Real Housewife of Cheshire Stacey Forsey on food intolerances and her new book, Scrumplicious Sweet Treats.
PUBLISHED: 00:00 12 September 2018 | UPDATED: 09:51 03 October 2018
Stacey Forsey talks about her new cookery book: Scrumplicious Sweet Treats and living with food intolerances
Earlier this year Stacey revealed her dietary challenges and the symptoms she has struggled with on the massively popular ITVBe show, but she wasn’t just having an on camera whinge, she has taken action and launches her first cookery book for those living with intolerances next month.
‘My daughter, Grace, is both gluten and dairy intolerant. It’s hard: going out to the park, she can’t have an ice-cream; walking around Disneyland, she can’t have a waffle…and I thought, you know what, I’m on a mission now because there must be other children out there the same and worse than Grace.
‘I’m not a chef, I’m just a mum who wants my daughter to have the treats she can’t otherwise. I did 18 months of research and then I employed a friend of mine, an amazing chef, as a consultant and he’s helped bring my research together with taste. I’ve created the book and written all the content and there’re lots of photos in there of me and my family, it’s very visual – it’s more of a lifestyle book.
‘It’s a little bit of a help book, if you think you might have allergies or intolerances there’s a pull-out food diary in the back that is like no other food diary! It’s very precise and straight to the point and if you can’t afford the tests it helps you understand what the main foods are that cause problems.’
When we talk Stacy has just completed filming of season seven’s RHOC, but this doesn’t mean she’s putting her feet up for the summer.
‘My break from RHOC is not really a break!’ she laughs. ‘I shall be working hard on my lifestyle business now. I’m a creative person; I have always drawn and painted as a hobby and now I’m trying to use that hobby within my business. I have a new line of slogan t-shirts coming out and have raised the bar this season, six new designs in three different styles, each one hand-illustrated. I’m so exited – they’re going to be sold in the very cool Baar and Bass, which has boutiques in Chelsea and St. Tropez! The aim is to have the product in eight to ten boutiques across the UK, including Cheshire – and of course they’ll be on my website.
‘I’m also planning on two more cookery books. I’m trying to master an amazing pastry at the moment and if I crack that…well, I’m dying to eat a good old pie! Maybe I’ll do a book on pies! It’s safe to say I’m on a little bit of a mission with this. I’m sick of going to restaurants or hotels and being met by blank faces when I ask if there are dairy free options.
‘It’s hard getting people to understand this is not some sort of stupid fad diet. I cut dairy three years ago from my diet and as an asthmatic I used to have at least four chest infections at least every year, and I’ve not had one now for three years. This whole journey started with a massive chest infection and a need for a huge doses of steroids and antibiotics I had to take that made me really ill. If I’d just excluded the dairy years before…!
‘I just hope the book helps people and, you know, we all deserve a treat now and again.’
Find Stacey’s book, Scrumplicious Sweet Treats, on her website: www.staceyforsey.co.uk.