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I blog information, news and recipes about gluten-free, wheat-free, dairy-free, egg-free, alcohol-free and vegan cooking. Right now I've been working on an exciting project where I avoid refined sugar and create recipes using a range of healthier alternatives.

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The FreeFrom Award winners are announced!


Tuesday was the day of the FreeFrom Food Awards, and I was there at the event near Regent's Park for a great evening among many likeminded people. Overall winner was Focaccia Per Tutti's Focaccia Mediterranea and there was also a special award for services to gluten-free beer, given to Green’s who make a superb IPA, among others
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After the winners (pictured above) were announced, there was a tasting buffet so we could find out exactly what the fuss was about. Everything was delicious, but if I had to choose my five favourites they would be (in no particular order):
1. Amy’s Kitchen Broccoli and Cheddar bake
2. SaVse Smoothies super blue
3. Ilumi Kerala chicken curry
4. Georgia's Choice Gluten Free chicken bites
5. Waitrose Gluten free egg and watercress/ chicken salad roll

There were nearly 300 people present and it was just brilliant to see how many different companies are working hard to bring products to this sector. Many companies are still small, led  by one or two passionate people and while this is undoubtedly fantastic, what we now need is better availability in our supermarkets and high street stores! For the time being, many items can be bought online - click on the links below to find out more.


  
1. NEW!  Breakfast foods - Sponsored by Tesco
 
Winners:
Bfree plain bagels
‘Brilliant that they are gluten, dairy and egg free – and are soft and have a great flavour, especially toasted!’ ‘ Good flavour, nice texture and low sugar – a winner!’ 
COYO Coconut milk yoghurt vanilla flavor
‘Wow! Great selection of ingredients, low sugar – lovely – really good... Wonderfully creamy, tastes of coconut but not too much and not too sweet.’ 
Primal Joy Foods Cinnamon nut crunch - no grains breakfast ‘cereal’
‘Excellent selection of nutritious ingredients makes for a tasty cereal – so great that it is free from so many allergens  and all grains! Very expensive but delicious – would happily eat as a snack.’ 
Highly Commended:
Bessant & Drury Alphonso mango & passionfruit coconut yogurt
Tastes just yummy although Alphonso overpowers the coconut.’ ‘Really creamy but too sweet – although children would love it.’  
Bessant & Drury Morello cherry & Madagascan vanilla coconut yogurt
Silky smooth yogurt, delicious fruit compote but slightly too sweet.’’ Love this –  a tad sweet but a great alternative to dairy.’ 
Bfree multiseed bagels
‘Good soft texture and nice seedy taste.’ ‘Impressive that they are also free of egg and dairy.’ ‘Look good.’
 
Perkier Apple, cinnamon & raisin porridge
‘Nice concept – really like the cinnamon.’ ‘Great flavour, great ingredients and good texture but very thick – more liquid maybe? And how about adding some vitamins?’  
Tobia Teff Teff meal / Teff flakes
‘Great that it is free of so many allergens. Unusual but interesting texture and taste – rather pleasant natural sweetness and subtle nutty aftertaste but packaging needs more direction.’  
Udi’s Cranberry walnut granola
‘Looks great and tastes delicious, if sweet.’ ‘Nice chewy texture and good cranberry flavour although would like more walnuts.’ ‘Like the use of honey rather than sugar.’
Commended:
Hale & Hearty Quinoa & chocolate granola
Good to have chocolate flavour without any milk. Crunchy texture and sweet, pleasant taste.’ ‘Smells nice and chocolatey but high in sugar.’ 
Lucy Bee Organic raw virgin fair trade extra virgin coconut oil
‘Lovely creamy, coconut flavour – thick and not at all greasy.’
Nature’s Path Nice & Nobbly organic granolas (raspberry, strawberry, blueberry & yoghurt pieces)
Yummy – tastes very sweet but more-ish. Generous clusters and lots of fruit.’ ‘Shame it includes milk – why?....’
Of The Earth Dear Me breakfast without cereals, chia & hemp with goji berries & cranberries
‘Amazing range of ingredients and interesting and unusual texture.’ ‘Not appealing visually but tastes good although expensive.’ ‘Good but very niche product.’ 
St Helen’s Farm Natural goats milk yoghurt
‘Naturally sour and creamy – very nice.’ ‘Excellent consistency and just the right touch of goatiness.’
 
