Living Life, Gluten Free!
Hi Everyone! It’s been quite an adventure from Scotland to London, and now Mississippi, but I love it here! My food journey has been just as interesting, in 2010 I discovered I had Celiac Disease and about 18 months later my youngest son was also diagnosed with the same thing.
In case you didn’t know Celiac Disease is an autoimmune disorder with no cure, the only treatment is lifelong adherence to a strict gluten free diet. As a result all my recipes here are gluten free, but you don’t need to follow a gluten free diet to be able to cook or enjoy them, they are suitable for everyone and I have a particular focus on easy weeknight meals.
Dairy Free Too?
The vast majority of my recipes are also dairy free. Since my diagnosis of Celiac disease I have found that I’m only able to tolerate small amounts of dairy so I bake with vegan margarine instead of butter. I use non dairy milks and vegan cheese for my savory dishes most of the time. That said, my youngest son who also has Celiac disease is now able to tolerate some dairy products (he wasn’t for the first few years after he was first diagnosed) so I do use some cheese from time to time in recipes that he and the rest of the family eats, but I still use dairy free cheese for me or I just omit the cheese. If I use dairy ingredients in any recipe here I will typically offer a dairy free option too, just check each recipe to be sure.
Simple Tasty Recipes!
All my recipes are big on flavor, straightforward and simple, so if you’re new to home cooking that’s ok! I also reject the idea that eating gluten free means you can’t find anything tasty to eat, not at all! One of my favorite things to do is convert regular baking recipes to gluten free, it’s very satisfying to be able to create gluten free versions of some of my favorite dishes and share them here.
Gluten Free Diet?
Are you new to the gluten free diet and don’t know where to start? Shoot me an email here, I’d love to help you! In the meantime you might want to try out a couple of my easy bake recipes, my favorites include Rocky Road – it’s no cook, Lemon Cookies and Pancakes. You can look through my index at the top of the page, or the category index in the sidebar for more recipes. As I mentioned above the majority of my recipes are also dairy free as that’s the way that I eat, although the rest of the family do love their cheese! If the recipe has dairy in it I will clearly label it as such and offer a dairy free alternative where possible.
I’m married to a fellow Scot, and no, that’s not a skirt he’s wearing in our wedding picture, it’s a kilt 🙂 I have two boys, you can see them pictured above with their dad on a recent trip to Belize. The Castle is in Inverness, Scotland, the city where my parents now live. Inverness is the capital of the Highlands and a very picturesque city on the banks of the River Ness and a short drive from the shores of Loch Ness.
As an adult I’ve lived in various cities in Scotland including Dundee, Edinburgh and Glasgow. We lived in London for five years when our boys were small, from there we moved to Mississippi in 2008. We love it here, though the heat and humidity takes some getting used to. In July and August it’s hotter here overnight than it ever gets in Scotland during the day!
Stay in touch!
I love hearing from readers! You can drop me an email here, if you have a recipe question you can comment on that post if you prefer.
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