I’m 22, and my favourite thing to do, on a sunny afternoon, is throw the kitchen windows open, line up my dog as a taster/hoover, and start baking. (actually I do this on a rainy day with the radiators on, especially near and around holidays like Christmas or Easter – I adore festive baking!)
There’s nothing more welcoming than the sweet smell of cookies in the oven, or fresh bread ready to eat with a big slab of butter on it.
However when you add a bowel disorder into the mix, things become a little more complicated. My boyfriend Gavin was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease in 2011. After various treatments and bowel surgery, he was recently re-diagnosed with in fact an ‘unknown type of bowel disorder’. Myself and my Mom battle with IBS and Fibromyalgia. Thus food has changed for us. Gluten-free, diary-free, onion-free, and garlic-free has forced myself and Gavin to actually look at what we are eating and buying in supermarkets. We make most of our food from fresh, allowing us to know exactly what we are putting into our bodies. My family also own some land, so we tend to produce a lot of our own veg. This has inspired me to really get back to basics and create simple recipes, replacing flour with wheat-free options, and dairy (excluding eggs) with soya products.
This doesn’t mean to say we’ve become one of those dreaded health freaks: quinoa this, kale that. I like to use fresh ingredients to create a simple dinner, with a yummy pudding for afters.
So branching out from my dirty, chocolate stained cooking books, to the technical world of the internet and blogging, I want to share with you my passion for homely and hearty food, the more chocolately the better (dark for Gavin, milky as possible for me of course), from everyday recipes that work around dietary needs, to special occasion greats… as well as a picture or twenty of my beloved whippet Wilfy and his antics.