Kiaora, my name is Emma GallowayI grew up in Raglan, New Zealand on a large property up in the hills over looking the town and it's where I will always call home. At the start of 2011 my husband, two young children and I moved to Perth, Western Australia, where we are lapping up the sun and gorgeous Australian produce. I was brought up vegetarian and my parents grew a large proportion of what we ate using organic gardening methods. After leaving school I studied professional cookery before going on to work as a chef for nearly 8 years all up, where I worked predominantly in the pastry section of cafes, restaurants and catering companies both here in Australia and back home in New Zealand. I left the kitchen to take on my new role as a mother and it was then that we discovered my children and I suffer from gluten and lactose intolerance...

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Having children changes your life. Yes.  Having children with yet to be diagnosed food allergies turns your life upside down. Totally, utterly, completely.

As a chef I thought I knew what a hard days work was. But when our kids came along, screaming all day and night, cooking no longer seemed so hard. After years of struggling with no answers, allergy tests showed both gluten and dairy to be the problem in not only both of the kids, but for me also. For the next 1 ½ years while I breastfed my youngest, we avoided these strictly and life finally became a whole lot easier. Slowly I started reintroducing little bits of dairy and gluten, watching and waiting for any of the symptoms we had once seen (restlessness and sore tummy for Ada, and eczema for Kye and myself). Some foods are fine now, some are still a problem. We tested negative for Coeliac, which was a relief. That being said, I have come to love the challenge of gluten-free cooking and even though our bodies now handle some gluten, I still prefer to cook without. We still avoid most dairy products, but do eat yoghurt and butter and feta cheese every now and then.
With all this new-found knowledge a couple of friends suggested I write a blog, to share recipes and information with other people struggling with food allergies and intolerances. I laughed and put it into the 'too hard basket' and promptly forgot all about the suggestion. A few months later in the midst of my food blog addiction, the idea once again popped into my head. That time I listened. In July 2010 I started My Darling Lemon Thyme as a place to share gluten-free vegetarian recipes, stories and tips on organic gardening. My aim is to inspire people with fresh, simple, flavourful recipes and to help break down the boring, flavourless stigma commonly attached to allergy-free eating. Some of the recipes I share are my own while other's I've adapted to be gluten-free and/or dairy-free from various cookbooks and magazines. I love to draw inspiration from vegan and raw food diets and we tend to eat seasonally inspired foods with many dishes made using vegetables and herbs from our own organic garden.

So why 'My Darling Lemon Thyme'? Let me explain... I call Ada 'my darling Clementine' after that old children's song, you know the one. So anyway, when she was around 3 ½ she got a bit mixed up and started calling me 'my darling lemon thyme.' I thought it was too cute not to use, especially as she enjoys cooking as much as I do. 

These are my stories, my life… our life, our food. Nau Mai, Haere Mai, welcome.


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