Tuesday, 15 April 2014

My Love Affair With A Crusty Cob



If you follow me on Twitter, you might have noticed me tweeting about my new found love - DS Frozen White Rolls!

I can't help it. Egg and gluten free bread is extremely hard to find and much, much harder to make.

I was primarily buying the DS ciabatta rolls for a couple of years. Tesco briefly stocked Yes! You Can Bread which was fantastic, but then it disappeared.

Recently DS launched a pack of frozen white rolls that you bake at home in 8 minutes.

I buy a pack every few days now and keep finding new uses for them.

Once baked, they have the texture of crusty cobs (Welsh people will know what I mean!) - something that I really miss. Crusty cobs with lashings of marge and a couple of slices of tongue were part my childhood!

The rolls make excellent burger buns, buns for chip sandwiches, tuna mayo sandwiches, cheese on toast and something I discovered last Friday night after a few ciders - leftover fishcake butties!*

Egg free or not, try these rolls out. Convenient, freshly baked gluten free bread - DS have done it again!


*My GF fishcakes are super easy: boil potatoes and mash, add a tbsp of rice flour or potato starch and mix. Make a paste of one stick of lemongrass and a few spring onions, fry off and add 1/2 tsp garlic salt and 1/2 tsp paprika, salt and pepper, then tinned pink salmon. Heat through, then add mixture to the mash. Using two large spoons, form a ball from the mixture and drop onto a plate dusted with rice flour. Pat down into a pattie and flip over to coat both sides (you could also use breadcrumbs). Grill and brown on both sides.

Wednesday, 9 April 2014

The UK Gluten Free Sunday Roast Guide!


After the popularity of my UK Gluten Free Beer Guide, I now bring you the Sunday Roast Guide! 

All pubs/restaurants listed here have been verified as serving a gluten free roast with gluten free gravy. 

The list is accurate as of April 2014, confirmed either via the venue's website or via personal recommendation through Twitter etc.

As before, please feel free to recommend your local. Leave a comment below or tweet me! (@likeazebora)


Northern Ireland 
x 0

Scotland North 
x 0

Scotland South 
x 1

The Star Hotel
18 Main St, Twynholm, Kirkcudbright, Dumfries and Galloway DG6 4NT
www.starhoteltwynholm.org.uk/index.php?page=sunday-roast
Gluten free Yorkshires? Yes

North East 
x 0

North West 
x 0

Yorkshire and the Humber
x 2

The Tanglewood
Malton Road (A64), York, North Yorkshire YO32 9TW
www.thetanglewood.co.uk/menus/sunday-lunch.html
Gluten free Yorkshires? Yes

The Copper Horse
Main Street, Seamer, Scarborough, North Yorkshire, YO12 4RF
www.thecopperhorse.co.uk/dining/gluten-free.html
Gluten free Yorkshires? Yes
Also serve hot GF puddings and GF beer

East Midlands
x 0

West Midlands
x 1







Duncombe Arms
Main Rd, Ellastone, Ashbourne DE6 2GZ
www.duncombearms.co.uk

Wales
x 0

Eastern Region
x 0

South West
x3

The Townhouse Bar and Restaurant
85 Whiteladies Road, Clifton, Bristol BS8 2NT
www.thetownhousebristol.co.uk
Gluten free Yorkshires? Yes

The Bear Cross
Bournemouth, Dorset BH11 9LU
www.thebearcross.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/2013-Gluten-Free-Menu.pdf
Gluten free Yorkshires? Yes
Also serve hot GF puddings

The Amberley Inn
Culver Hill, Amberley, Stroud, GL5 5AF
www.theamberleyinn.co.uk

South East
x 1

The Farm Tavern
13 Farm Rd, Brighton and Hove, East Sussex BN3 1FB
www.farmtavern.designextreme.com
Review here - http://www.gfdining.co.uk/tag/gluten-free-roast-dinner/
Gluten free Yorkshires? Yes
Also serve hot GF puddings

London
x0


Monday, 7 April 2014

The City Bakehouse, Cardiff





I've been trying to get to The City Bakehouse for aeons. I was born in Cardiff and all my family come from there. Things seem to take a long time to reach South Wales, as anyone who grew up there will know! It is therefore pretty exciting that Cardiff has an actual gluten free cafe - and I hope that this will inspire many people to check it out and support the great work those guys are doing.

The cafe is tucked away in a little row of shops along Caerphilly road, a short drive from the city centre and an even shorter drive to one of my favourite places in Wales, Roath Park.

I hadn't planned what I was going to eat, so when I walked in and was faced with a glass cabinet of gluten free treats, I chose a chocolate orange cake and a latte (with soya milk) before I'd even realised what I was doing!

I checked out the menu after we sat down and found out that pretty much everything on the menu was available gluten free. Crumpets! Waffles! Darn.

