Wheat, Gluten, Dairy, Egg, Lactose, Refined Sugar, Caffeine, Red Meat, Soya & Rice Free Recipes

Suitable For Endometriosis, Crohns ,Celiacs Disease IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) Sufferers - Some Recipes Are Also Nut-Free, Vegan & Raw

Wednesday, 30 January 2013

Sweet Potato Roasted Pie

Sweet Potato Roasted Pie
Vegan, Gluten Free, Wheat Free, Rice Free, Soya Free, Refined Sugar Free.
Endometriosis, Crohns & Coeliac Safe.


3 Peppers (doesn't matter which colours)
3 segments garlic
1 bag of sweet potatoes 
3oz millet 
half a medium pan of sweetcorn
half a medium pan of peas
1/2 Tsp Ras el Hanout
2 heaped Tsp Natural Yeast
1 heaped Tsp 
Bouillon vegetable stock
sprinkle of chilli
1/2 Tsp Garlic italian 
squirt of tomato paste
sprinkle of pepper

First chop your peppers into strips and slice your garlic.

Place your peppers onto a tray along with the garlic and drizzle some extra virgin olive oil over them.

Put them into the oven gas mark 5, 375F
for around 25 minutes.
Chop your sweet potatoes into small chunks, put them into a pan and cover with water.

let them boil for 15 minutes until they are soft but not mush.
Also put your millet onto boil, double the water to the millet you have, the millet will soak up the water.
At the same time put your sweetcorn and peas onto boil and cook.
Your peppers should be soft and brown on there edges.
If your millet has a little water pop it into a sieve.
Drain the water from the millet and then rinse the millet with cold water.

Add the natural yeast, vegetable stock, garlic italian, chilli, tomato paste, ras el hanout and 2 tbs extra virgin olive oil into a glass and mix it altogether.

Now to put everything together.

mix the sauce , sweetcorn and peas into your millet and put the first layer into your tin.

Next layer the roasted pepper and garlic randomly over the millet.

Drain the sweet potatoes and mash, add 2 tbls olive oil and sprinkle pepper into your mash and mix together.
Spread the mash ontop of the peppers,

pop into your oven on gas mark 5, 375F for 25 minutes.
Your mash should be golden when it comes out of the oven. 

And serve.

Enjoy on it on its own as a main meal.
Inspired by mouthwateringvegan.com - millet stuffed pepper

Bakewell Tart

 Blackberry Bakewell Tart
Inspired by BBC's British Bake Off

Vegan, Gluten Free, Wheat Free, Rice Free, Soya Free, Refined Sugar Free.
Endometriosis, Crohns & Celiac Safe.

Sorry about the late posting of this!, I haven't been that great and well a little slack.
But here it is.... Not quite how i would have liked it to turn out but it was tasty
and my dad loved it so everything was good.


Bakewell Tart Shell:
3oz Almond Flour
2.5oz Raw Cashews
1oz Buckwheat Flour
3 Tbls Pure Butter
1.5 oz Unrefined Sugar
1/4 Tsp Baking Powder
1/2 Tsp Xanthan Gum
1Tbls Unrefined Sugar
3oz blackberries (frozen or not)
3oz Pure Butter
3oz Unrefined Sugar
2 Tsp Ground Linseeds Heaped
6 Tsp Hot Water
5oz Ground Almond
1/2 Tsp Baking Powder
Flaked Almonds (silly me forgot to buy them!)

First soak the cashews for 2 hours covering them with boiling water.

Next add the Pure Butter, Buckwheat flour, sugar, Almond Flour, Xanthan Gum and baking powder to a bowl and mix untill everything is combined

Pop the cashews into the blender until they are lovely and pureed.

Add the cashews to the mixture and fold together making a nice ball.

Wrap the pastry in cling film and put it in the fridge whilst you make the filling.

 Cream the sugar and the pure together.

Then add the ground almonds and mix that in too

Boil the kettle and to the ground linseeds in a seperate little dish add your 6 Tsp hot water, mix that together and leave to cool.

 Stir the linseed mixture again and add it to the sugar, pure and ground almonds to make a sticky mess.

Next add the baking powder and mix together.

Leave to one side.

Now you can get your pastry back out of the fridge

Dont play with it too much or it will get quite sticky.

