2 Oxford Place has recently opened its doors in Leeds and is the city’s first 100% gluten free restaurant. In fact I’m sure its one of only a handful in the country that can make this claim, even in London I only know of a couple. I was already planning a visit back home to Leeds this weekend and heard that 2 Oxford Place had just opened so I had to Continue reading
I have been travelling back home to Leeds from London regularly for the past 3 years I have lived in London so I am a regular passenger on the East Coast train service from Kings Cross. I usually travel in standard class, which is more than fine for my 2.5 hour trip back up north, but on recommendations from my friends I have started to convert to first class and haven’t been disappointed! If you book far enough in advance (which I always do) it’s not actually that much more than standard class and with the east coast points reward scheme sometimes I even get a free ticket, which is nice.
During week nights East Coast offer a free meal with a first class ticket which includes complimentary soft and alcoholic drinks, snacks, a hot main course and a dessert. They are very good with gluten allergies, they did actually used to have a dedicated gluten free main course option marked on the menu but before my trip I checked and this wasn’t the case anymore. Here is the menu Continue reading
I am always on the lookout for anywhere that offers gluten free snacks and meals on the go which are a lifesaver for anyone who is gluten free or coeliac. I recently did an investigation (see here) into the all the different pre-packaged sandwiches that are now available from supermarkets and cafes which shows that the market for GF on the go is expanding. Whilst there are also plenty of restaurants with gluten free menus it seems the hot ‘fast food’ market has been slower off the block. None of the big fast food chains like Subway, MacDonald’s or Burger King have introduced any specific allergy menus making it hard to find a hot GF meal when out and about.
That is slowly changing though as I have recently discovered Tortilla and its delicious, fresh, coeliac friendly Mexican food which can be taken away or eaten in. Tortilla has fast become my fail-safe for a quick bite to eat whilst shopping or an easy dinner after work, not only because Continue reading
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
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….