Vicki Montague of freefromfairy.com
Hi, I am Vicki. Mum, scientist (degree in biochemistry and genetics), lover of healthy delicious food, creator of recipes that everyone can enjoy and IBS sufferer!
I have two children, a 5 year old boy and 7 year old girl, who was diagnosed with coeliac disease just before her third birthday (and previously had allergies to dairy milk protein and egg). The road to the coeliac diagnosis took a year. The doctors 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.
Since diagnosis she has continued to have some symptoms that the consultant has insisted are nothing to do with dairy, despite me suspecting them to be. He kept telling me to keep feeding her dairy and that she had IBS! Finally in April 2013 I decided to remove dairy from her diet as a test. Although this was not appreciated by my daughter, the results were almost immediate and she is no longer bothered about having cows milk!
Anyway, she inspired me to start a 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!
I have suffered with IBS since my late teens (and am currently trying the Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD) to rid me of it and related issues) and 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.
Along with my website, I offer advice and support to individuals with food allergies, intolerances or coeliac disease as well as to businesses wishing to cater for these people. If you would like to contact me to discuss how I can help you please email me on firstname.lastname@example.org specifying whether you are looking for individual advice and support or whether you are a business looking to cater for people with restrictions to their diet. Where possible I provide my advice and support for free.
For Vicki's blog, delicious recipes, reviews, places to eat, cookery lessons and plenty of useful information, check out Vicki's website at www.freefromfairy.com
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If you want a nut free version then leave the nut butter out. I did until this week and they were still lovely. I make my own almond nut butter by activating my nuts (soaking them in lightly salted water for 24 hours, then drying them in a very low oven for about 8 – 12 hours) then whizzing them in the blender or food processor. You can of course buy it too! Activated nuts, however, are much easier to digest than those that haven't gone though this process…
I hope your kids and family enjoy these as much as we do! They are so simple…no need for buying ready made ones full of 'muck'!!
Savoury Tomato and Herb Scones
If you leave out the dark chocolate these contain no refined sugar and are packed full of antioxidants