2. Breads – Sponsored by Genius Gluten Free

Winner:
Focaccia Per Tutti Focaccia Mediterranea
‘Stunning looking – amazing and generous!’  ‘Excellent aroma, good crust and lovely classic Mediterranean flavours – olives, garlic, tomatoes, rosemary.’ ‘Fantastic that it is free of all allergens except nuts.’ ‘Really filling a gap in the market – love it! Want more!’
Tesco Free From fresh seeded bread
Really excellent texture and flavour – I would be happy to eat this every day fresh or toasted.’ ‘Great aroma, nice and nutty, moist, good crust – and it is dairy as well as gluten free!’ 
Highly Commended: Bfree  multigrain wrap
Good texture rolls up without breaking. Indistinguishable from non GF wrap in looks, flavour and mouthfeel – though doesn’t look ‘multigrain’. Wouldn’t know this was GF unless you saw the label. Great that free of all major allergens.’
Newburn Bakehouse Spiced fruit loaf
Looks really appealing with good distribution of fruit  and smells of mulled wine.’ ‘Lovely sweet spicy aroma, good texture, good size slice, not too sweet but definitely better toasted.’
Tobia Teff Teff bread
Looks very wholesome and home made.’ ‘Quite dense and heavy but very interesting flavour.’ ‘Excellent nutritional profile and wonderfully allergen free.’
Commended:
Bfree brown seeded rolls
‘Good that it is free of all major allergens and with a good texture and crunch of seeds.’ ‘Does not look at all gluten-free but a little cakey and smells slightly treacley.’
   
3. Store cupboard – sponsored by Asda

Winners:
Ugg Foods Chia seed and nut bread mix
‘Wow! Totally grain, dairy and egg free – but tastes delicious!’ ‘Slightly cakey and eggy but lovely flavour and lovely crunch.’ ‘ Looks fab!’ 
Vegusto ‘Cheese’ sauce
‘I really thought this was cheese...’ ‘Authentic, rich, creamy and super strong cheese flavour – so good to have a really decent, dairy free ‘cheese’ sauce!’ ‘Slightly grey in colour but what a useful product!’ 
Highly Commended:
Conscious Food Palmyra jaggery powder
‘Spicy, rich sugar flavour. Would be fantastic with hot chocolate and mocha.’ ‘Delicious – molasses taste and texture.’ ‘Would be amazing on porridge!’
Lucy Bee Organic raw virgin fair trade extra virgin coconut oil
‘Lovely creamy coconut butter.’ ‘Smooth, subtle and creamy – no overpowering flavours.’
Quinola Express quinoa - pearl and black
‘Deliciously nutty taste – like the combination of quinoas.’ ‘Sweet and fragrant, nice mouthfeel with slight crunch – great for bulgar type salads. 
Truly Simple Foods Sundried tomatoes and sweet chilli cooking sauce
‘Taste strong, robust and hot – but pleasant.’ ‘Great spicing – rich colour.’ 
Ugg Foods Chia muffin mix
‘Fresh lemony smell. Moist, crunchy, smooth, light texture – lovely lemon flavour. Yummy.’
Commended:
Hale & Hearty Chocolate chip cookie mix
‘Soft chewy cookies with nice oaty taste.’ ‘Aroma really chocolatey – delicious.’ 
Helen’s Quick seeded bread mix
‘Really interesting flavour and texture – lovely seeds and nice and moist.’  ‘Very pretty with the green pumpkin seeds.’ ‘Pleasantly nutty – good texture.’
Truly Simple Foods Coconut curry and spinach cooking sauce
‘Warm authentic smell, lovely taste, creamy and smooth.’   
Ugg Foods Coconut muffin mix
‘Excellent texture, moist and lovely coconut flavour. Very impressive.’ 
Ugg Foods Fruit and seed loaf
‘Looks great – really wholesome. Smells and tastes delicious too.’ ‘Lovely juicy fruit – authentic fruit loaf.’  
 
