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Well, October seemed to go by in a whirlwind and it was a bit of a crazy month for me with a trip to Birmingham, a holiday in Turkey and lots of new free from products appearing. So what gluten free foods have I been loving this month? Here's my October favourites...
Gluten free fish and chips at Birmingham NEC
For the first part of Steve's birthday I took him to see Nickelback which, I must say, was bloody amazing. As well as rocking out and completely losing my voice, I was pleasantly surprised to find gluten free fish and chips there!
We queued to get Steve some food and when he asked if the chips were gluten free, they said yes AND they could do gluten free fish too, result. After a long drive and lack of food this was a very welcome meal and proof that if you don't ask, you don't get!
Gluten free all inclusive at Sentido Letoonia in Belek, Turkey
The second half of Steve's present was a week's all inclusive break at the Sentido Letoonia Golf resort in Belek, Turkey.
I'm kind of a 'book now, think later' person a lot of the time (not always a good thing!) so I was relieved to find a lot of gluten free choice here - including the most incredible houmous! I've written a guide to eating all inclusive as a coeliac here.
Making pumpkin EVERYTHING
I'm obsessed with pumpkin spice at the moment so when I saw pumpkins in the supermarkets ready for Halloween, I knew I had to get experimenting.
I came up with my pumpkin spice brownies, which are gluten, dairy, egg and refined sugar free, and also made some pumpkin soup and some pumpkin protein pancakes.
Oh, and of course my own pumpkin spice latte. OBSESSED.
New Tesco free from white rolls
Tesco sent me some samples of their new and improved bread range and I have to say, while I found most of it just standard for gluten free bread, the white rolls were AMAZING.
They were so soft and squidgy and I could actually eat them without heating them first which is a rarity for me.
The only problem was they went mouldy very quickly (within 12 hours) so best kept frozen.
Gluten free pasta at Carluccio's
I'd never eaten at Carluccio's before but they have a gluten free menu accredited by Coeliac UK, so when Steve and I went to Cribbs Causeway in Bristol I was keen to give it a go.
I was impressed at the extent of their menu - they even have gluten free Peroni - and went for a carbonara.
The pasta was nice and it felt so lovely to be able to eat a 'normal' meal. I'd go here again.
Gluten free Lucky Charms
When you're coeliac it always feels like everyone else has all the fun when it comes to cereal. So when I spied these gluten free Lucky Charms in the American aisle at Sainsbury's (they're in Tesco too) they went straight in the basket.
With bright colours and marshmallows, could it BE anymore fun than this!? They were so amazing, laden with sugar, probably so bad for you, but OH so good when hungover.
Verdict: I need more of these in my life.
Bring on November!
I am sure there are probably so many things I've missed but I've written these favourites in a bit of a hurry - it feels like I have spent the whole of October running round like crazy!
November is sure to bring a lot of festive treats and I'll also be planning a special project for December too.