Barburrito – pitstop lunch in Cardiff

Last weekend I made the three-hour drive home to Wales. As much as I love living in Cornwall there’s nothing like going home; it’s nice to hear the accent, catch up with family and maybe if I am lucky, squeeze in a little shopping time in Cardiff. The capital of Wales is a brilliant place to spend some of your hard earned dosh. It is choc-o-block full of independent retailers as well as your typical high street brands. We headed in early on a Saturday morning in a vain attempt to beat some of the crowds, bagged ourselves a parking spot at St David’s and were in the Lego shop by just after 9am. Boom. It was lovely seeing the city just before Christmas and having a mooch.

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Christmas shopping completed and my tummy is now hungry. There are stacks of places to eat but one I had not spotted before was a place called Barburrito. I looked at the menu outside and was very happy to see plenty of GF symbols. Bingo – we had found our lunch stop. I went for a naked Burrito bowl – brown rice topped with lettuce, chicken and chorizo, jalapenos, cheese and sour cream. The picture, I am afraid, really does not do it justice. It was just what I was after – tasty, filling (not stupidly so though) and a little spicy. I felt very virtuous too for opting for brown rather than white rice.

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On googling Barburrito I can see they have been around since 2005 and at the moment, with the exception of London and Cardiff, most of the branches seem to be up north and in Scotland – good news for those in Edinburgh, Glasgow and Manchester. With any luck, the chain may spread further South but it’s doubtful it will make it is as far as Truro 😉

Until I return I am going to have a go at concocting my own burrito bowls.

The day we travelled back to Cornwall we woke up to this, lovely way to end the weekend 🙂

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Lily’s of Truro

I have almost explored very coffee establishment in Truro and believe me there are a lot! One I hadn’t stepped into until very recently was Lily’s. I met a friend in there that I had not seen in ten years and while sipping a lovely hot chocolate and enjoying my surroundings I wondered why I had never popped in before. On this particular occasion I didn’t eat but a little later on in the day hopped online to see if I could peruse their menu. I could and was so pleased to see they had gluten free options. The following Friday I had a few bits to do around the town and decided to treat myself to lunch for one. I had pesto and red pepper gluten free quiche teamed with crisps and salad. It was a nice change from my usual lunch and I would most certainly eat there again. They also did sandwiches using g/f bread, jacket potatoes and sweet treats. I had a green juice on the side as I desperately needed to get some goodness in me!

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I know this is going to be one of my favourite spots now, it has such a lovely cosy vibe.

They also offer space upstairs where you can hotdesk as well as meeting space.

Pay Lily’s a visit, you won’t be disappointed.

Claire xx

Caking it up in Culross

A few weeks ago we went a bit bonkers and drove from Cornwall all the way to Edinburgh for three nights to visit my brother and family. It was cheaper than flying and who doesn’t love a road trip armed with Percy Pigs. As we had the car we were able to go a little further afield so on the day before we headed back we drove the short distance from South Queensferry where we based to Culross (pronounced Cooross). Culross is a gorgeous historic little village on the shores of the Firth of Forth in Fife and came highly recommended by my brother.  This place really is beautiful and after a mooch, we sought out tea and cake. We found a lovely little place The Biscuit Cafe which just happened to serve gluten free cake – yay. To be perfectly honest I can’t remember what the cake was but it was really good that I can assure you of. Below the cafe is a little pottery shop which is worth a visit on your way out.

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I thought I would add some photos of Culroos too, if you find yourself this way do pay this town (and cafe) a visit.

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Claire xx

Pie on a Saturday night

I used to love puff pastry. A sheet of buttery flaky goodness on top of steak pie with lashings of gravy and mashed potato. Puff pastry was, rather cruelly, taken from me in 2008 when my tummy decided to no longer play nicely. Over time gluten free ready to roll pastry slowly started to emerge on to the market and there are some fab brands out there including Genius and Silly Yak that now produce it. Initially, you could only get shortcrust pasty as, let’s face it, puff pastry is hard to recreate sans gluten. Eventually, gluten free pastry hit the shelves! I must confess I have not yet tried the puff pastry by Genius and Silly Yak (amazing name incidentally) but was drawn to the jus-rol puff pastry I spotted in the chiller aisle in Tesco a few weeks back.

