PEACE AND JOY
May you find PEACE with your coeliac disease diagnosis, knowing that you are on the road to good health and may you find JOY in the gluten free food that will heal your body
A few ideas for gifts to help share in the spirit of Christmas
1. Australian Gluten Free Life has magazine subscriptions or a “The Box” full of gluten free goodies or you can purchase single copies in newsagencies.
If you want to try before you buy, then download Volume 1 and 2 for FREE! You won’t be disappointed.
4. Jen’s Gluten Free Crackers paired with Beerenberg Red Pepper Relish
5. Jelly Belly Jelly Beans are a gluten free lolly staple especially at Christmas time. Myers in Townsville are already stocking their shelves.
6. The Happy Cookbook by Lola Berry
Not another cookbook!
My eye caught a gluten free cookbook at the newsagency recently and while I have vowed not to buy any more cookbooks, I thought I would just flick through a few pages.
It was the White Chocolate Mud Cake that swayed me and so for $12.99 I now have this cake on my ‘to do’ list.
“Sweet Treats” is written by Megan Tan-Hayes and on reading a little more about her recipes and inspiration for gluten free cooking I also found that she is “One Girl Pie” baking sweet and savoury pies. If you are lucky enough to live in Melbourne or are visiting Melbourne then her pies are available at Frederick’s Richmond, Common Good Grocers Hawthorne, Darriwill Farm Albert Park and Darriwill Farm Prahan Markets.
Who could resist:Christmas Cranberry, Pork and Fennel, Blueberry, Chicken and Leek, Steak and Mushroom and the list goes on….
But if you don’t live in Melbourne, you don’t have to miss out as Megan shares her One Girl Pie – Blueberry Pie recipe in her cookbook.
Last year I wrote about gluten free food related gift ideas and stocking fillers. I had satisfied myself that you can find a gluten free food gift at Christmas and I hope that I have also given others some ideas. So with my second blogging Christmas fast approaching I have put my thoughts toward other gift ideas for those with coeliac disease.
1. Recipe Books
For something special Good without Gluten
For something practical Taste.com Gluten Free
For something personal : if your gf son or daughter is ready to leave home then make up your own cookbook with your tried and tested gluten free recipes. I made a recipe book last year for my gf son which is filled with all the practical recipes I know he will use and make when he leaves home. A copy sits on my kitchen bench and is used many many times during the week for flat breads, wraps, bread rolls, granola, pancakes. And it also includes recipe bases for spaghetti bolognese, lasagne, risottos.
2. Kitchen Help If you have friends or family just starting their gluten free journey then here are a couple of things I have found extremely useful…
Breville Crepe Maker and Stick Blender
Australian Gluten Free Life who publish a monthly magazine have launched their “The Box” :a box of gluten free goodies delivered to your door on a monthly basis. Looks interesting as I see this ‘surprise box’ concept is popular in other parts of the world. This is a great way to try new products that you might necessarily and readily have access to.
4.. Ready to Make
If you yourself are not a gluten free-er, then you can still put together a package with a recipe card and a few pantry ingredients for the recipe. Remember, it is the thought that counts and the fact that you have put a little thought and time makes this gift special. Choose recipes that will only require the addition of a few ingredients on top of the ones that you have put in the gift.
I try not to buy gluten free recipe books, but this one caught my eye at Kmart. I picked it up, looked at it, sighed and put it back on the shelf. A couple of weeks later I saw it retailing for $30.00 at another bookstore.
So back I went to Kmart, the bargain was too good to refuse : $20.00.
Did I need it, probably not but the Brownie is heavenly.
If you are looking for a Secret Santa present or stocking filler for a gluten free friend or relative, then have a look at Good Without Gluten.
Must also mention that many of the recipes cater for dairy intolerances with alternatives such as plant milk/rice milk/soy milk being given as well as a substitution for butter.
taste.com.au has a data base of over 27,000 recipes drawn together from a number of leading food magazines.
A search of their recipe data base results in 844 tagged gluten free recipes and now a Gluten Free Cookbook has been published. Priced at $9.95, you can find a preview of 6 of the recipes in the April 2014 issue of taste.com.au magazine.
