November 13, 2019

"We're only having a small do"

As many of you may know, planning a wedding isn’t always the most straightforward or stress-free journey. Combine this with a bride and groom with particular dietary needs, and want to keep their guests blissfully happy during the festivities, and it has potential for disaster. It is a long day after all, and as a coeliac, I am very aware of the general lack of appeal gluten free dining can bring to a non-sufferer. 

Imagine our delight when we were able to combine our love of relaxed dining, the desire to manage waste, and respect the environment with incredible tasting food. The Real Junk Food Project based in Wakefield, West Yorkshire were more than happy to help, and even more interestingly, the head chef and director at the time was also coeliac. So began a completely pain-free exchange of ideas, tasting sessions at their cafe Bear Kitchen, and the eventual acceptance for us of having no id...

June 10, 2019

As you read this, you’re probably thinking I am referring to myself with the title, thanks to the trials and tribulations of years of food intolerance. But this post is about the actual fussy eater in the household, Joe. He is vegetarian, but hates eggs and mushrooms with a vengence; as well as not being a huge fan of aubergine or courgette. To me, this is limiting my already tiny vegetarian recipe repertoire, and our combined meal preferences make for some exasperated responses from waiting staff every now and again.

From day one of dating, we have had a very interesting gastronomical journey to establish a varied eating routine; that suits both pallets (and tolerances). But it hasn’t always been smooth sailing, and as we approach our wedding, and embark on life as Mr & Mrs, our plans have rekindled a few of the early memories associated with our love of food.

If I could never eat again, I am not sure what I would do with all the spare time th...

March 3, 2019

Lately, I have been thinking a great deal about what health is to us all, and the times when it is challenged. It made me reflect on a time when I witnessed an uphill struggle for someone I truly care about, and how this in turn, changed my outlook with stress. I'm no stranger to it, having a disease that can present even when I haven't consumed any gluten. But seeing something so significant happening to someone who has no health conditions made me think again. 

In 2017, I was summoned to help someone dear pack for their soul-searching trip to the other side of the world. Amongst the debris of all-weather retro clothing and the array of 'good luck' and 'congratulations' cards, it got me thinking about how far they had come since June of the previous year.

As we all have experienced from time to time, their previous year had been a particularly challenging one, and their body and mind had to weather a perfect storm of physical and mental hardsh...

February 19, 2019

This entry is not for the faint hearted, nor for anyone who doesn’t find toilet humour remotely funny. It is however, for the coming of age, the awkward teenager, the now adult who was once an awkward teenager; and anyone dealing with a potentially life-changing condition. 

Coast right back to circa 1995. Pre-diagnosed Kayley, desperately trying her damnedest to fit in in this world before even considering a widely-unknown inflammatory bowel disease that could literally blow her cover at any minute.

I wasn’t particularly remarkable at school, I studied hard and didn’t find myself in the right place at the right time, but I just about managed to bridge my social identity across both the academics and the athletes; resulting in me being invited to many a sleepover. This would become a regular occurrence each Friday night, and sometimes in the week from the age of 8 or 9. Straight after school, I would head to one of my friend’s houses, eat rubb...

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