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Hi! My name is Melissa, and I'm part of the gluten free blogger community on Instagram! I was diagnosed with Celiac Disease in 2009 and IBSc in 2020, and have been on a mission to make my stomach happy ever since!

One of my favorite things in the world is finding new gluten free products, and I love promoting them with my followers! I have a number of favorite brands (Schar, Feel Good Foods, Ian's, Udi's, Glutino, Goodie Girl. and Canyon Bakehouse to name a few), and I have proudly participated in collaborations with a number of other restaurants and brands! I also like to create my own recipes, and am always trying to create something new and fun to have for dinner! I am lucky to call Central Massachusetts home, and even luckier to call London my second home, as I travel there quite a bit to see family and friends!

I like to use my Instagram account to teach others how to adjust and adapt to the gluten free lifestyle, while also recommending great products, accommodating restaurants, and yummy recipes along the way!

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๐Ÿ“ฃ๐˜พ๐˜ผ๐™‡๐™‡๐™„๐™‰๐™‚ ๐˜ผ๐™‡๐™‡ ๐™‡๐™Š๐™‰๐˜ฟ๐™Š๐™‰ ๐™๐™๐™„๐™€๐™‰๐˜ฟ๐™Ž ๐Ÿ“ฃ Have I got NEWS for you!!!!! The absolutely incredible @goodfingpizza (arguably the BEST gluten free pizza in London) is officially available to order for delivery across the WHOLE OF LONDON!!!! Yep โ€” you heard that right! Delivery. across. the. WHOLE. of. London! ๐Ÿ“ฆ Dijon at Good Fโ€™ing Pizza has teamed up with @anddinecooking to bring delivery of his yummy pizzas RIGHT to your doorstep โ€” I mean, just LOOK at that crust!!!! ๐Ÿคฉ All you have to do is pop the pizza in the oven for a few minutes to warm it up, and BAM! You have some absolutely fabulous GF pizza! And donโ€™t worry โ€” Dijon even offers vegan cheese options! FUN FACT: Dijon founded Good Fโ€™ing Pizza in 2021, after his personal struggle with his gluten intolerance and the lack of high-quality GF pizza options! &Dine is an awesome new platform that allows you to search for a wide range of independent home cooks, chefs, and food businesses, and order their food creations for delivery direct to your door!! Whatโ€™s better than that!? All allergens are clearly listed on any food items on the &Dine platform, and there are other gluten free options available!! Be sure to give @goodfingpizza & @anddinecooking a follow!! Theyโ€™re both amazing businesses โ€” not to mention @goodfingpizza is an independent, 100% GF business!! PS โ€” I have a ยฃ10 off offer code for you!!!! Use code MOGF10 on your first order!!!! E N J O Y!! ๐Ÿ“ฆ๐Ÿ• ๐Ÿ“ธ Pizzas pictured: โ€ข Ham & Pineapple โ€ข โ€˜Nduja #glutenfreelondon #onehappystomach #anddinecooking #anddine #londonliving #glutenfreepizza #glutenfreeliving

You know what I love?? Making gluten free food. You know what I keep forgetting to do?? Post pictures of my gluten free food. ๐Ÿซฃ But seriouslyโ€ฆ is anyone else baffled how quickly the days are flying by!? I can hardly believe itโ€™s nearly the end of August!! (Cue a tiiiiiny bit of panic because our wedding is in 59 DAYS!) ๐Ÿฅน Anyway! Hereโ€™s a yummy pic of a summery dinner we had a few nights ago! Check out all the scrumptious dEATS below๐Ÿ‘‡๐Ÿฝ โ€ข @geniusfoodofficial Brioche Burger Buns โ€ข fresh lettuce โ€ข @nandosuk Perinnaise โ€ข red onion โ€ข @sainsburys โ€˜The Cheesy Oneโ€™ burger โ€ข fried halloumi โ€ข corn on the cob โ€ข homemade french fries โ€ข @tescofood GF/DF onion rings #glutenfree #glutenfreelondon #glutenfreesummer #onehappystomach #myglutenfreelife

