Cooking for John

Many years ago, John came to my house for his birthday supper. After a three-course meal, John never left.

I have Nigel Slater to thank. The first meal I cooked for John was a simple hot prawn starter followed by Nigel Slater’s lamb shanks, slow cooked in red wine with whole grain mustard and lots of garlic and rosemary. The dessert was also a Nigel Slater recipe, a strawberry mascarpone tart.

John is a coeliac and gluten free cooking was a new concept for me. It wasn’t that difficult to adjust most dishes but it did involve reading labels very carefully. It almost meant that I made a lot of my own sauces for pasta from scratch, and pesto too.

A few weeks after I started cooking for John, he happened to notice a grater on the side in the kitchen. He asked me what it was for. I was slightly perplexed by this question as I did think most people would recognise a grater and be aware of the concept of grating cheese. At this point it turned out that John doesn’t eat cheese. I had been adding Parmesan to the pesto that he had happily eaten.

Despite a few cooking hiccups along the way, John and I are happily married and I am still cooking for him. He still doesn’t eat cheese though, but that means more for me.

Cooking For John
Cooking For John
Sunny day supper! Marinated chicken, and salads including a kohlrabi and apple slaw.
#glutenfree #sunnydays #summersupper #cookingforjohn
Cooking For John
Cooking For John
A simple chicken lettuce wrap for supper tonight, perfect for when you don’t feel much like cooking and healthy too!
#glutenfree #simplesupper #cookingforjohn
Cooking For John
Cooking For John
A simple summer supper of Chorizo prawns and courgette. A one pan, in the oven dish, perfect for a laid back evening and healthy to boot.
#glutenfree #summersupper #healthy #cookingforjohn
Cooking For John
Cooking For John
Continuing the sunshine inspired cooking, even though it’s raining now, I made keftedes for supper with a salad of little gem lettuces, lemon zest, spring onion and parsley with a lemony horse radish dressing.
#glutenfree #sunshinesupper #cookingforjohn
Cooking For John
Cooking For John
Sunny day breakfast. Delicious, healthy and naturally gluten free. A great start to the day.
#glutenfree #breakfast #sunnydays #cookingforjohn
Cooking For John
Cooking For John
Fennel and orange pork kebabs with cauliflower couscous and a yoghurt and tahini dip. The cauliflower was roasted with cumin and chilli to flavour it. Perfect for a spring supper.
#glutenfree #springsupper #cookingforjohn
Cooking For John