Tuesday, 28 July 2015

Coming Soon: Cooking For K

We will be starting a new regular segment here at TeamDK… Cooking For K. As some of you may already know, I have a number of food allergies. Back in 2009 after a severe bout of food poisoning, I began to develop issues with a number of foods. My symptoms (bloating, stomach cramps/pains and severe diarrhea) gradually worsened with time, which resulted in numerous trips to the doctors. 

After all of these years, I have yet to be diagnosed with any illness or condition, yet the symptoms still persist. For years I endured these problems. The constant diarrhoea was affecting both my physical and mental health, and as the years past I began to gain weight and developed many issues with food. I was often unable to eat anywhere but home and would eat the same ‘safe’ foods over and over. 

This was no way to live, so we decided to finally get to the bottom of my allergies and cut out the problem foods once and for all. This was a very lengthy process with much trial and error. This method involved trying and isolating new and potentially ‘bad’ foods each week, along with other known ‘safe’ foods. Some of the results were as we suspected, yet there were a number of surprises along the way. I became increasingly ill during the testing stages and this was an extremely unpleasant time for us both. However, it was certainly worth it in the end, as my symptoms have eased significantly.

This continues to be an ongoing process for us both, and we continue to try different combinations, recipes and new foods each and every week.

We have compiled a basic list of items that I need to avoid –
Biscuits/Crackers/Croutons etc.
Caffeine (Coffee/Fizzy Drinks)
Milk Substitutes (Almond, Hazelnut, Soya etc.)
Spicy Foods

I know, it’s a pretty big list, right? Because the list is so long, and includes ingredients that are frequently used in everyday cooking, D decided to developed Cooking For K. He has created new recipes and has cleverly reworked existing meals that cater to my dietary needs. Each week D will be sharing his exciting cooking ideas, techniques and recipes here.

If you too have dietary issues, please feel free to share your stories, advice or send us your questions here. We would love to here from you.

Posted by K.

Thursday, 23 July 2015

TeamDK Scrapbooking Project

If there's one thing we love here at TeamDK... it's going to the cinema. For the last few years we've been keeping ticket stubs from all the movies and gigs we've been to (well most of them anyway). For years, we stuffed them into a memory box along with all the other bits and pieces we save. But, after a trip to Paperchase, we found this fab scrapbook. 

Our movie scrapbook was super simple to make. All I used were the tickets, some glue and a felt tip pen. 

Here are some of the pages from our book... our tickets go all the way back to our very first movie date back in 2011... ahhh!

I really love this idea. In years to come we can look back and think... why the hell did we go and watch that movie? 

Posted by K. 

Wednesday, 22 July 2015

TeamDK Summer: Byfords Cafe (Holt)

It was TeamDK's day off yesterday, so we decided to take a little trip up to the North Norfolk Coast. Our first stop was Wells-Next-The-Sea. I've been there a few times, but yesterday was the first time I made it to the beach. And wow, what a beautiful place!

We decided to walk to the beach rather than drive or take the super cute train. It took awhile, and we got a little burnt along the way (I'm always forgetting the suncream), but it was well worth it. Later, we made our way up and down the High Street; in and out of all the cute little shops and cafes. 

After Wells we got back into the car (Larry) and decided to take an early dinner in Holt. The coast road is so beautiful this time of year, with so many great pubs along the way. It's a great drive and we pick up some fresh Samphire along the way. 
Our favourite place to eat in Holt is Byfords. So we headed there. 

D decided to go for the Breakfast Pizza, whilst I opted for the Steak and Prawn salad. Both were delicious. It was a great meal and the perfect end to a super day. D just can't resit playing with a candle! 

If you're ever in Holt, you have to pop into Byfords. They are part of the Our Norfolk group and offer a 10% discount to all Passport holders. You can find out more and pick up your very own Passport at Our Norfolk.

Hopefully, we will be able to share more TeamDK summer adventures with soon. 
Posted by K.   

We're Back!!!

I know, I know. It's been six months (maybe more) since our last post... and we're very sorry. The truth is... we've been super busy. D has recently finished his studies, and we've both taken a little (well deserved) time off. But... we're back!
We have some really exciting posts planned for this summer, and we will soon be taking the blog in a new direction... all will be revealed shortly. We promise... you'll love it. 

See you soon. 
Posted by K.