It was a huge challenge when Mia was initially diagnosed with Coeliac Disease in 2014, which at times (and even today) can seem really overwhelming. We were a family who had experience of cooking at times for a dairy free and wheat free diet. However, the enormity of realising that people with Coeliac Disease need so much more care and attention in their planning, preparation and creation of snacks and meals arose shortly after diagnosis.
We decided to make this recipe book as Mia (now 6 years old) had been struggling to come to terms with being ‘different’ and in her eyes was ‘missing out’ on the treats and foods that her friends were having. During a monumental meltdown with Mia claiming that she wanted her ‘Coeliac Disease to go away and never come back’, we grabbed the moment and decided to turn what seemed so daunting into something so positive. We decided to create a book of her favourite recipes to share with other newly diagnosed families, in order to help them through the difficult days.
We are by no means cooking experts and have had many failures during our gluten free journey. However, we have created and adapted a lot of recipes to suit Mia’s needs and tastebuds. They are easy to make and include ingredients that are readily available in most supermarkets. There also didn’t seem to be many cookbooks available that are aimed specifically at children with Coeliac Disease, so we thought that we needed to change this.
We hope that you enjoy our recipes and have fun making the snacks and meals together. Life is tough having Coeliac Disease and can be a daily challenge, but it does quickly become a routine and (almost) second nature to cook and prepare food in this way.
Love and happiness from
Mia and her Mummy xoxox