A couple of weeks ago I found out that my little blog has been nominated for an Allergy Blog Award. My first reaction was ‘What me?’ ‘Really?’ ‘Did they get that right?’…. I was genuinely shocked. The Allergy Blog Awards are very special….. they are specific in their recognition of allergy bloggers across the UK who blog in relation to all allergies, eczema, asthma, hay fever and food nutrition. So to be nominated is a privilege and an honour.
The Gluten Free Alchemist blog has been nominated in two categories : Free From Recipes and Most Innovative. Having looked at the short-list, I feel very humbled to be in there….. there are some incredible bloggers nominated for the awards, including some of my favourites : The Free From Fairy, Le Coin De Mel, The Free From Farmhouse and The Peachicks Bakery. Looking down the list, there are also some fantastic looking blogs that I had not known about previously, but will most definitely be visiting to take a closer look.
In addition to a huge sense of pride, there is also a part of me that feels a little embarrassed to be in the list…… I don’t see what I do as anything special. I cook and bake gluten free because I live in a Coeliac household and this is what we eat. I am determined to cook the best food that I can, refuse to accept that being gluten free should mean anything ‘less’ and am resolute in my attempts to find a way to replicate and even improve as many traditionally gluten-based recipes that I can. Most importantly, I want my daughter to feel confident about being Coeliac and to know that she never ever has to miss out on food that her friends take for granted.
I blog because I can (fitting it in around a full-time day job). I spend time developing, making and testing recipes and it seems selfish to keep them to ourselves……. My blog is also, importantly the recipe book for my daughter’s future….
This beautiful girl is my inspiration. She won’t thank me for saying it….. she is just a normal kid…. the picture of health….. full of energy, vibrant, clever, creative, determined, stubborn and feisty. She is also Coeliac.
Writing a Blog
When Miss GF was first diagnosed, there were very few gluten free products in the supermarkets. What there was tended to be dry, crumbly, gritty, tasteless and quite unpleasant to eat. My response was not to resign her to a life of eating ‘cardboard’, but to dust off the baking pans, read as much as I could about the principles of baking gluten free and get down to experimenting. Little by little, the ‘brick’ pizzas, loaves and cakes became edible and then good……. but without a committed motivation for writing the recipes down, most of them got forgotten.
My little blog was born out of a necessity to find a way of ensuring a record of what I made. It is my gift to my daughter…… recipes passed on for her future, from mother to daughter…… but in so doing, we share with the world in the hope that others may also benefit from what we learn along the way (and hopefully get to eat some really yummy stuff too).