We ate up and I ordered takeaway toasted sarnies for a picnic in Roath Park, a ham and cheese on GF bread for me and a brie and bacon with cranberry sauce on wholemeal for my husband.

A freshly prepared, take-away gluten free lunch - doesn't happen often does it?


The City Bakehouse, 11 Thornhill Road, Rhiwbina, Cardiff, CF14 6PD
www.thecity-bakehouse.co.uk

Saturday, 5 April 2014

DIY Gluten Free Muesli

One supermarket's gluten free cereal

My home-made version, bagged up and ready to go

Delicious and nutritious cereal, served with almond milk

I was inspired to make my own cereal after wasting a heap of cash on a handful of 'Fruit and Fibre' from Morrisons. As you can see from the pic, there was just enough in the box for the few bowls and a lot of that was dust.

I bought a box of 'Morning Puffs Organic Gluten Free Buckwheat Flakes' from Vit Shop (one of my favourite sites for buying free from things, speedy delivery too.) 
I chopped up some dried apricot and dates, added ground flaxseed and stirred well. This was to ensure that the fruit wouldn't stick to itself or the flakes in big chunks. Then in a big bowl, I added the flakes, dried banana, pumpkin seeds, chopped walnuts, flaxseeds and the dried apricot and dates mixture. I tried to keep nuts to a minimum because of the calorie content (even though I love them so, it seems that they can turn an otherwise healthy breakfast into a calorie bonanza.) I bought all my dried fruit, nuts and seeds from Aldi or Lidl to keep the costs down.

I then bagged up the mixture to keep the freshness, allow for speedy pouring in the morning and making it easy to pack for nights away in hotels etc. Although this way of doing it isn't cheap, it will work out a lot cheaper than forking out £3+ a time for a box of cereal and dust.

I serve mine with ice cold Alpro Original Almond Milk and it reminds me a little of the Alpen of yore. It's got a great balance of sweetness and crunch and I've got the satisfaction of knowing exactly what has gone into my bowl.

Plus, it's a great way to get your fibre! 

Friday, 28 March 2014

Hapless and Half-Hearted at The Hermitage, Hitchin (Hertfordshire)

I'd heard good things about the Hermitage from my colleagues. I was told that they were very accommodating. I sent them an email about 10 days before we were booked in for a work meal.
I received this response -

"Hi Debra,
While we haven’t managed to Print a new GF menu, we will have one to offer you on the night with a large range of dishes.
Let me know if you still wish to know before your booking.
Call me on Monday when you are free and in front of our online menu and I can go through it with you on the phone."


On the night, I asked for the GF menu and received this -


All of the dishes with bread, breadcrumbs or batter were crossed through (except the whitebait which was mysteriously crossed through in the starters but not in the mains.) The dishes with quinoa were also crossed through.

This peculiar doctored menu seemed to suggest that I could order some of the dishes, i.e the 'Harissa and lime spiced hummus with flat bread' without the bread - REALLY?

As my eyes scanned the menu, I laughed a strange, snorty laugh to myself. I tried to get angry but I was quite hungry. They have meat! And chips! I'm good, honestly. Don't worry guys, I won't starve.

But I had got my hopes up. The email promised all sorts. Would there be bread, perhaps some GF crackers with the cheese board, maybe even a special dessert?

I felt embarrassed. I had told some of my brand new colleagues about the email. They were happy for me.

I ordered and was informed that the red wine jus sauce was the only GF sauce. And none of the sauces were crossed out on the menu.

I ate my dry chicken and chips while everyone tucked into burgers and twiddled my thumbs as everyone devoured their brownies and ice-cream and I felt an odd zen-like calm.

This is progress. The restaurant knows what gluten is! I'll just be patient. Things are getting better, right?

Hermitage Rd Bar and Restaurant
20-21 Hermitage Rd, Hitchin, Hertfordshire SG5 1BT
www.hermitagerd.co.uk

Monday, 24 March 2014

The UK Gluten Free Beer Guide!


Northern Ireland 
x 2

Laverys
12-18 Bradbury Place, Belfast, BT7 1RS
Gluten free beer available: Celia
GF food served: Yes, dedicated GF menu
www.laverysbelfast.com

The Marine Hotel
1-3 North Street, Ballycastle, Co Antrim BT54 6BN
Gluten free beer available: Estrella Damm
GF food served: Yes
www.marinehotelballycastle.com

Scotland North 
x 0

Scotland South 
x 2

Mamma's American Pizza
28-30 Grassmarket, Old Town, Edinburgh EH1 2JU
Gluten free beer available: Green’s Premium Pilsner
www.mammas.co.uk

The Doric
15-16 Market Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1DE
Gluten free beer available: Estrella Damm
GF food served: Yes
www.the-doric.com

