About me

Hello there!  My name is Penny and I’m nearly 40 (oh my!) and I live in Berkshire, England.

I was diagnosed with sarcoidosis in 2002 and, after a variety of interesting medical moments, have been asymptomatic and unmedicated since 2008.  In 2010 I gave birth to this little poppet, ‘C’.

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She’s a bit bigger now!

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Since the birth of my daughter I’ve felt generally well, but I’ve had a few normal illnesses that have seemed to go on a bit longer, and more seriously, than I would have expected (chicken pox, tonsilitis, strep throat), and in the summer of 2012 I spent 8 weeks of 12 on antibiotics.  Various symptoms followed and I was tested for coeliac disease in December, which came back negatively.  However, after the test and before the result I went gluten-free and guess what?!  My symptoms were reduced.  In January 2013 I went lactose-free as well, (after comparing some continuing symptoms with my diet), and did some research into my pre-existing condition with regards to food.  I may not have coeliac disease, and I’m no medical professional, so let’s call it gut instinct (he, he, he) that I’m thinking the autoimmune disease sarcoidosis may have some dietary basis, as does the autoimmune disease coeliac. See, Wikipedia says so http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sarcoidosis!

Anyway, symptoms all but gone as of February 2013.  So I guess I’m a sensitive little flower, to some flours anyway and some other things maybe.  Hence Sensitive Flour.  Well, if you can’t laugh, what can you do?!

So here I am.  Gluten and lactose free and how I love to cook.  And bake.  And eat.  So I’m on a quest to share the best and most delicious gluten-free recipes I can find, maybe make up some of my own, and generally ramble on about life and stuff.

Talking of which, I share my home with this little guy, after bringing him home from the shelter in May 2012.

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And this lot.  When I’m not eating, I’m cooking something to eat, and when I’m not doing either of those things I’m reading about them!

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You can contact me at pnlpwnhm@googlemail.com.

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30 thoughts on “About me

    • Why that’s very kind of you! I’m flattered. And I have no idea how blog awards work!! But no matter, it’s lovely to know you like it enough and it is encouraging to have you do so. Obviously I love your blog. Your sense of humour makes me very happy, apart from the nearly snorting coffee out my nose as I read. But I guess that’s my own fault for catching up with your blog when I’m consuming hot beverages… 😀

  1. Thanks for checking out my blog and my recent Flourless Strawberry Pancakes! I hope you find some recipes on my blog that you can easily recreate for yourself as well! I look forward to following your blog in the future as well.

    -Christine

    • Hi! Well thank you very much. I’m putting together a thank you post this very evening. I truly appreciate it since I’ve not been doing this very long and it seems too soon to be winning anything! Thanks again, and I love your blog too. 😀

  2. Just saw your blog. Lovely really. I also notice you are the gluten free person. Please feel free to browse on my site and take what you like. I hope some of the recipes will be helpful to give you and the group more options to choose from.
    See you around. pratibhajanisvegetarianrecipes.com

    • Hi Pratibha! Thank you for your kind words. I’ve just taken a look at your site. What wonderful healthy recipes you have, and so delicious looking! I will certainly add some to my ‘to make’ list, and obviously link back to you if I try them. I’ve had stuffed dosas on my list for quite a while now, and you’ve inspired me to make them sooner rather than later!

  3. What a touching story, a cute baby, a lovely cat, and a great blog. I admire your strength and determination to overcome everything. I love meeting people like you because they give me reason not to complain, reason to be thankful and reason to be a better person. So thank god I met you..Thank you for leaving me a note, for liking my about page and for liking many of my posts I’m truly grateful for the kind gesture. I look forward to learning new things from you, and I wish you all the best in your life and a wonderful week.

    • Well thank you, that’s very kind. Much as I’d like to say I crack on with no complaint, I’m not sure my friends would recognise that person! I do quite like a good moan. And then I just get on with it. Nothing like a health scare to make a person reassess their life and perhaps change their priorities! In many ways I’m grateful it happened when it did, as it has taught me to be mindful (at the risk of sounding all Oprah) and to try and appreciate each moment, even when they seem stressful. A work in progress! As for strength, well you are the one with four children – now that does require a strength I know I don’t have! I shall be over to your blog again soon, as I was short of time and didn’t look at them all evne though I wanted to – I’m very sure I will be ‘liking’ some more.

  4. Your little ‘Poppet’ is such a cutie (and I’m not normally one to get too fuzzy over babies!)…
    I love your positive outlook and it seems your making the most of some bad dealings and not letting it get the best of you. It certainly shouldn’t spoil your enjoyment of food. Good on you!! Poppy 🙂

    • Hey thanks! I was a bit mystified by children until I had one I must admit. It is the best fun I’ve ever had though. As for my positive outlook, well yes I do try my best but that’s not to say I don’t sometimes skulk about under own personal raincloud. And I love food – that’s why I am determined not to let anything stop me eating it! 😀

      • Oh of course, you wouldn’t be human if you didn’t live under the cloud sometimes – I’m probably doing that right now amidst exam season! And good for you, my kind of woman – nothing comes between me and my food! 🙂

  5. This is such a heartfelt, lovely intro Penny. I don’t know why I didn’t comment here before but I am SO glad that diet has had a positive impact upon your health. It’s funny just how much difference some diet alterations can make – the human body is so complex and multifaceted. I do think that modern diets have mucked with our physiological balance quite significantly! Oh, and baby C is so beautiful. I’m intimidated by the thought of having kids (especially the changes to the female body, argh!) but my husband and I do hope to have some one day. Love that little creature costume!! Anyway, you’re doing a beautiful job with this blog. So lovely to hear your story xx

    • Thanks for your comments! I’m sure when you choose to have kids you’ll be just fine. It is true some bits of your body are never the same, but I don’t think there’s many who would say the end result wasn’t worth it. Best thing I ever did having C! I studied physiology at Uni, and it amazes me that the human body works at all, it is so complex. How we fuel it, and what can go wrong with that, is of great interest to me on a number of levels!

      • I definitely agree that the body is amazing. I studied lots of psych and human biology at uni also… but it doesn’t help with the pregnancy fear thing! But yep. I agree that it’s all worth it. C is beautiful and complex, and I think the process of seeing a little being grow, change and develop is a huge privilege! Thanks for the reply xx

    • Thank you so much for recommending my site to your friend! It can be tricky avoiding gluten and lactose, but if you cook from scratch it is not nearly so difficult. I hope she finds something they both like here.

    • Thank you so much. I am very flattered! I’ve been neglecting the blog with all the summer fun but I’ll get back to it soon and craft an appropriate acceptance post. Thanks again – much appreciated!

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