4. Pasta and Pizza – Sponsored by the Food and Drink Innovation Network 

Winner:
Amy’s Kitchen Broccoli and Cheddar bake
Brilliant product – really useful and appealing – lovely breadcrumbs on top – yummy!’ ‘Good cheese flavour, pasta al dente, nicely crunchy broccoli – looks delicious and lives up to its looks!’ 
Highly Commended:
Dell’Ugo Gluten free fresh penne pasta
‘Very good fresh penne – simple and al dente. Just what you want from a pasta.’ ‘Brilliant – yummy. Indistinguishable from normal pasta.’
Elena’s Gluten Free Way DialSì gluten free pasta tagliatelle
‘Brilliant – nice texture nice – firm and fine chewy. Great ingredients – all two of them!’ ‘Excellent texture just like real pasta – light, fluffy, wholesome and non clumpy.’   
Elena’s Gluten Free Way DialSì gluten free pasta caserecce
Nice to see an unusual shape.’ ‘Nice bite, useful shape, great, simple ingredients.’ ‘Lovely pasta.’
The Lab Pizza Genovese
Excellent topping and base. Flavours delicious and really tangy on the tongue.’ ‘Tasty, tasty, tasty – but shame they used de-glutenised wheat starch.’
Rizopia Organic brown rice pasta spaghetti
Slightly savoury rice flavour but very wholesome.  Keeps its shape well and nicely al dente.’ ‘Excellent freefrom product in terms of ingredients.’
Venice Bakery Large plain gluten free & vegan pizza base
‘Interesting texture – brilliantly clean ingredients deck.’ ‘Excellent texture, nicely crisp, slightly sweet but great ingredients.’ 
Commended:
Hale & Hearty Brown rice penne
‘Great texture and shape – hold together well.’ ‘Tasty and nicely freefrom.’
 Hale & Hearty Corn & quinoa penne
‘Interesting combination – cornflour and quinoa flavoursome, unusual and al dente.’ ‘Good bite, nice flavour – and great to have quinoa in there.’
   
5. Raw Foods and superfoods – Sponsored by Food Heaven

Winner:
SaVse Smoothies super blue
Good colour, lovely deep flavour – earthy, beetrooty – yet zing-ily delicious.’ ‘Gorgeous aroma and great combination of flavours.’ ‘Well it’s not blue, but the colour is amazing. Really tasty & reviving.’           
Highly Commended:
Lucy Bee Organic raw virgin fair trade extra virgin coconut oil
Smooth, not too sweet, melts nicely in the mouth.’ ‘Yummy  – lovely, light, creamy coconut flavour.’ ‘Great  alternative for someone who avoids dairy.’ 
Ombar Coco mylk
‘Excellent no-milk chocolate – lovely, rich and creamy. Children would love this.’ ‘Great ingredients.’ 
Commended:
Creative Nature Organic raw maca powder
Love the creamy mild & carob-like flavour.’ ‘Really good ingredients – excellent as a healthy additive.’  
Love Smoothies The hulk smoothie
Lovely product – impressive  fresh and energising taste, if expensive.’ ‘Really good idea for an instant smoothie; great for busy people on the go. Maybe add some superfood powders?’
 
