Happy Mothers Day


Just a quick post to wish all the mums out there a Happy Mother’s Day. My mum sacristy requested a hand-made cushion as her Mother’s Day present, knowing for well that I can’t sew. So instead I would like to dedicate this post to my wonderful mum. She has always been there for me and encouraged me to work to the best of my ability. She is and always will be the person that I inspire to be. I wouldn’t be blogging if it wasn’t for my mum. She encouraged me to take the plunge into the world of blogging. She attends events as my assistant trying and reviewing her gluten free finds. So thanks mum, you’re simply the best and I am exceedingly lucky to have you😊.
P.S The teacup you got me for my blog is still one of the best gifts I have ever received.

Review of Newburn Bakehouse Gluten Free Crumpets

It can be very difficult to find a dairy free food to have as a light snack. A snack that I do enjoy as an occasional treat is crumpets. They are a quick and easy warm snack that can have a nice topping to add that little extra to tide you over until dinner. Sadly most crumpets contain milk and are therefore not suitable for dairy free me. So when I popped into a local supermarket I headed straight to the free from section to see if there were any I could try. Sure enough I found crumpets by Newburn Bakehouse which are made by Warburtons. They were both gluten free and milk free. So I decided to give them a try for lunch and save the rest later for a snack.
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I liked the simple clear packaging to the top allowing you to see the crumpets inside. I also liked the bright orange colour scheme with the blue section clearly highlighting that they are gluten free. Onto the ingredients list egg is highlighted as an allergen and there is no may contain warning. They are also suitable for a vegetarian diet.
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On opening the packet I wasn’t really greeted by an aroma and this didn’t change on my close up sniff test. If I’m honest it’s hard to describe the aroma of a crumpet. What I was surprised by was the size of the crumpets. They were monsters much bigger than other crumpets that I have previously tried. I would only need one of these for my lunch. Onto the texture of these crumpets they looked slightly stodgy on the top and crunchy and slightly blackened to the bottom. On touching the crumpet they were springy to touch from the top and firm and slightly hard to touch underneath.
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I placed my crumpet in the toaster and toasted it for 2 minutes. The texture of the crumpet hadn’t really changed on touching compared to it untoasted. The aroma hadn’t changed either. I choose to have a little jam on mine as a naughty treat. On biting into the crumpet I initially experienced two different textures. Initially it was light and slightly springy followed by a slight crunch from underneath. On further bites the crumpet was slightly gooey and stodgy in texture. It reminded me of rice that is a little over cooked and goes a little gooey. This wasn’t s negative for me as I quiet like this. On checking the inside of the crumpet the texture was actually quiet similar to this. Onto the flavour it tasted just like a regular crumpet. So that’s a big thumbs up to Newburn Bakehouse.
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So would I recommend these crumpets? Yes I would. The larger size is a big bonus as it meant I only needed to eat one. The combinations of the two textures worked really well together. The fact that they taste like a regular crumpet is a big plus. So if you follow a dairy free and or gluten free diet why not give these crumpets a try. So thank you Newburn Bakehouse for making a crumpet that I can enjoy.

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Review of Ace Tea London Hot Ginger Green Tea

As a lady who enjoys her cups of tea on a daily basis I am always on the lookout for new teas to try. Yet for some unknown reason I tend to drink very little green tea. This is strange as it is a great tea to be enjoyed milk free so it is therefore perfect for dairy free me. I have tried a couple of brands of green tea of varying qualities. So when Ace Tea London contacted me and asked if I would like to try and review their hot ginger green tea I of course said yes.


I liked the packaging of this tea from its light green theme with an ace to centre of the front of the box. I liked the touch of the ace cut out to the side of the box allowing you to see the tea stockings inside. Onto the ingredients list mint leaf and green tea are listed. No allergens are highlighted and there is no may contain warning.

