Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Mini Golf at Cannon Hill Park in Birmingham

Two new 18-hole Mini Golf courses now open at Cannon Hill Park, Birmingham.

The new Mini Golf centre at Birmingham's Cannon Hill Park opened this week and it looks great.

Photo of the new 36-hole Mini Golf course in Cannon Hill Park. Photo by Paul Johnson
The new 36-hole Mini Golf course in Cannon Hill Park. Looking like some sort of driving game!? Photo by Paul Johnson

In brighter weather the course looks even better. Check out this post on the Golden Putter Mini Golf Facebook page for some more photos of the layout.

Photos of the course, before the downpour, by Paul Johnson are below.

Mini Golf at Cannon Hill Park in Birmingham. Photo by Paul Johnson

Mini Golf at Cannon Hill Park in Birmingham. Photo by Paul Johnson

Mini Golf at Cannon Hill Park in Birmingham. Photo by Paul Johnson

Mini Golf at Cannon Hill Park in Birmingham. Photo by Paul Johnson

Mini Golf at Cannon Hill Park in Birmingham. Photo by Paul Johnson

Mini Golf at Cannon Hill Park in Birmingham. Photo by Paul Johnson

Mini Golf at Cannon Hill Park in Birmingham. Photo by Paul Johnson


Back in March our fellow Minigolf Explorers Paul 'Johnson Paul Johnson' Johnson, Owen Johnson, Steve Sturdy and Ruth Burke visited the site and got some snaps of the course being built. Check out the blog post about it at "New Mini Golf course opening soon in Cannon Hill Park, Birmingham."

The (mustachioed) Mascot of the Golden Putter Minigolf courses - Gordon Putter. Photo by Paul Johnson
The mascot of the Golden Putter Minigolf Courses. 'Gordon Putter' as he's known doesn't always have a 'tache though!

Visit the Golden Putter Mini Golf website for details of the other Golden Putter Mini Golf courses at Warwick, Wroxham, Staines and Rotherham. As well as their portable course.

Emily and I have visited all of the Golden Putter courses so far, except Rotherham. We're looking forward to giving the two new ones in Birmingham a play.

Links:
Golden Putter Mini Golf
Greenspace Leisure Ltd

Related blog posts:
Crazy World of Minigolf Tour
New Mini Golf course opening soon in Cannon Hill Park, Birmingham

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Cooking with Genius Gluten Free shortcrust and puff pastry

Some great gluten free cooking from Emily Gottfried.

As someone with Coeliac Disease I'm incredibly lucky to have a very understanding wife, who is also a very keen cook and baker!


Cooking with Genius Gluten Free shortcrust and puff pastry
One very happy Coeliac with a fresh from the oven Cheese Straw - my absolute favourite puff pastry treat

Check out the photos below for some of Emily's recent savoury and sweet baking.

Cooking with Genius Gluten Free shortcrust and puff pastry
A selection of Hors d'oeuvres (including a first attempt at Vol Au Vents) made using Genius Gluten Free Puff Pastry

Cooking with Genius Gluten Free shortcrust and puff pastry
Gluten Free Empanadas using the Genius Gluten Free Shortcrust Pastry

Cooking with Genius Gluten Free shortcrust and puff pastry
Apricot Frangipan Tarts made using Genius Gluten Free Shortcrust Pastry

Cooking with Genius Gluten Free shortcrust and puff pastry
A Pork & Mushroom Pie made with Genius Gluten Free Shortcrust Pastry. It was a little crumbly, but tasted great

Check out Emily's Twitter feed for more photos of her great gluten free cooking.

Visit the Genius Gluten Free website for more information on the Genius range of gluten free products.

Link:
- Genius Gluten Free website

Related blog posts:
- Gluten free
- Coeliac

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Egg Throwing at the World Alternative Games

Egg Throwing competition to be held at the World Alternative Games in Llanwrtyd Wells on Sunday 10th August.

The upcoming World Alternative Games will once again feature an Egg Throwing competition!

Taking place in Llanwrtyd Wells, Wales during the morning session on Sunday 10th August the Egg Throwing tournament ('Taflu Wyau' in Welsh) is an Open event.

