From being a teenager I have always suffered from Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and controlled it through diet but once I hit the menopause it really flared up again.
Cutting out gluten from my diet has definitely sorted it out.
Cooking or making raw food is one of my passions and I used to love baking but had stopped because I just cannot get on with shop bought gluten free flour.
Recently I was chatting to a friend and student of mine Doug Gordon who is the most amazing cook and he recommended a book called Divine Vegan Desserts and told me about a recipe in it to make gluten free flour – just what I’d been looking for!!
The first thing I tried (actually not in the book) was a recipe for Sticky Toffee Pudding which I had been dying to try for ages and it was delicious so light and although I’m not saying you should but even after a massive piece you hardly feel like you’ve eaten anything.
Gluten Free Sticky Toffee Pudding
Ingredients for the gluten free flour:
1/2 cup of cornflour
1/2 cup Tapioca flour
1/2 cup potato starch
1/2 cup rice flour
1/4 cup chickpea (besan) flour
1/4 cup buckwheat flour
You can make more and substitute it into any recipe and if it requires self-raising flour just add 1tsp of baking powder per 9 oz of flour.
Mentioning passions of mine makes me think of my cat Derfel (see below – isn’t he gorgeous) who was recently was not reacting well to the food that I was feeding him from the vets, he kept being sick and I knew I’d wormed him I just couldn’t work it out but I was pretty sure it had something to do with what he was eating.
It made me question why I was spending so much time and taking so much care of what I put into my own body and letting him eat such processed and unnatural food.
Then quite by accident, I was put in touch with a lady who had just started a franchise for a local business based in Bolton who makes food for dogs mainly but also for cats.
Its got loads of goodies in it without all of the nasty additives that even the food from the vets is full of, my cat loves it and I feel as though I’m looking after him like I look after myself.
If you are interested they provide a personal service dropping your food off at your home and they do samples for the dog food too so you can try it.
To get in touch with them just click on this link http://www.heightsfarmpetfoods.co.uk