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Bays Kitchen produce tasty FODMAP food perfect for those with IBS

Are you looking for a sauces, chutneys or soups which contain no dairy and no eggs? then Bay’s Kitchen food is the perfect solution as not only are there sauces dairy free, but is gluten free and FODMAP friendly.

What is FODMAP though you might ask?

FODMAP stands for fermentable oligosaccharides, disaccharides, monosaccharides and polyols, which are short chain carbohydrates (sugars) that the small intestine absorbs poorly. Some people experience digestive distress after eating them.

Low-FODMAP diets can provide remarkable benefits for many people with common digestive disorders. Simply FODMAPs are types of carbohydrates found in certain foods, including wheat and beans.

Many foods that contain FODMAPs are considered very healthy and some FODMAPs function like healthy prebiotic fibers, supporting your friendly gut bacteria. Therefore, people who can tolerate these types of carbs should not avoid them.

Bay’s Kitchen produce award winning low FODMAP sauces and chutneys which is suitable for all with diet issues and for those who might be suffering with IBS. Bay’s Kitchen healthy produce is not just a healthy source to have stored in your cupboards but they are also a great way to cook some easy quick tasty meals for example with their Korma you can make a vegetarian one or if you like meat a chicken korma.

I was gifted a few of their sauces from Bay’s Kitchen to try on a press related basis to show me that you don’t always have to have dairy or egg within produce to make it tasty.

Bay’s Kitchen

Founder Bay Burdett of Bay’s Kitchen produce award winning low FODMAP produce which ideal for people with IBS plus those who are vegan and who are gluten tolerant.

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Popcorn Shed popping with flavour, crunch, sweetness and sourness

We all love a sweet or sour snack to munch on and Popcorn Shed popcorn is the answer as they sell a wide variety of popcorn from Salted Caramel to Blue Cheese popcorn. Popcorn Shed popcorn comes in handy boxes shaped like a shed with a viewing window displaying their yummy popcorn. Popcorn is widely consumed worldwide which is generally eaten within theatres, cinemas and at home.

Popcorn dates back as early as 4700 BC as evidence of corn which was popped was discovered within Peru by archaeologists. From the 19th century, popcorn which could be popped up at home was sold across the USA under the name Pearls of Nonpareil it was not till 1848 that the actual term popcorn came about. All that was required to achieve that perfect fresh tasting popcorn at home was a stove, pan with lid, oil or butter and the kernels. Popcorn was in fact a widely consumed breakfast cereal by the Americans which they added to milk and sweeteners. Since the 1800s popcorn has evolved and can be cooked in a variety of ways from within an air popped popcorn machine to microwaving within a microwavable bag.

What is popcorn though you might ask? Well popcorn is a corn kernel which when heated within oil expands and puffs up. Each kernel of popcorn contains a certain amount of moisture and oil. The outer hull of the popcorn kernel is strong and impervious to moisture and the starch inside consists almost entirely of a hard type. As the oil and water within the kernel are heated, they turn the moisture in the kernel into pressurized steam. Under these conditions, the starch inside the kernel gelatinizes, softens and becomes pliable. The internal pressure of the entrapped steam continues to increase until the breaking point of the hull is reached. The hull there upon ruptures rapidly and explodes, causing a sudden drop in pressure inside the kernel and a corresponding rapid expansion of the steam, which expands the starch and proteins of the endosperm into airy foam. As the foam rapidly cools, the starch and protein polymers set into the familiar crispy puff. When the popcorn has finished popping, sometimes un-popped kernels remain. Known in the popcorn industry as old maids, these kernels fail to pop because they do not have enough moisture to create enough steam for an explosion.

I was gifted a variety pack courtesy of Enjoy Stevie who sell a range of products from a vast number of businesses at reduced prices. With Enjoy Stevie you can SAVE 15% off Popcorn Shed.

Popcorn Shed

Operating out of their garden shed since 2016, Sam and Laura bring to the market their gourmet popcorn.

Their gourmet popcorn is made by hand, using the highest quality ingredients, which are carefully sourced, and lovingly crafted plus free of any nasty preservatives or additives. Reinventing this worldwide consumed snack, Sam and Laura wanted to make popcorn pop by introducing flavours to their super-premium gourmet popcorn all of which are cooked and achieved by an artisan cooking process.  

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JimJams chocolate spread and Griddle mix makes for the perfect pancake

It’s Shrove Tuesday or as many of us call it PANCAKE DAY. So out comes my pancake pan ready to cook some pancakes. There are so many recipes out on the web and in cook books on how to make pancakes but if you are looking for the perfect chocolate chip pancake Griddle pre made pancake mix is the solution. Plus for that extra indulgent add more chocolate on your pancakes with JimJams plant based, gluten free and low in sugar chocolate spreads.

Courtesy of Griddle, JimJams and Sunny PR I was gifted a few samples to make my 2021 pancake day that extra chocately and special.

