Sunday, 22 August 2010

A Picnic Short of a Sandwich

As we only have a few days of summer left, I'll make this post a quick one.

I went for a picnic at Yorkshire Sculpture Park today, and do you know what? There wasn't a pie, scotch egg or quiche in sight.

The only preparation we needed to do before throwing everything in the car was to warm a DS White Baguette and wrap it up.

My beautiful wicker picnic basket (you're so jealous) was loaded with the following wheat dodger friendly goodies:

  • A selection of cheeses (admittedly, including Babybel)
  • Oatcakes (not gluten free)
  • Home made chutney (check the label if you're buying from the supermarket)
  • DS White baguette
  • Guacamole
  • Coleslaw
  • Potato salad
  • Cooked free range chicken breasts
  • Flapacks (not gluten free)
  • Tropical fruit salad
  • Beef tomatoes
  • Flake yoghurt dessert (mmm)
  • Half a bottle of Chablis (an excellent accompaniment to Babybel)


Things I could have added in:

  • Olives
  • Crisps
  • Onion bhajis (triple check these as sometimes wheat is sneaked in)
  • Houmous (again, check the label)
  • Home made corn pasta salad
  • Home made rice salad
  • Quinoa (if you're that way inclined. I'm not)

I bought 90% of my picnic from a shop on the way to the park so it is possible to be spontaneous. Planning can become a pain in the backside when you're wheat dodging, but once you can spot what you can and can't eat quickly, the hassle soon goes away.

Now stop staring at the computer and get to the park before the sun disappears!



  1. Hi I would just like to say a big Thank You for this blog. I'm 20 and I've just been told to cut out wheat and gluten with, i might add, no advice on how to do this or what I can have instead. Having had this life/lifestyle changing news only 48hrs(ish) you can imagine my joy at finding your blog and (as I live in halifax but spend loads of time in Leeds) your where to eat guides and how invauluable it is to not have to struggle as much while finding my feet. I am eternally grateful (as are my family), Loli x

  2. Hello Loli

    Thanks for your lovely comment. It makes it all worth while!

    Welcome to a whole new world you never knew existed! It's tough dealing with such a huge lifestyle change, but it doesn't have to be the doom and gloom everyone makes it out to be. Get savvy about what and where you can eat and it will soon become second nature to you. Keep checking my twitter feed for my little updates

    This map of places to eat in Leeds might help you too

    Let me know how you get on and if you make any interesting discoveries.