Venezuelan Food – P.A.N

Arepa

We went into Cambridge this morning, purposely to see a man who makes and mends leather bags; he told us he is always there on Sunday and Monday. He was not there last Monday and he was not there today, so a bit of a wasted journey. However, it was an excuse to have coffee and cake as well as lunch although we did not go to one of our usual places for lunch.

Today’s picture shows some gluten-free Venezuelan Food. Cambridge market now has a variety of “street food” stalls and I had seen this one a few weeks ago, although I did not buy anything on that occasion. However, on that occasion, I was told that Tesco sell the mix. I looked on the Tesco web site and discovered that the mix stated “very low gluten”. Today I actually challenged the lady selling the food that it was not gluten-free. She produced her mix, which actually is gluten-free and from the extra you can see that it states quite clearly on the front of the packet that it is gluten-free’; compare this with the one sold in Tesco, which does not have the symbol. So Coeliacs beware, this mix is okay, the one Tesco sells is not suitable for Coeliacs, although for those who avoid gluten, as a fad diet, will be fine with the Tesco mix. The lady sold me two packets of the mix, one for me and one for my grandson. My husband and I both had one of these “corn cakes”, with different fillings; both were delicious and very filling.

The afternoon was spent being rather lazy, watching a film on television and doing some knitting.

                                 Coeliacs – Note The Difference

                Gluten-free on the left – NOT Gluten-free on the right

 

 

 

 

Breakfast

 

Today was an Addenbrookes day with a difference. We both belong to the Patient and Public Involvement Panel (PPIP), which involve us in looking at, and commenting on Researcher’s proposals before they go to the Ethical Committee and before they apply for funding. Today was one of the meetings we attend to hear some proposals, have lunch, speak with other members and today, an afternoon session discussing what we all do and what could be done better. On the way home we went to vote.

I took two pictures today, my breakfast and the one of my husband, reluctantly sitting in a hospital wheelchair.

Addenbrookes Hospital

PLACEAfter a very lazy weekend, I spent today volunteering at Addenbrookes Hospital for two sessions of their annual Patient-led Assessments of the Care Environment (PLACE). I had volunteered for this prior to my husband’s recent surgery and I had not expected, when he came home from hospital, that he would need as much help as he does. However, Victoria, our granddaughter was still on her Easter holiday break, so she came round to “Granddad sit”!

It was an extremely enjoyable, although busy day, when I visited some parts of the hospital that were new to me. I, with others in my group, assessed A and E, (I have been there before) Ward EAU5, N2 as well as some corridors and sections leading off the corridors. It also involved tasting the patient’s lunch, which for me was limited, as I did not have a menu to check which was gluten-free. The lunch provided for me was excellent and included my favourite Marks and Spencer gluten-free sandwich, gluten-free cake and fruit.

As I left the hospital the Park and Ride was just leaving, they run every ten minutes; the next one was due in sixteen minutes, so I walked to the Park and Ride. It was very windy waiting for the bus, so walking was a good option even though the bus arrived at the Park and Ride just slightly before I got there.

Flowerbed

Flowerbed

I spent the morning moving furniture in the lounge to accommodate a single bed so that my husband can come home, possibly on Thursday, but it will depend upon what time the bed arrives. I then purchased the bed and went into Cambridge to purchase single bed linen as we do not have any.

I had lunch in Cambridge and then visited my husband during the afternoon. I took this picture as I walked across Christ’s Pieces and although the flowers are a little past their best they still depict Cambridge on a sunny day with people on their bicycles.

My Husband and the Mallard

As my husband is having his left-knee replaced on Thursday we decided that a day out in Cambridge would be a good idea, especially as he will be incapacitated for a while. Today’s picture is of him taking a picture of one of the colleges. I have also included an extra, which I particularly liked.

We started with breakfast in Harriet’s Tea Rooms, followed by a walk around the town, by the river and along The Backs. We stopped for coffee and cake at the University Centre, before coming home.

The weather forecast said it would rain, but although it was overcast it did not rain until we arrived home at about 1600 hours.

Cambridge1

My husband had an Addenbrookes Hospital appointment this morning and on the drive there I kept thinking I had forgotten something; I had, no camera. So today’s picture was taken on my iPhone. It was either this picture of the River Cam and the clouds, or my Costa coffee cup; this won.

After the appointment we went into Cambridge and had lunch at the University Centre before having a wander around the town. It was very busy, no doubt due to the lovely sunny day.

Breakfast

breakfast

This morning I went into Cambridge and as the picture shows I had breakfast in Harriet’s Tea Rooms. I had a wander around Cambridge, but did not purchase anything; then I went to Addenbrookes.

When I rang early this morning they told me that as expected he had been moved overnight to a ward for those who do not need as much attention. They also said they were arranging his discharge papers so he could come home later today. When I arrived at 1300 hours he was still waiting for his papers. The surgeon arrived shortly after I did and was pleased with his progress; she will see him in Outpatients in due course.

It has been sunny, but with a chill wind.