Yay! The lovely Sally from Namaste Foods (Cool name, huh?) was so kind and sent me some baking mixes to try and review!
Sally was so generous and helpful! She sent me a hand-written note and various papers with sticknotes that shared her thoughts about the company which specializes in Gluten-free baking. Sally (and I) encourage you to visit the FAQ section of their website to learn more about how the company is trying to make gluten-free foods more accessible to those with Celiacs Disease.
Namaste is a small company based out of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. Is it a coincidence that my little cousin who has Celiacs lives very close by? Anyway, according to the company, The word “Namaste” (pronounced “Naa-Maa-Stay”) is an ancient Sanskrit word with no literal translation. They say it means, “The Spirit within me honors and respects the Spirit within you.” The word “Spirit” in this context has no particular religious connotation. You could substitute the word “Heart” or “Soul” if you like. The essence of the phrase is simply that the best part of me wishes you well. And we do wish you well. In seeking to offer you delicious allergen-free foods, we nourish the body. In nourishing the body, we hope to help nourish the mind and the spirit so you can enjoy optimum health.
First, I decided to try the waffle and pancake mix because I had been craving pancakes the last couple weeks.
The pancakes were super easy to make. Just add some water, a tad bit of oil, and an egg (or egg substitute). Stir and Voila! I made some plain (for my picky little brother), some blueberry, and some cinnamon blueberry. The package makes two batches, and the picture shown above is just one batch (That is a whole lotta pancakes!)
But how did they taste? When my dad, the harsh food critic, says the pancakes are really good; then the pancakes must be good! And in my opinion, they definitely are! I couldn’t even tell that they were gluten-free! Great Job, Namaste!
Next up, the muffins.
I had been craving poppyseed muffins lately, so I decided to go with my craving and stir some poppyseed to the mix. The mix was once again easy to make with the same oil, water, egg requirements. They add fresh vanilla bean to the mix, so I can see little black specks of the vanilla, how sweet is that? It made 12 muffins (six of which I made lemon poppyseed, and the other six almond poppyseed. This was so by adding orange juice and lemon peel to one batch, and almond extract to another).
How did they taste? My mom and I both liked them. It was a denser muffin and reminded me a lot of brown rice mochi because it had a kind of sticky inside. I loved it smeared with almond butter, and it was perfect to pack for breakfast the next day (which I spent on the airplane). They did not crumble in the little plastic bag I brought them in, nor did they crumble while I sat on the plane.
Verdict: Namaste is such a great company! It is perfect for those with celiacs disease, but still incredulously yummy for those who do not have gluten allergies. My dad couldn’t even tell that they were gluten free!
And to show how they can be even more kind and generous, they offered to give away a Namaste package to one lucky reader! (Within the United States, please, due to shipping costs. Sorry!) The giveaway would contain a Namaste Tote with perhaps a pasta mix and a baking mix, coupons, literature and assorted goodies.
To win this wonderful assortment, there are multiple ways to win:
- Blog about this giveaway, and link back here to tell me you did so.
- Follow me on Google Reader, and comment here to tell me you did so. (If you already follow me, then comment as well, and you will get an entry!)
- Tweet, facebook, or do whatever else (sorry I’m don’t know all of the social networkings out there!) about this giveaway, and comment back here to tell me you did so.
- Lastly, leave a comment here telling me about your favorite pancake, waffle, or muffin add-in. (Mine has to be blueberries right now!)
Each of the above will give you one entry into the contest. So, if you do all four bullet points, you will be entered four times! The giveaway will end one week from now, and I will post the winner’s name (and email him/her), so that they can receive their reward! Good Luck!
Once again, thanks so much, Namaste, for allowing me to do this!
P.S. Don’t forget to send in a Picture or blog about your favorite food for the Food Lovin‘ Post! August is almost up!