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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

matphil Tue 29-Jan-13 20:02:46

I have only just started to buy GF food so I am still learning so I will be looking to Mrs Crimbles for help.

MissPoppins Tue 29-Jan-13 15:56:19

My mum needs GF food so i like to have some bits in the house, she always says that GF food doesnt taste of much! Can you recommend the tastiest GF products

lcroberts9 Tue 29-Jan-13 10:26:26

My husband's just been diagnosed with IBS so I read this thread with interest - gluten-free cooking is brand-new to us!

We already loved Mrs Crimble's macaroons though smile

ivanapoo Tue 29-Jan-13 08:14:44

Spring I think you're probably meant to use unwaxed fruit but I just use what's going. It is a bit strange to pulp it all but it really doesn't taste too bitter - the skin is really thin on clems so it softens up really easily, meaning you don't get big lumps of peel (use a food processor).

cathyov Mon 28-Jan-13 22:49:44

Was amazed what a difference a gluten free diet had on a pupil at my school on the autistic spectrum.

SpringHeeledJack Mon 28-Jan-13 21:30:19

ooh, ivana

I was pondering that cake the other day, as I have a clementine glut

it just sounds a bit horrid. The putting-EVERYthing-in bit

I might give it a go now

sjw01 Mon 28-Jan-13 20:37:55

I love Mrs Crimble's smile

ivanapoo Mon 28-Jan-13 16:04:20

If you have clementines or similar small sweet oranges that need eating there's a fabulous dense cake you can make by boiling them and then blending with ground almonds, egg and sugar. It's dairy free too so great for pretty much all diets except vegan.

I'm not coeliac but try not to eat too much wheat/flour so often end up choosing gluten free options. I prefer things that happen to be GF like your macaroons rather than stuff that uses substitutes like another type of flour.

(I ate a whole pack of Mrs Chrimbles coconut rings in one go last week. I'm breastfeeding and need the energy, OK?!)

cluckyhen Sun 27-Jan-13 20:56:36

I'm not GF but my friends daughter needs a GF diet. I really struggle to get the right ingredients when she comes to visit and I actually feel really guilty about it

1ivewire Sun 27-Jan-13 14:37:57

I love Mrs crimbles! Especially the Chocolate coconut macaroons.. They are available at Tesco's and Sainsburys, but i especially love that i can usually find them at petrol stations where there is very limited choice, so at least it keeps my gluten free needs met!

I'd love Mrs Crimble to bring out a recipe book so I can make my own gluten free treats!

SpringHeeledJack Fri 25-Jan-13 19:41:14

envy

<pinches flaming>

did Mrs Crimble talk about whether she was back in friends with Aunty Bessie?

jellybeans Thu 24-Jan-13 12:07:52

Mash powder is also a good thickener for soups.

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

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.

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

congrats flaming!

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.

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!

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

Gfree not Greer!

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!

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

Mrs Crimble whats your favourite product of your own? xoxo

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.

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.

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!

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

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.

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