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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

CMOTDibbler Mon 14-Jan-13 10:59:46

<snogs Helen> A survey about GF !!!!! Thank you !!!

And I lurve Mrs Crimbles. Too much in fact grin

I buy gf food from many places - the supermarkets, Whole Foods (particularly good), online, health food shops, farmers markets, farm shops etc. After 15 years GF, I have a complex shopping pattern depending on what I want/need.

I do loads of gf cooking, and am well known for my cakes. My latest discovery is chewy choc chip cookies - the secret ingredient is angel delight!

McPhee Mon 14-Jan-13 11:07:02

I'm not GF but am addicted to Mrs Crimbles apple rice cakes, but they're not easily come by for some reason. So tend to stock up when found grin

mistlethrush Mon 14-Jan-13 11:37:28

I made a friend a GF chocolate cake as a christmas present this year - she was really pleased.

Some years ago there was a stand at the Royal Show where there were lots of kits for GF (and indeed non GF) cakes and breads - and the tasters they had made up were delicious - but its so difficult buying things like that that are 'honest' GF products that taste really good - the outlets just don't seem to be interested in holding the stock.

misscph1973 Mon 14-Jan-13 11:40:46

I have started as gluten free (Paleo) about 5 months ago, and I am not keen on the substitutions! I would actually rather be without most of them and after a while I didn't even miss bread. I cook most food from scratch as I am trying to avoid processed foods, GF or not. For me that best thing was to just not substitute. I typically eat omelettes or green smoothies for breakfast, salads with tinned fish for lunch and meat with lots of vegetables for dinner. But sometimes I just need something crisp, and here are two of my favourites:

Excellent and really simple maccarons:

2 egg whites
2 cups dessicated coconut
1 tbsb melted butter
Melted dark chocolate (with a few ingredients as possible)

Mix egg whites with coconut and butter. Shape into 8-10 small balls with a peak, if possible. Bake for 10-15 min at 175 Celcius. When they are cooled, dip the base in the melted dark chocolate.

Also I make some excellent crisp bread:

1 cup sunflower seeds
1 cup pumpkin seeds
1 cup flax seeds
1/2 cup sesame seeds
1 cup water
1 large egg
1 tsp. salt

Mix everything and set aside for 1 hour. Then put baking paper on baking tray and spread the mix (use a rubber spatula) evenly, about 1/2 cm thick. You may need 2 baking trays. Bake for 2 hours at 120 Celcius. When cooled, break them into odd pieces. Great with butter and Marmite!

MaureenShit Mon 14-Jan-13 11:42:27

ha now interestingly I got really into it as i was having a mate around and she is gluten free

PUDDINGS are the issue - there is only so long you can rehash meringue

PostBellumBugsy Mon 14-Jan-13 11:55:19

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?

Yes, we buy quite alot of gluten free products. I am wheat intolerant & my DS is autistic & I've read that gluten may be something to avoid - so we try to. I buy Mrs Crimble's products from whatever supermarket I happen to be in, usually Tesco or Waitrose. We love the macaroons, particularly the mini orange ones, although they seem to be hard to find. We also like the bakewell slices, the brownies and the jam & coconut rings. I'm not often in Sainsburys, but their own brand gluten free range is very good.

~ 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.

This is my most favourite chocolate brownie recipe ever & it comes courtesy of, which is a fantastic gluten free website. I have amended it slightly, as it was too sweet for me.

Chocolate Brownies
1 (16 ounce) jar peanut butter
2 eggs
1 cups agave nectar
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
½ cup cocoa powder
½ teaspoon celtic sea salt
1 teaspoon baking soda

In a large bowl, blend almond butter until smooth with a hand blender
2.Blend in eggs, then blend in agave and vanilla
3.Blend in cocoa, salt and baking soda
4.Grease and line a 9 x 13 inch baking dish
5. Pour batter into dish
6.Bake at 325° for 25-40 minutes
Makes about 24 brownies

The brownies should be quite squidgy & are beyond delicious with a dollop of whipped cream.

ShatnersBassoon Mon 14-Jan-13 11:58:22

A friend has coeliac disease, so I have learnt a couple of recipes that she loves. Nigella's flourless chocolate brownies is one, and they really are delicious.

I love Mrs Crimble's coconut macaroons, and I get them every time I pass a Holland & Barrett blush.

iseenodust Mon 14-Jan-13 11:58:41

My mum is coeliac so I buy GF when catering for her. I like Mrs Crimble coconut macaroons! Will buy GF from supermarkets mainly although Mrs Crimble goods are in some of our local farm shops. Bought quite a bit in M&S for Christmas -all their sausages & stuffing are GF now, also their GF iced Christmas cake is not bad. The best GF pudding I have ever made is Nigellas choc cake.

megandraper Mon 14-Jan-13 11:58:56

I buy gf food (both specialist and just ordinary food that's gf) from Ocado, and Abel and Cole. Get some specialist gf food from Goodness Direct website as well.

Don't have a lot of Mrs Crimbles. My sons (the coeliacs in the family) don't like the macaroons - which is a shame as they're quite readily available.


- Packs of individually wrapped gf treats (biscuits, cakes etc) so that I don't waste a whole expensive box on one child wanting a biscuit one day.

- More child-orientated (small sizes, plainer flavours) snacks

- More savoury snacks

We do a lot of gf baking at home and all our family meals are gf, mostly cooked from scratch. Quite straightforward once you've identified what 'normal' ingredients are gf.

alreadytaken Mon 14-Jan-13 12:39:37

I buy some gluten free products and love Mrs Crimbles, although I might love them more if there was a little less sugar in some. Used to get chocolate brownies from a health food shop that closed and the local Sainsburys don't seem to stock them. The jam coconut ring things are loved by everyone as were the brownies when I could get them sad I know I could get them online but postage costs too much and I'm not a frequent purchaser of gluten free cake.

Gluten free cooking is simple if you mainly have roast meat meals (being careful with gravy), salads or stir fries with rice. Gluten free bread is terrible and its best to make your own. Xanthum gum is a miracle ingredient and Pig in the Kitchen is the best source for recipes. Kallo rice cakes are superior to other types.

I'd suggest you made all your products nut free if possible as families with intolerances may also have allergies. It would also be helpful if products containing Rye had that in larger letters, rye isn't gluten free.

itsthesimplethings Mon 14-Jan-13 12:46:47

We have recently started eating mainly gluten free, due to suspecting a gluten intolerance and changing our diet.

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 am not familiar with Mrs Crimble's products but will now look out for 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.

I have been mainly cutting out gluten and not replacing with anything, although I have baked with Doves Farm gluten free flour but wasn't very satisfied with the results. These days we tend to eat meat/fish/eggs with lots of veg instead of having pasta or even other carbs as that seems to agree with us more. I will be keeping an eye on this thread for recipes!

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

I love Mrs Crimble's!
We get most of our gluten free foods from the supermarket. We get through a fair bit of gluten free pasta.
I don't really do any gluten free baking, but I might give it a go if I was trying to make a cake for a group of people for a party or something.
I wish there were more individually wrapped single portions of gluten free treats available. And more non-chocolate/healthier snacks too.

PotionMaker Mon 14-Jan-13 12:59:30

I'm wheat intolerant and buy a lot of GF foods, including Mrs Crimble's lovely cakes and chocolate / coconut macaroons (although I try to avoid them TbH as so full of sugar and not good for a sweet tooth like mine, I can eat a whole pack in one go!). I buy GF pasta (Doves farm), bread (genius) and own brand things like hot cross buns from Sainsburys, Tesco or Waitrose.
I would love it if someone would make a really decent GF pizza base. Sainsbury's are the best of the supermarket ones but still not great. Prezzo now offer GF pizzas in their restaurants, if Mrs Crimble's could come up with something as good as theirs I'd buy them like a shot!

DSM Mon 14-Jan-13 13:05:57

I am coeliac and find cutting out gluten very difficult at the moment. Marks and spencer are amazing as they have loads of products that are gluten free, but not hidden away in a section on their own and bumped up on price.

Shopping takes twice as long as you have to check the packet of everything.. And I mean everything. I got glutened from a pack of beansprouts from sainsburys hmm apparently they are packaged on the same line as gluten products. Why?!

Mrs Crimbles stuff is great, I buy things for myself as a treat but not as often as I tend to find my friends buy them when in coming round. It's nice that its not a 'gluten free' brand and isn't labelled and marketed as such. Some of the gluten free packaging can look rather unappealing.

Waitrose rolls are great. Warburtons and genius breads are perfectly edible but why so small?

I don't bake a lot but when I do I tend to bake fron normal recipes and modify them. Mainly because I find it very hard to find gluten free recipes - many go all out and are 'free from' recipes so no dairy/nuts etc. when I'd rather have all the milk and cheese I can eat grin

DSM Mon 14-Jan-13 13:06:45

Definitely agree that more healthy snacks would be good.

Also party food.

childrenchildreneverywhere Mon 14-Jan-13 13:18:17

My 10y/o son and I are both coeliacs. Mrs Crimbles have been amazing for us as they help my son to feel normal, because they're sold in so many places we can always grab a snack wherever we are, it's not easy finding gluten free food on the run!

I don't tend to buy many specialist gluten free products now, I find it easier, healthier and cheaper to home cook/bake now. We do most of our shopping at Tesco, but occassionally Sainsburys and Waitrose. The only specific gluten free brands we buy are Mrs Crimbles (we buy the macaroons, faves are the chocolate base ones and the ones with jam in the middle, bakewall slices and the triangle cheesy bite crisp type things, also the choc chip muffins, really don't like the brownie slices though, feel they let the range down) and Genius for their seeded bread, fruit loaf and chocolate croissants.

Our house is naturally gluten free, it stops us worrying about cross contamination. My biggest tips is to turn to food of other cultures, mexican and indian both have many naturally gluten free choices as they tend to use corn flour (mexican) and gram flour (indian) both of which are gluten free, we always head to indian and mexican restaurants when out and about. My favourite gluten free recipes are the ones for homemade GF fish and chips and chocolate roulade - I must blog more of our recipes!

moonbells Mon 14-Jan-13 13:24:18

My MIL is GF as are several friends, so I tend to hoard GF dessert recipes for when they're coming round. If it's just a pop-in visit, I'll go down the shops (Waitrose or Sainsbury's) and buy some chocolate GF biccies, but I've got to confess that I don't tend to notice who made them blush and I usually give the remainder of the pack to whoever it is!

I'm seriously wondering if I'm intolerant too, at the moment, so I will be watching this thread with interest!

Favourite recipes are the ones subbing ground almonds for flour; luckily nobody is allergic to almonds in the family. Not sure what I'd do otherwise. I often find them on Waitrose's website and in their foodie mag. They just had a lovely one which was an orange and lemon cake, but sadly it's not on their website yet, just in the mag.

thanks to anyone who has to do it all the time

TheregoesBod Mon 14-Jan-13 13:32:50

As DP is gluten intolerant I stock up in Sainsburys usually. His favourites are your coconut macaroons, bake well slices and choc chip muffins for a big treat.

I tend to bake quite a lot from scratch using gluten free flour. I find sponge pudding with treacle and custard goes down the best as it hides any dryness.

Eskino Mon 14-Jan-13 13:40:54

Been gf for 10+ years. It's got so much easier to have my cake and eat it so to speak! Genius bread has wiped the floor with all other gf bread products in that it actually has bready boingy qualities. I used to love mrs crimble's apple cake but can't find it anywhere these days.

Fillybuster Mon 14-Jan-13 13:43:07

I'm heavily dependant on ground nuts when I bake GF, so am always pleased to find alternative recipes that aren't meringue based.

