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More gluten free breads in supermarkets
We all know there is a large and growing demand for gluten free foods from those of us with coeliac disease as well as the gluten intolerant.
The message has clearly got through to Goodman Fielder who are opening a dedicated gluten free bakery in Huntly.
(Updated 28th July 2012)
Just two weeks on from this rather comprehensive article about coeliac disease in the mainstream media, there is yet another article, published today which touched on an interesting topic: hot chips.
The article mentions hot chips as being a "safe option" for coeliacs (being potato). But how safe are they really? As the article points out, the same oil is used to fry crumbed and battered fish, posing a potential cross contamination risk. From what I have read online, gluten is not soluble (won't dissolve) in oil, therefore the reuse of oil is not actually a problem, but pieces of batter or crumb floating around in the oil are going to be major issue for us. The safety of our hot chips will therefore depend a lot on the practices of the establishment.
Feb 22nd Earthquake in Christchurch
Following the recent Feb 22nd earthquake we hope that all our Christchurch members and visitors are safe and so too their friends and family. Our hearts go out to all those who are suffering losses.
Just like the September 2010 quake, I experienced it first hand with you, living in Christchurch myself.
Whilst I had a very near miss with falling debris, I am uninjured, as are my friends and family. I am incredibly grateful for this. If you have been adversely affected and there is something we can do to help please get in touch.
I will post updates on Facebook of any information I have regarding availability of gluten free food in Christchurch. These are only snapshots in time, based on my own observations so keep an eye on when they are posted and feel free to contribute any info that you may have. just like September, we need to stick together as a community to work through this.
Wheat to be banned in Sri Lanka
I read a fascinating piece of news today, describing how Sri Lanka are banning wheat in their country. The motives are a little sinister but I can only imagine how great it must be for coeliacs over there.
The reasons for the ban are that Sri Lanka is a major rice growing country who have a large surplus of rice, whilst importing massive quantities of wheat. They there see a ban on wheat as a politically and economically sensible decision, to give demand to their local rice industry and reduce dependence on overseas wheat.
Christchurch GF bakery change of ownership
For nearly 3 years now, I have been enjoying the convenience of living 5mins walk away from The Gingerbread Man Bakery on Blenheim Road. I've been visiting weekly to fill the deficit between what I bake and what I eat.
For Carl, the owner, it's been 10 years in the business and he's now decided to pursue something else. Thankfully, as much as we will miss him (and his renowned wit!), Carl has managed to ensure that his leaving won't adversely affect his regular customers.