Hello and welcome to the new LOOSE blog!

Summer Cornbread with lush Italian flavours. Gluten-Free and Vegan. What more do you want?


May I introduce your new LOOSE blog writer; my name is Maria-Carin Gala, and I am a passionate chef living in Stroud, making all things plant-based (vegan), gluten-free and refined sugar-free! Healthy AND delicious is my mojo.  

Julie, the owner of LOOSE, has asked me to contribute some yummy recipes using the ingredients you can find at LOOSE — how good is that?!

This week I’d like to share a recipe with you: vegan & gluten-free Cornbread — and an inspiration for Beautiful Beetroot Borscht. Borscht is a soup that is suitable also for summer as one can have it lukewarm or even cold. But seeing it’s not exactly tropical weather here, it’s also nice heated up. 

My Cornbread recipes use unpackaged ingredients from LOOSE, such as; polenta, flax seeds, chickpea flour, rice flour, herbs and spices and salt. I find it very useful to know how to make a super nutritious cornbread for a variation on regular bread. 

You can watch me make the recipe of the Italian Cornbread here. (It’s a LIVE video so takes a wee longer, naturally.)

If you want a quick video, you can watch me make the Mexican version of the same Cornbread recipe here. 

I find it so useful to see recipes being made, makes me actually make it myself 100 fold more. Do you know what I mean? Are you also a visual kind? Does it get your taste buds drooling when you see food being made in front of your eyes in just a few minutes?

The Borscht and the Sour Cream recipes are in my cookbook LICK YOUR PLATE, but if you’re keen to try the recipes out before anything else, you can email me, and I would be more than happy to share those with you. Sounds good? Don’t be shy: ohyes(@)galasorganickitchen.com.

Watch out for more delicious weekly recipe ideas, using the wonderful plastic-free ingredients at LOOSE. 

Have a good week and come visit us!

Maria-Carin Gala, on behalf of LOOSE.