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I am a mum of 3 young children, married to a fellow northerner. I am a passionate cook with an unwavering goal to create inspiring gluten-free food for my family. The rest is all down to this little man shown in the photo, our middle child, William.
At the age of 18 months William was diagnosed with coeliac disease. When you get the diagnosis, an immediate strict life long gluten-free diet must be followed with no compromise. We were due to attend a children’s birthday party the very next day which reaffirmed how quickly we needed to change his diet and ultimately our families lifestyle. It was both daunting and stressful in terms of what changes needed to be made.
This is a short video I made, which won a national video competition run by Coeliac UK, describing our experience of William being diagnosed with coeliac disease and the changes post diagnosis.
The recipes evolved over a period of time allowing us to truly understand what kind of recipes worked for a newly diagnosed family and what areas of his life were important to cover so that he did not miss out or feel different.
Can I Eat It? is designed to allow families to eat inspiring food together regardless of this auto-immune disease and help families through the early days after diagnosis.
The title of the book was an easy decision as it is something William says over and over on a daily basis to make sure he isn’t going to eat something that will hurt him. I wanted to be able to answer “yes” every time.
Can I Eat It? includes information about coeliac disease, my top 20 cupboard essentials to get you started, family main meals, desserts, tasty snacks, school lunch box ideas and party treats (which for a child is an integral part of their busy little lives).
Whilst the majority of people that write recipe books work with a team of skilled people, Can I Eat It? is entirely my own creation. I planned my recipes, made them, fine tuned them, tested them on many guinea pigs, created the food styling, photographed them, designed my book, created the e-book and finally my website. My book was written whilst juggling our 3 young children and running our own business so usually one or more of the children were clinging on to my ankles or trying to remove parts of the recipes as I photographed them! You can imagine the stress levels!
My vision: I want to help many families in similar situations to ours.
The video below tells the story behind my book.
Coeliac disease is one of the most common lifelong diseases in the Western world, with approximately 1 in 100 people living with the condition. It is notoriously difficult to diagnose, is incurable and can only be managed with a strict lifelong diet. When a child is diagnosed with coeliac disease, it is both daunting for the parent and frustrating for the child, who can feel excluded and different from their peers.
The book covers:
Information about coeliac disease
My top 20 cupboard essentials to get you started
Rise and shine – Healthy breakfast recipes
Tummy rumblers – Snack time treats
School lunch box – No droopy sandwiches in sight!
Main family meals – Family favourites
Mmm…dessert – Everybody needs pud
Party time! – Let’s celebrate!
The gluten-free aisles in supermarkets are thankfully ever expanding, but removing gluten can be a costly process for manufacturers and that is reflected in the price of many of the products. Wherever possible these recipes use naturally gluten-free ingredients, showing that many standard products in the shops and supermarkets can be incorporated to create inspiring and exciting solutions.
The recipes are created to appeal to everyone, not just those with coeliac disease. The books title stems from the question my little boy has posed at least once a day since he was diagnosed with coeliac disease at 18 months, ‘Can I Eat It?’ and now the answer to that is, ‘Yes William, you can’.
The book is available to download from Amazon here http://amzn.to/1bOo8yz.