This week #Freefromfridays features brilliant blogger Kate Thompson from The Recipe Resource who I am delighted is co-hosting the linky with me.
Kate will be helping me out this week by commenting on your posts and sharing them on social media. Please tweet her at @Twinsplustwo and me @freefromfarm using hashtag #freefromfridays. I will do my best to join in, baby allowing!
Let’s learn a bit more about Kate…
What ingredients are your recipes free from?
All the recipes on The Recipe Resource are dairy, soya, wheat and usually gluten free. Many are also egg free, corn free, nut free and there are suggestions where possible to substitute and exclude further. I am a mum of four who are all on exclusion diets. My youngest suffer from EGID which amongst other things manifests as reflux and constipation caused by food allergies. Providing a broad spread of alternatives not full of sugars, fillers or preservatives can be quite a challenge!
What advice would you give someone who has recently starting cooking free from?
When you start cooking “free from” it can be very daunting, but there is a great deal of advice and support out there now. Things have really moved on from 17+ years ago when my journey into food allergies really began. The best advice would be to think beyond just substituting your existing foods, and try some new ones. For example, if you favour a cup of tea with cows milk, swapping for an alternative milk might never appeal to you – but trying a new drink might work better. Substitutes DO taste different, pretending otherwise helps no one, but that doesn’t mean they are not delicious in their own right.
What made you start blogging?
I used to run support forums online for parents of children with reflux, I was a Trustee for Living with Reflux and then a founder member of the Great Ormond Street Gastro Parents’ Network. Helping others is important to me. Due to the additional needs my four have I am home alone a great deal, with or without children! Blogging is something I enjoy and derive a great deal of pleasure from. My other blog is Musings of a 21st Stay at Home Mum, come and visit!
What is your favourite recipe on your site?
I have many delicious recipes on my Blog, perhaps my current favourite is the Chocolate Brownie Cake, because it was the first egg free cake I made and a great success all round!
What was your favourite recipe from last week’s #freefromfridays?
My favourite recipe from last weeks’ #freefromfridays? was the Chocolate Teff Shortbread by Nicola at A Free From Life. My reason for this choice is because it introduced me to a new grain – Teff, and in doing so has expanded my #freefrom repertoire further. For me, that is precisely what these linkys are about, to share information and broaden our thinking and experiences.
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
GF: Gluten Free
SyF: Soya Free
SF: Sesame Free
NF: Nut free
PF: Peanut free