One lovely evening we were invited to Vozars Gluten-Free Cafe (http://vozars.co.uk), a cute little place nestled in Brixton Market. We were there for a tasting of Ilumi World's new range of meals, as we were both quite curious about gluten-free food. Our only previous exposure being home-made gluten-free bread a friend once brought us - whether it was the gluten-free or her baking skills that were to blame we weren't sure, but after last week we can now say it must have been her baking skills!
Ilumi (http://www.ilumiworld.com) produce nut, gluten and milk-free, ready-made meals - predominantly soups, curries and casseroles. I am no expert on gluten-free food, but there has been research demonstrating that gluten can lead to bloating and tiredness, and some people are totally intolerant (coeliac disease). I do however have anecdotal evidence of an athlete I know who went gluten-free, and swears that it made a huge difference to her training and performance.
For myself, as someone who does not have a food allergy, or is particularly restrictive on any dietary factors (to say the least!), the most important factor would be taste, followed by convenience (it's a given that the Ilumi meals are healthy - no processed rubbish here). As I will be moving soon, and will no longer have such easy access to my family's delicious cooking (I am spoiled I know), these slow-cooked stews will be my go-to. It is either Venison Casserole with Pancetta and Sloe Gin (one of my favourites from the Ilumi Gastropub menu) - or a chicken breast and salad...which would you rather?!
And with all the meals being less than £4 - it is not going to break the bank.
For more info:
Ilumi World - more info on this gluten-free world, their range of products and some great deals -http://www.ilumiworld.com
Vozars Gluten-Free Cafe - a wheat and gluten-free cafe in Brixton, who sell the tastiest gluten-free beer too ;) (Celia Lager)! - http://vozars.co.uk
Thanks for a great night Ilumi, Celia, Vozars, Peter Lehmann Wines, Tribal Media and all our fellow bloggers!