 The best way to line the dish i found was to just get in there with your hands and poke and prod with your fingers to fill all the cracks untill the dish has been filled like the photo on the left.

When you have finished or your little one has finished.

Put a layer of tin foil over your pastry and add your clay baking beans ontop.

At Gas mark 5 or 375F  for about 4 minutes

The shell should be slightly crispy in the middle.

 (I love this photo so deliciously red!)

Put your blackberries into your pan along with the sugar.
On a medium to high heat stir whilst they boil down.

When the berries are just about soft enough i squish them against the side of the pan when you have done this let it boil for about half a minute, then turn the heat off.

You can now put together your bakewell tart.

Smear the jam onto the bottom on the shell.

 Next spoon in your filling.

You can then add your flaked almonds onto the top of your tart.

Put it in the oven for 10 minutes on Gas mark 5 still 375F

Cover your tart with foil so that the edges of your shell do not catch and pop it in for a further 10-15 minutes.

When it comes out it will have a lovely golden crust.

Leave your tart to set and cool down before completing.

For the finishing touches use billingtons unrefined powdered sugar icing, this isn't bright white like the refined brands it is more milky coffee in colour.

Pour 1oz of icing sugar into a bowl.

Then add a drop at a time some water to your icing to make sure you get the right consistency.

British Bake Off said a rough zig zag pattern I think i managed a very rough looking pattern there.

And for decorative purposes pop a whole almond into the middle of your tart.
Hope you enjoy it!


Wednesday, 23 January 2013

Endometriosis Shopping List - Day 9: Hidden Identities - Dairy

Confusion in the Supermarket!
Endometriosis Diet exclusion foods with multiple names!

If you are just starting out then shopping in a supermarket can be a whirl-wind and you think it would be easy enough to look at the label and its going to have the words dairy or lactose in the label, right? 
Wrong! The food producers make it quite hard for us to shop since many say "may have been handled in a factory with gluten products" to cover themselves, Where as the 'free from' isles have various symbols to show if they are:

Why can't all food have signs like these? Because there are things that don't look like they would have dairy in them but they do like, Who in their right minds puts dairy in CHICKEN!! and alot of medicine has lactose in them because it is a binder so could be making you worse rather than better!
Where are the warnings? Nowhere!

So in today's Shopping list I want to give you a list with all the different names they have for same thing, to help you shop. I'm going to start with Dairy:

First off different names of:
  • Beta-lactoglobulin
  • Casein
  • Ammonium Caseinate
  • Calcium Caseinate
  • Magnesium Caseinate
  • Potassium Caseinate
  • Sodium Caseinate
  • Iron Caseinate
  • Zinc Caseinate.
  • Delactosed 
  • Deminerlized whey
  • Hydrolyzed casein
  • Hydrolyzed Milk Protein
  • Casein Hydrolysate
  • Milk Protein Hydrolysate
  • Protein Hydrolysate
  • Whey Hydrolysate
  • Whey Protein Hydrolysate.
  • Lactalbumin
  • Lactate Solids
  • Lactyc Yeast
  • Lactitol Monohydrate
  • Lactulose
  • Lactalbumin Phoshate
  • Lactose
  • Lactoferrin
  • Lactoglobulin
  • Beta-Lactoglobulin
  • Casein, Rennet Casein
  • Caseinate: 
  • Whey & Whey Protein Concentrate

Contain Milk
  • Artificial butter
  • Artificial butter flavour
  •  Butter, Butter exract
  •  Butter fat
  •  Butter flavored Oil
  •  Butter solids
  •  Dairy butter
  •  Natural butter
  •  Natural butter flavour
  •  Whipped butter.
  • Cheese
  • Cream, Whipped Cream
  • Custard
  • Dairy Product Solids
  • Galactose
  • Ghee
  • Acidophilus Milk
  • Buttermilk
  • Buttermilk Blend 
  • Buttermilk Soilds
  • Cultured Milk
  • Condensed Milk
  • Dried Milk
  • Dry Milk Solids (DMS)
  • Evaporated Milk
  • Fat-Free Milk
  • Fully Cream Milk Powder
  • Goats Milk
  • Lactaid Milk
  • Lactose-Free Milk
  • Low fat Milk
  • Malted Milk
  • Milk Derivative
  • Milk Powder
  • Sheep's Milk
  • Skim Milk
  • Sour Milk
  • Sweet Milk
  • Acid Whey
  • Cured Whey 
  • Delactosed Whey 
  • Demineralized Whey  
  • Hydrolyzed Whey 
  • Powered Whey 
  • Reduced Mineral Whey 
  • Sweet Dairy Whey 
  • Whey 
  • Whey Protein
  • Whey Protein Concentrate 
  • Whey Power 
  • Whey Solids
  • Yogurt: Frozen or Natural  

