Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Gluten free chicken and beer

Chicken and beer - a great combination.

Emily's a great cook and makes some delicious gluten free treats - both sweet and savoury. We've blogged about some of them here on The Ham & Egger Files and also posted photos and details on her Twitter feed.

The latest creation Emily has perfected is oven baked cornflake chicken (think kind of southern fried, but healthier if you will).

Southern-style baked chicken coated with crushed Nestle Gluten Free Corn Flakes, served with paprika potato wedges, BBQ beans and an avocado. Washed down with a chilled Estrella Damm Daura gluten free beer. Delicious food, gluten free or otherwise
Southern-style baked chicken coated with crushed Nestle Gluten Free Corn Flakes, served with paprika potato wedges, BBQ beans and an avocado. Washed down with a chilled Estrella Damm Daura gluten free beer. Delicious food, gluten free or otherwise

Since my diagnosis with Coeliac Disease in 2008 I've tried a fair few of the gluten free beers available and Estrella Damm Daura is one of my favourites.

While recently shopping for a gluten free Chocolate Yule Log in Tesco's Free From section I noticed that Estrella Damm Daura were included in a 3 for 2 offer and so twelve bottles of the great gluten free beer were £12 - a great buy for a savvy coeliac like me.

Links:
Estrella Damm Daura website
Estrella Damm Daura gluten free beer on Twitter
Tesco Free From website
- Nestlé Cereals website

Related blog posts:
Gluten free Ale, Beer and Lager
- New Nestlé Gluten Free Corn Flakes and Honey Corn Flakes
Gluten Free

Monday, November 17, 2014

Adventure Golf at Horton Park Golf Club in Epsom

A visit to the Jungle Island Adventure Golf course at Horton Park Golf Club in Epsom, Surrey.

Minigolf explorer Richard Gottfried at the Jungle Island Adventure Golf course at Horton Park Golf Club in Epsom, Surrey

On Sunday 16 November 2014 Emily and I headed to Surrey to compete in the inaugural Surrey Invitational Minigolf Tournament against our friends and fellow competition players Matt 'The Don' Dodd, Helen 'Hells Bells' Dodd and Oliver 'The Machine' Florence in a two-round, two-course contest.

Richard Gottfried playing a shot through the remains of a dinosaur at Jungle Island Adventure Golf at Horton Park Golf Club in Epsom, Surrey

The second course we played was the 18-hole Jungle Island Adventure Golf course at Horton Park Golf Club in Epsom.

Jungle Island Adventure Golf at Horton Park Golf Club in Epsom, Surrey

The course was the 353rd played and 587th course visited on our Crazy World of Minigolf Tour since September 2006.

Jungle Island Adventure Golf at Horton Park Golf Club in Epsom, Surrey

There are a lot of water features (and hazards) at the Jungle Island Adventure Golf course at Horton Park Golf Club in Epsom, Surrey

Emily Gottfried in action at the Jungle Island Adventure Golf course at Horton Park Golf Club in Epsom, Surrey

There's a crashed plane at Jungle Island Adventure Golf at Horton Park Golf Club in Epsom, Surrey

Emily Gottfried playing at Jungle Island Adventure Golf course at Horton Park Golf Club in Epsom, Surrey

Helen Dodd putting at Jungle Island Adventure Golf course at Horton Park Golf Club in Epsom, Surrey

A skellington at the Jungle Island Adventure Golf course at Horton Park Golf Club in Epsom, Surrey

Jungle Island Adventure Golf course at Horton Park Golf Club in Epsom, Surrey

Jungle Island Adventure Golf at Horton Park Golf Club in Epsom, Surrey

Jungle Island Adventure Golf at Horton Park Golf Club in Epsom, Surrey

Emily Gottfried on the tricky 17th hole plateau volcano at Jungle Island Adventure Golf at Horton Park Golf Club in Epsom, Surrey

Jungle Island Adventure Golf at Horton Park Golf Club in Epsom, Surrey

Jungle Island Adventure Golf at Horton Park Golf Club in Epsom, Surrey

Jungle Island Adventure Golf at Horton Park Golf Club in Epsom, Surrey


A round of minigolf at the course costs £9.25 for adults and £7.25 for children. The course is open seven days a week and is open from 9am.