6. NEW! ‘Food to go’ and food for vending machines – Sponsored by 24Vend 
 
Winner:
Waitrose Gluten free egg watercress and chicken salad roll
‘Delicious moist rolls (so many gf rolls are dry). Generous, nutritious and tasty filling – what a pity it isn’t dairy free as well. Excellent on-the-go food.’ ‘A delicious vegetarian sandwich (egg and cress) – really satisfies the need of people  looking for gluten free and vegetarian lunch options. And they  look great. Love all that cress.’  ‘Generous portion and a well balanced mix of salad, mayonnaise and chicken.’     
Highly Commended:
Great Food Spinach & pinenut with houmous – snack pack
‘Excellent combination. Tasty falafel – really impressive as they are free from so many allergens. Great packaging for a food to go.’ ‘Well balanced – hearty and healthy – love the handy pack.’ 
Hotch Potch Eggs Arancini
‘Innovative product – love the crispy outer layer.’ ‘Really delicious – brilliant for a party! Especially as they can be eaten cold.’ ‘Quite substantial  – really nice product.’ 
Commended:
Clearspring Organic brown rice crackers with black sesame
‘Look great – good crunch – excellent texture. Lovely ingredients.’ ‘Innovative product – good to see a gluten and dairy free version of a Japanese snack.’
Creative Nature Heavenly cacao superfood bar
‘Tasty though quite sweet and heavily datey. Shame they did not use gluten free oats –  but a good  filling snack.’ ‘Nicely chewy.’  
Creative Nature Blissful berry superfood bar
‘Rich flavours (almost like Xmas pudding) – a very filling snack.’ ‘Nice balance of dried fruity sweetness with mellow oat taste texture but shame the oats are not gluten free. 
Freeli Wowbutter brownie
‘Melts in your mouth – lovely tasting & not overly sweet. Be nice if it could have been soya free though.’ ‘Well thought out product at an accessible price.’
The FreeFrom Bakehouse Chocolate ‘digestive’ biscuits
‘Appealing homemade look although ‘digestive’ slightly misleading. Quite chewy but great ingredients – original and wholesome.’ ‘Good that dairy and gluten free – not many bsicuits are.’
LoveRaw  Organic bar – cacao & maca
‘Crunchy, good texture, flavoursome – can really taste the nuts. Impressive it is free from so many allergens and low sugar –  but expensive.’ 
Udi’s Bagel chips
‘Really crunchy  and tasty –  a useful snack for nut allergy suffers in particular.’ ‘Surprisingly tasty – lovely bagel tones and nicely crunchy but needs a dip.’ ‘Good touch of cinnamon but very sweet.’  
 
 
7. Foods designed for food service – Sponsored by Genon Laboratories 
 
Winners:
The Indian Coeliac Gluten free authentic Panjabi pakoras
A brilliant, useful product – and how wonderful…. A freefrom pakora!!’ ‘Excellent balance of flavours – really authentic.’ ‘Delicious aroma, great balance of spices – and great freefrom credentials!!’
We Love Cake Gluten free cherry Bakewell tarts
‘Perfect replica of non-gf version!’ ‘Really good pastry, great almond taste – and dairy and gluten/wheat free! What a treat!’ ‘Very sweet but so are the non-freefrom originals.’ ‘Not the healthiest but good to see such a good freefrom replica of a much loved product.’
Highly Commended:
Delicious Alchemy Mini ginger loaf
Nice size and shape – has real coffee shop feel.’ ‘Very spicy, good ginger kick, lovely moist, sticky cake and great freefrom ingredients – although expensive.’ 
Hotch Potch Eggs Tiddlee pies & tarts
Pastry was fantastic. Perfect canapes for gluten free guests.’ ‘Tasty – good selection of interesting fillings – shame they could not be free of more than gluten.’ ‘Really like these - good, short, buttery pastry and great variety of tasty fillings – although why put pork in so many of them?’                            
Pan’Artisan 10” gluten free pizza base, Italian spiced
Great genuinely free-from pizza base – crisp and chewy.’ ‘Nice texture and feel, and crisps up well, although quite sweet.’
Commended:
Delicious Alchemy Wheat & gluten free sultana scones
‘Really fills a gap in the market – especially as they look totally authentic.’ ‘Nice light texture but slightly bicarb’y – as are so many non g-f scones.’ ‘Exciting product – just a shame they are not more than gluten free.’
Newburn Bakehouse  White wraps
‘Fits well into current trend for wraps – sweet, soft and flexible – and does not leave dry taste in the mouth as many do.’ ‘Quite thick but holds together well – pity it is only gluten free.’
 
