Finally, finally, finally after weeks (months!) of nagging, I convinced Dale to break away from his usual burger/ steak haunts to go to Niche (www.nichefoodanddrink.com). It's no secret that Niche are a 100% gluten free restaurant at Angel, Islington. To say I was excited was an understatement! After studying the menu online I had already decided on the pate (with toast!!!) to start and the quiche (Niche quiche!!) for main! I was desperately trying to pick things other than steak or salad which are 10 a penny in most places!
I must confess to being a little disappointed when our waiter informed me that they had run out of quiche (disaster), he later came back to say there was no pate either (gasp!!!). Soooo a re think needed to take place! We went for Parmesan doughnuts and a veggie fritter to share
Both were delicious and good runners up.....but they weren't pate!
Dale had burger (surprise surprise) whereas I went for steak and chorizo pie
The pie completely sunk me and I could only manage about half! Very tasty but very rich with substantial pastry. Sadly no room for pudding but I am planning a return to sample the quiche and pate so maybe I'll force a pud down then!
While we were in Islington I sized the moment and treated myself to a rather pricey loaf from The Artisan gf bakery (artisanglutenfreebakery.co.uk). I chose a small sourdough loaf which made great toast this morning!
The rest is going straight in the freezer! I'm not running the risk of it going all gf on me!
Now call me old fashioned but I don't buy into this trendy sausage lark! I like a good old fashioned, basic banger...no added chorizo, no extra apple etc etc! Don't get me wrong, they have their place but my sausage of choice was always Richmond and I must confess to missing their sausages after going gf. (Www.richmondsausages.co.uk) I was thrilled to see the launch of their gf range but doubted it would stand up next to the gluten filled version. How wrong was I?!
They tasted just the same! Words cannot describe how happy this made me! What a saddo!! The only trouble is I can only find them in Ocado, so here's hoping the word spreads and a few more places stock them soon!
Regular readers will know that Dale and I love a good trip to Broadway Market (@Broadway_Mkt), mainly due to Floris Food (@FlorisFoods) Just look at my jam and cream scone....
It tasted every bit as good as it looks!
Finally, also thanks to Ocado,(www.ocado.com) I was finally able to try Bionita (www.bionita) gnocchi! I had read about it loads but never seemed to track it down. It was worth the wait
Dale used the spinach variety to rustle up a sausage, gnocchi bake! Fab!