Blogging Buddies with The Free From Fairy

Hello everyone

My blogging buddy this time round is Vicki from The Free From Fairy.  I had the pleasure of meeting Vicki at the Allergy and Free From show the year she launched her amazing free from flour.

Name: Vicki Montague
Blog Name: The Free From Fairy
Website: https://freefromfairy.com
Facebook: @freefromfairy
Twitter: @freefromfairy
Instagram: @freefromfairy


1. Tell us about your blog?

I started my blog in August 2012 when my youngest child was about to start pre-school and I had a few spare hours in the day to do something to help others.

Being a scientist I have always loved experimenting. I also love food, so I combine the two in the kitchen and create recipes.

After my daughter was diagnosed with egg and milk protein allergies at 9 months and then coeliac disease (a life long autoimmune condition that necessitates a strict gluten free diet) at the age of 2, I was determined to create recipes that we could all enjoy together.

The blog started off by sharing these recipes. Now I continue to share recipes but I have also developed a number of products that I sell.

I have an ebook of pastry recipes (something that many people find tricky to make gluten free and free from other allergens http://www.blurb.co.uk/b?ebook=586493), a wholegrain gluten free (and rice free) flour blend (https://freefromfairy.com/shop/flour), an online programme to help people easily make the switch to a gluten free diet (https://freefromfairy.thinkific.com/courses/gluten-free-diet-basics) and cookery lessons (https://freefromfairy.com/shop/cookery-lessons)

I also develop recipes for businesses and brands wishing to access the ‘free from’ sector…whether that be helping to develop new products or showcase their ingredients in innovative ways.

2. What inspired you to start your blog?
I started the blog as a way of documenting the recipes that I created. I didn’t want my daughter to leave home with scrappy notebooks of recipes. I also wanted to help family and friends to understand what she could and couldn’t eat when she visited.

3. What are your favourites ingredients to cook with?

Well, of course I’m going to say my wholegrain gluten free flour blend! I created it because I was unhappy with the flour blends that were on the market. When cooking gluten free, you cannot just replace wheat flour with one gluten free flour. Instead, you need a variety of flours to replace the wheat because each one has different properties that help to mimic those of wheat. The blends of flours that were on the market were all made from white refined flours. The body processes these in the same way as sugar and they provide little or no nutrients. I therefore spent 2 years experimenting to find a blend that was mostly made from wholegrain gluten free flours that I could use in all my baking and cooking. I also wanted it to be free from rice, because people on a gluten free diet end up eating a lot of rice, which contains inorganic arsenic. Arsenic accumulates in the body so the more you eat the more arsenic your body is exposed to. It can lead to a plethora of health issues including cancer, cardiovascular disease and diabetes. One of the biggest achievements in my life was creating the blend and then bringing it to market. It’s available to buy on my website, on Amazon and from a few independent shops across the UK.

4. What is your favourite cookbook?
I love anything from Dan Lepard. His recipes are amazing and they convert to gluten free really well using my flour blend.

5. If you could visit anywhere in the world for dinner tonight where would you go?
I’d probably go to Mexico. I lived there for 18 months when I was 5 and I developed a taste for spicy food. I adore Mexican food to this day.

6. Favourite Free From Recipe


One of my favourite recipes from the blog is my quick naan bread… https://freefromfairy.com/2018/03/gluten-free-quick-naan-bread-recipe.html.

It is very adaptable and can be used as a quick pizza base or rolled more thinly, as a wrap.

Thanks to Vicki for taking part in Blogging Buddies – if you would like to have your blog featured please get in touch at freefromfavourites@gmail.com

Enjoy!

Fx

Blogging Buddies with Low Fodmap Inspiration

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My third Blogging Buddy is Alice from Low Foodmap Inspiration.

Name: Alice

Blog Name: Low FODMAP Inspiration

Website: www.lowfodmapinspiration.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lowfodmapinsp/

Twitter: @lowfodmapinsp

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/lowfodmapinspiration/

Tell us about your blog?

My blog is all about food with ideas and recipes for anyone following the low FODMAP diet (prescribed by a dietician) to manage the symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). It’s not only to raise awareness of IBS (1 in 5 of us suffer from symptoms at some point in our lives), but to help those that have been diagnosed. I’ve featured product reviews, lists of my favourite products, other ways to manage IBS and a range of everyday recipes, from cakes to barbecue food! The recipes are all gluten free, with some also dairy free. 

What inspired you to start your blog?

From my own experience, following a low FODMAP diet is extremely daunting. There’s a long list of foods to avoid when you’re initially diagnosed with IBS, so I’m hoping to inspire people that it’s possible to enjoy food while restricting certain foods. I’ve been diagnosed with IBS for about a year and a half now, and I’ve felt the benefits of cutting out the key players in upsetting my stomach: wheat, onion and garlic, while also managing my nut allergy!

What is your favourites ingredients to cook with?

Since cutting out garlic, I’ve since learnt that you can actually use garlic infused oil instead (the infusion means that there aren’t any fructans – the tummy upsetters – in the oil!) I cook most meals using garlic infused oil to recreate any flavour I’m missing. I also couldn’t be without my spice rack, which includes cumin, ground ginger, turmeric, garam masala, chilli flakes, paprika, smoked paprika, asafoetida and many more as these give lots of flavour I’d otherwise miss out on, and enable me to make FODMAP friendly curries, piri piri chicken and even fajitas!

What is your favourite cookbook?

I love baking, and therefore would probably say I thoroughly enjoy Nosh’s gluten free baking cookbook – their pastry and scone recipes are unbeatable! I also rely on BBC Good Food recipes quite often for ideas and inspiration!

