The Great British Bake Off Week 3 – Bread Week


This time it is bread week on The Great British Bake Off so I thought it would be good timing to share my latest gluten and dairy free bread recipe with you.

Tiger bread gets its name from the mottled crust that forms as the dough bakes in the oven.  A special paste is spread on the dough which gives the bread its distinct look and flavour.



Gluten and Dairy Free Tiger Bread


Great British Bake Off – Week 2

Evening everyone

It’s the second week of Great British Bake Off and this time the theme is biscuits.

The signature challenge was sandwich biscuits, the technical challenge was fortune cookies and the showstopper was biscuit board games!

If you are feeling inspired to get into the kitchen check out my gluten and dairy free sandwich biscuit recipes:

1. Gluten and Dairy Free Empire Biscuits

2. Gluten and Dairy Free Jammy Dodgers

3. Gluten and Dairy Free Peanut Butter Choc Chip Cookie Sandwiches

4. Gluten and Dairy Free Custard Creams

5. Gluten and Dairy Free Chocolate Mint Macarons

A Gluten and Dairy Free Guide to Beziers

My friend and I went to Beziers last week for a few days and had an amazing time.  Beziers is in the Languedoc region in Southern France.  It is considered one of the oldest cities in France  dating back to 525 BC.


Before I go anywhere on holiday I always google gluten free restaurants to see what people have recommended.  For the first time ever nothing came up that I could use – only a creperie that had closed last year.

Luckily when we got there we didn’t have any problems finding things to eat so thought I would share my experience of our short trip with you guys.

The main difference I experienced on this trip compared to other holidays was the lack of advertised gluten free.  What I mean by that is in say Italy, my personal experience was restaurants had boards outside saying gluten free here, they even had dedicated gluten free bakeries. But as I found out that didn’t mean it was’t available.

So, here is a few places I ate at:

Memphis Coffeeéziers

The menu doesn’t state anything about gluten or dairy free but when we asked they were more than happy to advise what could be adjusted on the menu to make it suitable for me.

We actually ate there twice.  The first visit I had steak and fries:

We also visited a second time and they made me this salad that was kind of a hybrid of two of the salads on the menu to make it gluten and dairy free:

No holiday is complete without dairy free ice-cream/sorbet.  Louise Les Glaces was amazing and had a little stall at Polygone shopping area.

As we had an apartment we had breakfast and one dinner on our lovely balcony, view below:

I found it easy to pick up gluten and dairy free essentials at the supermarket.  We went to the Casino market at the Polygone shopping area:

Casino also had a range of gluten and dairy free pasta dishes which we used as an easy meal after a long day trip:

For a day trip we went to Carcassone which has the most amazing castle ever:

We ate at La Cortine in the village square and they offered me a few gluten and dairy free options.  I went with omelette, salad and fries, very tasty.

Hope this helps a bit if you are planning a trip to Beziers.




Gluten and Dairy Free Chocolate Whoopie Pies


Some facts about whoopie pies:

  • The whoopie pie is the official state treat of Maine
  • The world’s largest whoopie pie was created in South Portland Maine on March 26, 2011, weighing in at 1,062 pounds
  • The town of Dover Foxcroft, has hosted the Maine Whoopie Pie Festival since 2009, it has around 7,500 visitors per year

This recipe was featured in my gluten and dairy free book which you can purchase here for £8



Gluten and Dairy Free Chocolate Whoopie Pies

Gluten and Dairy Free Slow Cooked Apple Glazed Gammon Shanks


I am so behind this week with posting my recipes this week.  In the last 10 days I’ve driven down to Bristol with my friend who is moving, gone to France for 3 days, into work and now down to Newcastle to meet up with friends!

I made these slow cooked gammon shanks a couple of months ago and never got round to posting them on my site.  I put the slow cooker on in the morning, go to work and then make the apple glaze and side dishes when I get home at night.



Gluten and Dairy Free Slow Cooked Apple Glazed Gammon Shanks