It is advertised that the cookbook is available at leading supermarkets and newsagents. So keep an eye open for it.
I found a copy this morning in Woolworths tucked behind a pile of other taste.com.au cookbooks.
All the recipes I am sure are available online but I am a bit old fashioned and like to have a printed copy. I am showing my age I suppose.
The dessert on the cover is very tempting indeed – a no bake raspberry cheesecake.
This year’s campaign for Coeliac Awareness Week in Australia (13 – 20 March 2014) is “Stop Feeling Sick & Tired” and aims to encourage people to think of Coeliac Disease as a cause for their unwellness.
Australian statistics highlight that at least 1 in 100 people are affected by Coeliac Disease yet 80% of people don’t know they have the condition.
So what am I doing for Coeliac Week?
Last year I helped man an information station at a shopping centre that our local Coeliac Qld group organised.
This year I am going to blog three gluten free resources that others might find helpful.
This is Jasmine’s third magazine, the other two are available free on-line and for those of us who like printed material, her third magazine has been published. Her ‘Chorizo Macaroni N Cheese’ was a Sunday night hit and I look forward to baking her ‘Monte Carlos’.
This is Bianca’s third on-line magazine. Her first two are available free on-line and now she has launched an on-line subscription for 10 monthly magazines . Filled with new gluten free product information, recipes, health and well being articles and a list of gluten free eating places in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane. As we have a family holiday planned for June in Brisbane, this has been a real bonus.
A friend works in a hospital’s endoscopy unit mentioned that this cookbook has been given the heads up by the unit as a wonderful gluten free resource and a must have for those diagnosed with coeliac disease. Written my Debra Malony, the recipe book has been endorsed by Coeliac Australia. To tempt you, a number of her recipes can be accessed via her website (Sticky Date Pudding, Spinach and Fetta Pie, Crispy Potato Zucchini Cakes). I am yet to purchase this cookbook, but I’ll put it on my birthday wish list.
All three would be a perfect gift for friends and family who have Coeliac Disease or are gluten intolerant.
You have those last few things to buy for Christmas gifts and suddenly you realise you need to find something ‘gluten free’ and quickly.
Don’t panic as there are a number of gluten free stocking fillers that are readily available.
I posted a couple of weeks ago a list of gift ideas and published the more comprehensive list as a page but I thought I would post it as well.
While I am writing specifically for what is available in Townsville and generally Australia, the range of gluten free Christmas stocking fillers can be quite versatile.
So give yourself a bit of extra time when at the shops or think outside the square or do a quick internet search and you WILL find gluten free Christmas shopping easier.
NB Specifically for children, Big W has a range of merchandised gluten free products for children eg One Direction, Smurfs, Angry Birds, Barbie…see below
1. By Product
Leda Gluten Free Rum Balls
Leda Gluten Free Rum Balls are already on the shelves and can be found in the bakery section in Woolworths and in the gluten free section in Coles.
Nougat Limar Available in Townsville at Sprout, Angelina’s Deli, Sunvale Meats, IGA Garbutt
Noosa Natural Chocolate Company Available in Townsville at Angelina’s Deli
Another perfect stocking filler…. and from their website…..
Does Toblerone contain Gluten?
No. All Toblerone flavours do not contain any gluten ingredients.
If you have access to a Spanish or Continental Deli, then look for Turron. A traditional Christmas food, you can try Jijona (soft and smooth) or Alicante (hard and crunchy). I have been able to purchase them from El Mercado in Sydney and Casa Iberica in Melbourne . They are happy to package them up and mail them to me.
Fudge n Stuff : Gluten Free Fudge, Flinders Street Townsville. Artisan Fudge is becoming popular so I am sure you can find a fudge shop near you.
The Gourmet Nut Co. : variety of flavoured nuts found in Snack Aisle of supermarkets
Outback Spirit Gourmet Packs: Fruit Toppers, Hot Sauces, BBQ Marinades, Chutneys.
Beerenberg Sauces, Chutneys, Jams, Dressings and Marinades :make up a gift basket with this products, available at supermarkets and all good delis.