Players compete in pairs and the aim is to throw and catch a raw egg without breakage. After each round the teams must move further apart until there is just one team left standing with a whole unbroken egg.

Its a great, fun event and at the 2012 World Alternative Games me and my team-mate Jas Kukielka won the competition!

Egg Throwing at the World Alternative Games
The 2012 World Alternative Games Egg Throwing Championships Gold Medal winning team and the Silver Medallists - from l-r Jas 'Jasain Bolt' Kukielka, Richard Gottfried (with Egg), Seve Kukielka

To register to take part in the Egg Throwing event, and other contests, please visit the World Alternative Games website.

Egg Throwing at the World Alternative Games
Throwing an egg to Jas Kukielka

Egg Throwing at the World Alternative Games
Egg Throwing can be a messy sport!

In the morning session on the 15th August there will also be a Russian Egg Roulette competition ('Rwlet y Rwsiaid â Wyau')! Each player takes it in turn to crack an egg on their forehead until one unlucky competitor finds they have the one fresh egg in six smashed on them. The winner moves into the next round.

The World Alternative Games are taking place place between Friday 8th and Monday 25th of August 2014 with over 60 sport and recreation events held during the festival of fun and games in Llanwrtyd Wells, Wales.

The official WFJF Finger Jousting World Championships will also be taking place at the 2014 Games, with male and female competitions taking place in the afternoon session on Sunday 10th August.

Check out the events listing and games brochure on the World Alternative Games website for more information.

Links:
World Alternative Games website
World Alternative Games on Twitter
World Alternative Games on Facebook
World Finger Jousting Federation website

Related blog posts:
Becoming a World Champion in Egg Throwing!
Update from the World Alternative Games 2014 in Llanwrtyd Wells, Wales
World Alternative Games

Friday, July 18, 2014

Conker Championships at the World Alternative Games

Conker Championships to be held at the World Alternative Games in Llanwrtyd Wells on Friday 15th August.

The upcoming World Alternative Games will feature a Conkers competition!

Taking place in Llanwrtyd Wells, Wales in the AM session on Friday 15th August the Conker Championships ('Pencampwriaethau Concyrs' in Welsh) will see competitors split into three groups - men, women and children.

At the start of each game, the competitors will be given a new lace and conker and each player then takes three alternate strikes on the opponent’s conker. The game's outcome is decided when one of the conkers is smashed.

To register to take part in the Conker Championships, and other contests, please visit the World Alternative Games website.

My friend Chris 'Stretch' Jones was the official World Conker Champion in 2006! At the 2007 Midlands Minigolf Open tournament in Warwick I got to see some world class conker action as the then World Conker Champion was challenged by preliminary competitor Brad 'The Fist' Shepherd!

Chris 'Stretch' Jones - 2006 World Conkers Champion - holding out his conker for enhancement talent Brad 'The Fist' Shepherd to take a shot
Chris 'Stretch' Jones - 2006 World Conkers Champion - holding out his conker for enhancement talent Brad 'The Fist' Shepherd to take a shot

The World Alternative Games are taking place place between Friday 8th and Monday 25th of August 2014 with over 60 sport and recreation events held during the festival of fun and games in Llanwrtyd Wells, Wales.

The official WFJF Finger Jousting World Championships will also be taking place at the 2014 Games, with male and female competitions taking place on Sunday 10th August.

Check out the events listing and games brochure on the World Alternative Games website for more information.

Links:
World Alternative Games website
World Alternative Games on Twitter
World Alternative Games on Facebook
World Finger Jousting Federation website

Related blog posts:
Update from the World Alternative Games 2014 in Llanwrtyd Wells, Wales
World Alternative Games

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Zombie Fun Run at the World Alternative Games!

Zombie Race to be held at the World Alternative Games in Llanwrtyd Wells on Monday 11th August.

A Zombie Fun Run will be taking place at the upcoming World Alternative Games!

The race (shouldn't it be a shamble?) will be held in Llanwrtyd Wells, Wales during the PM session on Monday 11th August.

