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Friday, May 15, 2020

What I eat in a day - Gluten free



Hey everyone, 

Wow it has been a very strange time the last few weeks and a lot has happened. I hope you are all well and keeping safe in these uncertain times. 

Today's post is going to be a fun, what I eat in a day post ith my gluten-free diet as they can always be very fun and interesting and it's always interested me to see what other people eat and what they like etc. It also helps give me some inspiration for food ideas for myself.



Breakfast:

For breakfast, I do like to have some gluten-free natures path granola and I add goji berries, cranberries, yeo valley mango and vanilla yoghurt, dried apricots and walnuts. I have always found this a good breakfast to have as it is light and refreshing and very tasty. I do often add in some raspberries and strawberries too but due to isolation and not being able to get a deliver slot I have been unable to get them in time for this post to show you. What is your favourite breakfast and why?



Lunch:

For Lunch, I had some sausage meatballs I had made using pork sausage and taking the meat out and rolling it into balls. I then created a sauce out of one onion, garlic, chilli, salt, pepper, oregano, red pepper, tomato puree, a hint of ketchup and tinned tomatoes. when this is all combined together it really does taste amazing. I had this on a bed of lettuce and had some yellow pepper with it. What do you like to eat for lunch?



Snack:

For my snack, I had a Nakd bar in the carrot cake flavour. This is my favourite one of the Nakd bars but I do have to say I do enjoy the original cashew cookie. What is your all-time snack of choice?



Dinner:

For my dinner, I created my own pizza using a Bfree pizza base, tomato puree, orange pepper, onion, garlic, chilli, cheddar cheese, tuna, a few small pepperoni slices torn up and some mozzarella. This does sound like a lot but I promise I didn't use as much as it sounds and the flavour combinations really worked well. It was cut into eight slices and I enjoyed every bit. (I do apologise as the photo for this is actually the one my sister made as for some reason the photo I took of mine has gone) What's your favourite pizza topping? 



Dessert:

For my dessert, I made some gluten-free flowerless brownies, I will link the recipe here. They are amazing to eat and they do not take to much time or effort and are really enjoyable warm and keep up to three days. I warmed two up and served them with a scoop of carte dor vanilla ice-cream. If you could pick only one dessert to have for the rest of your life what would it be and why?



Drinks:

For drinks I had a glass of Banana milkshake with my breakfast,  a cup of twinings buttermint tea mid-morning, water throughout the day and with my dinner I had a glass of pink lemonade. I try not to drink to much fizzy drink throughout the day and like to drink water (However I do need to drink more water throughout the day). What is your favourite drink? 



Hope you have enjoyed this blog post and do let me know what your favourite dishes are. I do like to hear from you. Look forward to getting back into posting on this blog. 

Much Love,
Kayleigh x

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

5 Ingredient - Flourless - Gluten Free Brownies



Hello everybody,
Today I want to share with you an amazing recipe I have created to make the perfect fudgy brownie without using flour. This recipe is perfect for those who can't eat wheat or gluten but is also perfect for those who can eat wheat and gluten but do not have any flour at home for multiple reasons. They do not take too long to cook and are very tasty. I will be trying to make a blondie version soon and when I do I will let you know, but you could alternatively just substitute milk chocolate for white chocolate or if you like a rich brownie you can substitute it for dark chocolate. These are decadent and really are a wonderful recipe. This recipe is really easy to make and is amazing to try and is fairly quick to make - 5 minutes to make - 30 minutes to cook.

Ingredients:
1/2 Cup of butter
1 Cup of chocolate (broken/chips)
3 Eggs
1/2 Cup of caster sugar
1/4 cup cocoa power

Method;

1 - Preheat your oven to gas mark 4 - 177oC - 350oF.

2- Line your 8x8 tray (can work in other trays down to personal preference) with greaseproof paper. 

3- Put the butter and chocolate in a microwaveable bowl and heat for two minutes checking and stirring every 15 seconds to avoid burning.

4- Mix together the eggs and sugar until combines.

5- Add the egg and sugar mix to the melted butter slowly (I did this in four roughly equal parts) and ensure it is combined with no lumps.

6- Add in the cocoa powder in small parts and combine together to ensure it is mixed with no lumps.

7- Cook in the oven for 30 minutes (you can also check using a skewer to see if it comes out clean).

8- Leave to cool in the tray for 10-15 minutes.

9- Take out of the tray and leave to cool before cutting into squares (or however you want to serve them). 

10- Enjoy.




I served mine with Vanilla ice cream but can be served with whatever you would prefer. This really is a lovely recipe and I am definitely going to keep on making these.


