Welcome to Gluten Free and the Australian Teenager
The pages and posts on this site is a resource guide for all those who have coeliac disease.
It is more specifically a resource for families looking for gluten free recipes and products approved and accepted by teenagers who must eat gluten free.
Browse our pages for kitchen set up, lunch box suggestions, gluten free shopping hints and recipe and eating out resources.
Read about some of the ups and downs for a teenager with coeliac disease and gain an insight into some of factors associated with the transition to gluten free.
Additionally, Help! My Teenager has Coeliac Disease … is for mothers supporting their teenager to provide teen specific information.
Written by a mother of a teenager diagnosed with coeliac disease, this site is full of practicalities and honesty.
Gluten Free and the Australian Teenager is about the new ‘normal’ and all that comes with a gluten free lifestyle.
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.
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
- 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
- Sandwich Press and Baking Paper
- Stick blender or smoothie bullet
- 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.
- Crepe Maker or a crepe skillet
- Zip lock bags and Marking Pen
- Good quality kitchen containers for fridge, freezer and pantry use.
- Microwave Rice Cooker
- ‘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
- Toaster – no need to explain
Gluten Free Kitchen is a new Australian made product and is the “first and only brand in Australian to specifically fortify all of their products with …vitamins and minerals to enable people to live a truly healthy gluten free lifestyle.”
Products available are Coconut Flour, Self Raising Flour, Plain Flour, Pasta, Pancake Mix, Chocolate Cake Mix, Breakfast Smoothie and Diet Shake.
I am yet to try the product but I have seen them stocked at the Calanna Pharmacy on Ross River Road Aitkenvale. Check the advertisement below to find our the other pharmacists which are stocking Gluten Free Kitchen.
What a bargain: a crepe maker for $19.00.
I was in a forced situation of having to go to the shopping centres today, for a work related matter, but allowed myself some time to browse as well. Christmas shopping crowds, summer heat and humidity and lack of parking normally keeps me well away from any shopping other than for groceries at this time of the year.
I have spoken before about our Crepe Maker (Breville) which has become an essential part of our gluten free kitchen. We use it to make flat breads, wraps, crepes, galettes, pancakes, pikelets, omelette wraps. The main advantage of this product over a skillet or fry pan on a hotplate is that I can obtain a more consistent control over the cooking heat. Practically, flipping pancakes is much easier on a flat surface than in a frypan with curved sides. I am indeed a very practical person.
The $19.00 price tag on this Crepe Maker on the shelves at KMart makes this a perfect stocking filler or gift.