Two of my favourite discoveries of late have involved sweet treats funnily enough! A little while back the lovely Gluten Free by the Sea tweeted about Walkers producing a gluten free range of shortbread and boy am I glad he did. I immediately ordered myself a box of each!

These are AMAZING! I have tried gluten free shortbread before but nothing has come even remotely close to the real deal until I tasted these little guys. My gluten eating boyf even had trouble telling them apart from the gluten containing shortbread. Walkers, in my humble opinion, have got it spot on. If you like shortbread I would not hesitate in ordering yourself one, or ten boxes! You can get them online and some selected stores (I have a funny feeling the gluten free ones are going to be harder to track down in shops).

Last week I went back to my hometown in Wales to spend some time with my Mum and also hit the shops in Cardiff to do a little Christmas shopping (feeling a little smug as I have now completed all my shopping – little side note there!). My Mum is also a coeliac and I was looking to see if there was an independent little cafe that we could enjoy a piece of cake, rather than the high street giants such as Starbucks and Costa. After a little googling I found a little gem of a place called Pettigrew Tea Rooms. They have a very pretty location at the entrance of Bute Park near the castle where I imagine it would be lovely to sit out in the summer. They had a selection of incredible looking cakes and at least three were gluten free – oh to have a choice! I plumped for the gooiest looking – red velvet chocolate brownie:

I must admit this photo doesn’t do it justice but believe me when I say it was goooood! Pettigrew opened in March 2012, they are open seven days a week and also do afternoon tea (including gluten free from what I understand). This will certainly be our little pit stop every time we venture into Cardiff from now on in, and next time I think we will just have to make a reservation for afternoon tea, be rude not to!

So Scotland and Wales are certainly ruling the roost this week!

Claire x

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