" Charlotte's Cupcake Corner

Thursday, 9 April 2015

Marsh Green Farm Shop Ashover nr Chesterfield

On our way to Hardwick Hall, we made an impromptu stop at Marsh Green Farm Shop. I've driven past a handful of times and as we share our surname, it's always caught my eye, but ive never had time to investigate previously. 

Well, what a find. There is a gluten free section & many other gluten free items dotted around the shop. 

New products of interest were sweet nothings which are in fact by Jacksons Bakery of Chesterfield. I seem to remember meeting the owner of Jacksons at a Food & Drink Awards ceremony & telling him about my new gluten free cake venture. We compared his cost to make one gluten cupcake with my costs to hand make one gluten free cupcake & I figured I wouldn't be in business too long! Their concept is gluten free and lower sugar. I look forward to tasting one later.
Great selection of crisps & gluten free sausages at the weekend (we just missed those) 
The menu has masses of options for gluten free diners and they use a brand of gf bread that ive seen for sale at other farm shops, which is a tasty one. 
Even spotted Glutenfree pizza bases too 
I ordered an omelette as I failed to satisfy my addiction to eggs this morning, looks great  doesn't it? 
So if, like me, you were wondering whether to pop in or not, I definitely recommend you do! 

Thursday, 19 March 2015

Sugar free fiasco

Hello there! It's been while hasn't it? So lovely of you to pop by again afterI've  abandoned the blog for so long - thanks ��
It's the good old "sugar free" debacle that has dragged me back here. A couple of weeks ago, I got my knickers in quite a twist about it, after I saw a tweet from Red Magazine.

I've been trying out a few flapjack recipes for the family, trying to get one that tastes like our old version of a flapjack but has the nutritional value of a far healthier version - which all of us thought was closer to rabbit food! The tweet links to a list of recipes from Davina's latest book. The name of the flapjack recipe being specifically "sugar free flapjack"

Sugar free? Ooh this could be interesting - I thought so j clicked on the link...only to find the following recipe come up:

Now, whilst none of these ingredients are called "sugar" my limited food knowledge told me that combining the dates and honey, I figured there were 400g of sugary ingredients in this bowl of so called "curb your sugar cravings goodness" - right! 

My original family flapjack recipe looked like this 
I think it came out of a Sainsburys magazine, so this "healthier" version had more sugary stuff than my original treat! 

Now I took issue with this for two reasons
1) the recipe is NOT sugar free, it is refined sugar free & that should be clarified 
2) I spend a lot of my time trying to learn about food, nutrition, diets, additives, goodness, brain food etc etc. So I consider myself an interested party and to an extent somewhat informed. However, there are times when I am totally baffled by opposing advice, conflicting opinions, the complexity of trying to do the right thing for your family. I therefore feel passionately that this specific kind of misinformation is very irresponsible and confusing for people who are trying to do the right thing. I tweeted to this effect (although only in 140 characters!) and received the following repsonse from Davina herself 
I'm afraid to say that this made me even more mad! I have not purchased the book. I have no intention of going entirely sugar free - rightly or wrongly - who bloody knows?! 

But I cannot see the sense in choosing an exceptionally high in sugar recipe if you are starting a path to reduce your sugar intake! I am led to believe that she may not have actually written a large part of this book herself. Yet her tweet sounded as though she was emphatically behind the concept. I wish she or Red magazine would have admitted that the title of the recipe was misleading at least.

In case it's of interest to anyone, this is my latest flapjack recipe, having reduced the fat and sugar considerably. Made in the usual method, with Glutenfree oats. We all love these flapjacks, maybe you will too...

Thursday, 30 January 2014

My favourites from Udis

Well, well, well, how perfectly timed - Udis sent me a massive cool-bag of goodies. There was quite a bit of chatter on twitter about this brand so I was very much looking forward to trying their brand new treats.

