Bedford Tea Room


Lemon Polenta Cake“Fancy” is a wonderful tea room on Roff Avenue in Bedford. They make their own cakes on the premises so are fully aware of all the ingredients, paradise for those of us with “special requirements”. It is especially good because I have eaten so many cakes that are gluten free etc that have been downright disappointing (how polite!) Fancy does not disappoint. The photograph is of the lemon polenta cake (gluten free made with butter) which I can highly recommend. They also do a lime and coconut drizzle cake which is vegan and I think glutenfree, and macaroons which are gluten and dairy free but not suitable perhaps for those with nut allergies. Tell them your problems and they will tell you what is in each cake. Happy eating!

Shower Gel

sensitive skin shower gelBedford is really lucky to have two health food shops, Wholefoods in the Bus Station and Pumpernickel in the Arcade. They are both interested in the products they sell, knowledgeable and willing to obtain products on request. My favourite shower gel for people with sensitive skin is made by Urtekram. The unperfumed version of the shower gel contains no essential oils as even these can aggravateskin problems. It has very few ingredients: vegetable glycerine, palm soap, coconut and corn sugar soap, Himalayan sea salt, palm oil products and citric acid, and so far I haven’t heard of any of my patients having problems using it. It seems to last for ages and is relatively inexpensive for an organic product. Bedford Wholefoods stocks it and MK Organics on Castle Road (another worthy store that deserves our support) does too.

Chocolate Brownies

Chocolate brownie birthday cakeA yummy chocolate brownie that is suitable for some and very useful as a birthday cake. Please check the ingredients very carefully and adapt if it is not suitable for your needs. Feedback on successful tips will be posted.
300 grams 70% plain chocolate
150g unsalted butter or substitute
4 large organic eggs
200g caster sugar
A baking tin approx 10”x8”
Preheat the oven (gas 4, 180C or 350F). Gently melt the chocolate with the butter stirring constantly. Allow to cool a little. Beat the eggs, add the sugar and beat till light and frothy. Fold into the chocolate mixture stirring well. Pour into the greased and lined baking tin, smooth over if necessary and bake for 25 minutes approximately. Do not overcook as you want it to be fudgy. Leave to cool. For an extra treat, melt 50g of 70% chocolate with 125g of unsalted butter and pour over the top. Leave to set. Then either serve whole (as the birthday cake in the picture or cut into 12/16 slices (depending on your needs!). Please feel free to adapt.

Tanning Cream

Another burst of good weather, how lucky are we? Many people in Bedford wore shorts yesterday because it was so warm. I have an aversion to my white legs, and with skin that doesn’t tan easily and an allergy to perfume (both artificial and some aromatherapy oils), I did some research into natural suntanning products earlier this year. I was delighted with this product from Earth-line for quality and price. It has a Continue reading