26.2.12

Sunday Catch Up (7) - Vegan Pancakes & Tesco Chilled Free From Range

Wow, this week has gone by quickly. It has been a slow week on the beauty front. I had some more Tesco Clubcard Vouchers drop onto the door mat the other week.  I exchange them and bought Pai Cleanser. It finally was delivered on Thursday so I am a happy bunny.  This is an expensive cleanser at £25 my only criticism is the muslin cloth that comes with it.  I have found it rough so I use a different one.



Talking of Tesco I did a happy dance in the aisle after I found out they have launched dairy free margarine, cheese, milks, desserts and yoghurt.  The range is fabulous as there is so much choice.  I am surprised I have not seen more press coverage for this, a quick google search did not uncover much apart from an article from this website link.  There is a list of the full range on this site.





Apparently, the range is not only dairy free but gluten, wheat and egg free plus suitable for vegans and vegetarians.  My Tesco (and I assume others) has been a bit cheeky over the past six months to a year removing other brand dairy free products.  Cheezly disappeared a couple of weeks ago and now I know why. Normally dairy free alternatives are very limited in choice.  I hope this range gains popularity and the variety continues.  I often find that Tesco launches ranges but shrinks them at a later stage.  I picked up medium soya hard cheese, creamy original cheese spread and vanilla dessert on the go. I have just realised I picked up the wrong cheese spread I was after the cheddar style, oops!  Last night I had the hard cheese in wraps. It grated better than cheezly which I find crumbles and I enjoyed the flavour. I will have to report back on how it melts.

UPDATE - I really disliked the Tesco Dairy Free yoghurts and desserts. Stick with Alpro they are far superior and you will have happy taste buds. I have continued using the hard cheese I still think this is better than other brands available in my area.

Last weekend I was at my parents house. They are proper grown ups and buy newspapers unlike me (ha ha). Anyway, I was browsing the Sunday Magazine and came across a couple of products/companies that caught my attention. The first was Wild Planet (link) a UK company selling handmade natural and organic products. 
I am always on the look out for mineral makeup and I came across Funky Fresh Natural Skincare on ebay (link). Funky Fresh is free from bismuth oxychloride, talc, preservatives, fragrances or animal products. Suitable for vegetarians & vegans. I have ordered some samples of the finishing powders.  My order has not arrived so I will have to report back with my thoughts.




Tuesday was Pancake Day and I have not had a pancake for over 20 years because of my allergy to milk and eggs.  I attempted an allergy friendly version with the help of this recipe link.  The ingredients: 300g flour, 600ml milk, 50g sugar, 50g butter, Pinch of salt, 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon. I did substituted ingredients for my free from alternatives.  The end results were not bad considering I had never made pancakes before.

So I think that pretty much rounds up my week.  Let me know what you have been up to or any new purchases you have made.



14 comments:

  1. Wow thats cool Im not vegetarian or vegan in any way but I do dislike dairy products (most of the time).. and I think im lactose intolerant lol but im not sure.. great post.. x

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    1. Lactose intolerance is common, perhaps you may enjoy some of this range. It is definitely something that needs celebrating Tesco have finally recognised their dairy free customers, I have seen the gluten free ranges grow considerably over the past years. You have to remember I have been living with my allergies since birth I have seen a lot of products come and go.

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  2. I always enjoy your sunday catch up posts. It is so good that tesco have launched a free from range. x

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    1. Thank you, it's always nice to get feedback and I am glad you enjoy these posts. I like doing them :)

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  3. The free from range looks lovely! I wish I could find something like that in my grocery store. :) Sorry for the lack of comments.. I've been so busy this week! Hope you're doing well!

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    1. That's a shame you can't get anything similar. No need to apologise, I understand life often interrupts blogging/comments :)

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  4. Glad you enjoyed your pancakes & finally got your Pai skincare & free-from range, Tesco has done you well this week :) They have a range up here in Tesco but it's a tad sparse... could definitely do with a few more shelves!! Oh, I've also noticed the odd disappearance of other free-from brands in their supermarket too...! The wild planet range looks good, I'm going to have to check them out :)

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    1. I think Tesco just want you to buy their own brand products, which I can understand but doesn't make for a very fair marketplace. Wild Planet does look good let me know if you end up trying a product.

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    1. It's a great range, I just wish I could afford it on a more regular basis

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  6. I had a little insight over the past few weeks after my son had a temporary lactose intolerance after a stomach bug. I had no idea it was so difficult. I think vitalite is dairy free on spreads but we used some lactofree milk which fortunately he tolerated.

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    1. It's good that your son's intolerance was only temporary. Unfortunately I have a milk allergy which is different from being lactose intolerant, lactofree is not suitable for me as it is cow's milk. I use Pure spread rather than Vitalite :)

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  7. Great diary free find! I really miss the green dot marked on vegetarian foods (I'm not vegan but I am vegetarian). Unfortunately there is no such marking here and I have to squint to read the ingredients :(

    The pancake looks yumm :)

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    1. It seriously is the most exciting thing to happen this week lol. I've been getting so cross with Tesco recently they cater very well for gluten free diets but I struggle. Now they are back in my good books. I always found my diet easier to manage when I lived in Australia. In the UK Supermarkets use a "V" logos or the official ones for Vegetarian & Vegan Societies.

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