Our First Family Free From Buffet


Having food allergies can suck sometimes. Growing up I remember having take all of my own food and drinks to parties. I secretly wished that I could try the food everyone else was eating but knew that it would make me poorly. My sister knew exactly how I felt and so when my nephew was recently diagnosed as being coeliac she didn’t want him to feel the same. So at our first family get together since his diagnosis my sister decided to have a totally free from buffet. This meant that everything was gluten free and that my nephew could eat everything. She also made a special effort for me making sure that there was several milk free options for me. To be fair I’m not sure who was more excited me or my nephew. Secretly I think it was me. If you’ve seen the very clever Morrison’s free from advert that was me just like me but as a grown up. My sister did a fantastic job visiting several supermarkets and food halls to get a great range of food that we could all enjoy. In fact there may have been a bit too much food. This was fine as it meant that we spent a lovely lazy afternoon at the dinner table trying a fantastic variety of foods and enjoying each others company. So a big thank you to my sister for a fantastic afternoon. It was a true delight to be able to watch the excitement and see my nephews face light up at the possibly of being able to try everything on the table. Oh and for spoiling me too.

66 Comments

  1. June 25, 2017 / 11:32 am

    Thanks for your post. I don’t have any food allergies though, but my wife has. It worries me sometimes.

    • June 25, 2017 / 7:33 pm

      Hi, yes they can be quiet worrying, people often don’t r slide how serious it can be.

  2. June 25, 2017 / 11:37 am

    I wish I had a sister like yours (I only have a brother) to spend quality time with her. I try to eat gluten-free products from time to time and I realized how hard it is to be forced to eat the whole life like that. It’s almost as hard as a total sugar-free diet.

    • June 25, 2017 / 7:34 pm

      Yes I am very lucky. I don’t think I could manage a sugar free diet.

  3. Amy
    June 25, 2017 / 12:01 pm

    This would be a dream come true!

    • June 25, 2017 / 7:34 pm

      It was for me I’m very lucky.

  4. June 25, 2017 / 12:10 pm

    That’s so wonderful! You have a great family for being so accommodating! What were some of your favorites?

    • June 25, 2017 / 7:36 pm

      Gosh far too many to mention. I loved the sausage rolls though as they are often a no go for me.

  5. June 25, 2017 / 2:11 pm

    Kudos to you sister for such an effort. I know how it is to be allergic to a range of food and how difficult it can get.

    • June 25, 2017 / 7:36 pm

      Hi, yes it can be tough. I’m lucky to have such a great sister.

  6. June 25, 2017 / 5:48 pm

    How wonderful that your sister made the whole meal suitable so that your nephew could eat without feeling left out. I am a vegetarian and I only cook vegetarian and when I have have non veg friends they usually just enjoy the veggie dishes and don’t even realise there is no meat option.

    • June 25, 2017 / 7:38 pm

      Interesting isn’t it that your friends can’t tell that there’s no meat. A lot of the time you can tell that food is free from, but not always.

  7. Sohaiba Irfan
    June 25, 2017 / 6:03 pm

    wow love it!

    • June 25, 2017 / 7:38 pm

      We were very lucky.

  8. June 25, 2017 / 6:53 pm

    Spending time with near ones is always special

    • June 25, 2017 / 7:38 pm

      It sure is and the food is an extra bonus.

  9. June 25, 2017 / 7:35 pm

    Great Article

  10. June 26, 2017 / 5:48 am

    I total understand the pain of having to bring your own food everywhere. It really does mean so much when someone goes the extra mile to show you they understand. Great article❀️

    • June 27, 2017 / 7:52 am

      Hi, it sure does. I’m just very lucky to have s great sister.

  11. June 26, 2017 / 9:54 am

    It is hard to go glutton free.I wish they sold products in my country that were glutton free and tasty at the same time

    • June 27, 2017 / 7:53 am

      Yes we are very lucky to have lots of gluten free options, milk free is slowly following.

  12. June 26, 2017 / 2:43 pm

    Nice Article thanks to share your Experience with us…

  13. June 27, 2017 / 7:32 am

    This is cool your sister made the right decision. Is so sad for a kid to see that is different. Anyway now is easy to make different food for all. I’m vegetarian and when my friends come home I cook veggie and they really love it!

    • June 27, 2017 / 7:55 am

      Hi, she sure did I’m very lucky. I’m glad your friends love your veggie food.

  14. June 27, 2017 / 8:47 am

    What a great post! I can totally relate, as I had to eliminate several food groups from my diet due to having Hashimoto and being insulin resistant. Eating out, going to the parties and even family dinners at home are a challenge and it’s so thoughtful if someone cooks foods made especially for your needs. I hope you’ll have more family buffets like this.

    • June 27, 2017 / 9:45 am

      Hi, it can be tough even more for you I guess. I’m very lucky to have a fab sister who will no doubt do more buffets in the future.

      • June 27, 2017 / 9:49 am

        I have to admit, it isn’t easy but having a supportive family definitely helps

        • June 27, 2017 / 9:57 am

          It certainly does I’m very lucky to have a very understanding sister.

