The Anonymous Widower

Was My Dinner Last Night What It Said On The Packet?

When I came back from Huddersfield last night, I was a bit peckish.

One of the problems had been that the only gluten-free sandwiches available in the Marks and Spencer in Piccadilly station was cheese and pickle.

Yuck! Only Cheese And Pickle!

Yuck! Only Cheese And Pickle!

I do eat quite a bit of cheese, but I generally only eat ones with the extra mould in them like Rochfort. And for some reason cheese and pickle sandwiches are not of my liking.

I did think about stopping off in Islington at either Carluccio’s or my favourite Indian restaurant, but as it was so cold, I decided to see what I could get in Marks and Spencer’s at the station and then get a bus home immediately. So I bought one of their roast pork dinners for the microwave, as that would mean I’d be able to cook it quickly.

Roast Pork With Cider Sauce

Roast Pork With Cider Sauce

It is a favourite of mine, as I find that the sauce calms my throat well. It’s a bit sticky and I suspect like ginger cake, it absorbs the rhinitis and transfers it to the acids in my stomach.

Can I be sure I was eating pork, without a full DNA test?

It certainly tasted like pork and the meat was light and in slices, so the only other thing it could have been was perhaps a very plump bird.

So I doubt that it was anything but pork and I certainly don’t think it was horse.

But reading the ingredients, were the Apples Bramleys, the Cabbage Savoy or the Oil Rapeseed?

Surprisingly the mashed potato, which I’ll admit was nice contains double cream. The other surprising ingredient was the lemon juice in the roast pork.

It certainly didn’t contain any of the dreaded gluten.

February 24, 2013 - Posted by | Food | , ,


  1. I would have chosen the cheese and pickle sandwiches, as long as the cheese didn’t contain rennet, but that is because I am a vegetarian. As I could never kill an animal, I would never eat one.

    Comment by Janice Mermikli | February 24, 2013 | Reply

    • I suspect that that cheese did contain rennet. Sometimes, a gluten-free sandwich is all I get offered. If you try to be a vegetarian and stick to a gluten-free diet, your health suffers, unless you eat some very odd things.

      Comment by AnonW | February 24, 2013 | Reply

      • I suppose it is true that a vegetarian who has to eat gluten-free foods would have health problems. Personally, I have no problem with eating foods containing gluten and have no food allergies at all. My vegetarianism, which has been a constant since my early teens, is a matter of choice and I am in very good health and seldom ill. In addition, I am the only blood donor I know who gives blood three times a year and who can get up immediately after doing so and go home. I thank God every day for my good health, something which should always be appreciated.

        Comment by Janice Mermikli | February 24, 2013

  2. I don’t know how old you are, but that bastion of quack science (not!) Oxford University, has said that if your B12 levels are low at 50 and you have Alzheimer’s in the family, then you are at risk of the disease. As a coeliac, I get regular injections of B12 and the levels tested every year or so.

    There is also the fact from Nottingham University, that coeliacs on a gluten-free diet are 25% less likely to get cancer than the general population. I’ll go wit the statistics as after all Richard Doll, the man who proved that tobacco is bad for you, was both a medical statistician and a coeliac. He died at 93! But then he had the data for a long life and could interpret it!

    Comment by AnonW | February 24, 2013 | Reply

  3. Interesting stuff – like the thumbs up from Nottingham University on the gluten tree diet. I quite like the M&S GF ham salad sarnie – it reminds me of the days when I could just pick anything off the shelf and eat it. I’m a bit more cautious with the lactose in the cheese.

    Comment by thetravellingtravelator | February 24, 2013 | Reply

    • My late wife and I always thought our youngest son was coeliac like me. but he wouldn’t be tested and then he got pancreatic cancer which killed him. Was that the awful downside to what Nottingham found? On the other hand, he did smoke heavily as well.

      Marks seem to promote the dreaded cheese and pickle more than the others.

      Comment by AnonW | February 24, 2013 | Reply

      • I am very sorry to hear about your youngest son’s death from pancreatic cancer. There are no adequate words to express the sorrow of a bereavement when a child dies before the parents.

        Comment by Janice Mermikli | February 25, 2013

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