About

Gluten free AND vegetarian?!?

Welcome to the world of all things lara friendly (ie both vegetarian and gluten free).

I’m just your average Lara with what I like to consider to be a healthy interest in food.  Ok, so I went to the effort of writing a blog about the stuff, so perhaps my ‘penchant’ is rather stronger than most.

There a few things about me you should know:

I love food.  And not just the eating.  I love to read about it, talk about it, shop for it, photograph it, share it, strategise how to improve my latest kitchen creation.  It’s endless.

Why am I like this?  Well there are probably a number of reasons (some we won’t go into right now), but for the purpose of this here blog:

I’m a vegetarian. 

That’s right, a real ol’ tree hugger, a hippie (as an ex-housemate once joked – notice the term “ex-housemate” there!! 😉 )  So no meat for me, or indeed any of these disguised meaty bits like gelatine, and before you ask, there is no temptation from a bacon sarnie, no matter how hard you try.

I don’t eat fish either.  I used to consider veggie who ate fish as just picky, rather than vegetarian.  But as you continue reading, I may one day turn away from this (ah-hem, self-righteous) opinion.

Part of my motivation behind this blog is to try and blow away any myths about vegetarian diets being boring, nutritionally deficient, or conversely, a healthy lifestyle.  Vegetarianism is not just about lentils and lettuce leaves.

 

And just when you thought it couldn’t get any worse…

I’m celiac (pronounced see-li-ack).  Translating this into our lingua franca: I can’t eat wheat, barley or rye.  I have waved goodbye to bread, cake, pizza, pasta and all sorts of other tasty treats like brown sauce, soy sauce, hula hoops, oxo cubes (maybe not so tasty in its own right?!), this list goes on and on and on.  I know what you’re thinking, and I agree, I am a bit of a pain in the arse when it comes to eating out.

Back in January 2011, the NHS kindly established me as a gluten free zone, and apart from the occasional mishap, I have remained in this state ever since.  I’m not going to lie, it has been tough, really tough at times…

…the mouthwatering smells and sounds of breaking into a freshly baked baguette, hot out the oven.  It’s golden brown and crusty on the outside, soft and fluffy on the inside, heavenly scented and just waiting for you to rip off a chunk.  It’s just sods law that our biology allows the sights and smells alone can throw our salivary glands into action.  And I’ll tell you something for free, it’s bloody hard to resist.

However, it has been an education.  Not only to me, but to my friends and family as they struggle to cater to my somewhat limited dietary requirements.  It really makes you think about what is hidden in our food.

In spite of being stuck between the proverbial rock of vegetarian and hard place of celiac-ness(?!) I am choosing to view my diet as an opportunity, a challenge, to prove that it is possible to really enjoy wheat-fee, meat-free food, both in my own kitchen and out and about living life.

That’ll do for now, so you can get back to perusing your way through my take on food and life.  It’s pretty darn marvellous, the bee’s knees, top notch, “steak sauce”, etc etc.  Not that I’m biased in any way!

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One Response to “About”

  1. Kimberley May 31, 2012 at 3:57 pm #

    Thank god you can still eat cheese!!!

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