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gluten and dairy free = tasteless

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teta Tue 10-Sep-13 12:36:49

Aibu in expecting the above to taste as nice as ordinary food bearing in mind its often more expensive.Is anyone up to a name and shame/praise thread for food that actually tastes good?

ElBombero Sat 28-Sep-13 06:29:20

Another vote for warburtons GF wraps, we have fajitas weekly now!

I get my bread fresh on prescription 8 loaves at a times from Glutafin it's honestly perfect tasty n doesn't fall apart. Have you had a diagnosis? If you you could gets lot on prescription

vole3 Sat 28-Sep-13 06:19:30

I baked nigella s dense chocolate loaf cake ths week using GF flour and got no end of compliments

teta Sun 22-Sep-13 13:29:21

Vole3 thats a good tip!Labradormama,yes that's often true,though I bought some OK rolls from Sainsburys own brand GF range.They were seeded soft rolls and were actually quite light and good with homemade burgers (made from organic mature Hereford beef purchased from Ludlow food fair).I also can vouch for the Mrs Crumbles bakewell slices that the kids scoffed, Before I got to them.

vole3 Sat 21-Sep-13 05:56:38

Any recipe which uses less than 100g of flour is still fine if you use gluten free flour.
I especially recommend the Lorraine Pascale brownie recipe using tesco finest double choc gluten free cookes instead of Oreos.

mynameismskane Fri 20-Sep-13 23:02:06

Brill thread!

LabradorMama Fri 13-Sep-13 16:47:20

You have my sympathy. GF stuff, especially baked goods, are just not nice.
My stepmum has to have gluten free, I made her a packed lunch recently when she and lots of other family came to help us with some DIY. One of my dogs found and raided the bag of packed lunches (for 12 people) and devoured the lot. Except the gluten free rolls. He carefully moved those out of the way and ate the rest.

teta Fri 13-Sep-13 09:15:46

Vitalite is easy to buy round here so I will try cooking with it.I will definitely beat the crap out of it though,starting with Nigellas orange cake .

GeorgianMumto5 Thu 12-Sep-13 23:44:06

I am gluten-free, dairy-free and soya-free. I bake loads from scratch and have far more luck adapting recipes than I do following proper free-from recipes. For cakes I use Dove's Farm gf self-raising flour, gf baking powder and vitalite (as well as eggs and sugar). The two things you need to remember are:
1. Beat the crap out of it - you need to beat the air in.
2. Get in the oven straight away, before all your air bubbles pop.

teta Thu 12-Sep-13 23:23:36

Ok,I get that Quinoa is good.I,be just made a pot of Quinoa,Sweet potato and bean soup off the soup thread - Its really good.I will try Amaranth,I think I have a bag of it somewhere that I bought in a healthy phase and never used.Thank you for the link Thumb witch and many thanks for the further tips Saggy and On the bottom.

SaggyOldClothCatPuss Thu 12-Sep-13 16:52:19

Wheat, barley and rye all contain gluten and are not suitable for coeliacs.

OnTheBottomWithAWomensWeekly Thu 12-Sep-13 13:53:49

you should try some amaranth. Really good grain.

Thumbwitch Thu 12-Sep-13 12:20:37

Yes, quinoa is gluten free.

teta Thu 12-Sep-13 12:15:38

I am intolerant to rye as well but as far as I am aware not to oats.I buy the Nairns GF version though.Yes I often have rice stick noodles instead of Gf pasta as it tastes so much better.I will have to check whether I have any sensitivity to other grains as I get through a large number of mutigrain GF crackers.I've also just made a vast pot of Scotch broth with lots of pearl barley in it.Are things like Quinoa usually OK?

OnTheBottomWithAWomensWeekly Thu 12-Sep-13 09:33:15

The main reason to avoid oats is that they often use the same mills as wheat products to process it. You can get guaranteed gluten free oats and they are fine for most (but not all) coeliacs.

SaggyOldClothCatPuss Thu 12-Sep-13 09:12:59

spelt is ancient wheat. definitely nit good for coeliacs.
A wee girl I know is coeliac. She is so srnsitive she cannot eat any grains, even rice. If her classmates do flour experiments she has to leave the room and she cant playwith play dough! It kind of makes me glad that DD is a very insensitive coeliac!

Thumbwitch Thu 12-Sep-13 08:12:42

I am also able to tolerate spelt but that's because I have a wheat intolerance as opposed to a gluten intolerance. It would depend on the OP's actual problem - wheat or gluten - as to whether or not spelt would be a good plan.

Coeliacs are advised to avoid spelt. Some coeliacs even have to avoid oats, although the oat gluten protein (avenin) is substantially different from the wheat gluten protein (gliadin); the barley and rye gluten proteins are very similar to wheat and coeliacs mostly have to avoid barley and rye as well.

But if it's a specific wheat intolerance and not gluten, then spelt, barley and rye might all be ok. Oats should definitely be ok.

ZingWantsCake Thu 12-Sep-13 07:36:08


SimplyRedHead Thu 12-Sep-13 07:28:15

Rice noodles are also way nicer than wheat free pasta.

SimplyRedHead Thu 12-Sep-13 07:27:49

Also - is it the cow'a milk protein or lactose you have to avoid? If it's lactose then 'lactofree' is a great brand. Their milk is basically normal milk without the lactose and tastes fine. They do cheese and yoghurt too.

Cookeen is a great dairy free alternative to butter when cooking.

SimplyRedHead Thu 12-Sep-13 07:25:57

Op - have you tried spelt bread? It has a much lower gluten content than normal bread but is delicious and the texture of normal bread. Tesco online sell spelt rolls (be careful - their spelt loaf has wheat flour in it).

I can't eat wheat but can tolerate spelt. If you can, most health food shops sell lots of spelt breadsticks, wraps, crisp breads etc.

teta Wed 11-Sep-13 17:38:25

clear springs do organic just buckwheat soba noodles.The pasta spirals sound good as well.

Thumbwitch Wed 11-Sep-13 16:44:29

Orgran again for buckwheat pasta spirals - no wheat in it but some added rice flour. 80% buckwheat though.

ouryve Wed 11-Sep-13 16:37:56

I'm not GF, but love soba noodles. Where do you go for purely buckwheat ones, Throat, because all the ones I've ever seen have wheat in, too?

CMOTDibbler Wed 11-Sep-13 14:21:16

I like the Rizopia brown rice pasta, It holds together really well and is fairly solid. Am not keen on the Orgran personally, but love soba noodles.

teta Wed 11-Sep-13 14:11:09

OK will do Thumb witch.I currently have to make 2 lots of pasta as dc's refuse to eat mine.

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