Anybody can enter the The Zombie Fun Run ('Râs Hwyl Sombi' in Welsh) and there will be many different categories. The main rule is that you MUST be dressed up as a zombie!!! Runners should start thinking about their costume and make-up now, as the 'best dressed' zombie will win.

The closest I've ever been to a Zombie Race was trying to evade the hordes at the Halloween Zombie Apocalypse in Hastings outdoor laser tag event in 2011!

A Zombie Apocalypse victim and a future victim in Hastings
A Zombie Apocalypse victim and a future victim in Hastings

Christopher Gottfried and two new friends at the Zombie Apocalypse in Hastings
Christopher Gottfried and two new friends at the Zombie Apocalypse in Hastings

To enter the Zombie Fun Run, and other contests, please visit the World Alternative Games website.

Llanwrtyd Wells is renowned for its quirky and odd sporting events. One of the most physically demanding contests is the annual Man vs Horse Marathon that began in 1980! For more information check out the Green Events website.

The World Alternative Games are taking place place between Friday 8th and Monday 25th of August 2014 with over 60 sport and recreation events held during the festival of fun and games in Llanwrtyd Wells, Wales.

The official WFJF Finger Jousting World Championships will also be taking place at the 2014 Games, with male and female competitions taking place on Sunday 10th August.

Check out the events listing and games brochure on the World Alternative Games website for more information.

Links:
World Alternative Games website
World Alternative Games on Twitter
World Alternative Games on Facebook
World Finger Jousting Federation website

Related blog posts:
Update from the World Alternative Games 2014 in Llanwrtyd Wells, Wales
World Alternative Games

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Rock, Paper, Scissors at the World Alternative Games

Rock, Paper, Scissors competition to be held at the World Alternative Games in Llanwrtyd Wells on Monday 11th August.

The upcoming World Alternative Games will feature a Rock, Paper, Scissors competition!

Taking place in Llanwrtyd Wells, Wales in the PM session of Monday 11th August the Rock, Paper, Scissors tournament ('Pencampw riaeth Carreg Papur Siswrn' in Welsh) is an Open event where everyone can compete on the same level and one person will become the Corinthian Rock, Paper, Scissors Champion.

We're big fans of Rock, Paper, Scissors and have competed in many of the Wacky Nation RPS events over the years. In 2012 we were fourth (as San Marino)  in the International Team Rock, Paper, Scissors Championships in London.

Facing off against Neil 'Razor' Ruddock in an International Rock Paper Scissors 'friendly' match in 2012!

To register to take part in the Rock, Paper, Scissors event, and other contests, please visit the World Alternative Games website.

The World Alternative Games are taking place place between Friday 8th and Monday 25th of August 2014 with over 60 sport and recreation events held during the festival of fun and games in Llanwrtyd Wells, Wales.

The official WFJF Finger Jousting World Championships will also be taking place at the 2014 Games, with male and female competitions taking place on Sunday 10th August.

Check out the events listing and games brochure on the World Alternative Games website for more information.

Links:
World Alternative Games website
World Alternative Games on Twitter
World Alternative Games on Facebook
- Wacky Nation website
World Finger Jousting Federation website

Related blog posts:
Update from the World Alternative Games 2014 in Llanwrtyd Wells, Wales
World Alternative Games

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Worm Charming at the World Alternative Games

Worm Charming Competition to be held at the World Alternative Games in Llanwrtyd Wells on Sunday 10th August.

Amongst the many sports, games and events on offer at the upcoming World Alternative Games will be a Worm Charming Championship!

Taking place  at the Games in Llanwrtyd Wells, Wales on the morning of the 10th August the Worm Charming Championships ('Pencampwriaethau Hudo Mwydod' in Welsh) will be using the official IFCWAP (International Federation of Charming Worms and Allied Pastimes) rules for the event.

To register to take part in the Welsh Worm Charming Championships, and other events, please visit the World Alternative Games website.

In July 2011 alongside my friend (and champion worm charmer) Oliver 'The Machine' Florence, and my nephew Kallum Harper, I competed in the Worm Charming Competition at St Mary’s Village Carnival in Edlesborough, Buckinghamshire. What an event that was!

