Product Reviews, Restaurant Reviews and Recipes: All GLUTEN FREE!
On a previous blog post, I have shared my recipe to make fresh Pancakes for Shrove Tuesday with Dove’s Gluten Free flour but this year, I have already indulged making pancakes from a Barkat packet. These are GLUTEN FREE, WHEAT FREE, MILK FREE and SOY FREE so cover many of the allergens.
So in the UK, we know it as Shrove Tuesday; the day before Ash Wednesday. The term has been coined from “shrive” meaning “absolve” and dates back to the 16th Century. Christians (and non-Christians) will enjoy pancakes and other rich foods, primarily reflecting the four pillars of the Christian faith: Eggs for creation, Flour as a mainstay of the human diet, Salt for wholesomeness and milk for purity, and reflecting upon repenting of sins and preparations for the season of Lent (which begins on Ash Wednesday, the following day). In Ireland, Austrialia and Cananda it is known as “Pancake Day” or “Pancake Tuesday“, in the USA they know it as “Fat Tuesday“, in Spanish-speaking countries: “Mardi Gras“, in Germany: “Fastnachtsdienstag“, in the Netherlands “Vastnavond“, and in Portugal it is referred to as “Carnival“!
But back to the food tasting! The packet is easy to mix with a hand blender and strangely the instructions suggest you leave the mix for half-an-hour to settle. I found that I had guests waiting so didn’t do this part and would suggest that if you can, you might find the mix is less thick than mine?!!
I found made from three-quarters of the pack, four large pancakes which were all (probably) too thick with too much mixture in the pan at the same time. These, you would definitely not call Crepes! From my previous attempts, I have found it useful to melt a lump of butter and then pour it into a small bowl, from which a little melted butter can be added to the pan every time you start a new pancake. I also use a flipper to check the cooking underside and found that a little peak once it has set and formed is a good test of the mixture. And surprisingly the other-side takes a lot less time to cook!
I don’t think you can have too many toppings to choose from so I pulled several different ones together for our ad hoc Pancake dessert. It included several jams, lemon juice, chocolate sauces, honey, syrup, Gingerbread Spread, Cranberry Sauce and Squerty Cream (which is Dairy). I think I am a traditionalist as I opted for Peach Jam and Sugar, and one with Honey, both topped with cream. A classic mix.
The pancakes, despite their size /thickness were not stodgy not sickly, as some puddings can be. I found that I probably should have left it to set as and added more liquid (Soya Milk) so that it provided a more free flowing mix that I could have thinned out better. It is suggested on the box that these could be savoury pancakes as well as the traditional sweet ones but as it was dessert, that wasn’t what we did!
There are several Recipes and Product Reviews which I have reviewed on my blog include Doughnuts using a mix by The Foodamentalists, Chicken & Pancetta Pie using Genius Frozen Pastry and Rhubarb & Apple crumble using Dove Farm flour. I have enjoyed many luxurious restaurants in London which willingly and happily cater for Coeliacs, some I have reviewed on my blog and includes Indigo @One Aldwych, The Hawksmoor, The Wolseley, The Ivy, Searcy’s (up the Gherkin), Ting (up the Shard), Hunan, Skylon, Galvins alongside some who go beyond for the Coeliac (including Niche: which is 100% GF) and Truscott Arms (which is a gourmet pub with yet amazing food!)
Other Chain restaurants reviewed on my blog includes: Chef & Brewer Pub: The Bulls Head, Ed’s Diner (which I love because of their Cheesy Fries), Honest Burgers (with GLUTEN FREE Onion Rings!) and Pizza Express (including their new GLUTEN FREE Dough Balls).
Recent Disney Destinations reviewed on this blog include Animal Kingdom, EPCOT, Magic Kingdom, Disney Springs and Disney Studios. Other destinations on my blog includes the USA (Texas, NYC, Boston and Philadelphia), Brazil, Singapore,Malaysia, Thailand, UAE and London. And on my last trip to Walt Disney World (Spring 2016), on Disney Cruise Line (Spring 2016) and Universal Studios Orlando & Universal’s Islands of Adventure as well as several airline meals including Delta, British Airways, Virgin Atlantic, Virgin America, Singapore Airlines, Emirates, Cathy Pacific, Qantas, Thai Airlines and Dragon Air.
If you are a member of Coeliac UK, they produce a comprehensive directory which covers over 16,000 food and drink items (including GLUTEN FREE Chocolate Bars). This is available in a paper-based Manual and online FREE to members of Coeliac UK. Our charity are working with many restaurants and once Coeliac UK are satisfied, they are accredited by Coeliac UK: Click Here. Accredited Restaurants reviewed on my blog includes Carluccios, La Tasca and Ed’s Diner.
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This information was correct as of February 2017.
But as I am learning, ingredients do change and therefore you should always read the label and check for yourself whether it is GLUTEN FREE or not!