Saturday, 17 November 2012

Marmite Pinwheels

A friend asked for this very simple recipe after her son enjoyed them so much at our house recently!

It's so easy (and quick) but they don't keep very well due to the usual problems with "free from" pastry mix.


  • Using a pastry mix, (such as Crimble's pastry or mix up the Juvela Harvest White bread mix as per the pastry recipe on the back of the box.) make up a ball of pastry.
  • Roll out and spread with Marmite. (Not suitable for coeliacs sadly)
  • Cut into strips and roll up, then cut the cylinder into rounds.
  • Bake for 7-10 mins until the pastry is cooked.

  • Tip: Free From pastry can get very dry, warming for a few seconds in the microwave before eating is recommended.

Update on the VEGG

OK, I've (finally) been experimenting. I have finally completed a full range of recipe tests with the VEGG and here are my results:-

As an egg replacer in a cake recipe - makes for a soggier mixture. I mixed up the VEGG mixture and added the equivalent weight to the mixture. A regular sponge cake would expect 4oz of sugar, 4oz of flour and 4oz or 2 whole eggs. (The weight equivalent was something I was rather slow to realise!!)

I think 3oz of VEGG mixture would have done. It rose well, tasted fine but was a little dense and wet.

As a quiche filling - Epic fail. Sorry VEGG makers but it looks awful, didn't set until 24 hrs later in the fridge and even I - who can quite happily try almost anything - struggled to taste it. Not good. Now I suspect if I wasn't making a plain quiche it might be considerably better, but my fussy kids won't entertain anything in the mixture so it probably wasn't an entirely fair test. All went in the bin though...

As "Eggy Bread" - very successful, I do recommend this one. Soak bread in the VEGG mixture and then fry. Worked a treat.

As scrambled egg - Hmmmm not convinced. It  goes a little "seaweed like" in texture/appearance. Can't explain it but the appearance put us off. Try it an see!

More info and advice from the VEGG peeps themselves here. I think you might see what I mean about the "seaweed" in the picture on their site!

Explanation of EGID from someone else

This is a very useful article on EGID, mainly EoE (Eosinophilic Oesophagitis) but relevant for all EGIDs/

Saturday, 10 November 2012

Mast Cell Stabilisers

Mast cells in the gut degraulate and release histamine, part of the mechanism in a local gut allergy/delayed hypersensitivity otherwise known as a non IgE allergy. (Read the page on allergies to understand the difference between IgE and non Ige responses, both are true allergies involving the immune system.)

Two medications responsible for stabilising mast cells in the gut are Ketotifen and Nalcrom - sodium chromoglycate. I have come across an excellent article describing both and their efficacy here.

Thursday, 8 November 2012

47 Sleeps until Christmas!

With Christmas only 7 weeks away I thought I would post about some free from Christmas treats for children. If you are looking for something a little more special at Christmas, Hotel Chocolat are to be highly recommended. They carefully label their products and cater for dietary needs. Their vegan range is particularly good, my favourite this year is the "Tiddly" range - especially the penguins!

Not necessarily the cheapest free from chocolate, but SO tasty. They also stock an Advent Calendar this year. Don't be put off by their lack of "Free From" labels, they have excellent customer service and speedy delivery. Full marks in our house!

Friday, 2 November 2012

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