Action from Plot 68 at the Worm Charming Competition at St Mary’s Village Carnival in 2011
Action from Plot 68 at the Worm Charming Competition at St Mary’s Village Carnival in 2011

The World Alternative Games will be taking place place between Friday 8th and Monday 25th of August 2014 with over 60 interesting sport and recreation events held during the festival of fun and games in Llanwrtyd Wells, Wales.

The official WFJF Finger Jousting World Championships will also be taking place at the 2014 Games, with male and female categories for athletes to compete in on Sunday 10th August.

Check out the events listing and games brochure on the World Alternative Games website.

Links:
- World Alternative Games website
- World Alternative Games on Twitter
- World Alternative Games on Facebook
- IFCWAP (International Federation of Charming Worms and Allied Pastimes) website
- World Finger Jousting Federation website

Related blog posts:
- Update from the World Alternative Games 2014 in Llanwrtyd Wells, Wales
- World Alternative Games
- Worm Charming Competition at St Mary’s Village Carnival in Edlesborough

Monday, July 14, 2014

Sponsor us in the Minigolf British Doubles Championship

Sponsorship available for Minigolf Doubles Team at event in September.

Minigolfers Richard & Emily Gottfried in Putter King kits at the BMGA English Open
Minigolfers Richard & Emily Gottfried in Putter King kits at the BMGA English Open minigolf tournament

We'll be competing at the BMGA British Doubles Championship at the 18-hole Minigolf course at the Four Ashes Golf Centre in Dorridge, Solihull in September. The doubles event will be preceded by the Midlands Open singles competition at the same venue.

If you'd like to sponsor us in this event, or others throughout the year, then please get in touch. You can also follow us on Twitter @putting_gott and @9livesGottfried.

Sixteen teams will line-up to compete for the BMGA British Doubles title and we're offering naming rights for our team, along with kit branding opportunities (polo shirts, shorts/trousers, hat, umbrella in case of rain! and logo placement with patches/badges etc.).

Emily Gottfried at the Midlands Open at Dorridge in 2011
Emily Gottfried at the Midlands Open at Dorridge in 2011

The Midlands Open/British Doubles weekend is a great minigolfing event, with players from around the UK competing for the titles.

Richard Gottfried playing in the Midlands Open at Dorridge in 2012
Richard Gottfried playing in the Midlands Open at Dorridge in 2012

We can be available to sponsors for interviews, photo opportunities, training and events.

My best result in the BMGA British Doubles was third place, when teaming with Bath's Kevin Moseley at Stratford-upon-Avon in 2010.

Richard Gottfried playing at Four Ashes Golf Centre in the BMGA British Club Championships in 2011
Richard Gottfried playing at Four Ashes Golf Centre in the BMGA British Club Championships in 2011

Emily's best finish in the BMGA British Doubles was fourth place when she partnered with Welsh Ladies Number One Cindy Kukielka at the same event.

Emily Gottfried playing in the BMGA British Doubles Championship in Stratford-upon-Avon in 2010
Emily Gottfried playing in the BMGA British Doubles Championship in Stratford-upon-Avon in 2010

We are both active on the national minigolf tour and have competed in over 100 tournaments, league events and club nights since our debuts in 2007. We have also represented Great Britain at international level in World Minigolf Sport Federation and European Minigolf Sport Federation tournaments in Finland, Sweden and England.

Emily is a member of the Cambridgeshire Mini Golf Club, and I am a member of the Midlands Minigolf Club. Both clubs are comprised of players that compete around the UK and overseas, including the annual BMGA British Club Championship, which was won by Midlands MGC in 2008.

Emily Gottfried at the WMF Nations Cup in Stockholm, Sweden in 2011
Emily Gottfried at the WMF Nations Cup in Stockholm, Sweden in 2011

Richard Gottfried at the WMF Nations Cup in Stockholm, Sweden in 2011
Richard Gottfried at the WMF Nations Cup in Stockholm, Sweden in 2011

For further information about sponsorship opportunities please get in touch.

