Gluten Free Victoria Sponge

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Victoria Sponge may seem an over simple recipe to make as it’s always one of the first things you learn to bake as a child, but mastering the art of any gluten free baking isn’t as straight forward and you have to go back to basics.

I love baking, but I have to admit I have had my share of failures when it comes to making the perfect gluten free cake that is light but moist and holds its shape. Recipes have to be adapted properly to compensate for the lack of gluten Continue reading

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The Allergy Show 2013

The greatest thing about the Allergy Show is meeting so many like-minded people in one place. Life with a food allergy can sometimes be tough when no one else around you is in the same boat and understands how frustrating it can be when it comes to food! So I was amazed to see the majority of stalls tailored to gluten-free allergies (about 60-70% of the show) which is really positive news for all those living with Coeliac Disease or a gluten allergy. Each stall was showcasing their products with copious samples and products for sale. (I ate A LOT of samples!)

There were plenty of familiar faces; Genius, DS, Sainsbury’s Free From and Amy’s and some newer brands on show such as BFree, Celia Lager, Secret Sausages and Heinz GF range to name but a few. Here were some of my favourites: Continue reading

An introduction…

Before I became allergic to gluten I didn’t have any particular passion for food and cooking but now I consider it to be a daily obsession! (in a good way!) I love finding new places to go for dinner or seeing gluten-free sandwiches and cakes on offer in cafes and the best bit of all …going to sample them. I also enjoy creating new gluten-free dishes and testing them out on my friends so I have decided it’s about time I shared my obsession with everyone else who wants to find great food that is free from worry.

 Having spent my whole life eating carefree it wasn’t until my final year of University that I began to feel constantly sick and bloated and I put it down to coursework and dissertation stress but eventually it was effecting my every day life. Unconvinced with the initial diagnosis of IBS I persisted with my GP and after blood tests (to rule out anything more serious) they finally put it down to an allergy to gluten and they advised I cut it out of my diet and the effects were almost immediate. After figuring out the answer to my first question of “what on earth is gluten?!” I have spent the past 4 years following a strict gluten-free diet.

I currently live in Haggerston, East London with my best friend Charlotte and our 3 legged foster cat- Furby. London has proven to be a great place to live for any food allergy sufferers as it’s almost common place to see gluten-free menus in restaurants and ‘free from’ sections in supermarkets. My friends and my boyfriend Anthony have been the best GF supporters over the years- coming with me to try new menus and adapting our weekly ‘come dine with me’ dinners. Also not forgetting my mum who makes the best gluten-free cakes I have ever tasted so I always look forward to sampling her new creations when I pop back up to Leeds for the weekend to see my parents.

 It would be great to hear from anyone else living in London or anywhere in the UK/ World who likes my posts and shares my passion for living a happy gluten-free life….

 Love Jane

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