Thursday, 29 August 2013

August Reviews Part 2

Hello, so here I am with part 2 of my August reviews. The following products I still had to try which is why there are 2 parts to this months reviews, you can read part 1 here

If you read my blog you know I have an intolerance to wheat and gluten which means foods free from those are my friend. I was asked to review some Organ gluten free products, buckwheat pasta spirals, spaghetti in tomato sauce and a buckwheat pancake mix. All of these products were new to me, I have tried some Organ foods in the past but none of these so that was a bonus! 

I used to eat spaghetti as a child but never as an adult so this meal reminded me of being small which was fun. I had my spaghetti with eggs and mushrooms perfect combo if you ask me. I liked the taste of the spaghetti and the sauce was good. This is not something I would have thought of buying before but after trying it I think its a quick and easy tinned food worth keeping in the cupboard. 

I made a delicious lunch for me and Dale at the weekend using the buckwheat pasta. After boiling it I added the pasta to a bowl of chopped courgette, black olives, basil leaves, crumbled feta and vegan pesto. I mixed all the ingredients up and served with a side of spinach, this was a fresh summer salad and I loved the pasta. I would recommend this if you are gluten intolerant or not it has a lovely flavour and is really filling! 

As of yet I haven't tried the pancake mix due to having no time but as soon as I get the chance I will share my thoughts with you. I have to say I will be looking out for the Organ products and trying out some more : )

Now I am obsessed with nuts and seeds (if you hadn't guessed!) so when I was asked to try some Linwoods flaxseed with bio cultures and vitamin D I obviously said yes! I am no stranger to ground linseeds as I used to grind my own and eat them in everything but got out of the habit so this was a good reminder that I should still do it! I have been making some yumminess with the bag I got...........

Tofu Nuggets! Yep you read right and they were delicious and went down a storm. I bought some basil and spiced tofu and cut up into chances and put to the side. I then mixed some almond flour and grounded linseeds in a small bowl and cracked 2 eggs in another and whisked them up. To make the nuggets I dunked the chunks of tofu in the egg then flour mix and place on a parchment lined baking tray for about 15/20 minutes or until heated through, delicious and a great option for veggies. 

I have been adding them to smoothies to give some more thickness and nutritional content as well as adding it to my cookie mix (recipe below). Some very tasty ways of eating these ground seeds if I do say so myself!

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Last but not least I was sent these little bottles of loveliness the other day from Nielsen-Massey. I received some Vanilla Bean Paste and some Rose Water. I have used the vanilla extract but never the paste so this excited me and the Rose Water is completely new to me. Again I have not yet used the Rose Water due to time but I am so excited too I am thinking some sort of granita or something like that? I have however been able to use the paste in some yummy cookies.............

Gluten Free Crunch Cookies

You need: 1/2 cup of almond flour, ground flaxseeds, desiccated coconut and quinoa flakes. 1/4 cup of raw cacao, cacao nibs, coconut oil, honey and coconut flour. Tbsp vanilla bean paste, 1/4 tsp of sea salt and baking soda plus some turmeric and tamarind coconut sugar for dipping.

To make: put all dry ingredients into a big bowl and combine, put all wet ingredients into a smaller bowl and mix together before adding to the dry. Combine well then take small handfuls of mixture and roll into balls before dipping in coconut sugar. Place ball on parchment lined baking tray and press to flatten once. When you have made your cookies place in a pre-heated oven for 12 minutes or until browned.

Yummy these cookies were delicious, I think they are better the day after to be honest as they become crunchier! You can still taste the vanilla bean paste and its lovely, I think I prefer this to the extract as its sweeter, perfect for baking and something I will keep in my store cupboard from now on : )


Have you tried any of the above and do you have any Rose Water Recipes?

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