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Welcome to my gluten and dairy free recipes!

February 20, 2019

Welcome to my gluten and dairy free recipes!

Our recipe section is written by me: MAiK founder Cat Thorogood. It is a mixture of my favourite recipes from chefs that I love and recipes that I have adapted to make my own and work for my dietary requirements. All the recipes are gluten free and dairy free and there will also be vegan, nut-free, sugar-free and egg-free recipes!

I am a passionate home cook and for the last 10 years, I haven’t been able to eat gluten or dairy. When I say dairy, I specifically mean cow lactose as I am one of those lucky people that are able to eat sheep and goats cheese without any terrible repercussions! And oh how I feel lucky as there are some amazing sheep and goats cheeses out there!

I've had to eat a gluten and dairy free diet since I went travelling in South East Asia in 2009. I suffered a particularly bad bout of food poisoning just as I was about to start a four-day remote border crossing from Laos into Vietnam – but gosh that chicken from the night market in Luang Prabang was good!

At the time I got food poisoning I was also taking an anti-malarial tablet called Doxycycline. As well as it being an anti-malarial it is also an antibiotic.

Looking back, I should have been taking pro-biotics along side the Doxycycline to look after the good bacteria in my gut. Travelling in South East Asia there was always going to be a high risk of ingesting harmful bacteria and I should have been taking measures to protect my gut. I was not given any advice on this at the time and it has had a long lasting effect on my life – and all my friends and family that have to cook for me!

My travelling buddy Dan - this photo was taken not long after the food poisoning incident!

In the last 10 years I have tried everything I can to heal myself so that I can eat gluten and dairy again but I haven’t had any success. I've had tests, taken medication, taken millions (billions I should say!) of pro-biotics and tried all types of alternative therapy but nothing has worked.

I love discovering new recipes and food, so if you have one that you would like to share please let me know and I can include it. I would also love to hear from anyone who has experienced something similar and if they have managed to heal their gut. Send me an email at


Cat xx


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