Sunday, 17 February 2013

Review - Honeyrose Bakery


Honeyrose is an organic bakery founded by a Danish chef who trained in fine patisserie in Paris.  They are home-baked cakes that use entirely organic ingredients, and are stocked in most of the big supermarkets including Sainsbury’s and Waitrose, as Sainsbury's is my local, I have bought the bite sized brownies and the carrot cake loaf, and had the opportunity to try more of the range this month.

Its great to find good gluten free treats that are made with the best ingredients in the supermarket, whilst the supermarket own brand products are getting better in both taste and quality, I still find the smaller bakery products taste nicer, but its obviously more difficult to find the stockists to buy those products so its great that Supermarkets stock some of them.  Here is what I thought of a few of the honeyrose cakes:

honeyrose banana cake


Chocolate brownies
Little individually wrapped brownies, chewy, squishy yummy chocolate taste, really delicious and I think you can taste the quality of the ingredients. 

Macaroons
Nice coconut taste, I liked the lime, its different and gives them a really nice citrus flavour, these macaroons are a bit denser than some others I have tried but thats not necessarily a bad thing as they still taste really nice.

Banana cake
This is actually more like a bread, Its got a bread like texture and is delicately sweet,  It has a subtle banana flavour which is good.  I like my cakes a bit sweeter so this wouldn’t be top of my list for a cake treat, however I did take a few slices to work to have in the afternoon and it was great with a cup of tea, my 2 year old son also loved it!  and as its not too sweet and sugary I didn’t feel like I was giving him a traditional cake to eat, Its actually a really good little desert for children but didn’t feel indulgent enough for me. 

In summary, I really like the honeyrose range of cakes, the brownies are definitely my favourite and I really appreciate being able to pick the cakes up in my local supermarket. 

Honeyrose organic chocolate brownies – 9/10 scrumptious

Friday, 8 February 2013

Judging at the 2013 Freefrom Food Awards



I was honoured to be one of the judges for this years free from food awards, I have followed the awards over the years and feel strongly that as an allergy sufferer myself, they are something to support.  The organisation behind the awards Foods Matter, do a great deal to increase the quality of free from products as well as being a vital platform to raise awareness for smaller producers who are making great food free of allergies and need help to come to the attention of stockists and supermarkets etc.

The categories I was down to judge were, ready meals and sweet treats, biscuits and pastries.  The other judges were a great bunch of industry professionals, intolerance sufferers and the ubiquitous laymen which on the day I was there was the very lovely Ralph!  In the morning we tasted lots of pizzas, soups and one-pot foods, the quality of these were pretty good, and good debate was had over the products that should be shortlisted.  After a short lunch break where no one was very hungry! We started on the sweet category, we certainly ate a lot of biscuits, I personally feel there is still a long way to go with GF biscuit products to bring them up to a standard where a non allergy sufferer would say they were good, there were a few products which stood out from the rest but I can reveal no more until the announcement of the shortlisted products on the 20th February. 

Overall I had a great day, met some lovely people, and I discovered some new brands.  I am very proud to have been a part of the awards this year, and I will of course blog when the shortlist is out, so check back to see which brands made the cut.

For more information about the awards visit www.freefromfoodawards.co.uk