On opening the box it emitted a strong and inviting ginger aroma. I had yet to open the plastic packaging in which the tea was stored. On opening this the aroma of the ginger intensified slightly. It was a lot stronger compared to the other ginger teas that I have previously tried. This intensified slightly on my close up sniff test. At which point I was able to smell the grassy undertones from the green tea.


I placed my tea stocking into my teacup and added slightly cooled freshly boiled hot water. The water soon changed to the light brown / greenish colour. I immediately hit with a strong ginger aroma. I infused the tea for the recommended steeping time what was really noticeable was how strong the ginger aroma had become. The grassier slightly woody aroma that I associate with green tea was present but was very faint and only on my close up sniff test. On sipping the tea my taste buds immediately got the kick from the strength of the ginger which seemed to cut through the subtle grassiness that I associate with green tea. Both flavours complimented each other nicely. Now I personally love my ginger teas but this has to strongest I have tried and I loved it. I experienced a warm comforting feeling in my stomach from the ginger, whilst the green tea somehow made it light and refreshing at the same time.

So would I recommend this ginger tea? Definitely. I loved both the strong aroma and flavour to this tea. The strong ginger flavour perfectly balances with the slight grassiness from the green tea resulting in a nice refreshing punchy tea. So if you are either a ginger or green tea fan why not give this tea a try. So thank you Ace Tea London Tea for producing a nice ginger tea that I can enjoy.
Disclaimer: I received a free sample of this tea to try. All the opinions in this post are honest and my own.

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Review of the True Tea Club Subscription Box

Now I am a girl who loves her cups of tea. Not a day goes by when I don’t help myself to a cup of tea. It’s fair to say it’s an integral part of my daily routine. Blogging has enlightened my tea palate encouraging me to try a variety of new teas. I have heard of tea subscription boxes but hadn’t really thought about giving it a try. So when I was lucky enough to receive a free monthly subscription box of The True Tea Club teas I admit to being a tad unsure of what to expect. The True Tea Club is a York based company who pride themselves on their huge selection of loose leaf teas, striving to discover new teas from around the globe to help them keep creating unique blends. The box itself was a brown letterbox sized cardboard box that had True Tea Club on it. The size of the box is perfect as it fits nicely through the letterbox which is always a big plus for me.

Onto the contents within the box. You get as four packets containing four tea different blends, four reusable tea bags and information cards and leaflets. I personally liked the leaflet with the generic brewing instructions for the different types of tea. Specific steeping instructions for each tea are found on the front of each tea packet. I have to say the reusable teabags got a big thumbs up for me as it meant that I could take the tea to work. I was very kindly sent the True Tea Club February 2017 box, which contained: Earl Grey Rebel Loose Leafed Tea, Rainbow Chaser Peppermint Tea, Mighty Mango Green Tea, and Vanilla Cupcake Rooibos Loose Leafed Tea.

Earl Grey Rebel Loose Leaf Tea
I choose this tea first as it is one of my favourite teas. It is described as having a rich taste of Assam leaves mixed with bergamot and orange flavouring. There are no allergens highlighted in the ingredients list or no may contain warning. On opening the packet I was greeted by a strong citrus aroma from the orange and lemon. I struggled to smell the bergamot or cornflower. I added freshly boiled water to the tea and infused as instructed. I was a little disappointed by the aroma even on my close up sniff test I struggled to smell the bergamot that I associate with earl grey. On sipping the tea it was sadly the same. The citrus element overpowered the bergamot but this was still quiet weak. I love a cup of a nice cup of earl grey but this simply lacked any really flavour or aroma.

Rainbow Chaser Peppermint Tea
It is described as a magical concoction of apple pieces, blackberry leaves, peppermint, and orange peel. There are no allergens highlighted in the ingredients list or no may contain warning. On opening the packet I was greeted by a pleasant peppermint aroma but struggled to smell the other elements to this tea. I infused the tea as instructed a long time compared to most teas that I drink. I was a little disappointed by the aroma even on my close up sniff test I was still unable to smell the different ingredients to the tea just a light delicate aroma. On sipping the tea it tasted like a light peppermint with a slightly sweet undertone noted but I was unable to distinguish and specific flavours. I think it would be the perfect tea if you like a mild mint tea and have a sweet tooth.