Sunday, 20 January 2013

Update could i possibly have a better GP? and sigmoidoscopy hell

I really wanted to say about my GP 

Since my 2nd Lap I thought I was getting much better, so much better that I thought i would be able to live a normal life and get back to everything I even one day I had 5 mins where I was so happy I was running literally running from one end of the living room to the other I was extatic actually that maybe an understatement and my partner was so happy too ...

A week later I had a sigmoidoscopy it lasted 6 minutes and they could only do half of my bowel due to the amount of pain i was in, everytime they put air into my bowel it would get more painful, I had to stop it, I  wasn't offered sedation even after i told them about my pain and adhesions. So the outcome is i have a tender bowels with yet again IBS ARGH!!!
This is how far they got on me before the pain got too much!

well anyway since then my pain has been full on first of all i went to the Drs because since my first lap i was getting sharp pains in my right vein with stiff neck and shoulders, occasionally the side of my face would feel like its drooping and feel like ive been slapped hard or very sun burnt, also numbing down my right arm. the Dr (not the GP im referring to above) perscribed co-codymol.
Well that didn't work all it did was 1/2 tablet makes me very restless and conk out asleep quickly.

So I went to the Dr's to the GP I mention above with a million questions I was so anxious and stressed about going I just didn't want another wishy washy IBS notition I was thinking this was because another Dr said to me quite straight on the phone "alot of women work with this disease" I wasn't very happy with that remark, but anyway my GP answered every question  had listening intently and with sympathy i felt so relaxed and happy with her reaction. She sent me for bloods to be done said she'd write a letter, perscribed me different meds and also told me to write a pain diary to see if i will need to see the neurologist and to come back in 2 weeks.
I just wanted to write this post to show people that not all GP's and Drs are horrible. 
I'm so thankful.

have you got a great GP? Do you find Dr's have lost their bedside manner?

x x x  

Images thanks to:

Laparoscopy take 2

Thank goodness it was better than last time

As many of you know my first laparoscopy was an utter nightmare You can see it here 

Right so first two nights before i took my picolax click here to see how that went.
now that my bowels were completely empty and i had stopped having dia, I didn't eat anything the day before so there was no chance of having dia or anything going through my bowels at all.

7.30am came and I was in the hospital, I was so nervous but also quite calm at the same time.
There were others waiting too for other operations and others being sent home because they couldnt have it done, I really didn't want this to happen to me. Me and my dad sat for what seemed like ages before getting called through for my allergy red band and also my name tag and various other routine questions.
Next I had a chat with the anaesthetist which didn't do a very good job of calming my nerves about the pain, I told her i could not have mophine derivitives and like always when i told her it makes the pain worse they look at me like im daft, so they were ruled out I also told her that the pain relief i had at the last operation was awful and made the pain worse and when i was off it i was better.
She told me that we were down to the bare minimum that she could give me whilst i was under and that i was going to be in alot of pain when i came round and that basically i would make her feel like she wasn't doing her job if i came round like that. she said she could give me paracetamol and something else that i cannot remember now and I said yes just that i don't want to be like i was before, she wasn't happy at all with my decision and stomped away after saying you do realise you are going to be in ALOT of pain don't you. I bravely (but so scared inside) said yes.

I waited again with noone coming to see me or giving me a robe or socks just being ignored on the side and my dad waiting outside so i wandered off and sat with him outside the room to calm my nerves, I was fully dressed coat and all, then the nurse moved me to where my bed was and left us again, me fully dressed.
When the team came to fetch me and where suprised when they saw i wasn't ready I had to get ready quickly and shuffle onto the trolley, I had just come on my period too (NICE TIMING AGAIN!)
On the trolley i was taken across to a waiting room where my gaeny sugeon came to see me because i had asked be put out before going into theatre this time because that was awful!. They took me to another little room before the theatre held my hand and smoothed me hair trying to get the IV in my arm.
Finally i was out.....

