Filed under : Eating Out > Gluten Free Baking Tips > Gluten Free Living
A good friend of mine has recently been diagnosed with a Gluten & Dairy Intolerance. At first I was sad to hear the news but then I realized that it was actually good. She had been feeling unwell for such a long time that it was a relief for her to finally know what the problem was and start being able to control it.
Of course once you are diagnosed, then what do you do? There are the obvious things to take out of your diet such as bread, pasta, milk & cream but what about all the hidden things in chicken stock, soy sauce and especially butter which is used in just about every type of cooking!
To help I offered to go over to her house & teach her how to cook one of my favorite meals – Thai Yellow Curry. Here are a few tips from our night that you might be interested in:
- Coconut Milk contains no dairy (it really is from a coconut) so it makes a great dairy alternative
- Rice Milk & Almond Milk are excellent dairy alternatives for breakfast, coffee & even cooking
- Always check the ingredient list of Soy Beverages as they often contain barley, which has gluten.
- There are loads of Gluten Free & Dairy Free Products now on the market for – bread, cakes, cookies, muffins, soy sauce, chicken stock, pasta etc.. Check the health foods isle in your grocery store.
- Avoid cross contamination of foods by using separate chopping boards, knives, bowls. Be careful of breadcrumbs in jams & spreads.
- Coconut Butter or Almond Butter is a great alternative to butter.
For more tips on gluten free cooking check out Gluten Free in The Kitchen
One of her main questions to me was about eating out? She travels frequently so eating out is essential. My suggestions were:
- Always travel with food, such as a gluten free bread, it is important to have a back up if you cannot find something suitable
- Carry allergy ID cards, especially when traveling in a foreign country
- Advise the restaurant when making your reservation that you require a Gluten and Dairy Free meal. Offer to bring your own ingredients such as Gluten Free pasta or soy sauce
Eating out can be intimidating initially, but once you become more comfortable with ordering, you won’t give it a second thought. Supportive friends, family and workmates also make a difference in making your dining experience enjoyable. It is great when they understand that certain restaurants are easier for you to eat than others, and that you need to take time when ordering to ensure that you receive a Gluten Free and Dairy Free meal.
Dining out may take a little more time and planning, but there is never any reason to miss out. For more advice on Eating Out Gluten Free see – Gluten Free Living: Eating Out
From Thai to Japanese to Mexican it’s true that some Gluten Free meals than others. For a complete run down on which cuisines are right for you see – International Cuisines
Filed under : Gluten Free Recipes
:: Satay Chicken with Thai Cucumber Salad ::
Rice and/or Noodles
Place rice in small saucepan with 1 cup of cold water and 2 teaspoons of powdered chicken stock or curry flavouring. Cover and bring to the boil. Do not remove lid at any stage. Once boiling, remove from heat and cool for 10 mins â€“ lid on. Next, place saucepan back on low heat and leave a further 10min. Fluff with a fork and serve.
Place noodles in saucepan and cover with boiling water. Allow to sit for approx 15-20min or until soft. Drain and serve.
Chicken Skewers â€“ Baked then grilled
Dice chicken breast into bite sizes cubed and thread onto wooden skewers. Place on a baking tray and top with fresh garlic, salt and pepper, a dash of chicken stock. Drizzle with olive and bake in the oven on 350F for approx 10-15min. Turing half way through. Turn oven over to broil and grill a further 5 mins or until brown.
* If using wooden skewers, soak in water for 10mins before threading with chicken.
Thai Cucumber Salad
Using a potato peeler, ribbon English cucumber into long strips. Toss with fresh garlic, chilli, lemon juice and olive oil.
In small saucepan heat 4 tablespoons of peanut butter, 2 tablespoons lemon juice, Â¼ cup Thai sweet chilli sauce, 1/3 cup water, a dash of tamari soy sauce and a handful of slice shallots. Stir until ingredients combined and in a smooth sauce.
Serve Chicken Skewers on a bed of rice and noodles and a cover generously with satay sauce. Serve with cucumber salad and a nice glass of wine.
