food

Summer Salads

Preparing food to take to work is so much easier in the summer time. I could probably prepare a different salad combination every day, although I tend to make a batch to eat two or three days in a row.

This week I got my hands on some lovely beetroot at the local market and was very pleased with the resulting salad. Really simple, really fresh and really tasty. This was made particularly easy by the grating function on my food processor…I really love my food processor!

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1 x Beetroot: topped, tailed & grated

3 or 4 large carrots (I alway buy organic when I can, as they taste so much better) – topped, tailed & grated

About 2 cm of root ginger – peeled & grated

2 sticks of celery – cut in 3 lengthways and finely sliced

Black olives to taste

About 1/4 Pack of Feta Cheese

Lightly mix all of these ingredients together (if you mix it too much the whole lot will end up pink!)

Then add:

Juice of 1 lime

1 tbsp of sesame seeds

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This gave me two large portions. I ate it for lunch two days in a row, accompanied with some rice-cakes. Would also work really well as a side dish (like a healthier coleslaw perhaps).

Another variation of this is to omit the beetroot, use a couple more carrots and add a tin of cooked (drained & rinsed) chickpeas.

Easy!

Bread Bitch

Everything I’ve tried to write for this blog so far, I’ve read back and rejected, so this time I’m just going to write something, hope it’s not too awful and just post it, in the hope that someone other than my Mum, boyfriend and a few supportive friends might read it. Thanks for sticking with me so far!

I was ‘diagnosed’ with Coeliac disease in January 2013 – the inverted commas are there because I never went through with the full test. To be tested (which most of you reading this will already know) you have to spend 6 weeks eating a high gluten diet. I lasted about 6 days and pretty much had a full scale meltdown. ┬áNot only were there the physical symptoms of bloating, upset stomach and headaches, but it also caused my anxiety levels to peak and periods of IRRATIONAL ANGER!

If you follow me on twitter, you may have noticed that my header description (is that what it’s called?) bares an uncanny resemblance to that of Bruce Banner – The Hulk. Basically, that is how Gluten makes me feel – I swell up and I get really pissed of – really quickly, often followed by nasty feelings of depression and anxiety – not nice! Was interested to read recently that I’m not alone in this – take a look at Jane Anderson’s blog – I’m not sure how wide this study was, but it’s nice to know someone is looking into it!

Having been living on a gluten free diet for around 15months now, I’ve come to the conclusion that it’s not all that bad. It doesn’t have to be difficult. It doesn’t need to be expensive. It does mean a bit of extra self-control and it does mean planning ahead if you’re going on a long train journey, but it is manageable.

Oh yes, and friends and loved ones will think you’re the biggest fuss-pot on the planet, that you’re making it up, that it isn’t that bad. But they learn. They don’t like me when I’m angry.