Liverpool and the Gluten Free Pasta

My parents and I decided we needed a day out today, so we hopped on a train to Liverpool to have a bit of a wander and a browse. How quaint. I’m a fan of Liverpool, and when people slag it off I get a bit protective for some bizarre reason. It is the nearest city to where I live, so I visit it fairly regularly, and after trips away, when I reach Liverpool, on my return, it feels like I’m home (I know, how cliché, but I’m all about the clichés on this blog apparently).

I needed some more work clothes so nipped into Forever 21, because I love it a lot, and got some bits and bobs. I had to avoid the top floor however, because it has a massive jewellery section and I want all of the necklaces. I’d take some pictures of the clothes, but they aren’t actually anything too exciting, and I’m quite lazy. (I did get a pair of lovely trousers though, which actually look alright on me, which is rare. Woo! Crazy times, I’m living in the future wearing trousers instead of skirts for once.)

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Have a picture of a bag instead.

I also ended up buying ‘The Girl Who Saved The King Of Sweden‘ by Jonas Jonasson, the author of ‘The Hundred Year Old Man Who Climbed Out Of The Window And Disappeared‘. I have no idea if either of them are good yet, but I’ve heard great things about Jonasson so I’m looking forward to giving it a read. Anyone read any of his books before?

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Next stop for me was The Body Shop as I fancied trying a new foundation, and ended up buying a BB Cream and a Primer. I really like the products so far, hopefully they will last in the (sweaty) clubs! (I don’t feel I could carry off reviewing make-up; I love make-up, but posts purely on make-up don’t sound like something I could write about. My calling is not for beauty!) Would you like some pictures of some BB Cream and Primer? No? Tough, I took pictures.

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Oooooooh

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Ahhhhhh

Quick note: Pret à manger does some really nice mango/passion fruit smoothies and coffees. That’s all.

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That was my little shopping hall… Yeah. Hope you enjoyed that. Needless to say, my debit card got a bit of a battering today. I’m going to talk about food now, which I much prefer talking about. Time to get hungry.

So we decided to go to Carluccio’s in the Met Quarter (if you don’t know Liverpool, it is like the posh bit. Living the high life, guys). Going to Italian restaurants with someone with coeliac’s is always a bit rubbish, as my dad usually ends up with very little choice, but this time we were pleasantly surprised. After asking for a GF menu, he was handed with this beauty:

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LOOK AT ALL THAT FOOD! Never seen a GF menu so full of choice, my dad was like a little kid at a sweet shop (cliché central here, I’m telling you).

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Food wise, I’ll just show you some pictures. I’m tired, and the food looked so lovely that it pretty much speaks for itself (hint: it was all very tasty).

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Paté for my mum and I, so tasty.

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Chargrilled sardines for Dad, yes that is a starter.

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Spinach and Ricotta Ravioli for mum and I (little bit too salty, but the pasta itself was gorgeous)

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Gluten Free carbonara, it was amazing

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Panna cotta for mum

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Fruit salad for dad

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Crazily tasty almond and kahlua chocolate pudding for me

Hungry? Wait, look at these cool meringues that you could buy too.

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Farncy.

I know, I was impressed too. It is a lovely restaurant, and felt very relaxed, I definitely recommended it, especially if you have a gluten intolerance.

This post was a little bit strange to write, probably stranger to read, but hopefully it was interesting in some way. We had a really lovely afternoon out, and I just felt like writing about it. Hope everyone has had a lovely weekend 🙂

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Cooking (quite badly) time: Gluten-Free Burgers

So I don’t cook much, as I don’t think I’m very good, I’m lazy, my parents are great cooks and quite frankly, I’m more of a baking girl. But I need to kick my butt into shape on the cooking front, so I looked in our fridge and found very little… But we did have some beef mince, and my dad’s gluten-free bread (he is a Coeliac) so I decided to make some really simple burgers!!! Wahey!!

(Makes 4 burgers)

1. Get that mince. I used about 300-400g of beef mince. I think. I have no idea, I just used what looked right.

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2. Get that bread. I used gluten-free bread so my dad doesn’t keel over, and grated it into my mix. I used 3 pieces and cut off the crusts, but they are pretty tiny pieces of bread (seriously, no idea why they are so tiny, it is really bizarre) so two larger pieces would probably do. Don’t take my word for it, I’m really not a good cook.

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3. Get that egg. Crack that egg. Plonk that egg in your mix.

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4. Get that salt. Get that black pepper. Season your mix. I just fling some in and hope for the best. I added a bit too much pepper possibly, but I’m not the biggest fan of pepper so I’m probably being oversensitive.

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5. Mix it all!! (With clean hands, I would hope).

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6. Pat and shape them into cute little blobs. I made 4 with this mix, but they were pretty hefty burgers. I also only needed 3 so my dad was in for a big tea.

7. Heat up your pan for about 4 minutes with some cooking oil, and maybe have a little tidy whilst you do that because my mum hates a messy cook (and my mum is too nice to upset). I also put the burgers in the fridge. To firm them, or something. When it has heated up, put in them burgers, yum yum.

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8. Cook them for about 4-5 minutes on each side. Well that’s what I did, and they turned out okay (but you go for what your heart feels, follow your dreams, live a free life…).

9. Whilst they cook get your buns ready (I used a gluten free roll for my dad and heated it for 30 seconds in the microwave otherwise they are gross), butter them up, cut some lettuce and red onion and plonk it on. Maybe some cheese… Go crazy!! I put out a little salad with some plum tomatoes too, because yum.

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10. I put some new-potatoes-garlic-butter-thing in the microwave whilst my little burgers cooked away, because I’m a cheat. Then once I had cooked  both sides I served it all up. Yum. (I also burnt myself, baking is so much nicer).

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11. Eating time!

So yeah, this has been cooking badly with Rhiannon! (I apologise to all cooking blogs).