There's currently a limited offer to buy an annual pass to play the Jungle Island Adventure Golf that looks like a good deal.

The limited edition annual pass at Jungle Island Adventure Golf at Horton Park Golf Club in Epsom
The limited edition annual pass at Jungle Island Adventure Golf

More information can be found on the Horton Park Golf Club website, Twitter and Facebook.

Links:
- Jungle Island Adventure Golf
Horton Park Golf Club

Related blog posts:
- Crazy World of Minigolf Tour
Adventure Golf at Hoebridge Golf Centre in Woking
Surrey Invitational Tournament Minigolf Report
Fake Crocodiles (or are they Alligators?) at Minigolf courses!

Pirate Island Adventure Golf at Hoebridge Golf Centre in Woking

A visit to the Pirate Island Adventure Golf course at Hoebridge Golf Centre in Woking, Surrey.

Minigolfer Richard Gottfried at the Pirate Island Adventure Golf course at Hoebridge Golf Centre in Woking, Surrey

On Sunday 16 November 2014 Emily and I headed to Surrey to compete in the inaugural Surrey Invitational Minigolf Tournament against our friends and fellow competition players Matt 'The Don' Dodd, Helen 'Hells Bells' Dodd and Oliver 'The Machine' Florence in a two-round, two-course contest.

Pirate Island Adventure Golf course at Hoebridge Golf Centre in Woking, Surrey

We began the day at Hoebridge Golf Centre in Woking - home to the 18-hole Pirate Island Adventure Golf course.

Pirate Island Adventure Golf course at Hoebridge Golf Centre in Woking, Surrey

The course was the 352nd played and 586th course visited on our Crazy World of Minigolf Tour since September 2006.

Pirate Island Adventure Golf course at Hoebridge Golf Centre in Woking, Surrey
Playing a shot on a big green

Pirate Island Adventure Golf course at Hoebridge Golf Centre in Woking, Surrey
Matt holes out on the very long par-5 third-hole

Pirate Island Adventure Golf course at Hoebridge Golf Centre in Woking, Surrey
In the drink

Pirate Island Adventure Golf course at Hoebridge Golf Centre in Woking, Surrey
As is Matt

Pirate Island Adventure Golf course at Hoebridge Golf Centre in Woking, Surrey
Oliver in great form at the Pirate Island Adventure Golf course

Pirate Island Adventure Golf course at Hoebridge Golf Centre in Woking, Surrey
Helen plays a shot on the BIG minigolf loop-di-loop

Pirate Island Adventure Golf course at Hoebridge Golf Centre in Woking, Surrey
Emily inspects the cannon as Oliver prepares to putt

Pirate Island Adventure Golf course at Hoebridge Golf Centre in Woking, Surrey
The first hole at the stern of the pirate ship

Pirate Island Adventure Golf course at Hoebridge Golf Centre in Woking, Surrey
The pirate ship has two holes and three tee-off points

Pirate Island Adventure Golf course at Hoebridge Golf Centre in Woking, Surrey
Inside the pirate ship is a blacklit hole!

Pirate Island Adventure Golf course at Hoebridge Golf Centre in Woking, Surrey
Emily plays a shot inside the pirate ship

A round of minigolf at the course costs £8.25 for adults and £5.25 for children (4-16 year olds). The course is open seven days a week and is open from 9am til late. There are deals for families and groups too and you can also find out more by signing-up to the Pirate Island Golf enewsletter.

More information can be found on the Hoebridge Golf Centre website, the Pirate Island Adventure Golf website and Facebook.

There are also Pirate Island Adventure Golf courses in Milton Keynes, Castleford and Nottingham. We've played the MK course at Abbey Hill Golf Centre on our Tour and are looking forward to visiting the Castleford and Nottingham courses in the future.

Links:

Related blog posts:

Minigolf Report from the Surrey Invitational Tournament

Woking’s Matt Dodd wins the inaugural Surrey Invitational Minigolf Tournament.

Surrey Invitational Tournament Minigolf Champion Matt 'The Don' Dodd with the S.I.T. trophy at Jungle Island Adventure Golf in Epsom
Surrey Invitational Tournament Minigolf Champion Matt 'The Don' Dodd with the S.I.T. trophy in Epsom

On Sunday 16 November 2014 five semi-pro minigolfers competed in the first-ever Surrey Invitational Tournament in a two-round, two-course, 36-hole contest.

