Chilli to warm your chessy


Cold winter nights call for one thing, my dad’s homemade chilli. Nothing beats it after a long day and it is one of my fave dishes of all time. Whether it’s Bonfire Night, the weekend or just a rainy day, this spicy, hearty meal will fill your belly and warm you up good and proper.

I have used my dad’s recipe here and incorporated it to be gluten, wheat and dairy free. After years of practise and adjustments, I believe this is a chilli to beat off even Jamie Oliver’s.

This chilli includes 5 secret ingredients which create an even more flavoursome and creamy tasting dish. Serve alongside gluten free pitta breads or nachos with dips to create a Mexican inspired dish, perfect for sharing with friends.


  • 500g beef mince
  • Dairy free butter (I use Sainsbury’s Free From spread)
  • 400g tin chopped tomatoes
  • 400g tin kidney beans
  • 400g baked beans (Heinz baked beans are gluten free or could use organic)
  • Large tin of sweetcorn
  • 1 onion
  • 3 sticks celery
  • 1 tbsp of gluten free  flour (I use Dove’s farm gluten free plain flour)
  • 1 tsp chilli powder to taste (I use Millstone’s as I find it the best)
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 tsp cooking salt
  • Half tube tomato puree
  • A good knob of butter

Secret 5 ingredients

  • 1 square of dark chocolate (I use the Kinnerton dairy free chocolate found in supermarkets)
  • Squirt of tomato ketchup
  • Squirt of brown sauce (Tiger Tiger do a gluten free variety which can be found in Sainsbury’s)
  • Drizzle of Worcester Sauce (Biona Organic do gluten free)
  • Kallo gluten free Beef stock cube to crumble in

1)    Melt a knob of butter in a frying pan with the garlic

2)    Chop the onion and celery and fry until tender

3)    Add the chilli powder and fry for 2 minutes

4)    Add meat and cook until brown

5)    Add the flour and stir in well

6)    Add the tin of tomatoes

7)    Add the kidney and baked beans

8)    Add the salt and stir in the tomato puree

9)    Pour into a baking dish and allow to cook in the oven for 45 minutes

10)  Take out and add the sweetcorn, allow to cook for another 5-10 minutes.

This dish can be served with rice or is yummy as a snack on a jacket potato with melted butter – Delicioso!


Sainsbury’s Free From Christmas chocolate logs

One of the things I used to love as a kid was the small Cadbury chocolate cakes that were sold in shops at Christmas and Easter. Covered in chocolate with a spongy centre, they were finished off with a mini egg or flake on top for a yummy finish.  I can remember being given them for a treat on a Sunday night when my cousins came round and I couldn’t get enough of them.

Over the past few years however, being on a gluten, wheat and milk free diet has meant that I had to give up these little luxuries and I have often found myself stopping by them in the supermarket wishing I could eat them once more. Luckily for me, Sainsbury’s has come to my rescue this year by launching mini chocolate logs as part of their free from range.

Boxed up in a pack of five, these sugar coated brownie styled cakes are my new favourite free from find. At nearly 200 calories per cake and with 18g of sugar, they are the ultimate naughty indulgence and I can’t have more than one due to the effect high sugar consumption has on me, but I can’t deny the fact that they are truly delicious.

They are a  must have for any free from chocolate lover and I honestly can’t believe they are gluten, wheat and dairy free as I find them tastier even than what I can remember of the Cadbury’s version I ate as a child. After tasting them, I believe that Sainsbury’s has really upped their game with their free from range and I can’t rate them enough.

If you’re missing out on the traditional Christmas yule log this year, I think a box of these little lovelies will satisfy your seasonal cravings and I truly hope that they will be making an annual appearance at Christmas time on the shelves of the Sainsbury’s free from aisle.