With the swapping done we headed into the kitchen to learn about what it is like living with family members with Coeliac Disease. Our presenter Janelle, has done a lot of research on the subject and shared with us how she has separate areas of her kitchen where she prepares gluten-free food for a couple of members of her family and 'normal' food for the rest of the family. Gluten-free food and ingredients are marked in containers with a red dot and other containers have a green dot.
If anyone has a suspicion they they themselves or a family member may be gluten intolerant she suggested that they go to their doctor and be tested as many people don't have any symptoms but the damage is still being done to their small bowel. Janelle recommended doing research by reading the information on Coeliac Australia and there is also an App available which has details of 800 ingredients and 300 additives used in Australian and New Zealand food and whether or not they are suitable to be used by those eating a gluten-free diet.
After also giving us some really helpful hints on how to read food labels, Janelle then cooked up some Quinoa to give anyone who hadn't eaten it before a taste as it is great to use in these diets as well as Polenta. I am not sure what she called this dish but chicken breasts were cut up into slices...
...dipped in coconut cream then polenta...
...then put into the oven until cooked. They were very tasty.
She had also precooked some Polenta which had set and it was cut into slices and put on a baking tray lined with baking paper before also going into the oven. I have been meaning to make Polenta chips for quite a while and they look really easy. As you can tell from this Pinterest page there are lots of different ways to serve up Polenta. My naughty friend Anne, picked up my camera and took a photo of me slaving at the kitchen bench while Margy was over in the corner making a Quinoa salad.
Janelle also brought along a Five Cup Slice. Even though it is not sugar free I did give it a try and it was very yummy but also too sweet for me now as my taste buds have changed these last few months. Here is the recipe if you would like to try it. Hope I got it right. :-)
Five Cup Slice
2 cups muesli (yes you can buy gluten-free muesli)
1 cup coconut
1 cup choc chips
1 cup condensed milk (hmmm, no wonder I found it too sweet)
Bake at 180 degrees for fifteen minutes covered with foil
Then at 160 degrees for 10-15 minutes.
So we had a very enjoyable morning and learned a lot about Coeliac Disease, how to read food labels and lots more. Our next Simple Living Toowoomba workshop will be held on the 13th June and will be presented by a Horticulturist who will be speaking about Organic Gardening.
If you have any questions you would like to ask him just email me with the question and I will collate them all and email them to him as he prepares for the workshop. Also feel free to bring along any 'problem' plants you have and he will be able to sort out what the solution is I am sure. You can book into the workshop here.
Enjoy the rest of your weekend everyone!