys!

Dean’s Shortbread

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This was a new discovery for me this year, but a welcome one! A household name across Scotland, Dean’s are a family company who have branched out with their gluten free range of shortbread (Butter, Choc Chip and Choc chip & Stem Ginger). I was so impressed with the Choc Chip variety that I bought three packets! Although Walker’s is a firm favourite for me, these definitely give them a run for their money. You can order directly from their online store.

MOMA

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Many of you may have seen MOMA’s range of breakfast cereals, especially if you’re from London where they’re prevalent in so many stations. They’ve now made their whole range of porridge gluten free- hurrah! Their flavours are what make them interesting, with their range boasting cranberry & raisin, super seeds and coconut & chia, alongside the golden syrup and plain/plain (no added sugar) classics. So far I haven’t been able to hunt them down in stores so this was a welcome find at the show.

Venice Bakery

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Venice Bakery are Allergy Show regulars and each year and each year I stock up on pizza bases. You have a choice of either plain or seasoned, and a range consisting of large bases, mini bases, flatbreads and tortilla wraps. Their products are all vegan, gluten free and nut free too! You can see my full review here.

Wellaby’s

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I first found Wellaby’s products at the 2014 Allergy Show, where they were sampling their range of pitta chips and dips. I picked a few up to pack into my suitcase for my upcoming holiday to Ibiza- glad I did as they were perfect for a poolside snack! This year they’re back with their new range, Simple Bakes, which are savoury baked snacks, both gluten free and vegan. I tried the spicy chilli flavour, which taste EXACTLY how I remember Walkers Sesnsations Thai Sweet Chili crisps to taste. Definitely check these out if you ever get the chance!

Rule of Crumb

Many of you probably first heard of these guys through their Dragon’s Den pitch. Sadly they weren’t successful, but their appearance on the show definitely helped spread the word throughout the gluten free community. Their range of products include frozen chicken goujons, frozen fish fingers, part-baked breads and cereals, and they also target the catering business as a safe product to stock in restaurants & hotels. I tried their Salted Caramel Profiteroles and Oh My GOD were they good! Had I had a chance to eat them this weekend I’d have snapped up a few packs!

There were many other brands that I can mention, including Free From Fairy, Smooze, Gratify Gluten Free, London Falafel, Isabel’s and Gosh, so if you can take your time to really check out everyone then it’s worth it! I wish I’d had more time this year, as I keep seeing people’s Tweets and thinking ‘Damn I wish I’d picked that up’. But I’m happy with my haul, as is my tiny kitchen, and I’m looking forward to 2017!

What were your favourite finds at the Allergy Show this year?

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Homemade Fajitas

I love fajitas. LOVE them. I’d eat them every week if I could,  and if my family liked to have them as much as me. Lately I’ve been craving them ridiculous amounts, it seems that every time I choose to have chicken for dinner fajitas is the first dish that pops into my head. To satisfy my cravings, I’ve had to come up with an alternative to the Ole Del Paso kits I’m used to using.

Most importantly- the wraps. For a long time after my diagnosis I had fajitas with gluten free pitta bread. This was not the best solution, with the pockets hard to open and fill, and the ‘bread’ so thick that I was quickly full. Since these days we’ve seen the launch of two gluten free wraps on the market, the first from Newburn Bakehouse ( a thick rectangle wrap, available in both white and seeded and recently also dairy free) and the second from Bfree (traditional, thin and round fibre wrap, also dairy free). Now I’m fond of the Newburn wraps but for a dish like fajitas the Bfree wraps are the best, as they’re thinner and therefore don’t fill you up too much.

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Onto the filling. I love using the spice mixes readily available in the shops complete with salsa, but as I’m currently trying to lean down a little for holiday (not to mention  the cost) I’m avoiding them. My new favourite cupboard staple is a Schwartz PerfectShake Herb & Spice blend for chicken. Mixed with some tomato puree and coconut oil,  it makes the perfect sauce for chicken and therefore for my fajitas.

 

 

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These are ready within 20 minutes,  so they’re perfect for a quick weekday dinner.  If I’m feeling like I need a lighter dish, I swap the wraps for some large lettuce leaves- low carb and healthy! I use whatever veg I have in my fridge and with the sauce I don’t feel the need for any extra salsa, maybe just a little cheese. If you’re dairy free you can just remove the cheese and you’re good to go…simples!

 

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Ingredients
For 1 person/ 2 meals

1 large chicken breast
1/2 red pepper
1/2 yellow pepper
1/4 green pepper
1/4 red onion
One large chunk of courgette, thinly sliced
Large handful of cherry tomatoes
Schwartz Herb & Spice blend
2-4 tbsp tomato puree
2 Bfree wraps
1tbsp coconut oil
Extras: Cheese, spinach, salsa, guacamole- if desired.

  1. Heat the coconut oil in a large pan. Add the chicken.
  2. Once cooked, add a good shake of the spice blend (enough to cover all the chicken) and stir until fully covered. Add 1-2 tablespoons of the tomato puree and stir through again.
  3. Add the vegetables and cook until softened.
  4. Repeat the process with the spices and tomato puree.
  5. Serve into two Bfree wraps and enjoy!

Homemade tortilla chips

Earlier this week I made my homemade fajitas but I was seriously craving nachos to go with them. Nachos are amazing,  put nachos on a menu and it’s very rare that I won’t choose them! Refusing to choose an unhealthy option I decided to make some myself…not rocket science but I thought I’d share my recipe with you.

First if all you’ll need some Bfree wraps- other brands will work but these are my favourite- which are both gluten and dairy free. You can find these in Asda stores and also online at Ocado, plus they’re featured in the Tesco Lifestyle food fair until the end of August.

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Cut these into strips or triangles and place in a baking tray. Then brush with a little coconut oil (I use Lucy Bee) and sprinkle with some sea salt or pink Himalyan salt.

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Then bake in the oven at 200°C for 5-7 minutes- keep an eye on them so they don’t burn!

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It’s that simple,  but they crisp but amazingly and the combination of coconut oil with the sea salt it great. I use Bfree wraps they’re thinner so create the perfect chip.

Enjoy on their own, cover with cheese (if you can tolerate dairy or grab a dairy free version) or dip into something yummy!