I suppose we all want the usual things to make us happy, good health, a bit of money in our pockets, world peace would be nice and a life's supply of Galaxy Chocolate would make me very happy. What floats your boat though diet wise? When you are on a restricted diet what makes you want to punch your fists in the air and shout 'Yes' ??
I get excited when I see something in the supermarket in the 'free from' aisle which I've not been able to eat until now. It sits there with a glow around it and the angels start singing. A bit like when they brought out gluten free Hobnobs and Chocolate Hobnobs, that was a nice day.
I love it when I walk into a eatery place and they have gluten free food on the menu, I'm happy just to see that bread can be provided for me to have a toastie or a sandwich. I also like to see more than one choice in the cake department and decaf coffee and tea available.
These people in restaurants who provide gluten free or dairy free options just don't know how they make our lives easier, I mean just by swapping the bread for us - it's the simple things. Knowledge is impressive too as there is nothing like going somewhere and they don't look vacant but totally 'get it'. We drink goats milk in our house because a few years ago we discovered cows milk seem to make my son a bit wheezy, never completely sure whether the milk was the problem but he felt better after the swap and we've stuck with it ever since. I prefer it to honest, it's supposed to be a lot easier to digest, bit harder on the old wallet but isn't everything that comes with a special diet?
When buying some goats milk the other day the girl on the checkout of our local Co-op suddenly said how she loved goats milk and how it was so much better, her boyfriend didn't agree but she loved it. I felt I had a kindred spirit who understood the milk from the goat. I could of talked to her all day, it's just nice when you find people with the same things in common - like milk. There we go again I'm so easily pleased. No complicated conversations for me, my head would boggle. I don't want to put the world to rights all of the time, sometimes I just need to know there is a community of goats milk lovers.
I like to think positive and not to think of blank looks when people say gluten free? What's that? I try not to think of the lonely piece of chocolate brownie sitting in a cafe because someone lacks the imagination to bake something else or source a different product. I try not to think of the places I can't eat any dinner or take advantage of fast food. It's not really any bother, although I'd love a big Maccy D's sometimes, I might take my own cob in so I can at least have a cheeseburger.
I've made the choice and I feel better for it and I've also got to know where to eat and who does awesome cake. Maybe you could tell me what makes you happy on your diets. Is there enough out there? Do you think products could be cheaper? Would you also like a McDonalds?, Maybe we could club together and charge in with our gluten free buns, demanding equality. Oh I feel a movie coming on! Leave a comment anyway.
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I went to a seminar yesterday with my friend who's birthday it was, so we sneaked these lovely treats in. I didn't want to breach any health and safety rules by lighting any candles but I did take a knife to cut the cakes so I probably broke numerous rules there.
It is great to be able to have a vast choice of cakes for parties and celebrations now, these were from Asda's Free From range and ideal for a small get together or would suit a buffet. There are larger celebration cakes with themes and iced up to the roof, something that would match a showstopper on Bake Off and although there are still not as many as the 'non free from' range the choice is getting better.
At one time it was so difficult to buy a birthday cake from the supermarket which was gluten free or dairy free. I remember having to make them because it was the only way I was going to get cake. I do like baking but don't always have the time so it is convenient to buy one off the shelf. By the time you add up the cost all the ingredients you may as well buy one.
These were nice loaf cakes and can definitely recommend them so well done Asda. I tend to thank anyone who makes cakes as they just make my life complete. I just wish they didn't contain calories. There is also a good selection of cakes online. You can order personalised gluten free cake for someone special and have it delivered, imagine that!! Cake delivered to you door. The Heavenly Cake Company are just one company who supply this service and they can be found at:
So all is not lost you can have you cake and eat it, you can celebrate your birthdays, wedding, christenings and anniversaries all gluten free or dairy free with a big cake or just a small one. Yum Yum.
Thank you for reading today, hope I've not made you too hungry, I have made myself very hungry by writing this.....got a cuppa but what no cake!!
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I do talk about it quite a bit, the fact there is limited choice for gluten free food at some tearooms and cafes. Some are better than others but what about a place which was totally gluten free, would it work? I'm feeling a bit passionate about this subject at the moment because I do visit a lot of places for refreshments and just get a little disappointed when the only thing on offer is a chocolate brownie. I think it shows a lack of imagination but then it is difficult if you are trying to cater for everyone.
It's so lovely to see all the cakes laid out but torture when you realise you can't eat any of them. My dream would be to walk into a place and the situation reversed, so all the cakes would be gluten free and maybe just offer one choice of 'fully leaded' as I call it. the thing is that anyone can eat gluten free, it's not anything awful, it's edible and tasty but us gluten free'ers can't eat anything when we go into an 'all round' establishment especially if you're diagnosed with coeliac's disease.
There is a lovely Gluten Free Cafe in Norwich that pops up on my google a lot and it's just stunning and exactly what we need more of. Take a look at their website at norfolkglutenfree.co.uk
Beautiful eh? I would just feel like I was in heaven and probably struggle to leave. It's like walking into a food paradise for me and just to have all that choice and even pick up a few products while there would be amazing.
I'm having one of those 'build it and they will come' moments. if you have seen the film 'Field of Dreams' you will know what that means. Kevin Costner gets messages from baseball legends who have passed away and they tell him to build a baseball field on his property and then they will come and play. Brilliant film, everyone thinks he's mad and it will be too much, it will all lead to ruin and financial suicide but he builds it and they do in fact come, and so do people from miles and miles to see this magical game of baseball.
So that's how I feel about a tea shop that is totally gluten free, some products dairy free and vegan too but I'd be interested what you think. Leave a comment as it would be interesting to see if it would work. Please someone build it and I will come along, definitely!!
For now though I'll keep doing a bit of research which obviously involves eating cake and drinking tea but someone has to do it. Thank you to all those lovely people in cafe's around the country who do bring us some wonderful choices and fantastic food because there are those who do push the boat out big style and I can tell you we do appreciate it.
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I was just walking past my local shops and oh there it was a basket outside one shop with cake and delights in with a big label on saying 'Gluten Free' so how could I resist. I had just had my haircut so I thought 'well I weigh a little less so there's room for cake now' (a 1000 excuses that don't make sense).
Riverbank Bakery are a family bakery based in Kings Lynn in Norfolk and have been producing a range of vegan loaf cakes for over 15 years they have added more flapjack and gluten free products recently building up to fifty individual product lines. Their cakes are all baked with the finest ingredients and it certainly tastes like it, this orange cake was absolutely gorgeous, very moist, tasty and doesn't fall apart, hurrah!!
Just to name a few other cakes in their range, there are:
Cherry and Sultana
Date and Walnut
Cherry and Almond
Mango and Papaya
Pineapple and Banana
So plenty there to try eh? I purchased my cake from Greedy Pig Butchers at Park Farm in Allestree, (Derby). I think a butchers is a funny place to stock vegan cakes but hey ho. If you are vegan and can brave going into a butchers all good otherwise you may have to seek a meat eating friend to get you some supplies.
Riverbank Bakery do have a Facebook page at
and they are also on Twitter too @RiverbankBakery
so have a look and give them a try
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Take care for now.........