It's a really popular time of the year when someone is bound to mention buffet or fuddle and how do we feel? Dread it or take a risk and suffer the consequences? Obviously the Coeliac's amongst us can't take any chances but the intolerant's may feel it's all too much trouble to insist on any gluten free at the table.
There is no excuse though as there is so much variety of party foods available now. Most supermarkets have introduced and great line of Christmas nibbles and treats for us to enjoy as well and no one needs to be left out. I bought a selection of food from Tesco's which I took along to a lovely Christmas fuddle today. A few of us Rock Choir members got together where we laughed, ate food, drank a bit of pop and yes we sang a little too. It was so nice and I have to say a big thank you to Rockie Lesley who was the hostess with the mostess, that lady knows how to make everyone feel so warmly welcome and she makes a top brew!!.
It was a 'bring something along' kind of do so I packed plenty of essentials as you can see, all the party favs. There is a lot more in stores too including puddings, mince pies so 'cinder free fromers' you may go to the ball. I always used to be a bit nervous of needing to have the gluten free food options but it is really important, as who wants to be poorly unnecessarily? I know I don't.
So forget about being beach body ready, we all attempt that later when Christmas is over. Well I'm still waiting for the beach to go with my body actually, not sure I care whether my body is ready for it I'd just like to see one.....a beach that is. We just need to be buffet ready at this time and with a little help from the supermarket people we can. Yes it's a little more pricey than the full leaded food as I call it but you don't have to go too buffet crazy. If you are anything like us today, the chatter and laughter take over the eating so there were plenty of doggy bags going out.
I love that expression.....the doggy bag, makes me chuckle. It's a term that was made popular in the 70's apparently and actually refers to a container or bag provided initially by a restaurant to take home left over food. The leftovers were meant to be given to a pet but I think most people end up tucking into the contents themselves at a later time. It's a good idea especially if you paid for a meal and don't want to waste anything, we've all had cold pizza in the morning for breakfast surely?
A great time was had and I feel great because I stuck to my diet, well not the Slimming World kind but the gluten free one. Although Rockie Di did bring along a Slimming World crustless quiche which I have to find the recipe for as it was blooming tasty so maybe I was a good girl after all. (yeah right).
You all have a good time and enjoy your festive buffets and meals. I will be back tomorrow for Autism Support Saturday but for now.....take care and stay warm.....there's a cold spell coming.
Love and best wishes xx