8. Ready Meals
      
Meat-based meals – Sponsored by Sainsbury's 
Winner:
Ilumi Lamb Rogan Josh 
‘Excellent convenience freefrom food – free of all major allergens and packed in that portable long life pouch. A boon for multi-allergics.’ ‘Pleasant levels of spicing, meat tender, nice aroma.’ ‘Good value, mild curry flavour but totally additive free.’ 
Highly Commended:
The Black Farmer Chipolatas
Lovely flavour and texture, nice balance and meat content. Moist and great peppery note.’ ‘Well seasoned. A little salty but enjoyed the meaty flavour.’ 
Voakes Free From steak pie
‘Looks great in pie terms!’ ‘Pastry nice and crisp and filling tasty  and meaty.’ ‘Good flavour for a g-f pie – would work really well in a pub.’
Commended:
Foodamentalists Fidget pie
‘Looks brilliant – really hand made.’ ‘Love the idea and shape of this pie: good pastry with nice rustic filling.’ ‘Excellent that it is so freefrom (gluten, wheat, dairy, soya and corn). Pastry cuts well but the texture does not quite work and there is not really enough filling.’ 
Tesco Gluten free breaded Pollock
Nice open texture fish – and the crumb is flavoursome and crisp.’ ‘Look great – crispy and golden – and good fish. And MSC (Marine Stewardship Council eg sustainable).Fab!’ 
The Black Farmer Premium pork sausages
Good quality, very meaty, nicely spiced and herbed but a little salty.’ ‘Juicy, tasty, meaty, peppery without being overpowering.’
Tom Hixson & Co Pork & herb sausages
If you like sausages, these tick all the boxes.’ ‘Good texture, pleasant flavor, good skin.’
 
 
Meat-free meals: Sponsored by Goodness Direct 
Winner:
Georgia’s Choice Gluten Free Mexican bean bake
‘Nice crisp exterior and sweet soft inside, nice and mealy – maybe a little more salt?’ ‘Great colour and texture – lots of beans and veg and splendidly free from all the major allergens – wheat/gluten, dairy, egg and soya – excellent.’  
Highly Commended:
Amy’s Kitchen Thai red curry
Wonderful smell. Low calorie and nice mix of vegetables which are still  al dente.’  ‘Tastes really good and great that it is gluten and dairy free.’
‘Good naturally freefrom product.’ 
Mash Direct Potato, cheese & onion croquettes
Wow great product!  I love these – GF junk food  – yum – addictive.’  ‘Excellent for kids.’ ‘ Tastes just as a croquette should – cheesey and  oniony.’ 
Commended:
FEEL FREE  Vegetarian Party Pack
‘Great idea – very innovative – and fantastic that it is free of so many allergens.’ ’Really excellent idea but products need a bit more work. Nice aroma but over spiced for party canapés. Bhajee texture good but others slightly too oily.’
 
 
9. Foods manufactured in a nut-free environment – Sponsored by Anaphylaxis Campaign

Winner:
Ilumi Kerala chicken curry
‘So great to have a guaranteed nut-free curry which is also free of all the other top allergens – and tastes good – and at a good price!’ ‘Lovely strong taste, nut-free microwaveable curry ready meal – a great addition to nut free food choices.’  ‘Lovely rounded flavour, nice heat, sweet but not too sweet. Excellent.’
Highly Commended:
Big Oz Organic chocolate buckwheat flakes with raspberries
‘A grown-up nice tasting cereal – really excellent balance, zingy fruit and not too sweet flakes. Could do with a few more raspberries but a great product.’ ‘Very hard to find nut-free cereal (especially with chocolate). On the minus side it has a load of sugar –  but we need more nut-free cereals so this is a great, much needed product. Also gluten, dairy and soya free – a big bonus!’ 
Just Love Food Co Angry Birds celebration cake
‘Great looking cake and how wonderful to be able to buy a truly nut-free celebration cake! If only it could also be dairy and/or gluten and egg free too…’ ‘Very sweet but perfectly nice cake – and what a treat for a nut-free child!’
 
