GF Kitchen Start Up

My gf son is leaving home and  moving into shared accommodation.

Actually, KJ is moving 2000 km south to Melbourne to continue his university studies.

So what words of advice do I have for him.

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How can I assist him to make the transition from a fridge and pantry always stocked with gluten free options to being totally independent and gluten free.

How do I guide him in keeping his food preparation area gluten free safe.

My hope is that he has learnt from my example. He is more than gluten free aware and “learning by osmosis” appears to work best for all my sons and my expectation is that lessons on gluten free have been learnt this way as well.

Much is up to him: the grocery shopping, cooking, living in a new environment, making his own way.

So while I am letting go,  and letting him go, I  have applied the principles of KISS to my list of 10 items for his Start Up GF Kitchen

  1. Bar Fridge – only if space allows, but a great way to keep specific foods safe and avoid cross-contamination eg jam, peanut butter, tomato paste, margarine
  2. Sandwich Press and Baking Paper
  3. Stick blender or smoothie bullet
  4. Bread board and knife – better safe than sorry.  NB for KJ -if sharing a kitchen with a vegetarian or vegan, then buy coloured boards for beef and chicken.
  5. Crepe Maker or a crepe skillet
  6. Zip lock bags and Marking Pen
  7. Good quality kitchen containers for fridge, freezer and pantry use.
  8. Microwave Rice Cooker
  9. ‘Always a Mum’ Gluten Free Cookbooks plus a folder jammed full of information about gluten free Melbourne, Coeliac Australia membership access, Restaurant cards,  shopping list
  10. Toaster – no need to explain


Banana Muffins

Sunday Morning Banana Muffins

4 responses

  1. Good luck to your son!!!! 🙂 You must be one proud mom! I actually just posted advice for living with a “gluten eater” a few days ago ( I successfully lived with my best friend, Lauren, and had no problems, but I did live with others before that caused me to suffer…but luckily, I learned! Your tips are fantastic. Separate cutting board is always smart–and very considerate of you to consider if the roommates have dietary restrictions too (meat vs. veggies). Also, I wish I had a crepe maker!! If you have a good crepe recipe, please share it sometime.

    1. Thanks Paige for your comments.
      The electric crepe makers are great for so many things: flatbreads, pancakes, buckwheat crepes, wraps, blinis, egg wraps. Kieran liked the savoury buckwheat galettes/crepes so we didn’t look for white gf flour crepe recipes. I think you could use the same buckwheat recipe for sweet crepes. He didn’t take the electric crepe maker with him, but has a good quality crepe pan for the stove. I will pass on your advice to Kieran. He will enjoy hearing the same information from a more ‘reliable’ and younger source. Mothers can be a bit overwhelming at times.

  2. Fantastic advice! Good luck to you both on the new adventure. Letting go must be a huge challenge, but no doubt he’ll thrive after the brilliant example you’ve set!

    1. Thanks Kate for your comment and support. Well done with your e book which I saw advertised in the latest Gluten Free Life magazine. I hope it has been well received.