Let me know if you make these and what you think. I love hearing from you, till next time,
Many thanks,
Kayleigh x

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Gluten free and Me Quiz night - My friends


                                                                 


Hello everybody,

Today's post is going to be fairly short as I have become very busy on a Tuesday, with still having to work (from home due to shielding), blogging, scheduling videos and getting ready for a quiz with my friends. 

We have found out that we can not go to our usual annual gathering (Summer in the city/ Social in the city), A youtube convention we go to where we all actually met. I miss them dearly but this is a way we are able to get to see each other in the safety of our own houses! If I'm honest I don't know why we haven't done this before but I feel we will make it a thing to regularly check up on each other etc. I've almost made it my thing to message the group at least once a day to see how they all are (That's just my caring nature I guess).

These people have become a close unit and it is so nice we met and I am going to make sur4e that as soon as corona has gone that we find a time we can all meet due to the fact we will not be able to go to our usual event in August. I will add some photos here from my friends that I took last year as they are amazing and I really do miss them. (Some of my friends for some reason I didn't get a photo on my camera with but we definitely will do when we next meet)! 









Also, my friends made some SITC vlogs on youtube so I will also link their videos here cause honestly they hold some really good memories and I really do miss them and when I get high levels of anxiety they will always help me.

RandomJosh,  He is amazing at makeup and he is known as my highlight queen. He is one of my closest friends and we have a great laugh together! He is honestly amazing so go check out his channel. One of the OG peachy crew members.

Lecosanne, She is such a kind-hearted person and has some amazing videos on youtube. She also does a lot now on animal crossing which is great if you're like me and don't have it yet.

Nukemz, He is so kind and funny and still calls me Tescogirl (Watch his video to see more) and his videos are great, He does a lot of videos on Pokemon and it is very interesting. 

RSRobSenior, He is such a wonderful human, he has some amazing videos and he is an actual inspiration to me. His videos are so homely and perfect for watching at any time.

HarrietteRose, She is one of the kindest soles I have met, always supportive and will always make sure you are okay, she has created some of the most wonderful videos and has recently posted about her time in India and It was amazing and made me feel there.

ModernDayGeek, he is so great he is honest and a great friend to me. He may not have posted a video in a while but still, check his channel as he is so kind and amazing.

Harri, One of my longest friends, I have known Harri for many many years and we have been through a lot. His videos are very honest and may have also not posted in a while but definitely check him out.

Amber-Grace, One of my peaches, she is honestly so kind and funny and has also got some videos up on youtube so feel free to check her out. 

Nikomasarin, Another member of the peachy crew, he may not have youtube but he has an amazing TikTok account and he definitely makes people laugh such a kind heart.

Thank you so much for taking your time to read this blog it has been so much fun writing this and I will see you all again soon,
much love,
Kayleigh x

Monday, May 11, 2020

Coeliac Awareness week - Gluten free food

Hello everybody,

Today marks the start of the gluten-free awareness week and a lot of shops have a good amount of food out to show what gluten-free is and I have to say some of the foods seem amazing and some of them may be hard to get normally. Coeliac awareness week aims to raise awareness about coeliac disease. This is a week acknowledged by many and is sponsored by Coeliac UK, an organization which provides a unit of support for people who have coeliac disease, I will add a link to there page here.

Coeliac disease is an autoimmune disease why the symptoms are triggered by gluten. Gluten is a substance that is found in wheat, barley and rye. People can react to wheat in different ways (not everyone who has a reaction from wheat is coeliac - some may be intolerant like me). 
Symptoms can include:
- Bowel and digestion - constipation, diarrhoea and excessive flatulence/wind
- gastrointestinal symptoms - these may include nausea and vomiting, and discomfort from bloating, cramping and stomach pain
-weight loss
- fatigue and headaches
- depression
-rashes on the skin
- osteoporosis
- pain in the bone and joints
deficiencies in folic acid, iron or vitamin B12
- neurologically based issues including ataxia (poor muscle coordination) and neuropathy (numbness and tingling in feet and hands)


 Now one place I know that sells very little when it comes to gluten-free and that is Aldi and I have seen some amazing foods being sold in Aldi for this awareness week. Aldi has brought out a lot of foods in their stores that are very tasty and definitely worth sharing with people. If you are able to go to Aldi then this is some great information for you. I will add photos here and also write what it is so you know for if you are wanting any of these products (disclaimer - the photos were not taken by me as I am unable to leave the house due to shielding).

