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It is not a secret that I absolutely love Rule of Crumb. I find the quality of their food exceptional and my fiancé will happily eat all of their food and not complain that it's gluten free, in fact their goujons are his favourite regardless of gluten or not!


I was fancying a takeaway on Friday, but with no chips shops near me doing gluten free on Fridays, I thought I'd just make it at home from what I have in the freezer. I had bought the Rule of Crumb fish fingers from Ocado a couple of weeks back so I thought I'd give them a go!

Retailing at £2.75, you receive 10 in a box which I found to be great because although the quality of the Rule of Crumb products are by far the best, not just for gluten free, this can increase the price making them a more occasional treat. Having a lower price point than other free from fish fingers but a larger quantity, these fish fingers are very competitive in the free from fish finger market. These are a great option if you want to try the quality of Rule of Crumb but are usually put off by the higher prices.

Cooked in the oven for 25 minutes, these fish fingers crisp up perfectly and are golden and very succulent. The cod inside is very flakey and moist. I have tried many gluten free fish fingers and in comparison I feel the fish content in these is much higher than the others. Three fish fingers are only about 165 calories too so are perfect for adults and children alike and I found this to be quite a good portion size!

Paired with mushy peas, chips and ketchup I found I had created the perfect fake-away, without breaking the bank too! James thinks they would be perfect as a fish finger sandwich too!

Hannah x


Feeding men is hard work! Salmon and salad doesn't always seem to cut it! Pie, mash and gravy is one of James' favourite meals so I thought I would try cooking something a little different to see if he would enjoy it. I decided to make a chicken pie, without gravy and instead I opted for a creamy sauce with mushrooms and onions.


  • Jus Rol Gluten Free Puff Pastry 
  • 1 Red Onion 
  • 1 Tin of Mushrooms 
  • 2-3 Cooked Chicken Breasts (these can be left overs or cooked the day before)
  • Flour 
  • 1 Cup of Chicken Stock 
  • 1/2 Cup Milk 
  • Butter
Chop the onion and place in a pan with the tin of mushrooms (drained) and butter to sauté. Once softened, add the chicken and then put in enough flour to just lightly coat everything. 

Add the cup of chicken stock and milk and cook until the sauce thickens slightly. I tend to put it on a mid heat for 5 minutes. 


Decant into a pie dish and place the puff pastry on top. Being pre-rolled this takes two minutes. Cut a hole in the top of the pie for air to escape and glaze with milk.

Put in the oven for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown. 

Serve with veg and mash (or just veg in my case!) 


This pie serves 4 people and is a great winter warmer in this cold weather! It is quite a quick meal too, which is always good in my eyes because unless you have the whole day, sometimes you want to just create something quick, healthy and filling! 

Hannah x 




Is it just me who always gets a couple of bananas left at the bottom of the fruit bowl which start to look a bit sorry for themselves? It doesn't matter how many or few I seem to buy, I never eat bananas quick enough. Being someone who hates waste, I decided to come up with something so that I did not waste them this time. This is when the 123 Gluten Free Pan Cake mix from Make it Gluten Free Ltd came to mind!


This spiced cake mix is intended to be created to a flavouring of your choice, whether that is carrot, courgette, apple or any other fruit/veg, this mix will make almost any cake! Of course I thought this would be perfect for my bananas!

For this mix all I needed was mashed banana, an egg, oil and water. There is a couple of advised recipes on the back of the box and which recipes work best for which substitutes, so if you take a look you should find advice on the fruit/veg that you choose!

This cake took about 30-40 minutes to bake in the oven and I just made sure it was golden brown. After letting the cake cool for a few minutes, I took a couple of slices out to try. Like most oil based cakes I found that it was very moist. I did think the combination of banana and oil may create a stodgy consistency when baked but thankfully it didn't, in fact the cake was very fluffy! I also found that the flavours of the cinnamon in the mix and banana worked well together, they were even and there wasn't one that overpowered the other, it was a good even bake!

