Here at Naturally Gluten Free I’ll be sharing reviews of cafes and restaurants, cook books and products and conducting taste tests too. There may be the odd recipe (but I’ll mainly leave that to the experts out there), or info about great markets… but everything will be a personal recommendation. Here’s a bit about how I intend to approach each area:
For an establishment to be reviewed on this site, it will need to cater to a gluten free diet with competence and instill confidence in me as a customer. The staff will need to reinforce that confidence. It will need to use well sourced ingredients, British, local, seasonal and artisan where possible. I will always have visited the restaurant personally and if reservations are made then have warned them about my dietary requirements. To make it on here, it has to be a place that I would be happy to recommend to my best foodie friend.
Reviews will feature both specialist diet and ‘normal’ cookbooks and each one will have a gluten free recipe count. I will always have cooked a couple of recipes from the book and will give an honest account of my experience. I will rate it for how easy gluten containing recipes are to adapt.
Any shop, market, stall or producer featured here will stock an interesting range of ingredients or unusual products. I may also include obviously gluten free products or retailers of particular interest where mostly gluten free goods are available such as farmers markets (they are a major passion of mine!).
Each taste test will cover a specific product and will try to include widely available lines. At every tasting there will be a representative ‘gluten consumer’ to give a true comparison to the glutenous equivalent, and I will always ask if they would eat it. Each product will be reviewed for its number and type of ingredients and be tasted blind for taste, texture, aroma and appearance. Their price will be compared to the gluten containing equivalent and value for money will be considered. I will say whether I think it is worth buying since many products are pretty pricey.
Now and again I know that I’ll want to share with you some awesome find. Blogs, websites, food fairs and maybe the odd recipe. With more and more people talking about gluten free stuff, it would be stupid of me not to share it with you!