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Jackie Mitchell is a journalist and public relations consultant with over fifteen years' experience. She works with small businesses and charities providing PR services.

With a background as a features writer in the media, Jackie has worked on national newspapers, websites, consumer magazines, trade publications and radio stations all over the UK. For some years, she worked abroad - in Australia, Hong Kong and New York. After returning to London, she worked as an account director at several major London agencies.

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November 10th, 2013

Experimental Food Society Show

My big find at the Experimental Food Society Spectacular, held on 9 and 10 November at London Truman’s Brewery,  was gluten free, wheat free, yeast free and soy free bread made from broccoli flour. The founder of Plan Bread Paul Shackleton, a former City worker, experimented until he came up with a broccoli flour, but only uses the florets, not the stalks. He sells sandwiches made from the bread (which are delicious) with different fillings such as roast chicken with creamed corn and rocket (£4.25); cured ham and guacamole (£4.35) and mushroom and brie (£3.95) Apart from its ‘free from’ qualities, the bread is low carb as well.

The sandwiches can be purchased online, but delivery is only in London at the moment. Dairy free options are currently being developed.

According to Meringue Girls, cupcakes have had their day. Now it’s the age of the meringue. And if you’re gluten free and dairy free, that is fantastic news! Multi-coloured meringues were on sale in different flavours such as Matcha green tea, Pistachio and Rosewater and Manuka Honey. Delicious. And they’ve got a cookbook out. Buy the meringues online or at stockists such as Selfridges, Harvey Nichols and Fortnum & Mason. They are yummy!

To take part in the ‘breathable tea room’ we needed a long plastic transparent tube. The tea was brewed in Le Whaf, a device which vaporises the tea into a ‘cloud’ which can be inhaled. Mayanne Sorat advised us to keep it in our mouths – the result was a pleasant taste of tea. Le Whaf can be purchased online. Teas were described for the brain, beautiful skin or for aches and pains and were from Camellia’s Tea House

Special mention must be given to Michelle Wibowo , cake and sugar artist for her incredible life-like models of the Queen and one of her corgis, made entirely of sugar paste. The Queen took 65lbs of sugar paste. The attention to detail is incredible – all her jewellery glitters!


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