All posts tagged: gluten free

Beany Green – Bringing the Lunch Box to Life

Where Beany Green, London What Beany Green has opened a flagship cafe in the new Broadgate Circus development tucked behind Liverpool Street Station. Experience Australian born Prue Freeman and her English partner Tom Onions gave it all up to bring hand crafted coffees to the City in 2012. Now launching their filth venue, Beany Green offers a larger city venue with tables located around the open-aired terrace of Broadway Circus, prefect for people watching. Forget those soggy sandwiches and boring packaged salads. Beany Green is on a mission to revolutionise the diet of the average city worker with their bold, healthy food offerings and perfectly roasted coffee. Order a Beany Green Salad Box packed full of your choice of three freshly prepared, daily-changing salads devised by Ottolenghi-trained Executive Chef Tricia Jadoonanan – yummy! Beany Green screams ‘upbeat Melbourne cool’ without being pretentious. OH – and it has a trick up its sleeve. It’s open in the evening to stir and shake the most incredible cocktails. The Espresso Martini is made with freshly poured coffee house …

Running in Heels Review: La Clairière, Alsace

This was originally posted on Running in Heels following a press stay at La Clairière in Alsace. Even in the dim evening light, the quaint villages between Strasbourg and eco spa hotel La Clairière are a fairytale feast of delicate gabled roofs and charming crooked cottages. Further on, as you speed  through dark forests, the impression grows stronger until, suddenly, La Clairière looms up out of the foliage like Rapunzel’s tower. I, however, had not come to eat enchanted gingerbread or drink magical wine – or indeed, anything approaching either of those at all. Instead, I was here for a detox programme, one of the many wellness programs offered by the Alsace-based spa hotel. Three days, scores of treatments, four-course detox lunches and dinners and unlimited use of the spa – I was ready to go. First though, I headed upstairs to check out my room, which was far more traditional than the brightly coloured communal seating area downstairs and equipped with twin beds, a living space with a sofa, two balconies, a TV, mini bar and kettle with …

Prezzo Summer Menu

Al fresco dining in London is a bit of a sore point for me. Whenever we see a bit of sun, althgouh let’s be honest that’s quite rare in this country, all I want to do is head to a nice restaurant and sit outside basking in the sunshine. The problem is that everyone else in the city has the same idea, so I always find that the outdoor spaces are mobbed. So I was really looking forward to trying Prezzo last Friday evening. It was one of the hottest evenings of the year and we were booked on a table outside on the small but cute terrace on North Audley Street. Prezzo has just launched a new summer menu, which includes a range of small plates, including dishes such as Soufflé with Beetroot Confit, Grilliad Asparagus and Prosciutto Ham and a Tomato and Mozzarella salad. Diners can choose one plate for £5.25, three for £14.95 or five for £19.95. We enjoyed an Antipasto platter to start – prosciutto ham, salami milano, spicy ventricina salami, buffalo …

#NewTradition #11 – Gluten Free Lavazza Espresso Chocolate Brownies

Ok, I know. The other day I admitted to you that I gave up my gluten free diet for my strawberries and cream cake at the weekend. I hadn’t planned to, honestly. And I can prove it to you; because I also baked some gluten free Lavazza Espresso Chocolate Brownies. Gluten free living isn’t hard at all, especially when you know what you are looking to avoid. There are so many other options out there, just as delicious, believe it or not. I recently posted about Andy Murray’s gluten free diet helping his performance on court, citing that mine had also improved since giving it up. These Lavazza espresso brownies are really delicious. My boss even declared that it could possibly be the best chocolate brownie he has ever tasted. The flour is replaced with ground almonds, which is one of my favourite baking ingredients. Almonds are also a great pairing for coffee so this combination worked really well. I took them out of the oven slightly earlier as I love a gooey brownie but …

Gluten Free Lemon and Polenta Cake

I can’t count how many times I have baked this cake over the last few months. It has become a staple in my household and is definitely one of the best cakes I have ever baked. Better still, it’s gluten free so I can eat as much of it as I like! Gluten Free Lemon and Polenta Cake Ingredients 200g unsalted butter 200g golden caster sugar 200g ground almonds (I grind my own, skin on) 100g fine or coarse polenta 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder (I use Doves gluten free) 3 large eggs zest of 2 lemons For the syrup Juice of 2 lemons 150 g golden icing sugar Method 1. Cream the butter and sugar until pale and fluffy 2. Mix the polenta, ground almonds and baking powder in a bowl 3. Add the dry mix and eggs, alternating as you go and ending with the dry mix 4. Add the lemon zest 5. Pour into a prepared cake tin and bake for 35 – 40 minutes, or until a skewer comes out clean …

Kitchen Parties – Rack & Ruin Review

As the sun set over London last night, Lucy and I approached a large Victorian corner building with black painted windows. We were to spend the evening at Kitchen Parties, an immersive dining, drinking and entertainment concept. We entered into The Fourth Wall, the cocktail bar area, and sipped on a delicious lychee cocktail while we waited to be called to the table. The restaurant we chose to dine at was Rack & Ruin and we were to enjoy a ‘hearty three course banquet of delicious medieval style preserves and meats cooked on an open grill’. When we eventually made it into the dining room, we were seated at a long banqueting table and told to visit ‘Peter’ with our wooden board (plate) so that he could carve us some meat. We could see the large open grill in front of us, which was adorned with huge chunks of barbecued meat, cooking away right in front of our eyes. Our visit to Peter was surreal. A shady character, Peter pulled pieces of meat from the …

Gluten Free Snacking – Metcalfe’s skinny topcorn

Last summer I went gluten free for three months. I took an intolerance test from YorkTest and it came back with my worst nightmare – I shouldn’t consume too much dairy, almonds or egg white and I should cut out gluten completely. To be honest I never thought I’d last three months but I did. And despite my reservations it wasn’t that hard. I crumpled towards the end of last year when I went on holiday to Barcelona but from today I will be going gluten free again. One snack that I don’t have to say goodbye to is popcorn. I was sent a bag of the newest flavour from Metcalfe’s skinny topcorn a couple of weeks ago and I think I have found my new favourite flavour – Sweet Cinnamon Spice. I love it because it satisfies my sweet tooth and the bonus is that it comes in at only 117 calories. Metcalfe’s skinny topcorn Sweet Cinnamon Spice is exclusively available at Waitrose.