Eat.Sleep.Pilates and Doisy & Dam at Printworks Kitchen

One of the best parts about being forced to go gluten free has been the opportunity to meet all sorts of people who have started their own businesses around their passions.

Printworks Kitchen in Clerkenwell is one of those places. Opened last year by Catherine and Danielle, Printworks offers a range of tasty salads and proteins for weekday lunches, with the options almost always gluten free and with ever-so-tempting gluten free baked goods from Sweetcheeks (also run by Catherine). I will do a full review of Printworks at some point soon, because it’s such a great lunch option, and tasty salads deserve lots of photos.

Printworks Kitchen salads

Love the tasty salads

But about two months ago I got to enjoy those salads while also doing pilates and a chocolate tasting. Perfect evening or what?! Printworks partners with other small businesses to offer evening workshops, including flower arranging, food pop-ups, and pilates. The workshop was run by Vanisha, who set up Eat.Sleep.Pilates after doing an pilates instructor course while between jobs in banking. I do a pilates class once a week and felt that I could do all the moves without really pushing myself, but that I was still getting a workout. Vanisha was really good about explaining the moves and moving slowly if anyone was having problems. It was the right pace for me for an after-work class.

After pilates we got to eat gorgeous salads from Printworks. All of the salads were gluten free so I didn’t feel leftout at all.

 

Printworks kitchen salad

The final part of the evening was a chocolate tasting run by Nat and Alexa from Doisy & Dam. I’ve purchased some of their chocolate before on Ocado and was interested to hear more about the company and their ethos. Couldn’t believe that there are only 6 people working at Doisy & Dam, just goes to show how much can be accomplished by a small number of people. Doisy & Dan are trying to recreate the ideas of some famous commercial chocolate bars, but using good quality chocolate and superfood ingredients. For example, their Date and Himalayan Pink Sea Salt bar does taste a lot like a salted caramel chocolate bar! I was more interested in the fact that all their chocolate is gluten free, which other coeliacs will know can be difficult to find. I spoke to Nat and Alexa afterwards to tell them how important it was to me that all the chocolate was gluten free, and they said that originally it was just because the founders didn’t see the need for gluten in chocolate. I wish other chocolatiers felt the same… So hopefully Doisy & Dam will continue to make all their products gluten free in the future.

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For the chocolate tasting we got to have melted milk and dark chocolate on dairy free coconut yoghurt from The Coconut Collaborative. I’d never tried the yoghurt before but it was really good, and gluten and soy free too. It worked really well as a complete dessert with the strawberries and chocolate. We also got to put our own Doisy & Dam toppings on our chocolate. I tried cocoa nibs, pink salt, puffed quinoa and coconut.

All in all I had a great time at the Eat.Sleep.Pilates workshop at Printworks Kitchen with Doisy & Dam. I would highly recommend keeping an eye out for events run by any of the three businesses!

Chickpea, Corn and Avocado Salad – Gluten Free Recipe Inspiration

A few months ago I moved into a flat with my boyfriend, with the exciting bonus of a fully gluten-free kitchen that I can experiment in to my heart’s content. Which means I’ve been doing a lot less eating out and a lot more cooking than when I was sharing flats. So I’m going to be sharing a few of my gluten free food ideas. Nothing fancy, very much in a ‘what coeliacs eat’ way, but I always like inspiration!

First up is one of my favourite lunch salads.

Colourful corn salad

The salad in its purest form. Love the colours so much.

This is one of the most versatile things I make and can stand up to all sorts of changing the ingredients based on what’s in the fridge/cupboard. I have been known to eat it for weeks on end. Plus it’s also vegetarian, vegan, dairy free, egg free, and all sorts of other healthy hashtags. But most importantly it’s tasty and naturally gluten free. It’s also one day late for Cinco de Mayo, but this is definitely more a take on ingredients associated with Mexico, rather than any kind of traditional Mexican food.

The main ingredients are chickpeas, sweet corn, red peppers and spring onions. I use canned chickpeas and frozen or tinned sweet corn because they’re easiest, but I’m sure it would be tasty with dried chickpeas and fresh corn. I usually make two portions, and divide the can of chickpeas, a tin of corn and a pepper between two tupperware. A quarter or a half of an avocado per lunch is also almost always involved, unless I can’t find one but am craving the salad.

Salad with black beans and cheddar

Experimental salad with black beans and grated cheddar.

Everything else is very experimental depending on what’s around. I have made this with black beans, with grilled halloumi, with grated cheddar, and with sausage. It would probably be good with all of those things at once even, though would provide more than 2 meals! For dressing I usually just season well and add a drizzle of olive oil and squeeze of lemon, but the oil isn’t necessary if you have a ripe avocado because it will mash into a dressing.

Salad with avocado

The salad with the avocado mashed in as dressing. Really works in place of the oil!

Salad in layers

I love the layers the salad makes in my tupperware. Probably a good one for a Mason jar, but I’m not quite that hipster. Also notice the halloumi on top.

Hopefully this will provide some lunch-time inspiration to coeliacs and to everyone. I would love to hear any gluten free lunch ideas that you have too!