My best tip is to check out the kosher shops in NW London (and anywhere else, probably!) around Passover time....they are full of GF everything (since the festival requires a GF diet for 8 days!) and you can pick up a huge range of everything (from frozen fish fingers to soup nuts to chocolate spread to surprisingly decent cake mixes and potato flour), which makes a nice change!

aristocat Mon 14-Jan-13 13:44:55

We do not usually buy GF food however I did recently bake my lovely neighbour a super GF cake.

It is a almond and honey cake - perfect for afternoon tea smile

1 1/2 cups whole almonds, toasted
4 large eggs, at room temperature, separated
1/2 cup honey
1 tsp vanilla essence
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt

Preheat oven to 180C. Grease and line the bottom of 9" springform cake tin.

Whizz the almonds in a blender until really fine. Beat 4 egg yolks, 1/2 cup honey, vanilla, BP and salt in a large mixing bowl until well combined. Add the ground almonds and mix well.

Beat 4 egg whites in another large bowl until very foamy, white and doubled in size, but not stiff enough to hold peaks.
Using a rubber spatula, gently fold the egg whites into the nut mixture - do not overmix. Scrape the batter into the prepared pan.

Bake the cake until golden brown and a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean, about 30 minutes. Let it cool in the pan. I used a springform tin and it always comes out well.

The original recipe I had this from said to drizzle honey on top but it was too sweet so we had it plain next time and everyone is amazed how nice it is.

Chopchopbusybusy Mon 14-Jan-13 13:48:19

DH has coeliac disease. I like to try and make the same for everyone, so main meals tend to be gluten free. I do buy mrs crimbles products. I buy the chocolate coated macaroons. I like that they cost the same as a non GF packet of similar biscuits would.
We eat GF pasta (doves farm). Dinner tonight will include Yorkshire puddings

3 eggs
140ml milk
50g cornflour
50g doves farm GF plain flour
pinch of salt

Mix well. Cook in hot oven (220) for 20 minutes
They always rise really well.
DH would happily eat nothing else but pizza. He thinks cooking is heating up a frozen pizza especially if he adds a few chopped up veggies to it before cooking! He likes the dietary specials pizzas and also the tesco frozen bases which he tops himself.
He is in heaven now that Dominos have introduced GF pizza. He has also tried Bella Italia, Zizzi, prezzo and pizza hut (you thought I was kidding when I said he'd be happy to eat only pizza!) dominos is definitely his fave.

Chopchopbusybusy Mon 14-Jan-13 13:51:44

I do bake cakes too, although not very often as I don't eat them! I just substitute doves farm flour and add a bit of baking powder and xanthan gum. DD2 tends to be the baker in our house as she does eat cake!

Paintyourbox Mon 14-Jan-13 13:56:00

My sister is coeliac so we buy a lot of gf products. She likes a lot of the Mrs Crimbles snacks (e.g. Macaroons etc) and tends to buy from supermarkets however price is a major limiting factor of the quantities she can buy.

Generally we try to cook from scratch and find that the main challenge is handling gluten free cake mixes/pastry. They are a lot more dense and the pastry in particular does not handle well, you can't repeatedly roll it in the way you would normal puff pastry. Interestingly the taste is not very different to normal pastry.

Nigella has an amazing recipe for chocolate orange cake, I have made it several times and people are always asking for the recipe. Noone realises its actually gluten free!

Blatherskite Mon 14-Jan-13 14:07:14

I'm reading more to get tips than give them as I'm currently being tested for Coeliacs so I might need to go properly gluten free myself soon.

My brother is intolerant and when I have need to cook GF, I've been surprised that it wasn't as complicated as I thought it would be as our local supermarket stocks a good range and even some of our local restaurants have menus market with which meals are GF too. Really pleased to hear that Dominos do GF too now as I'd really miss that - and bread! Does anywhere do squidgy soft, white GF bread?

I've never heard of Mrs Crimbles though. I tend to buy Doves Farm when I'm shopping or Black Farmer for sausages.

Bluebelleswood Mon 14-Jan-13 14:12:28

We have two coeliacs in the family. We enjoy Mrs Crimbles products. The individually wrapped varieties can be very useful.
I make a quick upside down trifle with mrs Crimbles chocolate macaroons crumbled on the top. It's very tasty!
Some plainer flavoured snacks for children would be appreciated, as someone earlier posted.
I am always very relieved to spot some mrs Crimbles product in coffee shops etc they are a very welcome change from the ubiquitous gf chocolate brownies.
Keep up the good work Mrs Crimble.

Punkatheart Mon 14-Jan-13 15:04:14

~ 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?

I never even noticed gluten-free products until a very good friend found that she had to go gluten-free. Now I buy from Waitrose or one large chemist has a few items. But I have never heard of Mrs Crimble.

~ 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 made a Christmas dinner for my friend and really didn't realise just how many things contained gluten! I checked everything, even the tartare sauce. One good thing - you CAN use cornflour...

Welovecouscous Mon 14-Jan-13 15:20:57

I have just become aware of gf as I have a friend who can't eat gluten. Wasn't even aware of this brand - could be useful info!

flamingtoaster Mon 14-Jan-13 15:21:37

~ 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 buy from Waitrose, Sainsbury's and Tesco as they all have different brands. Mrs Crimble's macroons are a favourite, as are Sainsbury's Free From Rich Tea Biscuits - useful as they come in small packs so useful for days out or to keep in a bag as an emergency snack. Lazy Day's Tiffin is to die for: (as a treat!).

~ 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.

Everything is cooked from scratch as both DS and I are allergic to gluten (and we both have other food allergies/intolerances as well). I converted all our favourite recipies to glutenfree. One favourite pudding is:

Grease a pyrex casserole dish.

Put in a thick layer of blackberries (or another favourite berry or fruit). Cover with sliced eating apple (Royal Gala works really well).

Cover with a sponge mixture to which you have added a spice your family like (e.g. cinnamon, ginger).

Bake in a preheated oven at 200 for 35/40 minutes until golden brown.

DottyDot Mon 14-Jan-13 15:25:48

I buy my gf food from a variety of different places - I get my Doves Farm cornflakes from the local health food shop, and my Doves Farm gf flour from Tesco or the health food shop. Other bits and bobs - gf sandwich from time to time at Starbucks and sometimes from M&S depending on what they've got.

No, I never buy Mrs Crimbles products as I can't stand coconut! blush I don't know to be honest if there are Mrs Crimbles products without coconut but that's what I associate it with so I avoid. Ahem...

Yes, as a coeliac I do lots of gluten-free cooking. we tend to eat gf as a family, apart from when ds's have fishfingers and dp and I will have fish and rice. All our usual meals, e.g. chilli, spag bol, fish pie, steak and potatoes, risotto are all gluten-free anyway. Weekend lunches are usually bacon and eggs on bread for ds's and dp and with a gf pitta from Tesco for me. I bake a lot with Doves Farm flour - I always make my pancakes and scotch pancakes with gf flour for the family - it's one of the few things made with gf flour that you really can't tell the difference on!

SanityClause Mon 14-Jan-13 15:40:22

I have to cook gluten free for two of my DC, but we also have to be egg and dairy free. A lot of GF foods seem to contain egg, as I think it helps simulate the binding effect of gluten.

I use Doves Farm GF flours, but find I need to add extra xanthan gum.

I do buy some ready made cakes, but normally make my own from specialist cook books.

HavingALittleFaithBaby Mon 14-Jan-13 15:40:35

I eat a GF diet because although I'm not coeliac, wheat seems to aggravate my IBS. I love Mrs Crimbles Brownies. A lot of the time all I can get is the macaroons and unfortunately I'm not keen on coconut!

Unfortunately the choice of GF products available locally to me (Lincolnshire) isn't fantastic. My local co-op has started selling more lately though which is great.

I've definitely found I have to cook more from scratch since going GF. I don't mind GF pasta so I cook with that a fair bit. I've found the best nice meal to cook for us is lasagne - I use Tesco GF lasagne sheets and honestly can't tell the difference!

One thing I've never mastered is GF bread, despite buying a bread maker with a GF setting! I'd love a recipe if anyone has one?

Em3978 Mon 14-Jan-13 15:42:51

I'm Non-Coeliac Gluten Intolerant which means I don't get any prescription foods, therefore have to buy my own. Consequently I've had to learn to make a lot of things myself to cut down on cost.
I mostly buy my GF products from Morrisons/Tesco/Sainsbury's depending on what I need. I often only buy bread thats been reduced for quick sale and freeze it.

Friends often buy me Mrs Crimbles macaroons, as a treat instead of cake/biscuits that they might provide for someone else. I do find them incredibly sweet, and I've had to learn to like coconut!

Personally I buy packet mixes by Mrs Crimble; breadcrumbs, stuffing mix etc. Storecupboard essentials really!
I'd love to be able to eat some of the dutch fruit loaves that I see on the 'free from' shelves, but sadly they are only wheat free, not gluten free.

As for GF cooking, I tend to just adapt normal recipes (apart from pastry, which my husband has a secret recipe for!) and use GF flour in place of normal. Most of our main meals as a family are GF, as it makes life easier. But you do often have to cook from scratch, which is easy when you get into it. Most meals are based on meat, veg and rice or potato, easy really!

CheeseStrawWars Mon 14-Jan-13 16:07:58

I'm only familiar with the coconut macaroons, which are sold in our local post office, so often grabbed as emergency "guest biscuits". Very sweet, but "safe". My friend is gluten intolerant, so I have tried to add a few GF recipes to my repertoire. Someone on MN pointed me at the Delia Apple & Almond pudding which is delicious and not obviously a "substitute"pudding - I can't claim it as mine though!

I don't find the supermarket (Tesco/Sainsburys) brand/Dove's Farm GF pasta/flour particularly palatable, so tend to stick to 'whole foods' like jacket spud or rice rather than try to recreate non-GF food with alternative ingredients. Vegan GF food would be useful though, I'm a bit lost on the rare occasion I need to accommodate that; there seem to be very few off-the-shelf egg+dairy+gluten free products.

lottytheladybird Mon 14-Jan-13 16:13:29

I put DS1 on a GF diet for a few months to see if it would have any positive effects on him. During that time, I bought all GF foods for him, but did not buy any Mrs Crimble's products, as I didn't think they were that suitable for my 2 year old. However, they did look yummy!

worriedmum46 Mon 14-Jan-13 16:18:48

My teenage daughter is wheat/gluten intolerant (coeliac) and has been for about 4 years. Its tough going at the moment - she hit teens - wants to fit in and not really getting on well health wise. We like some shop bought items - she is addicted to macaroons. We buy gf pasta, make bread (Jamie Olivers recipe is good and quick to make - but we add garlic and herbs to it), cookies etc most of the time although she will eat genius if it is toasted. packed lunches are hard, and the school does not have a gf option every day - so flasks of soup etc are in with her at the moment - summer is easier, salads etc

Floralnomad Mon 14-Jan-13 16:21:05

My daughter has coeliacs and I find that the larger Sainsburys seem to have the best selection of GF foods. M and S also do very nice GF pasta . She used to really like the Genius pizzas but we've been unable to source them since Tesco stopped stocking them . My sister does quite a bit of baking and one of my daughters favourites is the chocolate cake recipe from Nadia Sawahlas new book .

i hear what someone else said about puddings being the issue - i slow roasted plums with spices and served with creme fraiche when i was cooking for a GF guest.

i am on the cusp as in i can tolerate gluten but not without moderate symptoms. i tend to put up with the symptoms rather than go totally gluten free but do try to minimise. i don't eat much bread, maybe once a week, and i avoid things i know are big triggers like cake and yorkshire pudding - for some reason that hits hard.

ii would be interested in these products but tbh had never heard of the company till this thread.

waitingforgodot Mon 14-Jan-13 16:22:12

My son follows a gf diet (he has an autism diagnosis and similar to another poster on here, we read about the success stories of kids with autism being much calmer when gluten was removed from his diet). This is def true in his case. We don't receive any foodstuffs on prescription.
Not familiar with Mrs Crimbles products but will look for them. Tend to stock up in Sainsburys for chicken products, sausage rolls, bread and biscuits. Tesco for bread, rolls and cakes and Asda for fish fingers, corn flakes and flour. I like Aldi as they clearly mark all their products with "gluten free" or "contains gluten" which makes life much easier!

dotcomlovenest Mon 14-Jan-13 16:26:54

We head to sainaburys for my step sons. He is dairy, wheat, gluten and soya intollerent. They usually carry the best range.
I made a brill lemon drizzle cake for his birthday the last couple of years made from potato rather than flour. It was yummy and no one knew what the secret ingredient was and was shocked when I told them.