10. Foods designed for children – Sponsored by Delamere Dairy
 
Winner:
Georgia's Choice Gluten Free chicken bites
‘Like it very much – just like normal nuggets but with better chicken.’  ‘Nice and crispy – good texture – great chicken.’ ‘Great – my non gluten-free friends would eat them and never know. The chicken is really tender.’ ‘Yum – even more yum with the chilli sauce!’
Highly Commended:
Fun Foods4All Bob the Builder organic free from pasta
‘Shapes are fabulous I would eat it again and give to my friends and family.’ ‘I like the texture and shape and it tastes very nice so I would eat it again.’ ‘Tastes like normal pasta – delicious with sauce!’  
Incognito Cakes  Cheeky little monkey cake mix
‘I like making it – I love the cake.’ ‘Very easy to make and tastes nice.’ ‘Yumyum!’ ‘Cooking was good for younger kids, tastes good but got stuck in the case.’ 
Smooze Mango fruit ice
‘Delicious .and my friends would never know it was dairy free.’ ‘Lovely – you can taste the fruit.’ ‘Lovely – just like lollies. You can taste flavour and lovely texture.’
Sweet Mandarin  Sweet chilli sauce
‘Good balance of sweet & spice, good with other foods maybe a little more spice but I like spice more than normal people.’ ‘I would eat it with my friends – I think it’s just right, and I’d have it with chips.’ ‘Delicious.’              
Commended:
Moo Free Mini moo minty moo
‘Really yumm.’ ‘Good – my friends would eat it. Amazing.’ ‘Very nice minty taste.’
Young’s Seafood Ltd ‘The Ultimate’ 100% Alaskan pollock fillet fish finger
‘Lovely – just like the real thing!’ ‘Fish is nicer than in an ordinary fish finger but the coating is a little bit chewy.’ ‘Nice and crispy.’    
 
11.Foods for Christmas  - Sponsored by Hale & Hearty

Winner:
D&D Chocolates Dairy free chocolate minty snowmen
Utterly delicious. I love mint and chocolate anyway so am biased but mint is not overpowering – lovely sweet fondant.’ ‘Deliciously indulgent and gooey.’ ‘Too sweet for me but nicely minty. Ticks all the allergen boxes too which is great.’ ‘Lovely, but why wrap them?’ 
Highly Commended:
Voakes Free From Special Pie
Very pleasant flavours – crisp pastry with a moist texture. The flavour of the pork & chicken mix well together All in all a delicious pie.’ ‘Like the variation of layers and the texture of the pastry.’ ‘Unusual – interesting – tasty.’ 
Commended:
 Sainsbury Freefrom Advent calendar
‘Just right for a calendar sweet.’ ‘Pleasant milk chocolate texture – and no after taste!’ ‘Very sweet and quite coconutty but pleasant.’
 
 
12. Scones, sweet biscuits, tarts and cookies - Sponsored by Mrs Crimbles

Winners:
Nairn’s Gluten free biscuit breaks: oats & fruit
Best gluten free approximation of a digestive type biscuit. Nicely crunchy, not too sweet but lots of flavour. Lovely.’ ‘Effectively dairy, egg and nut free too – and in little individual packs – perfect for lunch boxes and snacks.’
Highly Commended:
DS-gluten free Bourbon biscuits
‘Really nice crunch, good and chocolatey – great approximation of the real thing.’ ‘Excellent that it is gluten, egg and nut free – but why not dairy free? The non g-f version is!!’ ‘Really good looking biscuit.’
Commended:
Asda Free-from Belgian chocolate Rocky Road
‘Good crunch, nice chocolately flavour. Brilliant that it is gluten egg, dairy and nut free – if only they used sunflower lecithin it would also be soya free. And why the beef gelatin? Rules it out for vegetarians.’ ‘Good dairy-free option for birthday parties.’
 
 
13. Cakes, cake bars, cupcakes and brownies –   Sponsored by Newburn Bakehouse

Winner:
Melsie Jane Bakes Mini lemon drizzle loaf
‘Perfect texture. Perfect lemon flavour, not too sweet, nice simple ingredients.’ ‘Lovely zesty lemon sponge. Great – and great ingredients.’ ‘Very good but shame it is not also not dairy free.’ 
Highly Commended:
The Handmade Cake Company Chocolate brownie
‘One of the nicest brownies I have tasted. Chocolate flavour is perfect and no aftertaste.’ ‘Attractive – actually looks more like a biscuit. Good dark chocolate flavour and not too sweet.’        
The Handmade Cake Company Raspberry & almond slice
Really nice light crunch. Almond and jam combine well in the base.’ ‘Pleasant almond and raspberry – lovely texture.’ ‘Raspberry just right – great product.’ 
Commended:
Morrisons Free from raspberry macaroon slices
‘Very attractive. Lovely crumble base and topping. The jam is not too sweet but contrasts nicely sharp with the base.’ ‘Excellent that it is wheat, gluten and dairy free.’
   
