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The 12 days of a gluten free Christmas
Christmas is a time of year when we all want to feel a little bit special and indulge when we eat out. Frequently, the coeliac diner is left with a very basic meal and yet Christmas food is all about the trimmings. The aim was to create a ‘shopping list’ of Christmas products readily available nationally, so that caterers can easily add these to their Christmas menus.
And so we have finished our 12 days of Christmas. We have taste tested gluten free Christmas food from all the main supermarkets, so that there is national availability of those items we thought stood out or tasted the best. Some food items were better than others, some work really well gluten free and some don’t. In all cases we have presented an independent opinion on the products we felt were the best, in terms of taste, texture and overall eating experience.
It’s been an interesting journey for us, because we normally make the majority of our Christmas food ourselves. However, it wasn’t about cooking for us, it was about reviewing the available gluten free Christmas food. The purpose was to enable caterers to easily source gluten free trimmings to complement their Christmas menus.
If you have found any of the videos / blogs to be useful, then please share them to anyone you know in catering. It would be really nice if we could show the food service industry the range of gluten free Christmas food readily available in every town and how easy it is to source them.
Click the video below to see a summary of the results of our taste testing.
Sadly we have come to the end of our 12 days of a gluten free Christmas. 🙁 For this taste testing, we reviewed some of the other products that are available, that didn’t really fit in to any other day! It is worth noting that most of the supermarkets have really ‘upped their game’ this year. There is so much more availability of gluten free treats, it would be really nice if the food service industry did the same and provided the trimmings to complement their Christmas meals.
For the penultimate day of our 12 days of Christmas, we taste tested a range of widely available gluten free Christmas puddings.
Although not fond of fruit cakes in general, I do love Christmas pudding, and always have done. My nan used to make batches of them for all the family and I still have vivid memories of sitting with all my cousins on a large fold up table (with the emergency chairs!). There wasn’t enough room for all the adults to sit as well, so the kids ate first. After a gut busting feed, the brandy would be poured over the pudding, the lights would go off and the pudding would be lit. As kids we all ooooohhhhed and ahhhhhhed at this. The best bit was that my nan always put sixpences in the pudding and somehow ensured every kid got one. Such happy memories….
To review the puddings, we didn’t quite do the ‘pour brandy over and light it’ ceremony, but we did try them hot to get the best taste experience. Most of them microwaved in only 40 seconds, so perfect for caterers to provide a gluten free Christmas pudding to serve at the end of a Christmas meal.
As always, all of the products are reviewed independently and the commentary is our own.
Click the video below to see the results of our taste testing.
Providing gluten free training to the food service industry