You can purchase this mix from the Make it Gluten Free website for £3.50 and it makes a huge batch so I think it is fantastic value and so versatile to have in the cupboard just in case!

I would love to know if you have used this mix with anything else and how it turned out!

Hannah x
If you asked me what reminds me most of summers in my childhood, I would have to say visiting a National Trust House or Gardens and my grandparents ordering a cream tea in the cafe. They were often so huge that we shared one between the three of us! Raspberry jam, although not conventional, is my favourite jam to have with a cream tea, mainly because I can't always eat strawberry's, but also because I like the crunch of the pips! 


Seeing the Raspberry and Vanilla Jam in my hamper brought back those memories as I tend to associate vanilla with a creamy taste, so I thought it would go perfect with a bit of clotted cream and I just had to try it on the crumpets! 

So, I very simply toasted the crumpets for a couple of minutes and served them with the Hawkshead Relish Company's Raspberry and Vanilla Jam and some Clotted cream. Perfect for a late lunch or evening tea after a Sunday Roast! 

I personally thought that the crumpets worked as a fantastic replacement for a scone! Gluten free scones can be very dry and crumbly, whereas the crumpets are not, which means half your jam and cream doesn't end up covering you as parts of the scone fall apart!

I made this for myself and James and when I presented it to James he wasn't too sure of the idea of a cream tea without a scone. Nevertheless, he gave it a go and thoroughly enjoyed it! Even the gluten free crumpet and he is a gluten lover, much to my despair! So, to get a super positive reaction from him is really great!

I would love to know if you try this and what you think! 

Hannah x 

*Some products in this post were sent to me to try, all recipes, ideas and opinions are my own.   


On Monday I received a very exciting package from Newburn bakehouse inviting me to partake in their #Crumpetchallenge this February! When they reached out saying they were sending a hamper to me to get creative with their crumpets, I just couldn't wait to see what would be inside and what I could create out of it!

When I opened the package it was all in a lovely wicker basket and I found lots of lovely goodies! Here's what was in my hamper!


Of course the foremost item in this box was a pack of the gluten free crumpets! There was also a voucher to get another pack so they don't expire, an avocado and a banana!

The next thing that caught my attention was a raspberry and vanilla jam from the Hawkshead Relish Company, which in all honestly sounds like something I would eat straight from the jar! I love raspberry jams and vanilla flavoured anything so I think this would be perfect for me! There was also a lemon curd inside the hamper which is also one of my favourite preserves. James loves lemon curd too so I am sure he will have a few ideas for this!


There is also a sun-dried tomato paste by Epicure. Crumpet pizzas come to mind straight away with this but I am also going to try and find something a bit different to do with it too!

The last and if not the best item was the hand stamped butter knife. I actually have a small collection of hand stamped spoons and items as a lady who lives near my parents does it! She even made me 'I Can't Say I Do Without You' keyring's with our wedding date for my bridal party crackers. This extra gift is completely me and I love it so much!


Thank you Warburtons Newburn Bakehouse for such a lovely hamper and I can't wait to share the ideas I create over the next few weeks!

Hannah x

*These products were sent to me to try, all content and opinions are my own 
Since being gifted a new food mixer I have desperately wanted to try baking a loaf of bread using it! So I dug out the Delicious Alchemy brown bread mix from my packet mix box and thought I would give it go. Being a fan of their white bread I baked previously, I thought that this would be the best one to try it with as previously I was mixing them by hand and I wanted to see the difference!


For this mix you only need vegetable oil and water, so things that are in everyones cupboards really! For this recipe all you do is pop the mix, oil and water in the mixer and put it on a medium speed for 2.5 minutes. Then use a spatula to remove from edges and then mix again for 2.5 minutes on a medium speed.

Once that has been done, pop in a loaf tin and prove for 20 minutes. Bake for 80 minutes and you're done!

This pack retails at £2.49 and created a reasonable size crispy loaf. I tend to find that freshly baked bread always tastes better than a pre bought loaf, so although after adding the other ingredients and cooking this mix is on the pricier side for gluten free bread, I find that fresh baked taste cannot be beaten!