14. NEW! After dinner foods – Sponsored by Udi's 
 
Winners:
Bessant & Drury Raspberry swirl frozen coconut yogurt
‘Exciting new take on coconut and on frozen yogurt!’ ‘Very visible swirls of  strong raspberry flavour in a great ice cream base.’ ‘This is great ‘love it’, convincingly yogurt ice cream.’  ‘Smooth and tummy – and oh so freefrom!’ 
Pudology  Banoffee pud
‘You can really taste the banana flavours – exquisite wonderful consistency and taste.’ ‘Three clear layers, good squidgy banana centre – a well constructed dessert.’ ‘Lovely that it is gluten, dairy, egg and nut free.’ ‘Not an easy dessert to make but these flavours work very well together.’
Highly commended:
Booja-Booja Almond caramel chocolate truffles
‘Chewy Toblerone texture with a luxurious quality flavour. Secondary burst of caramel from chewy pieces.’ ‘Lovely clean ingredients list.’ ‘Delicious crisp exterior, smooth dark rich inside, slight crunch from almonds and nicely chewy.’  
Christine’s Puddings Sticky toffee pudding
‘Scrumptious – delicious flavour – and a bonus it is gluten and dairy free.’ ‘Wow! Delicious, light, soft, moist, sweet but not sickly.’ ‘Delicious, light and sweet but could take a hint more sauce.’     
Okobay Coconut water and pineapple ice
‘Pleasant, sweet fruity-fresh palate cleanser – lovely taste.’ ‘Would work well as a sorbet.’ ‘Wonderfully freefrom.’ ‘Delicate pink – strongish coconut flavoured followed by pineapple – interesting.’ 
Pudology Chocolate orange pud
‘What a lovely orange flavour bursting onto your taste buds – fabulous mix and the coconut milk works really well. And everything free!’  ‘The orange flavour really comes through and combines beautifully with the rich chocolate flavour – delicious.’ 
Rude Health Corn thins
‘Look like a work of art – golden & speckled. Tastes nice and richly corn-fashioned.’ ‘Great texture, no unpleasant after taste – just like a non-free from product – in a good way!’ ‘Lovely corn flavour and snap – just the right thickness.’ 
St Helen’s Farm  Goat’s milk vanilla ice cream
‘Very good – rich in vanilla with a delicious hint of graininess.’ ‘Would never have known this was goat’s milk – lovely flavour.’ 
Wellaby’s Hummus chips Kalamata olive
‘Attractive golden putty pillows with salt granules on the outside. Look really tasty and actually do taste of hummus and olives!’ ‘Interesting concept – nice crunchy subtle flavour.’ ‘Tasty but a little too sweet – and why the dairy?...’ 
Commended:
Booja-Booja Hunky Punky chocolate ice cream alternative
‘Lovely texture – rich and smooth and not too sweet although maybe a slightly stronger chocolate flavour?’ ‘Delicious – can’t believe this is made from just cashew nuts – pure, simple and excellent.’  
Celtic Chocolates Choices rondellos (dairy-free white chocolate)
‘Pleasant texture, useful as buttons and very useful as a baking ingredient.’ ‘Very sweet but melt well and great that they are dairy and gluten free.’ 
Eskal Noble Choice dairy free chocolate with raspberries
‘Nice subtle raspberry taste with dark chocolate.’ ‘Chocolate not amazing but great to have the raspberry option.’ 
Food Heaven Smooth chocolate mousse
‘Enjoyable and smooth (as promised).’ ‘Nice moussey texture and taste – and excellent that it is gluten, dairy and egg free.’
Nairn’s Gluten free wholegrain cracker
‘Looks like a regular wholemeal/wholegrain cracker – would be a good vehicle for a topping and great if you want something very plain.’ ‘Appetising and crunchy texture.’ 
Semper Rosemary & salt crispbread
‘Rosemary flavoured Ryvita? Lovely Rosemary flavoured crunchy crisp bread.’ ‘A great base for cheese  – tangy and crisp.’ ‘Really interesting idea.’  
   