๐Ÿ“ Utter Waffle, 119 Dulwich Road, SE24 0NG I F I N A L L Y made it to Utter Waffle! ๐Ÿง‡๐Ÿ“ My heart is still so full from my Sunday afternoon GF brunch date a few weekends ago, and my belly is wishing it still had this incredible plate of waffles in front of it! I mean, can you even handle how absolutely dreamy they look? ๐Ÿ˜ ๐Ÿ“ธ pictured: (top) The Club Waffle // smoked bacon, fried chicken, garlic aioli, bloody-mary- relish & crisp baby gem lettuce stacked between layers of the signature mozzarella & thyme stuffed waffle (bottom) James, Jules & the Giant Peach // this one is named after the owners (how fricken cute is that?), and is a waffle coated in cinnamon sugar, topped with smoked bacon, caramelised peach, rosemary honey, cream-cheese-frosting & pistachio crumb โ€” this is what I ordered, and what an absolute DREAM it was ๐Ÿคค Nearly everything on the menu is completely gluten free and celiac safe, and many options can even be made vegan! Great right?? Be sure to book a visit to Utter Waffle for your next brunch date! I promise you wonโ€™t be sorry! ๐Ÿง‡๐Ÿ˜ #onehappystomach #glutenfreelondon #livingwithceliac #myglutenfreelife #glutenfreewaffles

๐™ƒ๐™ค๐™ฃ๐™š๐™ฎ ๐˜พ๐™๐™ž๐™ฅ๐™ค๐™ฉ๐™ก๐™š ๐˜พ๐™ค๐™ง๐™ฃ๐™›๐™ก๐™–๐™ ๐™š ๐™๐™ง๐™ž๐™š๐™™ ๐˜พ๐™๐™ž๐™˜๐™ ๐™š๐™ฃ ๐Ÿฏ๐ŸŒถ YOU. GUYS. I fried chicken properly for the first time EVER last night, and it came out A M A Z I N G. Iโ€™ve never fried anything before โ€” other than in the air fryer โ€” and my goodness, Iโ€™m so glad I finally convinced myself to try it!! Iโ€™ve seen a few reels and posts about fried chicken lately so I think thatโ€™s what finally convinced me, but Iโ€™m excited I actually know how to do it now!! It was quick and easy, and I honestly kind of made things up as I went โ€” except for the blue cheese dipping sauce that I used a recipe from @bbcgoodfood for! I served the chicken over rice, alongside some roasted brussels sprouts. The meal was absolutely fab, and I honestly canโ€™t wait to make it again!! Maybe this time Iโ€™ll even write down the recipe as I go so I can share it ๐Ÿ˜‚ #onehappystomach #eatingglutenfree #homemadeglutenfree #glutenfreefriedchicken

๐™๐™ง๐™š๐™จ๐™, ๐™จ๐™ช๐™ข๐™ข๐™š๐™ง๐™ฎ ๐™จ๐™–๐™ก๐™–๐™™ ๐ŸŒฑ๐Ÿ“๐Ÿฅ“ Does anything compare to a bright, fresh, summery salad?? What about one with fresh greens, fresh fruit, chicken, bacon bits, and halloumi?? Because this. salad. was. delicious. Salad dEATS: + iceberg lettuce + spinach + strawberries + pomegranate + chicken sautรฉed in olive oil + crispy bacon bits + fried halloumi + homemade dressing // balsamic vinegar, olive oil, @mikeshothoney, lemon juice #onehappystomach #glutenfreesalad #glutenfreeliving #eatingglutenfree #lifewithceliac

