Gluten Free Bread Mix

linseed breadI tried the  Hale & Hearty Organic Light Bread Mix with Golden Linseed yesterday.

Oh dear.

Perhaps other people have fared better with this product but for me it had no redeeming features.

Firstly – the linseed may be golden but the bread was not. Like many GF products the top remained a pasty grey-white. Though when I did manage to prise it out of the high quality non-stick bread pan – with  a lot of effort and a knife (ruining the pan in the process) and the sides and base where a yellow-brown.

The smell was not good. As a farm girl I can say that it reminded of ancient hessian grain sacks – rather dank and musty.

The bread itself was softish when first cooked and when just cooled was almost bread like but quickly hardened into a texture that managed to be both rubbery and crumbly at the same time.

On the following day I thought it might toast. It did not so much as singe in the toaster – just dried out to a damp brick state and the toaster itself had begun to smoke.

I did try to eat it but the smell of damp sacking, which by now also had also taken in a distinct whiff of putty – was off putting.

The entire batch was resigned to the bird table where it has been not just ignored  but actively avoided by the local Jackdaws who will normally try just about anything.

Maybe I was unlucky and had a bad batch but I won’t be trying this product again.

Band Wagon or (Wheat-free) Gravy Train?

breadIt has been been fashionable to poke fun at Wheat-Free diets and assume that anyone not actively Ceoliac is somehow faking it or merely following some deeply suspect food fad.

Being cynical by nature I had my own doubts so when my GP suggested a wheat-free diet I will admit to being sceptical. But – working on the grounds that anything is worth a try – I launched into the world of wheat-free. Continue reading