Crate of nothing :)

Recently I’ve been finding it difficult to find good snacks. Having had to go dairy free for a while until my gut heals I’ve struggled with snacks, where as before I would have had a chocolate bar or an oat bar both are out of the question currently.
I saw on a Facebook group about a company called crate of nothing. The do a monthly box either gluten free or dairy and gluten free full of snacks and bits you wouldn’t find in the super market.
This month I got the gluten an dairy free box, you. An either sign up for a subscription or get a one off box when ever you fancy.

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In this months box was the following-
An Amy’s kitchen can of soup
Dr Lucy’s gluten free ginger snap cookies
Apple crisps
Pop rice
Pesto
Gluten free gnocchi
Strawberry bar
Two mini ale loads
Smoked chilli crisps
Chocolate flake tea bags

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Also each month there are some ingredient to creat the enclosed recipe 🙂

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Can’t wait to get baking!
http://www.crateofnothing.co.uk

(Written by a dyslexic coeliac apologies for any mistakes)

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Courgette noodles- a pasta alternative!

In the past two weeks I’ve seen a lot of recipes for courgette noodles. So I thought I’d give it a go!
First a got myself a veg spiral maker, relatively cheap from ebay.
With an abundance of home grown courgettes this summer I quickly got to work. The spiralling off the courgettes is a bit tricking at first and they won’t look perfect like the magazines, they taste great though!

Recipe-
5 x courgettes
Oil
Gluten free sausages
1 x onion
1 x garlic clove
1 x chopped tomatoes tinned
Pepper
Salt
Sugar

I used 5 small courgettes for two people.
Spiral them and leave in a colander whilst you cook up a sauce, you can’t sprinkle with salt and a little olive oil.

I made a spag bol type sauce with gluten free sausages cut into chunks, 1 onion fried with 1 clove of garlic.
Add 1 tin of chopped tomatoes, a little salt and pepper and a tiny amount of sugar to sweeten the sauce.
I also added some home grown cherry tomatoes whole that cooked down and became little bursts of fresh flavour in the sauce.

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In a wok heat a little oil, I used rape seed oil. Pat down the courgettes with kitchen towel and add the courgettes to the wok. Fry a little until they soften but don’t burn. Squeeze half the juice of a lemon over them.
Serve the noodles with the sugar sauce.
Really tasty and a great alternative to pasta!

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Apologies for any spelling or grammar mistakes, I’m a gluten free dyslexic coeliac 🙂

Quick evening meal- paella

Since going gluten free I’ve struggled with connivence food. Being self employed with a cafe especially at this time of year we lived on tesco finest meals and take always or pasta- fast quick food.
So I’ve searched for tasty meals that are quick and this evenings paella was just that!
Recipe-
2 onions, peeled and chopped
3 cloves of garlic, peele and crushed
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tsp ground turmeric
250g paella rice
500ml hot chicken stock (made from half a stock cube)
400g tin of chopped tomatoes
150g chorizo cut into small rounds or chunks
1 pepper cut into pieces
Parsley
Black pepper

Method-
1- in a large frying pan soften the onion, garlic and chorizo in the olive oil.
2- stir in the turmeric and rice, cook for 1 minute. Add the joke stock and tomatoes, cover, simmer for 8 minutes. Add the peppers replace the lid and simmer until the rice has puffed up and become tender.
3- take the lid off stir in black pepper and fresh or dried parsley. Serve 🙂
Done in about 20-25 mins!

Really tasty (convenient with a shop full of chorizo 👍) really quick!

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In it for the long run… Cycle!

I can not recall a time when I had this much energy. I’m sure maybe I did once… My tenth birthday running round the mountain in the middle of a water fight I’m sure was an energetic me, but with the 27th birthday quickly approaching those memories are becoming a distant past.
Even working 12 hour days in the height of the season I still seem to be full of beans!
Don’t get me wrong when I go to bed I sleep, in fact I’ve haven’t slept so well in years either! I used to wake 8, 10 times a night but since going gf I have slept through most nights.
Since discovering the coeliac disease and the lack of knowledge I knew that I wanted to do something to raise awareness, not only nationally but locally. It’s pretty impossible for me to eat out these days and I’m craving a greasy chow mien… It doesn’t fill you with confidence when a restaurant have no idea about gluten and insist you’ll be fine. Without sounding like a preacher people need to be educated.
Around the time of diagnosis the London marathon was on… So this week the fabulous husband and I sent off our applications in the hope we’ll get in!