แด„สœษชแด„แด‹แด‡ษด & แด แด‡ษขษขษชแด‡ sแด‹แด‡แดกแด‡ส€s ๐Ÿง…๐Ÿซ‘๐Ÿข + halloumi + rice + green beans These are hands down one of my favorite summertime meals, and theyโ€™re so light and delicious โ€” not to mention perfect for a near 38ยฐC / 100ยฐF day! สœแด‡ส€แด‡โ€™s สœแดแดก ษช แดแด€แด‹แด‡ แด›สœแด‡แด: 1. I cut some peppers and red onions into small(ish) pieces, and then put them into a bowl and pop them into the microwave for 1 minute โ€” this helps to soften them up, and makes them cook a bit faster in the oven! 2. At the same time, I cut chicken tenders into small pieces and let them cook in the frying pan with a little bit of garlic-infused olive oil 3. While the chicken is cooking, I cut zucchini / squash into small pieces, as well as halloumi 4. Once the chicken is cooked, I get ready to make my skewers! I typically start the skewers with a large veg (zucchini), and then just kind of alternate veg, chicken, and halloumi โ€” I do this until all the veg, chicken, and halloumi has been used up and the skewers are complete! 5. Finally, I line a cooking sheet with tin foil, and drizzle a bit of garlic-infused olive oil on top. I also sprinkle a bit of spices โ€” usually a paprika, garlic powder, pepper mix โ€” on top of the drizzled oil, and then place my skewers on top. I give the skewers a little spin to get the spices on them, and then give them a little extra sprinkle for good measure ๐Ÿ˜‰ 6. I pop them into the oven at 175ยฐC / 350ยฐF on the โ€˜grillโ€™ setting for about 20 minutes, then serve over rice โ€” of course, alongside more veg because I canโ€™t get enough veg! I hope you give these a try, and if you do, please let me know!! แด‡ษดแดŠแดส! #onehappystomach #homemadeglutenfree #myglutenfreelife #glutenfreedinner

๐™จ๐™ฅ๐™ž๐™˜๐™ฎ ๐™จ๐™–๐™ก๐™ข๐™ค๐™ฃ & ๐™—๐™ง๐™ค๐™˜๐™˜๐™ค๐™ก๐™ž ๐™ง๐™ž๐™˜๐™š ๐ŸŸ๐ŸŒฟ๐Ÿฅฆ๐Ÿš salmon, rice and veggies have become such a staple meal in our home, and each time I make it, I try to switch it up a bit! This time, I used @thesaucegoddess โ€˜Latin Heatโ€™ seasoning, and it added the perfect amount of spice to the salmon! I cooked it in the oven tented inside tin foil, with drizzled olive oil and @thesaucegoddess seasoning ๐ŸŒถ We also had some spinach in the fridge that I knew I wanted to use, but wanted to get creative so we werenโ€™t just eating โ€˜plain old spinachโ€™ โ€” not that plain spinach is a bad thing, I find it can just get a bit boring. I heated it up in the microwave quickly, then threw it into the blender with some garlic, lemon, and olive oil! Then I spooned it onto the plate (trying to be fancy obviously, ha!) and placed the cooked salmon on top! Finally, for the rice & broccoli, which arguably came out the yummiest โ€” I brought 1/2c of water to a boil with a sodium free chicken bouillon packet, then added pieces of broccoli. When the broccoli was cooked, I added cooked white rice into the pot with the broccoli & boullion water and let it soak up! When I tell you this meal was good, I mean it was GOOD. Conan, who once used to *hate* seafood, now asks for salmon all the time! Iโ€™d call that a win for sure! #onehappystomach #glutenfree #glutenfreecooking #easyglutenfreemeals

๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ง๐˜ช๐˜ท๐˜ฆ-๐˜ฐ๐˜ฉ ๐Ÿ๐ŸŒฟ๐Ÿ… tomato, mozzarella, cotton ham, pineapple, fresh chili & basil This weekend was filled with date days and adventures, and Conan absolutely spoiled me for our anniversary! We took a long (hot ๐Ÿฅต) walk to @mammadough in Honor Oak, and enjoyed this stunning pizza and salad combo! It was just fab, and we were spoiled with amazing service, gorgeous sunshine, and delicious food & drinks! DISCLAIMER: the gluten free bases at Mamma Dough come from the incredible @bocconcinibakery, and there is an additional ยฃ2.50 charge for them. Mamma Dough does note the following on their menus: โ€œdue to the presence of gluten in our kitchen, we are unable to guarantee the absence of gluten in our menu items; for any further food allergen information please ask a member of our staffโ€ I do feel as though itโ€™s important for me to share that with you, as some people with celiac may not feel comfortable eating here. However, I have had nothing but great experiences and have never felt ill after a Mamma Dough date โ™ฅ๏ธ #onehappystomach #glutenfreelondon #glutenfreepizza

๐Ÿ“ Groganโ€™s, Glasson, Co. Westmeath, Ireland When I tell you this was one of the yummiest meals Iโ€™ve had in a VERY long time, I mean it! I totally forgot to take a photo of the menu to be able share all the dish specifics, but here are some of the dEATS I remember! + roasted chicken + crispy kale + baked potato + creamy bacon & spring onion sauce Groganโ€™s in Glasson is truly a gem, and we try to stop in on our drives back to Cavan. Itโ€™s also right down the road from family in Ballymahon, so itโ€™s the perfect meet up spot to catch up and break up the journey! / @grogansglasson If youโ€™re ever in the area, I highly recommend making a stop! All gluten free items are clearly labeled on the menu, and the staff are so kind and welcoming! #onehappystomach #glutenfreeireland #irishpubsarethebestpubs #grogansofglasson

๐˜š๐˜ฑ๐˜ช๐˜ค๐˜บ ๐˜๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฆ๐˜บ ๐˜Š๐˜ฉ๐˜ช๐˜ค๐˜ฌ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ ๐˜š๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ๐˜ธ๐˜ช๐˜ค๐˜ฉ ๐ŸŒถ I donโ€™t have words for how yummy this dinner turned out, and honestly, it was better than I could have ever expected it to be! If you remember what โ€˜McChickenโ€™ sandwiches taste like, this sandwich brought that memory back, and was quite possibly even yummier than how I remember โ€˜McChickensโ€™ tasting! Check out the dEATS here: + BUN ๐Ÿž @geniusfoodofficial Brioche Burger Buns + ONION RINGS ๐Ÿง… @tescofood Free From Onion Rings + FRENCH FRIES @mccainukie GF French Fries + CHICKEN @birdseyeuk GF Southern Fried Chicken + FLAVOR(S) & TOPPINGS @nandosuk Hot Perinaise (on bottom bun) @sainsburys Curly Leaf Lettuce @mikeshothoney (drizzled over chicken) It. was. DELICIOUS. #onehappystomach #glutenfree #glutenfreeUK #glutenfreeathome

Guys! Iโ€™ve obviously been totally slacking and havenโ€™t posted anything here in nearly a MONTH ๐Ÿ˜ณ, but Iโ€™m so excited to be back!! Just a few little life updates for you, as a lot has happened in the past month! Iโ€™ve officially moved back to London and am settling back into life with Conan ๐Ÿ’œ We spent two weeks in Ireland and celebrated the most amazing, love-filled family wedding, aaaaaaand then COVb*tch ๐Ÿฆ  got us both and knocked us down for a bit. ๐Ÿค’ Weโ€™re both feeling MUCH better now, and have obviously been eating alllllll the yummy GF things throughout, which Iโ€™ll post pictures of soon! In the meantime, here are some smiley fries and fish & chips we had a few weeks ago โ€” I just couldnโ€™t resist posting these cute little smiles! ๐Ÿ™‚ Canโ€™t wait to post more pics and catch up with all of you!! ๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ’š #onehappystomach #glutenfreelondon #glutenfreefishandchips

