Another 3am on the bog, wrapped in a duvet, clinging onto the sink for dear life as yet another spasm of agony ripped through my stomach. This led to another 7am of my Son finding me asleep, toilet roll in hand, my head propped up on the loo roll holder. He used to find it funny, but nowadays I get sympathy as the poor mite has the same food intolerances as me.
|Me & my zits arrive at the show|
That’s why I decided to visit the Allergy Show in Liverpool’s BT Convention Centre last weekend. Sucking on my cardboard tasting breakfast of cracker things and still sulking from another bagel which had crumbled the second I tried to put ‘free from everything including taste’ jam on the top. I was determined to find something edible!
After handing over my free tickets, downloaded hastily from the internet that morning, I walked into my own equivalent of wonderland. I didn’t know which way to go first. Should I follow my nose to where the food waft was wafting from or pop over to the massage chairs (don’t care that I can eat them, I got me some achy bones) or even check out the face creams made from who knows what grown from home?? My nose won.
First up, I discovered the Galloway Fudge Company, where I bought some oh so delicious Sicilian Lemon Marshmallows. Lots of flavours of marshmallows and fudge were out for me and Hubby to nibble on, but this flavour won for me.
Next, I stopped by Nature’s Store where I was treated to a pack of white chocolate rice cakes – and they tasted lovely!! I know, its rare if not impossible to find rice cakes that don’t taste like something your mother would slap your hand for eating shouting ‘yucky, throw it away’. These my lovelies however, are yum – taste like chewier milkybars! My Hubs was given a free packet of milk chocolate ones for the road too. We were really starting to love this show!
Next up, we took a seat at a live cooking showcase and watched mesmerised as these women cooked up lovely dishes from the foods in the gluten free, dairy free, wheat free ranges. I was impressed and did my best to try and remember the recipes. I’ve failed though!
A bit further on and a lady from Melody-Claire pulled me over. She was enquiring about whether I shaved or waxed and I instinctively looked down to see if my legs looked like extras from Planet of the Apes. She showed her a buffer looking product and asked my man to test it. Looking most dubious he extended his arm and she performed a kind of ‘wax on, wax off’ manoeuvre across a hairy patch of arm. Seconds later, Hubs looked at the shiny bald patch in amazement. It was quick, painless, seemed effortless and no friction burns appeared. I handed over £20 for a years supply of buffer things immediately whilst secretly hoping it works on lady’tashe.
We sampled nitrogen ice-cream, fruity sorbet (not for me though, loathe the taste of real fruit), fajitas, curries and so much more. Massages from healer-people and heated seat pad thingies. There was precious little that I wasn’t excited about. Hubby, having no allergies or intolerances of his own, found many foods that he would refuse to eat but as I told him, many, many times over – he has had choices and junk food all his life. This stuff is brilliant for me & my intolerant comrades.
There was one particular stand however, where he kept stealing my samples. The Daura Damm aka, Beer Stand. What can I say except “WOW”. I can never, EVER drink beers without looking like I’ve either swallowed a football, or am due to give birth imminently. The aftermath always ends up with 3am duvet! Gluten-free beer that tastes as good as any German beer (my favourite kind). Apparently, this stuff is available in Asda, Morrisons, & Waitrose. I know what’s top of my shopping list for Christmas Festivities now Oh, along with Udi’s Bagels which I also discovered you can buy from Tesco, & Asda ; am munching
on a free sample pack of bagels as I write this blog.
|Me & George Jones|
I was really pleased to meet George Jones, 1990’s supermodel and all round gorgeous lady, who has set up Bathing Beauty. A natural skincare company from my nearby hometown of Denbigh. I complained about how my skin is always a disaster from all my allergy, stress and ‘hormonal’ issues. She handed over a sample bar of soap for me to try called Miracle; wow she really did know what I needed! Then she also told me all about a facial oil called Troubled Skin. I love that her range is so blunt rather than giving the products airy fairy names! Well, love this stuff so much that I will be posting my first ever YouTube video about our experience soon. That’s how inspired I was!
Well, with so many exhibitors to mention and a bag load of goodies to try, I can honestly say I’m chuffed to bits that I went to this show! I am definitely going again next year. In the meantime, I’m off to bin all my cardboard food – no room for it in my kitchen cupboards anymore.