15. Gluten-free beers – Sponsored by Ilumi

Winner:
Green’s India Pale Ale
‘Well balanced English IPA.’ ‘Strong ale smell, real old fashioned strong sweet flavour like a Blue Moon.’ ‘Tastes more than 4% – good well hopped flavour.’ ‘Great hop aroma, bitter and fruity flavour.’ ‘I would certainly drink this in a pub.’ ‘Amazing for a non-barley beer.’ 
Highly Commended:
CELIA GF Beer
‘Nice, clean malty smell. Easy drinking and well balanced.’ ‘Good light golden lager. Great feeling on tongue – quite sweet, almost artificial taste – like beer you get at football.’ ‘Light and fizzy – nice taste American tasting lager.’ 
Estrella Daura Damm
‘Lovely taste & colour. Light fizz – great smell taste – a proper Italian pilsner.’  ‘Very refreshing and easy to drink.’
Commended:
Green’s Premium Pilsner
‘Really light colour, good head, good bubbles. Light sauvignon blanc colour but smells very beery.’ ‘Nice fresh, refreshing proper lager taste.’ 
‘Sweet at first, far more bitter after taste. Beautiful golden colour.
Refreshing.’ ‘Not quite like normal beer but refreshing. Very drinkable and not too strong.’ ‘Amazing smell – nice bitter refreshing lager. Could manage this on a summer night – beerlicious!’

The Innovation Award – Sponsored by Food Matters Live

Joint Winners:
Venice Bakery large seasoned gluten-free vegan pizza base
‘Fabulous pizza base – excellent freefrom properties – very innovative.’ ‘Great product for multi-sensitives.’ ‘Good crisp crust and great flavour because it is thin – if a little sweet.’ 
Highly Commended:
Celtic Chocolates Choices rondellos
‘Very clever product – extremely useful for dairy-free bakers and dairy-free folk in general.’ ‘Melted well, very smooth, performed well.’ 
Commended:
Newburn Bakehouse Seeded wraps
‘A good wrap and innovative in that it has managed to be both gluten and dairy-free’. ‘Texture holds up better than many non-gf wraps and seeds add interest and nutritional value – good product.’
Udi’s Cinnamon & raisin bagel
‘First successful sweet bagel I have come across – slightly sandy but very tasty toasted for breakfast.’

Allergy and Free From Show dates revealed - get your free tickets



The Allergy and Free From Show has announced its 2014 dates - it'll be in London from June 4–6 and in Liverpool on October 25 and 26.
You might wonder about the benefits of attending a show like this, but I can say I've been for the past couple of years and I definitely won't be missing it this year. It's the best place to find new (and taste) new products, buy lots of brilliant free-from foods, talk to experts and meet all the passionate people from the industry. My only recommendations are to bring plenty of cash and a sturdy bag!
As well as new dates and a new hall, for the first time ever, the show is co-locating with V Delicious - the Veggie Good Food Show, The Back Pain Show and a brand new event: Love Natural Love Organic.  This means that there will be even more to experience across the weekend. Check out the websites to see what it’s about: www.allergyshow.co.uk, www.lnlo.co.uk or www.v-delicious.co.uk and www.backpainshow.co.uk.
V Delicious 2014 will provide vegetarians, vegans and meat reducers with the a celebration of ‘meat free’ food, drink and living!

Event Details
Event                The Allergy & Free From Show                  
Dates                Friday 4 – Sunday 6 June 2014
Location            Grand Hall, Olympia, London


For FREE tickets visit this weblink and print out your tickets, saving you £10 on the door - www.allergyshow.co.uk/go/widecirclecooking!

Alternatively, anyone who books between 7 – 31 March can obtain 20% off a VIP ticket, which gets you goody bags, priority seating at the many talks, entry to the VIP lounge and more. Just use this code: MADmarchBLOGS