James Miller - Coeliac Diary


Wednesday, November 17, 2004

Flu Jab


Celia is a barrister and always has a flu jab, as she deals with a lot of unfortunates under stress, who always seem to get it. She had a lot of trouble getting one this year.

I've never been able to get one, even this year, when I asked the nurse to slip one in with the B12.

On the other hand, since I've been on the B12 and a gluten-free diet, I don't seem to get flu! Fingers crossed!

Monday, November 15, 2004

Innocent Smoothies


They are customers of mine and asked if they made any non-gluten free products, whilst discussing something else.

They said that all their products are gluten free. I’d check properly as this was a marketing man!

Friday, November 12, 2004

An Advantage of Being a Coeliac?


Celia and I have had a bad week!

On Wednesday she had to go into hospital for an operation, so I managed to get a fish bone stuck in my throat on Monday night.

After three hours at Addenbrookes casualty, they couldn’t get it out, so they asked me to come back in the morning for a full anaesthetic and a fishing expedition. But as things go, they had lots of emergencies, so at three I was still waiting for an operating theatre. So after telling the sister that as it was essential I was seen to because of my wife’s op, the sister found a doctor who was prepared to go fishing with just a local. I’d already said that as a coeliac, I was used to having uncomfortable things bunged down my throat.

After six goes, failure was imminent! So I asked them to get a nurse to hold my hand to calm me down. (Usually they do this with endoscopies at Addenbrookes!) Two more goes and the doctor succeeded. He didn’t think he’d have got it out of someone who hadn’t been scoped.

Celia had her operation and I’ve just got her from the hospital today. She is hopefully better!

I don’t want to repeat this week!

Friday, November 05, 2004

Waitrose Newmarket


The new store is now open.

It features a large free-from section just like most Tescos do.


Thursday, November 04, 2004

Gluten-Free Restaurant Wars


In the last year and a bit since I’ve been diagnosed as a coeliac, eating out has changed beyond all recognition round here.

Last night we found another gluten-free restaurant called the Crown and Punchbowl at Horningsea, just off the A14 north of Cambridge.

In addition to usual restaurant food, such as steaks, fish, liver etc., they make their own range of gluten-free sausages. I also got a just-made gluten free roll!

The restaurant is in the Good Food Guide and no wonder. It is a bit pricey, but you could certainly have a magnificent meal under £20 a head without wine.

This means we now have five serious restaurants round Cambridge and Newmarket that are truly gluten-free. Two years ago, they’re wasn’t any!


Wednesday, November 03, 2004

Tesco Gluten Free Pitta Bread


At last a gluten free bread that is edible.

Usually, I wet it and stick it in the AGA for a few minutes, turning ever so often. I then put something like ham or salami inside. If you're clever, which I'm not, you can open it up to put the bread inside. I just fold it in half!