This week #Freefromfridays features brilliant blogger Vicki Montague from Free From Fairy who I am delighted is co-hosting the linky with me.
Vicki will be helping me out this week by commenting on your posts and sharing them on social media. Please tweet her at @freefromfairy and me @freefromfarm using hashtag #freefromfridays. I will do my best to join in, baby allowing!
Let’s learn a bit more about Vicki…
What ingredients are your recipes free from?
They are always free from gluten and almost always free from dairy. I also mark up whether they are free from egg, soya, nuts, refined sugar and fish and try to avoid as many allergens as possible. Recently I started on the Specific Carbohydrate Diet/GAPS diet which means excluding all grains, starches and sugar (except honey). You will therefore find new recipes creeping in that are free from those things too!
Tell us a little bit about your free from journey…
It started for me about 20 years ago with IBS which was controlled for a long time by avoiding wheat…until recently when it became very out of control!! My daughter was also born with an unhappy tummy and suffered dreadfully with colic until being diagnosed with milk protein allergy and egg allergy. Then just before her third birthday she was diagnosed with coeliac disease…a life-long auto-immune disease which neccessitates a strict gluten-free diet. The aim of my blog is to share our ongoing journey to find happy tummies and to teach people how to cook great, healthy, simple freefrom food that the whole family can enjoy together.
What advice would you give someone who has recently starting cooking free from?
Look for support through social media. These days the world is a lot smaller and it doesn’t matter if you don’t know anybody who has a diet like you. There will be plenty of other people following the same diet somewhere in the world and they will be willing to help you if you ask! My favourite Facebook group is one called Parents of Children with Coeliac Disease, Food Allergies or Intolerances…it is super supportive and you can ask anything about your child’s condition. Someone will always help and/or offer support.
What is your favourite recipe on your site?
That is a really tough one but I would probably have to say my gluten-free and dairy-free breakfast pancakes because I make them every day for the kids! The recipe has evolved over time and now I just tend to ‘bung ‘ the ingredients in a bowl with my eyes closed! Whether they resemble the recipe I don’t know but it is an incredible easy and satisfying breakfast to feed your kids.
I tend to use my own flour blend for the flour part now, or increase the ground almond part because we avoid rice where possible due to the presence of arsenic in it (that is another story, but if you are gluten-free then take a look at your food…most things like cereal, flour, pasta, bread products etc contain rice flour). I am currently writing the first of a series of recipe books that will share my flour blends and the recipes that I make using it. I also hope to get the flour blend on the market at some point in the future.
What is your favourite recipe from last weeks’ #freefromfridays?
My favourite recipe from last week is the Apple slice from A Freefrom Life. It looks really simple and very tasty!
How to join in #Freefromfridays
1. Write a new blog post including the Free From Fridays badge or add it an existing recipe (Just copy the code below the image and paste it on your page)
2. Add your post to the linky form by using the ‘Add your link’ button
3. Leave a comment below and visit at least 2 other recipes to comment on
4. Tweet your link to @freefromfarm using hashtag #freefromfridays so I can spread the word!
It would be useful if you can label the main allergens your dishes are free from in the linky title to help others search suitable recipes
DF: Dairy Free
EF: Egg Free
SyF: Soya Free
SF: Sesame Free
NF: Nut free
PF: Peanut free