Thursday, 18 September 2014

Allergy #1: Bug Bites And Stings

I think it's been 9 days since the insect bite; definitely not a sting, just one sting and I swell up, this was definitely a bite, but from what?

Hopefully not from one of these f%&£ing things:

killer mosquitoes uk

Now I know it's The Star and that means most of their front pages - and general content - are just made up rubbish but I've spent the last nine days feeling absolutely dreadful with a bite on my wrist that resembled - what can only be described as - a large unwell nipple.

Seeing this front page today makes me a) want to buy something like bee keeping get up to wear out b) makes me want to remain indoors, indefinitely.

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Cadbury Gluten Free Update

So I emailed Cadbury to ask about the packaging change that a reader had informed me of.

Here's what they said:

"Thank you for your recent enquiry about Cadbury's gluten free products. As a caring company and one that realised the trust our consumers have in our products, as well as declaring on the wrapper products that contain gluten we feel it is correct to bring to everyones attention a product that might contain even the remotest traces. A number of products that do not contain gluten in their recipes are manufactured on the same production line as products that contain gluten. The machinery is flushed and cleaned throughout after gluten products are produced. Even though the risk of cross contamination is extremely small it is nevertheless a possibility we cannot ignore.

For those who are sensitive to gluten we provide a list of products that are made on dedicated gluten free production lines which can be found at www.cadbury.co.uk under the 'Products' section.
Any products that are not included on this list are not there because of the production and risk of contamination or because they do in fact contain gluten including our seasonal products."

My list is now up to date, you can find it here.

So all those products that are still on the list are made on dedicated production lines, which is really great to hear.

No more seasonal products but there's still plenty of safe options to choose from, yay!

(Allergic reaction to bug bite still visible, I'm not on top form)

Monday, 8 September 2014

Hasslacher's 100% Cacao: 100% Natural And Gluten Free

cacao
A New Favourite Thing
Well it's been a while. Sorry if you've missed my randomness, the beloved Persian girl has been unwell and I've been in a bit of a state because of it, that mixed with the unbearable heat we've had. Looks like she's on the mend thank heavens and aside of sporting a lovely insect bite on my wrist which I've had a typical allergic reaction to (incredibly itchy, unsightly lump exactly where a watch face would be) all is good.

I've been interested in Cacao since hearing of the supposed health benefits and so I took the opportunity to finally try some when I had a craving for hot chocolate. Oh this stuff is good.

Thursday, 7 August 2014

Gluten Free Honey Vanilla Cheesecake

gluten free cheesecake
A Free From G Photo, As Per Usual, A Bit Odd
You're probably aware that this is a cake free zone usually, don't worry I've not gone all Great British Bake Off on you, I'm still crap when it comes to the science of such things. This Cheesecake though, well it's been a bit of a revelation.

See, I kind of assumed that all desserts (made from scratch) required a bit of cleverness. There's usually eggs involved and exact quantities needed, I can't be doing with such things for desserts. I do love a good Cheesecake though and had toyed with the idea of making one for a really long time. I couldn't be bothered with the - assumed - faff though.

Turns out you can make a bloody good Cheesecake with no cooking, no eggs and no exact - do it by the book or else you're f***ed - quantities! Yes, I know I'm late to the party here but I mean it's not a given knowing that, is it? Not for someone who taught themselves to cook.


Friday, 1 August 2014

Gluten Free Gazpacho


gluten free gazpacho
No Cooking!
More Tomatoes and another no cook recipe. This heatwave has brought about lighter meals and picky foods - something I'm definitely in favour of - so it's not been all bad. It mainly has though and my brain still isn't working properly because of it, so I'll do my best. How to concentrate on anything but slurping ice cold drinks in a heatwave?!

Monday, 21 July 2014

Gluten Free Habanero Salsa

gluten free salsa
Odd Shot I Know
I'm going to try my best here - to share a lovely, simple Summer recipe with you that anyone can make - in a way that's readable because quite frankly, the heat here in London has done me in and my brain feels like a wobbly jelly inside my very sweaty head.

I'm suffering! I'm more cut out for Igloo life.

Thursday, 17 July 2014

The Big Quesadilla... Mess

gluten free quesadilla
Big Quesadilla
We're big fans of the good ole Quesadilla. There was a time when we'd make our own Tortillas for them, the only downside apart from more effort was that they were always a bit on the small side. In recent weeks we've discovered BFree, a brilliant gluten free brand from Ireland who make an amazing loaf (which I shall review next week if I can get my hands on one again) and lovely sized wraps that we used here in place of Tortillas. 

They make other stuff too but I haven't tried any of it yet.

Thursday, 10 July 2014

The Very Reason I Started Free From G

I get a lot of emails from parents who have coeliac children, sometimes they want advice - which I of course happily give to the best of my ability - but mostly it's a simple thank you. The following message made me so happy and I wanted to share it because this is the reason Free From G exists:

"Finally I have found a gluten free blog written by a normal person. My daughter age 12 has coeliacs and not so fussed on vegan, organic macro (weird) food. Most sites I have visited seem to throw the baby out with the bathwater ie if it's not free-range sustainable chicken it's bad for you. (I am exaggerating a little) Anyway, She just wants tasty food that is gluten free. Luckily we love to cook and she is happy to give new things a try. So thank you for your informative blog."

If you haven't read the about me page (why the devil not?!) you probably don't know why I started writing this mismash of words. It was quite simply because I needed information, I needed to know what I could actually eat and it seemed like a great idea to write down my findings so I had something to refer to. It became obvious that it was worth sharing because I couldn't find the content I wanted anywhere else online and maybe that was the same for others too.

So to have that email from a parent and know that I've made a bit of a difference to someone, especially a child, that means the world to me.

Silliness will resume in the coming days...

Monday, 7 July 2014

Gluten Free Smoked Chicken Risotto

gluten free risotto
Would Have Looked Better In A Plain Bowl I Know
So, I made it and it turned out lovely. I was quietly confident on Friday but what with it being so bloody hot here I didn't know if I'd be capable of standing at the hob and stirring for how ever long it was going to take. I managed it, albeit through gritted teeth and I think I may have lost a few pounds in the process so it all worked out really.

Talking of the heat, I'm a hot mess and I don't mean in the good way. I'm just hot and messy, I hate this weather IT IS SO VILE. And Wimbledon has finished so I'm a bit bereft.

Friday, 4 July 2014

Friday Fings

You can sort of blame Andy Murray or Grigor Dimitrov for this post. It's the latter for me as he put paid to me having a massive Wimbledon Pimm's hangover this year, not something I necessarily wanted to endure but it would have meant that Andy had won and I'll take a bad hangover for his team any day.

That's why the recipe I told you I would share hasn't been posted, I was a bit glum (and I don't like to write FFG posts when I'm anything but a bit silly). That and the fact that when I reviewed the photos I took I couldn't exactly use any of them, I know my lackadaisical approach to photography isn't ever going to result in any show stoppers but this was bad even for me.