Although the loaf doesn't create huge slices, texturally it's fantastic, it holds together well and doesn't fall apart as you cut it. I find that sometimes a loaf you have to cut can be a bit more crumbly so I'm glad this one wasn't as I hate ending up with a pile of crumbs! Two slices were only around 110 calories too!


My favourite meal I created with this bread was avocado on toast with smoked salmon, although it was very basic this bread is perfect for this! All I do is toast the bread, smash avocado, black pepper, salt and chilli fakes on the top, add salmon and add a bit more pepper on top! Simple quick healthy brunch!

I would love to know if you have tried this mix and what you thought of it!

Hannah x
I think the January health kick has hit the Tesco near me, as all the naughty gluten free treats seem to be reduced! I'm not one to jump on the band wagon ... in other words I don't mind being a fatty! I picked up everything that everyone else is clearly trying to avoid at the minute!



So, what did I get?

Mcvities Gluten Free Chocolate Hobnobs
I'm not too sure why these were reduced as they are best before May! I love these though so when I saw that they were double reduced to half price at £1.10 a packet, I picked up the last one! I'm just hoping that Tesco carry on stocking these and it wasn't a sign of them being discontinued!

Hale & Hearty Honey Bee Cereal Bar & Hale & Hearty Coco Jungle Cereal Bar
These too were double reduced to make them half price! I have never had these before but I always thought they look intriguing! The bars are only 83/93 calories and have quinoa in them. They are also egg free and non GMO. The only downside I see is that they are really high in sugar, but as a sweet treat I don't mind too much!

Have you spotted some free from deals in your supermarket isles? I'd love to know!

Hannah x





Ever had that one meal as a kid where you just can't wait until your mum served it that evening? Well sunshine supper is mine. Thank goodness I can still eat it!

This is the quickest, easiest recipe and is super cheap to make too. I had to buy chargrilled chicken this time but it's best on a Monday night with the left over roasted chicken from the Sunday roast. The great thing about this recipe is a typical pack of rice serves two people and depending on how much meat you like in a dish, you can make this as meaty or as not meaty as you want as the ingredients do not need to be measured!


For two people you will need:

Roasted chicken
Frankferters
Bacon Lardons
One pack Golden rice - This can be any gluten free brand you want, my Mum used to use Bachelors, but this does have a may contain warning, so it is down to your own digression what you use! Uncle Ben's microwave pack and Birdseye steam bags are both gluten free and have no warning on the pack if you are unsure where to start looking!


Cook the bacon lardons in a frying pan whilst also cooking the frankfurters in a pan of water as well as the golden rice as per instructions.

Cut the frankfurters into chunks and place in a large bowl with the cooked chicken, bacon and the cooked rice. Mix and serve.

To serve to more people, just increase the amount of rice and add extra bacon, chicken and frankfurters. This recipe is very popular with kids as it similar to a paella just without such strong flavours and a slightly drier texture.

To add a twist you can always add some sliced mushroom in with the bacon when cooking to add something more if you'd like to use less meat. I really enjoy this but my fiancé isn't a fan of mushroom so I didn't add it this time!

Hannah x
I'm back today with another winter warmer. Being January I find that I like to cut back a bit on the rich indulgent foods and hopefully loose the few pounds inevitably put on over the festive season. So what's better than a beef stew packed with veg!

This recipe takes about 10 minutes prep and 30 minutes cooking so is a great quick warming meal.



To serve two you will need:

350g Diced beef (this is one small pack)
One onion
Two cloves of garlic
Two carrots
One baking potato
1 cup of frozen peas
Knorr beef stock
Pinch of rosemary and thyme (this is around 1/4 teaspoon I imagine)
Bayleaf
85-100g Tomato puree depending on how tomato flavoured you'd like
Rice, I use 1/4 cup of dried rice per person, but again this amount is personal preference

For this recipe I tend to dice all the veggies before I even start cooking. I find that this just works best for me!

So heres the recipe:

Brown off the beef in a pan and then remove and place to the side in a bowl.

