Last week me and Neil took ourselves off for a few nights stay to the very wonderful Carnoustie Golf Hotel and Spa. Our original trip was due to be to Arran, but Neil spotted this hotel in Carnoustie and we got side tracked. We will make it to Arran one day, but for now I was more than happy to head up to the North East coast and settle down and make Carnoustie our home for a few nights!
When it comes to keeping gluten free food safe, and still gluten free, preventing cross contamination throughout the whole storage, preparation, cooking and serving process is key. And to help spread a consistent message how important (and achievable) this really is for anybody that requires a gluten free diet, the advice should, be simple and clear, so it can then be easily applied to every food prep situation – helping people understand what a true gluten free diet really entails. So, whether we are putting food together in our own kitchen, having it prepared for us in our friends and family’s homes or being served gluten free food from a restaurant kitchen etc, everyone knows how to safely cater for anybody who needs to eat gluten free.
It’s year ago today since my blog went live, and I thought it would be nice to pop together a special cake to celebrate the 1st Birthday of Coeliac by Design!
There are a quite a few things that have only become popular since I have diagnosed with coeliac disease. One of them is red velvet cake – something I have neither eaten nor made, so thought it would be nice to pop one together!
Thought it may be handy to pop all the external links that I wanted to share with you about coeliac disease in one place. They’re informative and interesting articles that have caught my eye and I felt it would be good to have them on my blog for you to see too.
Popped together this gorgeous, gluten free chocolate cake last weekend. The recipe I used, and ever so slightly adapted to make it gluten free, was listed as a ‘Birthday cake’ in Nigella Lawson’s book How To Eat. I love this book so much. Nigella’s writing style is awesome and since writing my own blog I really look at the finer detail of publications….not to copy, but to admire. How To Eat is a recipe book that not only makes you want to get in the kitchen and bake/cook, but it is also the perfect book to have beside your bed, to pick up for a little joyful night time reading. Beware though, it may just want to make you sneak back down into your kitchen and crack on with a batch bake!
One of the main reasons why it can be so hard to pinpoint a coeliac disease diagnosis, is that there are apparently over 200 known symptoms for this serious autoimmune condition. Also, to achieve an accurate test result for coeliac you have to be including gluten within your diet six weeks prior to being tested (blood test and endoscopy).
I’m so chuffed to be sharing this gluten free chocolate marble Easter cake with you. For as well as it is tasting great, I’ve also had chance to use a ‘donut’ shaped tin (Savarin mould) that belonged to my mum – I love using all the bits and bobs that belonged to her. And another thing, this cake was fun to do, and it made me realise I can make something look half decent when I put my mind to it. I’m not known for my cake decorating skills you see. I once got sent home by my friend’s mum, whilst attempting to ‘help’ my very creative friend decorate a special birthday cake – all I can say my assistance didn’t enhance the overall look of the cake!!
April is irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) awareness month. So, I thought it would be the perfect time to share this post with you (it’s one I’ve been wanting to write for ages). IBS affects many people, but unfortunately it is a common misdiagnosis in people later diagnosed with coeliac disease. One in four people with coeliac disease have previously been treated for IBS.
I have been on the hunt over the last few weeks for gluten free Easter treats that I felt were worthy of a little shout out. And the good news there are lots. From the classics, that have been knocking around for years, to a few new discoveries, that I have taste tested and then something that I haven’t yet tried but would really like to.
And I’m hoping that within the goodies I’m about to tell you about, there may be a ‘hidden gem’ that you weren’t aware was suitable for your gluten free diet.
I’ve seen gluten free bread come such a long way since I was first diagnosed with coeliac. Gone are the days of having to toast every slice of bread to make it palatable – and also to ensure it stayed intact until you had finished your butty! In fact, some gluten free loaves are so good, there has been occasions I have actually double checked the packaging to make sure it was definitely gluten free!
Yes, so there are lots of great gluten free loaves available and although everybody’s tastes are different, I thought it would be good to share some of my favourite ones with you.