Mighty Mango Green Tea
It is described as being like a Californian beach, the sencha base is surrounded by bright sunflower blossoms which relaxes in harmony with the fruity mango flavour. There are no allergens highlighted in the ingredients list or no may contain warning. On opening the packet I was greeted by a pleasant sweet mango aroma this took me by surprise as I was expecting a grassy aroma that I associate with green tea with a subtle undertones of mango. I added freshly boiled water to the tea and infused as instructed. I was greeted by a delightful strong aroma of mango this seemed to impact on the green tea and sunflower blossom as I was unable to smell this even on my close up sniff test. On sipping the tea it was the same. That said the tea was very enjoyable. It was sweet and made for a nice refreshing tea. It would make a perfect iced tea for the warmer months.

Vanilla Cupcake Rooibos
It is described as an exotic and smooth rooibos that provides a velvet mouth feel mixed with a dash of banana chips to amplify this infusion. There are no allergens highlighted in the ingredients list or no may contain warning. On opening the packet I was greeted by a pleasant woody aroma with subtle vanilla undertones noted. I added freshly boiled water to the tea and infused as instructed. The subtle sweetness from the vanilla and banana worked perfectly with the slight woodiness that you get from a rooibos tea. I have tried a few vanilla rooibos and found them to be a little artificially sweet, but it was the complete opposite with this tea. This is one of the nicest rooibos teas that I have tried and I would definitely recommend it if you are looking for a new rooibos to try.

So would I recommend this subscription box? Yes I would. I really enjoyed the opportunity to try a diverse range of teas that the True Tea club Offers. The size of the subscription box is perfect and the four reusable teabags are practical but mean you also have fun making your own teabags. Yes the flavours may not have all been to my liking, but that’s part of the fun of a subscription box. If you don’t like a particular type of tea just let the company know by leaving a note at checkout and they will tailor your box for your preferences. If you would like to find out more about the company just click on the link where you can currently get 50% off your first box with the code ‘LOVE’ Click Here.
Disclaimer: I received a free sample of this tea to try all of the opinions are honest and my own.

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Review of Sainsbury’s Free From Sticky Toffee Pudding

Now I am a girl who likes a naughty pudding as an occasional treat. One pudding I like to indulge in over the colder months are steamed puddings. Now I have to confess to not making my own and relying on ready made ones that you can ping in the microwave. Now being dairy free it’s quiet hard to find this style of pudding that is safe to eat. So when I saw a sticky toffee sponge pudding in Sainsbury’s free from aisle I just had to give it a try.
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I personally liked the packaging in their usual style of their free from foods with picture of a very inviting pudding to the front. It is clearly labelled as being gluten free and milk free. Onto the ingredients list with regards to allergens egg is highlighted. There is no may contain warning. However, the is a note stating that it is not suitable for nut or peanut allergy sufferers due to manufacturing methods.
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On opening the packaging I was greeted by the delightful sweet aroma of a toffee / sweet caramel sauce aroma. This didn’t change on my famous close up sniff test. I microwaved my pudding and let it rest exactly as per the instructions on the packet. I placed the plastic tub upside down and gently removed the tub. The pudding kept its shape and consistency which was a big plus compared to previous puddings that I have tried. I did have to scoop some of the sauce out of the pot and place on top of the pudding as not all of it made it onto the top of the pudding. Onto the aroma of the pudding this seemed to remain the same as before it was heated, a tad disappointing if I’m honest. I had hoped that smell of would intensify but maybe I’m being a tad picky as it was fairly strong and sweet prior to heating it. The aroma didn’t intensify on my famous close up sniff test. On placing the pudding onto my spoon it kept its structure and consistency. It was slightly light and airy in texture. However, sadly this was spoilt by intermittent small hard lumpy grains. As for its flavour it was ok but nothing special. The sponge itself was pretty non descript in flavour. However, the sauce on top of this made up for this. It was like a very sweet caramel. It was very sickly if eaten alone but jazzed the sponge up somewhat.
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So would I recommend this free from sticky toffee pudding if you follow a dairy free and or gluten free diet? I’m afraid not. Yes it had a nice texture and consistency overall but those little grainy lumps just let it a down. This is a shame because the sauce was so yummy and it could have been a wonderful treat to enjoy. Sorry Sainsbury’s but I’m afraid I have tried nicer free from free from puddings.

