Ombar Buttons

OmbarButtonsIngredients – coconut sugar, raw cacao mass, raw coconut cream, cocoa butter, vanilla, bacillus coagulans GBI- 30 6086.

We are a quite glutinous here at Allergy Towers. In fact, this entire blog is just a justification for me to be eating yummy things constantly. So you know there is a problem when something is left uneaten here. I hated these coconut chocolate buttons so much that I left them in the fridge after eating one (I am starting to think that me and raw coconut are just not that in to each other). Allergy Dad rescued them. He ate one – “it’s like a Bounty button. These are nice. Oh hang on, that is one awful aftertaste. ” He tried a second one and then they got abandoned in the fridge again. The next step is to chuck them in the bin. This has never happened before…

The Primal Pantry Hazelnut & Cocoa Raw Paleo Bar

Hazelnut_Bar-500x182Ingredients – dates, hazelnuts, almonds, cocoa powder, vanilla powder, almond oil.

I couldn’t get a photo of this bar (I took the photo from The Primal Pantry website). I ate it as a snack during the break at my first Tai Chi workshop. Obviously, as I was meeting a new group of people, I wanted to be undercover and pass as “normal”. I thought photographing a snack bar might be a bad first impression.

Anyway, moving on from my neuroses, this bar was yummy. Sweet but not cloying; it provided an energy boost to get me through the second half of the session.

Fiery Worcester Sauce & Sun-dried Tomato Propercorn

FWS_sharing_web-335x335Ingredients – hand popped corn, rapeseed oil, sugar, tomato, sun-dried tomato, salt, cayenne & pimento pepper, dried glucose syrup, yeast extract, malt vinegar, onion, citric acid, garlic, natural flavourings.

Not that great. Like flaccid Nice ‘n’ Spicy Nik Naks. Obviously, I ate the whole packet, but I did it under sufferance.

Ohso Good Chocolate.

Ingredients – cocoa mass, sugar, cocoa butter, soya lecithin, Lactobacillus helveticus and Bifidobacterium longum (microencapsulation: vegetable fatty acids, maltodextrin), natural vanilla flavouring.

Allergy Little recently had a course of some high dose antibiotics. I wanted him to have some probiotics afterwards so his gut was repopulated with “good” bacteria. Unfortunately, most probiotic products contain dairy.

So I was really pleased to find probiotics in dairy-free, Ohso good chocolate. Chocolate that is good for you. Chocolate that comes in packs of seven because you are supposed to have one a day. Chocolate that tastes great. Chocolate that comes in cute little wrapped bars. Be still my beating heart.

I am not really sure if the probiotic aspect has helped, although he seems very healthy now. Allergy Little enjoys the chocolate and it’s just the right size for his lunch box so we have added this to our “foods that we buy regularly” list.

Tobia Teff

I am really excited to have tried a new cuisine at the Free From show. Tobia Teff sell Ethiopian food. They mainly concentrate on products made from Teff flour, which is naturally gluten free. Tobia Teff’s samples were so yummy that I bought some enjera to take home with me. sinjera%20-%20Copy-258x245

Enjera is a large (very large; about 50 cm diameter) flat bread made from fermented Teff flour. It had a spongy texture and is a very sour dough. I made two mini wraps: one with Tartrex mushroom pate, and the other with avocado and houmous. I really enjoyed them both. Allergy Little ate his with peanut butter. I was surprised he liked it as it is a very unusual (for us as Brits), sour taste, but he scoffed the lot! Now, I am curious about trying more Ethiopian food and I am wondering if this could be a surprising, gluten free eating out hit!

Le Veneziane tagliatelle

Photograph – Le Veneziane tagliatelle with garlic cheese and bacon.  Also, chard and spring onions picked fresh from our veg plot.

Ingredients – corn flour, emulsifier: mono and diglycerides of fatty acids of vegetable origin.

Good quality, but expensive Italian pasta.

Bionita gluten free gnocchi (Tomato flavour)

Gnocchi Ingredients – rehydrated potato, corn flour, potato starch, corn starch, tomato, rice flour, salt, lactic acid, sorbic acid.

These are just like regular gnocchi. I couldn’t really taste the tomato at all, but it did colour the gnocchi a pleasant pale red.

I ate the gnocchi with Zest vegan pesto and Veganamigo pizza cheese (and a cup of tea because I am British).  I can honestly say that I did not miss the gluten or the animal products at all.