Put the onion and the garlic in the pan the beef was in and soften. Before it browns, put in the stock made according to the instructions but with the tomato puree added. Then add the rosemary, thyme and the bayleaf.

Add the beef, potato, and veggies to the pan and simmer for 30 minutes with the lid on.

Whilst this is simmering, make however much rice you desire.

After 30 minutes the stew should be ready, so place the rice in a bowl and add the stew on top, remember to remove the bayleaf!

This quick, simple and cheap recipe is filling, nutritious and relatively quick to make. I Imagine it would slow cook just as well, just remember to make the stock more concentrated as the water will not evaporate! If slow cooked whilst at work you'll be able to get dinner on the table 5 minutes after getting home if you use microwave rice too!

Let me know your favourite winter dish

Hannah x

Christmas was made for baking! I love baking all year round but I find at Christmas it feels a little more fun and I also find I have more people to feed my bakes to!

I wanted to make these Delicious Alchemy ginger breads quite a while ago, but as my oven decided against it, we have only just made them this weekend! My best friend, Rosie, came over on Saturday and with prosecco and Christmas films in hand we decided to have a festive day!


This recipe is super simple like all DA's mixes and only takes a few minutes to mix together! After mixing, we rolled out the dough. Using some festive mini cutters we cut out a variety of shapes and popped them in the oven, just until they were golden. We managed to make about 30 mini cookies, which would be great for a buffet or share around an office!

Once out of the oven and cooled we decided to ice the cookies,at which point we realised icing biscuits is not our forte! But we had a few successful ones! We managed to salvage some candy canes and mittens from our awful icing!

Flavour wise, these gingerbreads are lovely with spicy and warm notes. There is a hit of sweetness from the golden syrup and I found that these biscuits have a good snap but aren't too hard.  This simple baking mix results in very successful biscuits and Rosie, who is not gluten free, really enjoyed them too!

This pack retails on the Delicious Alchemy website for £2.00 so is a very inexpensive way of catering this Christmas. ASDA sell pre-made gingerbread men, which comparatively are more expensive and not half as fun to make!

I'd love to know what you like baking at Christmas! I am hoping to make the stuffing from DA over the coming week!

Hannah x
Ham is a classic boxing day staple. If you are looking to mix it up this year but still want to serve pork and the typical roasted or boiled ham is becoming a bore, why not try pulled pork instead?

This super simple recipe doesn't even need much attention, so perfect for when you want to be socialising with friends and family, rather than standing over a stove all afternoon!



For the pulled pork recipe you will need:

  • Boneless Pork shoulder, as this is the best for pulled pork as it's easy to shred
  • Sweet Mandarin BBQ sauce, any will do but this one is gluten and nut free! 
  • Warburtons Newburn Bakehouse seeded sandwich thins (to make into sandwiches)
For this recipe the only tool you need is a slow cooker so minimal mess too! 

Put the pork shoulder, if you don't have a boneless one, remove the bones first, and place in the slow cooker on low for 8 hours

Once cooked, remove the pork and shred, ensuring you remove all fat. 

Drain the slow cooker of any liquids, place the pulled pork back in, mix in plenty of the BBQ marinade and put back on low for another hour. 

Once the timer goes off, that is it! Simple no fuss food! Perfect for parties if you bought £5 worth of  meat, it could easily serve up to 8 people. 

To serve I love pulled pork with the Warburton's sandwich thins which are free from dairy and gluten so this whole meal is suitable for those with gluten and dairy allergies as the Sweet Mandarin Marinade is also free from these allergens! 

Cook up some chips, make a salad and bring out all the left over party food from christmas day and enjoy! 

Hannah x   

*Some products in this post were sent to me to try, all recipe ideas and opinions are my own
The colder months have well and truly hit us and so I have been after more warming, filling comfort food. When I received the Warburton's Artisan Cob with Orange and Sultanas, I just knew that this was calling to be used in a recipe!

With half of the loaf I am going to make a bread a butter pudding, but as my oven decided to break down and I am currently waiting for a new part, I have had to get creative with a slow cooker, microwave and cooking torch!