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Review of Morrisons Pure Camomile Tea

As a lady who enjoys her cups of tea on a daily basis I am always on the lookout for new teas to try. I am really enjoying my renewed quest to find new caffeine free teas to try. One of my favourite teas at the moment is camomile. So when someone at work bought some Morrisons camomile tea to share I just had to give it a try.
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I liked the design of the packaging with this tea. I personally found the yellow colour theme with a variety of yellow and white swirls to be calming. The tea is described as being a golden infusion with fragrant camomile flowers.
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Onto the ingredients 100% camomile is listed. There are no allergens highlighted or any may contain warnings listed. On opening the box the teabags were in a sealed foil packaging. This is always a positive trying to keep the tea fresh and seal the both flavour and aroma in. On opening the foil packaging I was immediately hit with a stronger than expected grassy aroma that I associate with camomile tea. On my close up sniff test this aroma intensified. This was significantly weaker on sniffing an individual teabag, but was still present.
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I placed the teabag in my cup and added my freshly boiled hot water. The hot water soon changed to a golden yellow colour. On infusing the tea it immediately produced a faint subtle grassy aroma that I associate with camomile tea. I have to admit this took me by surprise as this has not been the case with other everyday camomile teas that I have tried. On sipping the tea it had a light mellow taste subtle grassy undertones noted. The flavour was stronger than I had experienced with other everyday camomile teas and made for a very pleasant change. I also found it to be slightly soothing on the stomach which is always a bonus for me. Overall it was a light and refreshing tea.
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So would I recommend this tea? Definitely I enjoyed everything about this tea from its aroma through to its flavour. It is one of the nicest everyday camomile teas that I have tried. I shall be buying this tea when I next visit Morrisons. So thank you Morrisons for producing an enjoyable an everyday camomile tea that I can enjoy.

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New dairy free finds in Morrisions free from range

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When I heard that Morrisons had upped their game with regards to their free from products I have to admit to being a tad sceptical. I had never found their free from section inspiring and it seemed to have very little dairy free or should I say milk free options. Like most free from sections it was aimed mainly at the gluten free market. As I was passing a store and needed a few groceries I decided to pop in and investigate to see if indeed their expanded free from section could impress me. Well, I have to admit to be taken by surprise. There was indeed a larger free from section not only filled with well-known free from brands but new Morrisons products. Not only that a lot were also milk free in the sweet treats section as I like to call it. I had to take a double take as I really didn’t expect it. After letting out a little yelp and doing a mini gig on the spot it was time to investigate this section of the supermarket in more detail. I’ve included a snap shot of some of my finds. I have focussed mainly on sweet treats as this is what I personally find more difficult to buy. They are all gluten free, wheat free and milk free.
Jam Tarts
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Pecan Tarts
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Cherry Bakewell Tarts
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Flapjack Slices
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Fruit Cake Slices
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Ginger Cake Slices
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Raspberry Macaroon Slices
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Coffee Cake Slices
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Fruit & Nut Bars
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Oh and yes I may have taken a few treats home with me for my mum and I to try. On packaging my treats the lady at the till explained very proudly that Morrisons now had a larger free from section than Sainsbury’s. So I’m giving a big thumbs up to Morrisons for providing a more extensive free from range that is milk free and suitable for dairy free me. I’m sure it won’t be long before I return to try some more treats.

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