Posted by glutenfr | Posted in New products, parties, treats | Posted on 13-08-2012
Tags: convenience food, New products, treats
In only eleven more sleeps the Gluten Free Expo will descend on Sydney Olympic Park. We love this annual event which is supported by Coeliac NSW and ACT because it is FREE, because it plays host to some very interesting talks and demos – and because it is chock-full of yummy samples.
WHEN: 4pm – 8pm Friday August 24, 9am – 5pm Saturday August 25
WHERE: 1 Showground Road, Sydney Showground – Sydney Olympic Park
Meanwhile, here’s a round-up of some of the cool new products we’ve stumbled on or been sent recently…
CountryLife revamps its range
Those familiar gluten-free loaves suddenly looked completely different in our local supermarket this afternoon as CountryLife appeared to have introduced new packaging and updated recipes for its range of gluten free breads.
Our favourites have always been the gluten-free white, multigrain and Low GI – the latter of which was dairy free. Now all of these loaves seem to be marketed as dairy free (hooray!) and I bought the new low GI version (pictured) – and guess what – it was delicious!!!
It is much more like everyday bread in texture and taste which we’d all have agree is a fabulous development. But now the bad news… to replace the dairy, CountryLife has appears to have added almond meal (previously in the Low GI loaf) to more of their gluten free bread varieties – which is fine for most people – but obviously a big concern for those with nut allergies or for taking food to nut-free environments as you’ll find in an increasing number of schools.
[Since spotting the loaves on the aisles I have been trying to verify how many of their loaves now contain almond meal via their website - but they still seem to be displaying info for the old range there. My co-blogger Mandy said the white and multigrain say on the packet that almonds are listed as “may be present” - so while that certainly sounds unsuitable for anyone with nut allergies, I'm not exactly sure how this fits in to schools where nut products are not allowed - but you are allowed to bring products which: "may contain traces of nuts"].
The bakery also appears to have added the anti-mould preservative 282 to its loaves which a number of people have reported problems with – especially when exposed to it on a daily basis. (You can read more about that here on the Fed Up food intolerance website.) This preservative is most often found in wraps – but a few ordinary shop wheat loaves use it too – though many have phased it out.
So while we love the taste of the new bread – we are disappointed about the addition of 282 – as we don’t tolerate it well and may have to avoid our favourite loaf in future anyway because of the nut issue at school. We’ll be looking to catch up with CountryLife at the Gluten Free Expo to see if they have any preservative or nut-free products on offer – and we plan to post more on this topic soon. In the meantime, let us know what you think.
Springhill – the makers of one of our favourite bread mixes (The Real bread mix) – has done it again with a selection of treats you don’t even need to declare as gluten free to wheat eating friends and family.
As you can see I am using the pictures the company supplied. We did get sent some samples which I fully intended to photograph… but once those packets opened we couldn’t stop ourselves from gobbling them all up.
Their new selection includes rocky road, chocolate brownies and florentines. I can’t say which ones I liked best because they were all so darn yummy. These have been made exclusively for Coles ($4.99 per packet) so watch out for them in their health food (!) aisle.
(I have been keeping my eyes peeled – but no sightings yet – so let us know if you see them.)
Non peanut butter
Okay so peanut butter is not exactly loaded with gluten – but this gluten-free peanut butter-like spread from Eskal rates a mention, not only because it is completely nut-free – a boon for those with allergies – but it’s also delicious!
I’m a bit of a peanut butter fan so I agreed to trial this product, which is made from sunflower seeds, and I love it. I have the smooth and crunchy varieties and they make a great afternoon snack on a gluten-free crisp bread.
And lastly, here’s another small plug for our own new ‘Easy gluten-free lunchbox’ recipe download ($3.95). I know it is a bit cheeky mentioning it here in our own new products section – but it is a new product of sorts that we have been working hard on – and of which we are quite proud.
Inside you’ll find fun finger-friendly fare like sushi and skewers, and wherever possible we’ve attempted to supply shortcuts and guidance on the basics – like how to make a gluten-free sandwich taste great. (If you are wondering why we’ve put a small price tag on the download, it’s part of our philosophy to cover our running costs through revenue streams other than online advertising.)
But I will leave the review part up to one of our readers who recently downloaded it. Here is what they said:
“Thankyou – these ideas are fantastic! My 2 yr old son was diagnosed 7 weeks ago, and lunch is the meal that I am really struggling with…”
Lucy and Mandy