Ah Christmas time! A time to spread the joy and love with our friends and family. Our social calendars are filling up with work parties, family gatherings and our friends’ shindigs. Lots of merriment, drinking and stuffing our faces. We certainly do not want to be getting glutened at this merry time of year! Here are some of my top tips to help you steer clear of gluten this holiday season.
We all need to look after ourselves and stay healthy throughout the year, especially when we are on holiday! Whether we want to doze off on the sun lounger or get cosy on a winter ski trip, we still need to make sure we pack all our health essentials. According to the Daily Express, one in four of us have fallen ill on holiday.
Eat your greens! They are good for you! I always try and use greens in my cooking as much as I can. Asparagus is packed with vitamins and minerals as well as iron, calcium, protein and fibre. Courgettes are low calorie and contain no saturated fats or cholesterol and have many benefits including improving digestion.
I recently got in touch with a company called FoodAdvisr who have created an app where you can scan products when you are out and about and according to your selected intolerances, will give you a run down of the ingredients so you can see before purchasing. This week I tried out the app. Here are my thoughts!
Is it time for tea? Oh I do love a Victoria sponge cake. One of my very first cakes that I made when I was first diagnosed with coeliac disease was a Victoria sponge. Some people just add jam to their Victoria sponge cake, but I use jam and cream. I also brought out the mad hatter teapot because I couldn’t enjoy my tea and cake without him!
You may be reading this title thinking what the heck? Seaweed bacon? Yes that’s right, seaweed in the form of crunchy leaves that fry like bacon. Seamore is a company specialising in yes you guessed it seaweed! Currently they stock ‘I sea pasta’ and ‘I sea bacon’. This week I decided to try out this seaweed ‘bacon’ that is 100% wild organic seaweed and reap the health benefits!
The story of Mr Lee’s pot noodles starts with a man called Damien Lee. A big lover of pot noodles, he embarked on creating his own style of pot noodle. Damien was diagnosed with cancer, and knew that in order to become well again, he would need to make a change in his lifestyle and his diet. He was determined to keep his body and mind healthy. So by revolutionising the pot noodle, he created something that was full of goodness without all of the rubbish ingredients. When Mr Lee got the all clear, Mr Lees Noodles was born.
I recently purchased gluten free cookies from a company called Sourdough Mess. The company was created by Maria Stafano who decided to set up a micro bakery in her flat in East London. Maria currently specialises in making vegan and gluten free cookies as well as vegan artisan bread to deliver straight to your door. Sourdough mess can also be found at various markets and free from events.
I absolutely love lamb pasta bake. As you all have probably guessed, I don’t like faffing when it comes to my food. I like making grub that tastes good and I try to use ingredients that don’t cost the earth. Bish bash bosh job done! This week, I made a lamb pasta bake, with courgettes, spring onions and parmesan cheese, with a few large spoonfuls of Greek yoghurt.