Apple crumble is one of my favourite warming puddings and I am always looking for ways to add a little twist to traditional dishes. So when I saw that this bread is more sweet than savoury, I wondered if making the loaf into breadcrumbs would make a more sweet topping for a crumble rather than the more typical use of breadcrumbs in savoury foods, so I gave it a go!


So here is what I did!

You will need:
  • Two cooking apples
  • Brown sugar
  • Cinnamon 
  • Warburtons Newburn Bakehouse Artisan Cob with Orange and Sultanas

Method:

This recipe would more than likely work better in a oven but as I only had a slow cooker at the time this is what I did!

Chop the apples into squares, I like mine rather small but this is personal preference. 

Put the apple in a small pyrex dish and sprinkle sugar and cinnamon through the apples to sweeten. I do this unmeasured and when it looks enough I stop, but I would say I put about half a cup of sugar and half a teaspoon of cinnamon per two apples. 

Cut a slice from the centre of the loaf about an inch thick and with a blender or food processor blitz this into breadcrumbs. 

Mix the breadcrumbs with about half a cup of sugar. I tried this recipe without adding butter to this mix to see if a dairy free version is possible, and it worked well as the sugar binds the topping slightly but you could always add butter or a dairy free spread and combine this to create a breadcrumb consistency if you wanted a richer flavour and a more bonded crumble.

I then put this is the slow cooker for 2 hours, if you were using an oven I would give the crumble about 30-40 minutes. 

If cooked in the slow cooker the top will not have crisped as you would typically expect from an oven cooked crumble. To create this crispiness, sprinkle some extra brown sugar on the top and heat with a cooking torch.

Enjoy with custard or cream, this winter warmer will surely put a smile on the families faces! 

Hannah x   


*This product was sent to me to try, all recipe ideas and opinions are my own 




Now it's the first of December I think I can officially get Christmassy! Last week I was preempting the festivities by baking some chocolate cakes and adding some snowflake sprinkles!

Simple Mills are one of my favourite baking mixes when I want a quick bake. With all natural ingredients and being free from gluten, dairy and soy, these mixes are great for most dietary requirements.


Simple Mills mixes can be found on Make it Gluten Free Ltd's website and this particular pack retails at £5.20 and claims to make 12 muffins, although mine made 15, which after eggs and flavourings makes these about 50p a muffin. Which I think isn't too unreasonable!

To make these muffins all you need is eggs, oil and vanilla flavouring. Mix these together and then slowly incorporate the dry mix. Then bake until risen, which takes 20-30 minutes and that's all there is to it! The whole process only takes about 40 minutes.


In terms of frosting, I used a butter and cream cheese mix, of course these can be swapped for dairy free alternatives to create the same affect. In a bowl put 300g icing sugar, 50g butter, 125g cream cheese and 1/2-3/4 cup cocoa powder, depending on how chocolatey you would like it. You can also add some vanilla, but as there is quite a bit in the cake mix, I decided not to. Then just mix until it's a smooth icing. Spread or pipe onto the cakes. In the move I had misplaced my piping bags so I had to spread the icing this time! Then add sprinkles! Done!

I would say that these muffins do need a frosting to prevent them tasting too dry as the cupcake itself is quite dark in flavour. The icing gives it the lift it needs and if I had any I think they would have looked great with some edible glitter to finish them! Everything is better with a bit of glitter!

If you have baked this mix in any of the other ways suggested on the pack, I would love to know what you thought!

Hannah x

*This product was gifted to me to try, all opinions are my own
Cooking from scratch isn't something I have had much time for previously, but I am trying to make more of an effort to find time for it now I have my own kitchen. As it is getting a bit nippy in the air and I live with a guy who could eat for Britain, I have learnt fast that things need to be filling! So for my first attempt at cooking a hearty meal from scratch, I chose a beef pie, with a little help from Silly Yak on the pastry front!



The pie I made was actually a combination of recipes and a bit of winging it as I wanted to cook the pie filling in the slow cooker whilst I was at work!

