I always remark to Mr. LMUTB when we travel around Ireland that the further you are from a large town or city the better the quality and selection of the produce in local supermarkets. I am a little envious. The vast choice and volume of supermarkets in Dublin, and other large cities, can often dilute the quality and variety of products stocked, meaning that trips to speciality stores are necessary. One such supermarket in Clonakilty paving the way in specialty foods is Scally’s SuperValu.
On August 28th Scally’s SuperValu launched a range of 30 gluten-free goods, made fresh in their new designated in-store gluten-free bakery and food production facility. Investing €500,000 and creating five new jobs Scally’s SuperValu has become the first supermarket in Ireland with a designated facility producing products certified for coeliacs. To further reassure customers that goods are 100% gluten-free all products are independently tested and verified by Alpha Analytics. Scally’s SuperValu aim is to offer a diverse gluten-free range of exceptional quality, that is keenly priced.
Scally’s SuperValu very kindly sent me a generous selection of the gluten-free goodies to try. I can be a little bit fussy when it comes to baked goods, given that I spend so much of my time eating them, but I will admit to being very pleasantly surprised by the range. Petit pans had the delicious aroma of freshly baked bread, and the texture for me was that of ‘real’ bread, not your usual supermarket offering. Lemon polenta cake and carrot cake were both a hit in LMUTB HQ. I had some help in testing both the cupcakes and scones from the neighbours kids, and they gobbled them up. For me the scones lacked the lightness of their glutenous cousins, but the kids didn’t complain. I would also prefer to see butter used in place of margarine in the cupcakes, but again the kids worked some magic on them and made them disappear in the blink of an eye. I loved the potato and leek soup and the vegetable soup, both of which made for some very tasty lunches for me. Best of all for me is the simple list of ingredients for each item, no hidden nasties, just plain and simple ingredients.
Clonakilty Gluten-Free Cuisine is currently available from Scally’s SuperValu in Clonakilty, and Scally’s SuperValu Blackrock in Cork City, with future plans for expansion expected. Below is a list of some of the products available.
I received a hamper of goods from Scally’s SuperValu, all opinions are my own.
Brown soda bread, 450g – €2.00
White bread, 400g – €2.00
White bread rolls (four pack) – €2.00
Garlic bread (130g) – €2.00
Bread crumbs (400g) – €2.00
Fruit scones (four pack) – €2.50
Plain scones (four pack) – €2.50
Celebration cake / Birthday cake – €15.99
Trifle sponge – €2.00
Cupcakes (four pack) – €3.00
Carrot cake, 400g – €3.99
Lemon polenta cake, 400g – €3.99
Mushroom soup (500ml) – €3.00
Pepper sauce (460ml) – €3.00
Roast gravy (460ml) – €2.75
White sauce (460ml) – €3.00
Vegetable soup (500ml) – €3.00
Carrot & coriander soup (500ml) – €3.00
Tomato soup (500ml) – €3.00
Potato & leek soup (500ml) – €3.00
Shepherd’s pie (450g) – €3.25
Seafood chowder (500ml) – €4.00
Seafood pie (450g) – €3.50