Wednesday, 8 February 2012

The Free From Food Awards 2012

It was Harold Wilson who said: “A week is a long time in politics”.  And I’m sure Chris Huhne would agree. 

Far be it from me to pervert the course of a historical quotation, oh but actually I’m going to tinker just a teensy bit.

Ahem, clear throat and drum roll please... "A week is a long time in food allergies"

Just a week ago there I was venting my spleen and bitching about life with allergies.  And clearly I wasn’t alone in my poor-little-me sort of attitude.  Thank-you to everyone who commented and - perversely - it is a great comfort to know I’m not alone in finding food allergies taxing, annoying, frustrating, upsetting, painful and demoralising.

However, allergy fortunes change and yesterday I had a lovely time in London town being a judge for the upcoming Free From Food Awards! 

Delicious fancies were spread before me and I was part of an inner ring of steel (sort of)  forged for the day to sample and judge the best free from foods the market has to offer.

What a treat to see innovative non-dairy milks, cheeses, yoghurts and spreads that actually tasted good.  ‘Twas a delight to sample gluten free pastas that didn’t break my teeth or stick my tongue to the roof of my mouth.  And a table laden with chocolate for my delectation?  Mwah ha ha ha haaaa.  (That was the evil laugh of a glutton.)

It was really encouraging to see how much choice there is.  OK, so for now we have to grub around in a tiny section of the supermarket for gluten free goodies, or spend hours online trying to find some honey dew coconut oil  (that doesn’t exist, I made it up), but friends, the future is bright.

The future based on non dairy milk, gluten free goodness and vegan, nut free chocolate is nearly upon us!

Rejoice and go bathe – not in asses’ milk – but plant milk!  (Sounds vile, tastes great.)

And you have just a week or two to wait until Michelle at Foods Matter unveils the shortlists -  da da da da da da da daaaaa!!(trumpet call)  - and I can tell you what my favourite stuff was.  

Until then I am sworn to the utmost secrecy.  I feel rather like an important spy.

Stay tuned mein lieblings.

Thanks to Michelle for inviting me and to Cressida for putting in the hours at the cooker.  Also great to see Tanya, Christine, Aurea, Sam, Ruth, Mary, Sue and I hope that’s everyone?!

Pig x

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Mimi said...

Well,Pig, nobody deserves it better than you to have a tasting session, and I'm glad there were goodies on offer.Can't wait to see the winners, I'm assuming you'll post? pretty please!

Expat mum said...

Gosh, practically everything in our supermarkets seems to be gluten free these days! I feel almost old-fashioned being able to tolerate the stuff.
My 8 y/o seems to be developing an intolerance of dairy, and is fine with the lactose free milk. He hates soy stuff however, so I'm having a bit of a job finding yogurts I can give him. Not much choice in dairy alternatives here.

Iota said...

Good for you!

Michelle Berriedale-Johnson said...

Bless you, Pig! You were a great judge and I am very glad that you enjoyed it.
Just hang in there - the shortlist will be out by the 21st we hope - and then there is the party to look forward to.....