Jelly Belly Jelly Beans
You can get these jelly beans in Christmas colours in a tube and Hello Kitty tins. Myer has a huge range of Jelly Belly products. Please find below their response regarding gluten free.
Question : Are all Jelly Belly products gluten free?
Answer: We do not use gluten in any of our current flavours of Jelly Belly jelly beans; however, we do use corn starch in all of our jelly beans.
Our Jelly Belly jelly beans and Jelly Belly Confections Pectin, Mellocreme and Gelatin candies are gluten-free and considered safe for the celiac-sprue patient to consume.
In addition, you requested information regarding two specific areas: “The source of our ‘modified food starch’ and which ‘natural flavours and artificial flavourings’ are used in our products.”
In regard to the source of our “modified food starch,” we use corn. Our “natural flavours” are identified on all packaging, and include fruit juice concentrates, fruit purees, coffee, peanut butter, chocolate, coconut and cocoa powder. We also use oil of peppermint, lemon, lime and tangerine oils to flavour Jelly Belly beans featuring those particular flavours.
These products contain gluten and must be avoided:
All of our Jelly Belly Confections Chocolate Malt Balls, Licorice Pastels, Licorice Bridge Mix, Dimples, Christmas Dimples, Deluxe Christmas Mix, and Speckled Chocolate Malted Eggs.
2. By Store
Macro Free From Gluten 2 Christmas Puddings
Homebrand Chocolate Coated Sultanas, Peanuts and Almonds
(While the packing is basic, why not repackage them in a Christmas themed box or bottle.)
You can find these in the Christmas section of Coles:
Coles Candy Canes
Darryl Lea Milk Chocolate Rocky Road Fruit and Nut
Taveners Wine Gums
Jon Jon Christmas Pudding
Simply Gluten Free Mince Pies
Simple Gluten Free Christmas Puddings
Crazy Clark’s (they are an overflow type store)
Kiwiland Hokey Pokey Clusters
Kiwiland Cho Hokey Pokey
Kiwiland Choc Honeycomb
(The packaging isn’t festive so repackage into a Christmas themed tin or bottle.)
Walkers Chocolate Turkish Delight, Chocolate Dinner Mint
Goldbar Milk Classic
Outback Spirit Gourmet Packs: Fruit Toppers, Hot Sauces, BBQ Marinades, Chutneys.
Jelly Belly Jelly Beans
Walkers Chocolate Turkish Delight, Chocolate Dinner Mint, Milk Chocolate Seashells
Ballantyne Chocolate coated Almonds, Fruit and Nut, Sultanas, Peanuts
Christmas Time Milk Santas, Milk Chocolate Coins
Lunch Box Tin Party Mix: Planes, Skylander
Christmas Stockings and Party Mix: One Direction, Barbie, Skylander, Smurfs, Angry Bird
Sweet William Chocolate : Sweet as Original, Sweet as White Strawberry
Kinnerton Luxury Dark Chocolate
You can find the following in the Christmas section of KMart:
Thorton’s Fudge Toffee
Hacizade Turkish Delight
KMart Chocolate Truffles in a tin
Jelly Belly products in all manner of containers and sizes including Hello Kitty.
Reflection: This time last year, when we were overwhelmed with the gluten free lifestyle change, I did not have time to browse shops and products for gluten free Christmas gift ideas. We were too busy getting acquainted with gluten free breakfasts, lunches and dinners. We had no time to shop or think about gifts and luxuries, only time to think about the everyday basics. My son was therefore lucky to get a Jelly Belly Santa Tube and a Toblerone in his Santa sack.
I am so pleased I have had time this year to revisit Christmas and gluten free. Instead of being overwhelmed, I am quite pleased and excited to see so many gluten free possibilities for young and old. And while my son will probably still only get a Jelly Bean Santa Tube and a Toblerone in his Santa sack, at least I know there is a choice.
In the capital cities, there are no doubt gourmet chocolate specialty shops, Italian delis and gourmand boutiques with many more gluten free Christmas stocking fillers.
Bon Nadal Joyeux Noël Buon Natale Merry Christmas