'To save the likelihood of a flare up of symptoms and having your festivities spoiled, plans cancelled, potential event tickets wasted or friends and family let down, planning is key.'
I often hear patients say they feel embarrassed asking for different foods, checking if a kitchen is contamination aware, or the staff are gluten free savvy. But it is essential that you check, so you can relax and enjoy yourself.
Remember that you are paying for a service, and if a restaurant or cafe advertise gluten free it doesnt necessarily mean it is a safe kitchen where food is prepared. Toasters, knives, chopping boards, tongs are all danger zones which establishments miss where food preparation is concerned. So, asking about cross contamination is reasonable given the consequences.
Imagine if you were diabetic, had heart disease, gall bladder problems, would you be as worried ?
Planning at home is just as important, get in your stock of free from fail-safes, so guests eat the same as you. They probably won't even notice that they are eating coeliac friendly, free from foods.
The recipes on this website are Free From and suitable for Coeliacs and Free From Foodies. Lorraine King who has designed the recipes has strived to make them less labour intensive and quick too cook, so give them a go.
Some Handy Tips:
Supermarket websites have huge lists of their coeliac / free from products so you can sit at home and do some research before you venture out to the shops. Or, better still, order online and have it delivered.
Local Markets will provide fabulous fresh ingredients which saves searching packets for bad ingredients.
Free From Recipes could be tried out now, so you leave nothing too chance nearer the time. You can iron out any difficulties with recipes and then make sure you have the right ingredients in your cupboards.
Cook one meal, rather than cater for everyone, try to cater for the free from foodies, break tradition and think outside the box ! Last Christmas I did a free from Thai Curry for Christmas, everyone loved it, and really enjoyed the change from the norm.
Coeliac UK are a great resource for places too eat, shops and ideas.
We have recipes for Sugar Free, Gluten Free Cookies, Chocolate and Avocado Mousse and many more which are Free From / Coeliac friendly. Keep checking our website as we add recipes monthly. Lorraine King from Alsace Baking has designed the recipes, and as a coeliac herself is very experienced in the difficulties and joys this can bring.