Well first things first, before I launch into my look back on 2018; favourite gluten free recipes and first #Got2bGF linky for 2019, HAPPY NEW YEAR dear reader. I do hope you had a restful Christmas period, I wish I could say the same about our Christmas, we all had “the bug from hell” and I ended up with a chest infection.

Has anyone failed their New Year’s Resolutions yet? I bet I can beat you! I foolishly announced on social media that I planned to do Veganuary. My thinking was that I’m already intolerant to eggs and dairy and can go days without eating meat so how hard could it be? I hear you screaming at me; ‘but Rebecca, it’s about the ethical point to care for animals that you should be focusing on’. Believe me, I get that, I’m an animal lover but I’m also a control freak who has had a very unhealthy relationship with food in the past.

Bear with me, there’s a point to this.

As I began to look through my cupboards working out (as I’ve always done with gluten, milk and eggs) what I can and can’t have, I realised I was close to flicking an old switch in my mind. My thoughts moved from Veganuary to how much weight will I lose, could I reduce portion sizes, why not cut out carbs. WHOOP-WHOOP-WHOOP alarms bells started ringing. I’d already lost 14lbs over the last 12 weeks due to poor appetite and mental health and now I was pondering how much more I could lose.

So, this year’s New Year’s Resolution lasted about 30mins. Do I care? Nope! I looked after number one and beat those demons back into their box. Good riddance to them too.

As usual I’ve started by hiking off on a tangent; I promise I’ll focus now. Let’s get back to favourite bits and linky.

This year I’ve decided to tidy up #Got2bGF with a new badge created my little old me and a much clearer hashtag (#G2BGF just didn’t look right to me, I hope you agree the new one makes much more sense).

As with 2018 I’ll be co-hosting with Kate Dowse but you’ll know her better as The Gluten Free Alchemist, Kate will be popping in from time-to-time to host as unlike me she has a hugely important full time job but I’m sure you’ll agree it’s lovely to see her post when we do, I don’t know where I’d be without some of her signature recipes.

So I thought that this round up could be a look back over 2018 to focus on some stand out favourite gluten free recipes that touched my heart.

Mel’s Carrot, Parsnip and Ginger Soup over on Le Coin de Mel

Mel’s soup reminds me of the time I met with her and my dear friend Emma recently and we literally spent hours at her dining table putting the world to rights, talking about our dreams and comforting each other in our woes.  More recently it reminds me of the time Bethany and I visited Watford to watch the Premier for Aquaman but not before popping into Mel’s for a quick dinner to keep our energy levels up. Bethany loved the soup so much she’s asked me to make it again, this is unheard of so this is also one of Bethany’s favourite gluten free recipes this year.

Creamy Vegan Carrot Parsnip Ginger Soup - Le Coin de Mel

Midge’s Sweet Spiced Fig Muffins over on Peachicks Bakery

I’ve not made these yet but they remind me of Pignoulet and our bloggers dream escape including Midge for a weekend. Susie and James who run Pignoulet kept us topped up with lots of fig related treats as they have their own beautiful fig trees on their property.

Sweet Spiced Fig Muffins - Peachicks Bakery

Emma’s Healthier Date Flapjacks on Free From Farmhouse

This recipe reminds me of sitting in Emma’s kitchen a nibbling away at flapjacks after a meeting in London with the organisers from the Allergy and Free From Show, it also makes me jealous that I’ve never cracked flapjacks myself, mine always crumble into granola, but these were perfect.

Healthier Dairy Free Date Flapjack - Free From Farmhouse

Sarah’s Sticky Toffee Apple Upside Down Cake on The Gluten Free Blogger

This type of cake recipe always reminds me of my Nanny and her style of baking, she did do a good upside down cake but was famed for her biscuits, and of courses who could argue with toffee and apple; a flavour combination made in heaven.

Gluten Free Sticky Toffee Apple Upside Down Cake - GF Blogger

Kate’s Banana Chocolate Celebration Cake over at The Gluten Free Alchemist

There was no way I wasn’t going to add this to my favourite gluten free recipes of 2018. This celebration cake brings to mind the belief in sheer determination and perseverance because when life is tough this lady can still pull the free from punches and deliver excellence.

Banana Chocolate Celebration Cake - Gluten Free Alchemist