Gluten Free Shortbread

At one point or another it’s likely we’ll be plagued with the dreaded Hayfever attack that we’d managed to avoid so well. So what exactly is an allergy? Allergies can develop at any point, with one in four people in the UK developing one at some point in their life. Basically an allergy is the body’s reaction to a substance such as pollen, certain foods, materials or dust. Your immune system views the substance as a threat and thus you have an allergic reaction, producing histamines which result in the symptoms of an allergy, severe reactions are known as anaphylaxis. According to Allergy UK all countries undergoing industrial development have seen an increase in the amount of people suffering from allergies, with a more significant recent increase of those suffering from a food allergy. Food allergies and intolerances are much more than inconvenient, their symptoms can be very severe and cause anaphylaxis. Ultimately a food allergy is a reaction in the body to create an antibody to wrongly fight off a certain food, triggering reactions when this is consumed or touched. There are many types of irritations and allergies and this week we’ll be looking at Coeliac Disease, a common reaction to gluten, suffered by around one in every 100 people in the UK. It’s slightly different from the way the body reacts to an allergy, whereby in this case the immune system attacks healthy tissues. It’s not an allergy as such but consuming gluten products can trigger symptoms. Coeliac Disease means the immune system mistakes substances found within gluten as a threat, thus attacking them and damaging the...

There are few treats as satisfying as the flapjack.

There are few treats as satisfying as the flapjack. Whether you’re eating one with a cup of tea or getting yourself some fuel before exercising, the flapjack’s simplicity certainly doesn’t compromise on its taste. In the US flapjacks date back to the early 17th century, yet they resemble pancakes, with the name originating from the term flap which meant to toss a pancake. Our traditional British tray-bake version is usually made from a few basic ingredients – oats, butter, syrup and sugar and harks back to Shakespeare’s time, with him mentioning them in Pericles, Prince of Tyre in the early 1600s. Despite the debate about the origin and whether a flapjack is a pancake or a lovely tray bake of healthy and filling oats, one thing is for sure, we like to keep our bakery products simple and traditional. Less is of course more. Trying to cut out processed, unhealthy food in our diets whilst keeping energy up and cravings at bay can seem like an impossible task at times, yet really you just need a little pick me up of the right kind to keep you on track. Have a look below for our simple yet healthy flapjack recipe. Healthy Flapjack recipe Ingredients -200g of your choice of mixed nuts, seeds and dried fruits (we like pistachio and apricots) -100g of wholegrain rolled oats -3 tbsp of maple syrup or honey -100g of butter or low fat spread -2 tbsp of peanut butter Method: Preheat your oven to 160C and line and grease a square tin. In a pan over a medium heat melt together the peanut butter,...

Breaking News! Paleo and Steak

Paleo and Steak This is a recipe from Rebel Chef Noel Fernando. When people think of the Paleo Diet, it seems like the first thing that comes to mind is a big, juicy steak. (Okay, so maybe bacon is first. Then steak.) Many of us do love steak, but are afraid of trying to cook it at home. A nice piece of meat, even at the grocery store, can be expensive, so we don’t want to risk over-cooking or seasoning incorrectly. I understand where your fears are coming from, friends, and I’m here to talk you through it. Believe me, steak intimidated me for a long time. If you’ve been wanting to try cooking your own steak at home, this recipe couldn’t be any simpler. Get ready to level up your cooking game and make yourself gosh darn proud! This steak is super easy. It takes 15 minutes and only uses 4 ingredients. Enough talking. Let’s get to cooking! Ingredients & Equipment: Basic Steak: Prep Time: 5 min Cook Time: 3 min Serves: 2 1 steak (1/2 lb or 226g per person) – if this is your first time cooking a steak, get a ribeye. It’s hard to go wrong with this cut. Ribeyes are well-marbled, tender pieces of meat, with a mid-range price. If you can afford it, spring for grass fed beef. It tastes better. An ideal ribeye is about an inch thick. Some places give you the option of bone-in or boneless. I usually go with boneless, but this is just personal preference. 1/2 Tbsp (7.3 ml) butter or ghee – ghee has a higher smoke...