Monday, 19 September 2016

...and drinks Coffee, lots of coffee

So we got a new coffee toy recently. A deLonghi Bean to Cup machine (it also does grounds). It's quicker than boiling a kettle in the morning and now that it's tweaked just a little it does a decent mug full.
And then I thought about getting more beans, there have always been beans, I have a grinder and an espresso maker, and before that a filter and espresso maker.  I started researching Irish coffee roasters, I have some Ariosa beans since Taste or Bloom and the initial beans were some Marley Beans picked up cheap in TKMaxx and already open, and the coffee maker said it needed at least 8 cups to get started.
I knew there were coffee roasters in Ireland, apart from the big old guard like Bewleys and Robert Roberts, I've enjoyed Ariosa, 3fe, Java Republic, Pónaire and Galway Roast and I wondered if there more and if there were subscription services.
These are what I found:

3fe there were so many people on twitter who suggested these, and I have to say that I like it.
Ariosa a nice coffee
Art of Coffee
Badger & Dodo
Bell Lane Coffee
Bewleys - not my favourite, a lot of places stew it.
Cloud picker coffee
Coffee Mojo
Cork Coffee
Craft Coffee
Craic Coffee
Galway Roast I occasionally pick this up when visiting my folks, good coffee
Golden Bean
Happy Pear
Imbibe Coffee
Insomnia - I didn't realise that this was an Irish origin company
Java Republic fairly widely available, I have enjoyed it.
McCabe Coffee
Pónaire I've got this a few times at Bloom and places like that, I like it.
Red Rooster Coffee
Roasted Brown
Roast House Coffee
Robert Roberts the other coffee and tea company in Ireland, they've done subscriptions occasionally.
Rosco Coffee
 I found a map of Roasteries in Ireland and UK
And Blooming Brew do a subscription for different brewers.
Coffee Beans do a coffee of the month

I'm going to up date this as I find more, feel free to suggest more.

Sunday, 9 March 2014

Cake & Crumb - Carrot Cake and buns

One of the things I really missed when I went gluten-free was good cakes/buns.  Many of them are so heavy and so much food that is so expensive that letting it go off so I end up eating an awful lot of cake and then feeling guilty about it.  However Cake & Crumb have these packs of four cupcakes that are delicious.

And they aren't just chocolate!  I'm not a huge fan of chocolate to be honest and there are yummy Carrot Cake, Coffee Cake, and several other choices.  You can also get whole cakes, but they're much bigger, I'm just happy that occasionally I can go into Dunnes and pick up a treat that tastes good.  And the Icing tastes very good too.

Hurrah for Cake & Crumb

Friday, 17 January 2014

Keogh's Crisps

So recently I was in an Insomnia Cafe hiding away from rain on my way from a minor shopping trip to our local grocery stores, and I was looking at the coeliac options and mentally swearing a little.  I'm not really a chocolate person, sometimes I will eat them but I have to be in a particular humour.  Then my husband pointed out that they had the new Keogh's Crisps Dubliner Irish Cheese and Onion wot are Gluten Free now. (Announced on their facebook page but as of writing this post, not on the website) They were very good, I still prefer the Sea Salt and Irish Cider Vinegar or low salt variations but this is a nice occasional treat.

Crisps are a bit of a pain, I only get to eat expensive crisps most of the time, no Tayto, King or Hunky Dory's for me, all contain or may contain Gluten.  Lidl do have some of their Deluxe range that I haven't reacted to.  Oh yeah that's the fun gamble, will I react or not...  Sometimes I'm in the mood, sometimes not, I had lunch on Monday that had me ill for two days, one of which lead to missing a day of work, because I ate food that shouldn't have done anything to me, but did.  Sometimes it works, Monday it didn't.  It's the lottery of living with Gluten sensitivity.

Monday, 13 January 2014

M&S - Orange & Polenta Biscuits

I plan to review some more of the range as I buy and eat more of it, mostly again, I like the range in general and the Lemon Sponge cake  is my particular weakness, the fact that their sausage range is mostly gluten-free is a huge bonus.

Today I tried the Orange & Polenta Biscuits.  They're not bad, probably would be very good as dunking biscuits as they're quite dry and slightly hard.  Tomorrow I'll try them in some tea or coffee.  I prefer my biscuits a bit more moist, these are more biscotti in texture but they're nice.