Wednesday, May 20, 2009

UK Coeliac Blog Sites

I've just discovered, coutesy of Twitter, the Goodness Direct website.

On this site is a link to their blog (http://blog.goodnessdirect.co.uk/) which also looks quite interesting.

However, the latest post is of particular interest as the author has listed some other UK based blogs about coeliac disease.

Have a look and see if you can find a useful blog that gets updated a bit more often than mine!

Have fun reading

Tim.C



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Saturday, April 25, 2009

D of E supervising

Well this weekend I'm out supervising a D of E Bronze expedition.

It's not all bad though - the rain has stopped and the sun has come out, the kids aren't getting lost, and we're just about to have lunch in a very nice pub that does GF food I can eat. Lovely!

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Saturday, January 12, 2008

More cake

My wife has made another amazing cake. This time for my son's 4th birthday.

Alas, it isn't gluten free :-(

Tim.C

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Friday, August 17, 2007

Another 'quick post'

I must get around to making 5 minutes occasionally to post here properly.

At the moment it's late at night and I just logged on to check my email and a couple of forums I moderate - I should really be asleep.

Anyway, I ended up joining another facebook group - this one is called coeliac's are people too.

I managed to refrain from commenting on the errors in the name (missing capital letter and extra apostrophe) as I'm not the kind of person to cause trouble by being so pedantic (is that cynical laughter I can here? - OK I am that kind of person)

Anyway, someone there called Caleigh was asking about coeliac related blogs and that she has one here

I blagged a link to my blog, even though anyone following it will be completely underwhelmed, so I thought I should mention the group here in return.

Hmmm....Blag your Blog - could this be the next craze ;-)

Anyway, I should be asleep - but I'm going to read more of the facebook group and Caleigh's blog first.

Tim.C



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Tuesday, June 19, 2007

What's been happening?

Well, it has been a while with a big gap in posts - what has been going on ?

The main things that I was going to post on were all to do with gluten free food.
Well my son had a completely GF birthday party a while ago - pictures of food to follow soon - and I went on a course in London.

This London trip was my first big challenge for eating GF since being diagnosed with coeliac disease. Previously I'd been able to 'skip a meal' or to 'just manage', but this was four days and I needed to try and eat properly.

Breakfast wasn't a big problem as the place I stayed had a serve yourself buffet style 'full English'. I'm not particularly sensitive to gluten, so I was Ok with just sticking to the eggs and bacon - I know other people are so sensitive that, for example, if the bacon is cooked on the same grill as the sausages, it would be enough to cause a reaction - I was fine though.
Lunch was more interesting - a standard buffet of sandwiches and sausage rolls etc. However, they knew I was coming and had a jacket potato for me. This seemed easiest so I let them do that each day.
Unfortunately, the evening meal was more difficult, and I resorted to my emergency fall back position of McDonalds ("burger no bun") most nights.
I was very disappointed, though, when I went out with my friend Wulf. We tried many places to find food, starting at a Chinese - usually a good place - but they insisted that everything they served had flour in it. Another place simply replied "no, sorry" when asked about gluten free food - despite things like gammon steak on the menu, which is usually ok. I got the impression that these places were just giving the easy answer, instead of really caring - few even checked, which is also odd as I normally have to explain all about gluten.
We did find one place in this area around Leicester Square - a Wetherspoons - that labeled GF food on its menu. Unfortunately, it was very full and we couldn't get in.
In the end we resorted to McDonalds again, upsetting Wulf so much he wrote about it in his blog! (I'm sure he'll add a link when he reads this).

Anyway, enough for now - it's taken me two train journeys to write this much!

Tim.C



This missing links...

Wulf's Blog post

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Thursday, February 22, 2007

"The usual Sir ?"

Well, I feel so SAD today.

As usual on a Wednesday (or Monday) when I'm working 9 'til 9, I nipped into McDonalds for one of my meals. This evening when I went in there wasn't too big a queue - I was behind 2 other people.

Anyway, one of the waitresses saw me in the queue and shouted across;
"Are you having your usual? I'll get them to start it now for you."

How sad is that?

It's not quite as bad as it seems though. As I have coeliac disease I can't eat anything with wheat, and that, of course, includes the bun on a burger. It's not really a surprise that after a few visits trying to persuade the staff that I really do want a 'quarter pounder' WITHOUT the bun, that they start to remember me.

I still think it's quite funny that now I have to be really careful what I eat, Mc Donalds is a safe fall back position where I know I'm OK with (some of) the food.
As they're such a large chain and they all do the food exactly the same it's much easier to be sure of what you're getting - whereas at the local pub etc you have to ask and check everything to find out what is used in the food and how it is cooked.

Anyway - now I've shared my days sadness, I'm off to bed.

(More pictures of cake and gluten free party food coming soon !)

Tim.C

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Tuesday, February 13, 2007

More blogging on a trian, and trip to hospital

Here we are again - blogging on a train.

Again ? What happened to other blog from a train ?

Well, the train arrived half way through a sentence and it never got finished and uploaded.

Anyway, it's lunch time and I'm on my way home from work. This isn't a good thing though, as I have an appointment at the hospital to have my insides pulled out through my throat!
Technically, it's a small intestine biopsy done by endoscopy - I think the previous description is more accurate, though.

This is part of the on going grief due to having Coeliac Disease

More later if I survive !


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Thursday, January 25, 2007

Blogging on the Bus - part 2

Well tonight I'm using Pocket Word so at least I'll have a spell checker - though I don't think that it will help much!

Well, not much to say today. It was a good day right up until I just missed a bus and had to wait 20 minutes in the freezing cold. Looks like it will be half past seven when I get home again tonight.

Interestingly, I've just discovered that when the bus stops in traffic I can write really quite quickly & accurately and look out of the window at the same time. This graffiti thing is coming back to me.
I always liked the concept of graffiti - that it's easier for a human to adjust and learn a new system than it is for software to learn to read normal writing. It certainly seems to work that way for me anyway.

On a side note, anyone hoping for more pictures of cake - there will be some soon. I've found the prints of the famous bass guitar cake, a hopefully there will be another delicious gluten free cake at the weekend - as it's my birthday.

More soon

Tim.C


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Monday, January 08, 2007

Gluten Free Cake

Well, it was my son's third birthday today, and my wife made him a cake.

Although he isn't coeliac, both his brother and his Dad (me) are, and so she made a Gluten Free cake. Basically, that's a cake without any wheat flour.

And let me assure you, it tasted as good as it looked.



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