I thought i’d do a lunch time post for you. Hey, i’m a giving kind of person.
Chay Boare mentioned he had tasted a gluten free festive sandwich and I had to try it for myself.
I wandered to my local Marks & Spencer (obviously) and quickly found the sandwiches. The first (and only other) festive sandwich I came across was the standard turkey feast, priced at £3.50. To me, this is on the steeper end of what i’m prepared to pay for two slices of bread.. unless the filling is a whole lobster.
I moved swiftly on to look for the gluten free version, wondering how much more it was going to be. My fears were assuaged when I found the sandwich in the adjoining chiller cabinet.. for the same price! With deep red packaging and picture of a piece of pine, you can’t mistake these for a standard ‘wich.
M & S are donating 5% of the cost of my sandwich to Shelter who help millions of people every year struggling with bad housing or homelessness through our advice, support and legal services. And we campaign to make sure that, one day, no one will have to turn to us for help. Fair play.
Okay, time to tuck in!
When you open the pack, which pulls open with a smooth slide, there is a further message from Shelter, telling you that you’re making a difference to people facing bad housing and homelessness this Christmas. The first mention of Christmas, too.
What an aroma. I can smell the herbs in the gluten free stuffing first and it’s wonderful.
My first bite turns into a larger mouthful than i had originally anticipated, as some turkey breast was not sufficiantly cut by my gnashers. The bread holds well and feels a lighter texture than i’m used to.
I can’t really taste the dried onions, and the cranberry chutney is not imposing, but overall it is a perfectly fine sandwich.
If you are unable to eat wheat, this is a smart move by M & S to reach out and make food more accessible to a wider range of people.