Monday, 27 January 2014

Product Review: Keogh's Dubliner Cheese & Onion Hand Cooked Crisps


Just over a week ago, I received an email from a Keogh's Farm PR representative, inviting me to try their new gluten free Dubliner Cheese & Onion crisps

It was a pleasant surprise to get an offer to do a product review so early in the year. They are the first Irish, gluten free, cheese & onion crisps, made and grown in Ireland by Keogh's Farm.

They generously sent me two large bags and three small bags of the Dubliner Cheese & Onion crisps. More than enough for sharing. The packaging is clearly marked with an heart shaped gluten free label on the front. There are a decent amount of crisps in the bag too. There's nothing worse than opening a packet of crisps and finding a weedy number of crisps inside.

The taste is good. Pretty much what you would expect from a cheese & onion crisp. Good bite, nice crunch, moreish. There's an 'earthy' taste/quality to them. The cheese & onion taste can linger a little longer than is welcome on the palate, but that's cheese & onion for you! A decent tasting gluten free crisp.

I love that this is an Irish product and that they use potatoes that can be traced back to the field it came from, via their 'Spud Nav' feature on their website. http://www.keoghs.ie/keoghs-hand-cooked-crisps/crisp-traceability-spud-nav.html

It is really great that Keogh's recognise the need for quality gluten free products in the Irish market. However, my one problem with them is the use of rapeseed oil in the ingredients list. Rapeseed oil = not an healthy oil. For such a high standard crisp, it is really let down by the use of this oil. Just to note, I was informed that the quantities of Rapeseed oil used in the flavouring is <1% as an ingredient and that the crisps themselves are cooked in high oleic sunflower oil. Nonetheless, It all adds up. For such a small percentage of use, it really should be swapped out for an healthy oil.

These crisps are available in Superquinn, Dunnes, Tesco, Supervalu and independent shops, nationwide. The large sharing bags go for Eur 2.49 and the small snack bags go for 0.99cents.

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Image (c) Keogh's Farm




Thursday, 16 January 2014

Another Year...


I haven't quite emerged from my winter hibernation yet. It doesn't seem like we're already half way through January, but despite my best efforts to deny reality, we are clearly well on our way into 2014. So I started this year being grumpy. Not voluntarily, I just am. The last few months of 2013 were a mixture of extreme sadness (there was a bereavement in my family) and trying to balance that with being happy and festive. Add to that a massive dose of mysterious glutening = extraordinarily unwell. Suffering dizziness, headaches, nausea, mouth ulcers - a general malaise. I know, I'm whining. However, if I can't use my blog to whine about my health every now and then, what's the point? Well, anyway - so I am here and still blogging and very slowly healing from what is one of the worst glutening cases I have ever been inflicted with.

I planned to start the year off with my beer blog. Remember that? I swear on all that is good and great it truly does exist. I have one more night of meeting with my beer panel of 10 and then, voila!, it'll be finished. The genuine delay was my becoming very ill over the past few months and my personal circumstances, that prevented the final run of tastings. So to whet your appetite, head on over to the awesome Gluten Free Cailin and check out her recent beer blog. Lots of useful info: http://www.glutenfreecailin.com/index.php/2014/01/gluten-free-beer-in-ireland/

The wonderful Sinéad Vaughan who is the creator of Antoinette's Bakery http://www.antoinettesbakery.com/ sent me an invitation to the Grand Opening of her shop (6 Kevin Street Lower, Dublin 8), for Saturday 18th January. More information about the event can be found on the website. The bakery caters exclusively to the gluten and wheat free market. Anywhere that offers gluten free cinnamon doughnuts and peanut butter brownies already gets a thumbs up from me. I'm looking forward to heading along and grabbing a gluten free treat. If you can, head on into Dublin and join in the tasty fun. A brilliant, Irish, gluten free, start-up business that needs and deserves our support.

Check Antoinette's Bakery out on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/AntoinettesBakery and on Twitter: http://twitter.com/AntoinettesBake

There is so much more going on in the gluten free world, but the truth is, I can barely keep up with myself these days. So I do extend my humble apologies for being out of the loop and the lack of gluten free info coming from my corner of the internet. I think once I start feeling a little less sorry for myself and a little healthier things will be a little less whiny and a little more informative here.

I wish you all a very happy and healthy new year and that everyone is settling well into 2014. The GFP x