The Anonymous Widower

Disappointing Kiel

After my disappointment with not getting a ride on the hydrogen-powered Coradia iLint, I decided to take a trip to Kiel.

I had expected a bustling riverside with perhaps nice places to eat overlooking the water. Perhaps, I was expecting somewhere similar to Bordeaux, Gdansk or Stockholm

I was at least able to buy a drink in a cafe, but I didn’t find any suitable food.

So I retreated to a shopping centre and bought a tuna salad in a plastic bowl.

I don’t think, I’ll be going back.

October 12, 2018 Posted by | Food, Travel | , | 1 Comment

A Delicious Meal For A Coeliac In A Fast-Food Restaurant

When I was diagnosed as a coeliactwenty years ago, fast-food restaurants were all gluten-full and alcohol, especially beer that I prefer was absent.

But look at these pictures of my lunch.

I ate in Leon in Leadenhall Market.

Gluten-free food has certainly changed for the better.

October 9, 2018 Posted by | Food | , , , , | Leave a comment

Taste Of Nature Bars

Finding gluten-free snacks was difficult in Switzerland, but I did find these.

I bought this pair at Geneva Airport on the way home.

They were very similar to some Eat Natural bars.

I usually take about two UK bars for each day of travel.

September 14, 2018 Posted by | Food | , | Leave a comment

Freedoming – Bebo Cafe In Hertford

I had gone to Hertford East station to take a few photographs of the West Anglia Main Line on the way and check a few things.

Finding myself in a town, I only knew vaguely, I walked towards the centre and found the Bebo Cafe.

It describes itself as a Gourmet Cafe and Coffee … on its incomplete web site.

I think it fills that bill.

Especially, as the very nice sandwich I had, was made on gluten-free bread.

I shall return!

August 26, 2018 Posted by | Food, Travel | , , | Leave a comment

My First Chicken Nuggets

I am seventy and I’d never eaten chicken nuggets, until yesterday.

They didn’t really exist before I was diagnosed as a coeliac twenty years ago and I would now never buy anything like that from a fast-food shop, as I don’t want to be glutened.

However, yesterday, I received an e-mail from Leon to say they had finally cracked gl;uten-free chicken nuggets.

So I just had to go and try a few.

They were delicious!

August 3, 2018 Posted by | Food | , | 2 Comments

Eating In Novara

Novara is a town with not too many restaurants, so I followed the advice I gave in Dr. Chris Steele, where I said this.

As to eating out, Dr. Steele should try Italy. Just say you are a coeliachai and you get gluten-free pasta in many restaurants. We should follow the Italians and treat the disease very seriously, as how much does the misdiagnosis cost the NHS.

I just chose a busy restaurant, said the magic word and had an excellent meal of grilled fish and vegetables.

What did surprise me was that despite Novara being in the middle of Italy’s rice-growing area, I wasn’t offered risotto.

May 29, 2018 Posted by | Food | , , | Leave a comment

In Bruges

I thought that I was passing the city, I should take a pit-stop in Bruges, with perhaps a gluten-free breakfast.

If you go to most cities in Germany, there is always a handy tourist office at the station.

As I didn’t know the city, I needed information on how to get from the station to the centre, which was a twenty minute walk.

If it hadn’t been for a helpful local man, who spoke impeccable English, I wouldn’t have found out that the buses were convenient, but you had to buy the tickets from the paper shop inside the station.

In addition, there wasn’t any visible staff at the station.

How tourist-friendly is that for a welcome to one of the most important sites in Belgium?

My gluten-free breakfast wasn’t very good either!

It came with ordinary bread and only the tea was good.

My argument is that if you advertise gluten-free, then make sure you can do it properly.

Finding a bus back to the station wasn’t easy to cap it all.

Conclusion

Don’t expect to turn up in Bruges on a train and spend a pleasant hour or two before moving on.

Unlike many cities in The Netherlands, Germany and Italy, the information lets you down.

 

May 16, 2018 Posted by | Food, World | , , , | Leave a comment

Thoughts On Alcoholism

In the last month or so, I’ve done something that I’ve never done before in my life.

I’ve drunk perhaps half a bottle of beer when I’ve got up. Admittedly, I’d left the bottle half finished by my computer.

It was good.

In the 1960s, I could drink a lot of beer. I just seemed to need it.

About that time, I decided I needed to drink large amounts of fluids and swapped to tea and Coke.

My doctor understands my needs for fluids and the practice nurse has the same problem. The nurse puts it down to leaky skin, which he has.

I actually love walking in the rain, so that might help explain it. We all live by the laws of physics.

My father warned me off alcohol in a practical way, by giving me halves of Adnams down at Felixstowe Conservative Club, whilst we played snooker, when I was about fourteen.

My father drank a lot of fluids, but I never saw him drunk and most doctors would say he was a sensible drinker. Like me, he also drank a lot of tea!

He had a reason to control his drinking! His father had died from complications of being an alcoholic at 40, when my father was about twenty.

My grandfather had lived just around the corner from where I live now and my father had once told me, he had drunk large amounts of beer and had moved on to whisky.

Around 1900, there was very little to drink except beer, so did my grandfather’s need for fluids mean that he turned to what was available?

Now I like a good beer and know of its properties to slake a thirst when you’re dry. I’ve worked in foundries in the 1960s and beer was always available.

So is there a type of person, who needs a lot of fluids and if beer is available they turn to it. In some cases does this lead to alcoholism.

As to myself, I must have gluten-free beer and because I’m on Warfarin, I must keep my alcohol consumption down.

So I now drink a gluten-free beer, that is just 0.25 of a unit and tastes like real beer from Marks and Spencer.

But then it is real beer, as it is brewed in Southwold by Adnams.

My life has come full circle.

 

 

March 18, 2018 Posted by | Food, World | , , , , , | 2 Comments

A Quick Fish Pie Supper

I like fish pies and there are several entries for fish pie. If I have time, I will cook my version of Jamie Oliver’s Fish Pie.

But today, I found a new gluten-free fish pie in Marks and Spencer, so I had to try it.

I cooked it in the microwave and it was of a very different type to Jamie’s, being creamy rather than having a good proportion of vegetables. Although, both have a potato topping, rather than a pastry pie-crust.

It was well-worth buying, cooking and eating, at a cost of £3.80 for one.

Note the tomato sauce in the pictures. I’ve found some very dodgy fish pies and cooked some of my own, in my time, that needed it.

This one certainly did not!

Next time, I’ll cook it in the oven, although I think both methods will work, but you may get a different texture of pie.

March 15, 2018 Posted by | Food | , , , | 4 Comments

Why I’m Not Sorry About Kentucky Fried Chicken

The troubles of Kentucky Fried Chicken don’t bother me one smallest of an iota.

In fact as a coeliac, I think it is huge laugh.

This page on their web site is the allergy and nutrition list of their menu.

It is probably the most coeliac-unfriendly list, I’ve ever seen from a restaurant chain and treats our gluten-free dietary needs with contempt.

It says to me that KFC believe, that anybody who doesn’t eat gluten is a Grade A Pain-In-The-Arse, and deserves to be poisoned.

The people I feel sorry for are kids, who are coeliac, who probably miss out on a few parties.

I’ve never knowingly eaten any Kenchucky Fried Chicken products in the past and never will in the future, unless the chicken-free problems brought about by DHL, result in a menu that doesn’t try to kill me!

February 22, 2018 Posted by | Food, Health | , , | 1 Comment