Whoever invented weekends should be given an OBE. Or a lot of money. They’re great.
The last couple of days have been a bit manic. Yesterday was my colleague Yam’s last day so we had a couple of drinks after work. I had to drive back, go up the yard, have a quick change and drive back – but it was great, especially as the karaoke came out (I gave it some to a bit of Sunday Girl by Blondie!) It’s sad to lose Yam, who’s been there for ages, but it’s a really good career move for him 🙂
One bonus of working on a newspaper is that the photographers are at nights out – with their cameras. Lots of entertaining pics to come!
Thursday was busy too, as I went up to London after work. I’d had an email from lovely Monika, on behalf of Fria. The firm’s about to launch in this country so they invited me and some other GF bloggers to a meet-up:
From left, Sian, Alex, Annie, Fiona and Irene. Jonas, owner of the Scandinavian Kitchen, was our host and he was lovely – as was everyone else. It was so nice to meet everyone, also because I don’t think I’ve met even one other person with coeliac disease since I was diagnosed! I look forward to reading their blogs too 🙂
There was food, of course:
And drink: GF beer (nicer than normal stuff) and amazing juice, made from 2,300 blueberries per bottle – and nothing else. It’s weirdly like non-alcoholic wine and very addictive 🙂
There was lots of Scandinavian food. I was brave enough to ignore my lifelong and extreme dislike and go for some of the beetroot and apple salad:
With a pickled cabbage salad, some Brie and a cheese with caraway seeds in it, tiny meatballs, some other salady things and some Fria seeded and brown bread.
I have to admit there might be a future for me and beetroot. We’re going to have to take it slowly but if it can taste as good as this salad did… I might try it again. Maybe.
Everything else was delicious too. I loved the seedy cheese and the bread was amazing. Even though it comes frozen, it’s got the taste and texture of fresh “normal” bread. Score on that front 🙂
Then there was pudding:
Having stuffed myself to bursting with the chocolate brownie cake at the GF show in May, I wasn’t backwards in coming forwards. With hindsight, it would have been better to have a cinnamon roll, as I haven’t tried those before but I’m a greedy mare. C’est la vie 🙂
Monika also gave us each a goody bag:
More brownie cake. Do I really have to? *sigh*
Monika suggested each of us make a pizza and send the pictures to the cafe so I’ll do my best… already thinking of what could go on it 🙂
As a journalist who gets through more biros than she eats hot dinners (seriously – where do they all go?!) I was also pleased with the pen. I know that’s sad. And as someone with a very childish sense of humour, I’m looking forward to the Plopp bar. Hahahaha.
All Fria products are dairy-free too and all but the brownie cake and the apple muffins are also vegan 🙂
It was nice to try them, great to eat the Scandinavian dishes and lovely to meet everyone.
Have you eaten any Scandinavian food? Or from cultures other than those readily available in this country?