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We’ve started training… In case we get in! I’ve never run a serious race of any distance and as a recovering coeliac it’s important to start slowly… By slowly I mean I’ve got up to a mile! That’s pretty good going for a lady that couldn’t run. I’ve gone into it pretty seriously, by this I mean I bought Lycra and a running watch! It’s pretty nifty the garmin forerunner 15, it tells me how many miles I walk a day which can be a little disturbing when all you’ve done is walk between the sink and pizza oven at work but clocked up 5 miles! !
It also times my run, fastest sections, maps it all. It’s very geeky!
It’s also great on the new… Bike! Yes I know! I did say I’ve gone all in! The fabulous husband bought me a pretty swanky bike for my birthday… And Christmas… For possibly the next 12 years! Whys bike? Because in a off the cuff conversation I noted we’d spent 4 summers in the shop, missed out on birthday days out, weddings, we’r basically friendless due to work commitments and it was time to live life. Go back to the simple things. See the country. See the world. Do stuff we once enjoyed but then forgot. The fabulous husband was is a cyclist but somewhere along the way lost in a world of cappuccino making he all but gave it up. We’r on it, ‘let’s start the season with a marathon an end it cycling lands end to john o groats?!’
The bike arrived from Thorn bicycles, I asked a friend about touring bikes he suggested a few, I saw the pink one, and that was it, it had to be pink!
She arrived pretty quickly.
It’s been sometime since I rode a bike… Like 10 years! So her maiden voyage was to the cycle track and I rode an impressive 7 miles (impressive to me!) the husband puttle’d along beside me. Obviously he wants to charge off, he’s the same whilst we’r running but he’s very good and supportive and always encourages me along. One day I’ll charge off! Maybe!
To think at school I was the kid who avoided P.E at all costs and was nicknamed ‘lazy’ by the teacher. To set the record straight it wasn’t lazy… It was self conscious in a room full of pretty rough cruel girls! The kid that once cowered at an awkward 6ft is long since gone! One can’t be self conscious in a sweaty date running on the beach!
I’ve been a further 14 miles on the bike and so it feels apt to name her. I named my first car Sophie, my second was smokey but she came with that name.
This bike in all it’s crazy pink glory needed a name that said ‘I’m freedom, I’m that cycling away from work, I’m that adventure to see the world’ and so she’s named nothing less than Dolly! Because? Well… my favourite tune of all time is Dolly Parton 9-5
‘There’s a better life, and you dream about it don’t you?’

So the long run/ cycle begins!

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Healing with vitamins

Since going gluten free I’ve read loads of books by other coeliacs and their journey to recovery. From Jennifer Esposito who opened a gluten free bakery in New York, her book Jennifer’s Way is a must read for any new coeliac! To Gluten- free girl by Shauna James Ahern who also writes a blog of the same name.
I’m currently reading ‘Gluten is my Bitch’ by April Peveteaux, a great funny read.
A lot of the books mention all the same things including vitamins.
It’s safe to say my body hasn’t absorbed enough vitamins for quiet some time. So after reading up on it all I know have a morning routine that starts like this-

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An actamel is a probiotic yogurt for healing the gut, creates healthy gut bacteria and some research proves to heal a coeliac gut faster. To this I add 5ml of vitamin D. Liquid vitamins are great and absorb faster if your gut is too damaged to absorb. My body lacks vitamin d currently and so any sun I see my skin is immediately burning.
Next-

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Vitamin B12 often lacking in coeliacs is responsible for energy levels I also use this for an extra boost-

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Great for when I’m feeling a little more tired. Tastes like peaches too!
Then I take a good all round multivitamin and vitamin c tablet too.
It’s vital to top up on these currently and also eating lots of homegrown veg and fruit.

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In October I’ll be having blood tests to test my vitamin levels, anything I’m lacking in I’ll be given injections or a course of stronger tablets.
I feel this routine is working for me currently and working 7 days a week at the moment I don’t feel tired and seem to have loads of energy so something must be right. I’ve even taken up running and cycling both major steps for me.
More about that another time 💛

More rice noodles!

One of my coeliac fears is eating out. Those times when you don’t think ahead and find yourself out for hours and unable to find anything to eat. I searched for something to eat at those times your on a day out and want to take something with you to eat but something you could easily not eat if you found an alternative.

I came across Kabuto noodles! To be honest I’m not entirely sure how I first came across them, someone tweeted something about their new gf noodles and my search for them started there.
I ended up contacting them to see where they stocked. Nowhere in North Wales obviously 😔 So I suggested a shop in town that might stock them, but said shop wasn’t interested.

Then whilst discussing it with the fabulous husband he suggested we get them in our cafe so other gf people could buy them incase they didn’t find other gf places to eat. Excellent plan!

Sophie the kind lady at Kabuto Noodles sent me some sample packs of their miso and chicken gf noodles. Both are delicious!

Essentially Kabuto noodles are the same principle as the original pot noodles, just add boil hot water. But I can tell you they taste nothing like them! Their amazing!

I never go out without one now. So quick and convenient there’s no need to worry about finding something to eat. I can’t wait to take these to a festival incase there’s nothing there or on days out to shows.
Kabuto noodles you are life savers! Thank you! 👍
Check them out here-

http://www.kabutonoodles.com
http://twitter.com/#!/KabutoNoodles

Stocked at Pethau Melys of course!
http://www.pethaumelys.co.uk

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Tasty rice noodle stir fry

I was not a fan of rice before going gf. In fact if make every effort to avoid it! Now I’ve made a pact to myself that I should re try any foods I disliked and always try new food to expand my options.
So rice noodles for a stir fry… Something I wasn’t sure about having always had eg noodles. For a super quick meal the Sherwood’s ready in a packet are okay but not very tasty.
The best I’ve found so far are these ‘Thai Taste’ noodles that I got from Asda. Really simple to prepare, pour boiling water over them in a bowl and leave for ten minutes, rinse and add to your stir fry veg!
A lot of the stir fry sauces also contain gluten which is annoying! Stir fry is always a quick favourite of ours. I have discovered some in the supermarkets but I have also discovered http://www.ilumiworld.com who do some very handy ready meals for busy days and these lovely stir in sauces. We used the sweet soy and ginger.
My local health good shop is also ultra helpful and and stocks gluten free soy sauce! Win!!

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Talking of noodles I’ve just received some lovely noodle pots I’ll have to tell you about next time 👍