The reason I started cooking was because I turned 30! yep that was the main reason! At this point I was unaware I was coeliac but cooking was the new rock n roll, everyone could cook it seemed. People always wanted to know what your speciality dish was like it was a thing, although most people I met seemed to be able to make ‘the best spag ball you’ll ever taste’…. no thanks.
I’d never really had an interest in it even though I’d grown up with my mum making everything from scratch, always using fresh produce. However when I turned that magical grown up age I started to think about things as a single female who couldn’t really cook or at least had never bothered about cooking, like when I meet the man of my dreams at what point do I break the news that I don’t really know how to cook! Ridiculous I know, it became a laughable issue between me and my friends. So basically that’s why I started, my mum says some people find God but I found Jamie Oliver! He might not know it but if it wasn’t for Jamie and his app to follow along to I would be here now making my own creations and mixing flavours to try new dishes. Before long thats what I had the confidence to do, I like to look at what I have in the fridge and cupboards and create something from nothing, a meal that’s easy and fairly quick.
Discovering I was coeliac made me more determined to cook everything from scratch. When you’re forced into reading the back of every product you want to eat to make sure you won’t be glutened you soon realise all the ‘extra’s’ that are added. It made me think I can make this and it will be gluten free, healthier and I know what I’m actually eating.
So that is me, a gluten free 30 something who now loves to cook.