When i woke up amazingly i was very much drugged up but i wasn't screaming in agony or fitting!! I mean i was in pain and very uncomfortable but i could deal with it on the paracetamol and anaethetic they had given me. I was over the moon in my little drugged up state.

The first day and night in hospital i didn't eat anything and was on a drip and going to the loo in a bed pan...akwardly and painfully.
I was in a lot of pain as the aneathetic started to wear off a bit on the second day, i asked for the bed pan again but the  nurses said no we will walk...OMG it hurt like hell i cried all the way there and all the way back doubled in pain with the nurses telling me to stand up straight NO WAY!!

I remained on and off sleeping all day with a huge pain in my vein on the right side of my head, I had a eye mask so i put that on and it helped a little with it.

The third day was even worse but managed the toilet through-out the night, I couldn't because of heavy snorers and a lady that found she really wanted to wash her tupperware at 3 in the morning WHAT??
I felt more alive though and the nurse told me i cant just stay in bed i need to get up (surely a day is not enough bed rest for extensive surgery and on minimum pain killers??) anyway i was fed up with them thinking i was supposed to get out of bed that when my parents came i said i want to go for a walk and not just back and forth to the loo's. So off we went down the corridor with me bent over in agonising pain but i was determined and fed up! 
we got in the lifts and we walked a really long corridor to the cafe, I was exhausted and in agony but glad i made it, we sat there for a while and when i was falling asleep we decided it was time to go back, but there was a problem i couldn't get back my body was a wreck so i was stuck in the cafe whilst my mum went to get a wheel chair.
My mum told me that when she went upstairs and told the nurse that someone had told her she needed to walk more and get out of bed so she decided to go down the cafe, the nurse went red and said "I told her that but i didnt mean that far!! i ment around her bed" 
They didn't have any wheel chairs instead they had a steady which is a plastic wheely standing up aid so you hold on to the front pull yourself up (so contracting all the parts that are hurting from the op!) and once your standing they close the paddles behind you so you dont fall and you rest your bottom on it, it was not only painful and horrible but utterly embarrasing aswel! infront of all those people and crying too! it was awful. I asked to go home and the Dr came and said she wanted me to stay and maybe go home tomorrow.
I was exhausted and in agony i went straight off to sleep thank goodness!
My tiny belly button it was nearly non existent but its back now  

Forth day i was in more agony the aneathetic had completely worn off all i wanted to do was sleep it off but i was woken up by the nurse at 7.30 to say i will probably have to go wait in the dispatch lounge because they need the bed for another patient, but you can stay there until we do, UMMM???! drugged, agony and exhausted i said my parents are in work and there is noway i can get home. Dont worry someone will help you with your stuff and im sorry but youll have to wait there but like i said you can stay here for the time being...., she disappeared and i was confused as to how i was going to stay in a discharge lounge for 9 hours! i could just about sit up! I phoned my dad and mum in tears there was nothing they could do. So all day i was so nervous and stressed but it turned out 2 people from out ward went home and they didnt need my bed urgently after all but i found that out an hour before i went home at 5.

At Home it was so amazingly comfortable and i did feel better just for being there i was in alot of pain  and then found myself better for a week of christmas it was lovely i wasnt completely away from pain but i could get out even in the pain i was in it was fantastic.

Now i am not so great but ill save that for explaining on another post

hope you are all feeling better and this snow is taking your mind off everything
love you lots Endosisters 

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Operation Notes:
Laparoscopic adhesiolysis + excision of edometriotic nodule + Rt ureterolysis + Rt pelvic side wall peritoneal stripping. - normal upper abdomen with previously known adhesions. Normal uterus + ovaries + tubes. Moderate sigmoid ahesions to left adnexum. 2 superficial endomertiotic nodules on the right ovarian fossa with abnormal looking peritonium. Coecal adhesions to RIF + side. superficial endometriosis on UVP. Clear POD. - Umbilical entry after negitive palmers test on the 4th trial and 25 mmhg of co2 til all ports inserted under vision. Right ovary temporarely suspended to expose the adnexum, coecal adhesions divided. ComBi bipolr diathermy used for Rt ureterolysis + stripping + excision of nodules. Haemostasis secured. Left adnexal adhesions divided. ADEPT i L to pelvis. Instruments and gas released under vision. Marcain + vicryl rapide 3/0 to skin,