Showing posts from 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…

The UK Gluten Free Beer Guide!

 I've complied a list of pubs and restaurants that serve gluten free beer in the UK.
About this Guide

This is a work in progress. 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 your local sells gluten free beer too!

Northern Ireland 
x 2

12-18 Bradbury Place, Belfast, BT7 1RS
Gluten free beer available: Celia Organic, Greens Golden Ale, Greens Blond
GF food served: Yes, dedicated GF menu

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

Scotland North
x 1

Avery and Co
34 South Tay Street, Dundee DD1 1PD
Beer available: Estrella Damm Daura

Scotland South 
x 2

Mamma's American Pizza
28-30 Grassmarket, Old Town, Edinburgh E…

B'n'B of Dreams - Why you so far away?

This website of full of surprises :D

Link to B'n'B here.

Getting My Blog On Bean Stew

It's tough to get blogging again after a long break. Like starting a new sketch book or lyrics book.
The first one has to be good, memorable.

I cooked this stew last night, on the night before starting my new job. It is a hearty broth, warming and fulfilling. The cooking mojo was with me and I winged the ingredients and the method. The ingredients were mostly from Lidl and cost me very little and we had enough to last 2 nights (3 for non-gannets, probably.)

1 pack of pork shoulder steaks (about £2.80)
1 tin of red kidney beans
1 tin of baked beans
1 tin of butter beans
1 handful of red lentils
1 pork stock cube
1 red onion
2 sticks of celery
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp salt
2 tsp black pepper
1 bay leaf
Fresh thyme, mint, oregano (whatever herbs you have, fresh is best)

Slice the pork into large chunks. Keep on any soft fat.
Fry in sunflower/veg oil on a high heat, just to brown the outside. Fry in batches to avoid boiling the meat.
Finely chop the onion and celery and fry in the s…