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Spanish McDonalds now serving gluten-free burgers

July 18, 2012

Yesterday, we were so excited to discover a McDonalds in Valencia in Spain with this message on the door.

“You can now ask for your hamburger with gluten-free bread”

OK, I know, I know. What were we doing eating in a McDonalds in Spain when there is so much great gluten-free stuff on offer there? Well, we had spent the day wandering through the streets of Valencia in the sunshine and then realised we needed to grab a quick bite, collect our bags and race to the airport. Maccas was the most speedy option.

I ordered some  gluten-free Big Macs for my boyfriend in my best broken Spanish. The girl behind the counter was very patient with my questions. I think she was trying to explain to me that you don’t get the piece of bread in the middle but it took me a long time to figure that out.

The result was not beautiful by any means but it was a good, quick bite before we raced for the plane.

Spain is such a good place for coeliacs. It’s so easy. Even easier than ordering in English. Does anyone know why Spain is so great for gluten-free food? Is it labelling laws? Higher incidence of coaliac disease? Just being plain awesome? Let me know!

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Genius bread – now on prescription!

September 4, 2010

Genius have announced that they have finally been able to tick all the boxes and their unsliced Genius bread is now available on prescription in the UK.

To qualify, the Genius team have submitted a number of applications to the Advisory Committee on Borderline Substances (ACBS). This is an independent body that advise the Department of Health and GPs on products that are not drugs or medical devices that can be prescribed to patients. Food falls into their remit so gluten-free products must meet their criteria to be recommended. It doesn’t surprise me that some gluten-free products fall into the category of borderline substances!

If you are eligible for gluten-free food on prescription you can now talk to your GP about getting Genius bread. Genius on prescription comes in cases of 6 unsliced 400g white or brown loaves. If you fancy upgrading your prescription to Genius you can find our more here on the Genius website.

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Food in children’s books

March 7, 2010

This week on Guardian.co.uk Anne Wollenberg wrote about descriptions of food in children’s books and asked, “what sticks in your mind from the food and drink in your childhood reading?”

This really struck a chord with me as I used to pick up Charlie and The Chocolate Factory  just to read the long list  of magical things that Willa Wonka made in his factory. I also used to adore my Enid Blighton books that told of picnics in the countryside and picking blackberries. I’m sure that’s part of the reason I wanted to move to England and I still get excited when we come across blackberry brambles or apple trees when we’re out walking.

I always wanted a slice of the chocolate cake that Miss Trunchbull forced Bruce Bogtrotter to eat in Matilda (but not the whole thing). I also wanted to eat the shiny wild boar out of Asterix comics – I ate a pork knuckle at the Hofbrau house in Munich a few years ago and I think that’s pretty close!

Food always looks amazing in cartoons as well. I think I became obsessed with lasagne because of Garfield.

Mmmm, I love reading about food. Even pretend food. The article is Here.

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