North East 
x 4

The Free Trade Inn
St Lawrence Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear, NE6 1AP
Gluten free beer available: Wold Top Brewery 'Against The Grain' and Estrella DAURA
https://www.facebook.com/TheFreeTradeInn

The Central
Half Moon Ln, Gateshead, Tyne and Wear NE8 2AN
Gluten free beer available: Allendale Ale GFA

The Broad Chare
25 Broad Chare, Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear NE1 3DQ
Gluten free beer available: Wold Top Brewery 'Against The Grain' and Estrella Daura
www.thebroadchare.co.uk

The Quakerhouse
2 Mechanics Yard, Darlington, County Durham, DL3 7QF
Gluten free beer available: Hambleton Ales GFA

North West 
x 2

The Old Hall Inn
Whitehough, Chinley, High Peak, SK23 6EJ
Gluten free beer available: Several Green's varieties
www.old-hall-inn.co.uk

Dough Pizza Kitchen
75-77 High Street, Northern Quarter, Manchester, M4 1FS
Gluten free beer available: Estrella Daura
GF food served: Yes, dairy free too
www.doughpizzakitchen.co.uk

Yorkshire and the Humber
x 1

The Old Bell Tavern
6 Royal Parade, Harrogate, North Yorkshire HG1 2SZ
Gluten free beer available: Wold Top Brewery 'Against The Grain'
GF food served: Yes
http://markettowntaverns.co.uk/old-bell-tavern.asp?Tavern=Old-Bell-Tavern&Section=Main

East Midlands
x 1

The Angel
Main Road, Holmesfield, Derbyshire, S18 7WT
Gluten free beer available: Wold Top Brewery 'Against The Grain'
GF food served: Yes
www.angelatholmesfield.co.uk

West Midlands
x 0

Wales
x 1

Milgi
213 City Road, Cardiff, CF24 3JD
Gluten free beer available: Celia
GF food served: Yes
www.milgilounge.com

Eastern Region
x 2

Oscar and Bentleys
10 Guildhall Street, Canterbury, CT1 2JQ
Gluten free beer available: Celia
GF food served: Yes, the entire menu is GF
www.oscar-bentleys.co.uk

\Frank's Bar
19 Bedford Street, City Centre, Norwich, NR2 1AR
Gluten free beer available: Celia
GF food served: Yes
www.franksbar.co.uk

South West
x2

Maitreya Social
89 St Mark's Rd, Bristol BS5 6HY
Gluten free beer available: Daas Blonde
GF food served: Yes
www.cafemaitreya.co.uk

Green Rocket Cafe
1 Pierrepont St, Bath BA1 1NY
Gluten free beer available: My source says 'a few!'
https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Green-Rocket-Cafe/532993076722096

South East
x 1

Pizzaface
1 Coleridge Street. Hove, BN5 5AB and
35 St George's Road, Kemptown, Brighton, BN2 1ED
Gluten free beer available: Celia
GF food served: Yes, GF and Vegan pizza available
www.pizzafacepizza.co.uk

London
x8

Honest Burgers
Unit 34A, 54-56 Camden Lock Place, London NW1 8AF
Gluten free beer available: Estrella Daura
GF food served: Yes

Honest Burgers
Unit 12 Brixton Village, London SW9 8PR
Gluten free beer available: Estrella Daura
GF food served: Yes
www.honestburgers.co.uk

The Dovetail
9-10 Jerusalem Passage, London EC1V 4JP
Gluten free beer available: Mongozo Premium Pilsner
www.dovepubs.com

The Jerusalem Tavern
55 Britton St, London EC1M 5UQ
Gluten free beer available: St. Peter's Ale
www.stpetersbrewery.co.uk/london-pub

Vozars
Unit 26 Brixton Village, Brixton, SW9 8PS
Gluten free beer available: Celia lager
GF food served: Yes
www.vozars.co.uk

Olly's Fish Experience
65-69 Norwood Road, Herne Hill, London, SE24 9AA
Gluten free beer available: Celia
GF food served: Yes, GF every Monday and Tuesday
www.ollys.info

The Trustcott Arms
55 Shirland Road, Maida Vale, London, W9 2JD
Gluten free beer available: Celia
GF food served: Yes
www.thetruscottarms.com

Otto Pizza
9 Chepstow Road, London, W2 5BH
Gluten free beer available: Celia
GF food served: Yes, GF bases
www.ottopizza.co.uk

About the Guide

This is a work in progress. I'm looking to add GF beer that is available at a bar or in a restaurant (rather than in a shop.)
Are there other places out there? (I believe the La Tasca chain sells Estrella beer, Pizza Express sell Greens and Pitcher and Piano have been known to sell GF occasionally, but i'm sticking to independents here.)
Leave a comment or tweet me if you know of anywhere!

**The Guide is accurate as of March/April 2014. I have taken information directly from the websites of the venues or from recommendations via Twitter etc.**