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NOW CLOSED Talk to Mrs Crimble's about gluten free cooking and shopping and be in with a chance of winning a hamper of goodies

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TheOtherHelenMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 14-Jan-13 10:32:48

We've been asked by Mrs Crimble's to find out what your top tips are for a gluten free diet. We've posted a few questions below to get you started but please feel free to add any other comments/tips you have here too. Mrs Crimble's would also love it if you checked out some of the recipes on their website. Everyone who posts their comments on this thread will be entered into a prize draw to win a hamper of Mrs Crimble's goodies.

~ If you buy gluten free products, where do you tend to buy them from? Do you ever buy Mrs Crimble's products? If so, which ones and where do you buy them?

~ Do you do lots of gluten free cooking? If so, what are your top tips for knocking up delicious gluten free meals/snacks? Please do share any brilliant recipes you have here - Mrs Crimble's may feature the ones they like the most on their website.

Thanks and good luck with the prize draw
MNHQ

lizd31 Mon 21-Jan-13 07:55:58

I love the Mrs Crimble home bake gluten free products, can't wait to try the pancake mix for pancake day next month

stewaris Mon 21-Jan-13 08:48:21

I am addicted to Mrs Crimbles macaroons. I don't buy them very often as I can eat the whole pack even if it makles me feel really sick. They are fantastic and the best tasting GF products I've bought. On cooking for myself, I have tried different flours and experimented in bread making. It's the one big thing I really miss. Some have been a success others not but just keep experimenting

toniq Mon 21-Jan-13 11:29:52

My hubbyis gluten intolerant so i ahd gto trawl to find easy dessert recipes for his sweet tooth, i found this on the net a few years ago for choc pots, we all love it!

Ingredients

2/3 cup granulated sugar
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
3 cups whole milk
4 large egg yolks
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
6 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped
1/2 teaspoon unsweetened cocoa powder

Directions

In a medium saucepan, combine the sugar, cornstarch, and salt. Add 1/3 cup of the milk, stirring to form a smooth paste. Whisk in the egg yolks and the remaining milk.
Cook the mixture over medium-low heat, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon or spatula until thickened, 12 to 15 minutes (do not allow to boil). Remove from heat.
Add the vanilla and chocolate, stirring until the chocolate is melted and the mixture is smooth. Pour into eight 4-ounce ramekins, glasses, or teacups. Refrigerate, covered, until chilled, at least 2 hours and up to 2 days. Sprinkle with the cocoa powder before serving.

alsproject Mon 21-Jan-13 12:25:12

I don't normally buy gluten free stuff but tried a pack of Choc Macaroons (not knowing they were GF) from the local shop. Absolutely loved them and tasted like non GF products

arwin Mon 21-Jan-13 12:47:19

I have Crohns disease and have found that following a gluten free diet does help. I buy my gluten free products from Waitrose and Asda.

sweir1 Mon 21-Jan-13 13:24:44

I think that I may be addicted to Mrs Crimbles apple rice cakes!

Amez2012 Mon 21-Jan-13 13:40:27

I Love Mrs Crimbles Apple Rice Cakes!!! They go amazingly in Cheesecake so they are always first on my shopping list!

Ikea1234 Mon 21-Jan-13 13:44:36

Hi,
I don't have an allergy as such, but have heard about various benefits of being GF. Are here any health benefits of following a GF diet?

ValiaH Mon 21-Jan-13 16:14:40

If you buy gluten free products, where do you tend to buy them from? Do you ever buy Mrs Crimble's products? If so, which ones and where do you buy them?

I'm gluten intolerant so buy a lot of gluten free foods. I tend to buy from the local supermarkets while doing my normal shop, or online from Ocado. I do buy Mrs Crimbles products, especially stuffing, but also macaroons, bakewell slices, and chocolate brownies.

~ Do you do lots of gluten free cooking? If so, what are your top tips for knocking up delicious gluten free meals/snacks? Please do share any brilliant recipes you have here - Mrs Crimble's may feature the ones they like the most on their website.

I do make a lot of my own 'gluten free' food, mostly by using Doves Farm flours in cakes and bread, or replacing flour with ground almonds. Also most meals can have wheat based products replaced with potatoes or gluten free pasta. My tips are to find alternatives that are naturally gluten free, and that gluten free flour is always a safe bet for baking.

whizzybop Mon 21-Jan-13 16:30:43

I have been avoiding gluten for over 12 years now and I love Mrs Crimbles produce. I tend to buy the Coconut Macaroons mostly, which I purchase from my local garden centre.
I have a lot of brown rice, gluten-free pasta and Jacket potatoes as my main fillers. I use Doves Farm all-purpose white mix from Sainsbury if I want to do any baking Thanks for the comp thanks

kiki725 Mon 21-Jan-13 18:15:07

In recent years the amount of gluten free products sold in my local supermarket has greatly increase and that is awesome as it means i can now have a wider choice of products smile

feefeegabor Mon 21-Jan-13 18:31:19

I'm lucky that I don't need to go down the Gluten Free route - it's hard enough with all of us being veggie! I love Mrs Crimbles Double Chocolate Brownies - they are scrummy!

