The Anonymous Widower

Gluten Not Optional

I spent last night in the Ibis hotel at Karlsruhe and had a very good supper in Baden-Baden.

This morning, I’m on my way to Stuttgart, so I thought I’d pick up something at the station.

Usually, on German stations, I can find something like fruit, but here there were nothing gluten-free except a bag of McDonald’s fries, coffee etc and water.

I assume all German coeliacs are stick-thib, as they aren’t allowed to collect snacks on the run!

February 15, 2018 Posted by | Food | , | Leave a comment

Pizza Again Last Night

It’s not often, I’ve ate pizza two nights running, but last night I went to Pizzesco after Cielo di Berlino in Berlin.

Both were gluten-free and washed done with Lammsbrau gluten-free beer.

If you give Pizza Express 7 out of 10, then Berlin would be 8 and Munich 9 or 10.

The only trouble with Pizzesco is that it gets busier every time I go.

February 14, 2018 Posted by | Food | , , , , | 1 Comment

A Trip To Spandau

This morning I have taken the U7 line to Spandau Rathaus and explored the town.

I am actually writing this in a pleasant coffee jouse called Croissant, where I have enjoyed a mug of cappucino and a chocolate brownie, that was marked gluten-free.

I shall soon be leavibg to visit the Olympic Stadium.

February 12, 2018 Posted by | Food, Travel | , | Leave a comment

Angelina Jolie Gene Testing For All?

The title of this post is the same as this article on the BBC.

This is said.

Testing all women for the “Angelina Jolie gene”, even if not considered at risk, would prevent cancers, save lives and is cost effective, say doctors.

Having lived for forty years with my wife, who suffered breast cancer and then a few years later died from a squamous cell carcinoma of the heart, I know a lot about the emotional problems of cancer.

Many cancers and other diseases, like my coeliac disease, can be found in our genes.

Our youngest son died of pancreatic cancer, which was probably not helped by his smoking and poor eating and health habits.

If he had been a coeliac, which could have been likely because of my genes, that wouldn’t have helped either! But he wouldn’t be tested!

Speaking for myself, my life might have been very different, if I had been genetically tested as a child!

In the future, genetic testing will become much more the norm, as doctors, researchers, scientists and engineers will reduce the cost of doing a full genetic test.

The BBC article also says this.

The study, published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, estimated the impact of screening all 27 million women over 30 in the UK.

They said it would:

  • prevent 64,500 more breast cancers
  • prevent 17,500 more ovarian cancers
  • save 12,300 more lives

The study also said mass screening would be cost-effective for the health service.

But why stop at breast and ovarian cancer?

I feel strongly, that anybody likely to be a coeliac, should be tested at birth.

Keeping to a gluten-free diet, is getting easier every year and research at institutions like Nottingham University has shown, that coeliacs on a gluten-free diet are significantly less likely to get cancer, than the general population.

 

 

 

 

January 18, 2018 Posted by | Health | , , , | 2 Comments

The Return Of The Best Gluten-Free Sandwich From A Supermarket

Marks and Spencer do very good gluten-free  sandwiches. In my experience, the only better gluten-free sandwiches I have had, have been in a couple of dedicated gluten-free shops, where the sandwich has been made in front of me.

This was my lunch today, bassed on a gluten-free egg sandwich, that has been brought back after about five years.

Incidentally, I suspect that egg seems to have a complimentary taste with good gluten-free bread.

I’ve also had excellent gluten-free egg sandwiches in several places including the Tate Britain, Tate Modern and Cafe Northcote in Blackburn cathedral.

January 8, 2018 Posted by | Food | , , , , | Leave a comment

Belfast – A City Of Water And Bridges

I took these pictures as I walked from my hotel in the Titantic Quarter to Belfast City Centre to get some supper.

It wasn’t a difficult walk, although it was rather cold.

I ended up having a very enjoyable gluten-free supper in Made in Belfast, which is close to the City Hall.

November 28, 2017 Posted by | Food, Travel | , , | 1 Comment

The Reliability Of Online Reviews

Wake Up To Money this morning on BBC Radio 5 was talking about the reliability of on-line reviews.

So I sent in the following text.

As a coeliac, I find if I type “gluten free restaurant” with the city I’m in, I find somewhere good. Perhaps coeliacs don’t want to drop their peers in it!

It wasn’t read out directly, but someone else had said the same thing and the two messages were combined.

The method has certainly found me some very good gluten-free meals.

November 6, 2017 Posted by | Computing, Food, Travel | , | Leave a comment

Gluten-Free In Virgin First Class From Carlisle!

Crisps and a banana!

That is just not good enough!

But it was aerved with a smile!

September 12, 2017 Posted by | Food, Travel | , | Leave a comment

The Ultimate Gluten-Free Product

This morning, I bought a new gluten-free product from Marks and Spencer.

It may only be a humble seeded brown roll, but I think they have pitched it right for the market.

I ate one for lunch with one of their smoked salmon parcels.

I have tasted other gluten-free rolls that were slightly better, but none came anywhere near the 50 pence, I paid at The Angel.

I suspect, I’ll regularly use one for my lunch with an appropriate filling.

I called it the ultimate gluten-free product, as it is precisely targeted at the market.

  • I would expect, that the taste is acceptable to most people; coeliacs or not!
  • It is in a sealed packet with a Use-By Date of the 1st of September, which is four days from today.
  • You don’t have the waste of a loaf, which gets thrown away half eaten after a few days.
  • It would be ideal to buy, if you’re going to a party, in case the host doesn’t have a clue about gluten-free bread.
  • It would also be ideal, if you’re hosting the party and know that perhaps two out of twenty are gluten-free.
  • You could even pack a couple in hand-baggage, if you’re going abroad for a weekend and aren’t sure of the hotel.
  • I’ve stayed in a couple of excellent B&Bs, who would have found this product very useful.

At just fifty pence a time, you could even feed them to the birds or make breadcrumbs , if some are left over.

I’m certain at that price, M&S won’t make much direct money out of the product.

But if it takes off, how many will the product attract to the gluten-free section, who will then buy other products?

 

 

 

August 28, 2017 Posted by | Food | , , | 1 Comment

A Low-Alcohol Beer With Flavour

I was buying my usual gluten-free IPA in Marks and Spencer in Islington, when I saw this beer next to it.

This beer is just 0.25 units for a half litre bottle.

It also has flavour, as it is brewed by Adnams.

But the amazing thing was I had no adverse to the beer despite being coeliac, although I’ve never claimed to be a serious one.

August 24, 2017 Posted by | Food | , , , | 1 Comment