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What to look out for on gluten-free labels

Ask pretty much everyone who reacts badly to gluten and they’ll probably be able to tell you a gastrointestinal horror story about a time they were accidentally ‘glutened’. Its happened to us all, and it is really shitty (in every possible sense of the word). Luckily for us, retailers and manufacturers have a legal responsibility to label ingredients and dishes containing gluten. In the UK at least, gluten is recognised as one of the 14 major allergens and must, therefore, be clearly labelled and highlighted in ingredients lists – they’re usually in bold, ALL-CAPS or underlined. It’s not completely fool-proof,

Vegan & Gluten Free Burgers

Is anyone else 100% over the summer weather & ready for autumn already? Or flat has been like a greenhouse all summer. I know that sunlight is good for you, I know it’s supposed to make you cheerful, but it just makes me sticky and irritable. As a girl who lives for cute wool tights & fluffy socks & cardigans, who has piles of blankets in every room and a hot water bottle with a name, Summer is not my time of year. One thing I am going to miss about summer now that the cold nights are drawing in?

Whats in season in september in the UK?

I see September as more of a new start than the new year. Maybe it’s that back-to-school feeling still haunting me, maybe its because my birthday is in September (marking the beginning of a new year of my life) or maybe its just the gear shift from too-hot-to-do-anything bank-holiday-filled August and into the start of chilly weather and the run-up to Christmas. Whatever the reason, I love that new-beginning feeling that comes in September. I’d rather have slightly-too-cold weather than too hot, any day. September is the season to shake out your woolly tights, kick booted-feet through piles of crispy

Gluten Free Baked Donuts

I haven’t had a glazed doughnut since around 2014, but passing a donut shop in town the other day just gave me a craving for them. Glazed donuts are a sticky, sugary pleasure. They’re also made with wheat flour, eggs & milk – definitely not gluten-free or plant-based. But people avoiding gluten and animal products shouldn’t miss out on the fun. I developed this glazed donut recipe for my sister’s birthday – she loves a classic Krispy Kreme glazed dozen – and it has her seal of approval. These  gluten-free baked donuts have a slightly heavier texture than a regular


When I first made the decision to move to a plant-based diet (and it is still totally a work in progress) I thought I’d find it easy enough. Okay, I knew it wouldn’t be a walk in the park. But, because I was used to food restrictions (being vegetarian & gluten-free already), I kinda thought I’d find it not-too-difficult, at least. I’m used to being awkward at restaurants, bringing emergency snacks wherever I go, and poring over labels and ingredients lists. But crikey, there are a whole bunch more ingredients to worry about when you’re avoiding all animal products. There

Simple Tofu Scramble

I’ve said before that brunch is my favourite meal of the day. Brunch out with mimosas & friends, brunch to share with morning-after-the-night-before gossip, lazy brunch in my pyjamas with coffee and a book. Brunch is the best. However. A really good plant-based and gluten-free brunch can be kinda hard to find. Even if you do track one down, vegan & gluten-free food is often also super healthy food. Don’t get me wrong, I love a good smoothie or a bowl of granola with almond yoghurt but after one too many (gluten-free) pints, mega healthy is probably not at the top

Why go running

I just signed up for a 10k (the AgeUK Leeds Abbey Dash, if anyone wants to join me) and I am not ready for it. Running makes me feel good, but that doesn’t change the fact that my running style is more Pheobe-from-friends than Mo Farrah. When I run, I’m slow and uncoordinated. But I guess, as long as I am running, I’m doing okay. But theres the kicker – as long as I am running. And I’m not always. I have a tendency to give it my all for a few months, miss a run, then miss another one,

Orange, Tomato & Sunflower Seed Salad

This orange, tomato & sunflower seed salad was inspired by a recent conversation with one of my oldest friends. I think we were both lamenting a recent lack of fresh fruits & vegetables in our lives. Has the recent hot weather had anyone else living on a diet of pub snacks, barbecue food and ice lollies? Anyway, she gave me divine inspiration to make something fresh and colourful and tasty and summery. This dish is gorgeous. Like I mean yeah, it tastes delish (that goes without saying for any recipe I post on here). But the bright, jewel-toned colours make

Easy meal-planning method

Living gluten-free and plant-based can be tricky at the best of times, and my number one tip for managing it is to plan, plan, plan (I have a whole post of other tips for going vegan when you’re gluten-free (or vice versa) here). When I’m on top of everything, I like to keep things organised by planning and preparing my meals and food every week. I’ve got my weekly gluten-free & vegan meal planning down to a fine art now. I use a plan/shop/prep method: Plan what you’re going to eat for each meal Write a list & shop for