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  • Writer's pictureMelinda Nicholds-Brown

Gluten/dairy free!

Cake is an important part of mine and Emma's lives and the Larkswold experience (I eat a lot and Emma bakes a lot).

More and more we need to consider and create both Gluten and dairy free varieties. We have fallen in love with all things almond and so this makes a good substitute for normal flour in some of our new favourite recipes.

My daughter Jo is lactose intolerant and has quite a talent for baking and cooking wonderful food. It was Jo that found us the recipe for carrot cake which is delicious. With the addition of raisins and a little orange zest it has been a firm favourite for our Spring cake selection.

Next we are going to try out a recipe from our good friend Sandra from SMADAR. She has given us a chocolate cake recipe with 12 eggs which is gluten free. 12 eggs! Will let you know how trials go on that next week.

What else? First calligraphy session is going ahead in the marquee as we speak. Martie Hancock from The British Quill is running this session for us. Emma's on refreshments so I have decided to sneak out and sit in the sun/rain to write this blog.

We had the awesome Emma Bridemead come last Saturday on behalf of Cotswold tourism to photogragh Larkswold and make us look all fabulous and artisan (she did a really cool job). Hopefully we'll be able to share some of the pics with you soon.

Next week looks fun. We have SMADAR coming for a planning meeting and photoshoot and Elle Nextdoor (influencer) coming to try out arm knitting on Wednesday. She is an ambassador of tourism England and so we hope she likes her visit and says some nice things about us :-)

Think I might need to go make sure the cake is still delicious in the marquee and see how people are getting along learning this fabulous new skill.

Have a great weekend. could I forget! We went to Cheltenham John Lewis to say hi to Clare Walsh who has a pop up stall all week. Everything she does is so so so so so amazing and we want it all. She is coming to run a block printing session and printing with leaves. Few spaces left but hurry!

Melinda x

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