If you could visit anywhere in the world for dinner tonight where would you go?

One of my favourite foodie holidays was to St Malo in Northern France. They have the best mussels I’ve ever eaten, and you can enjoy them on little cobbled streets close to the sea. The wine is also top notch, then you can take a leisurely stroll on the beach or along the walls after dinner – perfect! So that’s where I’d happily go for dinner this evening! 

Please share your favourite recipe from your blog

Check out Alice’s gluten free, dairy free low roadmap Victoria Sandwich recipe here: recipe

and her lovely salmon fishcake recipe here: recipe

 

Thanks to Alice for taking part in Blogging Buddies – if you would like to have your blog featured please get in touch at freefromfavourites@gmail.com

Thanks

Fiona

Blogging Buddies – Coeliac Teenager

Hello everyone

Blogging Buddies is a new feature on my website – the aim is to feature a gluten and/or dairy free blogger.  They will share some information about their blog and their favourite recipe.

The second Blogging Buddy is Cate from The Coeliac Teenager.

Name:  Cate

Blog Name: The Coeliac Teenager

YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCvxMaLtXF4BNcij1Q2kdEHw?app=desktop

Twitter: @CoeliacTeenager

Instagram: @coeliacteenager

Tell us a little bit about your blog?

My YouTube channel is about helping young people like myself living with coeliac disease by sharing my advice, tips, recipes on how to make it enjoyable as well as easier.

What inspired you to write the blog?

There are not many young youtubers with coeliac to help younger people out so that’s why I decided to help people with the things I was I got help with at the start. I was diagnosed 9 years ago and I’m 17 now so it’s been a long time and I have gone through the change in how allergies are perceived compared with now so I wanted to try and make a difference.

What are your favourite ingredients to cook with?

I love making things with mustard powder! It’s sounds wierd but the taste is not what you expect. I love putting them into by breads and scones mainly as it just adds this extra amazing flavour!

What is your favourite cook book?

My all time favourite is 5 ingredients book by Jamie Oliver it’s just so easy and uses ingredients we all own. Most of the stuff is gluten free so it means I get to choose from a huge selection.

If you visit anywhere in the world for dinner tonight where would you go?

I would have a Chinese if they ever made it gluten free!

Please share your favourite recipe from your blog?

Check out Cate’s video for gluten free cheese scones here: https://youtu.be/6ZVpWNQ-3eo

Thanks to Cate for taking part in Blogging Buddies – if you would like to have your blog featured please get in touch at freefromfavourites@gmail.com

Thanks

Fiona

Blogging Buddies – The Gluten Free Greek

Hello everyone

Blogging Buddies is a new feature on my website – the aim is to feature a gluten and/or dairy free blogger.  They will share some information about their blog and their favourite recipe.  Hope you enjoy the new addition.

Today’s Blogging Buddy is Christiana from The Gluten Free Greek.

Name:  Christiana

Blog Name: The Gluten Free Greek

Website: https://theglutenfreegreek.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/theglutenfreegreekuk/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/glutenfreegreek

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/glutenfreegreekuk/

 

Tell us a little bit about your blog?

My blog is a gluten free food and lifestyle blog with some recipes embracing my greek heritage. I like to add my own twist to traditional greek recipes.

What inspired you to write the blog?

I was diagnosed with coeliac disease in 2012, and the first year or so was quite a struggle and it made me sad not being able to eat the things that I loved and I felt a little isolated. In 2015, I decided to create my blog The Gluten Free Greek to help others embrace the gluten free lifestyle and be part of a community of bloggers!

What are your favourite ingredients to cook with?

Oregano, olive oil and feta cheese!

What is your favourite cook book?

I have quite a few, but I do like Gluten Free on a shoestring by Nicole Hunn.

If you visit anywhere in the world for dinner tonight where would you go?

Greece

Please share your favourite recipe from your blog?

Gluten Free Greek Style Omelette

Serves 4

Ingredients

  • 1 white onion
  • 1 courgette sliced
  • 225g halloumi
  • 3 potatoes peeled and thinly sliced
  • 6 medium/large eggs
  • handful tomatoes
  • 1 red or yellow pepper sliced
  • sprinkling of oregano

Instructions

  1. In a large frying pan, add sunflower or vegetable oil, enough to fully cover the onions and potatoes.
  2. Add in the onions first. Then the potatoes. Leave for 10 to 15 minutes on high heat until caramelised.
  3. In another non stick pan, fry the courgettes, the halloumi and the peppers. Sprinkle some oregano. Lastly add the tomatoes.
  4. In a large bowl, crack 6 eggs. Drain the onions and potatoes, and save the oil. Place the onions and potatoes on the top of the eggs. Add in the halloumi, the courgettes, the peppers and the tomatoes. Add in a pinch of salt. Give the mixture a stir with a spoon, don’t whisk.
  5. Cover the bowl with foil and leave for 10 to 15 mins.
  6. In the non stick pan, add the mixture. Put on high heat for 2 mins, then low heat for another 2 minutes.
  7. Flip onto a plate and repeat this process twice. You can also place in the oven if you wish.
  8. To check its done, simply touch it, and if it bounces back it should be ready or pierce it with a knife to check.
  9. Plate up and enjoy with a greek salad, olives and delicious bread! Kali Orexi!

Thanks to Christiana for taking part in Blogging Buddies – if you would like to have your blog featured please get in touch at freefromfavourites@gmail.com

Thanks

Fiona