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GFL Android App
I am proud to announce the launch of the Gluten Free Land Android App.
The GFL Android App allows you to find cafes, restaurants, takeaways, bakeries and shops nearby selling gluten free foods, no matter where you are in New Zealand. It also features a fast, easy way to browse our collection of recipes and save your favourites to your phone or tablet.
GFL Mobile on iPhone
This blog post describes how to access the Gluten Free Land mobile website on your iPhone or iPad. It allows you to search for places nearby that sell gluten free food. This guide applies to all versions of iOS, but may look a little different to your device if you aren't using the recently released (Sept 2013) iOS 7.
To begin, open your web browser "Safari" which has a compass icon.
Next, type glutenfreeland.co.nz into the address bar at the top of the screen. You will automatically be taken to the Mobile version of Gluten Free Land, as shown below:
To find something nearby, simply tap on one of the grey buttons. (You will be asked for permission to share your location).
Tip: You can toggle between the Full and Mobile versions of Gluten Free Land using the links at the top right.
To make it much easier to visit Gluten Free Land again in future, simply look for the row of icons at the bottom of your screen. If they're hidden, scroll to the top of the website to make them appear.
Now click on the icon that has a box and an arrow. This should bring up a popup menu, similar to the one shown below:
Now simply select "Add to Home Screen" and an icon will be saved to your homescreen for easy future access, like this:
I've often reminded readers about the importance to keep checking the gluten free status on labels even for products that we buy regularly as the recipes sometimes change. Typically I am talking about gluten in unexpected places or products that were previously gluten free but have changed.
Today, I have a positive story to share quite the opposite is true!
I am of course talking about the newly formulated Burgen gluten free breads.
The new recipe adds yeast and egg to the ingredients achieving (in my opinion at least) a much better texture. But these new ingredients are allergens for some and were not present in the Burgen products before. So how did Burgen look after those with yeast or egg allergies? Not only is the print on the packaging completely different, but they went to the trouble of placing a sticker on the front specifically stating that these new allergens have been introduced.
Better yet, to further improve the chances of affected customers noticing, they began attaching these stickers to the old product shortly before the changeover! These guys deserve a medal for being so responsible and thoughtful towards their customers.
Let's hope more companies follow Burgen's lead when it comes to alerting us to changes in their recipes.
Love Thy Curry
The kind people at Love Thy Curry sent me one of their curry kits to try out. I chose the Moghul Chicken Korma as it is one of my favourite Indian dishes. As much as I love Kormas, I've never made one myself from scratch, always "cheating" with a liquid premix sauce or opting for a visit to the local Indian restaurant. Having tried it, I must say that there is something very satisfying about making it yourself. Having all the ingredients already measured out for you makes it very easy and saves a lot of the hassle. The instructions also provide a clear shopping list for the ingredients not included in the pack, such as chicken, cream and onions so I was able to pick these up during my usual grocery shop.
Per the directions, I ground the almonds with garlic and ginger to form a delicious marinade for the chicken. Next, I cooked the onions and added the supplied spice mix. To get the flavours out of the mix, one has to grind it up. This is where a pestle and mortar can really come in handy. I don't own one, so made do with a food processor. After adding the chicken, remaining sachet of spices (cinnamon, bay leaves and chilli) I was ready to simmer while preparing the rice.
Although it was early and I had barely started simmering the Korma, other members of the household started appearing to comment on the beautiful aroma and ask when dinner would be ready. The result was fantastic. The curry has a great complex flavour, thanks to the combination of spices freshly ground in just the right proportions. In short, I loved it.
Love Thy Curry kits come in 10 delicious flavours:
Books have landed!
It's been a long time coming, but we're excited to announce that Gluten Free Land now has a special section dedicated to books! We've had a lot of requests for this feature from our users, so naturally we're very excited. To kick off, we've added the two books that were recently reviewed in the blog as well as a brand new book "Goodness Me It's Gluten Free" by mother and daughter Mary and Vanessa Hudson of Tauranga.
We will be adding more books regularly so keep checking back soon. And for those of you who follow us on RSS, don't worry, we will have a book feed up and running very soon.
Please feel free to contact us if there's a book you'd like to see added or if you have a copy of your own book that you'd like to send us for review.
Have a wonderful long weekend (or an especially long one for those of you in Hawke's Bay)!