JimJams and Griddle

JimJams

Kellie and Kevin wanted an alternative healthier treat for their children and so it became their mission to create a chocolate spread that tasted fantastic yet contained a lot less sugar than leading brands (83% less sugar to be precise!) and so JimJams was born.

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Pure Heavenly Chocolate which is dairy free

Are you like me and just love chocolate and can’t stop eating it? Heavenly Chocolate is not like any other chocolate though you might of had as their chocolate is dairy FREE. Plus their chocolate is plant based, with no dairy, no gluten, no wheat, no soy and less than 2% sugar making it the perfect chocolate bar for vegans and those with a dairy intolerance.

Courtesy of Pure Heavenly Chocolate I was gifted a few of their bars to taste at home and they were truly heavenly.

Pure Heavenly Chocolate

Pure Heavenly Chocolate founder Stephen Conway wanted to produce a chocolate bar that was free of dairy and sugar but not compromising on taste.

After many months of experimentation and loads of advice from various chocolatiers, Pure Heavenly was born!

Pure Heavenly Chocolate is vegan friendly, all plant based, and totally free from dairy, gluten, wheat, soy, and GMO ingredients. It is also free of palm oil, so it’s better for the environment.

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Wild Arbor clear cream liqueur as nature intended

There are many cream liqueurs out on the market but if you can’t have cream or milk then fear not as Wild Arbor cream liqueur is the answer. Their liqueur tastes exactly like a cream liqueur but obviously different in the look as it is a clear liqueur, contains no dairy and is gluten free.

Thanks to Wild Arbor I was gifted a few bottles on a PR basis to try and test and I was highly surprised by the taste and it really did taste like a normal Cream Liqueur who would of thought this was totally plant based.

Wild Arbor

Wild Arbor is a clear cream liqueur which is made natural ingredients; free of gluten, free of dairy, free of lactose, and without a single genetically modified organism. Wild Arbor is a cream liqueur, but as mother nature intended it.

Wild Arbor is made from honeybee and the result is a delicious creamy liquid, with a strong taste of cocoa, chocolate and vanilla, resulting in a luxurious, velvety smooth taste.

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RIDE Drinks hitch your ride with the taste of fruit

Love a little tipple or two? then you will love RIDE, a 4% alcoholic sparkling water with a hint of natural fruit flavours which are all incredibly refreshing. No artificial flavourings or sweeteners, only 89 calories per can, gluten free and vegan friendly!

I was gifted on a courtesy basis from RIDE Drinks their selection of drinks to enjoy during lock down.  

RIDE Drinks

RIDE Drinks are produced in Allendale Brew Company Ltd, a craft micro brewery, who produce award winning beers.

In the summer of 2019 they discovered a new drink which was taking the U.S. by storm, Hard Seltzer. Giving the fruity alcoholic sparkling water a try they fell in love with it. From this they then started to produce their own Hard Seltzer drinks at home. Keeping away from artificial taste and artificial ingredients they used fruit juice resulting in a tasty, natural drink that is refreshing and not at all sweet and sickly!

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With Yummzy you can have your cake and eat it!

Recently I have been diagnosed with being classed of being on the verge of becoming a diabetic however I love cakes and anything sweet so I was as you can imagine upset that I would potentially have to give my treats up. However I was lucky enough to come across Yummzy who kindly sent me some of their cakes on a complimentary basis which are all safe for diabetics to eat.

Yummzy

The founder of Yummzy from a young age had to change her diet as she became diabetic at the age of five. So she had to learn about nutrition’s, so she could carry on enjoying treats.

With diabetes and obesity becoming the fastest growing health threats, stress and lifestyle causing more people to develop intolerance’s and requiring special diets, it only seemed natural for her to come up with something that those with special dietary requirements or health conscious individuals like herself could still enjoy, without compromise.

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DYCE let’s you create your own ice cream creation

DYCE is one of London’s newest ice cream bars to open within Marylebone James Street on 2 August with it’s pretty in pink interior and eye catching ice cream creations by diners.

I was invited on down on a complimentary basis to create my very own DYCE ice cream creation.

DYCE

Founder Chef Zahra Khan opened her doors last year to Feya, this year she brings DYCE.

Zahra has taken her life-long passion for food and created a concept that plays around the elements of exciting yet elegant insta-worthy treats bringing a modern and electric vibe. 

She loves cakes and ice cream and wants to blossom every person’s dream that enters her little world of DYCE. ​​

The fun starts with customers choosing a bespoke menu of creatively-topped doughnuts, brownies and cookies as a base. DYCE offers various exhilarating gelato flavours paired with a delicious mash-up of toppings to create a personalised experience for all, including vegan and gluten-free alternatives.

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Gin and cake lovers heaven – Fentimans Gin Bakery

The G&T season maybe over but Fentimans has bought to London it’s first UK pop up gin bakery which popped up for three days (21-23 September) in Portobello Road at Pearl & Groove Bakery. Continue reading

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