Review- Tesco Free From Instant Rice Noodles

I’ve never been a pot noodle fan, but in fairness it’s been so long now I cannot remember what they taste like. ( I’m assuming I’m not missing much?)  so I was a bit skeptical when I noticed these new instant rice noodle pots in Tesco Free From range the other day, but I was in a rush and thought well why not?

  
  They seemed ok for the fat and sugar content, so not too bad for a quick lunch on the go. It’s easy to prepare-empty contents into pot, pour on water, put lid on and then leave for 4 minutes et voila. 

I was amazed, the cardboard like noodles had transformed into long ribbons of rice noodle, that in fairness looked quite appealing, in a lazy sort of way. 

My tip is give it a good stir, my first mouthful was horrid, it just tasted bland, but a good mix brings out the flavour. The curry isn’t like a cheap  curry sauce flavour either, there is spice, and heat. It’s warming and satisfying all in a mouthful. 

  
I have to say I’m impressed, and although I would not want to eat them all the time, as a quick and satisfying lunch option these pots are very good. It’s encouraging to find a savoury product in a free from range that covers other allergies to – these are also dairy free. So thumbs up Tesco, keep up the good work. 

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Tesco Free From Dough Mix Review/ Recipe 

   I spotted this packet in the free from aisle of my local Tesco along with a new pancake mix as well. The packaging caught my eye – well the dough balls on it if I’m honest. It’s been years since I’ve had anything like the ones I can vaguely remember from the likes of Pizza Express and at £1.20 I thought it was good value so why not? 
 I should add the mix can be used to make either pizza bases or dough balls. The method of making either is the same. It’s so easy as well, even the most kitchen shy could make these. 

Method

  • Tip the contents of the packet into your mixer (or bowl) 
  • I added a crushed garlic clove and finely grated cheese 
  • Add 100mls of warm water and 1tbs of olive oil
  • Mix until a dough is formed. For the pizza , once shaped the dough needs to prose for 30 minutes. 
  • Shape into a base or dough balls, the packet said 8 although I made 6. 
  • Cook in a preheated oven at 200C / 180 C fan for 30 minutes of until golden brown. I admit in this try they are very golden, next time I will check after 25 minutes 

  

So how are they? They were lively and crispy on the outside with a warm, soft bread in the centre, and in my opinion much better than the pre made frozen ones that Tesco sell. On my next attempt I am going to try putting mozzarella in the centre for a cheesy dough ball, and I’m yet to try as a pizza base, but for the price and texture/ taste I will be buying this again. Oh and I nearly forgot its both gluten and dairy free to. 

Have you tried this or the pancake mix yet? Let me know your thoughts in the comments box. 

 Gluten Free Chocolate Profiteroles  Cheesecake 

Yes indeed you have read the title correctly. It was my birthday last Sunday, and I had a minor lapse, falling of the refined sugar free band wagon (in these circumstances guilt isn’t an option). It was in for a penny, in for a pound so I had bubbly to, but back to the point, I feel I’m digressing. 

I thought long and hard and decided this isn’t something you see too often, but it tastes amazing, and whilst I wouldn’t recommend it every week, it’s great for that once a year treat. ( I’ve not worked out calories per slice I don’t want to frighten myself or my readers). Even better it is a non bake cheesecake, so more assembly work rather than actual cooking. 

  

Ingredients For 20 cm tin 

  • 200 g digestive biscuits (I used gluten free) 
  • 45 g butter 
  • 100g caster sugar
  • 160 ml double cream
  • 160g dark chocolate ( I used Kinnerton
  • 2tbs Cocoa powder
  • 300 g cream cheese 
  • 1-2 boxes of Tesco gluten free profiteroles 

Method

  • I cheat put all you biscuits and butter ( don’t bother melting) into a food processor, pulse until you have a damp looking biscuity rubble. 
  • Tip this into your cake tin, spring form works best, and flatten with tbe back of a spoon. 
  • Leave to harden for at least an hour in the fridge. 

To make the cheesecake 

  • Melt the chocolate and let it cool
  • Whip the cream until it forms soft peaks, add the cooled chocolate and cocoa powder and combine well. 
  • Whisk together the sugar and cream cheese until well combined. 
  • Fold this into the chocolate mixture and spread onto your now hardened biscuit base. 
  • Leave for atleast an hour ( 4 hours is my time of choice) to set. 

  
To serve I arranged the defrosted profiteroles on top of the cheesecake and used Choc Shot by Sweet Freedom for the sauce.  Please feel free to make your own profiteroles, I’ve still not perfected my recipe  hence why I cheated. Any tips on choux pastry that is gluten free then please share- I’m all virtual ears. 

  

Review, Carl The Caterpillar Cake from Tesco 

Yes it’s called Carl, yes I’m 32, no I don’t care. It was my birthday yesterday and having seen this cake being advertised, and being gluten free my inner child said I needed one.  Off I went on a mission to find said insect friend. Guess what I found one to. 

  
Carl is £6, serves 12 and is a chocolate cake, covered in fondant With chocolate buttercream sandwiching it all together. As a tip I found it in the Free From section of Tesco and not with the other cakes in the bakery department. 

The packaging is bright and eye catching, perfect for all age groups ( the new Easter packaging on hot cross buns is great as well), it even comes on a cake board so can be served straight away. All good bonus points. But really we are all waiting for the taste test. 

  
There is a lot of fondant on this cake, which I confess I found very sweet, so ended up picking it off. The cake itself is moist with a fairly generous amount of butter cream and a good chocolate flavour of the actual sponge cake. On the whole I liked it, although It was probably a bit too sweet for me. I do admit I had a minor wobble on eating it when I saw the sugar content, but for a birthday treat and bike ride later I can take it. 

  
I can see this will be a winner for children, and it means that no one will be left out and also a godsend for those of us who can’t/ don’t like icing cakes. It’s worth mentioning though that it is unsuitable for nut allergy sufferers – don’t worry I didn’t eat in and glout in front of mini me. I bought a just free tray bake the is 100% nut free. 

So there we have it, not a bad product and good value for money. Have you found and tried this cake yet? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below.