Whole Creations, Roasted Tomato and Basil, Sheesy Pizza

Other gluten free, dairy free pizza fall back, we have a clear winner now with Whole Creations latest vegan and coeliac friendly offering.

I first came across Sheese at the allergy show in Glasgow 2016 and since then I have made my way to Holland as Barratt to get my hands on it regularly. Finding it now served with a gluten free pizza base, gluten free basil pesto and tasty toppings has been incredible.

I would highly recommend for all, this is one tasty pizza.

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Lentil and Vegetable Bake

Full of fibre and minerals lentils are a vegan, coeliac’s best friend.

In this lentil based meal I’ve cooked red lentils with courgette, baby corn and carrots then layered with a topping of garlic and sage mashed sweet potato. Cook until the sweet potato mash is crispy and enjoy.

Vegan Tagliatelle

With more free from options available than ever before it’s becoming easier and easier to put together gluten free and dairy free foods.

I’ve really enjoyed this gluten free, vegan tagliatelle and have served with homemade sauce I put together using roasted cherry tomatoes, garlic, coriander, chilli and Alpro soya cream.

Another new free from treat to tuck into!

Lemon and Rocket Risotto

Risotto is a Sunday night go to in my house. It’s tasty, filling and flexible so you can use whatever veggies you have in the house.

This risotto uses some kitchen staples and is delightful. Start by chopping red onion and garlic then heat on a medical high with a little olive oil. Once the onion has softened add arborio rice and cook in the oil and onion until translucent.

Pour over a cup of white wine and allow to bubble off rapidly keeping the heat high. Then add warm stock. Kallo have a great low salt, vegan and gluten free stock cube which I use as a flavour base for many meals.

At this point squeeze the juice of a lemon and add the zest to the risotto. Turn down the heat and continue to simmer adding more stock as needed. Time for the vegetables. I add super simple veggies with peas and rocket. Cook for a further 15 – 20 minutes and serve warm.

Sunday night perfection.

Garden Secret Spa – GF and Vegan options

I had such a wonderful day yesterday enjoying some relaxation and self care at The Garden Secret Spa at Ringwood Hall Hotel in Derbyshire. I was expecting to have a great time but wasn’t expecting them to be so accomodating around my dietary needs.

I’m a lactose intolerant, coeliac, I’m allergic to nuts and mushrooms and I’m a veggie. So I normally expect a minimal salad or fruit if I eat out. That just wasn’t the case yesterday at all.

All the meals are prepared fresh on site and inspired by garden and herbal foods. For my spa day lunch I tucked into a spring garden salad with vegan substitutes and was really impressed when the chef sourced vegan parmesan to top the meal!

My pudding was also excellent, an ideal lunch for a relaxing day.

Warwick Castle, Maida Vale

I was in London yesterday and looking for my go to chain restaurants for lunch. I’m really pleased I didn’t as I stumbled across this gem with loads of vegan and coeliac suitable options.

Cosy and inviting my friends and I enjoyed a few drinks in the sunshine outside before looking at the menu.

I have a lot of allergies, I’m a lactose intolerant, coeliac, I’m allergic to nuts and mushrooms and I don’t eat meat or fish so finding food which won’t make me unwell is often problematic.

I was encouraged by the presence of 4 vegan options on the menu and when I discussed with the staff and the chef they were able to come up with great substitutions for me. I had the veggie chilli with quinoa and sweet potato and a gluten free bread bun toasted with garlic. It was really tasty.

To make lunchtime even better they had some samples of Skollie cider brought in which were gluten free and vegan so they asked me to try them out.

Thanks to Warwick Castle, Maida Vale for a lovely lunch, tasty drinks and a scrabble game!

You can find more details about this lovely pub at http://www.warwickcastlemaidavale.com

I hope you like it as much as I did!

Creamy vegan vegetable soup

After a few weeks on heatwave it’s almost nice to return to the normal British summertime and enjoy cooler, breezy summer days. It makes it easier to enjoy heartier food and this soup is a meal I’ve missed during the scorching weather.

Perfect as a one pot meal this soup has loads of taste and texture.

Start by preparing and chopping vegetables. I’m using 3 medium carrots, 3 medium leeks, spring onions and garden peas. Place in the pan and cover with warm stock.

As I’m a coeliac I use a gluten free stock base. Kallo have great gluten free options and the vegetable stock cubes are available in low salt too.

Cook the vegetables for approximately an hour and as the stock reduces add cream. I use Alpro soya cream which gives a great taste.

Season with salt and pepper for a very tasty, veggie packed lunch.