My name is Helen Toluwa (Tolu for short) and this is my 365 cook-a-thon!

My daily adventure of creating food that is tasty, healthy and attractive, and yet sugar, gluten and dairy and soy and yeast free.

My aim is to create one new recipe per day for a year.

A delicious recipe!

And on an ordinary mum’s budget.

A challenge indeed!

I am a food enthusiast, photographer, traveller, mother of a gorgeous 5 year old (who blogs over here), and lover of all things beautiful. I work with a charity I helped to set up in 2004, which has built a children’s village for orphans and destitute children in Uganda (http://www.kampalachildren.com).

I am passionate about eating and living wholesomely and re-discovering the healthy patterns, lifestyles, foods, insights and practices that have been so lost in western industrialised society.

I’m an experimental cook. The things I cook I make usually start as ideas rather than recipes!
I like to imagine ingredients together into delectable concoctions – that way the meal is a bit of a surprise nearly every time I cook!

Where possible, I buy locally produced, organic and fairtrade.

This blog is a space where I document my journey, the things that I learn, the delicious recipes that I create, (if they are less than delicious I will work on them till they are!) and the beautiful things that I discover, and will hopefully become a resource to others looking for gluten, sugar, dairy and soy free recipes.

Thanks for joining me!


Although I eat mostly vegetarian meals I also often entertain and so will also sometimes add meat and fish to recipes. Sometimes I will also add cheese yoghurt or chocolate for those not following a diary free diet but these will always be optional to the recipe

Unless referenced all the recipes and photographs are my own. Please reference them to me or to this blog if you wish to use them.

I’d love to hear from you. My email address is: helendacosta@gmail.com

If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, 

It would be a merrier world.  JRR Tolkien


20 comments on “About

  1. Wow what a nice and interesting challenge for 365 days, i shall be keeping up with your keeping ventures. Wish you all the best in your challenge!!!

  2. we are on a similar journey. i challenged myself to a year to my best health. part of that is crea
    ting 300 new recipes in 365 days. i like what i read about yourself and i wish you all the best for the cook a thon. elena

  3. Wow – what a brilliant challenge you have set yourself – I must admit that I find it hard to blog more than twice a week so I am really impressed. Love your photography too.

    PS – Thanks for following me : )

    • I don’t tend to blog every day – I cook all week and then blog when I have time. But I am enjoying the challenge!

      Thank you for the follow too!

  4. Wow, Helen! I admire your energy! I am looking forward to following you and checking out your progress. This seems like a huge challenge and I wish you the best of luck! 😀

  5. Hi Helen. Your blog is amazing. I love your recipes. Your Lemon Coconut Loaf recipes has been a real life saver for me (except I’ve had to leave out the lemon)… for the first time in 2 years I now have “bread” I can eat. Thank you!!!!!

    • Thank you Lise. I am so glad that you have enjoyed this recipe. I will have to try it without the lemon too. I have had to take some time off from blogging recently as my son has been unwell. But I have new recipes and I hope to start posting them again soon.

  6. Hi Helen, I would like to talk to you about some of your recipes in a connection with a new series I am currently making for Channel 4. I have emailed you. Hope to hear from you soon. Thanks, Fran

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