I've started my quest to be a bit savvy with my fruit and veg buying so instead of prepacked stuff from the supermarket I've gone a bit natural and bought from the farm.
But let me tell you before I even got to the farm for my potatoes and onions etc I got some yummy cooking apples from Rock Choir. I know what you're thinking.....Sue from the Brew do you not go to Rock Choir to sing or has it turned into a new edition of Bake Off? Well no, one of our lovely Rockies had brought in bags of apples she had collected and basically if we were not going to use them they were going to be wasted. I instantly thought, there is a pie or a crumble beckoning so off I went to fill my bag.
Crikey they were yummy too. I stewed them up on the stove and decided to make a gluten free topping. So I grabbed the following ingredients:
So what did you do with that lot Sue from the Brew? Well I.....
So there we go, from obtaining the apples at lunchtime they were ready in a dish at dinnertime. My son gave it the seal of approval too. Homemade Gluten Free Apple Crumble with a Homemade Custard (made from scratch). So proud of myself.
I did get to the farmshop eventually and purchased my vegetables. I picked them and put them in a paper bag, yep no plastic and they taste so good. I may just try and keep this up as it feels nice to buy fresh.
I've been Sue from the Brew and you been a great reader, catch me again tomorrow for Autism Support Saturday for now though.......
Now and again I feel as though I have to just explain why some people make the food choices that they do. This is mainly because people don't always understand that whether you choose to leave out certain foods, well there's a flippin good reason for it.
Some reasons why people may leave out certain foods:
The kind of things people will say to someone with one of these reasons for leaving out certain foods:
If you don't have a problem with any foods or decide to eat meat then that's absolutely fine but it's a good idea not to make judgement on anyone else who does have to eat a certain diet whether it be out of choice or necessity. I've come across it a few times since giving up wheat/gluten products. For me it took a while to find out what upset me and I've worked out what I can eat and how to feel good about what I eat.
Without going into gory details or maybe I should to make people realise what it really is like to be upset by food. Basically I will get severe stomach cramps, diarrhoea, excessive wind and just feel unwell. By all means, make a comment about my diet but if I eat gluten you will not want to be around me I can assure you.
So maybe instead of making any of those comments above, try learning about why someone has made that decision in the first place, it might be trivial to you, it may be to relieve a lot of discomfort or for some a matter of life or death. A lot of comments are because of a lack of knowledge. Of course we didn't have all these allergies and intolerances before because we hadn't exposed out selves to years of crappy toxic food before so if you do actually do some research about what actually goes into some of your food you would probably feel unwell too.
I respect whatever food choices people make, there is usually a valid reason for it but frankly why do people have to justify it unless it becomes a threat to their life. We have to learn to respect a lot of things about all people we don't always agree with whether it's food, religion or politics but my advice is if you can't say anything nice then don't say it at all. I'm trying to learn this myself, not always easy but sometimes we have to just nod and accept things as they are.
I hope that just clears a few things up, I feel we'll always be having to explain but I can only hope people will just understand.
Thank you for reading today, please pop back tomorrow for Autism Support Sunday but for now......
I am going back to basics, as 'free from' as you can go really to tell you about a new fancy app available for you to grab some water. We are now using our reusable bottles now in increasing numbers which is great for the environment but what if you are out and about and run out of water?
You could ask most establishments and they will refill your bottle for you, in fact I tried it last weekend. I was at The Hilton, St George's Park and asked for a refill and they had no problem with it. Well it is the training ground for the England Football Squad so they must have a lot of thirsty players who need water surely?
In case you do get stuck though you can download an app called Refill and it includes a map which gives you all the locations where you can fill your water bottle free of charge. This is great as we do need to stop buying the plastic bottles and with this now there is no excuse for carrying one around, you can refill on the go.
There are 12,000 refilling stations nationwide now and you can also add yourself as a refill station if you have a business or place to offer you fresh water. For more information on the app and how to download it go to the Refill website here:
It is blooming good to drink water and so good for you. Yes do have the odd brew, I would never say Stop the Brew Sue, yikes can't believe I even typed those words but keep hydrated with your water too. There are so many bottles available now and you soon get used to the reusable thing, I even take my reusable cup to Costa for my brew now, well it means 25p off my coconut latte.....makes a difference. Get me eh Mr Attenborough?
He would be so proud of me now.. Right I'm off to see what else I can do to Save the Planet. Thank you so much for reading today, join me tomorrow for Autism Support Saturday but for now.....
I have had a brew at The Yard in Derby before which I did write a post about here: i-had-a-brew-in-the-yard.html I did mention that I quite fancied returning for some food and staying true to my word, I did!
I wondered if the place could possible beat putting Minstrels with my brew but it excelled yet again. Mum form the Brew accompanied me as we waited for my car to be tinkled with over at the Ford Dealership across the road. As it was going to take a couple of hours I thought 'now I know a way we could fill that time'.
So we ran.....well walked steadily over to Pride Park Stadium which is home to Derby County and tucked underneath is The Yard - bar and restaurant. Mum from the Brew fancied a fish finger sandwich so that's what she had. There were enough fish fingers to sink Captain Birds Eye's boat housed between 2 bloomer slices of bread. All accompanied with gem lettuce, tartare sauce, ketchup and fries on the side. Yumeeeeeee.
Me, I had a Buffalo Mozzarella Pizza.......on a gluten free base. Beautiful beef tomato, basil pesto and cheddar cheese and I ate the whole lot, to myself, no sharing going on here. It was so tasty and the choice of gluten free dishes was really good, I was spoilt for choice. You do have to ask for a gluten free menu but the staff are very friendly and happy to help.
I pinched a few fries from Mum from the Brew and they had to be the best fries I've tried in ages. I shouldn't have tried them as I wasn't sure whether they were gluten free but I had to taste them. So just check if you do go. I'm just a rebel, I can be sometimes but if you are diagnosed with Coeliac Disease I don't have to tell you you cannot cheat on the chips.
It was such a lovely lunch, great food, drinks and tip top service. I really do like this place. It was quiet at lunch time, there were two chaps sat near us and when they let Mum from the Brew piped up and announced that one of the chaps was Mel Morris to which I replied "Who?" I know.....sat under Derby County's ground and I had to say who is Mel Morris......oh the shame.!! Mum from the Brew is a big football fan, she knows her stuff believe me.....so I now know who Mel Morris is, he only owns the club. Yikes!!!
So I can definitely recommend The Yard just don't ever take me for any celebrity spotting, I'm useless. I would have recognised Frank Lampard if he had walked in though and I did get slightly excited when Mum from the Brew said "there's Frank" I turned around that quick only to find him on the big TV screen. Never mind....as if he was going to pop in for a fish finger sarnie with us two. Hey, stranger things have happened.
Well thanks for reading today and if you fancy a bit more of a natter come back for my Autism Support Saturday tomorrow but for now you all take care now.