NotAnArtist Mon 14-Jan-13 16:38:56

Thank you Chopchopbusybusy for that Yorkshire pudding recipe! I could kiss you!
Those, along with toad in the hole, have been the things I've missed most. I just can't get them to rise.
I've been gluten-free for a year, and have missed my normal foods terribly. It's especially hard when I'm out and need to grab something to go - although some supermarkets have started asking gluten-free pre-packaged sandwiches.
I love the dietary specials range, their ciabattas and lunch rolls are perfect and taste like real bread. I've found that Asda has the best own-brand range, especially cakes and biscuits, although I don't buy any other food there so it's a bit of a pain.
Mrs Crimbles was the first gluten-free brand I tried, and I buy the cheese crackers every week, and the almond slices as a treat. I like the chocolate macaroons too.
I bake fab chocolate brownies, and a lovely victoria sponge. It seems cakes are the easiest things to get tasting right!

smileyhappymummy Mon 14-Jan-13 16:52:00

I have coeliac disease. Normal meals are fairly easy I find as we cook from scratch. I get bread and pasta on prescription and do a lot of baking with dove farm flour - find it works well with normal revipes but needs a bit of extra liquid. Love m+s for Christmas bits - sausage, cake, stuffing. Not a big mrs crimbles fan though...

Pinot Mon 14-Jan-13 17:19:19

~ 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 get mine from my local health food store, as a rule. Obviously supermarkets do them too, but they're cheaper in my local store. And they do free tasting sessions smile I've tried quite a few Mrs C products - coconut macaroons were deeeeeeeeeeeeeeeelish. They're my faves - with a cup of hot choc, dunked.

~ Do you do lots of gluten free cooking? If so, what are your top tips for knocking up delicious gluten free meals/snacks? Yes - I'm coeliac so I have no choice! Pre-prepared GF food is heinously £££. My tip woudl be to get a decent GF cookbook - it's not teaching you yo suck eggs, but giving you the confidence to take a step into the GF world.

It sounds daft but going GF is a huge deal - all the support is welcomed.

Chislemum Mon 14-Jan-13 18:13:04

~ 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 have been gluten-free since 1999 as I have a severe intolerance. I buy products from Waitrose, Ocado, Sainsbury's and Holland & Barrett, even some things from Boots. Yes, I buy Mrs Crimble products: macaroons are fantastic, as are the bakewell slices. Ate quite of bit of these in last trimester of pregnancy/

I buy pasta, pizza, chocolate brownies, gf fish fingers (for me!!) etc., as such things that are made for people on a gf diet. I also buy food that is naturally gf.

~ 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.

Yes, solely. Often you can replace gluten-flour with gf flour or rice flour. I don't feel that I am missing out anymore.

sittinginthesun Mon 14-Jan-13 18:32:10

I am gluten intolerant, as are my brother and sister.

I shop in Waitrose or Sainsburys - usually Genius Bread (although the Waitrose own brand isn't bad, and they do good pitta bread), Dove Farm flour, and Crimbles macaroons (jan rings are a family favourite), and brownie slices.

I make home made cakes. The fruit cakes work well, and banana loaf is as good as a normal one. Crumbles are also particularly good with GF flour.

I do despair of the additives etc in GF food. I cook from scratch normally, and avoid processed food, but it is impossible if you eat GF substitutes. We also tend to eat Indian etc if we eat out, as it is just so much easier.

And I just don't understand why we are so reliant on wheat. The last time I was properly Glutened, was a can of lemonade!!!

aJumpedUpPantryBoy Mon 14-Jan-13 19:04:36

I love Mrs Crimble's products but didn't realise they were gluten free blush I often buy them as part of my Tesco online order.

The only gluten free cooking I have done was a flourless cake chocolate (found the recipe online) for a friend who follows a GF diet - if I had realised Mrs Crimle's products were GF I would have served them instead (although the cake was OK)

HappyTurquoise Mon 14-Jan-13 20:06:23

I do gluten free cooking when DD's g.f. friend(s) come round. However, friend is also egg free, dairy free and additive free as well, which narrows things down, especially if any other friends come who don't eat tomatoes/rice/potatoes/salad/fruit and so on. So I usually try to do one or two things for all (a popular side/main or pudding) and then make a choice of things for the rest.

I'd really like to be able to buy (or make) gluten free-dairy free-nut free-orange free-egg free-additive free desserts (either recipes or ready made.)

fuzzpig Mon 14-Jan-13 20:28:12

DH was diagnosed in his late 30s (at the same time as one of his DDs who was 8 at the time) so it's been quite an adjustment.

However I think it has improved our diets as it meant we couldn't rely on so much ready made stuff. We cooked more from scratch.

Shopping can be a bit ridiculous as gluten is in the weirdest things (I have also noticed some bean sprouts with a gluten warning!) - once mum bought us some basics cream cheese which had wheat fibre in!

We tend to be more frustrated by the 'may contain traces of' warning because it seems to be everywhere, like crisps and chocolate which don't actually have or need gluten, but DH still can't eat them.

Baking is not something we've really delved into but I do want to try.

DH adores Mrs Crimbles chocolate macaroons, it's the only GF food available in our local co-op. We have also used the stuffing mix and I think breadcrumbs. Mostly we get tescos own stuff although the Genius bread is the best he's tried. He gets juvela pasta and bread on prescription as we have an exemption card thing.

In terms of cooking we just do more potato/rice based dishes and use gluten free pasta for him. We also use GF pizza bases. But most dinners are naturally GF so no need for separate pots etc.

DH does fantastic Yorkshire puddings and pancakes with GF flour - you really can't tell the difference.

thebitchbrigade Mon 14-Jan-13 21:28:11

My two DDs are coeliac.

~ 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 mainly shop for general stuff at Tesco. I only buy Genius seeded bread rolls. I also always buy the Crimblesplain large macaroons for me and DH the children. We also had the Crimbles stuffing mix for Christmas, it was lovely actually mainly as it has been so long since I had retro stuffing! GF oats as big porridge fans/flapjack eaters. We have given up with breakfast cereals as they are incredibly expensive and for the most part pretty joyless. I sometimes buy Tesco own brand muffins as a nice toasty treat for the girls. Also pitta breads make fantastic little quick pizzas too.

WRT Cooking. Yes, lots of. My elder DD is diabetic and the amount of sugar in shop bought cakes and stuff is incredible. I tend to adapt stuff as a rule. I do make all birthday cakes, flapjacks (crikey the oats are expensive!!!). Fairy cakes are easy because they are small but need to be eaten quickly (usually not a prob in this house). Pizzas are fine and big cakes tend to be roulades or chocolate (as covers a multitude of sins) and I now have an amazing ganache recipe that is so yummy you could slap it on the worst cake in the world and it would be amazing. I also make a lot of almond macaroons but I cannot master the coconut ones and much prefer the crimbles ones.. I am not good with GF pastry and affordable mixes of this would be very useful for us. There is a frozen one by dietary specials that Tesco have stopped selling. I make pizza bases but never attempt bread as I cannot get that right. Because it is expensive I save all the crusts from genius bread and crumb it when the freezer wont shut anymore periodically and use these to make fish fingers called fish bums in our house and chicken nuggets with chicken breast adding paprika and garlic powder (special blend of herbs and spices....hmm)

Can I say that it is absolutely imperative that you label the carbs in detail. There is often a carbs per 100g figure but more detailed, per item would be great as so many coeliacs have diabetes and almost all diabetics now do carb counting. I have found myself weighing pitta breads (not your brand but important to mention) to work out carb content

I love the Crimbles macaroons. Ocado do a very good range of GF ingredients - far more than our local supermarkets. We buy gluten free for my mother - so we don't have to cook GF all the time. We mostly avoid bread/pasta/flour based meals and do more rice and potatoes. We did a lovely ice cream hedgehog "cake" for DD's birthday so that DM could have some too. It was different flavours of icecream layered up in a bowl, turned out and decorated. DD seemed to like it as she isn't much of a cake person. We used chocolate buttons for the spines and that chocolate coating that goes hard on contact with ice cream to do the face.

Whykickamoocow Mon 14-Jan-13 22:19:19

I'm dairy and wheat free. I have always cooked from scratch, but since changing our diet for my EBF dd who reacts to both, like most above I am constantly surprised by the amount of food that contains wheat or gluten, but could exist quite happily without it: stock cubes and crisps. Why?! I miss cake and am always looking for a normal tasting bun.

~ 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?

Most of my gluten free stuff comes from Morrisons, who do pretty good free from brownies and caramel shortbread. I don't buy Mrs Crimbles very much but have been known to have a coconut macaroon. These are usually the only thing that's vaguely sinful sold in coffee shops.

~ 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 lots of cooking from scratch. Top tips are go Asian. It's amazing what you can do with rice noodles and rice papers (salads, curries etc/spring rolls with anything in them). For cakes, I find ground nuts really useful, but I know that's not going to help most people with intollerances. Sweet chestnuts are fabulous in a cake, but avoiding dairy does mean having to think around things. Cake Angels is my favourite book for cake. Most of it tastes normal even though it's all dairy and wheat free!

In the morning, I make our gluten free porridge with cloudy apple juice, which has the effect of sweetening it and making it taste really good.

Finding pre-made baby food, even the posh ones, that are gluten/wheat and dairy free is hard work. I'd like more choice in that area. We can't even have rusks, the clue being in the title I suppose, but it would be good to find an affordable, convenient food that I can grab for dd without worrying.

madrush Mon 14-Jan-13 22:19:49

~ 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?

DH has recently had to go onto gf diet so yes we do buy gf where needed. I have always loved Mrs C's coconut macaroons but have got dh addicted to them too. Have never tried a Mrs C biscuit/cake that I don't like personally! I pick them up at the supermarket and it's always nice to see them with normal food not just in the special section.

I've seen on the website that you sell stuffing mix etc. Would love to find this but I haven't seen it in Waitrose/Sainsburys.

~ 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.
We are finding our way with gf. Dove's flour seems to be a great replacement and for making sauces it's actually smoother to work with than wheat flour so I am enjoying that. Pastry and cakes are fine too although I do detect a slightly different flavour. Have had terrible trouble with yorkshire puddings though so pleased to see a recipe up thread that I will definitely try.

We haven't yet found a good bread replacement in the supermarket - taste too malty. But they are useful sometimes.

As others have said my DH is often low-carbing at mealtimes rather than replacing gluten, just choosing different meal options that wouldn't have bread/pastry etc anyway.

awaywego1 Mon 14-Jan-13 22:31:38

I love mrs crimbles! A big fan of the macaroons. I had her stuffing with my Christmas dinner and it was luffely smile
Buy from a range of places-local health food shops, sainsburys and waitrose.
Fairly new to gluten free so don't have many great tips but am getting better and finding just adapting my usual recipes, having gf porridge for brekkie and eating s lot if mrs crimbles snacks is keyring me going. grin

trice Mon 14-Jan-13 22:35:49

My dd has two friends who have coeliac. One of them is very sensitive and her mum tells me which brands are ok.
We try to avoid wheat generally but as we try to avoid sugar too most prepacked biscuits amd cakes are off the list. I second the vote for nigellas flour free brownies though. They are lovely.

