It’s not easy to find “free-from” food at the best of times, but when you’re travelling it’s nigh on impossible!
Last Monday I decided to pop into the M&S Food store whilst travelling through Birmingham New Street train station. I know they sometimes have gluten-free sandwiches, but they hadn’t got any in stock the last time I’d looked and, anyway, they didn’t taste too good the last time I tried them. However, what did I spy but an M&S Made Without Wheat – Turkey, Bacon and Cranberry Sandwich. This sounded right up my street (though I did have my reservations about the bread). I could only see two downsides – the £4 price tag and the fact that it’s not lactose-free (something which could easily be fixed if they didn’t baste the turkey with butter).
Safely on my train home, I opened the sandwich and tucked in. The seeded bread actually tasted nice. It was a little dry, but that’s common with gluten-free bread. Anyway, the sandwich had plenty of cranberry sauce in it to keep it moist (something which many sandwich makers would scrimp on). Actually, there was plenty of filling all round. As well as the roast British turkey breast, smoked British bacon and cranberry chutney, the sandwich also contained sage mayonnaise and spinach. I wolfed down the sandwich and really enjoyed it. It was simply delicious!
5% of the sale of the M&S Made Without Wheat – Turkey, Bacon and Cranberry sandwich goes to Shelter (the housing and homelessness charity), which is great, but it’s not much per sandwich.
Apart from the £4 price tag and it not being lactose-free, the only other downside I can see is that the M&S Made Without Wheat – Turkey, Bacon and Cranberry sandwich is a seasonal product. So once Christmas is gone, so is this sandwich. It’s a shame, but I’ll be travelling through Birmingham New Street once again before Christmas, so I hopefully I’ll be able to grab another sandwich before they go for good.