BBC Good Food Show London 2013

11/13

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Hello muffins!

So at the weekend I attended the BBC Good Food Show at Olympia in London and it was amazing!

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The sun was shining, the food was cooking and the smells in the air were amazing! From the moment you walked in it was foodie heaven! The stalls were laid out brilliantly with enough space to see what was going on and still be able to walk around too.

The stands were separated a little with The Great British Bake Off Village, playing homage to the fabulous and inspiring show on BBC 2 and to pay tribute to Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood who were guests at the show. This village was filled with exhibitors for cakes and bakes, including the very lovely ladies at Cake Craft World who were giving people a go at using their products and making some sugar Christmas decorations. I thought this was great. A real hands on experience to try before you buy.

Then there was Jack and Gill Crafts with their simply amazing textured rolling pins. (Keep your eyes peeled soon for a featured blog post about these great creations and how they will make decorating so much easier!)

Foodie Flavours were there too with their high strength, natural flavourings for the food professional and the serious foodie. Their range of 50 flavours all made in the UK, now include bubblegum, cream soda and candy floss! A must see for anyone interested in baking.

Then as you went further there were the Good Food Champions, those who had created something so special that it has been awarded at least one Taste award. Great Taste is the largest, most trusted accreditation for speciality food and drink.

I found some fabulous stands, like The Gourmet Bacon Company, award winning bacon curers, producing the finest gourmet bacon.

Towards the middle was the Interview Stage, where notes chefs and bakers were grilled about the best techniques from eager fans and the Winter Kitchen sponsored by Hellmanns which hosted demonstrations by famous faces from hit TV shows including three winners of The Great British Bake Off.

I also found a rather large stand devoted to Mickey’s Delight. The ultimate range of alcoholic confectionary! After sampling everything I could get my hands on, I left with a little bottle of whipped tiramisu, french vanilla coffee and cream vodka. Super tasty!

And I have to mention the sweet Fab Fairies and Wicked Tarts. Their Passion Pillows (Easy…) were a taste sensation on my tongue. Light and fluffy marshmallow with a sweet and tart flavour of fresh passionfruit. I finished my bag before I got home! Make sure to check them out.

There was also the Pop Up Restaurant and Street Food Experience sponsored by Hardys wines. A chance to have a well earned break and a drink before carrying on with your day.

One of the best parts for me was the Supertheatre sponsored by Tesco Finest. It was a chance to see my favourite celebrity chefs cooking on stage. I saw Mary Berry baking a sweet tart and Paul Hollywood making a fab brioche. I did try to grab a slice after the demonstration but they wheeled it away rather quickly! (Understandable, it looked delicious!) They were also joined onstage by this years winner Frances Quinn who answered some questions from the audience (including mine!) about her time on The Great British Bake Off.

All in all it was an amazing day full of fabulous food and a buzzing atmosphere! Get your tickets now for the 2014 here.

Happy baking!

Britt xo

Sainsbury’s Free From Christmas Review

11/13

This week I received a fabulous package full of Sainsbury’s Free From Christmas goodies!

One in five Britons now claims to have a food allergy or intolerance, with most stating wheat as the problem. That is an increase of 400 per cent in the past 20 years.

Years ago, sufferers of food allergies had to go to specialist shops and forgo meals out, but most supermarkets now have aisles dedicated to restricted diets, and packaging is carefully labelled. ’Free from’ food has been going from strength to strength.

Sainsbury’s were the first major supermarket to introduce their own label free from range back in 2002 and they haven’t looked back since.

Christmas is a time where food plays a major part in our social occasions and if you have an intolerance or allergy, it can be quite difficult.

So, here is my She Who Bakes review on the Christmas free from range from Sainsbury’s!

Mini Chocolate Logs;

These were lovely. Very rich and chocolatey, perfect for a dessert. You would never know it was wheat, dairy and gluten free.

Iced Rich Fruit Cake Slices;

Fruit cake, to me IS Christmas. Topped with marzipan and icing too! These were VERY nice. Packed with fruit and great flavour!

Gingerbread Man;

Gingerbread men are one of my favourite parts of Christmas. They’re everywhere! This was super tasty, very gingery and had a fab crunch.

Chocolate Santa Bar & Chocolate Coins;

Imagine not being able to eat chocolate at Christmas? It should be illegal. These tasty treats are perfect and very chocolatey!

Iced & Plain Mince Pies;

Gotta love a mince pie. Especially with some hot custard. Mmmm. These were packed with filling, sweet pastry, very impressed!

All in all, you would never know any of these products were made especially for food intolerances. Sainsbury’s have done really well. Make sure you give them a try this festive season!

Until next time,

Britt xo

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