Friday, 6 January 2012

Happiness is a cup of tea and a piece of cake.

Now when it comes to gluten free cakes, I'm honest... they taste nothing like the cakes we're all used to.
But they are getting there, in fact, this Bakewell Slice really cuts the mustard.

Mrs Crimbles is a god send for anyone following a gluten free diet who wants to have their cake and eat it too. Everything they make tastes amazing and there is no holding back in flavour like so many gluten free brands! They have a really lovely website too full of recipes, competitions and information about their products - Mrs Crimbles is the Betty Crocker of the gluten free world. What a babe.

hugs, Princess Gluten x

Monday, 2 January 2012

Break the fast

This is one of my favourite breakfasts, the combination of  the salty crunch of the peanut butter with the sweetness of the honey and banana is quite frankly amazing! Before I gave up the G-stuff I used to have it on toast but I find rice cakes or these multigrain thins a great alternative as they don't detract from the flavours stacked above them. 

Also I must give props to Gemma ( for tweeting about this breakfast a few years back, it's my go to food when I need an energy boost.

hugs, Princess Gluten x

'So does that mean I can't eat cake?'

It was late August of 2011 when I discovered that what I'd been calling a 'cake hangover' for the past few months was in fact a pretty serious wheat intolerance, one that would change my diet for the rest of my life.

The foods I relied on throughout uni; bread, pasta, pizza and digestive biscuits were no longer an option, instead I had to start painstakingly reading labels on food and learn to enjoy eating rice cakes - and trust me it aint easy!

Now just to help you feel extra sorry for me, lets get one thing straight - I am a complete foodie and have always loved cooking and baking for me and my friends, so to imagine a life without cake was, well... terrifying!

Although I am not diagnosed with Coeliac disease I have tried to introduce wheat back into my diet on several occasions, each time leaving myself sulking in bed with iPlayer, a sick bucket and a very unhappy stomach. To be diagnosed with Coeliac disease you have to eat gluten regularly for a month before having a biopsy to see if your gut shows symptoms of the disease, which is often mistaken for IBS or wheat intollerance.

If I'm honest I don't really know what I have, all I know is that wheat, barley and gluten are not my friends. The only treatment for any of these problems is a gluten free diet, so the diagnosis to me is something I will investigate in the future, but for now I'm just trying to come to terms not being able to eat bagels any more.

Oh dear, this blog is seeming quite depressing now isn't it?... Well I assure you it won't be, I am no health geek nor am I a calorie counter, so there will be plenty of tasty and comforting food on here!

I want to find the cafe's and restaurants that accommodate my diet without serving me a boring salad or bland soup!

I welcome you to join me on my journey to the world of gluten-free goodness!

Lets find something tasty to talk about!