Prepping for a gluten free holiday

Hooray! the holidays are here – well my holidays are anyway! I carried lots of annual leave over from last year so conscious I need to get using them pretty soon. So we have got a fortnight off snowboarding. That’s right… A WHOLE FORTNIGHT in the mountains!

I’m excited.

I’m also making sure that I am well covered with gluten free treats to take with me to keep me on the straight and narrow. Keep me away from the muffins… the croissants and the beer at the end of the day. We decided to go self catering so it should be easy enough to control and for the next 2 days my to do list looks a little like this:-

  • Check-in online and print boarding passes
  • Print details for accommodation, insurance and airport parking
  • Pack cases and all equipment
  • Charge Kindle
  • Handover at work (no one wants the stress of work on hols)
  • Go to the shops and get what I can for Gluten free goodies!
  • Take dogs to kennels

And the other thing to note is – we are on a budget. We do not have hundreds of euros per day allocated for spending money… so any nuggets of info will have a pretty tight bank account in mind!

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Free Samples = Happy Monday!

Compromising on wheat should not mean compromising on flavour.

It can be time consuming and expensive to find the right gluten free products to suit your diet. Some products are available on an annual pre paid prescription, and this is a good idea if there are more than one coeliacs in your household.

Did you know that some companies offer free samples, delivered to your door which allows you to try before you buy.

I have just had one such package delivered straight from Juvela.

Juvela

 

Enclosed are the following items:-

  • 2 x Pizza bases
  • 1 x box of crackers
  • 1 x box of fibre flak cereal
  • 1 x box of fusilli pasta
  • 1 x packet of white mix (ideal for cakes/ pastry/ bread)
  • 6 x white rolls
  • 1 x loaf of bread
  • 1 x recipe book

Most definitely worth filling in your details on the website. This way you can try a good cross section of their products without costing you a penny.

I have tried the white bread. And honestly, yes the slices are small BUT toasted with jam and butter… there is nothing to stop you from eating the entire loaf! Perfect!

 

A Few Good Facts

  • Coeliac disease affects 1 in 100 people
  • It is often mistaken for IBS, and remains untreated.
  • The average length of time it takes someone to be diagnosed with Coeliac disease is 13 YEARS!!!!
  • People with Coeliac disease cannot join the armed forces
  • Gluten is found in Wheat, Barley and Rye
  • Meat from cereal fed animals IS gluten free and so safe to eat
  • Coeliac can run in families

Winter is coming… exciting recipes COMING SOON!!!

Have your Gluten Free cake…. AND EAT IT!!!!

Happy Monday one and all!

Thought it might be nice to kick the week off with a super simple and quick recipe for a Victoria Sponge. Make it on a Monday to chase away those post weekend blues, and it makes a perfect Wheat free snack, put it in a lunch box or just eat the whole thing while it is warm like I will be doing later this eve!!!

Ingredients:

8 oz Gluten Free Self Raising Flour

8oz Soft Margarine

8oz Caster Sugar

3 Large Free range eggs

Skimmed Milk (You will need this as when using wheat free flour, you will find the mixture is too stiff, this just waters (or milks!) it down a little.

Strawberry Jam

Preparation

Grease and line 2 x 9 inch victoria sandwich tins

Method

First of all cream your margarine and caster sugar together to form a paste. Then add your 3 large eggs and stir in with a spoon until consistency is smooth and even. Now, add your flour gradually while whisking at a high speed. Add a few tablespoons of milk until the mixture is smooth.

Tip into your baking tins and cook at 160 degrees until the tops of the cakes are golden. When you think they are cooked, put a skewer into the middle – if no sponge sticks to the skewer… They are ready to go!

Remove cakes from tin. When cool sandwich together with Jam and VOILA!!!

You have to admit. Quick. Easy. Tasty. Low fat. And the perfect remedy to a Monday!

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Can I Eat Oats?

First of all Oats do NOT contain Gluten.

This means that most Coeliacs can eat Oats without any problems at all. However, some coeliacs may also be sensitive to Oats, as they contain a similar protein called Avenins. So this is something to be aware of.

Also, you need to bear in mind that many oats, and oat products are contaminated with gluten from wheat, barley and rye so it is super important to check the label to make sure the food is suitable for you – See below!

It is recommended that as soon as you find out you are Coeliac, you stop eating oats altogether for 6 months, and then reintroduce to our diet after you have consulted your GP or dietician.

But on the whole… for most people… it does mean that the humble Flap Jack is back on the menu!!!! Woo hoo!!!

oats

Not all grains are “Glutenous”!!!

It is a bit of a tricky one. Which grains can you eat? Which grains should you avoid like the plague?

I have pulled together a simple list to help you on your way!

Gluten Free :

  • Amaranth
  • Buckwheat
  • Chestnut
  • Corn (maize)
  • Millet
  • Polenta (cornmeal)
  • Quinoa
  • Rice
  • Sago
  • Sorghum
  • Soya
  • Tapioca
  • Teff
  • Oats (in most cases coeliacs can still eat oats… just be careful of the manufacturing methods!)

Not Gluten Free:

  • Barley
  • Bulgar wheat
  • Couscous
  • Dinkel
  • Durum Wheat
  • Einkorn
  • Emmer Wheat
  • Kamut
  • Rye
  • Semolina
  • Spelt
  • Triticale
  • Wheat

Sooooooo, in a nut shell…. stick to the first list, and avoid the second list! Simple! Or not so simple… it can be pretty tricky remembering what you can and cannot have, finding it on a food label, identifying it on a menu, especially when, lets face it, we haven’t even HEARD of half of these!

But don’t worry… more information is on its way.