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I luckily have a fella who loves to experiment in the kitchen so we grabbed a pack and decided one cold Saturday night to make a steak and ale pie served with mash and veg. After a little google, we decided on a Hairy Bikers recipe. The boy got busy in the kitchen while I supervised with a glass of wine in hand – too many cooks and all that.

This is the finished product

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This was a good pie with brilliant pastry. It was easy to work with, puffed up as much as gluten free pastry will be able and tasted lush. Enough said. I am now keen to make a pizza using the pastry – buttery loveliness topped with cheese, pepperoni, all kinds of cheese and jalapenos – perfect.

Claire x

Ben Tunnicliffe, Sennen Cove

Let’s be honest, one of the best things about living in Cornwall is being near the sea. Fact. The funny thing is, since moving here almost three months ago I have spent less time at the beach than I had envisaged. I suppose it’s one of those things – knowing you can go anytime you end up getting complacent and somewhat lazy. I am now making a concerted effort to head to the coast whenever I can, whatever the weather. The beach is just as beautiful in Autumn and Winter and it feels so nice to wrap up warm, pop my favourite beanie on and let the wind blow away any stress of the day. Without wanting to sound corny, Mother Nature is a beautiful thing.

On a whim, we headed west to Sennen a few weeks ago. I had had my eye on one of the snuggly hoodies from Sennen Surf Co. so it was a good excuse to hop in the car and get some beach time.

By the time we arrived it was pretty much lunchtime so we wandered over to Ben Tunnicliffe, a restaurant perched right on the beach giving awesome views.

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We chanced it in the hope that they would have gluten free offerings. The did. GF items were clearly labelled on the menu making it easy for me to pick out what I fancied. Since moving I haven’t eaten masses of seafood so decided on the scallops. I teamed that with the most amazing chips I have ever tasted.

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They were so good and we topped it off with some g/f cake of which there were three choices. I loved the interior of the restaurant, it was cosy with a relaxed and fun vibe. You can’t help but relax here.

For some unknown reason, the above is the only food photo I managed to take – fail. However, I did take some other snaps of Sennen Cove to show how beautiful this little place is.

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I have always had a soft spot for Sennen Cove, this is where one of my cousins grew up and I was always insanely jealous that he got to grow up within a stone’s throw of the beach. I also spent my 30th birthday at this same restaurant although this was a fair few years ago now, back when it was called The Beach.

I would definitely look these guys up if you are in the vicinity. Oh, and I got my hoodie too 🙂

Claire xx

 

 

 

Doughnut Goodness

I am officially in love. I have tasted the most insane doughnut since becoming gluten free almost ten years ago. This doughnut is courtesy of the Cornish company Pura Pressed. The company produce products that are made of 100% natural ingredients and are suitable for those wishing to avoid dairy, gluten and animal products. They have just set up a little cafe below where I work in Truro which means I am tempted to pop in on a very regular basis.  They also stock their goodies in a few retailers throughout Cornwall – all of which are listed on their website, as well as offering online delivery.  Just check out this doughnut:

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This, my friends, is a jaffa orange doughnut. It feels like such an indulgent sweet treat, the fact that you know it is made with natural ingredients rather than packed with refined sugars and preservatives makes it an even nicer sweet treat. Knowing that it is lovingly handmade in Cornwall is an added bonus – I have met the guy behind Pura Pressed and it is clear that he is passionate about the ingredients he puts into his products whilst always ensuring they are ridiculously tasty!

I am not ashamed to say I am getting a little addicted to these beauties 🙂

Claire xx

Breakfast with a view

The weeks seem to have flown by since I moved to the Duchy. It transpires that it rains a fair bit in Cornwall but the sunny beach days more than make up for a bit of wetness.  A new favourite spot is Gylly Beach Cafe in Falmouth, perched right on the beach and with plenty of outdoor seating it is the perfect spot to grab a bite to eat and completely relax. They serve from morning to evening with plenty of sweet offerings in between. We headed there for breakfast a couple of weeks back and managed to bag a sweet seat overlooking the beach. On a sunny weekend morning it fills up fast so best to get there early – the seagulls will always ensure an early start. There is gluten free bread available which I find makes all the difference when it comes to choosing a breakfast option as you can then have eggs, smoked salmon etc. I went for a full breakfast as I was pretty peckish. I am pleased I did. The beach view and smoothie I opted to have with my breakfast were spot on accompaniments and made for a perfect start to the day.

