I had a lovely January – celebrating family birthdays and getting together with friends both in the comfort of home and out and about. So for this month’s blog, I thought I’d share a little snippet of what I’ve been up to, and how being coeliac easily ties into my day-to-day life and actually plays a great part in it!
Fun family celebrations
A school friend of mine has recently taken over the Traveller’s Rest in Lowton and I couldn’t think of a better venue to go with my family to celebrate my Dad’s birthday…
We all opted for the 3 Course Set Meal which, with it being Sunday, was a delicious Sunday Roast Dinner. Straight away I was reassured that all would be well when the waiter that served me explained he had been diagnosed with coeliac at the age of 14 months. He guided me through the menu and in the end, we had to be split up from chatting “gluten free” so that he could hand the order in to the kitchen!
My meal consisted of garlic mushrooms, roast lamb and mint sauce and ice cream for pud. It was a delicious gluten free meal in a warm, welcoming and atmospheric pub – what more could you want?!
Shopping spree with a gluten free meal
After a quick shop at the Trafford Centre with a friend, it was ‘out for tea’ at La Tasca. They have a great new menu with lots of gluten free options that are clearly marked, and the opportunity to wash it down with a gluten free beer if you wish… it’d be rude not to!
I had delicious gluten free crusty bread and dipping oil to start with, followed by a selection of Tapas, including Paella, marinated chicken thighs with a creamy spinach and mustard sauce topped with toasted almonds.
La Tasca is a great venue for a large or small informal get together, I’ve eaten there on lots of occasions and have never been disappointed. Also the beauty of a restaurant chain like this it can provide an impromptu yet familiar place to eat and gives you back that spontaneity of eating out before being diagnosed with the coeliac condition.
Supper with friends
My friends and family have been truly amazing since I have been diagnosed with coeliac. They’ve been totally understanding over the need for a strict (but not restrictive!) gluten free diet, also appreciating the importance of preventing cross contamination when preparing and serving meals.
This week alone I have been spoiled, as my husband and I have been invited out twice – which just shows the confidence my friends have gained in catering for a gluten free diet. We had a curry with our friends last Saturday, my friend was even kind enough to pick up gluten free naan bread.
Although the gluten free naan breads I had on this occasion were ready made, there is a super recipe to try using Juvela Gluten Free Mix. You can always make a batch and pop them in the freezer for when you need a perfect accompaniment to your favourite curry.
My other evening was a get together with my friends after work, giving us chance to catch up whilst enjoying a tasty supper of baked potatoes, salad and houmous*. Followed by crushed meringue nests* with fresh raspberries and cream. Simply delicious!
I feel truly honoured that my wonderful friends and some restaurants are listening and learning about how to cater for a coeliac and are super careful to ensure I stay safe – it means I can enjoy great food as well as great company.
Happy, healthy gluten free eating!
Liz x*The information we’ve provided here is accurate to the best of our knowledge at the time of publishing. As always, please ensure you thoroughly check any food is definitely gluten free by asking plenty of questions before you decide to try or buy!