ArtigeneAuberchoke Mon 14-Jan-13 22:42:54

My 4 year old has coeliacs, as does my MiL, so we are GF in our house.

I buy gluten free bread and pasta. Miracle bread is best. I found some delicious gluten free Italian brands of pasta while in Italy but the brands easily available over here aren't great. As Sainsbueys us our nearest supermarket I tend to buy their brand.

I wish somewhere sold gluten free wraps. My DD is desperate for wraps in her packed lunch but I can't find them. They kids love fajitas but there are no gluten free tortillas or wraps. I also wishgot was possible to find decent gluten free pizza bases.

I bake lots of GF cakes using Doves Farm flour. I have no problem baking great brownies, banana bread etc and any cake recipe with ground almond tends to he a good option as flour requirements are low and the almonds keep the bake moist. Gluten free biscuits are impossible to bake and i find cupcakes rarely rise. If I could buy packs of undecorated GF cupcakes I'd buy them and decorate for the school bake sale.

I'm not sure I've noticed Mrs Crimbles before but I will look out for then from now on.
gluten free

FeelingGreen Mon 14-Jan-13 22:53:26

my son is allergic to wheat and also to milk, eggs, soya and peanuts

I was pointed in the direction of Mrs Crimble's dutch apple cake when I was trying to find a suitable birthday cake for him. I'm not a good cook so was a bit nervous about baking a cake without any standard ingredients in it! It was a brilliant suggestion and he loved the cake but also so did everyone else. We have used it subsequently for his christening cake and his second birthday cake too as well as countless other occassions. I also find the blocks of cake quite handy to pack when we travel abroad as finding safe food for him can be hard.

We also use the Mrs Crimble's ginger cake sometimes for a bit of variety although he is less keen on that.

unfortunately due to his other allergies I don't believe he can have any of the other Mrs Crimble's products. So what I would most love to see is more gluten free products that are also egg/ milk/ soya free. It is becoming more common for there to be children with multiple allergies so I believe these would be welcomed. At present there is very little even in the free from aisles that we can buy. I would love to be able to buy things like crumpets / muffins too, and also more types of biscuits as most of these tend to contain egg/butter/soya.

I occassionally manage to find the Mrs Crimble's cakes in a supermarket or shop but normally have to order them online which I find frustrating as the added cost of postage on top makes them quite expensive, whereas in store I find them normally quite reasonably priced.

I am just starting to experiment with baking as ds was desperate for a chocolate cake. we used doves farm flour and orgran egg replacer and green and blacks cocoa and it was actually pretty nice. he was over the moon to be able to have chocolate cake. I will try more baking now, but its daunting when I'm not a natural cook anyway.

a family friend made a lovely crumble type pudding using Mrs crimble's dutch apple cake as the topping, they turned the cake into crumbs in the processer and then baked it on top of stewed apple and it tasted lovely.

Hoophopes Mon 14-Jan-13 23:17:49

I am coeliac and my ds (1) is dairy free and coeliac. I find using the Coeliac UK handbook to products that are suitable helpful when shopping. I buy gluten free products in supermarkets - and have to go to 3 different ones in rotation to get what I want as all stock different products - as well as independent health food shops and a local farm shop. Variety of products is important to prevent boredom and more savoury products that are clearly labelled gluten free would be beneficial. I make gluten free cakes and biscuits but would buy savoury snacks if more readily available. I buy Sainsbury's seeded pitta bread as they are the most palatable I have found. I like Livwell's crumpets.

I buy gluten free Mrs Crimble crackers, they are the nicest ones for a cheeseboard, which anyone is happy to have. I also like the stuffing mix, which is harder to find apart from this time of year.

I would really love Mrs Crimble's to make and sell:
Wraps for mexican cooking and sandwiches - the only good supplier of gluten free tortilla type wraps I have found are mail order by Cool Chille and not stocked in supermarkets. That is a gap in the market!!
More gluten and dairy free products, especially child friendly items such as pasta shapes to interest young children.

Jins Tue 15-Jan-13 09:09:07

Fantastic - a gluten free discussion!

~ 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 don't buy many GF products. I buy the occasional loaf of bread, crispbread type crackers, cheese thins and I have a bag of GF flour which lasts ages. I get everything from the supermarket. Mrs Crimbles are my favourite GF brand in terms of flavours and the cheese thins are my favourite snack food ever. The non GF people in the household tend to eat them in preference to other foods as well. I have bought the bakewell slices and thought they were lovely but I don't buy cakes or biscuits in general.

I'm fairly newly diagnosed and I've noticed that the GF section of supermarkets has expanded in recent years but most of it isn't stuff I want to buy. I don't want expensive biscuits and cakes. I don't want snack foods that don't contain gluten but still contain ridiculous amounts of sugar and hydrogenated fats. I want basics that taste good and work well in cooking. I think Mrs Crimbles has the edge on other brands but I'd love to see the range of savoury crackers and crispbreads expanded to match the breadth of the range of sweet stuff. If Mrs Crimbles could make a crispbread as substantial as a ryvita for example I think I'd never try anything else again.

<I also want a gluten free gravy powder that tastes like Bisto please>

~ 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 loads of gluten free cooking. Everything I make has been amended to be gluten free so that I can have the same meal as everyone else and they don't notice a change. This has resulted in us all having a higher intake of vegetables and a lower intake of puddings which is great for us all. Most effort goes into everyday cooking so I don't experiment too often. I've never made a GF cake for example. My lifesaving recipe has been GF wraps. If we've been invited to a BBQ I usually knock up a few of these to take with me.

Gluten Free Wraps
250 g gluten free SR flour
1 tsp sugar
pinch salt
1 tsp xanthan gum
230ml warm water (or enough to make a soft dough)

Mix into a dough. Divide into 8/10 balls and roll each ball out into a thin circle. Cook on an oiled griddle for about 1 minute each side.
They can be eaten warm or cold or can be frozen

I have added various herbs and spices to the mix. Garlic and chilli is nice as is rosemary

Otherworld Tue 15-Jan-13 09:47:42

My DP is under investigation for coeliac at the moment. He's been told by the consultant that the blood test is rarely wrong but he's waiting for the final results from the biopsy. So, in the meantime we've been checking out the gluten free ranges in Tesco including Mrs Crimbles. The cheese biscuits we had last week were really good - as we're the digestive biscuits (I think those were Mrs C)

We have a lot of reading to do, and thanks for the tips on this thread!

whatsonyourplate Tue 15-Jan-13 10:04:12

My DP is gluten intolerant, the best gf product we've tried is Isabel's Gluten Free Pizza Base which you can get from Waitrose - makes fab pizzas.
I've found if you are baking gf cakes, recipes which are naturally moist such as banana bread, or lemon drizzle work well with Doves farm gf flour.

Another favourite is buckwheat pancakes - we prefer them to normal ones:
4oz buckwheat flour
4oz doves farm plain gluten free flour
2tbsp caster sugar
3 eggs
20 fl oz milk
sunflower oil

Sift flours and sugar into a large bowl, add beaten eggs and a little milk. Slowly incorporate the flour into the eggs, adding more milk until it is all mixed in and the batter is smooth. Add 2 tblsp of oil then leave the mixture to stand in the fridge for 30 mins. Stir the batter before cooking as for normal pancakes. Should make about 16.

olrojo Tue 15-Jan-13 11:27:59

We tend to buy from health food shops or our food cooperative at Suma. I bake almost every day and just use doves farm flour, ocassionally I use the prescription mixes. We tend to buy the mrs crumbles macaroons and sometimes brownies if we are out and about and need something.

MaryBS Tue 15-Jan-13 11:28:26

~ 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?

Wherever I can, all the supermarkets mainly - Tesco, Sainsbury, Waitrose or Co-op. I buy Mrs Crimbles products, but find them too sweet, so don't have them very often. Taste good though. The bakewell slices are my favourite. I like macaroons.

~ 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. BBC good food do a recipe for an amazing lemon drizzle cake that uses mashed potatoes and powdered almonds.

I make pancakes using xanthan gum, GF plain flour, eggs and milk. The xanthan gum thickens the mixture and makes the pancakes wonderfully stretchy like "real" pancakes. Yorkshire puddings don't come out so well using this mix though (better than nothing)

I use the shop-bought half baked type GF rolls to make delicious garlic bread or to use as pizza bases.

HecatePropolos Tue 15-Jan-13 11:53:18

I buy them from supermarkets - most of them now have a much wider range. It used to be impossible to get stuff - now you can get ready to roll pastry, cakes and pastries, bread, pasta and ready stuff like beefburgers and pizza. Makes it a lot better. And everything is clearly labelled of course. One thing that does annoy me is the "may contain..." when the ingredients listed do not! What's that about hmm

My children also get the basics free on prescription, which helps, because gf stuff is DEAR!

Yes, I do lots of gf cooking, but nothing fancy. And just take out the gluten and replace it with the gluten free! I don't do anything special. Yorkshire puddings rise better with a splash of lemonade. Weird but true! I promise grin

smoothieooo Tue 15-Jan-13 13:14:27

I've been a coeliac for over 30 years and have tried most brands! I particularly love Mrs Crimble's cheese crackers (incredibly moreish). Most of the major supermarkets stock a good range.

Warburton's g/f bread is the best thing since... well you know what I'm going to say. It's the closest thing to 'real' bread and a far cry from me having to open tins of crumbly stuff when I was 15.

MaryBS I make pancakes too, using Dove's Farm plain flour, but have never had to add xanthan gum.

I make loads of g/f cakes and biscuits (using Dove's Farm plain or SR flour) and if I make a spag bol, the whole family will have g/f spaghetti as I CBA to make 2 lots.

Many recipes can be converted to g/f - i.e. escalope or tuna fishcakes using g/f breadcrumbs are particular favourites in our household.

Hecate I will try the lemonade trick as I'm trying to perfect my g/f toad in the hole!

Jins Anthony Worrall Thompson does a g/f gravy powder

Jins Tue 15-Jan-13 13:30:42

smoothieooo I've tried the AWT gravy powder but it doesn't taste right. Maybe when I'm a few years further down the line I'll have forgotten the Bisto taste

Roberts' Yes You Can GF bread is even better than Warburtons but incredibly hard to find

smoothieooo Tue 15-Jan-13 13:49:56

Ooh Jins better than Warburtons? <puts on coat and heads to the shop>

I have to confess I was never a Bisto fan and usually make gravy the unhealthy way (meat juices, water from cooked veg and a splash of wine) and the AWT stuff just thickens it a bit.

millie0210 Tue 15-Jan-13 13:49:56

I love Mrs.Crimbles products. They taste just like homemade .

HecatePropolos Tue 15-Jan-13 13:53:12

Yes, try it, smoothie. It really does help. imo.

I forgot to answer part of the Q. Yes I do buy mrs crimble products. They are really nice. The children LOVE those chocolate macaroon things.

Spirael Tue 15-Jan-13 14:22:00

No one is GF in the immediate family, but a close family friend is coeliac so our meal goes GF whenever they pop over for dinner.

I pick up GF stuff from Ocado, which has a good range. Have had the Mrs. Crimble coconut macaroons before, they were yummy!

I wish more places would state specifically on the label whether or not things were gluten free. Would make things a lot easier for someone who only buys GF foods occasionally to be sure whether something is or isn't safe for my friend.

More savory snacks and multipacks would be useful too.

Our biggest 'raiding the cupboards' GF cooking success was making pancakes with gram flour. They were heavier than normal, but actually really tasty!