The Surrey Invitational Tournament competitors at the Pirate Island Adventure Golf course in Woking, from l-r Richard Gottfried, Emily Gottfried, Oliver Florence, Matt Dodd, Helen Dodd
The Surrey Invitational Tournament competitors at the Pirate Island Adventure Golf course in Woking, from l-r Richard Gottfried, Emily Gottfried, Oliver Florence, Matt Dodd, Helen Dodd

The competition was played at two 18-hole Adventure Golf courses, with Pirate Island Adventure Golf at Hoebridge Golf Centre in Woking first up to test the players, followed by a visit to the Jungle Island Adventure Golf course at Horton Park Golf Club in Epsom.

Minigolf Champion Matt Dodd putting during the Surrey Invitational Tournament round at Pirate Island Adventure Golf at Hoebridge Golf Centre in Woking
Matt 'The Don' Dodd in action on one of the two Pirate Ship holes at the Pirate Island Adventure Golf course in Woking 

The champion after 36-holes of play was Matt ‘The Don’ Dodd, the current British number 30, who triumphed with a score of 94(+22), having shot rounds of 48 and 46.

Emily Gottfried holing-out a long second putt at the Jungle Island Adventure Golf course at Horton Park Golf Club in Epsom
Emily 'Lemony' Gottfried holing-out a long second putt at the Jungle Island Adventure Golf course at Horton Park Golf Club in Epsom

Speaking after his maiden victory, new Surrey Invitational Tournament champion Dodd said “Thanks to everyone who took part. The competition was strong and it went to the final hole. I look forward to defending my title next year.”

Helen 'Hells Bells' Dodd easily handling a water hazard hole at the Jungle Island Adventure Golf course in Epsom
Helen 'Hells Bells' Dodd easily handling a water hazard hole at the Jungle Island Adventure Golf course in Epsom

The first stage of the S.I.T. was won by Burpham’s Oliver ‘The Machine’ Florence with a score of 45. However, the British International and veteran of tournaments including the 2010 AMF Asian Open Championships, was unable to compete in the second round due to prior commitments.

Oliver Florence putting during the Surrey Invitational Tournament round at Pirate Island Adventure Golf at Hoebridge Golf Centre in Woking
S.I.T. first round winner Oliver 'The Machine' Florence in action on the Pirate Island Adventure Golf course at Hoebridge Golf Centre in Woking

The scores and first-round rankings from the Pirate Island Adventure Golf at Hoebridge Golf Centre were:
1. Oliver Florence – 45 (+9)
2. Matt Dodd – 48 (+12)
3. Richard Gottfried – 50 (+14)
4. Emily Gottfried – 52 (+16)
5. Helen Dodd – 58 (+22)

Surrey Invitational Minigolf Tournament first-round winner Oliver 'The Machine' Florence poses with the S.I.T. cup
Each round winner of the Surrey Invitational Tournament gets to lift the trophy, but only the overall winner gets to keep it for the year. First-round winner Oliver 'The Machine' Florence holds the S.I.T. cup at Hoebridge Golf Centre

Play moved to the Jungle Island Adventure Golf course where Luton’s ‘Squire’ Richard Gottfried collected the round victory with a score of 45.

'Squire' Richard Gottfried putts through the remnants of a dinosaur at the Jungle Island Adventure Golf course in Epsom, Surrey
'Squire' Richard Gottfried putts through the remnants of a dinosaur at the Jungle Island Adventure Golf course in Epsom

The scores and second-round rankings from Jungle Island Adventure Golf course at Horton Park Golf Club were:
1. Richard Gottfried – 45 (+9)
2. Matt Dodd – 46 (+10)
3. Emily Gottfried – 47 (+11)
4. Helen Dodd – 50 (+14)
5. Oliver Florence – DNS / DNQ

Surrey Invitational Minigolf Tournament second-round winner 'Squire' Richard Gottfried poses with the S.I.T. cup at Jungle Island Adventure Golf in Epsom
Second-round winner of the Surrey Invitational Tournament 'Squire' Richard Gottfried holds the S.I.T. cup at Horton Park Golf Club

However, this wasn’t enough to take the overall title as Matt Dodd’s score of 46 saw him take a one-shot victory and claim the Surrey Invitational Tournament title and trophy for 2014.

