Newbie to gluten free bread making

As part of plastic free July I decided to try making my own bread. I have made many loaves of bread before but this is the first time I tried a gluten free loaf that wasn’t a pre-packaged mix, of which I have always found tasted horrible anyway. Bread has been on my list of things to try for a while but I kept putting it off because I was scared about the thought of no elasticity and also because xanthan gum had a scary sounding name. Continue reading


Plastic free July: what is it and why I’m taking part

I thought I was pretty savvy with my waste, I recycle as much as I can: glass, plastic bottles, paper, tins. I even go out of my way to recycle old clothes, books and batteries. Until recently I came across #plasticfreejuly, and as with anything new, I started doing some reading. Take a look at your un-recyclable objects before you throw them away and you will soon start seeing that the same items comes up time and time again. Everything comes in so much  unnecessary packaging, sometimes an object will come in a plastic container and the whole container will be wrapped in further plastic wrap! And even though you may do your best to recycle this plastic, it more often gets down-cycled or made into a lower grade plastic product which then cannot be recycled. At least with glass and metal recycling they can pretty much be remade into a similar object.
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