20 Aug 2012
Allergy aware producers at The Foodies Festival
Posted: 20 Aug 2012
I love food. Always have, always will. So it's great to see food producers that share this similar passion, avoiding allergens in their products too. And making them taste just as good or if not better than it's nemesis twin!
I ventured out in the sunshine to London's Foodie Festival. One inspiring woman I came across was Denise Thomas, founder of Sin back in 2008. Diagnosed with coeliac disease, her Gluten-free goodies were born out of a necessity for gluten-free treats that didn't compromise on taste, texture or sheer indulgence. Her chocolate brownies shot her into stardom. But for me on that hot summers day, her zesty and moist Lemon & Cranberry Cake won hands down.
Unfortunately, I was only able to make it down to the festival on the Sunday. I say this because Saturday's event had MasterChef finalist Andrew Kojima hosting a cooking session. I wanted to pick his brain for a few new recipes, as he is also allergic to egg like my niece. All was not lost, as I did get to meet Ed Kimber 'The Boy Who Bakes' demonstrating how to make his lushious chocolate truffle treats. Although these contained dairy, it got me thinking about how and what I could use to make allergy-free versions (when I've cracked it, I'll let you know!)
I also met up with Alex Mackay, an amazing, well renowned chef who has worked with the likes of Raymond Blanc and Delia Smith, not to mention his credible Michelin star status under his pinny. We chatted briefly as he was busy prepping for his next cooking session for children. He's built up a bit of a following, investing time inspiring children to get into the kitchen. He was happy to be probed more on this subject (on a day when things were less hectic!) But until then, you can read his tips on cooking with kids on his website. Sadly, there are no tips on avoiding the washing-up!comments powered by Disqus