Related blog posts:
- Richard Gottfried's Minigolf Player Profile
- Emily Gottfried's Minigolf Player Profile

Links:
- British Minigolf Association
- Four Ashes Golf Centre in Dorridge

Hide N Seek at the World Alternative Games

Hide N Seek tournament to be held at the World Alternative Games in Llanwrtyd Wells on Sunday 10th August.

Amongst the 60+ sports and games events on offer at the upcoming World Alternative Games will be a Hide N Seek competition!

Taking place in Llanwrtyd Wells, Wales in the afternoon of the 10th August the Hide N Seek competition ('Chwarae Cwato' in Welsh) will feature both adult and junior team categories.

The Japan Hide-and-Seek Promotion Committee was established in 2010 and aims to have the sport in the 2020 Olympic Games in Japan!

The rules of tournament Hide N Seek sees two teams of seven players face each other in a ten minute match. In the first five minutes, half of one team is given two minutes to hide within an area that measures 65ft x 65ft. The opponents then have to locate and tag the hiding players, with the second half of the match mirroring the first. The rules are the same for children under the age of 12, but the area measures 55ft x 88ft.

Hide N Seek in Llanwrtyd Wells - can you spot me and Emily in this photo in the town centre?
Hide N Seek in Llanwrtyd Wells - can you spot me and Emily in this photo in the town centre?

To register to take part in the Hide N Seek event, and other contests, please visit the World Alternative Games website.

The World Alternative Games are taking place place between Friday 8th and Monday 25th of August 2014 with over 60 interesting sport and recreation events held during the festival of fun and games in Llanwrtyd Wells, Wales.

The official WFJF Finger Jousting World Championships will also be taking place at the 2014 Games, with male and female competitions taking place on Sunday 10th August.

Check out the events listing and games brochure on the World Alternative Games website for more information.

Links:
World Alternative Games website
World Alternative Games on Twitter
World Alternative Games on Facebook
World Finger Jousting Federation website

Related blog posts:
Update from the World Alternative Games 2014 in Llanwrtyd Wells, Wales
World Alternative Games

Friday, July 11, 2014

New products from Udi's Gluten Free

Blog post about some of the new products available from Udi's Gluten Free.

At the recent Allergy and Free From Show in London I spotted some of the new gluten free products from Udi's Gluten Free.

Following feedback from customers since the UK launch in 2013 Udi's have launched 27 new gluten free products.

I was given samples of the new Soft n' Chewy Chocolate Banana Cereal Bars, Chocolate Flavour Sandwich Cookies and the Milk Chocolate Wafers by the Udi's team at the Allergy and Free From Show. So far I've had one of the chocolate banana bars, which was nice
I was given samples of the new Soft n' Chewy Chocolate Banana Cereal Bars, Chocolate Flavour Sandwich Cookies and the Milk Chocolate Wafers by the Udi's team at the Allergy and Free From Show. So far I've had one of the chocolate banana bars, which was nice

Yesterday I received a nice surprise hamper from Udi's!

It's always nice to receive a surprise food hamper! Especially when you know all of the contents will be gluten free and suitable for coeliacs!
It's always nice to receive a surprise food hamper! Especially when you know all of the contents will be gluten free and suitable for coeliacs!

Last December I blogged about the first products launched in the Udi's Gluten Free range, and its going to be great trying the new products which all sound interesting and tasty.

In my pre-Coeliac Disease days, back when I was able to eat a 'normal' diet, I wasn't a big fan of bagels. However, that changed when I tried the Udi's Cinnamon & Raisin Bagels. The chocolate chip ones sound even better. Everything tastes better if its got chocolate in it!

The Soft & Tasty Chocolate Chip Bagels,Soft & Delicious Blueberry Muffins, Soft & Chewy Cherry Flavoured Breakfast Bars, Chocolate Flavour Sandwich Cookies and the Lemon Flavoured Wafers
The gluten free hamper contents were Soft & Tasty Chocolate Chip Bagels,Soft & Delicious Blueberry Muffins, Soft & Chewy Cherry Flavoured Breakfast Bars, Chocolate Flavour Sandwich Cookies and the Lemon Flavoured Wafers

I'll be scoffing my way through the new products in the coming weeks, I think i'll start with a toasted bagel, followed by a blueberry muffin...

