Sorry I was a bit quiet last week – I was busy having a baby! Well, recovering in hospital anyway after welcoming our new daughter into the world.
Thanks to Kyra from Vie De La Vegan for hosting for me while I was away. This week #Freefromfridays features brilliant blogger Cristina from I Say Nomato who I am delighted is co-hosting the linky with me.
Cristina will be helping me out this week by commenting on your posts and sharing them on social media. Please tweet her at @ISayNomato and me @freefromfarm using hashtag #freefromfridays. I will do my best to join in, baby allowing! Here’s a bit more about her…
All of my recipes are free from nightshades! Nightshades are plants in the solanacae family: potatoes, peppers, tomatoes, and eggplant being the most common ones. In other words, everything delicious!
Tell us a little bit about your free from journey…
My husband has had food issues as long as I’ve known him. Originally he thought he had Celiac Disease, but after a battery of tests, the doctors threw up their hands and said “You have IBS. We have no idea what’s causing it, you’re on your own!” Thanks, guys. He was also on medication for chronic migraines.
It wasn’t until he went away to medical school and started eating garbage (he was studying all the time and I was in another country) that he felt better. Once I arrived and started feeding him REAL food, he immediately felt worse, with IBS symptoms kicking back in and the migraines returning with a vengeance.
Turns out I was poisoning him with all my delicious cooking! Darn you lasagna!
He suspected tomatoes and peppers after occasionally indulging in fantastic Caribbean food, but it wasn’t until he went to Google, typed in ‘What do Tomatoes and Peppers Have in Common?’, and he saw that potatoes were there too that it allllll began to make sense.
Since then we’ve been a nightshade free household and he feels SO much better! No headaches, no IBS, and so much more energy since his body is actually retaining nutrients.
What advice would you give someone who has recently starting cooking free from?
The internet is your best friend. Seriously – if you’re allergic to something, chances are someone online is too! It can be extremely overwhelming when you realize you can’t eat all those foods you could before, but there are so many tools and resources available to help and support you. Don’t be afraid to ask questions! We are none of us on this journey alone!
What made you start blogging?
When we first figured out what Mr. Nomato was actually allergic too, I went immediately to google. While there was a fair amount of information on this little-known and underdiagnosed allergy/intolerance, there were very few recipe sites. I was tearing out my hair trying to think what we could possibly eat since all my go-tos were now taboo, so I figured starting a blog would be a really fun way to connect with other allergy bloggers, experiment with recipes, and help others dealing with the same food issues.
What is your favourite recipe on your site?
Oh man… I mean, they’re like my children, I have to say I love all of them equally, but dang, this Peanut Butter Pie with Sea Salt and Dark Chocolate Ganache is SPEC. TAC. U. LAR… uuunffff!
What is your favourite recipe from last weeks’ #freefromfridays?
My favourite recipe this week are these gorgeous Coconut Chocolate Overnight Oats from Charlotte’s Lively Kitchen. I’m all for as little work as possible in the morning (they’re crazy enough as it is), and this is such a quick and easy recipe to whip up the night before, stick in a jar and grab for breakfast. Plus they’re chocolate! Win/win! (Don’t mind me, I’ll just be over here drooling over all her pictures!)
- How to join in #Freefromfridays
- 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)
- Add your post to the linky form by using the ‘Add your link’ button
- Leave a comment below and visit at least 2 other recipes to comment on
- 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