Sugar plums, gingerbread, ribbon candy, candy canes, hot chocolate, chocolate gold coins, huge navel oranges, chocolate dipped dried orange slices, these are the treats I associate with Christmas. What are your special Christmas treats? What do you always crave this time of year? What will you be making for your Christmas dinner? My mother always made a duck or a goose. I will probably opt for a lower fat bird. I can’t seem to stomach the goose anymore, no matter how delicious.
And what will you be baking? Please add your allergy-friendly Christmas recipes below. We are all, always, looking for inspiration.
Thank you for contributing to last weeks’ Allergy-Friendly Friday! Here are the recipe highlights from last roundup. Remember, the featured recipes are also being featured on my Allergy-Friendly Friday Highlights Pinterest board, so check them out there, along with other featured allergy-friendly recipes from weeks past. If you have been featured, I encourage you to grab the Allergy Friendly Friday badge from my right sidebar and share it on your blog, so others know you’ve got a featured recipe on Allergy-Friendly Friday.
Dear Readers on the other side of the pond (England), I’m posting today about an exciting food festival going on in London this weekend, November 25th-27th. If any of you go to this fabulous festival, please let me know how it is. I really wish I could be there too! Here are the details. Please note that I am skipping Allergy Friendly Friday this week, and extending last week’s which will now go through next Friday, so keep adding recipes if you like. They are all great for the winter holidays too.
FREE FROM FOOD FESTIVAL
Friday 25 – Sunday 27 November 2011
Southbank Centre Square, Southbank CentreBelvedere Road, SE1 8XX
FIRST EVER FOOD FESTIVAL DEDICATED TO ‘FREE FROM’ PRODUCTSLAUNCHES AT SOUTHBANK CENTRE
An exciting new food festival, focusing on “Free From” foods is launching on Friday 25th November for three days at Southbank Centre.The inaugural Free From Food Festival, taking place at Southbank Centre Square from Friday 25th – Sunday 27th November 2011, will bring together many “Free From” food specialists and the growing number of artisan producers who create a range of gluten, wheat, dairy, sugar and/or egg free goods. The festival will be of interest to all food lovers, as well as those who are genuinely affected by the foods around them. It will appeal not only to coeliacs, but to those with other food intolerances (dairy in particular) through to anyone curious about or wanting to make lifestyle changes to their diet.Demonstrations & Tastings: Check out what will be there!
The festival promises to have a variety of companies and individuals showcasing their unique, high quality products as well as a schedule of demonstrations, talks and tutored tastings, given by the exhibiting producers themselves, as well as visiting chefs and authorities from the “Free From” world.
Exhibitors will be on hand to educate, offer samples, sell and display their goods, thereby creating an environment where people can learn about, shop, eat and gain further confidence about “Free From” foods as alternative substitutes.
Organiser Caroline Aherne explains “I’m really pleased to be bringing together a diverse range of producers where visitors can learn about and try the artisan “free from” foods and drink on offer and meet many of the passionate people behind them. There’s definitely an interest in alternative grains and dairy substitutes for mainstream products as well as people wanting knowledge about how to cook and use these. The Free From Food Festival will set the scene for learning more as well as being able to get a wide range of products under one roof.”
As it’s close to Christmas, many producers will have gluten-free, wheat-free and dairy-free seasonal produce that visitors to the festival can purchase there or order for themselves, friends or family, thereby making Christmas and the holidays an occasion that everyone can enjoy. Companies such as Wag Free will be selling their latest range of gluten free savoury and Christmas products, Inspiralled and Conscious Food will showcase their more healthy Christmas food gift options and Jaz and Jules will be showcasing their delicious Organic Hot Chocolate.