Overall S.I.T. minigolf champion Matt 'The Don' Dodd in action on the Jungle Island Adventure Golf course at Horton Park Golf Club in Epsom, Surrey
Overall S.I.T. champion Matt 'The Don' Dodd in action on the Jungle Island Adventure Golf course at Horton Park Golf Club in Epsom

The final rankings and two-round totals from the Surrey Invitational Tournament (S.I.T.) 2014 were:
1. Matt Dodd – 94 (+22)
2. Richard Gottfried – 95 (+23)
3. Emily Gottfried – 99 (+27)
4. Helen Dodd – 108 (+36)
5. Oliver Florence – DNF

The Surrey Invitational Tournament 2015 will be played in Guildford.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

GFree Radio - gluten free drinks special

A discussion of gluten free drinks on GFree Radio.

Listen to the latest episode of GFree Radio, with an appearance from me discussing gluten free drinks, suitability for coeliacs, pub snacks, and dreaded cross-contamination.



GFree Radio is the world's only weekly free podcast for people with coeliac (celiac) disease and the gluten free community. Hosted and produced by Peter Stewart each episode offers content ranging from news items and comment, food updates, reviews and interviews with coeliacs and food & drink producers. It's well worth a listen and if you've got a coeliac / gluten free topic you'd like to discuss then check out the GFree Radio Show website and get in touch with Peter.

Richard Gottfried - coeliac, gluten free blogger and fan of alcoholic beverages
Richard Gottfried - coeliac, gluten free blogger and fan of alcoholic beverages

One of my most popular blog posts is on Gluten free Ale, Beer and Lager and I've been lucky to find a fair few on my travels.

GFree Radio Links:
- GFree Radio website
GFree Radio on Spreaker
GFree Radio on Twitter
- GFree Radio on Facebook
- GFree Radio episode 80 - GF Drinks Special

Other gluten free links:
- Coeliac UK
- Gluten Free For Men
- Gluten Free Survival Guide
- Gluten Free Guerrillas
- Free-From.com

Related blog posts:
Gluten free Ale, Beer and Lager
Coeliac
Gluten Free

Friday, November 14, 2014

BMGA minigolf rankings update after the Kent Open

National Strokeplay Order of Merit and Season Only ranking updates from the British Minigolf Association.

The official British minigolf rankings have been updated following the KMGC Kent Open tournament held at the Lost Island Encounter Adventure Golf Course in Chislehurst.

Neither Emily or I could play in this year's Kent Open, so here's a photo from the 2010 Kent Open minigolf competition at the Lost Island Encounter Adventure Golf course in Chiselhurst
Neither Emily or I could play in this year's Kent Open, so here's a photo from the 2010 Kent Open minigolf competition at the Lost Island Encounter Adventure Golf course in Chiselhurst

Richard Gottfried's rankings in the Strokeplay Order of Merit for the 2013/14 season:
Following the BMGA Star City Open - 12th of 74 places (135 players)
Following the BMGA Star City Open & AGM changes - 11th of 79 places (135 players)
Following the BMGA British Masters - 7th of 84 places (137 players)
Following the BMGA British Championships - 10th of 85 places (138 players)
Following the Splash Point Open - 11th of 85 places (138 players)
Following the Midlands Open - 10th of 86 places (140 players)
Following the BMGA Players Championship and BMGA British Open - 8th of 88 places (142 players)
Following the BMGA English Open - 8th of 91 places (147 players)
Following the World Crazy Golf Championships - 11th of 101 places (157 players)
- Following the Kent Open - 12th of 104 places (160 players)

Emily Gottfried's rankings in the Strokeplay Order of Merit for the 2013/14 season:
Following the BMGA Star City Open - 42nd of 74 places (135 players)
Following the BMGA Star City Open & AGM changes - 34th of 79 places (135 players)
Following the BMGA British Masters - 26th of 84 places (137 players)
Following the BMGA British Championships - 21st of 85 places (138 players)
Following the Splash Point Open - 21st of 85 places (138 players)
Following the Midlands Open - 21st of 86 places (140 players)
Following the BMGA Players Championship and BMGA British Open - 26th of 88 places (142 players)
Following the BMGA English Open - 26th of 91 places (147 players)
Following the World Crazy Golf Championships - 28th of 101 places (157 players)
Following the Kent Open - 29th of 104 places (160 players)

In the BMGA Season Only Rankings for 2014 Emily is 19th of 89 players, I am in 27th position.

