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Gluten free potato farls

This post was first published on 5th June 2016 & has since been updated & republished. Every year for the past few years, my family have packed up a weeks’ worth of clothes and a car full of dogs and driven somewhere for a holiday sometime during the summer. This year, ten of us (and two dogs) piled into two cars and drove to Dingle, Co. Kerry (via Holyhead). I love this week away – I’m so not normally a wet-dogs-sand-between-my-toes-getting-freckles in-the-sunshine kind of girl, but somehow, for that week, I run about in jeans and bare feet and and

7 tips for free-from travel

Most people love to travel – I certainly do. But finding vegan & gluten-free food can be difficult when I’m on the road. Language barriers, unfamiliar brands & a carefree attitude can all make it feel like finding free-from food is too hard. I’ve made mistakes on more than one occasion, and ended up missing out on a few days of my holiday because I’m holed up in the bathroom. As the summer holidays are coming up & it feels like everyone is about to jet off on their own travels, here are some tips on avoiding allergens when travelling:

Millet porridge | Is millet gluten-free?

I love eating porridge for breakfast – even in this weather! When I’ve got a busy day on my feet (usually when I’m onsite shooting food photography for clients), I need something a little more robust than a smoothie or a cereal bar. With more bite than traditional porridge, millet is a great gluten-free alternative to oats. Millet has a deeper flavour than oats, which is why I’ve added other strong flavour components in this recipe. Vanilla, maple syrup & dried fruit make the porridge sweet overall. Tart berries & zesty mint in my quick compote cut through that sweetness

What's in season in June?

June is packed with fresh fruits and vegetables coming into season. The start of proper summertime in the UK, June is when the hot weather might actually start. Like, shorts-hot, stick-the-fan-on-hot, running-out-for-ice-lollies-hot. Also in June? National donut day. I love donuts, and have published a few recipes for gluten-free and vegan donuts over the years, from a healthy baked coconut version to a not-so-healthy, deep-fried-and-rolled-in-sugar version (pictured). Fried doughnuts remind me of summer days on the Yorkshire coast, where you can buy hot paper bags of fresh-from-the-fryer doughnuts, dredged in crunchy sugar that leaves your face and hands covered in

Recipe for Gluten-Free Chocolate Brownies

Tis post was first published on 17 April 2017 and was updated & republished on 25 May 2019 Gluten-free baking can be tricky. Getting a light and airy sponge or a soft and bouncy loaf is damn hard without the magic of gluten. Brownies, though, brownies are a whole different story. I always think gluten-free baking lends itself well to the things that are supposed to be a little bit soggy (moist, if you like). Lemon drizzle is excellent without gluten, for example, as are chocolate chip cookies. I have been inundated with birthdays and special occasions this month –

Health food shops in Leeds

I publish a lot of recipes on EatsLeeds, and while I have a philosophy of using fresh, seasonal and easy-to-find ingredients where possible, some vegan & gluten-free dishes really need something a bit harder to find. Where a recipe does include more obscure ingredients, I’ve usually linked to where you can buy it on Amazon (which is usually the cheapest option). You can generally pick up most of these ingredients in larger supermarkets, too. If you prefer to support local businesses, a health-food store is usually the best place to find more unusual ingredients. I often note in a recipe

Vegan coronation chicken alternative: coronation chickpeas

This vegan alternative to coronation chicken is made with chickpeas and cashews in a twist on the classic. Coronation chicken was invented, so the story goes, for the Queen coronation in 1953. Its the most retro, kitschy ‘50s sandwich filling ever. But. As a vegetarian child of the ‘90s, I never tried that ‘coronation’ flavour growing up: my sarnies were always cheese and tomato or egg mayo, so when I finally discovered coronation sauce in my twenties, it was a taste sensation. A creamy dressing, with very mild and somewhat sweet, very vaugely Indian-style spices. Most coronation recipes call for

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Between the first glimpses of real sunshine, and two bank holiday weekends, May feels a little bit like a holiday after the long, grey British winter. May is the time of year when we really start to see fresh herbs come into season, and can play with fresh flavours and bright dishes. I recently updated this rice & pea salad, which is full of fresh, seasonal herbs & greens. May is also the (unofficial) start of the street food season. With bank holiday weekends, and (hopefully) the start of decent weather, food festivals and other outdoor events begin to pop

rice and pea salad with mint, chives and herbs

This post was first published on 11 May 2016 and was updated & republished on 27 April 2019 This super-fresh pea salad came together as a quick and simple packed lunch option a few weeks ago, using ingredients I had in the house. The mint gives this dish a real feeling of spring. It would work perfectly as a side dish, or part of an early-in-the-season picnic. When I originally posted this recipe, my husband knew I’d been feeling a bit overwhelmed (I was working full time, running this blog, planning a wedding and trying to maintain some semblance of