Review- Silly Yak Pastry

Yes you have read the title correctly. Silly yak (coeliac get it?) is a brand of fresh, ready to roll pastry.  The lovely folk of the company offered me some to have a trial with, so I said yes to see what I could come up with.   Before we even start I love the packaging, it has a yak on the box, what more could you want? 

 
  So my first idea was an easy, cheats gluten free Danish pastry. The pastry is a puff pastry so I thought is would work well. I cut out 10×10 cm squares, put 2 blobs of custard and 2 apricot halves, then folded operate corners in, egg washed and cooked for roughly 10-15 minutes at 180. 

  I was impressed, you don’t get as big a rise as traditional puff pastry- you won’t there’s no gluten. But you do get a lovely light pastry with a good crisp to it.  The taste is lovely, ( well very moreish) and worked well as a sweet pastry. You could add some sugar- I didn’t but I don’t personally think it altered the taste being plain at all. 

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For my savoury attempt I tried a quiche, blind baking the case first, it was all A ok, no rise as such because of the weight of the baking beans, and no holes that the filling could escape through either. Another point to make is that this pastry rolls and handles well. You will need a well floured surface and rolling pin, as its a little sticky at first. I should also add that it was a great tasting quiche with no soggy bottom in sight- always a bonus. 

  
  You can purchase Silly Yak from Tesco, for £1.75 a pack. I also like this point, in a market where free from can be very expensive, this is reasonable. So will I be using Silly Yak again? Yes I will, it’s a great versatile product that tastes lovely. 

Have you tried Silly Yak? What goodies did you make with it? 

Disclaimer: I was sent this product to review, all opinions are my own. 

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Naturelly Competition


You may all remember that I’m a big fan of these little lovelies.  I say me, but mini me really loves her juice drinks.  You can read our review of them Here. They are gluten, dairy and nut free, and only 36 calories. Perfect for an on the go drink.  

Anyway the big news is that Naturelly are winners- this clever product won Best Toddler Snack at the Loved By Parents awards.  They have also gone on sale this year in Boots.

To celebrate this, and to give all our lovely followers a chance to try this for yourselves, I have teamed up with Naturelly to give one lucky winner a months supply of Naturelly Juice drinks. Fear not 10 runners up will also win 10 vouchers to be used in Boots for free ( yes free) Naturelly pouches. Not bad hey?

To enter just click Here

Thought of the day- Mini Break Ideas. 

It’s that time of day, the tribe are asleep, I’m awake and I start thinking (procrastinating some may say). I mean today that’s a little white lie, my mind’s wondered due to bridesmaid dress searching – and I’ve still not found the right dress for my besties, and all shades of pink have now blurred into one. I need a break…..

  
This sparked my next thought, we still haven’t booked a honeymoon and I found myself thinking about what would be the ideal getaway for us, and I include mini me, she is a huge part of us and I couldn’t leave her behind. She’d climb into my suitcase anyway, my efforts would be fruitless. We get married on October 23rd in case you were wondering. 

We’ve been together for 15 years and are fortunate to have traveled to some fabulous places. Pre child I’d have said are perfect getaway would have been (the possible clique ) of a Caribbean all inclusive, but we’ve done the piña coladas on the beach, and the drunken Ibiza antics ( less said about that the better) and now we think something like exploring and family adventure would be more our thing. 

What’s more I cannot forget how exciting it will be discovering new places and things with Lily-Rose, the eyes widen, the smile beams and my heart melts every time she discovers something new. 

  
Considering we are getting married in the autumn, i can’t help feeling a UK based mini break would be perfect. I’m ashamed to say there are so many places in the UK I’ve not seen. I love the autumnal colours, the sense that change is own the way, my ever longing hope we will see snow in the forthcoming winter ( yes I know I’m a big kid at heart). The Lake District or Peak District spring to mind as a possible contender. 

We live in the country, my daughter is a true country bumpkin, and somewhere with walks, horses ( big favourite at the moment) and a cosy log fire would be amazing. Not forgetting that since we live in the Midlands, somewhere costal is always my first choice. I originiate from Cornwall, ( I’m biased I guess when I say it’s my favourite place to go) and Hef from North Wales so the sea and beach are things we don’t see too often, but gets squeals of delight from all of us when we do. I always seem to find myself suggesting the south west, I guess it’s the home bird in me. That said the Isles of Scilliy is somewhere we have not explored, but is on the list. In my head there would be fantastic rock pools to delve in, plus the enevitable funny photo of Hef ( and it will be Hef) getting pinched by a crab, costal walks and beautiful scenery to see. Plus it’s a small plane trip which will also be mini me’s first experience. 