    • June 27, 2017 / 9:45 am

      She sure does 😊

    • June 27, 2017 / 10:23 am

      Hi, it sure was. Sadly, it didn’t last long so no leftovers.

  15. June 27, 2017 / 1:25 pm

    Oh how lovely! Not the same at all, but as a vegetarian I can understand the frustration of not being able to / not knowing if you are able to eat everything provided! x

    • June 27, 2017 / 2:16 pm

      Hi, it certainly was lovely. I have a fab sister.

  16. tripserto
    June 27, 2017 / 2:11 pm

    What a great article and a great idea πŸ™‚

    • June 27, 2017 / 2:17 pm

      Yes I’m lucky to have a great sister who makes a real effort for me.

  17. Michelle Murray
    June 27, 2017 / 5:33 pm

    My Brother in Law is gluten free and I do struggle sometimes especially if we are having a picnic type get together. great ideas x

    • June 27, 2017 / 5:42 pm

      Hi, it can be tough. I hope you found it helpful.

  18. Kizzy Bass
    June 27, 2017 / 6:57 pm

    It’s great that there is so much choice available nowadays. It must be so hard

    • June 27, 2017 / 7:01 pm

      It so much easier than it used to be fingers crossed it continues to get easier.

  19. cvnxena
    June 28, 2017 / 11:36 am

    I love how much more accessible free-from options have become in recent years, we don’t have the dietary requirements but sometimes it’s just nicer and we opt for them anyway!

    • June 28, 2017 / 11:53 am

      Hi, it sure is it is making life a lot easier both eating in and out.

  20. June 28, 2017 / 11:37 am

    It is great that supermarkets have come along way and and offer a variety of foods for all those who have allergies.

    • June 28, 2017 / 11:53 am

      Hi, it sure is its a booming market its nice to have more choice.

  21. June 28, 2017 / 7:46 pm

    Ah what a lovely idea of your Sister, that is so nice not to have to say no to anything.

    • June 28, 2017 / 8:10 pm

      Hi, yes I am very lucky to have a great understanding sister.

  22. June 28, 2017 / 8:09 pm

    The food looks great, I’m sure it was so nice not having to worry about allergies and know that it was all safe for him to eat. What a lovely sister πŸ™‚

    • June 28, 2017 / 8:11 pm

      Hi, yes we were both spoilt and ate lots. I do indeed have a lovely sister.

  23. June 28, 2017 / 9:49 pm

    Oh this all looks great! I’m gluten free and I do struggle with options sometimes. It’s great that so many places do free from options now.

    • June 30, 2017 / 6:57 pm

      It is great indeed and a big improvement compared to what it used to be. Luckily my sister also came up trumps.

  24. June 29, 2017 / 10:18 am

    Sounds great! I love the free from percy pigs!

    • June 30, 2017 / 6:59 pm

      Who doesn’t like Percy Pigs.

  25. June 29, 2017 / 11:00 am

    I hate buffets. Someone always puts the cheesy stuff on the same plate as something I could have eaten. Or someone eats the “special stuff” the host bought for you before you get a look in. I always have a food stash if I’m invited to a buffet as I don’t like to impose. Your sister is wonderful for creating such an amazing spread. #dreamteam

    • June 30, 2017 / 7:02 pm

      Hi, yes I am very lucky to have a great sister who is very understanding. I always normally take a supply of special stuff when eating at buffets and barbecues as well.

  26. June 29, 2017 / 7:34 pm

    We have a whole free-from aisle in our supermarket, its great that there is so much choice nowadays. I spot our favourites percy pigs xx

    • June 30, 2017 / 7:05 pm

      Yes good old Percy Pigs. It’s great when you have a whole free from aisle to choose some treats from.

  27. June 30, 2017 / 12:43 pm

    I look after a coeliac child and I always find it difficult letting the kids eat what she can’t. This is a great idea

    • June 30, 2017 / 8:17 pm

      It was a lovely idea and we plan to have more family buffets like this in the future.

  28. June 30, 2017 / 3:51 pm

    Oh it’s so hard to have allergies, our friend’s son has multiple allergies, it’s so hard to find food to eat and enjoy! You have a super sister! #dreamteam

    • June 30, 2017 / 8:19 pm

      It sure can be hard to find to try. I do indeed have a super sister.

  29. July 3, 2017 / 1:44 pm

    I never fully appreciated how limiting it can be when you are restricted by food allergies, but my husband recently had a months of eating gluten free and it really opened my eyes. Not only to how many items do actually include gluten that you wouldn’t expect, but also to how many free from alternatives are now available in the supermarkets. It looks like a delicious buffet! Thanks for sharing (virtually haha) with #DreamTeam x

    • July 7, 2017 / 8:15 pm

      Hi, it was a delicious buffet it can be restrictive but it is so much better now you can just pop into the supermarket.

  30. Corinne and Kirsty
    January 8, 2018 / 6:10 pm

    This is making me so so hungry! This buffet sounds lush! I get how hard it must be to find something you like when you have food restrictions! xx corinne

    • January 8, 2018 / 6:54 pm

      Hi, it sure is tough but my sister always comes up trumps now.

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