Welcome to my blog, through which I hope to be able to share my experiences of gluten free cooking, baking, experimenting and eating.
When my daughter was diagnosed (age 6) with Coeliac Disease, our world of eating changed overnight. From breads, pastry and pasta to cakes, biscuits and puddings.......... suddenly most of what we knew was 'off the menu'. I think I must have tested every available gluten free product on the market, seeking out replacements to try and keep things as normal as possible. I was disappointed to find that what was available was often dry, crumbly and flavourless.
Not one to shy away from a challenge, I decided to turn my kitchen into a laboratory, turn all I knew about cooking on its head and start creating!

Wednesday, 20 May 2015

Travelling Gluten Free (& With Kids)

Tips & Tricks for Travelling Gluten Free

With the holiday season upon us, I wanted to share with you my thoughts on travelling gluten free and how to survive the experience when you have a GF child in tow...... This post is also saved as a separate page for easy reference in the future and can be accessed via the menu at the top of the blog.

I have had some problems with the Google search engine and appear to have been 'deleted' (as at July 2015). In an attempt to discover why, I have read a number of articles. It would appear that one of the issues may be 'duplicate content' which can lead to delisting. 

When this post was first published, I had duplicated it as a permanent page separately in order to enable easy reference to readers in the future. Unfortunately, it may be that this has contributed to the search engine problem and as a result, I have decided to delete the original post that was here and instead link it to the duplicate permanent page which you can access either from the menu above or from here. The content is identical!

I linked this post with Brilliant Blog Posts over at Honest Mum

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  1. Some great hints and tips here. The coeliac travel card are great. I've even used them in UK restaurants before when I know the restaurant doesn't know much English. I always take a few eat natural or nakd bars with me too, find they survive both cold, heat and wet weather reasonably well for when in need!
    You are super organised to plan so well.

    1. Thanks Katie. I've never used the cards in the UK before.... Good thinking!!!
      The Nak'd and Eat Natural Bars are fab I agree and do seem capable of taking quite a battering in and out of bags along the way!

  2. This is a great post - I didn't know about the cards and the toaster bags. We don't have to worry about gluten though we do have to worry about vegetarian and Sylvia's peanut allergy. If I stay at a B and B I check about vegetarian. However the best laid plans can go awry and serendipity sometimes steps in. On our last holiday I looked for a nice place with good veg options and when we got there it had no atmosphere so we walked on and found a great place to eat with lots of good options for everyone. And we have the problem of being able to find nice vegetarian food in a cafe but it is not something that Sylvia will eat, esp as kids menus are usually all meat. I find that small tins of baked beans are good nutrient rich convenient food to take with us and I love self catering options these days.

    1. Thanks Johanna. The cards are fab! Baked Beans are definitely worth having too...... You can usually buy them (or a local equivalent) wherever you are (although that's where reading ingredients lists comes in very handy for a double check)!

  3. What a brilliant and insightful post, I'm sure many people will find this immensely useful. My boyfriend is a vegetarian so I am used to doing a lot of research before visiting a foreign country to scope out suitable restaurants. It really does pay off!

    1. Thank you Kat. I have been wanting to write it for ages..... I hope it is useful to those who might need it.....
      Research is so important and so worth the extra time and effort!


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