The gluten free world is growing and growing fast both in terms of awareness of Celiac Disease and it terms of more and more exclusive gluten free products.
Now, almost 4 years ago the world felt tough for a person with a gluten allergy. Not that it will be ever easy till two fundamentals change one the person who has a gluten allergy takes it upon themselves to take care of their health and be an example of great health just like the tennis player Novak Djokovic. The other is knowledge and awareness in the world that being gluten free isn’t a choice but I need to eat gluten free to remain healthy so “STOP” saying nothing happens if you eat a bit.
My boy almost every day comes back with a candy from school checking “Mum Is this Gluten Free?” and every day I say NO, then he says the ingredients don’t have gluten. It is a daily challenge to stay afloat and look happy and to give the confidence that someday everything will be stamped either gluten free or not.
The world is moving towards a “Gluten Free” Society not in India as yet as so many products stamped gluten free have gluten in them. Shameful! Or so many high profile bakeries sell we do first concept. Stop Stop it… you are dealing with my child’s health ad it is not a fad! I am appalled by this behavior. The issue is the legal part in India doesn’t really exist to take action.
Let’s talk happy stuff “Who Has Your Gluten Free Back? Mannat went to The Johns Hopkins University Program, in New York at The Dwight School during the summer and What a Joy! I was so concern about his food. The school had a medical form that spoke about allergies and we filled it saying “Celiac Disease” no drama it was sure we’ll take care. Still a mother’s heart is worried about cross contamination and the very long lists. So, first day morning in NY, I was like let me pack lunch and there I was making a cheese sandwich, cereal bars and a cookie was put in tiffin.
The day seemed long and I was feeling very worried what did he eat? Hope he didn’t sit alone? Mannat walks out and says Oh! I had a gluten free hamburger with fries and chocolate chip cookies. My heart sank with happiness. Then started my long list of question how was it served? Who touched the plates with gloves? This is what he said STOP Worrying they had a fridge that said “Gluten Free” I opened and there 3 choices for different meals. It was stamped 100% Gluten Free, made in an exclusive facility.
We go to NY every year with the kids and I have been experiencing the world becoming gluten free so quickly. Walk into a store not just Whole Foods ( International Brand) you pick up ice cream such as a commercial brand like Haagen Dazs and suddenly you will notice a stamp called “Gluten Free”, walk to a chocolate aisle and so many chocolates have a gluten free stamp. Last year, I remember I was worried how will I make fondant? As the local icing sugar isn’t stamped and the imported one is so expensive. Guess what I picked up Wilton’s Ready to use fondant and it now has a stamp called “Gluten Free”.
The list is long like Cheerios became gluten free last year. They have a tag called “Same Cheerios, simply gluten free”. Love it!
This is the simplest gluten free recipe
- Gluten Free Crackers
3/4 cup warm water
2 1/4tsp dry yeast
1tbsp Olive Oil
1 1/4 cup Gluten Free all-purpose flour
1tbsp apple cider vinegar
Additional 1/4 cup Flour for rolling out Method:
- · In a bowl of a free standing mixer, combine warm water,yeast, oil and sugar. Let it sit until the yeast is puffy, about 5 minutes.
- · Whisk the gluten free flour and salt in a large bowl.
- · Add half the flour mixture yeast and water mixture and beat on low until well incorporated. Add remaining flour and apple cider vinegar and mix until dough is very sticky and smooth.
- · Place dough in an oiled bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Let it rise in a warm place for 2 hours.
- · Preheat the oven to 200 degree C
- · Turn the dough out into oil lined baking sheet and sprinkle 1/8 cup gluten free all- purpose flour and top of the dough. Roll the dough very thin.
- · Brush with oil and add all kinds of herbs, sea salt. Let it rest for 1 hour.
- · Cut the pieces and then bake the dough.
- · Bake for 10-15 minutes.
Airlines and Restaurants and lots of new products internationally made in 100% Gluten Free Facilities our bringing smiles to our kids faces. Some day… we in India will also experience the same.
I love Barack Obama and watched him every night during his first election campaign very pregnant with Amanat and Mannat as a baby by my side. This is my favorite quote from him “Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we have been waiting for we are the change we seek” Barack Obama
It’s my blogs birthday! 6 years.. the wheels in my heart are still turning for every time I enter my kitchen