Caleigh - the Gluten Free[k]
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Caleigh has lived with active Crohn's disease for half her life, and with active coeliac disease for the last
Managing two digestive diseases can be complicated, confusing and frustrating, however, it can also be rewarding. Although life with Crohn's Disease and Coeliac Disease is far from straightforward, it has taught me that I have far more strength and perseverance that I would ever have believed.
I have found other bloggers to be a rich source of information and inspiration, so I decided to collaborate with them to inspire others at Christmas-time. I challenged a group of gluten free (and gluten free friendly) bloggers to come up with recipe ideas or product reviews for all those Christmas favourites that Coeliacs usually miss out on. It was a resounding success and before the 12 days were over, people were asking for another challenge!
Buoyed by the glowing feedback from "Free From & Festive", in March, I invited a bloggers to post a gluten free recipe using oranges as the main ingredient. The idea was to create a dish based on a key ingredient and a few restrictions - in March, the recipes had to be dairy free and free from almonds, chestnuts and hazelnuts - as well as being gluten free. Twelve bloggers took part and each posted an original recipe, each different from the next, and together we produced a catalogue of dairy-free, tree nut-free and gluten free dishes, both sweet and savoury. At that, The Great Gluten Free Recipe Challenge was born! I hope to organise bi-monthly recipe challenges, involving as many gluten free bloggers as I can in order to motivate others into the kitchen, the same way that all the blogs I read motivated me.
By using web forums and social media, I have discovered that the Coeliac community and the IBD community are incredibly caring and supportive, and I have met some inspirational people who I am pleased to call my friends, and was honoured to be asked to judge in the 2012 FreeFrom Food Awards. While I would probably change the physical symptoms of these two autoimmune diseases, I am not so sure I would want to change the experiences I have had because of them.
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1.5kg chicken, jointed and skinned
Marinate the chicken in the lemon juice, garlic, ginger, salt, black pepper, roasted curry powder and chilli powder, for at least an hour (overnight if possible).
Roasted curry powder
gently roast in a dry pan, stirring often to prevent it from burning. When the rice has turned brown, it's ready. Cool, then grind into powder with mortar and pestle. (This will keep in an airtight container for a few months.)
Preheat your oven to 160°C. Heat the oil in an oven-proof dish and add beef. Fry for 1-2 minutes until browned and add the spices and salt and fry for another minute. Add the water and bring to the boil, cover and place in the oven for 2-3 hours, until the beef is tender, and most of the liqiud has evaporated. Remove from the oven and shred the beef using two forks.
240g mango, pureed
Preheat your oven to its highest temperature and boil the kettle. Mix 2 tbsps of mango puree with the cornflour until there are no lumps. In a large bowl, combine the rest of the mango puree, coconut cream, caster sugar and cornflour mixture until smooth.
Makes about 12 cookies
250g unsweetened peanut butter (an organic, chunky one is ideal)
Combine all ingredients until well mixed.