 

 

 

If you find yourself Falmouth way I highly recommend Gylly Cafe. They generally always have a gluten free cake too so you’ll luck out whatever time of day you arrive.

Claire x

Pastry hits from Portreath and Rowes Bakerie

I have now lived in Cornwall for one month and still have to pinch myself every day that this ocean obsessed individual is lucky enough to live in one of the most beautiful parts of the UK. It’s amazing to be just a mere stones throw from beautiful coastline, which I hope I never take for granted. London is fab for gluten free as there is simply so much available but I really haven’t done badly living in Truro. No sir. I really have no reason to grumble. In the last two weeks, I have tried two new products and have discovered no shortage of new places that have gluten free offerings.

I live a stones throw from Portreath Bakery in Truro and rumour had it they did gluten free pasties. I am pleased to say the rumour mill was correct. They offer steak, cheese or steak. They can be made to order or you can buy them frozen. I ordered one for lunch one rainy Wednesday afternoon.
I never thought I would have the opportunity to eat pasties again after being diagnosed but companies really are pulling it out of the bag as I have discovered two more companies producing g/f pasties – Rowes and Oggy Oggy. This was a really good pasty and despite being on the smaller side it certainly filled me up. I had the traditional steak, the flavour was fab and the pastry just right.
Just a week later I found myself in Falmouth and went into Rowes to see if they happened to have anything g/f I could grab for lunch. They also had pasties but then my eyes fell upon a gluten free sausage roll – the sausage roll won. Like the pastry at Portreath bakeries, Rowes have the recipe spot on and this really is the hardest part. This was one tasty lunchtime treat.
It is brilliant that companies are taking the time to perfect on the go g/f recipes, it’s nice to no longer feel excluded and have to resort to humous and g/f crackers – all non newly diagnosed coeliacs will no doubt understand!
Until next time, Claire xx

Gluten free toastie in the sunshine

So, I am now living in Truro, Cornwall and loving every second. I moved down from London two weeks ago to be nearer to the sea and have loved finding gluten free treats. I love cheese in any form and I especially love cheese toasties. When I was first diagnosed coming on now for ten years ago g/f sandwiches were a rarity. When trying to grab lunch out somewhere you would inevitably end up with a limp, not very exciting salad or the infamous jacket potato. You would also end up paying more the majority of the time for said salad/potato when sometimes all you crave is a simple sandwich.

Flourish cafe does just that. They are conveniently located on Boscawen Street in the centre of town and you can choose to eat in or take away. I was enjoying a mooch around my new city last Friday and opted to grab a table on my own and watch the world go by. A toastie may not be exciting to many people but believe me it is to a coeliac – it’s all about the little things 😉

This was one awesome gluten free toastie packed with ham, cheese and tomato. The people working at Flourish cafe were really friendly and I know this is going to be regular pit stop for me.
Not a bad start to my new chapter living in Cornwall. I have also discovered gluten free pasties – I will save this for next time.
Claire xx

 

Flotsam and Jetsam aka a place I shall miss

Today marks the end of my first week in Cornwall, I have now been living in Truro for seven days and already feel at home. There are aspects of London that, of course, I will miss but this is offset by trips to the beach and a more chilled out life in general where things, on the whole, move a fraction slower. This I like. There are definitely gluten free hotspots that I will miss and a little cafe on Wandsworth Common called Flotsam and Jetsam is one of them. This place is extremely popular and unless you get there early on a weekend you may have a wait on your hands. Catch this place off peak though and you can grab yourself a quiet little corner and with a chilled out vibe you can relax, take it in and watch the world go by.

This is exactly what I did the day before I moved out of the capital. Whether you go for breakfast, lunch or a slice of cake in the afternoon there are always gluten free options. in fact the last weekend before I headed down the A303 I made it in there for both breakfast and cake later on in the day.

 

 

I went for a simple but very tasty and aesthetically pleasing eggs Benedict and later on in the day I managed to devour a salted chocolate brownie. Both were delicious. It is clear that the team at Flotsam and Jetsam love what they do, the attention to the detail is on point with a friendly and attentive attitude to boot. No wonder this little spot is so popular. They do healthy juices along with good coffee, interesting sweet offerings and hearty sandwiches. If the sun is shining and you are lucky enough to spot a space to sit outside then grab it. To burn off your food I would recommend a stroll around the common afterwards 🙂

Happy munching.

Claire x