Day 2

Hiya GFrees,

So it’s been another day in the gluten-free kitchen.

For my random breakfast I had Gujarati snack (gluten free) fenugreek bread with some spicy tomato chutney, mint tea, an energy ball and a teaspoon of peanut butter.

Yes, I know. Not the healthiest but hmm!

For dinner, I had some rice vermicelli. It tasted better than it looked ūüėé I would normally use flat rice noodles but I didn’t have any so had to use the thin vermicelli instead.

I have some leftover to take with me to work for lunch tomorrow. 

It’s my niece’s birthday tomorrow and i think we may be going out for a meal – let’s hope dinner will be safe eeks!

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Risk Assessments (to be continued for life?)

Hiya GFrees..

Hope you’re all okay.

Just wanted to share today’s ‘HANGRY-hungry/angry’ moment with you all…

So, I went out of town for the day with my family and as we were returning home in the evening, my mum suggested we ate out. I was adamant on going to Indigo – a pure vegetarian Indian restaurant because I knew my dad would be happy going there and also, after being diagnosed, I had once looked at their menu and spoke to the manager and a waiter who went through some of the foods I was able to eat.

indigo

As I opened the menu, there was the following note:

note

Let’s consider some of the foods that I wanted to order:

oriental oriental snacks starters

When I was placing the order, I asked the waiter if the indo-chinese foods (Shanghai Potatoes, Shanghai Mogo, Schezwan Fried Rice and Schezwan Mogo) were definitely gluten-free. He said he would speak to someone and make sure. Upon his return to our table, the waiter reported that the Schezwan dishes were not gluten-free because they contained soya sauce. I did not complain about this because I was totally aware of the fact that some soya sauces contain wheat and this was also stated in the note as I opened the menu.

I had placed my order on Shanghai Potatoes and Shanghai Mogo however, a couple of minutes later, the waiter returned to our table to report that the potatoes and mogo were fried in the same oil as all of the other wheat/gluten-containing foods. He asked if this was of concern or whether I was happy to continue with the order. At this point (bearing in mind I was super hungry because I had only had breakfast) I was becoming really frustrated because I felt that I was getting mixed signals – the menu was saying one thing and the waiter was saying something else. I kindly asked if they could use some fresh oil to make my dish, but they said that due to being busy, this was not possible. So, I sat there, watching as my family indulged. My family asked if I’d like to go elsewhere but I knew they were hungry too, so I said I would just quickly make myself dinner when I got home.

I wasn’t tempted whilst my family ate. I think I’ve learned to deal with this – to some extent anyway. But what I was most frustrated about was that the symbols were very misleading and I felt that they needed to pay more attention to the seriousness of cross-contamination.

I feel that many Indian restaurants need educating about cross-contamination. I am grateful that the waiter was very honest and inquired about the small details. However, the fact that I had spoke to the someone who works at the restaurant in the past and he had guided me to dishes I was able to eat means that the restaurant and it’s employees are very misinformed about coeliac disease and the importance of gluten-free foods for coeliacs.

Do you think the menu/symbols were misleading? Or was I just being unreasonable because I was hungry? But surely if they know a dish has soya sauce (for example the Schezwan dishes) and they’ve clearly stated in the note near the front of the menu that the soya sauce contains ‘wheat gluten’ they should have ‘GL’ next to the Schezwan dishes! Confusing.com :/

I sure hope to look in to food allergy labelling and how I can raise awareness, particularly within Indian restaurants. Simply because I may be blatantly aware of certain dishes not being suitable and not being gluten-free but others may not.

What’s(o)Up

So I’ve been feeling a little under the weather for the past couple of days..just the seasonal flu but I’m not going to lie..it can make you feel so weak. I’ve been thinking about some¬†of the foods I’ve had to leave behind and had that sudden realisation that I’ll never be able to eat them again. Well I could find an alternative but alternatives never taste the same do they?! Even the gluten-free bread is¬†nowhere¬†near to tasty as the normal (but now lethal, toxic and deadly) bread.¬†I’m finding it difficult to discover something tasty but also something that I can just quickly grab on the go or¬†something that I don’t have to spend a lot of time cooking. I guess it’s healthier this way but when you’re feeling a bit¬†poorly,¬†the quick-fix meals can help (& I guess it’d mean that I wouldn’t need to bug my mum so much).

Having¬†been able to eat properly today, my mum made me her amazing Kidney Bean & Potato Soup/Curry…

soup

As per usual..it was absolutely delicious! It definitely¬†made me forget about everything I can’t eat! and it even worked wonders on my sore throat and blocked nose ūüėÄ

Are there any foods you miss? Or should I ask, what food(s) do you miss the most? What were your comfort food(s)? Can you still eat them? If not, have you found something similar and how is it?