The Anonymous Widower

Marks and Spencer Get The Labels Right

I suspect that many groups like sports and social clubs and places of worship have their proportion of coeliacs. But as I threw the case away from the Marks and Spencer’s quiche, I noticed it was clearly labelled.

Marks and Spencer Get The Labels Right

Marks and Spencer Get The Labels Right

And it was labelled in three places.

This is good and if it stops one person being glutened by eating the wrong quiche, it’s worth it.

Another idea would be to put one of the little flags like I saw in Poland in the box, so at a buffet the gluten-free food could be clearly labelled.


July 5, 2014 Posted by | Food | , | Leave a comment

Quiche, Scotch Egg And My Favourite Salad Vegetables

This was my lunch and the Scotch egg and quiche came from Marks and Spencer.

It must be at least fifteen years since I’ve had a Scotch egg.

Quiche, Scotch Egg And My Favourite Salad Vegetables

Quiche, Scotch Egg And My Favourite Salad Vegetables

But it was a good one.

If you’re worried I don’t get enough greens, I had a salad nicoise for supper.

July 5, 2014 Posted by | Food | , , | 1 Comment

The Irish Are Invading

One of the things I noticed at The Allergy Show was the number of new companies that I’d never heard of before. Several of these exhibitors were from Ireland and I stopped at one called Pure Bred from Donegal. I had a taste of their gingerbread and it was seriously good for a commercial product, that didn’t have a touch of the dry about it.

As I needed a loaf and buying Genius, where I live, means shopping other than my convenient Waitrose, I bought one of their sliced wrapped farmhouse loaves.

Bread to me must do three main jobs; make good toast, edible sandwiches when I travel and also make a good crust for some of the recipes I use like this fish from Mary Berry.

When I got home, I made some toast.

The bread certainly made seriously good toast.

One question that must be asked, is all this Irish gluten-free activity, a sign that the Irish economy is on the way to a full recovery?

July 5, 2014 Posted by | Food | , , | 4 Comments

Glamour Puds

The Allergy Show was busier than I’ve seen it before, with three supermarkets; Asda, Tesco and Sainsuburys exhibiting and a lot more stands generally.

One was called Glamour Puds, which in my view is a great name to get your product recognised. Especially, as glamour is a word rarely used with food, unless it’s Mae West suggestively eating something most of couldn’t!

I bought one of their raspberry jam sponge puddings and ate it with my supper. The pictures show the cooking sequence.

It was good and I’ll definitely eat another, when I can find a stockist. They will be in lots of Tesco stores soon, but then they don’t have a big store anywhere near me! But I don’t use them anyway! That’s another story!

If I have a complaint it’s not about the pudding, but the web site is factual and not glamorous enough.

I also think that they could add a touch of glamour to their presentation.  The word drew me in and I wasn’t sure what they were selling, until I saw the packaged item.

One thing you have to remember is that I can be a showman, even if I’m a bad salesman, but I do know how to provide the ammunition for others to sell.

On the other hand Gerald Ratner was a showman and looked what happened to him. But then as he said, he was selling crap. This company certainly isn’t.

They’re also selling into a market, where a higher proportion of their target audience is on the thin side compared to the general population. So selling puddings to coeliacs doesn’t probably invoke the same guilt reaction in your customers.

I would wish them luck, but they probably won’t need any more than average good luck.

But how about a single pot custard to go with an individual pudding?

July 4, 2014 Posted by | Food | | 1 Comment

My Sort Of Salad

I don’t really like lettuce and other green leaves in salad. This was my lunch yesterday of one of quiches from this post.

My Sort Of Salad

My Sort Of Salad

I eat a lot of cooked green vegetables, like spinach and cabbage. But when it comes to lettuce, it’s something that I’m happy to leave to the rabbits, so that they’re nice and large, when I eat them.

July 2, 2014 Posted by | Food | , | 3 Comments

A Pair Of Poison Free Quiches

Last week I had an excellent quiche from Marks and Spencer.

Today, at the Angel they had two different types; cheese and onion and Lorraine.

A Pair Of Poison Free Quiches

A Pair Of Poison Free Quiches

There is no provenance on the quiche Lorraine, but the ones with added poison are made in Yorkshire. So what with the Tour de France in the county next week, are they upping the anchors and moving across the channel?

But it was so nice to have a choice. I’ll have some of the Lorraine for lunch tomorrow and put the cheese and onion in the freezer for a very rainy day, when it’s too much to go to the shops.

June 30, 2014 Posted by | Food | , | 8 Comments

A Supper Of Odds And Ends

Supper tonight was one of those made up from what was left in the fridge.

A Supper Of Odds And Ends

A Supper Of Odds And Ends

The quiche was cold and half of one of Marks and Spencer’s new gluten-free ones. It’s funny, but going back, I think I’ve always preferred quiches cold. Are other people the same?

The tomatoes were delicious and had come via the De Beauvoir Deli from the Tomato Stall in one of England’s South Sea Islands. There were no air miles involved, if you’re worried!

The beetroot was a late-in-the-day reduction special at Waitrose and the asparagus was from Worcestershire and although it was tasty, it’ll probably be the last English we’ll see until 2015!

The gluten-free beer was German via Beers of Europe at Kings Lynn.

Note that I passed on any lettuce.  I’m not a rabbit!

June 27, 2014 Posted by | Food | , | Leave a comment

I Never Thought I’d Eat A Supermarket Quiche Again!

I’m probably not a real man, as I quite like quiche. But coeliacs don’t get much chance to eat one from a supermarket or chain store, as let’s face it, they only think we like food made from cardboard. But after their sandwiches  on Saturday, I just had to try Marks and Spencer’s new gluten-free quiche.

I Never Thought I'd Eat A Supermarket Quiche Again!

I Never Thought I’d Eat A Supermarket Quiche Again!

It was pretty good. Let’s hope that their new gluten-free foods are still being made in a few years time.

I gave my fitness trainer a piece and she said it had a touch of the home made about it.

But then I’ve never made or rolled pastry in my life.

June 23, 2014 Posted by | Food | , | 4 Comments

The Best Packaged Sandwich I’ve Ever Eaten

It may be only a Marks and Spencer egg and watercress sandwich made with gluten-free bread, but in my nearly sixty-seven years I can’t remember a sandwich from a packet that tasted so good.

The Best Packaged Sandwich I've Ever Eaten

The Best Packaged Sandwich I’ve Ever Eaten

The bread was just right and the filling complimented it well. The only problem, as ever with this type of sandwich was opening it with my gammy hand.

I shall be eating a lot more, if they’re always this good.

Could Marks and Spencer have an agenda here?

If they made all their gluten-free sandwiches so good, would this increase sales at the expense of gluten-rich ones? So would this allow them to make all of their luxury and expensive sandwiches gluten-free, so that they can cut the cost of manufacture and only have one range!

I doubt it, but they are so good, you start thinking of ulterior reasons for the quality.

June 21, 2014 Posted by | Food | | 4 Comments

I’ve Just Got My World Cup Beer In

I’ll let the Germans win the beer war in this World Cup. English gluten-free beer seems to be sold out!

I ordered this beer from Beers of Europe.

It’s strange that the Germans can make good gluten-free beer, but can’t generally get the food right!

German coeliacs must live by beer alone!

June 8, 2014 Posted by | Food | , | Leave a comment


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