๐™ƒ๐™ค๐™ข๐™š๐™ข๐™–๐™™๐™š ๐™Ž๐™ฅ๐™–๐™œ๐™๐™š๐™ฉ๐™ฉ๐™ž ๐˜ฝ๐™ค๐™ก๐™ค๐™œ๐™ฃ๐™š๐™จ๐™š ๐Ÿ Dinner last night was just absolutely delicious, and it reminded me how much I love making homemade sauce โ€” something my grammy & mum have always loved to make, too!! We had some tagliatelle from the @sainsburys Free From line (which is just DELISH), and then I made some garlic bread with slices of a gluten free Tiger Bread loaf from @marksandspencer โ€” which was a lovely (and yummy) gift from my sister-in-law ๐Ÿžโ™ฅ๏ธ G A R L I C B R E A D + sliced GF Tiger Bread loaf (about 1โ€ thick) + butter, minced garlic & parsley (mixed well) + spread butter mixture on bread slices + pop into the oven at 250ยฐF / 120ยฐC for ~8 min G R E E N B E A N S + 1/2 tsp. butter + 1 tbsp. water + 1/4 tsp. garlic pepper spice mix S A U C E Itโ€™s a secret ๐Ÿ˜‰ #onehappystomach #glutenfreeliving #glutenfreedinner

๐’œ๐’ป๐“‰๐‘’๐“‡๐“ƒ๐‘œ๐‘œ๐“ƒ ๐’ฏ๐‘’๐’ถ ๐Ÿซ– Iโ€™ve been a bit quiet since arriving in London as itโ€™s all been a bit of a whirlwind, but I couldnโ€™t let another day go by without sharing photos from our Platinum Jubilee Afternoon Tea at the @waldorfhilton!! ๐Ÿ’œ It was such a treat to be welcomed to my new home with, and the staff were just so kind and accommodating when it came to catering to our gluten free request. It was truly just the loveliest day! ๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿซ– #onehappystomach #glutenfreeafternoontea #glutenfreelondon #platinumjubilee

Say hello to the newest resident of the UK!! โ™ฅ๏ธ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง I still donโ€™t have the words yet, because I truly still canโ€™t believe itโ€™s happening, but, Iโ€™m officially LIVING with my husband. After THREE years of long distance, cancelled weddings, and absolute heartache, we are finally together again. What a wild ride itโ€™s been, but itโ€™s finally here. A trip without having to worry about the number of travel days, or living out of suitcases โ€” we finally get to settle in and have the life together that weโ€™ve always longed for. @conanobrien87, hereโ€™s to us babe โ™ฅ๏ธ๐Ÿฅ‚

One of the things Iโ€™ve probably struggled with the most when it comes to navigating a gluten free & Celiac-safe lifestyle, is finding flour mixes to bake with that allow baked goods to have the same incredible textures I was used to before my diagnosis. When I was first diagnosed 13 years ago, there werenโ€™t any flour โ€œmixesโ€ out there yet, and I had to learn about how different flours work (think: rice flour, almond flour, oat flour). Some are denser than others, while some are gritty, while some donโ€™t bind well and lead to baked goods falling apart. And donโ€™t even get me started on figuring out the Xanthan Gum, ha! I am SO thankful for all of the incredible companies and brands that have worked tirelessly to create the PERFECT flour mixes so we donโ€™t have to spend hours (and lots of money on ingredients) experimenting with flour textures! Here are three of my faves, and I hope sharing these help anyone who struggles with gluten free baking!! ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿปโ€๐Ÿณ @cup4cup is incredible, and SO great for cookies, cupcakes, brownies, pastries, and more! ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿปโ€๐Ÿณ @gfjules is also amazing โ€” I actually won my first bag in a giveaway โ€” and can be used as a substitute in any recipe that calls for flour! ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿปโ€๐Ÿณ @josiesbestgf โ€˜the muffin & moreโ€™ mix is a literal dream, and is my favorite for making scones, cookies, and blueberry muffins! If you end up using any of these, please let me know how they work for you!! โ™ฅ๏ธ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿปโ€๐Ÿณ #onehappystomach #celiacdisease #bakingglutenfree #bakingwithceliac #glutenfreeflour

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