Other than that, making a regular curry seems to be pretty safe! With rice instead of naans, obviously. wink

elizaco Tue 15-Jan-13 14:43:06

The Coeliac UK website has lots of fantastic information and recipes, and although you have to join, it is a great resource. I also find that supermarkets are continuing to expand their ranges, and that shopping for gluten free products is easier than it used to be.

GraduallyGoingInsane Tue 15-Jan-13 15:01:12

I am coeliac, and my DDs don't eat a great deal of gluten, mainly because I cook for all, and we tend to all eat the same pasta, pastries etc.

I love Mrs Crimbles stuff - especially the coconut macaroons - they're my treat after a big gym session. I like that they're not extortionately overpriced like much GF stuff. I love the cheese bites/crackers too. I tend to get them at Sainsburys.

My best tip is when baking, try to add extra moisture where possible. My favourite cakes to bake are orange/lemon drizzles, so I can drip through extra syrup to moisten the cake. Chocolate cake works really well with whole rapsberries mixed in, as they add moisture too.

SilverAndSparklyKat Tue 15-Jan-13 15:59:49

I have cut gluten from my diet as I have an inflammatory kidney disease that is worsened by gluten.
I cook from scratch every day, eat out at a select bunch of (mainly asian) restaurants and it doesn't bother me that much.
Specific gf products I buy include the crunchy crackers in the yellow box (forgotten the brand!), free from lasagne sheets (you can't tell in the middle of all that sauce) and the odd biscuit type thing.
I buy Mrs.Crimbles coconut macaroons which are yummy.
I cook a lot of polenta cakes and also second Nigella's flourless brownies.
Ooh, Ask do a gf pizza and it's actually not bad at all.

BookFairy Tue 15-Jan-13 16:45:22

I eat a mainly GF diet due to IBS after seeing a specialist dietitian from Guy's and St Thomas hosp. I like Mrs Crimble's snacky things but GF food is generally pricey so I don't really buy biscuits/cakes/bread as I can't justify the cost. I bake a lot of biscuits and cook from scratch. I have an Australian GF cookbook which has a great recipe for choc chip cookies and ideas for main meals. I think GF flour is better for cooking/baking than non-GF flour and is especially good for a quick cheese or roux sauce.

My local supermarkets aren't great for GF food. My nearest Sainsbury's sells Doves Farm pasta which cooks nicely (not too soggy) and their GF porridge oats are good value. I also get nice chocolate/orange/wafer bars from Tesco (85p for 5 - possibly Tesco's only bargain!).

I love Isabel's pizza base mix as once made the bases freeze really well. I used to get mine from Waitrose but my local one no longer does them so I bulk buy from

Choco Chip Cookies (recipe from Gluten Free Cooking by Sue Shepherd)

125g butter
3 tablespoons brown sugar (I only use if I have it)
3 tablespoons caster sugar
1 egg
vanilla essence
110g rice flour
3 tablespoons soy flour
3 tablespoons cocoa powder
200g chocolate (chips or broken up bar)

Cream the butter and sugar, add the egg and vanilla essence.
Sift the flours and cocoa powder, add to the butter/sugar and mix well.
Add chocolate chips.
Bake for 8-10mins.

This makes approx 15. I tend to double up the ingredients as I'm greedy! grin

I invested in a bread maker to make my own GF bread and goodies.

I thought 1 or 2 small loaves a week would sort me out but OH has other ideas and "accidentally" snaffles my goodies!

The local supermarket (tesco and morrisons) for GF ingredients and Mrs Crimbles Macaroons are scrummy!
As i am G & W intolerant GF cooking is essential so breadmaker as mentioned and pasta maker too feature heavily in my day to day life!

Ilisten2theradio Tue 15-Jan-13 18:00:23

my dad is GF and my son has all sorts of allergices.
I sometimes buy Mrs Crimbles things - amongst other brands - for him.
However, although it is not GF we buy the dutch apple cake and if I can find it the stem ginger one for DS as he is allergic to eggs nuts fish and sesame and cocoa.
I find a lot of the GF stuff has eggs or nuts in or chocolate and struggle to find something suitable to feed both of them at the same time if I want something pre-made.

I use bread flour when I cook GF and also add Xantham gum. I find that the bread flour is better for some things than normal GF flour - and it makes better yorkshire puddings

Pinot Tue 15-Jan-13 18:12:10
ClaraOswinOswald Tue 15-Jan-13 19:08:51

My friend is gluten free. I am always stuck for what to offer her. Asda do a gluten free Madeira loaf but it's a bit dry, so I made a very lemony icing and drizzled it on. Lots of the icing soaked through and it turned a boring cake into something delicious.

Hopezibah Tue 15-Jan-13 21:12:07

just typed a message and the silly computer lost it!!! I buy gluten free for a friend. I used to have myself as a child - but there was so little choice then. So many more nice things nowadays.

The recipes look great. Look forward to trying some for my gluten free friend.

GetKnitted Tue 15-Jan-13 21:29:12

My DH bought a packet of these once, they were yummy, though, as we're not a gluten free house, we haven't bought them again. sorry, that's not much help smile

What a great thread! smile I have been gluten free since August, and have been enjoying the challenge of finding tasty alternatives to wheat. My Mum has helped out a lot as she has been coeliac for years, and introduced me to Mrs Crimble. I am a big fan of her cheese biscuits.

I have tried out the Doves Farm recipes for yorkshire pudding and pancakes and no-one inthe family can tell the difference. I have also found a gluten free God, Dan Lepard, who writes baking recipes for the Guardian. I can't work out how to copy and paste links on my phone, but his chocolate and muscovado macaroons and gluten free white bread are both <amazing>. The white bread recipe has psyllium husks in, which are great for digestion and have magic gluten-like properties.

Psyllium husks are also an ingredient in Tescos gluten-free pizza bases, which are the best I have tried.

For those of you near Bristol for eating out, there is a small chain of 3 cafe bars called Grounded around the city that do really, really tasty wood-fired oven pizzas.

Can't wait to try out some of your recipes smile .

Bramblesinafield Tue 15-Jan-13 21:51:10

~ 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?

We buy from the local supermarket. We like mrs crimble products, particularly the cakes and pastry mix.

~ 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.

Yes, my dh is coeliac, so everything is home baked. Batch baking is the way forward! The freezer is your friend! I whizz up stale gf bread, combine with grated Parmesan and seasoning and freeze in portion sized bags - great for putting a crunchy crumble topping on top of cauliflower cheese, etc.

emalushka Tue 15-Jan-13 21:52:00

I buy a lot of gluten free products - usually from Sainsbury's or Marks and Spencers. I love Mrs Crimble's products - particularly the coconut macaroons and the pastry mix.

As for cooking, I find it a lot easier than what I thought. One of my favourite meals is home made fish and chips, using gf breadcrumbs for the fish. Lasagne is another - I use sainsbury's 'free from' lasagne sheets and cornflour for the cheese sauce. Dove's farm flour is good for baking and I use xantham gum occasionally. Bagels work well as they don't have to be as soft and spongey like other kinds of bread. I've yet to discover a good replacement for chapattis and naan bread. They didn't work well at home.

SpringHeeledJack Tue 15-Jan-13 22:09:29

Hi Mrs Crimble!


soooooo excited you're doing a webchat. I'm a massive fan. I bloody love your macaroons, me (used to guzzle them in Waitrose before I had any idea I was coeliac)

no recipes atm, but could you ask Mr Sainsbury's to start stocking your stuffing again? we've tried all the others and they are GOPPING. I fear my kids will revolt sooner or later on one of these gloomy winter Sundays


SpringHeeledJack Tue 15-Jan-13 22:11:30

oh, arse

it's not a webchat

I was going to do the biscuit question

mn, isn't it about time there was a gf biscuit smiley


WillowinGloves Tue 15-Jan-13 22:33:34

I'm g/f and dairy-free - that can be a tough combination as many g/f products (stand up M&S) compensate by loading them with butter and milk. We all like Mrs Crimble's macaroons but they are too sweet, I'd agree with others there. Haven't seen the pastry mix that's mentioned here - must keep an eye out because I really struggle with pastry! Supermarkets have a good range of g/f products now so that's where I shop - health food shops have the more unusual items but can be expensive. Genius bread is about the favourite for me, but with most biscuits/cakes, I make my own - they are nicer and cheaper. Exception is the Hale & Hearty classic chocolate cake mix - hard to find but oh, so gorgeous and convinces everyone that it's 'normal'! And on the Continent, they seem to have a much better range of cakes/biscuits/treats ... not sure why?

KenDoddsDadsDog Tue 15-Jan-13 23:37:08

One of my workmates has just been diagnosed Coeliac and I thought he would find it really tough . But I managed to find gluten free Estrella beer for his Christmas gift and I ate a whole pack of the macaroons and had to replace them blush
Have been writing some simple home cooking recipes for him - I love to look at what's there and I'm pretty impressed that with care you can substitute a lot.

MerryCouthyMows Wed 16-Jan-13 03:15:42

I buy and cook a lot of GF foods, as DS1 was dxd coeliac at 5yo. He's now nearly 11.

I buy quite a bit of Mrs Crimble products. DS1's particular favourites are the coconut biscuitty things. The name eludes me though!

I buy from a selection of supermarkets - mostly Tesco, but also Sainsbury's and Asda.

My main gripe is that so few GF foods are also Free From other allergens.

My DS3 is allergic to dairy, soy and nuts, so having to cope with those allergies on top of having to be GF already makes buying snacks very difficult.

I would love it if Mrs Crimble had some products that were dairy, soy, nut AND gluten free, so that I can buy a pack of biscuits or cakes for DS1 and DS3 to share.

Instead I more and more frequently end up having to home bake EVERYTHING, to ensure that both DS1 and DS3 can eat them.

Which isn't helpful if you just want to grab a quick snack for them.

Cherryjellow Wed 16-Jan-13 04:35:56

I have only once bought gluten free. I bought gluten free flour to make cakes for a friend, no idea of the make and i bought it from tesco. I was surprised how much more expensive it was than normal flour, but i loved the taste!
I haven't heard to mrs crimmble before reading this thread has made me more aware, sounds like there is a good variety! I just supplemented the flour to a basic sponge mix smile

harleydee1 Wed 16-Jan-13 07:31:24

@chopchopbusybusy, first time my Yorkies have risen in a long time, my little Boy was thrilled, thanks

I make loads of Cakes and Buns, reducing the Sugar as this Diet is very High in it. I also Bake regularly for School, just to show others that the Diet doesn't taste any different(well the Bread has moments), but it means my Son is included in Various" Activities/Party Treats from other Kids

StellaMarie Wed 16-Jan-13 08:14:06

We are not a GF family but have other allergies so I know how hard it is to source bought products that suit especially with hidden ingredients etc. My daughter's friend has GF diet but I don't know if she uses Mrs Crimble products. I know she does a lot of cooking and baking from scratch and you cannot tell the difference in taste.
I will look out for these products for when she comes over to play.

Doogle2 Wed 16-Jan-13 11:05:09

My mum is Gluten free and to be honest its been so many years now that we are just used to cooking without it. My advice is not to spend lots of money on specialised everyday products. Have a good look at what is available e.g. waitrose Cambridge sausages are gluten free. There are lots of lists on the internet and most resturants can cope with GF diners.
We have tried these biscuits and they are lush. Nice treat.

BestestBrownies Wed 16-Jan-13 11:35:44

I am coeliac and over the last 5 years have tried most of the ready-made GF products out there, including the Mrs Crimbles range.

In my opinion, the sweet stuff is always FAR, FAR too sweet (probably because loading a GF product with sticky glucose syrup is the cheapest and laziest way to make it hold together), and the savoury stuff is always chokingly dry and overly salted/flavoured or full of nasty palm oil and trans-fats.

There are a few GF things that are OK, namely the DSproducts breadsticks and herb crackers.

