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Surprise Stash of Gluten Free Products

Surprise Stash of Gluten Free Products

Absolutely Gluten free was a great place for people in the Western Suburbs to shop without worry.  Unfortunately they closed down however it’s still largely unknown that the “Lolly Warehouse” on Old geelong road Hoppers Crossing now stock a range of Gluten Free items. http://www.lollywarehouse.com.au/ […]

Fox in a Box Brighton

Fox in a Box Brighton

FOX IN THE BOX Fox in the box has the mantra…. “We never cook with wheat, gluten or onion – EVER!” This restaurant is amazing – Here you will find modern Australian food with everything on the menu gluten-free! Yes, EVERYTHING! For some people with […]

Symptoms of Coeliac disease

Symptoms of Coeliac disease

Symptoms of Coeliac disease

There are multiple indicators for coeliac disease, however it is often very difficult to pinpoint as the cause due to the unique range of symptoms each individual experiences.  Many of the symptoms can mimic or be very similar to other diseases, such as IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) so in some cases it can take years to obtain an accurate diagnosis.  Symptoms can range from severe to minor or atypical and may even go undetected.

Note symptoms can vary for each individual and can include one or a combination of the following:

·         Headaches

·         Weight loss(but not in all cases); it can be weight gain

·         Recurrent gastrointestinal symptoms, such as nausea, vomiting and diarrhea

·         Excessive flatulence, and/or constipation

·         Fatigue, weakness and lethargy

·         Persistent stomach pain, cramping or bloating

·         Iron, vitamin B12 or folic acid deficiency

·         Skin rash (dermatitis Herpetiformis, DH)

·         Hair loss (alopecia)

·         Mouth ulcers

·         Depression and anxiety

·         Tooth enamel problems

·         Joint and/or bone pain

·         Osteoporosis

·         Infertility or repeated miscarriages

·         Neurological problems such as ataxia and neuropathy

 

Symptoms in babies and young children can also include:

·         Bloated tummy

·         Muscle wasting in the arms and legs

·         Irritability

·         Failure to gain or lose weight

 

So you may think your possible reaction to gluten may not be strong enough to warrant you to worry and get tested. A little bit of bloating here, mild swelling in the joints there – no big deal, just a little embarrassing… right?  Wrong.

Over a period of time (say a few years) low levels of inflammation in the body start to add up. Even if you don’t experience any immediate negative effects from eating gluten (or your reactions are “tolerable”), you could be doing long term damage to your body.  On average it takes approximately 13 years to diagnose someone with Coeliac disease.

Remember that this inflammation may be damaging the cells in your small intestine that are designed to absorb nutrients, which can leave you both fat and starving. Chronic inflammation anywhere in the body has full-body effects — chronic inflammation has even been discussed to the point that it has links to terminal illnesses such as cancer and heart disease. Every bite counts.  So please go see your health practitioner if you suspect the culprit is gluten.

Gluten Free Thermomix Lemon Coconut Balls

Coconut Lemon Balls This recipe is gluten-free, wheat-free, dairy free, egg free and yeast-free. Serving size: Serves 50 or more Cooking/Prep time: 20min INGREDIENTS 150g Almonds 320g Desiccated Coconut 120g Coconut Oil 170g Agave Syrup 2 Lemons 2tsp Vanilla Essence 2 pinches Himalayan salt   METHOD Mill almonds […]

Gluten Free Christmas Fudge

Gluten Free Christmas Fudge

Gluten Free Christmas Fudge This recipe is gluten-free, wheat free, egg free and yeast free. Serving size: 52 pieces Cooking time: 30 Minutes (plus 6 hours in fridge)   INGREDIENTS 395g can sweetened condensed milk 1 cup brown sugar 1Tbsp cream of tartar 125g butter, […]

Gluten Free Fruit Mince

Gluten Free Fruit Mince

Gluten Free Fruit Mince

This recipe is gluten-free, wheat free, egg free and yeast free.