So here is what I did!

Ingredients
400g Beef, diced
One onion
Beef stock cube
Parsley
Thyme
Salt and pepper
Silly Yak Pastry
Instant gravy
Veg of your choice

Very simply I sealed the beef in a frying pan and popped this in the slow cooker. I then added the onions to the pan and softened them, they were then popped in the slow cooker too.

Next I added half a teaspoon of parsley and thyme to the pot and salt and pepper to season.

Then make 1/2 pint of stock with one stock cube, I used Knorr stock cubes, but any gluten free stock cube would work!

This was then poured into the slow cooker pot and allowed to cool. Place in the fridge overnight.

The next day put the slow cooker on low for 4 hours to cook the pie filling, this makes the beef super tender!

Decant the mix into a pie dish, I recommend not adding all the stock as it would be quite watery and the beef has marinated in this mix for hours.

Roll out the Silly Yak pastry and place this on the top of the mix, if you remembered to buy eggs (unlike me), this is a good point to glaze with an egg wash, and cook for 30-40 minutes until the pastry is golden.

Make the instant gravy using a one parts of the left over stock and two parts water, I used the water from the veg I was boiling to make it even more tasty!

Serve with veg and mash! I only have veg with a pie but James likes mash too!

Hannah x



Whilst in Rye, James and I took a look in their Deli as it seemed bursting with some really interesting and unique food! As you would expect from a deli there were plenty of quiches, pies, cheeses and meats but also a wide range of cupboard foods, from crackers to boozy chocolates, there was something for everyone!

They had a huge range of different gluten free bits too, brands that I find it hard to get hold of or even some I had never heard of! The staff were also exceptionally helpful, they tried to help find products that may have been of interest to me and locate certain items they knew they had, it was a very refreshing shopping experience!

I could have bought so much but as we are moving soon I thought it would be best just to get a couple of bits and pop back there, maybe in the winter, I love shopping in small towns in the cold weather!


So here is what I chose;

RW Garcia Organic Veggie Tortilla Chips - £3.95
We love nacho nights and most Mexican food, so when I saw these and the blue tortilla chips, I knew I had to try one! In the end I decided on the veggie ones as the blue ones are meant to taste like normal tortillas, whereas these are spinach and garlic, beetroot and onion and carrot, tomato and sesame flavours. They sound really unique and tasty with some Mexican dips and fajitas!

Farmhouse Biscuits - Traditionally made English biscuits with chocolate chips - £3.95
Let's be honest, the packaging drew me to this product, particularly for Christmas! The whole styling spoke to me and I hope they taste as good as they look! I have had quite a few chocolate chip biscuits but these look crisp and buttery, so I'm hoping for great things!

If you are ever in Rye I would seriously suggest you pop in the Rye Deli and take a look around, I will certainly be going back for some of their fresh produce too!

Hannah x
It was surprisingly sunny on Sunday, so James and I headed over to Rye as we fancied browsing a seaside town. Of course no matter where we are, we are looking for free from goodies and all things kitchen related! Being full of independent shops I love Rye, as a small business owner myself I love supporting others running their unique and interesting business ventures!


If you know me in person you would know that the whole 50's era is something I am in love with so when I found the vintage kitchen shop, Jane Wicks Kitchenalia, I couldn't resist having a look! I honestly wanted to buy one of everything but I was reserved and chose an up-cycled tray which was painted pink for £14. I am so in love with it! The pastel pink suits the style of our flat and our wedding so it can be used in both! I thought it would be lovely to pop confetti bags or pre made sweetie favours on our pick and mix table!


The vintage shop next door had old school 1/3 pint milk bottles for £3. My dad had told me for years how he used to get milk at school in these small 1/3 pint bottle and were one of his found memories of being a child, so I couldn't resist as I saw a new prop potential! I was tempted to buy more but I was just wasn't too sure where I would put them all! But nevertheless I love it all the same!

I would love to know if you know any seaside towns or small towns like Rye, I love anything like this so I would love to know more places to go!

Hannah x