These days I just make my cakes, biscuits, pastry, pizza dough etc from my own recipes (which have taken years to develop and refine, so no I won't be sharing them with you for free so you can test them and then use them to make your company huge profits without even an acknowledgement or thank you). Therefore I KNOW it's perfectly possible to create these things using healthy, quality ingredients, a little scientific knowledge and patience.

Maybe you should try that.

notapizzaeater Wed 16-Jan-13 15:12:34

Son coeliac so we are 95% gf house.

Non coeliacs like the coconut macaroons, coeliac son doesn't !!! Like the brownies but far too much sugar/calories so treat only.

Do like your stuffing but sooooo expensive !

Buy from everywhere - because of each shop stoking different things I swop supermarkets weekly ....

For pizza base I use an Isabel's mix - tastes fab. Bread rolls/bread/bagels/doughnuts I use wheat free bakery direct (tis only bread ds will eat). Latest find is some tiny pasta (available on prescription that cooks like Cous Cous)

My yorkshires

90g cornflour
4 eggs
Milk (to double cream consistency)

Whisk together cook as normal.

megandraper Wed 16-Jan-13 15:17:08

haha notapizza - we're the same about the macaroons. DH and I (non-coeliacs) like them, but coeliac DSs don't. I think it's the coconut, they're not used to the taste.

CMOTDibbler Wed 16-Jan-13 15:28:20

Glad to see other people love Isabels - the cheese ball mix makes amazing (very fattening) pizza as its so cheesy grin

notapizzaeater Wed 16-Jan-13 15:35:08

I make garlic balls with the cheese ball mix - just pop a cube of garlic butter in the middle and roll into balls, make a few at a ime and freeze in foil "takeaway" tins ready to lob in the oven and use as needed.

LadyMercy Wed 16-Jan-13 16:00:24

I tend to buy gluten free products from the supermarket, health food shops and farmers markets. I have bought Mrs Crimble macaroons.

I cook gluten free by sticking with plain food, which is rather boring I'm afraid. Crumble toppings are made with gluten free flour, and I use ground almonds as a substitute too in some cakes. My DP makes bread with gluten free flour for me because bacon sandwiches are a must!

This cake is great for me and a friend who is allergic to dairy:

2 big oranges, scrubbed
5 eggs, separated
200 g (7 oz) caster sugar
225 g (8 oz) ground almonds

Simmer the oranges in a saucepan of water until soft all the way through. Leave to cool in the water until you can comfortably handle them. Chop up and remove any pips (leaving the skin on) and blitz to a pulp in a food processor.

Whisk egg whites to stiff peaks, gradually whisk in half the sugar.

In another bowl whick the rest of the caster sugar with the egg yolks. Stir in oranges and almonds.

Stir in a bit of egg white to loosen the mixture, then fold in the rest.

Cook in a well greased 9 inch cake tin with some baking paper in the bottom, at Gas 4 for an hour. You might have to cover the top if it is cooking too quick. Don't worry if the top splits. Cool in the tin.

starlakid Wed 16-Jan-13 16:50:52

I started following a gluten free diet at the beginning of last year following many symptoms suggesting coeliac disease. I am undiagnosed as yet as shortly after suspecting the condition I fell pregnant after some years of trying and the doctor suggested leaving tests til after birth.
Eating gluten free seems to be getting a little easier - I can go into many restaurants and cafes and find a gluten free cake on offer - I feel it's my duty to then eat it, of course, as they've made the effort to provide it!
Supermarkets could do with catching up, particularly the budget ones like Lidl and Aldi, but I'm always pleased to find brands like Mrs Crimbles on offer in Sainsburys or the Co-op where I usually shop. It's disheartening to find the price still quite prohibitive for so many specialist products though.
Not quite got my head around the baking yet after some mediocre results with pastry, but made a great mincemeat cake at Christmas. Of course, I had to make my own mincemeat first...


None of us need to use gluten free, but my dad is Coeliac and as he comes up often for meals I cook gluten free a lot. We are also veggie (inc dad) so I am quite experienced with using and making gluten free food. I always buys Mrs Crimble's macaroons for when he visits as they are his favourite. I always buy from the supermarket. They all stock them including our Tesco Express.

I also often bake peanut butter cookies for when he visits, the children love them too. The rice flour gives them a lovely "puddingy", almost creamy flavour.

125 gButter
175 gSoft Brown Sugar
125 gPeanut Butter
1 Egg
1 tspBaking Powder
175 gRice Flour

Cream together the butter and sugar.
Beat in the peanut butter and egg.
Mix in the baking powder and flour.
Roll teaspoonfuls of dough into small balls and place on an oiled baking tray.
Flatten each dough ball with the back of a fork.
Bake in a pre heated oven for 15/20 minutes at 180°C/Fan160°C/350°F/Gas 4

Crunchy peanut butter gives a lovely texture. I usually use Sainsburys value. Nice with a cuppa or with some vanilla ice cream.

If I won the hamper I would of course give it to my lovely dad. He lives alone and isn't the best cook so has struggled with the change in diet. It would make his year smile

HerLadyshipsSoap Wed 16-Jan-13 18:03:54

Great thread, must make a note of all these recipes. I have been diagnosed coealiac for 6 years.

I like Mrs Crimbles products esp the almond slices. I also find Doves farm range very good and Kaloo chocolate rice cakes are good but some of the own brand ranges are awful.

I buy most gf products in Tesco/Sainsburys but tbh there is not a great selection in my local branches and they are simply far too expensive. Marks and Spencer do a lovely fruit loaf. I don't like any GF bread except one called "Yes "or You or something like that, not sure who makes it, but at £2.99 for a small loaf I certainly don't buy it every week.

I would like to see more GF foods that aren't also egg/dairy/nut free too ie taste free and also, the price of GF food really really needs to come down.

I love it when friends/family make an effort to cook something GF for everyone and not just me.

sweetprincess Wed 16-Jan-13 18:40:08

I get all my GF food from Sainsburys, including Mrs Crimbles. I steer clear of pre-packaged bread though and make my own as I haven't found any that are edible.

I like the Phil Vickery cookery books, esp. the baking one. Lots of great polenta cake recipes. I didn't know there were recipes on the Mrs Crimbles site so thanks for that tip, I'll certainly be trying some out.

Katz Wed 16-Jan-13 19:12:58

~ 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 do, mainly from Ocado but also from the COOP, I get them for my mum so she can have cake when we do, iv'e bought many different products but one of her favs is dutch apple cake

~ 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've done bits and pieces, mainly i chose to cook meal which wouldn't have a gluten containing ingredient in them like meat and 2 veg.

I think the best gluten free recipe I have come across is the lemon drizzle cake made with mashed potato but since this a bbc good food one i probably shouldn't post it here!

Smudging Wed 16-Jan-13 20:36:09

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

I'm gluten intolerant and I buy gf food from whichever supermarket I'm in, usually asda or waitrose.

Asda have very little choice and no mrs crimbles that I have seen ( poss the macaroons which I don't like!). The dietary specials rolls are ok, and their own brand bake well tarts are nice.

Waitrose have recently started stocking their own stuff rather than mrs c. They have a nice millionaires thing.

Mrs c brownies and bake well slices are v v good but can only get in sainsburys. Our corner shop has the apple cake but that isn't gf- but it looks good!

I second nigellas flourless brownies, and the hairy bikers do a Nutella cake ( hazelnut thing) that is v c good.

ConnieBradshaw Wed 16-Jan-13 21:29:22

We love the Mrs Crimble's chocolate-dipped macaroons, but less so the orange-flavoured or jam-centred ones. I would be interested in a good crumble mix as I find making a normal crumble with gluten-free flour is disappointingly dusty.
All our main supermarkets now stock loads of gluten-free food, it is so much easier and probably more affordable than it must have been a few years ago. Coop Finest and M&S sausages are gluten-free and there are plenty of other brands in all the supermarkets that are gluten-free too.
One of the best things in recent years is the Allergy box on the back of most packaged food. Instead of examining the entire ingredients list, I just check the Allergy box to see whether it says Gluten or not.
Gluten-free pasta fusilli are great, the penne are good for macaroni, but I find the spaghetti hopeless - just get a sticky solid starchy mess in the pan.
Pancakes are fine with GF flour, as are brownies with ground almonds.
I use the standard GF flour mixes that you get in the supermarket, but do not get all the separate types of flour (rice, soya etc) that some recipes call for so cannot use those recipes or recipe books.

OhMerGerd Thu 17-Jan-13 04:37:21

My daughter has gluten induced migraine and so we have been GF for a couple of years.
We shop at a variety of stores precisely in order to find our favourite GF products. So it's Tesco because round here they seem to be the only ones who stock the Mrs Crimbles Sage and onion stuffing mix and the genious naan bread. They also do a triple choc cookie own brand which daughter enjoys. We prefer the Waitrose ciabattas and their choc chip muffins and we get the Crimbles cheese crackers from there. They also stock an own brand GF sausage. Booths do the Black Farmer range of GF sausage too. Co op do some decent Pasta ( and Waitrose again) that does not turn to slop and actually also stays firm in a Pasta salad. Lasagne leaves too. There is a pizza base mix by a company called Isobel's that we used to buy at a local health food store but its often sold out and we have recently discovered that you can order on the web. This health food store is an independant and also makes /sells home made/ small producer GF cakes and pasties / quiche which are our 'ready meal' options. M&S lemon drizzle sponge is acceptable too and if i see a Mrs Crimbles stem ginger cake anywhere I'll buy it. Asda sell the Doves organic flour the cheapest...
We will go a long way to get the best tasting GF products. That doesn't mean we are prepared to pay over the odd though and this is the biggest bug bear. Price. Everything is so expensive, and a lot of the cakes and biscuits very sweet ( lol that sounds contradictory but they are sometimes too sweet) and we would like more savoury products. A good GF pizza from the fresh or frozen aisle and stuff you can pick up at a service station ( we travel a lot) and the Waitrose GF Sarnies are a good example.

Recipes we adapt everything using Doves organic flour and we don't tell guests ( apart from one rice allergic family member who we have to buy wheat based products in for).

Try this stuffed marrow it's fantastic. Children love it and hard working/ hard cycling non GF husband finds it very satisfying on a cold day. We call it Brenda's stuffed marrow as it's an adaptation of my late MILs recipe .
1 marrow ( peeled, cored/deseeded and sliced in half lengthways)
1 pack GF sausages ( take off skin and rough chop - ordinarily you'd use sausage meat but haven't found a GF brand yet).
1 pack Mrs Crimbles GF sage and onion stuffing mix.

Make up the Mrs Crimbles stuffing mix as directed but err on the side of drier rather that sloppy when adding the water.
Mix the sausage meat and Mrs Crimbles stuffing together till evenly combined( don't mash it about too much). Sticky up bits crisp up lovely at the end to add texture.
Evenly stuff your two halves of marrow with this mixture and give a few grinds of black pepper over the top.
Pop into a greased oven proof dish and cover with foil.
Cook on at 180 for about 45 mins to an hour or until marrow soft and melty inside but still has some shape to it.
Remove foil. It will have sprung juice don't worry. Turn up oven to 200 and pop back in for ten mins to crisp the top. The juice will reduce and can be spooned over the finished dish if liked.
Slice, it's quite rich. Serves four BIG appetites and six generally.
We serve with sliced runner beans in a white sauce ( roux made with Doves GF flour) and either mashed or boiled spuds.

This southern fried( but it's baked ) type chicken is quick and again everyone enjoys we don't say it's GF and nobody notices. Whizz up in a blender a couple of slices GF bread (sainsburys seeded is best) add paprika or chilli powder if you like it spicey. Black pepper I chuck some dried parsley sage thyme depends on what's in the cupboards. U could add curry powder if you wanted that kind of flavour.
Mix an equal amount of whole grain Dijon mustard with mayonnaise and coat your chicken drums and thighs in this then roll in the breadcrumb mix. Bake in oven at 200 for 45 mins or till chicken cooked.
Serve with salad and rice or salad and home made potatoe wedges.