I’m not stupid either, other things we look for is a swimming pool or indoor entertainment if the weather takes a turn.  Those of you with children know 1 hr of a bored child is like a week in real time. 

Ironic as it is, whilst I’m writing this post, a few days without iPads and social media and endless calls would be bliss. Proper family time for us all to re connect is something that can be overlooked, it’s easy to get into routine, but something I think is so so important, time out from our busy schedules would be lovely. 

I know what your all thinking. I cannot not mention food, it’s a foodie blog after all.  Well sea food is a winner, and one thing none of us are allergic to. Usually we go for self catering due to multiple allergies, but my ideal is always to find an understanding hotel that is willing to cater to our needs. They do exsist, you just need to do your homework. Mind you I’m always prepared and never let things like this hold us back or stop us from visiting places.

  
So there you have it our perfect getaway sun (maybe), sea ( definitely) and adventure and memories (always).
This post is in part written for Joules Explorers blogging competition. Why don’t you have a go yourself? 

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Review Newburn BakeHouse Crumpets

It’s fair to say that this year has seen the launch of a whole host of new free from products. I’m not complaining, more choice is always a good thing. I was quite excited to hear the Newburn BakeHouse ( the gluten free side of Warburtons) were launching a new crumpet. 

  
Now along with trying to perfect my own, I’m not there yet but bear with me, the other crumpets out there are M&S (horrid) and Genius ( taste ok but funny texture) so I was wondering what are these going to be like. I mean in my head the bar was fairly high as I love Newburns artisan loaves so I’d assumed these would be the same high standard. The texture is very similar to their ordinary crumpets, and they toasted well, I personally like my crumpet crispy ( no puns please) so double toasted it, and went old school with just butter on. They are hands down the best I’ve tasted. They are like actually proper crumpets, no crumbly texture or stodgy mass but a proper tasty breakfast or teatime treat. 

  
  My only fault is they are expensive £2 for 4 crumpets but it’s matched with genius and given the choice between the two I’d be picking these. So would I buy them again- too right but I’ll be hiding them from the other half or he’d scoff them all in an instant. I should add they are available from Tesco and Sainsburys stores. 

Disclaimer: I purchased these myself, all views are my own and honest. 

Chocolate Courgette Cake 

Since I’ve gone all good life ( as my friends tell me) my garden is in full produce production. Courgettes are one such thing that I have a glut of. There are only so many ratatouilles that you can eat, although I’d be lying if I said I didn’t like them, so on went the thinking cap and amongst other things a courgette cake was one of my ideas. 

  
Now don’t be put off by thinking ( baby George style) “yuck, veg in a cake” you cannot tell and the sponge is wonderfully moist. This is great as my version is gluten free as well, which can have a tendency to dry out, but the moisture from the courgette gives the cake a fudgy texture. It’s great warm as a pudding with some kind of creamy addition or with your afternoon cup of tea. 

I topped it off with a dark chocolate ganache which works well- be warned though your kids get plastered in it. Mind you its a win win as licking the bowl does keep them quiet for a while. I take no responsibility for the messy chops and clothes though. 

Ingredients 

  • 350g self raising flour ( I used Doves farm gluten free) 
  • 50g Cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp mixed spice 
  • 1/2 tsp xanthan gum
  • 300g caster sugar 
  • 3 eggs 
  • 175 ml melted coconut oil 
  • 2 medium courgettes grated 
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract 

Method 

  • Preheat the oven to 180 C and line a 24cm cake tin. 
  • Grate your courgette and set aside.
  • In a bowl sift together the flour, cocoa, mixed spice and xanthan gum. 
  • Mix the eggs with the sugar and melted oil and vanilla extract and then fold in the courgette. 
  • Combine wet and dry ingredients and pour into your cake tin.
  • Cook for roughly 40 minutes or until your inserted skewer comes out clean. 

If you want to make a ganache place 200g of chocolate ( I used kinnerton)  in a bowl Andreas until boiling point 100 ml of double cream.  Pour this over the chocolate and stir well. Once the mixture has cooled and thickened then pour on top of your cake.