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My Promise Gluten Free Experience

May 21, 2019

Hi Everyone,

I hope you are all well.

As some of you may have seen on my Instagram I am SUPER excited to be collaborating with Promise Gluten Free Bakery to help promote their Gluten Free Products this month. I have actually been a fan of their products for a long time now so I was delighted to get on board and fulfill one of my life long dreams of becoming a ‘Bread Connoisseur’ with their new Sourdough bread range!!!!

Shock. That’s the first emotion you feel when you find out you can no longer eat gluten. (Or your son or daughter. Or spouse.). Maybe there’s a little relief, since you knew something was wrong and the last thing you want to be is sick. And then there’s the flood of fear. What will you eat?

 

Have you struggled  particularly with finding a gluten free bread that matches the taste of normal ‘mainstream’ bread?

I sure have.  Ever since I started my gluten-free journey, I have been struggling with trying to find the perfect loaf of bread that would reunite me with my love for sandwiches again!  My homemade breads were always quite dense and crumbly, Some were hard to slice & some were too easy to slice they would just crumble in my hands.

It’s safe to say that I’ve seen the good the bad and the ugly with Gluten Free Bread in particular.

Enter Promise Gluten Free….. Originating in the seaside village of Ardara in Donegal with over 50 years of craft baking experience, this part I love (Support the Irish!)

Thankfully Irish bakery brand Promise Gluten Free have been working in the background on our behalf! Tirelessly working on perfecting the taste & texture so that it meets our needs. The exciting news is that they have launched a NEW selection of Sourdough breads that are a game-changer for those on a gluten free diet

Promise Gluten Free brings soft mouth-watering texture and contain strong nutritionals with white vegan, multigrain and chia & quinoa sourdough loaves

They are also lower in fat, lower in sugar and high fibre, enabling you to get the right level of fibre required in their diet when consuming this product

The new Promise Gluten Free breads include White vegan, multigrain & Chia & Quinoa sourdough

  • White Vegan Bread – looks and tastes as if it’s straight out of the bakery! With an artisanal appearance and soft texture complete with a mouth-watering sourdough taste priced,
  • The Multigrain Bread – made from a mix of seeds and grains to add extra flavour and texture,
  • Chia & Quinoa Bread – a soft loaf with a pop of chia seeds and quinoa for layers of colour, texture and nutrition

In addition to the breads above, Promise Gluten Free also provides rolls, a range of delicious brioche bread (burger buns/hot dog rolls, bread), bagels, and a full confectionery range from cakes to muffins to pancakes!

I will be showing you on my Instagram over the next week or two how I use my Promise Gluten Free goodies in my day to day diet. So far I have made a chicken sandwich with the Soft White Sourdough, a burger with a brioche burger bun (not a drill!!!), Apple Tart with custard & ice cream, & madeira cake… the list goes on! But all I can say is that they were all genuinely AMAZING! It’s been a long road of trialing and testing, as I’m sure it has been for you all, so finding a brand you can depend is fantastic! I’m so excited to see this brand go from strength to strength with their products and see what the future holds for them.

 

All Promise Gluten Free products are now stocked in retailers nationwide including SuperValu, Dunnes Stores, SPAR and Tesco. You can view the full range here www.promiseglutenfree.com

 

A big thanks to Promise Gluten Free for partnering with me on this post

FOODIE

The Brunch Life: 5 Brunch Spots in Dublin You Need To Try This Weekend

February 17, 2016
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Welcome to the beginning of a beautiful brunch obsession.

The purpose of the ‘Foodie‘ section within my blog is to share my passion for food and lay a Hansel & Gretel type bread crumb trail  for you to follow in my food devouring footsteps!

There is no doubt in my mind that this particular blog post topic will have a version 1, 2 & 3 as Dublin’s brunch game is becoming so so strong.

My love for brunch and the whole concept surrounding it has definitely stemmed from my time living in New York. Brunch is a part of people’s lives over there and it takes serious priority at the weekend. One of my favourite things about brunch is that it caters to early risers and people that think 3pm still qualifies as a suitable time to have breakfast. So whether you’re a productive Peter or a laid back Luke at the weekend, brunch has got your back!

 

To kick off this weekend’s brunch guide; The 5 brunch spots I recommend, in no particular order are….

1Herbstreet

One of my favourites! A great spot if you have some dietary restricted friends among your group (me for example!). Herbstreet’s menu provides a variety of healthy dishes that satisfies both savoury & sweet tooth’s. As I am gluten intolerant, I went for the Eggs Florentine without the English muffin and the guys kindly added some extra salad to bulk the dish up a bit. I also added the ‘Irish oak smoked salmon with horseradish crème fraiche’ as an extra. Along with that we ordered the super popular and extremely tasty stack of Pancakes. All in all experience was Delish!

Herbstreet Brunch

 

Eathos

Super spot for yet another guilt free dish. Eathos have been one of the game changers in Dublin for removing the stigma associated with ‘healthy eating’. Their menu proves that healthy doesn’t always have to = a salad, although they do offer amazing salads too if that happens to be your thing! On this occasion I went for the Gluten Free Buckwheat Pancakes with coconut yogurt, berries, toasted pecans, cacao nibs and maple syrup. (Drooling over keyboard!)

Eathos Brunch

 

Slice

Very cool, chilled, hipster-esque cafe serving simple and well constructed dishes.The people working here ooze coolness! I went for the Spiced Irish Sausage Scramble on Gluten Free Toast, topped with the freshest freshly squeezed orange juice I have ever tasted. Note to self.. go back for the Spiced Carrot & Walnut Pancakes!  Casually spied on a neighbour table who had ordered them and they looked incredible.

Slice Brunch

 

Taco Taco

Next up is one for my Mexican food lovers (me being one). Anything that involves guacamole I’m there, and Taco Taco make seriously good guac, so I tend to be there… a lot! Their brunch game is very strong as their Mexican inspired menu caters to the guac & chip worshipers and also the French Toast fans. On this occasion we ordered the Crab Cakes & Brunch Tacos. My advice, top it off with a mimosa and hey presto, the fear of Monday is almost non existent!

Taco Taco Brunch

 

5 San Lorenzos

Coco Pops Crunchy French Toast? ….. nuff said!

I had heard a lot of good things about San Lorenzos Brunch menu and it definitely did not disappoint. Everything was just what the doctor ordered; friendly staff (crucial for any hungover head that needs a sympathetic & friendly waiter), Great Music and most importantly Great Food. As you can see from the below image I went for the Brunch Tacos, Crab Cakes & the famous Coco Pops Crunchy French Toast. AMAZING! The only problem now is that I need to go back and tick off the rest of the menu! Want my advice…. GO!

 

…….And there you have it, your first installment of The Brunch Life. I hope you think of me when you are all devouring one of the dishes above this weekend! I better go fetch the ‘Joey Pants’ for the next installment!!!

Until then……

Stay hungry/ Classy!

Belle Azzure x