 Gluten-free Fajita kits - very tasty!
 Gluten-free white ciabatta- perfect for toasties.
 Gluten-free flavour mixes - these are amazing I have used a fair few of these and I loved them taste just like what I used to eat.
 gluten-free bread selection
 Gluten-free white bread - perfect for many different things.
 Gluten-free cake mixes and bars - the cake mixes are divine.
 Gluten-free pitta and wraps - Honestly some of the best I have had.
 Gluten-free snowballs - these are great marshmallow, chocolate and coconut.


I hope this post has been helpful and I will be making sure if I see anything else that will be of any help I will ensure to create a post to help. Please do feel free to share this with people who may need to see this as it is important during these times that we are supporting each other and helping people know where to get the foods we can eat from. Stay safe and till next time,
Much love,
Kayleigh x



Sunday, May 10, 2020

10 Facts About Gluten Free and Me



Hello everybody,

I hope you are all well, Firstly I want to thank you for all the wonderful comments on my blog so far, I read through the all and am eternally grateful! Today I thought it would be a great idea to let you know a little bit more about me (As this blog is about being gluten-free and about me in general). I thought this was also a great idea as I have only really done posts on gluten-free things and haven't done much on the 'me' side of the blog.  You all would be aware my name is Kayleigh from my previous post and will obviously know I am gluten-free to the nature of this blog. I hope you enjoy this blog post.

1: How long have I been gluten-free?

I Have been gluten-free for around 4 years now since the end of my first year of university.

2: What is your favourite thing to eat?

I have always had an extremely sweet tooth, but I have to say I do enjoy pasta! I could eat pasta for every meal (Which I did actually do years ago)
 


3: What is my favourite colour?

My favourite colour is actually a pale blue colour known as duck egg blue, I just love it.
 


4: What is my favourite ice cream flavour?

My favourite ice-cream favour has to be mint choc chip or strawberry. However, when I went to Cornwall back in July/August 2019 I had a gluten-free ice cream cone with toffee ice cream and that was just insane - so good.

5: Have I ever had any pets?

Yes, I have had a fee pets when I was younger, I've had a goldfish, A rabbit, A tank of fish eventually for a while and now I have a wonderful dog called Misty.
 


7: What has been the best thing to happen to you since going gluten-free?

The best thing to have happened has to be the fact I am no longer in the same amount of pain I used to be in - I do have mistakes at times where I am still in pain but it is nowhere near as bad as it used to be and for that I am thankful.

8: What is my favourite sport?

My favourite sport has to be ice-skating I trained when I was younger and got to level 6/10 and I just loved every minute of it and I have to say when I was at uni I went skating often with my friends and also taught them the basics so they can skate and join in. 


9:What university did you go too?

I went to Oxford Brookes University for four years. I got two degrees - three years to do an Early childhood studies degree and then a year to do a PGCE in primary teaching. I loved every minute of it. 



10: If you could relive a year of your life what would it be?

I think it would be my first or second year of uni, I can never choose between these two. My first year I didn't do much and had a lot of pain but I had many new experiences and met some amazing people and loved my flat and pranks we used to pull. On the other hand, my second year I met some more amazing people but lived in the worst halls (however they were not actually that bad). I met my boyfriend and I also was in less pain due to my gluten-free diet starting. both years had good and bad parts but I can never choose. Although, if I go back to first-year I can redo the second year again I guess.

I hope this was interesting for you to read! If there is anything else you would like to know do be sure to leave me a comment below and I will do another blog post soon with some more interesting facts about me. I am debating on doing posts on my experiences at university would that be something people are interested in? I hope you found this helpful and I look forward to the next post. till then,
Much love,
Kayleigh x

Saturday, May 9, 2020

Morrison's Gluten Free Box Review *Shocking*



Hello everybody,

So recently I received a Morrisons Gluten-free food box and recorded the whole lot for my youtube channel but I also wanted to write a few comments as well as showing some images I forget to link in my video which were just disgusting! I have made a link here to take you to the youtube video so be sure to check it out. It was not what I expected or wanted from my order and was not great.

So my deliver arrived and I was hoping for the best. I did find it od that DPD delivered it but he stuck to social distancing, was very kind and the box was spotless so there were no errors on his part so I have to say I was pleased by that. So I had my hopes up thinking that it will be an amazing box and for £35 should be good! However, that is where I was wrong.