Serving size: 4 ½ cups

Cooking time: 15 Minutes

INGREDIENTS
1 Cup raisins, chopped
1 Cup sultanas
½ Glace cherries, halved
¼ Cup dried apricots, diced
1 Cup dried cranberries
1/3 Cup dried pear
½ Cup currants
½ Cup pitted dried dates, chopped
1 Cup sweet jam/jelly/marmalade of choice
½ Cup white rum
¼ Cup sherry
1Tbsp lemon juice
½ Cup firmly packed brown sugar
2tsp mixed spice

 

METHOD

Combine raisins, sultanas, cherries, apricot, cranberries, mixed peel, currants, dates, jam, lemon juice, rum, sherry, brown sugar and mixed spice.

Transfer to an airtight container

Store in a cool dark place for at least a week

Stir occasionally to allow flavours to develop

NOTE

 

You can replace dried pear with mixed peel if you prefer

Gluten Free Chocolate Three Layer Trifle

Gluten Free Chocolate Three Layer Trifle

Chocolate Three Layer Trifle This recipe is gluten-free, wheat free and yeast free. Serving size: 6  Cooking time: 7 ½ hours INGREDIENTS 340g Gluten Free Chocolate Brownies ¼ cup (60ml) Bailey’s Irish Cream Coffee Flavour (or any other liqueur Coffee or Caramel flavour) 275g dark chocolate, […]

Chocolate Brownies

Chocolate Brownies

Chocolate Brownies This recipe is gluten-free, wheat free and yeast free. Serving size: 12  Cooking time: 1 hour (plus 1 ½ hours cooling time) INGREDIENTS 200g Gluten free Dark Chocolate, broken into pieces 200g butter, plus extra for greasing 1tsp vanilla essence 3 eggs, beaten […]

Gluten Free Chocolate Eclairs

Gluten Free Chocolate Eclairs

Gluten Free Chocolate Eclairs

This recipe is gluten-free, wheat free and yeast free.

Serving Size: 7
Cooking Time: 1 hour

 

INGREDIENTS

Choux Pastry
100gm Butter
1 tsp caster sugar (optional)
125g GF plain flour (sifted at least 3 times)
300ml Water
4 Eggs
Cream Filling
600ml double cream
1 tsp vanilla essence
1 tsp Caster Sugar
Chocolate Tops
150g Dark Chocolate
25g Butter

 

METHOD

Preheat oven to 200C. Line a baking tray with baking paper

To make the pastry, heat the butter and sugar in a pan with water and bring to the boil.  Add the flour and remove from the heat.  Mix with a wooden spoon until a dough ball forms.  Leave the mixture to cool for approximately 10-15 minutes.

Reserve 2 teaspoons of egg

When pastry is cool, beat in the eggs slowly until the dough is smooth and glossy.

Spoon the dough into a piping bag fitted with a 1cm plain nozzle.

Pipe 12cm long logs, 6cm apart, onto prepared baking trays.

Using a wet finger, rub the top of each log to get rid of any lumps and bumps.

Brush with reserved egg.

Bake in the preheated oven for 5 minutes, then reduce heat to 180C and bake for another 10 minutes until golden brown and puffed (if they are too pale they will go soggy so you may need to adjust time according to oven)

Using a small knife cute eclairs in half horizontally.

Return to oven, cut side up and bake for 5 minutes to dry out centres.

Repeat process with additional trays.

To make cream use an electric mixer and beat cream with vanilla essence and sugar (if using) until firm peaks.

Spoon mixture into a piping bag and pipe into the cooled eclairs.

To make the chocolate tops place butter and chocolate in saucepan and heat on medium-high for 1 to 2 minutes, stirring every 30 seconds or until melted.

Spread chocolate on tops and place over cream

Refrigerate for 20 minutes or until chocolate has set.  Serve

Gluten Free Traditional Christmas pudding

Gluten Free Traditional Christmas pudding

Gluten Free Traditional Christmas pudding This recipe is gluten-free, wheat free and yeast free. Serving size: 12  Cooking time: 5 1/2 hour Ingredients Melted butter, to grease 375g dried mixed fruit 75g glace cherries, quartered 75g dried figs, chopped 75g dried pears, chopped 75g dried […]