In the BMGA Matchplay Order of Merit Rankings Emily is tied in 20th place of 55 players, I am 38th.

We are both ranked in the World Minigolf Sport Federation's General Class ranking lists. In the women's rankings Emily is in tied 120th position of 128 places (132 players). In the men's rankings I am ranked in tied 397th place of 413 places (419 players).

Related blog posts:
Richard Gottfried's Minigolf Player Profile
Emily Gottfried's Minigolf Player Profile
World Minigolf Rankings for 2014
Rankings

Links:
British Minigolf Association (BMGA)
BMGA on Facebook
BMGA on Twitter

Monday, November 10, 2014

'Free From' Festive Chocolate Yule Log from Tesco

New festive free from products at Tesco.

While on Facebook this morning a photo from the coeliac blogger Little Missed Gluten was in my feed showing the new Festive Chocolate Yule Log from Tesco's Free From range!

The Tesco Free From Festive Chocolate Yule Log is gluten, wheat, dairy and milk free
The Tesco Free From Festive Chocolate Yule Log is gluten, wheat, dairy and milk free

I had to go and get one!

The new Festive Chocolate Yule Log added to the Free From range at Tesco. It's gluten, wheat, dairy and milk free
The new Festive Chocolate Yule Log added to the Free From range at Tesco

I had a slice of the yule log for dessert tonight and it was delicious - you'd never know it was a free from product!

Little Missed Gluten had been tipped-off about the new product by another gluten free blogger - Coeliac Delight. Check out their sites for more gluten free news, reviews and recipes.

Luckily Tesco currently has a 3 for 2 promotion running so I was able to pick up one of the gluten and wheat free Yule Logs, as well as some Christmas Cakes. The Festive Chocolate Yule Log isn't cheap - it costs £4.75, but I thought it was worth a try, Christmas comes but once a year after all.

Tesco have Estrella Damm Daura gluten free beer on sale at £6 for four bottles. They're in the 3 for 2 deal too.
A Red Christmas! Estrella Damm Daura gluten free beer is also in the 3 for 2 offer at Tesco - twelve bottles for £12 is far more reasonable than the £7.50 for four that it usually sells for!

This year my gluten free purchases for Christmas started earlier than ever before as I found some gluten free mince pies on sale in Hastings on 20 September! I bought my advent calendar (my first in years) a week later.

Links:
- Tesco Free From
- Little Missed Gluten
- Little Missed Gluten on Facebook
- Coeliac Delight
- Coeliac Delight on Facebook
- Estrella Damm Daura

Related blog posts:
- Christmas
Gluten free and ready for Christmas
- The first gluten free Mince Pie of the season
- Gluten free Ale, Beer and Lager
- Coeliac
- Gluten Free

Derelict tennis courts

On our travels around the UK searching for Mini, Crazy and Adventure Golf courses to play we've visited almost 600. Some however have been in a right old state.

These derelictabandoned and unplayable courses are always a sad sight indeed. But on a recent trip to Ipswich we noticed it's not just facilities in 'minor' sports like Minigolf that suffer from neglect.

At Murray Park recreation ground in the Suffolk county town we found a row of tennis courts in a terrible post-apocalyptic condition.

Derelict tennis courts at Murray Park recreation ground in Ipswich, Suffolk

Abandoned tennis courts at Murray Park recreation ground in Ipswich, Suffolk

Derelict tennis courts at Murray Park recreation ground in Ipswich, Suffolk

Derelict tennis courts at Murray Park recreation ground in Ipswich, Suffolk

Derick may be 'sexy', but the tennis courts definitely aren't

Derelict tennis courts at Murray Park recreation ground in Ipswich, Suffolk - It's unfathomable that sports facilities can be left to go to ruin
It's unfathomable that sports facilities can be left to go to ruin

Related blog post:
- Crazy World of Minigolf Tour