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 (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 can also sit beside your bed for a bit of joyful night time reading. Beware though, it may just want to make you sneak back down to your kitchen and start up 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.
I love pancakes – they are so easy to rustle up, and most of the time you have all the staple ingredients you need knocking about at home, to whisk up a bowl of gluten free batter in no time at all!
I’m here again with another childhood recipe to share with you. These chocolate picnic slices are as much a joy to make as they are to eat and are naturally gluten free.
From my early teens I have always had a weakness for cookery books – all connected with my love of food, both for myself and to feed others – the picture below is my collection that I have gathered over the years, all sitting proudly on our bookcase (which belonged to my Grandma and Grandad). My college files sit alongside them too, as I was a proper ‘slacker’ at school, but at Catering college, I pulled my socks up and worked hard, as I was doing something I loved!! Reading through these old files gives me a sense of satisfaction, as its evidence of the effort I put into my studies and reminds me of my carefree days spent at college.
I’ve been fancying making gluten free carrot cake cupcakes for ages and have been on the hunt for a carrot cake recipe that I could adapt to rustle some up! Fortunately, after a bit of searching I spotted this recipe by Mary Cadogan on the BBC Good Food website which turned out to be perfect!