Welcome & Thanks for Dropping By

Great to have you here, hopefully you’ll find lots to interest you with useful tips, recipes & more on dairy-free, egg-free and wheat free living. You’ll also find some spelt flour recipes as (not being a coeliac) I can tolerate this along with gluten-free foods – which could also prove useful to you too.

As for myself I’m Marian a home cook, lover of all things natural and wholesome.  I especially love baking and live with my great rock of a husband, Tony, in Co Dublin, Ireland. I’m also a food blogger, author and enjoy learning and developing my skills to deal with my intolerances and bring enjoyment and fun back into my cooking.

I’m on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest

Do check back regularly for tips, recipes and more which may help you in your quest to be healthier and in a fun way as you deal with intolerances like mine.

Here’s a bit more reading on how I discovered my intolerances and how I have learnt to live successfully with them.

Part 1: The My Story on coming to grips with Food Intolerances

Part 2: My Road to Successfully Dealing with Food Intolerances

Part 3: Definitions of wheat free, dairy free, egg free and “what is spelt flour?

As my blog moves through 2012 and beyond I will be increasing the number of wheat-free and egg-free recipes and they will also all be dairy-free. I’ll continue to include some spelt recipes along the way as it is a handy wheat alternative (if suitable) for those who are intolerant to wheat while at the same time not coeliac (i.e. those who are gluten intolerant).

A Bit on My Past & Awards:

I had a home-baking business for several years up to late 2010. During the short time of owning a home-bakery I was very fortunate, and proud, that my Dark Chocolate cake was highly commended in the Bord Bia (Irish Food Board) Organic Awards 2009 and that my Date & Stem Ginger Oatie won a gold star in the Great Taste UK Awards in 2010.

As I worked my way to better health I completed the Everyday Nutrition Course (12 weeks) at CNM which help me gain a deeper understanding of nutrition which has helped me in my everyday meal planning.

I am a past student of Cooks Academy and successfully completed their one month certificate course in 2006.

However due to illness I had to step back to sort out problems with my health. A lot of the illness stemmed from intolerances. Since then I’ve learned the ropes of my new dairy, wheat and egg free diet. It has taken a while both to feel fully well again and start enjoying and having fun with my food, albeit mostly different to before.

Please note I’m not gluten intolerant so some of my recipes won’t suit coeliacs, like those containing spelt flour or other such gluten-containing flours.  My main focus in this regard is avoidance of wheat which is a close relative of spelt flour).

Thanks for dropping by and hopefully we’ll get to chat along the way. Marian (087 2419646 or email: marian@speltforchoice.ie)


10 Comments on “About”

  1. May 17, 2011 at 7:08 pm #

    Fantastic blog Marian, I have just checked it out today and love the recipes and product advice. I have recommended that everyone on my page take a look!

    Best wishes from Katie @ Gluten Freedom

    • May 18, 2011 at 2:00 am #

      Hi Katie, thanks very much for lovely comments. Glad you found it of interest. It’s great to find sites like your too. Although I’m not coeliac I find the commanalities comforting. Sadly I can’t just go gluten-free as I had problems with some products containing wheat starch and albumens, which I eventually discovered made it impossible for me to stick with it. It’s trying to find your way around a maze on a dark night, isn’t really? Also trying to find others with the exact same issues as myself has proved difficult. Keep in touch…..Marian

  2. May 27, 2012 at 2:31 pm #

    Hi. I’ve just passed on the Mrs. Sparlky’s Ten Commandments Award to you. I really enjoy reading your posts and wanted to share your site with others. See http://discoveranddevour.com/2012/05/27/mrs-sparklys-ten-commandments-award/

    I’m loving those videos 🙂

  3. June 1, 2012 at 1:11 am #

    Hi Patty, thanks for the award, appreciate it.

  4. June 3, 2012 at 2:39 pm #

    I am so glad to have found your blog! My 6 years old son has a serious dairy allergy and a gluten intolerance. The dairy one requires an epi-pen but the gluten is due to focusing and behavior issues. What a difference we see without the bread and gluten. Your site is amazing and I will revisit!

    • June 6, 2012 at 9:05 pm #

      Hi Kelly, delighted you find my blog helpful. I have intolerances myself but if there is any information there that can help you on your journey to sorting out your son’s intolerances it just makes my day, thanks:) Marian

  5. June 13, 2012 at 4:26 pm #

    Hi, Marian. I’ve just nominated your blog for the One Lovely Blog Award. I can’t help myself…you are too awesome 🙂 See http://discoveranddevour.com/2012/06/13/one-lovely-blog-award/

    • June 14, 2012 at 9:02 am #

      Hi Patty, thanks again, it’s lovely to wake up, go to the computer and have a blog award waiting for me. I’ve been tidying up the site (among other things) so will make will add these awards in soon. Marian

  6. June 20, 2012 at 9:32 am #

    Dear Ms. Hearne,
    Here at the Restaurants association of Ireland we’re re-launching our wheretoeat.ie restaurant search engine and reviews website in the coming weeks, looking to create a better relationship with Irish food bloggers. We’d be delighted if you could come on board with us and maybe do a guest blog post on the website, share one of your favourite recipes, and answer a few quick questions. Please let us know if this is something you’d be interested in. We would then link to your blog, share the links over our social media platforms and promote it on wheretoeat.ie
    Kind Regards,
    Manás Bheáid.

    • June 21, 2012 at 7:58 pm #

      Hi Manás,

      Thanks for your post above. I’d be interested in chatting more on it alright. Will I ring you at the office? Best wishes, Marian

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