I opened the box and I had crushed boxes ad crushed veg, The dates on my food were not great and there was a white bag (Which was extremely heavy) in the box. So as you would I picked it up thinking wow they must have given me a lot of decent food and then was trying to overthink the other serious issues. From this, I opened up the pack to see some "insulation" which was obviously needed to keep the chilled products fresh. However, when I opened it it was disgusting, I got a waft of what smelt like a dirty pigs pen like it smelt bad. The insulation which is normally white foam type material was brown squishy mushy smelly wool. I understand wool can be a good form of insulation but having git clean would have been nice. Then looking in the bag I got out my meat which was on a poor date I had to use it all in a few days and then I found three huge ice blocks. I will insert pictures here of what it looked like I was just horrified by it!



I then looked up how much the food items in the box cost and it came to around £30, which isn't too bad but again it never said online when I ordered the box that it was £5 for the delivery (it does now say this however on the website). The box was not satisfactory at all it was disappointing and half the food I got I didn't want to risk, I already have a weak stomach I don't want to make it worse. 

A while later after getting upset about it (which I shouldn't have done), I went to open the chicken which I put in the pile of should be okay to use and oh my goodness it really wasn't! The smell of ammonia coming of that meat made me sick. I'm just concerned the rest of the food was not safe. I haven't been feeling great since if I'm honest but I can't say it definitely is to do with the box or not. 

If someone was to ask me if they should get the box I would say no definitely not. it's supposed to be enough food for two people for a week and there wasn't even enough for one, there wasn't exactly food options for meals just odd bits. This is really sad as I am struggling to get delivery to get the products I need and this was really my only hope and I cant use this. I can't go to the shop to get food as I have to shield and this is proving to be very difficult now 6 weeks into lockdown. I know there are people out there that have it much worse and I understand I'm not going to overthink I'm just disappointed. Morrisons have lost my custom and I am sharing this word so no one else gets scammed by it. As if this note they leave will make things better, It was so awful.
I hope this review cam is useful for you all and like I said I linked the youtube video to the post but the video I made it look a bit better and I don't know how and I also missed parts out. I have messaged Morrisons and when they will reply i will give an update on what is said. until then stay safe and well.
Much love,
Kayleigh

Friday, May 8, 2020

The Perfect Gluten Free Burger





Hello Everybody,
I hope you are all well and are feeling positive today. For today's post, I thought it would be a great idea to show you the recipe I use to create the most perfect burgers of all time! I love this recipe and feel that it is so full of flavour and gives a great change to dinner time. It is always important to ensure your food is full of flavour and this recipe is definitely one to give you a taste explosion in your mouth. I have found cooking to be my saviour during this crazy time and it is certainly fun and keeps you busy. Just a little extra note, The amount of seasoning can be adjusted depending on personal preference but I am going to write down exactly what I used and give you the steps to making it.

Ingredients:
500g of minced beef
1 onion finely chopped
2 cloves of garlic finely cut
1 teaspoon of chopped chilli
2 tablespoons of ketchup
2 tablespoons of tomato puree
1 tablespoon gluten-free mustard
2 Gluten-free stock cubes (vegetable)
2 tablespoons of gluten-free pesto
2 tablespoons of pepper
1/2 tablespoon of salt
2 tablespoons of mixed herbs
60g of cheese (Mature)
1 teaspoon of coconut oil


Method

1)  Make sure everything is out and ready to be used.

2) Pre-heat the oven to gas mark 5 - 190 oC - 375 oF

3) Put the mince into a large bowl and add the finely chopped onion, garlic and chilli.



4)  Add on the mustard, tomato puree and ketchup


5) Then add the gluten-free stock cubes crumbles


6) Put the gluten-free pesto into the bowl


7) Put in the pepper, salt and mixed herbs to the mixture

8) Combine all of the ingredients together till it makes a ball 


9) Divide the mixture into 6 smaller balls


10) Put one of the 6 balls into your hand and flatten slightly, add a small 10g portion of cheese to the burger.


11) Reform the ball with the cheese in the middle them shape into a burger shape.


12) Put the coconut oil into the pan and let it melt before adding the burger.


13) Fry the burger till brown on both sides before transferring it to a tray to go into the oven,


14) Cook the burgers in the oven for a further 5-10 minutes until cooked through.


15) Take out of the oven and put into a gluten-free bread roll and add you favourite burger toppings.


16)Enjoy - The burgers can be kept in the fridge for 3 days (if they last that long).  

These burgers are just fabulous and I did add the burgers to the bread rolls I made using flower and whites bread mix. They tasted amazing and are definitely something that I want to do again as they were so tasty and it is great you can keep them in the fridge for a few days so you can have them when you're ready. Also, they would really work well if you were having a BBQ as the flavour would be added to. If you do try these out be sure to let me know and let me know what you think. It is important to me that I can eat a nice meal that is safe for me to avoid any pain that is also so full of flavour.

Much love,
Kayleigh