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Cornucopia - Continuing Our Journey

At the same time as Cornucopia was just starting, my sister Jasmine (who also works here) moved in with me. We joined up with another staff member to share a house together, and we all had restricted diets - myself with Coeliac & a severe intolerance to greens & beans, Jasmine who is Lactose & Gluten intolerant & allergic to coconut, and our flatmate who is a vegetarian. So the scope of Cornucopia began to grow even bigger. It was no longer just about gluten free food, one food intolerance is usually followed by another, so the goal became about finding the safest food available, that also tasted really good.

Finding suppliers who would work with such a small just-starting-out business did prove difficult sometimes, but we found a few who were willing to work with us, and the longer we're in business the more we find. We try to source as many NZ suppliers as possible, but we do occasionally have to ship in from overseas if we can't find a home grown supplier, and our range is constantly growing.

Skip forward a year & Cornucopia is growing. We've got our Facebook page, twitter, the website & of course now the blog. Our shelves are constantly being added to, and we keep having to put more shelving in, and every month I'm contacting more new suppliers.

Jasmine & I still live together, she's had a gorgeous baby girl who is now 8 weeks old, our flatmate has moved out and headed off overseas. With the Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, my health is up and down, but one thing that remains steady is the gluten free diet for myself & Jasmine.

I personally owe a lot to Cornucopia, it's given me the chance to feel normal with food again, given me the chance to try foods I don't think I'd have been brave enough to try normally. It's also given me the chance to experiment in the kitchen, with me not being a particularly proficient cook, and being able to mess around with baking again, which I love.

So I hope you stick with us, I love that I can share all of this with the community - the struggle, the knowledge I've gained - and I know that I'm doing what I'm meant to be doing, sharing my love of good safe food! And remember, if there's any thing you're after in particular, let us know & we'll do our best to get it in for you!
This is where Jasmine & I do all our experimenting with the wonderful GF products we get in... Stay tuned for her flourless Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip cookies and many more!


 

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