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.


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.

Afternoon tea at the Savoy - Poppybead

Afternoon tea at the Savoy - Poppybead

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.


2015 Goodbye, 2016 Hi

Where did you go 2015?  Reflecting on a year of ups and downs.

One main thing was going into hospital for another laparoscopy.  I have recovered really well but still in pain so will be looking for answers in 2016.  This might involve more dietary changes and drinking more water is one of them.

2015 gave me the opportunity to eat at some lovely places and there is still some content to be loaded.

My word for 2016 is consistency, rather than setting resolutions. I want to gain more consistency over all aspects of my life, this includes my blogging.

So thank you for reading my ramblings and keep your eyes peeled for more.

Jollof Rice

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Since I was a little girl & I and I am not much taller I have loved Jollof rice.  Jollof Rice is in basic terms a spicy tomato rice dish.  You can add any meat, vegetables, fish or extra spices.  It is eaten in many countries on the West coast of Africa like Ghana & Nigeria, where my origins are from.

Last year when I went home I asked my mum and partner to cook some Jollof rice for some Basketball friends.  I decided to take some photos of them cooking, they thought I was mad but I have turned those photos into a film using Movie Maker.  Let me know what you think?

Ingredients Used

  • Basmati rice
  • Tinned tomatoes
  • Tomato puree
  • Fresh tomatoes
  • Onions
  • Scotch bonnet peppers
  • Tuna
  • Prawns
  • Salt & pepper


I don’t make as much soup from scratch as I used to.  So this evening I thought I would make a hearty vegetable soup.


I used a number of fresh vegetables which I had in the fridge and then added frozen chilli, spinach, onions and okra.


I added tomato puree, garlic puree, turmeric, black pepper, vegetable stock.


I put some passata and water into the pot.  Usually when I make soup I sauté the vegetables but I didn’t this time, I boiled them.  I turned the heat down and kept stirring every so often.



I wanted to add a tin of beans and settled for butter beans.  Before adding the beans I blended the vegetables.

Here’s is the finished soup


I served it with a toasted bagel.

Chicken & Quinoa….Plus some other things


Earlier this week my colleague had ready meal for lunch.  The ingredients listed made for an interesting meal, but what came out of the packet wasn’t the same.  It was rather watery and looked like a pavement pizza, not good at all.

So I thought I would try and create my own version which looks good and tastes even better.  I have been experimenting not just in the kitchen but also with software so I have made a little video of my recipe.

Here is my video  Let me know what you think?

Super Mini Lemon Meringues

Whilst looking on Facebook someone had posted they had found some lovely mini meringues.  That was it, the next time I went to Marks and Spencer I looked around the whole shop and couldn’t find them.  I asked a member of staff for help and she pointed me to the bakery section.
Yay! I have have found some.


As a lover of Eton mess I thought I would make my own version.


I crushed some of the meringues with fresh strawberries and added creme fraiche.


This is outcome and it tasted great.  The meringues has a slight chewy bit in the middle and I don’t mind that.

Marks and Spencer are pretty good at having many items that are naturally gluten free.  So I shop there quite often.

Street food in Birmingham

As I  flicked through Facebook an event popped up saying there was a street food event in Birmingham.  This was organised by Regency Wharf and Scoff Street Food.

I am always dubious that events like this won’t have any gluten free options, however I had nothing to worry about.  This event wasn’t big but it is in it’s infancy.
I decided to try Canoodle Pan Asian food.  Then I couldn’t decide on the beef randang or the chicken red thai curry, so I had both.

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The wind was really blowing so Canoodle kindly wrapped my food up and it made it home in one piece.


I have got to say I enjoyed the red thai chicken curry more.  It was packed with flavour and there was lots of chicken.  Both the beef and chicken were tender and melted in my mouth. It was served with some salad, which was a lovely palette cleanser.  I am really pleased to get this in gluten free food.

I hope this event gets the support it deserves and happens again.