Hello 2017 & #FreeFromFridays

Welcome back to #FreeFromFridays, peeps! Bye bye 2016, hello 2017… Nothing changed for us in 2016 allergy-wise, but I have high hopes for 2017. After our best ever prick tests (is there such a thing as ‘good’ prick tests?), Jumpy had an appointment with her new consultant, who is proactive in terms of allergy testing and reviewing my little lady’s action plan.

Jumpy had her blood tests done a couple of weeks ago and we are waiting for the results, which will probably determine which food challenges we go for at the hospital. Exciting times, but it is also a painfully slow process (3 months since the prick tests) that could have been done in half a day. Hey ho!

Last month, I collaborated with a team of top UK food bloggers for a bit of a challenge: creating a virtual buffet full of delicious ‘free from’ dishes for Christmas. Most people would have gone for gluten-free or dairy-free. Not us! We really thrive when challenges are thrown at us, so we all created recipes that were free from the top 14 allergens and you know what? The recipes everyone came up with were mouth-watering. I shared a round-up of 50 recipes that are free from the top 14 allergens here if you fancy a peep.

Since this little project was a success, we decided to work on gluten-free vegan recipes in January and ‘free from’ pancakes in February. Watch this space!

Now, what has happened in our little ‘Free From’ community in the past few weeks?

My favourite ‘allergy mama’ read:

Emma’s open letter to asthma really resonated with me. Her writing is poignant, passionate, her emotions raw and it is worth a read and a share. It seems that a lot of children suffering from allergies have had a lot of reactions, flare-ups and asthma attacks in the past couple of months…

My favourite ‘free from’ recipe:

I love a quick recipe that helps cater for a wide range of exclusion diets. Those Vegan Party Tarts by ‘Allergy Mums’ would be perfect for a ‘free from’ buffet. Simply use ‘free from’ pastry and they will be gluten-free too!

My favourite ‘free from’ travel post:

Rebecca’s daughter, who was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes when she was only 3 years old, is also Coeliac. ‘Glutarama’ is the place where Rebecca records her memories, shares recipes and tips about life with various conditions.  Rebecca’s post is full of tips and inspiration for whoever is planning a trip to North Norfolk, whether they are on a restricted diet or not! Crabbing, gluten-free menus, gorgeous delis, advice on places to stay, ice cream, what to do there…


Over to you now!

Grab the badge and add your posts below. Emma and I are looking forward to a good read with a cup of coffee in hand.

How to link up with #FreeFromFridays

What can I link?

Any blog post that features a recipe free from a common allergen (eg. milk, egg, nuts, gluten) or allergy related advice, experience or information.

When can I link?

#FreeFromFridays opens on Friday and closes on the following Monday just before midnight.

Please note that by adding a post to #Freefromfridays, you are giving us permission to notify you of subsequent linkups and to use your photos if we are featuring your post.

Come and join our private group on Facebook. It would be nice to help each other share those posts and have a place to chat. You can also share your email address there to join our ‘tribe’ there so we can promote each other’s content on Pinterest.

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  1. 13/01/2017 / 7:03 pm

    Hi Mel, Happy New Year! I’ve just linked up my latest vegan and gluten free curry recipe. Have a good week:)

    • 15/01/2017 / 10:13 pm

      I love the sound of your curry and it will be in my gluten-free vegan round up in a couple of weeks. Thanks so much for sharing Monika.

  2. 14/01/2017 / 12:09 am

    Wow! Thank you for the wonderful mention Mel, very much appreciated….here’s to an exciting fresh and sparkly New Year x

    • 14/01/2017 / 12:44 am

      My pleasure Rebecca, I really loved your post. It was refreshing, full of useful details and lots of bright photos! So helpful. x

  3. mummybakesdairyfree
    14/01/2017 / 2:52 pm

    The #freefromchristmas was a brilliant idea! Lots of yummy recipes! #freefromfridays

    • 15/01/2017 / 10:16 pm

      Thanks! I loved putting them together. All 50 dishes together would have made an epic ‘free from’ buffet!

  4. 17/01/2017 / 10:49 pm

    Happy New Year Mel! I love the look of those vegan party tarts. That free from buffet sounds amazing 🙂

    • 17/01/2017 / 11:58 pm

      Happy New Year to you too sweetie. xxx

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