Hi, I am Vicki.
Mum, scientist (2:1 Honours degree in biochemistry and genetics), lover of healthy delicious food, creator of recipes that everyone can enjoy, blogger, nutritional therapist and IBS sufferer!
I have two children, a 6 year old boy (‘Pickle’) and 8 year old girl (‘Roo’), who was diagnosed with coeliac disease just before her third birthday (and previously had allergies to dairy milk protein and egg). They are often found in the kitchen helping out and creating recipes.
The road to the coeliac diagnosis took a year. A year when I had a new baby to look after and my daughter was so weak and tired that she couldn’t even walk up a flight of stairs on her own or play with her friends. The doctor’s kept telling me there was nothing wrong, or that she had ‘toddler diarrhoea’ but I trusted my instincts and pushed and pushed until they finally tested her.
I wrote about the day she was diagnosed with coeliac disease here if you would like to read it.
Roo inspired me to start this blog to share quick, simple, tried and tested recipes and information with other people who have limitations to their diets or have kids with limitations to their diets.
I believe that with some kitchen experimenting everyone can eat delicious, healthy and nutritious food and nobody needs to feel left out. All of my recipes are gluten-free, most are dairy-free and many are free from other allergens and irritants too (they are all labelled fully).
I am very passionate about creating free from food that is better for you. Whenever I make treats I significantly reduce the sugar they contain, or use sugar-alternatives. I gave up eating sugar in February 2016 and my IBS is significantly better.
I have suffered with IBS since my late teens and have tried a lot of different diets and remedies in my quest to find a happy tummy.
I have learnt a lot about food and the effect it has on the body during this time. I hope what I have learnt is useful to others.
Roo is now at the age where she can help to review products for coeliacs and I hope to share these with you…giving you a unique child’s perspective of products, restaurants etc that she can enjoy.
In 2015 I passed an AfN certified course (level 3 & 4) in nutrition, allowing me to practice as a nutritional therapist. I use my knowledge to ensure that all of my recipes are as nutritious as possible. I firmly believe that you are what you eat.
Along with creating recipes for my blog, I work with companies and magazines to create bespoke recipes that are attractive to their customers. I also provide freelance writing and social media support and accept products for review that fit with the ethos of my blog.
Some of my clients to date have been Holland & Barrett, Tesco, ASDA, Waitrose, Stocking Fillers, Silly Yak, Kingswood, The Pastry Room, TREX, Gluten Free Heaven Magazine, Wayfair, Indigo Herbs, Uniform Foodies, Nature’s Path, York Test, Sweetly Stevia, Diabetes.org, Udi’s, Perkier, Glutafin and Baking Heaven Magazine.
Some examples of my work can be found by following the links below:
My recipes and features are often found in Freefrom Heaven magazine and I was interviewed in a recent report by The Grocer about the freefrom sector. I also used to write a monthly column for the Express and Echo newspaper.
I have created a unique gluten-free flour blend made from 70% wholegrain flours and no rice flour. This took years to perfect and test and I now use it for all of my baking and cooking. If you would like to find out more about it and how you can buy it then click here.