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7/19/10 2:02 P

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My super cheap tips for feeding someone GF:

For marinade or salad dressing, mix 2/3 oil, 1/3 vinegar, and a tsp of mustard (need to read the label, some do have wheat, and don't forget that the jar will be contaminated if you are spreading wheat bread from it) and shake it in a clean jar. If you want to get fancy, olive oil and red wine vinegar are our favorites, and you can add mashed minced garlic or herbs.

For sweet and sour/barbecue sauce, mix half apricot jam (need to read the label, some have wheat, again, the jar will be contaminated if you are spreading wheat bread from it) and half honey. This is a great save if you are ordering Chinese and have no GF soy sauce (although our restaurant here makes a steamed chicken and vegetables with white sauce (garlic sauce) made with corn starch instead of flour, worth it to ask what you local place does).

Corn bread: Preheat the oven to 450 (yes, it does really need to be that hot first) In a bowl, mix 2 cups whole grain corn meal, 4 tsp baking powder, and 3 tablespoons sugar. In a separate bowl, beat one egg with a fork and mix in 1 1/2 cups milk. Put 2 tablespoons of oil in an 8 or 9 inch cake pan or small cast iron frying pan, and heat it in the oven for 5 minutes. At the last minute, when the oil is hot, thoroughly mix the milk mixture into the dry ingredients and pour it all into the hot oiled pan (careful with this so the oil doesn't spit). Cook for 20-22 minutes.



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7/12/10 12:59 P

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Thanks for the tips and the compliments, guys ^_^. Especially the bit about cross-contamination, that was good to know. Otherwise I might have been cutting up stuff with the same knife I used to butter up a roll or something!

I've got a more specific question then, now that I'm kind of getting the hang of some of these recipes and whatnot. I was thinking about picking up some gluten-free alternatives for when my friend comes over in case I was planning on making something that's not normal gluten-free, like soy sauce and pasta and things. Unfortunately, I'm a broke uni student in another country, so...are there any less expensive options or brands that you can recommend, or recipes to make my own gluten free sauces and whatnot if that would be cheaper?


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6/19/10 1:41 P

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Yes it is really great that people do ask if you are able to eat such and such and what allergies you have. What your family does is wonderful.





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6/19/10 12:05 P

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I am sorry to hear that your sister does not even think about you when making food. When I lived at my parents' and we would have people over for food, we would ask about allergies or preferences. People were shocked that we asked, and accomodated.


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6/10/10 1:45 P

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Yes, I agree that your friend is so lucky to have you as a wonderful and caring friend

You were wondering about restaurants and if they have gf. I also call ahead of time and we live in a small town and so far I have been fortunate to get gf food.

I am going to give you a website where you can order these cards, if you want to, and when you go out to
eat, I personally see the chef and have him read it. There are ten (10) cards for different languages. I always keep three (3) in my wallet which is American, Italian and Mexican. They are laminated and easy to fold. I believe they cost about $26.00 but it is truly worth it. Here are the other seven (7) French, Greek, Chinese, Japanese,Indian, Thai and Vietnamese.
Here is the Website -
www.triumphdining.com

You can also go to www.celiac.com and they have recipes there for gf people. I have been Celiac since last July but my younger sister has had it for quite a while and has been a God send to me. I also have another sister whose husband has Celiac and she has also been a big help to me.

Unfortunately, I had cross contamination just last week. I was fixing a sandwich for my hubby and then fixed my own. I forgot to wash my hands before I did mine and I had gotten sick. Like you said once you ingest it, there is nothing you can do but wait it out. Just try to be as careful as possible. I know it is easier said then done as I have been there more times then I want to say.

I hope that this has been of some help to you.

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6/10/10 1:14 P

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Wow, you are a good friend! My own sister never even bothered to research celiac and she still bakes rolls and yummy stuff for family dinners and I'm left to fend for myself (bring my own dessert, etc.).

There are recipes and ideas for meals in different threads on this team. I try to eat mainly "whole foods" (foods with one ingredient) and combine them to make meals. Quinoa with black beans and feta cheese is one of my favorites.

As for restaurants, I've basically given up. The best bet is to call ahead and ask if they have a gluten-free menu. You'd be surprised at the chain restaurants that don't have a CLUE about gf. Unfortunately, there is nothing one can do once the gluten has been accidently ingested. After experiencing the pain, bloating, etc. from one incident, I am super careful.

Good luck with your research and like I said, you are a GOOD friend!

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Hi, I just joined this team, not because I have celiac but because my girlfriend does and I'm starting to realize just how ill-prepared I am to deal with her dietary needs. For example, since she works 5 minutes away from where I live it makes more sense for her to come here than me to go to her place 30 minutes away, but we always end up either ordering out for food or making omelets or basic chicken and rice because most of the recipes I make for myself use pasta, couscous, bread crumbs, bread products in general, sauces with wheat extract in them, or they come premade with no allergy warnings.

In addition to wanting to be ready with food she can actually EAT when she comes over, once she accidentally did get some gluten in a dish at a restaurant and it made her pretty sick shortly after we got back to my place. I had no idea what I could do to help her and she was feeling bad enough to not really be able to tell me...it was really frustrating. So mostly, I was just looking for more information on celiac in general...easy recipes, foods to watch out for, what sorts of restaurants might be more celiac-friendly, what symptoms to watch out for, what to do when gluten DOES get consumed by accident, things like that?

Thanks!


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