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Off Topic => The Pub => Food & Drink => Topic started by: hellymedic on June 05, 2019, 12:18:17 pm

Title: Gluten Free Matters
Post by: hellymedic on June 05, 2019, 12:18:17 pm
I am not coeliac or wheat intolerant but it seems several posters here need to be watchful.
(Un) availability of wares on travels is obviously a problem.

I'd like to highlight the best and worst of fare and recipe suggestions.

I appreciate cross-contamination can cause major problems for some.
How/where do you avoid this best?
Title: Re: Gluten Free Matters
Post by: mrcharly-YHT on June 20, 2019, 05:03:22 pm
Stick to simple foods. Avoid sauces.

Sounds ridiculous, but that's pretty much how it goes.

Wheaten coating on some things are ridiculous (chips?) and can easily catch you out. Order a 'pan fried' fish and it arrives covered in flour. Bugger. That sort of thing is difficult. I'm not terribly sensitive so I can get by with a careful scraping off (remove fish skin, scrape off remainder). Some people can't.
Title: Re: Gluten Free Matters
Post by: hellymedic on June 20, 2019, 05:07:14 pm
Wetherspoon's chips are a no-no...
Title: Re: Gluten Free Matters
Post by: DuncanM on August 14, 2019, 05:11:19 pm
Most chippy chips are fried in the same oil as the fish, so are contaminated.
Standard McCain oven chips are GF (and say so on the packet) - they have various other ones that have flour added which should be avoided. Potato waffles are also GF, if you need processed potato in some other shape! :) There's loads of Free From stuff these days - the choice is really quite good, even if the implementation can be a bit hit and miss. Beware of the pizzas that have vegan cheese on them though - the bases are probably OK but heated vegan cheese is essentially napalm - it's hot liquid that won't set and sticks to and burns any body part it touches.

Brownies, biscuits, pancakes - basically anything that is sweet and solid can be really good. Anything that needs air in it (break, sponge cake) generally tends to either be a bit solid or a bit rubbery (they do stick it together with gum after all). Sadly, that means that if you want to eat baked goods, the only nice ones are really bad for you.

We've had a GF household for 9 years now (my wife is coeliac) - it's much easier and better than it used to be (my granddad was diagnosed in the early 90s and had to order specialist bread and pasta type stuff from a catalogue).