My Gluten Free Year: 2012

2012 has been a big year for me! Not least because I got married, travelled to some fabulous places on honeymoon and got to go the Olympics & Paralympics. I have also made lots of new gluten-free friends this year via. the magic of twitter and this blog, and of course tried lots of new and exciting gluten free foods.

So in true end-of-year style, here’s my roundup of my most memorable gluten-free eats of 2012.
2012 roundup
January: Banoffee Pie in Verbier
My first time braving a catered chalet since going gluten-free, and what an epic week it was! We started the new year with metres of powder, stunning blue skies; and best of all: a gluten free cake made every day by our chalet host from Crystal. The banoffee pie was just brilliant, even if most of it ended up as part of an ill-conceived drinking game.

February: Cheese Wedding Cake
We had a gorgeous sunny winter wedding, made all the more perfect with a fabulous and entirely gluten-free menu from the Modern Pantry; but what will linger in my guests’ minds was the amazing (and rather pongy) wedding cake made of cheese from Neal’s Yard!

March: The Fergburger in Queenstown
We started our honeymoon in New Zealand – a gluten free nirvana with cake on every stop on our campervan trip!  So many amazing dishes to choose from, but who could forget the gigantic gluten free burger and chips, complete with a bun from the legendary Fergburger in Queenstown?

April: Thai Cookery School in Chiang Mai
Onwards through Asia, and the odd natural disaster. I tried many gorgeous foods in strange locations, but felt truly safe (and soy sauce free) for the first time in the Baan Thai cookery class we took in Chiang Mai where we ate homemade Tom Yum, glass noodles, papaya salad and my bodyweight in mango sticky rice!

May: The Allergy & Free From Show
Blogging started in earnest after discovering a world of gluten free food at the Allergy & Free From Show which introduced me to new staples – can’t-tell-the-difference bread from Fria, which inspired a few interesting kitchen projects; and gorgeous treats from Perk!er.

June: Spring Rolls at Pho
I must have been to Pho at least 4 times in June as the post-honeymoon health-guilt kicked in. Gorgeous rainbow salads and lightly delicious rice rolls were the antidote to all the cake and bread of May.

July: Latitude Festival
Memorable eats for the wrong reasons! A muddy weekend of a rice-cake subsistence diet and a bad glutening inspired me to write my top tips for gluten-free festival goers.

August: Walking and Eating in London
I followed my nose and a whole host of twitter recommendations in August whilst training for my walking marathon, and enjoying the Olympic glow all over London! I saw new parts of the city, and restocked on calories from wonderful Wild Thexton, oh-my-gosh Oliviers and  h’amazing Honest Burgers.

September: Epic Rainbow Cake & Giant Burgers
You’ll just have to watch the videos here and here to see what occupied more time than is healthy in September.

October: Candyfloss Tree at North Road
A case of care and attention breeding delight and loyalty. My second visit to this Michelin starred local was just lovely.

November: Mince Pies
Some might dispute a little early for mince pies, but my colleagues and I munched our way through a large selection to settle once and for all, which was the best!

December: Fruit is not a Pudding
One too many fruit salads for pudding at Christmas parties means that the campaign starts here. Look out for an exciting new online project from me in 2013 – Fruit is not a Pudding!



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