Udi's Gluten Free launched here in the UK at the end of last year and have been operating in the USA since 1994. Check out the Udi's website for further details of their range and stockists near you.

The Udi's philosophy is creating great gluten free foods that bring happiness. Read more of the Udi's story, from starting out in Colorado, USA in 1994 to the UK launch on the Udi's website.

Udi's Gluten Free was the headline sponsor of the recent Allergy & Free From Show at Olympia.

A wall of Udi's gluten free products at the Allergy and Free From Show in London
A wall of Udi's gluten free products at the Allergy and Free From Show in London, including some of the 27 new products added to the range

If you missed that event then you can attend the Allergy and Free From Show North that is taking place on the 25th & 26th of October at the BT Convention Centre in Liverpool.

Link:
Udi's Gluten Free UK
- Udi's Gluten Free USA

Related blog posts:
Udi’s Gluten Free – more than just mince pies
- Awareness Week: Coeliac Facts from Udi's Gluten Free
- The Allergy and Free From Show 2014 at Olympia
Gluten Free
Coeliac

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Miniature Golf and the Olympic Games

Did you know - Miniature Golf was once played during the Olympic Games!

While it was not officially part of the Games programme, the participants in the Golf tournament at the 1904 Olympic Games held in St Louis, USA also competed in a Putting Championship on a specially built miniature golf course.

The 9-hole Putting Course was specifically built at the Glen Echo Country Club for a Putting Championship and was constructed with electric lights surrounding the layout.

The Putting competition was won by Burt McKinnie of Normandie GC. McKinnie defeated Clement Smoot of the Exmoor Club in Chicago for the trophy after McKinnie scored a total of 21. Both players had been tied going into the last hole!

Check out the Olympic Golf Replica Program from 1904 and the 'Little Known Olympic Facts' section on the Glen Echo Country Club website for further info on the event.

On this year's Olympic Day (23 June) I tweeted about the Putting course and championships and Glen Echo tweeted back.

The 1904 Games were quite a wild affair - with a number of other sporting events taking place out of the scope of the 'official' sports. They also took place over several months and organised alongside the World's Fair, rather than as a standalone event.

More information about the 1904 Olympic Golf Matches can be found on the Glenn Echo Country Club website.

On a related note, the Olympiapark München is home to a Miniature Golf course that was set-up in the athletes village for the 1972 Munich Olympic Games. Now open to the public you can find more information on the Olympiapark München and the Minigolf & Pit-Pat Olympiapark München websites.

International Minigolf Sport is governed by the World Minigolf Sport Federation (WMF). The WMF currently has 46 member associations. The WMF is a member of SportAccord, an organisation comprised of a wide-range of Olympic and non-Olympic international sports federations.

Richard Gottfried playing a shot on the World's First Miniature Golf course in April 2012 - The Himalayas Putting Course at St Andrews, Scotland. The course was founded in 1867 when The Ladies' Putting Club began playing.

Links:
- Glen Echo Country Club website
- Glen Echo Country Club on Twitter
- Glen Echo Country Club on Facebook
- 1904 Olympic Golf Matches
Olympic Golf Replica Program from 1904
St Louis 1904 at Olympic.org

Related blog posts:
- The Himalayas Putting Course at St Andrews, Scotland
- Two Miniature Golf Firsts
- Crazy World of Minigolf Tour

New Gluten Free Beer and Cakes at M&S

New gluten free products - including beer and cakes - in the Made Without Range by Marks & Spencer.

Emily and I are big fans of Marks & Spencer as in the last few years they have added more and more products to the 'Made Without Wheat' range.

In addition to the special Made Without Wheat gluten free branded line, M&S has been making a lot of other items gluten free - such as the new BBQ and Grill range - which include our particular favourites of pulled pork and the cheese & chilli 'posh dogs'.

While having a browse in the Luton branch today I spotted there are now two new gluten free beers available!

Gluten Free beer at Marks and Spencer
The new Marks & Spencer beers - the Belgian Golden Ale on the left and the Belgian Premium Pilsner on the right.

