A gluten free diet for a child or teenager of coeliac disease requires a team effort.
Family members and friends become an important support network to minimise gluten contamination.
Siblings accept some changes to their own diet and also have to learn protocols regarding cross-contamination.
Parents source gluten free products and step outside their comfort zone to bake gluten free bread and make gluten free look appetising.
Grandparents scan magazines for new gluten free recipes and also learn to cook ‘gluten free’ for those special occasions.
Friends take on responsibility to make sure gluten free is on the menu at social events and functions.
Last week had my gf son, KJ and myself bond over a team effort to make Strawberry Jam. At this point, I will point out that I have never made jam myself. At KJ’s instigation, I purchased the ingredients.
Mum: Have you had a look at a few recipes for how to make Strawberry Jam?
KJ: No, but it can’t be that hard. (I hope she doesn’t take over like she normally does)
Mum: Well I printed three recipes that I think you should read first as they all different regarding ratio of sugar to strawberries. Do you want to use lemon juice, chia seeds, vanilla seeds as there are many variations on a theme?
KJ: How many strawberries do we have?
Mum: Well I think you should sterilize the jars first and I like this recipe but you have to let the strawberries and sugar sit for 1 – 2 hours. And don’t wash the strawberries, I am sure I read somewhere that the excess water will make the strawberries too soft.
KJ: Any chance of you doing the jars and I’m not waiting 2 hours before I can cook the jam. (Weighing, cutting and sterilising jars all at the same time)
Mum: Have you decided which recipe to use?
KJ: Simple… I’ll use the recipe on the (jam setting) sugar packet. I don’t know why you make things so complicated.
Mum: (Neither do I, but I always thought research was a good way to start if you wanted to succeed) Have you put two plates in the freezer yet?
Mum: Because it says here in MY recipe that you need cold plates to test if the jam is ready.
KJ: Yep, this is looking good and EASY. (I told her so)
……continued banter regarding colour, what a rolling boil is, how long to boil for, if the sample was set etc…
KJ: What other kinds of jam can we make? What goes in a marmalade? What about mango chutney? Grandad used to make mango chutney.
Mum: (I wish KJ was more careful when he poured the jam into the jars and cleaned up the spills) What great colour! (Maybe this time I can entice KJ to have a photo taken for my blog) You do know that I am already drafting a blog in my mind while we have been doing this!
KJ: Do you think Grandad would like a jar of jam?
Team Work : Success Guaranteed