El Borracho de Oro – Edgbaston

Last weekend my lovely friend Imogen suggested a catch up over lunch. We went to El Borracho de Oro in Edgbaston.

I used to work nearby and kept meaning to go there. I had my usual gluten free panic about what options they would have, but I know Immy has my back on these things.

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We were asked if we wanted bread or olives and was told there GF bread. I have got used to the bread being sliced, bland and containing airholes. This bread was far from that. It was served warm and was fluffy inside.

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They had a separate menu which told you which dishes contained allergens. So we chose 6 dishes without gluten. Above was our prawn dish.

I think Spanish omelette should always be included in tapas choices, as I really like it. This Spanish omelette included leeks & smoked cheese.

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Slow Cooked Rabbit in a Garlic & Tomato sauce, the meat was soft and tender.

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Crispy Fried Potatoes dressed with Alioli & Brava sauces, yet another coat of arms dish for tapas these potatoes were good.

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This fresh chorizo sausage cooked in Spanish red wine was okay, I think I expecting the chorizo to be chopped rather than smaller individual sausages.

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Butterbeans with garlic, onion & red Pepper was the last dish we chose. I wish I had saved my bread to mop up the juices.

I would definitely go again and I choose from the other suitable dishes on the menu or save space for dessert.


Foodmaestro App

After another random conversation with a colleague at my day job I was introduced to an app called Foodmaestro.
It’s an app that gives you product information according to your allergies or intolerances.  My colleague uses it for his son’s nut allergy and said I could use it for my gluten intolerance.

So I had a look and have been rather excited by this app.
Here’s a video explaining more about it.

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Here is a screen shot of part of my profile.


This app has the potential to be a great app, but being new it will need time to build.  So I am going to be patient and see how it evolves.

I am using the app via an android phone and is available on most phone formats in the UK.

Disclaimer : I have not been asked or paid to write this blog.

My week in photos 

For some time I have been choosing 9 photos I took in the previous week.  Then I post the collage on social media and wish everyone a lovely weekend.

Today I thought I would share the meaning behind the photos.


Last Saturday I met up with my friend Imogen and went to the seasonal markets at the Bond Company.

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I took this photo as I love routemaster buses.  Growing up in London they were everywhere and they remind me of being a child.

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Being gluten free going food events does make me anxious.  So when I saw The English Indian stall and it was clearly marked gluten free I squealed.  I went for half and half which was a piece of fish, a piece of halloumi, chips and spiced mushy peas.  Oh my goodness, it tasted great and I would definitely recommend it.

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Also at the seasonal markets was Pip and her hot sauces.  She makes great sauces if you want to add some spice to your food.  Check her out.
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Wheelchair basketball and basketball have played a major part of my life and my officiating season started last week.  So there will be many weekends spent in sport halls around the country between now and May.

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A friend asked if I would take some profile photos for her.  The location was beautiful and autumnal, hopefully she was happy with photos.

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I have been sewing a fair bit and I didn’t have any Tilly and the buttons patterns so to cheer myself up I treated myself to the Bettine dress pattern.  Unlike commercial patterns there is only a dress pattern with 2 options and generally it’s a summery dress, I am looking forward to cutting this out.

I love drinking tea and a few years ago I was introduced to Yogi tea.  Each tea bag label has something meaningful on it.  There can be a lot of hate and that can take up a lot of energy so I posted this on my Instagram feed.

I caught a cold during the week and all I wanted was soup.  So I made some chicken and vegetable soup from scratch, it was just what the doctor ordered.

I love knitting it’s like my zen and I don’t knit to sell.  So taking myself out of my knitting comfort zone, I have joined a knit along organised by Sitting Knitting in the West Midlands.  As a dyslexic I find reading patterns really challenging but I managed to crack this one.
This was the meaning behind my collage of photos.  I hope you had a good weekend and have a good week ahead.

Afternoon Tea at the Savoy, London 

A few months ago my oldest friend said she was coming back from Australia to visit friends and family.  She suggested going for afternoon tea at the Savoy. She checked that they could provide gluten free options and the answer was yes.

We were given the option of afternoon tea and high tea. I went with the high tea option and reminded them of my gluten free diet.

We had the choice of 32 different teas and we chose an afternoon blend exclusive to the Savoy.  Then it started, the sandwiches came first and the gluten free options were slightly different.  I had egg mayo, rocket and tomato, coronation chicken and ham and coleslaw.

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After two rounds of sandwiches, it was time for scones.  They were slightly smaller than their usual  scones and the base was a bit hard, but not too bad.  They were served with clotted cream, jam and lemon curd. I would say if you are coeliac I would ask for a seperate portion cream and jam.  My friends didn’t mix their spoons so I didn’t have any problems.

I decided to eat my scones with the cream on top and bottom.  I prefer the cream being on the bottom, sorry if you don’t agree.

Then it was time for Green asparagus with poached egg, crayfish and lemon hollandaise, whilst eating all of this lovely food the tea was re-filled without asking.


I asked if any of the cakes were gluten free and this banana cake was.

All in all I had a lovely experience & I would definitely do it again.

Fishylicious – Birmingham: Gluten Free Fish and Chips

On Facebook someone shared that there was a new fish and chip shop in Birmingham serving gluten free food. My excitement was set and I started looking for it’s location.

Pitsford Street is in the Jewellery Quarter near a cemetery.  Don’t let that put you off as when you get outside the bright blue restaurant there were some lovely deck chairs.

Once inside I had the choice of seating, as it was early evening.  I picked cod and battered chips.  Since I moved to the West Midlands I kept hearing about orange battered chips, so I had to order them.

I ordered a beer as they served gluten free daura beer.

Then came my fish and chips.  It was wrapped in paper and I was really excited.  I opened it up and wow!

Here it was, cod and battered chips. It tasted as good as it looked.  The only issue I had was the mushy peas tasted a little sweet, but that could of been my taste buds.

I wish Fishylicious well and will be going back again.

Gluten Free At The High Field, Edgbaston

Tonight I had the chance to eat at the High Field in Edgbaston.

When the table was booked they confirmed their food could be adapted and included dishes on their fixed price menu.image


So as usual I looked at the menu prior to ordering and double checked my choices were gluten free.  Then I was told the soup of the day was red pepper and sweetcorn. image


It was served with a bread roll and I wasn’t sure if this was gluten free so I checked again.  The roll was gluten free and warm, my face was a picture as if I hadn’t ever eaten bread before.  The soup was well seasoned and full of flavour.

I decided to have a super foods salad with brown rice and Bombay chicken.  The rice was nutty and could of been cooked just a tad longer  but wasn’t a real issue.  I couldn’t see any cauliflower but there broccoli and it was nice.image


I thought it I would be lovely to have a pudding as well.  I checked there wasn’t any gluten or chocolate in my choice of lemon posset, poached raspberries & meringue.  Being allergic to chocolate sucks.image

This pudding was a good choice and really refreshing.  It was a little awkward to get the last bits of the pudding out of the jar it was served in.

All in all,  I really enjoyed all three courses, washed down with a glass of merlot.  The price couldn’t of been better for the quality of food and service.  I will be going back again.