And this cake is fab. When I'm being pretentious I call it chocolate praline sponge... Make a normal chocolate Victoria sponge with doves self raising. I don't vary the recipe at all and it's fine 6, 6, 6, 3 (ozs caster sugar, butter/stork, flour, eggs. Add coco powder - I liberally add till it looks a good colour depending on how chocolatey you like your chocolate cake and for special occasions and if the mix looks a bit stiff if the eggs were small I add a capful of dark rum - yum!
Bake as usual 25 mins at 180.
Cool and then sandwich with a mixture of marcapone and nutella type spread. 250 gramms marcapone and the nutella to taste but probably 2 good tablespoons at least. Mix this well no streaks and you will fill the middle and cover the top. You can decorate with chocolate Buttons or hazle nuts etc depending on whether you want to look homely or sophisticated. You need to keep chilled but can be eaten as a dessert with vanilla icecream and as a tea time treat, if there is any left after a Sunday lunch it's the first thing they head for when they get home from school/ work on a Monday. We don't tell people it's GF and everyone loves it. I think they think the slight texture difference between non gf sponge is actually nuts.
I wrote this on a phone and expect there to be some very odd auto corrections so I hope this makes sense. Too long to check as writing has cured my insomnia!

HuffingMum Thu 17-Jan-13 06:27:00

This is my pie substitute, made for me by my South African friend. Very substantial family pie, I do a lot of substitutions, such as mushrooms (pre-fry first to eliminate water), any left over vegetables and mini chorizo sausages.

Cook in advance and leave to stand for 15 mins before serving

Potato Crust
4 large potatoes
2 tbs butter
1/2 cup of milk
1 egg (beaten)
1 tsp salt

Boil potatoes, drain well, mix with other ingredients, line an oven proof dish.

250 grams ham
250 grams Vienna sausages ( hot dogs)
4 sliced tomatoes
4 eggs
3 onions (finely chopped)
250 g cheddar cheese
1 tbs mustard ( mix with little vinegar)

Beat eggs well, add other ingredients except tomatoes.
Layer tomatoes on top and bake at 180 degrees for about an hour.

notapizzaeater Thu 17-Jan-13 08:03:37

Ohmygerd - M and S do gf Sausagemeat.

OhMerGerd Thu 17-Jan-13 08:43:39

Oooh thanks Notapizza... Will have a good look next time I'm in.

iseenodust Thu 17-Jan-13 09:18:52

I've just remembered my GF mum rated the M&S GF salmon fishcakes I fed her recently. A good freezer standby! They're no more expensive than the non-GF ones.

Minimeee Thu 17-Jan-13 15:00:56

I always have a packet of chocolate brownie's in my bag (Tesco's or Mrs Crimbles) in case we want to do an impromptu stop at a cafe or in case we are round at someone's house and all the other children are being offered cake.

Top tip is chickpea flour. As well as being GF it also has fewer calories and you can kid yourself that it's good for the kids as it contains protein!
Use in place of normal GF flour and add more baking powder. Has a slightly nutty taste which works particularly well with chocolate recipes - chocolate cup cakes a favourite in our house :-)

I've found that sweet treats are relatively easy to work around - am just frustrated sometimes that biscuits seem even higher in sugar than their counterparts. Good quality bread remains the biggest frustration.

HannahLI Thu 17-Jan-13 15:41:09

Yes I'm gluten intolerant so we buy some products including mrs crumbles usually from waitrose or sainsburys as the have a good selection. We regularly by free from pasta, and we like the biscuits but i find a lot of the bread is only good for toasting so opt for other options. I do more gluten free baking and I have a great free from chocolate cake recipe from Australian women weekly recipes which is worth checking out. The cake one is great because it adds a banana and jam to it which really helps the texture and taste in fact it's delicious! My top tip is to cook everything the same for everyone so that it doesn't seem that one is getting "special" pasta.

addictedismoving Thu 17-Jan-13 16:04:53

dh is gluten intollerant, and I started buying mrs crimbles in Tesco. We now buy from Morrisons where there is limited choice.
I hate that gluten free is so expensive, eg a packet of normal pasta is under £1.00 where as gluten free pasta starts at £2.50 and often is chewy and disintergrates into nothing sad

I'm still struggling to get my head round gluten free cooking so will go and take a look at their website

Allalonenow Thu 17-Jan-13 17:33:54

I shop at Marks & Spencer and Sainsburys for gluten free food, both have a good range for my gluten free Grandson. His favourites from Sainsburys are the Mrs Crimbles macaroons with chocolate.
I've got a favourite Mrs Crimble product too, it's the Dutch Apple Cake which is nice and moist and gently spicey, very like a childhood treat of mine when I lived in Belgium.
When cooking, I usually look at Phil Vickery's "Seriously Good Gluten Free Cooking" for inspiration, also I use polenta quite often rather than gluten free flour.

lemoneater Thu 17-Jan-13 17:45:10

I buy some GF foods - Sainsbury's granola, Dove's Farm pasta and as treats Mrs Crimble choc macaroons or the Lazy Day millionnaire shortbread. Lazy Day ginger biscuits used to be good but they've changed the recipe and made them all airy and light with no substance. Also bake my own bread with Juvela mixes and eat GF porridge for breakfast. I buy from Ocado and Sainsbury's.

I don't bake much but top tip for any GF cooking is to choose recipes that don't contain flour/pasta/pastry etc rather than recipes with a GF flour substitute. My favourite chocolate cake and biscuit recipes are both made with lots of ground almonds and no flour.

Doobydoo Thu 17-Jan-13 18:26:06


reastie Thu 17-Jan-13 18:35:12

I get my GF foods from a mixture of health food store, asda, waitrose, sainsburys and tesco. Generally I buy nairns bf cereal and free from pitta bread as my gf staples and many other foods are 'normal' gf ones not specialist brands.

I've eaten a number of mrs crimbles products including their crackers and biscuits. They've been tasty and I've enjoyed them. I tried one of their mixes before (I think it was a bread mix) and disn't particularly enjoy that so didn't repurchase.

When I cook gf foods they often come out dry, so when I make cakes etc I often try to find recipes that use ground almonds in place of flour as I find they are more moist and tasty. One of my favourite gf recipes is a lime cheesecake which has gf ginger biscuit base and a filling of condensed milk, lime juice and zest and double cream. It is absolutely scrummy. I like using gf pasta on ocassion and making dishes like veggie lasagne (butternut squash, mushroom and spinach is my favourite) and veggie spaghetti with tomato sauce and nutballs (I'm veggie).

I try not to buy gf snacks as often they are very fatty and sugary and not that healthy. I love the fact we can now get gf oatcakes though and I eat rice cakes quite often. It would be nice to have low fat/calorie snack options and agree with previous poster that individually wrapped is important so I don't have to eat a whole packet of biscuits etc soon after opening.

Misty9 Thu 17-Jan-13 19:46:38

I'm wheat intolerant and tend to buy GF products from supermarkets (sainsburys, morrisons and occasional m&s and tesco) and sometimes independent wholefood shops.

I love:
Black farmer sausages
Prewetts biscuits - all types, most amazing biscuits ever!
Mrs crimbles coconut macaroons and choc brownies
Most DS stuff (Yorkshire puds, ciabattas, pasta)
Sainsburys own free from pasta and spaghetti

My dh and I both bake and usually use doves farm flour as a substitute with pretty good results. We got a breadmaker for Christmas and tried the mrs crimbles bread mix the other day - LOVE it! Best GF bread I have EVER tasted. Bit expensive, but oh so worth it.

I'd love to see more things like doughnuts and fresh GF desserts available - but there again my waistline wouldn't thank me smile

Misty9 Thu 17-Jan-13 19:50:30

Ooh, and m&s chocolate and cherry cake is possibly the best shop bought cake I've ever had (let alone GF) though it doesn't last long.

NOmeansNO Thu 17-Jan-13 20:38:04

We have tried mrs crimbles, as we are new to the gf diet we are going through all brands. Will be trying the pastry base this week. Hoping its better than the last.

When it comes to cakes though, I am afraid the sunstart brand wins hands down. Their rocky road in particular.

We find where a manufacturer has used recipes which use other ingredients rather than flour substitues are much better.

What I would really love to see is good value items, but all stocked in same section. We know corn tortillas are safe, but sometimes searching and finding them is a pita. If you were to charge the same as the main manufacturers(and not throw and extra £1 on price tag) but stock it in the gf aisle, then would buy your pack everytime to save having to read the allegy lists on every single packet I lift.

I need to do my supermarket shop in my lunch hour, but I also have a budget. So I just end up grabbing the brand I know is safe as its quick and conveient.

Plus I would love if you could do individual wrapped

Firelighter cake

Rice crispies
Dairy toffee
Golden syrup

So easy to make too. Melt all ingredients in giant pot. Add rice crispies, stir and then press into tray/mould

Its amazing. But I am not aLlowed to make it as we end up eating the whole batch in 2 days and get uber fat.

Kellogs squares tried hard... But they got their measures wrong. The firelighter measurements as so much easier and lighter to eat

HavingALittleFaithBaby Thu 17-Jan-13 20:45:09

misty yes that M&S cake is amazing! smile

jellybeans Thu 17-Jan-13 20:51:34

~ 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 get them for supermarkets usually, Tesco, Sainsburys, Co-op. Sometimes i see them on offer at B&M etc. I used to buy a lot of Mrs Crimbles (cheese bites things are yum as are the macaroons) but am on a low fat diet and gluten free substitutes are massive in fat and calories in general. If you did lower cal/fat range i would def buy them! Now I am a good weight but still fear eating too many fatty things so they will be an odd treat. If you can advise of any lower fat things you make that would be great.

~ 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.

Yes I do a lot of cooking. Most is naturally gluten free from scratch. I use fat free cottage cheese a lot in (crustless) quiches with veg and making 'scones'. I also like soups with lots of fresh veg.

jellybeans Thu 17-Jan-13 20:54:04

I forgot to say I always use the stuffing balls mix-amazing stuff smile

CookieM0nster Thu 17-Jan-13 21:44:03

Hi there, great to see this thread, thanks for all the top tips so far!

My 3 1/2 y/o daughter is a coeliac, diagnosed at 18months, so it's basically all she has ever known and she handles it beautifully. We are in Surrey which is one of the few counties to withdraw the majority of GF foods from prescription, (we can have flour and long life bread, but she won't eat that and I don't blame her!) Consequently I buy almost all our GF food.

Most of the Crimbles food I buy from my weekly shop with Ocado/Waitrose and from our excellent local health food shop & occasionally Tesco's. It has the highest profile & distribution of any other GF manufacturer and I think it is quite reasonably priced.

Of the Crimble's range she loves the little chocolate orange macaroons, and the big jam ones, but always leaves some of the coconut 'ring' (not the jam though!) since they are a bit too big for her. Also the cheese bites are great so she feels included at kids parties, and cheese biscuits are handy for 'picky' lunches in place of bread.

The majority of my cooking is gluten free and cooked from scratch, but I do separate pasta for the 3 of us to her because of the expense. More rice, potatoes and mexican food, am hoping to build up to curry soon too ;-) We all eat very little bread in our house nowadays and feel much better for it.

A few people have commented on GF pasta being a bit gloopy - my tip is undercook it by a minute or two, keep a close eye on it when the buzzer goes off and usually within a minute it's safe to pour it into a colander and then run it under the cold tap briefly, which 'perks it up'! Also ConnieBradshaw I highly recommend "Salute" GF spaghetti, but again with the cold water trick. Spag Bol is one of our family favourites!