Catherine at â€˜A Gluten Free Guideâ€™ is having a Pizza Party!
When I first became Celiac/Coelaic I have to be honest and admit that I definitely missed pizza. Before becoming Coeliac I had worked at a wood fired pizza restaurant in Sydney, Australia. During that year I certainly enjoyed my fair share of delicious pizzas and developed a life long passion for pizza.
Below are my favorite Gluten Free re-creations of those delicious wood fired pizzasâ€¦
Spread the pizza base with a good quality olive oil. Top with fresh garlic, parsley, a sprinkle of sale and a generous layer of shredded parmesan cheese. Cook in the BBQ or oven until crisp.
Cover base of pizza with tomato paste. Layer with finely sliced roma tomatoes, fresh basil, spanish onion and garlic. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Cover with a drizzle of basil oil, then top with shredded mozzarella and parmesan cheese.
Chorizo Sausage Pizza
Spread a thin layer of tomato paste over pizza base. Next layer finely sliced onion, roasted peppers, kalamata olives, fresh basil, roasted roma tomatoes and chorizo sausage. Topped with shredded mozzarella and cheddar cheese.
BBQ Chicken Pizza
Spread a layer of Gluten Free BBQ sauce over pizza base. Layer with sliced onion, fresh green peppers, sliced bacon, diced chicken pieces and garlic. Top with oregano, cheddar and mozzarella cheese.
Drizzle pizza base with basil oil and then spread a thin layer of tomato paste over the base. Next layer the base with garlic, lamb, spanish onion, orange peppers and sun-dried tomatoes. Next add small dollops of pesto, then add a generous layer of mozzarella and cheddar cheese.
hhmm don’t you just love Sundays! And there is no better Sunday than Easter Sunday when you get to wake up and have Chocolate for breakfast.
To spoil me this Easter, my hubby bought me some delicious Lindt White Chocolate Truffles… I was absolutely addicted to these before becoming Gluten Free. Although excited, my first comments to him were ‘but these contain malt?’ Well it seams not here in north america. He had checked the label and sure enough, there were no Gluten containing ingredients (and no symptoms so far to suggest otherwise)
For him I decided I could not go wrong with the decantant Cadbury Cream Eggs. Although way too sweet for me, they were absolutely no problem for him to polish off.
In other news, on Saturday I decided to bake my delicious Chocolate Biscuit Balls… these are scrumptious, so be warned that it is hard not to undulge on too many.
NB: Cadbury Cream Eggs are Gluten Free. For a full list of Gluten Free Cadbury Chocolates see Cadbury Australia
Filed under : Eating Out > Gluten Free Canada > Gluten Free Living > Gluten Free Products > Traveling Gluten Free
Last winter season Whistler Blackcomb began offering Gluten Free hamburger buns at their on mountain restaurants Glacier Creek (Blackcomb) and Roundhouse Lodge (Whistler). It had always been a small temporary note stuck on the board or window where you ordered. I am very happy to report that this season WhistlerBlackcomb have continued to offer Gluten-Free hamburger buns and made them a permanent member on the menu.
Over the years I have snowboarded at many resorts, but I would have to say that Whistler Blackcomb has gone above and beyond in the Gluten-Free menu items they provide. Every station has a full ingredients list, so whether you want bowl of chilli, a loaded potato, a bowl of noodles or now a hamburger, they are able to check the ingredients at the drop of a hat.
They could possibly work a little more on the cross-contamination, but this is mostly just at the beginning of the season, when all the staff are new. By the end of the season, I barely have to explain my needs to the staff â€“ how refreshing.
Gluten-Free Chicken Club Burger – Glacier Creek, Blackcomb
Whistler Blackcomb is at the top of my list of Gluten Free friendly ski resorts. If anyone has any other stories of great gluten free resorts, send me a comment. I would love to hear about them.
Whistler Blackcomb – Our Playground
What a magic view!
Everywhere we skied on Saturday, people were smiling, laughing and celebrating another beautiful spring day in the mountains. The bars and restaurants were overflowing with locals and tourists alike enjoying another gorgeous day.