These crisps were my favourite, a really great texture of alternative grains, quietly tasty to begin with but then they pack a real punch, as the spice develops, and I found them really spicy!
A close second come these very welcome bagels. I wasn't sure if I'd like a cinnamon bagel, and had never eaten a "normal" bagel before my diagnosis. However, I have to tell you that these are gorgeous. I even sliced one in half and popped it in the freezer and left it untouched until Christmas Day breakfast-time. I drowned mine in strawberry jam & it was delicious.

Also, Udis brought me my first 2013 mince pie. I'd been rather spoilt for mince pies last year & I think their frangipane topping still remains my favourite. These were very pleasant though with plenty of double cream - ooh I could just eat another one now!

Thank you so much Udis. I wish one of my local
Supermarkets stocked your brand, I don't live near a Tesco so I don't shop there & haven't seen these items at any of my three nearest supermarkets. I would definitely purchase the crisps and bagels again. Personally, I don't tend to eat snacks such as the pop-tarts and found their pastry a little crumbly or perhaps powdery. I was discouraged from trying the muffins due to the number of unusual  "chemically-sounding" ingredients - someone brought that to my attention & I couldn't get passed it!
Each to their own though, sure others have listed those as favourites. 

I'm just pleased that more brands are emerging and are prepared to launch products such as bagels and pop-tarts, makes a very nice change. I think the challenge will be resisting some of these treats and continuing to try to eat healthily as coeliacs!

Friday, 25 October 2013

Udi's special delivery

Good Afternoon Everyone,
I just had to share this photo with you straight away. On my way back from school this afternoon, I was given a rather lovely special delivery. 
Udi's have sent me heaps of new Gluten free products to try out. Can you believe it, this includes Glutenfree pop tarts? Yes, pop tarts! I never tried a normal pop tart & didn't dream someone would ever make a gluten free mass produced version. How times have changed, even since I was diagnosed, which is only about 5 years ago. 
Well, I have to go and help eldest darling knock up an Autumn collage (her choice) apparently, I've got to draw a table - not my forté so don't hold your breath! 
Ill be back to let you know which Udi's goodies to seek out, they're stocked in Tesco nationwide apparently 
Have a great weekend, and be sure to seek out their stand if you're heading to the Allergy show in Liverpool over the weekend. 
Bye for now x

Sunday, 29 September 2013

It's been a while!

I know! I hope you're sitting down because I just logged into this dusty blog and I AM a bit rusty, I have to admit.

Yes, it really has been over 3 years since I last blogged. I've enjoyed tweeting with fabulous people all sharing their Glutenfree tips and have shared a few recipes in multiple 140characters at a time.

Hopefully I'll get back into the swing of things & be able to bring you one or two interesting recipes, tips, shortcuts, hidden gems and join in the latest news & reviews.

I look forward to chatting again,
Until then, eat well & enjoy!
Charlotte x

Monday, 12 April 2010

Spring has sprung

Hi everyone,

Well, we have leaping lambs in the fields next to our garden, it's staying much lighter in the evenings - which brings much confusion & frustration over bedtime for a 4yr old - and we've had at least one sunny day, so it's official spring has sprung.

There's something about baking along with the seasons too, or rather decorating I suppose. These spring & Easter themed cupcakes brightened our days at Cupcake Corner, and luckily the days of lots of very keen shoppers at the Coeliac's Food Fair. Brownies flew off the table and sold out in the first hour! Thank Goodness for my wonderful nephew Matt who helped me to set up and then stayed a while longer and helped serve the first rush of hungry cupcake fans!

This week, I'm busy preparing for Thursday's Childrens' Spring workshop (still a couple of places left) so more cute bunnies, daffodils, spikey grass and very moreish mini eggs. Opening a bag of mini eggs has proved lethal, I kept polishing them off and having to send out for more supplies! As a result, I am now appearing very clearly pregnant! This baby is going to have such a sweet tooth, I must resist all these goodies a bit more!

Well, I hope you are enjoying a few rays of sunshine wherever you are, and that Spring brings you a burst of energy to start afresh

love Charlotte x