Welcome to the Halo Baking Emporium and Chocolaterie of Delights! My middle and baking name (like a stage name, only more likely to be covered in icing sugar, unless you go to much more racy and progressive theatres than me) is Halo and I specialise in baking delicious gluten free goodies and hand crafting delectable chocolate treats. I currently live in the lovely village of Moseley in beautiful Birmingham UK, and have set up this blog to share recipes with gluten intolerant (and gluten very tolerant, no discrimination here) people who want to create fantabulous treats and experimental delights. My dream is to set up gluten free cookery classes. (And self build a combination cob house and earthship – but that’s another blog!)
As well as experimenting and creating my own gluten free food stuffs, I also try out gluten free recipes from other chefs and bakers and write about the results. I am partial to a good high quality chocolate too, so crafting homemade chocolates is another string to this gluten free chef’s bow, with taste inspiration from all over the world.
My story is that amongst other passions probably not suited for public disclosure, I have always been passionately interested in nutrition and eating well. Although I have always been fascinated by the theory behind such nutritional concepts as Intermittent Fasting, the Paleo Movement, and Raw Food, and even willing to experiment on myself to see what individual results were, it wasn’t until 2010 that I became involved in gluten free eating.
In similar with the majority of people living gluten free, I am not experimenting with this for the sake of losing weight or trying a fad diet, I have to live gluten free out of medical necessity. (I have an incurable auto-immune condition which means that gluten of all forms is strictly verboten, protein composite non-grata, and totally off limits.)
This discovery was initially quite a blow, to put it mildly. However, as discovering the root cause of my condition made it possible to me to cut gluten out and eventually go into a drug free remission (which in my case meant being able to go back to doing those little things like brushing my own hair, moving my arms, and walking, you know, just the little things), it seemed a small price to pay.
Eating well when gluten free can be as easy or as difficult as you want to make it at home, although eating out can be a huge challenge. Vegetables, fruit, meat, fish, most dairy, rice, nuts and seeds are all gluten free in their natural state and you could happily and healthily live on those basics. When you desire a cake, a pie, a slice of bread or a sweet baked treat however, you should be able to enjoy one, and not have to stare down the barrel of a choice between either eating nothing, or a chemical laced additive ridden “free from” tasteless nightmare.
That’s where this blog comes in. I love sharing recipes and tips with others, and that hasn’t changed now that I’m gluten free. Too often those living gluten free are left out of the conversations around nutrition and the Real Food movement, perhaps because we’re seen as already being outside the norm. Gluten free food can be real food too, and it is possible to make treats so delicious no one will guess that they’re part of a “special” diet. (Trust me, I’ve catered parties and weddings where no one has guessed all the cakes were gluten free. It’s possible.)
On this blog you’ll find reviews of recipes, my own ideas, and hopefully some inspiration for your own cooking. Although all the recipes are gluten free, you can make them secure in the knowledge that they’re up here because they taste damn good, not “good for gluten free”!
Do say hello and let me know how you get on with the recipes, or say hi over on twitter @HaloGarrity, where I can be found sharing recipes, discussing graphic novels, and generally wittering on about anything.