Gluten and Dairy Free Chocolate Courgette Cake

It would be crazy for me to label this recipe as a ‘family favourite’ because the reality is that I’m the only one in our family who likes it (Reggie licks off the icing and launches the rest across the table, Peggy hates the hazelnuts and Chris thinks the dark chocolate is what ruined his stomach last week!) But I’ve had some requests for the … Continue reading Gluten and Dairy Free Chocolate Courgette Cake

How To Holiday with a Crohns Warrior and Little Coeliac

July 2013 we went to ‘Span-Ugal’ (flew into Portugal and transferred over to a resort in Sothern Spain).  Our first family holiday abroad.  Bearing in mind that me and Chris met in August 2010 and Peggy was born in March 2012, we hadn’t had a holiday abroad as a couple either so this was new territory.   I believed (stupidly) that having a baby would … Continue reading How To Holiday with a Crohns Warrior and Little Coeliac

5 Tips to Avoid Cross Contamination

I love food.  I love new tastes, textures, combinations of flavours, restaurants, cafes, Deli’s, local produce and foods from around the world.  But what I love most are the social interactions that happen around food.  Memories from childhood are scattered with events and activities in which (1984) food features; birthday parties with cheese and pineapples on sticks, the time we went to France and Dad … Continue reading 5 Tips to Avoid Cross Contamination

Operating instructions for the Crohn’s Disease Warrior

    I call him warrior because the word ‘sufferer’, ‘victim’, ‘patient’ conjures up images of a weak, feeble, measly soul struggling through life.  Bent over double in pain coughing into a hankie, one step away from being carried out on a stretcher when the grim reaper walks past ringing a bell calling “bring out your dead”.  Just like the word ‘person’, ‘individual’, ‘husband’ doesn’t … Continue reading Operating instructions for the Crohn’s Disease Warrior

Perspective

    Hair bobble dangling from a strand of hair (her remaining hair forming a frizzy halo around her face), token grazed knee, PE kit (complete with 10 missing vests/socks/someone else’s plimsolls), Bat Man water bottle precariously balanced on top of a bulging book bag, coat wrapped around her waist – my daughter emerges from school on the last day of term before the Easter … Continue reading Perspective

Sorry, But There’s A Chance We Won’t Make It

  Peg’s Christening 2012 Last week I was off sick with tonsillitis.  A whole 5 days of laying in bed watching Netflix inbetween sleeping, eating ice cream and generally moaning A LOT about how crappy I felt.  I get really annoyed and frustrated when I’m poorly about all the things I wanted to do but can’t. But last week I was on turbo whingy mood … Continue reading Sorry, But There’s A Chance We Won’t Make It

Coeliac Disease – ‘ave it yer b**tard!

Blood tests, Peter Rabbit and Oasis, a terrifying insight into the inner workings of my mind   Today has been a big day.  6 months after the official diagnosis of Coeliac Disease Peggy had bloods taken at hospital to check if the gluten free diet had brought her gluten levels down.  I’ve been nervous about it for a few weeks but didn’t mention it to … Continue reading Coeliac Disease – ‘ave it yer b**tard!

6 Life Hacks For Coping With A Gluten Free And Low Fibre Diet

“Christ, will we ever eat out again?” my actual reaction to the GP’s somber delivery of the news that our 5 year old’s recent blood test indicated Coeliac Disease.  A reaction you might consider selfish (I could visualise yet another ‘X’ being struck through a social event on our “Dogs In Hilarious Poses” family calendar).  Let me throw a little background in here before I’m … Continue reading 6 Life Hacks For Coping With A Gluten Free And Low Fibre Diet