I'm a big fan of beer, ale and lager and after my diagnosis with Coeliac Disease in 2008 following years of illness I received the additional hammer blow of being told that I wouldn't be able to have a pint of beer again.

Since then I have found that there are a number of gluten free tipples available and details of those beers I've found and drunk are available on my compilation blog post about Gluten Free Ales, Beers and Lagers.

The Belgian Golden Ale and Belgian Premium Pilsner are brewed by Brouwerij De Brabandere in West Flanders, Belgium and have been specially brewed for Marks & Spencer.

The new M&S Ale and Pilsner both contain Barley and in the information on the bottle it says "Barley gluten is removed during the brewing process to leave a great tasting gluten free beer."

I bought a bottle of each beer. I haven't tried them yet, but I'm sure they'll get drunk over the weekend.

M&S have also recently started selling four new cakes. I spotted three of these in the Luton branch, while the Party Cake was spotted in the Ipswich store.

The Made Without Wheat Extremely Chocolatey Celebration Cake by M&S
The Made Without Wheat Extremely Chocolatey Celebration Cake by M&S. I bought one of these for our recent wedding anniversary.

The Made Without Wheat Extremely Chocolatey Celebration Cake was nice, I liked it more than Emily, but we both agreed the base of the cake was a little too dry. Not a bad amount of chocolate cake for the £10 price tag. I'd buy it again, and at least this time I'd have it all to myself.

The M&S Made Without Wheat Carrot & Walnut Cake and Coffee and Walnut Cake. I haven't tried these. Yet.
The M&S Made Without Wheat Carrot & Walnut Cake and Coffee and Walnut Cake. I haven't tried these. Yet.

The Marks and Spencer Made Without Wheat 'Party Cake'. I hope I get one of these on my next birthday.
The M&S Made Without Wheat 'Party Cake'. I hope I get one of these on my next birthday.

Check out the M&S website for details of the Made Without Wheat range and the other Gluten Free items they offer. I spotted some different cakes available there too!

Links:
- Marks & Spencer website
- Marks & Spencer Made Without Wheat page
Brouwerij De Brabandere
- Coeliac UK website

Related blog posts:
- Gluten Free blog posts on The Ham & Egger Files
- Gluten Free Ales, Beers and Lagers
- A blogger's gluten free sandwich
- Gluten Free Finds in London (and beyond) - October 2010

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

Playing FootGolf in Luton

Having a round of the new game of FootGolf at Luton's Stockwood Park.

FootGolf at Stockwood Park in Luton, Bedfordshire
First-time FootGolfers after the round at Stockwood Park in Luton. From l-r Steve 'The Belly' Kelly, Paul 'Barer' Harvey, John 'The Professional' Oxley, 'Squire' Richard Gottfried, 'Rowdy' Russell Fenner

On Monday 7th July I headed up to Stockwood Park in Luton to play my first round of the new sport of FootGolf. I'd been challenged to a match by my old Dodgeball rivals - the Welwyn Dowed Warriors.

FootGolf at Stockwood Park in Luton, Bedfordshire
Playing FootGolf at Stockwood Park in Luton

I first heard about FootGolf last September and since then Luton has seen two courses open - at Stockwood Park Golf Centre and at Tea Green Golf.

A couple of weeks ago I saw how popular the game was as I had a round of Pitch & Putt on the Stockwood Mini Golf course.

FootGolf at Stockwood Park in Luton, Bedfordshire
John 'The Professional' Oxley launches a shot as Steve 'The Belly' Kelly looks on

The sport of FootGolf is played on a golf course, with player's aiming to get the football into the hole in as few shots as possible. The 'green' and hole itself is placed beside or beyond the regular golf's green to enable players of the two games to have a round at the same time.

FootGolf at Stockwood Park in Luton, Bedfordshire
'Rowdy' Russell Fenner plays his second shot on hole 1

Having paid for our round of 9-hole (£5.50 each, plus a £5 refundable deposit for each ball borrowed) we heaed out to the course. With the rules of the game read out from the very well designed FootGolf scorecard we were ready to get underway, with John 'The Professional' Oxley kicking/teeing-off first.

