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Free Hamper of Gluten-Free Goodies to Celebrate Coeliac Awareness Week!


This week is Coeliac Awareness Week – and I have a gluten-free hamper to give away (worth approximately £100)!

Ugo Foods are offering a hamper filled with gluten-free goodies to give away to one lucky winner. This includes Asda’s new fresh chilled pasta and also Dell’Ugo’s fresh Chickpea Fusilli (winner at this year’s FreeFrom Awards which I wrote about),  as well as other gluten-free items.

Asda has just launched two types of gluten-free fresh pasta under its Free From range – a penne and a tagliatelle. Made from cornflour and rice flour with the addition of water (no additives here!) it cooks in 3 minutes. Both pastas are fresh (you’ll find them in the chiller cabinets) and sell at £1.50 for a 300g bag.

Asda have been working incredibly hard on their Free From range. They have a huge range of products – and they’re all inexpensive. These pastas hold together well, and taste really, really good. It’s definitely worth buying fresh pasta, as opposed to dried, because they do taste better. And I particularly loved the tagliatelle.

Dell’Ugo is the UK’s largest fresh pasta brand and specialises in making filled and unfilled pasta, based on authentic Italian recipes. For me, the Gluten-free Chickpea Fusilli is really great pasta. Not only is it gluten-free, but it’s also completely grain-free. And chickpeas are wonderful because they’re high in soluble fibre and they’re a slow-burning complex carbohydrate, gentle on the digestive system, high in soluble fibre, high in B vitamins especially folic acid and minerals, and the phytonutrients in chickpeas act as a powerful anti-oxidant.

To win the hamper, go to the facebook page and follow the instructions… Good luck!

Review of Simply Gluten-Free & Dairy-Free in Waitrose Weekend

Huge thanks to the team at Waitrose Weekend for recommending my book, Simply Gluten-Free & Dairy-Free (and saying lovely things about it!) in their piece on Coeliac UK’s Awareness Week. I’m so excited that they think my book is so good!

It looks as if Coeliac UK’s Gluten-Free Challenge, launched during the Awareness Week, has been really successful. There’s been a lot in the press, on blogs and on twitter – and it has been backed by people like Gino D’Acampo, Phillip Schofield and Dr Chris Steele (This Morning’s doctor). Their aim was to get people thinking about gluten-free diets, and help them understand what it is like to live with coeliac disease. They also wanted to make it clear to the catering industry that gluten-free food is in high demand, to encourage them to provide options for those on the gluten-free diet. This is all brilliant – and it does seem as if the message is starting to get through….