Ironically I have started giving my kids GF breadcrumbed food when I preferred to give them protein 'au naturel' before her diagnosis. But there's something about it that feels like a treat?!

In addition to Crimbles products (!) we couldn't live without: AWT instant GF gravy, Dietary Specials GF Yorkshire Puddings, Nature's Path Cereal - Mesa Sunrise, Amisa - GF porridge w/ apple and cinnamon spice, Waitrose - GF cherry bakewells, Genius bread, Sunstart - Rocky Road.

I have tried baking with great success, but with two young kids helping it takes aaaages, so I rarely do it and I'm afraid I really love the convenience of shop bought GF products. I agree with the others comments that a single or small packaged product that's portable would be wonderful. My daughter goes to pre school 3 mornings and I am still searching for the ideal 'individual' portion to leave with the teachers at the start of term, that's got a decent shelf life on it for emergencies when it's another child's birthday and they bring in cakes to share. I once bought a Byron Bay GF cookie with GF smarties on that looked awesome, but I can't find it any more!

Right my wine is beckoning me, Cheers wine

trueblonde Thu 17-Jan-13 22:14:13

I love Mrs Crimbles Cheese Bites, very moreish and i love them as they are Gluten free which is fab, I have tried others but Mrs Crimbles wins hands down every time, Gluten free products are so expensive, I am not entitled to a free prescription as this is my choice even though it is a medical condition i have

mumbow Thu 17-Jan-13 22:29:32

The mrs Crimble's things that i buy most often for my coeliac son are the cheese bites. He takes them to school for his play piece. I don't really buy that many gf cakes from the shops because they are so expensive and they usually have so many ingredients. But I'll get the occasional muffin for taking to a birthday party or something.
We get bread and pasta on prescription and go through masses of those. Otherwise we'll usually just have dinners that are naturally gluten free. Marks and Spencer's sausages and burgers are all GF and sometimes i'll make phil vickery recipe for gf pizza bases and freeze some for later.
Sainsbury's has the biggest and most extensive freeform range near us for extra bread (own brand) or flour, other baking ingredients or treats and snacks.
We also get through a lot of sesame snaps and 9 bars for school snacks! No nuts allowed at our school so that rules out a lot of gf snacks too.

stephgr Thu 17-Jan-13 23:54:50

I mostly buy gluten free products online because there is a wider selection than in supermarkets/pharmacies. I haven't bought Mrs Crimbles products yet although I will try them. I get some gluten free products on prescription and then order extra goodies I can't get on prescription. I'm not a brilliant cook but I do use gluten free products when cooking. Despite an increasing range of products which are gluten free, many of them don't taste great which is really frustrating!

Bryzoan Fri 18-Jan-13 04:20:49

Dh is a coeliac. He gets some stuff (mostly bread) on a prescription prepayment cert - and the luxuries we get from supermarkets. Mrs crumble features heavily, especially the bakewell slices and jam rings. The whole family eats them and loves them. He did once try to fob me off on mr Kipling bakewell slices as they are cheaper - but they are nowhere near as nice. We also like the livewell brownies, and he likes th pinkpanther wafer biscuits though I think they are revolting. I often buy them for him though as they are cheap.

Cooking wise I do all our baking with doves farm and I actually think it works better than normal flour. Only exception is bread which always seems to turn out quite cakey. For cakes/ biscuits etc I just use normal recipes and adapt. Don't bake at the moment though as we have a toddler amends baby so even finding time to shower feels like an achievement!

insanityscratching Fri 18-Jan-13 06:39:18

I buy most of the GF foods in the supermarket. Love lots of the Mrs Crimble products and then don't feel deprived especially the Bakewell slices which for me are a necessity.
Found a soup recipe online and discovered they'd used crispy potato skins for croutons and so have stolen that idea and use them in my soups now.

Turn oven to 220c. Put potato skins in baking dish, toss with oil, salt and fresh chopped rosemary to taste. Roast until crispy.

I forgot about the asda gf oat cookies, they are v good.

For crumble, use butter, sugar, and then half gf flour and half gf oats for a more crumbly texture.

In cakes with gf flour you usually need a little extra liquid if converting from a normal flour recipe- I add a bit of milk.

You can make a Swiss roll sponge with cocoa instead of flour, v good too.

MissRee Fri 18-Jan-13 08:48:53

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.

My favourite gluten free cake:

300g/10½oz plain chocolate, broken into pieces
225g/8oz caster sugar
175ml/6fl oz boiling water
225g/8oz salted butter, cut into cubes, plus extra for greasing
6 free-range eggs, separated
1 tsp instant coffee powder
2 tsp vanilla extract

Blend the chocolate and sugar in a food processor until a fine powder forms. Add the boiling water, butter, egg yolks, coffee powder and vanilla extract and blend. Whisk the egg whites and gently fold into the chocolate mixture. Pour the mixture into a cake tin and bake for 45-55 minutes. When its cooked, put in the fridge for a few hours. Simples! You can decorate with whipped cream, fruit, more chocolate...

mupity Fri 18-Jan-13 08:50:55

Honestly, I don't know how anyone stays sane on a gluten-free diet. Having recently made a new friend with coeliac disease, I am worried that I will unintentionally feed her gluten when she comes over to my house.

Food labelling is woefully inadequate and after doing some research on the internet, I have become even more jittery. Spending an age reading the ingredients on the back of a packet is not only time-consuming, but also futile as it often doesn't give the required answer gluten-free or not. Why can't every item of food be labelled with sufficient dietary advice? Is it just me, or should this not be a legal requirement?

Congratulations to Mrs Crimbles for making life easier. Products are clearly labelled Gluten Free, readily available locally and very tasty.

Pinot Fri 18-Jan-13 09:34:00

mupity. In all honesty, when you are coeliac or gluten intolerant, the diet is the lesser of two evils. I liken gluten to kryptonite - it literally poisons me, in so many ways. Spots, weight gain, pain, ulcers, welts, headaches, joint pain, brittle nails - I could go on.

I just thank god I live in a time where we can be diagnosed and can heal ourselves so easily.

sassolino Fri 18-Jan-13 11:42:50

My family is not on a GF diet, but some of our freinds are, which started me on a journey to find decent GF recipes that I could serve for everyone when we have guests for dinner.
With Mrs Crimbles, we found some favourites that I buy regularly, my little man adores the macarons and flavoured rice cakes.

micra Fri 18-Jan-13 11:46:12

My friend's husband is coeliac so if they come round for a meal I tend to stick to anything without a trace of wheat in. I know my friend buys special loaves etc and says most of it's not very nice so I've never tried buying these special things when he comes round. I have noticed a few gluten free bits in Tesco but never heard of Mrs Chrimble. Perhaps I'll look now - interesting reading comments above, perhaps all gluten free stuff doesn't taste like cardboard??!!

Keirley Fri 18-Jan-13 15:37:18

My husband is a coeliac and loves the cocoonut macaroons. Readily available in all big supermarkets, however beware not all Mrs Crimbles wheat free products are also gluten free. If memory serves we had a problem with the apple cake. Find it best to buy g.f. products in large supermarkets as health food stores hike up the price too musch.

Igmum Fri 18-Jan-13 21:18:58

Get a fair few gluten free things for when friends visit and have been pretty impressed that all supermarkets now stock 'em and with some of the cakes and biscuits - will look out for Mrs Crimbles grin

C4ro Fri 18-Jan-13 21:30:53

Howdy. My mum/ sister/ brother are all coeliacs. They get Doves Farm and the Freefrom stuff from Sainsbo that I know about. I get whatever they have in the tiny (and rubbish) selection in Eurospar here in Austria for when I'm catering GF for them (or they just get the thrilling jacket-potato...).

Someone up thread said puddings are tough. Here are some very excellent choc puddings that you can make the day before and fridge until you want to cook them.

Tortino al Cioccolato Caldo (No idea where from, some Italian cookbook as my photocopy is page 68 "comfort food from the mountains" and it recommends to use some of Turins finest chocolate...)

250g good quality dark chocolate
125g butter + some for greasing
4 egg yolks
50g sugar
6 egg whites

Serves 6-9 (depending on the size of your ramekins)

Oven 180deg C
Grease 6 large or 9 small ramekins
Melt chocolate and butter over simmering water.
In a second bowl whisk egg yolks with 30g sugar until creamy.
Stir in melted chocolate + butter.
In another clean bowl whisk egg white with remaining sugar and pink salt until stiff.
Fold into the chocolate mixture until well amalgamated.
Divide mix into dishes and bake in oven for 6-10 minutes (depends how much liquid gooey middle you want and how much crustier/ cakey bits). Tip out onto plates or leave in the dishes. Reheat in microwave OK after being cooked but won't be fluffy/ souffle-like.

michelleblane Fri 18-Jan-13 21:31:02

My sister has to follow a GF diet and I'm amazed at the number of brilliant recipe sites on the internet. I use BBC food for hints, tips and information. Chick pea flour is great for pastry.
Supermarkets seem to have good sections of GF products too now.

ILoveAFullFridge Sat 19-Jan-13 00:24:54

Widen the range of what you eat. Don't think in terms of substitutes, of classic British diet, of bread/pasta/cake etc. Consider other nationalities' foods, look at diets such as Paleoithic, and - most of all - make friends with Google. There are so many recipes and ideas to try!

And if you want to bake, Doves Farm flour is good.

peronel Sat 19-Jan-13 09:39:05

Try a simple fritatta for breakfast; we love them and have them alternate days.

Two rashers of bacon chopped, fried in olive oil with mushrooms and slices of green pepper. Add two beaten eggs swish around and cook as an omelette. Add grated cheese, brown under the grill.

That's it! High protein, gluten free, no additives, filling and delicious! smile

KindleMum Sat 19-Jan-13 20:59:59

My Sainsburys has a large selection of Mrs Crimbles, I buy a few but I do find it expensive and would buy more often if it were cheaper. Recently I've tried the Kirsty's meals in Sainsburys that are gluten and dairy free as they are often on special offer and I've found them ok as a standby and cheap when they're on offer. Mostly I just cook without wheat rather than using substitutes. I tried GF bakewell tarts in Costa the other day and they were vile.

Salbertina Sun 20-Jan-13 05:58:45

With Peronel on homemade, gF frittata!
Sorry but find Crimble stuff overpriced and under-tasty.

valsh Sun 20-Jan-13 22:50:27

Wairose has a small 'free from' section, and shop there sometimes if I'm entertaining a friend who cannot tolerate gluten. I don't have any such issues myself, but I'm addicted to Mrs Crimble's Choc Macaroons!
Best quick recipe I have is for chocolate banana ice cream - gluten, sugar & dairy free! ... slice some banana and put it on a tray in the freezer till just before you need it. Then take it out and transfer to a plate or bowl and start mashing with cocoa powder. Takes a bit of effort, but by the time the banana is mashed and the cocoa incorporated, you will have a yummy chocolate ice cream.

RachelHRD Sun 20-Jan-13 23:12:56

My 5 year old son has recently been diagnosed as gluten intolerant after years of bowel problems so I'm new to GF buying and cooking.

So far I've bought most of his GF food from Sainsburys as they have a reasonably extensive range and a couple of items from a local health food shop.

I have today bought GF flour to make bread and some cookie and muffin mixes to try out so will move into GF baking this week.

I've not tried any Mrs Crimbles products yet but will look out for them on my next shop.

I have digestive issues too and have often wondered if I might also be gluten intolerant so may well put myself on the same diet to see what happens!

compy99 Sun 20-Jan-13 23:25:29

another Mrs Crimbles fan here! we often have gluten free cooking, not through dietary restrictions but just for a healthier option.

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!


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


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

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
-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...


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

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

Mash powder is also a good thickener for soups.

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


<pinches flaming>

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

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!

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

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?!)

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

I love Mrs Crimble's smile

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

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.

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).

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

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

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.

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