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Good news for gluten free foodies

There is good news for those who need to follow a gluten free diet because Little Bay Restaurants have just introduced gluten free pasta and beer to their menus.  The new additions are influenced by tennis ace Novak Djokovic, who has been making food headlines since his switch to a special gluten free diet – which some believe may have had a positive influence on his game.

For those intolerant to the protein found in wheat, barley and rye, every little helps when it comes to eating out and it’s good to know where there are clear gluten free choices.

The modern European restaurant chain Little Bay was founded by Peter Ilic, who created a news frenzy in February 2009 by telling customers to pay what they thought his food was worth at the group’s Farringdon branch.  Although some people were aghast at this move, it turned out to be an overwhelming success and was hailed as an innovative promotions tool in difficult times.

Diners can sample the new gluten free menu at the four Little Bay restaurants in London and as Peter Ilic commented: “This menu will not only benefit those suffering from coeliac disease, but will bring Londoners a new healthy, yet tasty dietary option. If we can get Londoners to be as energetic and successful as Novak, London will be a much happier and healthier place!”

National Vegetarian Week 2011

National Vegetarian Week 2011After years of thinking that we really didn’t like Tofu, last night we knocked up a quick stir fry with wholewheat Soba noodles, fresh allotment greens and some marinated tofu chunks from Cauldron Foods.

It was a revelation, because it was really very tasty and nothing like we remembered from our earlier tofu experiences (which were admittedly, a good few years  ago.)  Suffice to say, we’ll definitely be having them again.

It does show though, that tastes do change and develop over time and it’s never too late to try new ingredients, or give something another taste test.

With National Vegetarian Week 2011 on the horizon, it’s a great time to invite friends and family around the kitchen table to tuck into seven tremendously tasty and daringly different dishes, which have been developed to help celebrate the week.

The Vegetarian Society have kindly provided us with a sneak preview of one of the new recipes for Chickpea and Cashew Korma with Spicy Rice which  looks delicious – we can’t wait to try it out.

Sponsored by Cauldron Foods,  National Vegetarian Week starts on Monday 23rd May 2011, with events going on up and down the country which will provide information and advice and plenty of opportunities to try out some delicious vegetarian food.  A new Vegetarian Society guide – ‘Going Veggie’ will be available free of charge by telephoning 0161 925 2000 or visiting the National Vegetarian Week website and it is packed with information on going vegetarian and has all seven new recipes in it.

The week is being launched with a free public event in Albert Square, Manchester – ‘Meat Free Manchester’ – which will take place on Saturday 21 May and will be hosted by the Vegetarian Society and there will be interactive games, information, live cookery demos from chefs, plus a chance to try some veggie food.

If you don’t want to cook up your own vegetarian wonders, there are restaurants and cafes up and down the country offering special deals and events during the week.

On 20th May, Northorpe Hall in Mirfield, West Yorkshire, are hosting a seven course, meat free charity banquet.  Or for an exclusive dining experience in chic surroundings, why not try No 35 Restaurant in Bayswater, London, where there will be a special Vegetarian Evening Menu available between May 23rd – 28th with two courses for  £15 or three courses for £19.

Head for the best Vegetarian restaurants on World Vegetarian Day

It’s October 1st, so today is World Vegetarian Day, which marks the start of Vegetarian Awareness Month.  World Vegetarian Day was founded  by the North American Vegetarian Society more than 30 years ago and is endorsed by the International Vegetarian Union.

The aim of the day is to celebrate the benefits of vegetarianism and veggies are encouraged to tempt their non-veggie friends to go vegetarian for the day.

The UK has some fabulous vegetarian and vegan restaurants, so if you want to celebrate and take part in style this month, here are a few places to check out.

Manna Vegetarian Gourment Restaurant

Manna Restaurant
Located in London’s lovely Primrose Hill, Manna has been turning out its gourmet vegetarian cuisine for more than 40 years.  The restaurant is renowned for using high quality and socially responsible ingredients and prepares meals fresh every day, including a range of organic cakes and breads.

Specialties from the current Autumn menu include Burrito Grande, with black beans, cashew cheese, sweet pepper and courgette filling, or how about organic Bangers and Mash, with fennel and pumpkin sausages on a bed or roasted garlic, carrot and summer mash – just the thing for our chilly British weather at the moment.

Rootmaster vegetarian restaurant

Rootmaster Restaurant
For a dining experience with a difference, head down to Rootmaster restaurant in the Brick Lane area of London.   Operating out of an old brewery, Rootmaster serves up wide range of vegetarian and vegan-friendly dishes to diners who are seated in a refurbished and distinctive red double-decker bus! The Rootmaster ‘bustaurant’ has an open plan kitchen on the lower deck, so diners can watch the staff hard at work and there is a take away hatch for those who want to grab something on the hoof (as opposed to off the hoof, if you see what we mean!).

Current culinary specialties include Teriyaki Stir Fry, Broccoli Tartlet, Zucchini Roulade and Tofu Tower.

Woodlands vegetarian restaurant Piccadilly

Woodlands Piccadilly
The ideal central London restaurant for vegetarians looking for a meal with a bit of spice. Located in the midst of vibrant Piccadilly, Woodlands restaurant has a luscious menu of south Indian cuisine with home-style cooking of authentic dishes including idlis, utthappams and ten different varieties of dosa.

Terre a Terre vegetarian restaurant Brighton Terre a Terre Restaurant
Brighton’s critically acclaimed Terre a Terre is a vegetarian restaurant that will tantalise the taste buds of vegetarians and carnivores alike. Their chefs pride themselves on presenting diners with a culinary experience like no other, combining imaginative ingredients to produce meals of intense flavours and delectable textures, all presented with creative culinary artistry.

Terre a Terre has been listed as one of the Top Ten Healthy Eating Restaurants in the U.K by Channel 4. Located close to Brighton’s seafront, the restaurant has a stylish modern decor and with specialties such as dhal basmati buns with coconut curry leaf chatni and Thai aubergine jungle curry it is the perfect place to end a good day at the seaside.