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...

May 8, 2018

- The greatest fish and chips I have tasted in my gluten-free life from Lewis's Fish Restaurant, Seahouses, Northumberland

It has been an amazing first May bank holiday this year, especially after what feels like a lifetime of winter. It is a time when people are urged to make plans with friends, book trips, drink through thanks to an extra day for recovery (if you subscribe to the 9-5). In a nutshell, bank holidays give us a little extra time to rest, recuperate, and reflect. Mine was perfect, and here is why.

As a pretty anxious but conscientious kid, I would slave away through the school curriculum, desperately trying to better myself in any way possible, much to the detriment of my fluctuating health. I hadn't yet been diagnosed with my food related intolerance at this point, but certainly bore the brunt of it in many different ways. One of the things that helped me stay focused in my quest for A's and B's in my GCSEs was knowing that at...

May 1, 2018

- 'Fish in Crazy Water' - this is with Seabass  

Long after finding out I was a coeliac, I tried to uphold my moral backbone regarding my love for living things. Like many others attempting to embed the gluten free way of life, I decided to follow a vegetarian path for nearly two years.

This was in 2005, when vegetarianism, and coeliac living were uphill struggles. We can blame the significant lack of understanding of both by the masses, an often silly price tag, and largely limited availability. The movement that would later illustrate vegetarianism and gluten free eating as desirable was in it's infancy, and as a result, my eating habits as a full-time student were pretty abysmal. A few months into my attempt, I began to resemble the soulless root products shrivelled in my corner cupboard as my hair grew thinner, fatigue soared, and my three-times weekly gym sessions were no longer a positive source of energy....

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