FootGolf at Stockwood Park in Luton, Bedfordshire
Paul 'Barer' Harvey readying himself for a tricky 'putt' on the 3rd hole - this one really got the better of most players (apart from John and Paul)

We had a great, fun round with plenty of banter and some wild shots. These were interspersed with some good use of the greens to play some nice angled shots. The shot of the match went to Paul who kicked a cracker to score a three on the par-5 121 yard sixth hole.

FootGolf at Stockwood Park in Luton, Bedfordshire
Steve 'The Belly' Kelly pitches a shot across the edge of the golf green

FootGolf at Stockwood Park in Luton, Bedfordshire
John 'The Professional' Oxley lines up a 'putt'

FootGolf at Stockwood Park in Luton, Bedfordshire
Steve 'The Belly' Kelly chips out of the rough

FootGolf at Stockwood Park in Luton, Bedfordshire
Steve 'The Belly' Kelly in trouble again

The final results saw John win with par (34), notching up a two on hole five and a three on the ninth. In second on 36(+2) was Paul. I was third on 37(+3), with Steve edging out Rowdy Russell 39(+5) to 40(+6).

It was a good, open round and hopefully we'll all improve in our second game.

FootGolf at Stockwood Park in Luton, Bedfordshire
Richard Gottfried 'putting' on the Stockwood Park FootGolf layout

We all agreed it was a fun game to play and we'll certainly be having another round soon. The Hertfordshire-based players are hoping to see a FootGolf course open up on their side of the border.

FootGolf at Stockwood Park in Luton, Bedfordshire
A new FootGolf sign will need to be added to the post at Stockwood Park

You can also play FootGolf on Tea Green Golf's new course at Wandon End, near Luton.

Check out the links below for the UK FootGolf Association and Stockwood Park Golf Centre for more details about playing the game.

FootGolf seems to be a fast growing sport, with new courses popping up all over the country.

Links:
- Stockwood Park Golf Centre
- UK FootGolf Association

Related blog posts:
- Observations of FootGolf
- FootGolf is heading to Luton!
- Stockwood Park-related Blog Posts
- Crazy World of Minigolf Tour - Course Played #30 Luton (Stockwood Park) - Mini Golf/Pitch & Putt

Monday, July 07, 2014

A blogger's gluten free sandwich

Using Green's Gluten Free Dark Ale Mustard.

While at the 2014 Allergy and Free From Show I visited the Green's gluten free beers stand and as well as sampling a couple of the their beers I hadn't had in a while I was also given a special jar of Green's Dark Ale Mustard!

Green's gluten free Dark Ale Mustard
Green's gluten free Dark Ale Mustard

I asked for some suggestions on Twitter and Green's came back with ideas for Marks & Spencer gluten free sausages (a good idea as I like the M&S gluten free range), a scotch egg (another great idea, perhaps one from Hotch Potch Eggs who I met at the show), or any salad & ham (less of the salad, more of the ham!).

Fellow gluten free blogger Gemma at Coeliac and Me suggested said she'd be making some honey & mustard salad dressing. Sounds nice.

Emily cooks up some cracking gluten free food, a specialty of which is a great dish of honey and mustard crusted pork, which we'll use the Dark Ale Mustard for the next time.

In the interim and feeling hungry after a busy day I used the Green's mustard in a beef sandwich. Very tasty it was too.

A late lunch of a beef and ale mustard sandwich (made with Genius Gluten Free bread) and the obligatory Pom-Bear snacks on the side (these are the newish Zoo Friends variety and are 'really cheesy')
A late lunch of a beef and ale mustard sandwich (made with Genius Gluten Free bread) and the obligatory Pom-Bear snacks on the side (these are the newish Zoo Friends variety and are 'really cheesy')

The mustard is made by Cumberland Mustard using Green's Dark Ale.

Check out the Green's Gluten Free Beers website for details of the full range, stockists and how to order online.

Related blog posts:
- The Allergy and Free From Show 2014 at Olympia
- Gluten Free Ales, Beers and Lagers

Link:
- Green's Gluten Free Beers