26jibby Mon 21-Jan-13 20:01:37

Was diagnoised with coeliac disease on Thursday. I have no idea what to eat so a hamper would be wonderful to help me on my way.

funnyperson Mon 21-Jan-13 20:12:51

I have ulcerative colitis and am gluten intolerant. At home we make
-egg fried rice with stir fried green veg +mushrooms
-pilau
-gram flour pancakes with spinach
-chestnut flour chapattis with aloo gobi, green coriander and basil chutney and yoghurt . yum wink

EmbarassingBodies Mon 21-Jan-13 20:56:34

I have coeliac disease so eat gluten free. I buy from tesco often and sainsburys and asda and morrisons when I want to see what they have on their gf ranges - went round them all at Xmas! My fabulous mum made me a gluten free Xmas cake by using doves flour instead of normal and gf Xmas pudding using gf breadcrumbs. I buy Mrs Crimbles almond slices, they are lovely though maybe a little sweet. I think their maybe an issue with gf goods having more fat and sugar than normal products to help the taste so I try not to eat too many!

DeafLeopard Mon 21-Jan-13 22:11:01

~ If you buy gluten free products, where do you tend to buy them from? Do you ever buy Mrs Crimble's products? If so, which ones and where do you buy them?

Ocado have a really good range, and you can do a filter to search for g/f stuff. I do buy Mrs Crimble's stuff for DH to take in his packed lunch, he likes the brownies, the bakewell slices, the macaroons and the apple cake smells divine. I've eaten the stuff by accident / in desperation when there was nothing else nice and could not tell it was a dietary special.

~ Do you do lots of gluten free cooking? If so, what are your top tips for knocking up delicious gluten free meals/snacks? Please do share any brilliant recipes you have here - Mrs Crimble's may feature the ones they like the most on their website.

Not any more, nothing I bake with g/f flour ever turns out particularly nice so I just buy the stuff instead - more expensive but less waste.

jobee1kanobi Mon 21-Jan-13 22:36:56

I love Mrs Crimble's coconut macaroons. Pippa Kendrick's book the 'intolerant gourmet' is great. I am always on the look out for new ideas, my husband can't eat wheat, nuts, eggs, fish and lots of GF things have nuts in. Combine that with me being a vegetarian and three kids 7 and under with various fussy-nesses and one milk allergy I would love to be able to come up with more meals that can be eaten by all of us tather than cooking 3 different dishes.

tinkertink2010 Tue 22-Jan-13 02:02:52

Mrs Crimble whats your favourite product of your own? xoxo

musthavecoffee Tue 22-Jan-13 06:11:14

~ If you buy gluten free products, where do you tend to buy them from? Do you ever buy Mrs Crimble's products? If so, which ones and where do you buy them?
Sainsburys free from range is one I'd the best supermsrket ranges. It's marginally more affordable than the specialist ranges. I love Mrs crumbles chocolate coconut macaroons..they never last long once the packet is open!

~ Do you do lots of gluten free cooking? If so, what are your top tips for knocking up delicious gluten free meals/snacks?
I do a reasonable amount of gfree cooking. I've learnt over time to not expect wheat free flour to behave the same way as tegular flour..but results can be delicious. A sense of humour is the most important thing to have at hand when experimenting with Greer cooking!

musthavecoffee Tue 22-Jan-13 06:12:52

Gfree not Greer!

slbhill Tue 22-Jan-13 14:48:22

I've never needed to worry about it until recently, when we gained a young leader at Guides who is coeiliac. I am still trying to work out whether it is possible to cook a main meal or dessert which can be eaten both by her and by our lactose-intolerant girls! It's things like vinegar which throw me, I seem to spend more time reading labels than anything else when I'm buying food for them these days!

TheOtherHelenMumsnet (MNHQ) Wed 23-Jan-13 14:41:48

Thanks to everyone who has posted on this thread - Mrs Crimble's are now busy reading through all your comments.

I'm pleased to announce that the winner of the prize draw is...

flamingtoaster

Congratulations - a hamper of Mrs Crimble's goodies is yours! I'll PM you to get your details.

Pinot Wed 23-Jan-13 14:48:13

congrats flaming!

momb Wed 23-Jan-13 14:48:20

I'm following this discussion with interest as I've been advised only this week to cut gluten out of my diet as it appears to be exacerbating/causing an ulcer. I have no idea where to start and have already 'forgotten' once and eaten a sandwich, after which I felt so ill I had to go to bed for a couple of hours.
I've shocked myself with how often i add a spoon of flour to thicken things, or eat a cracker or bread without even thinking about it. I'll definitely be looking out for Mrs Crimbles stuff.

unquietmind Wed 23-Jan-13 22:51:03

Cornflour!!! Substitutions for recipes

I am gf by choice as wheat products do not help, but my family eat wheat and we cannot afford both diets so I usually miss it out of the weekly shop and avoid the wheat myself. I used to buy the bread but its tasteless

My local vegetarian coop does excellent gf products from smaller companies but cost is an issue. They do some pretty good gf beers. Mrs crimble is not sold there, only at the main super market. I don't like macaroons and I can't remember what else I've seen by them

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