Welcome to Your Gluten Free Life.

This blog is mainly devoted to all things celiac. But there are a significant number of people who have not been diagnosed as celiacs, but who suffer from many of the symptoms such as abdominal pain and bloating.

A new term has been developed for this complaint: non-celiac gluten sensitivity. Gluten Sensitivity means that people do not have the antibodies and intestinal damage seen in celiac disease, but these people experience many of the symptoms.

It has been estimated up to 18 million Americans, and almost 2 million Australians avoid wheat because of the side-effects they suffer when they do eat it. That’s 6 times the number of people diagnosed with celiac disease!

Right now, it’s not conclusive that it’s gluten triggering the symptoms, or something else in wheat that is doing it. One idea is FODMAPs – specific sugars such as fructose, lactose or sorbitol.

So, for now, if you experience bloating, cramps, and abdominal pain after eating wheat, I would suggest you get tested for celiac disease if you haven’t already. But, if the test comes back negative, try cutting wheat out for a while, then eat it again and see if you get the symptoms back again. If you do, you may have non-celiac gluten sensitivity.

Grilled Salmon with Cauliflower Puree

Ever since I was a child and my grandmother served up some truly awful cauliflower cheese I’ve struggled to like cauliflower. It’s one vegetable I just have not been able to love. Until now. Recently I went to a restaurant and they served me salmon on a cauliflower puree. Well! It’s the closest I’ve been in a long time to picking up my plate and licking it clean!

It was so nice I’ve learned how to make it and I’ve served it at home for dinner a few times. So now I’m sharing my recipe with you. Try it – even if you don’t like cauliflower, I reckon this is the one dish that may just change your mind. Here’s the recipe for you to follow.

Now, I think I might just see if I can learn to like cauliflower cheese again.

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Grilled Salmon with Cauliflower Puree

Gluten Free Chocolate Self Saucing Pudding

Here in Aus it’s winter.  When I was growing up, in our house, that meant delicious hot puddings that had been passed down from my grandmothers and mother. One of the recipes I’ll share with you another day is lemon dumplings. Believe me, getting gluten free dumplings that don’t feel like a lump of play dough is difficult!

But today I want to share my chocolate self saucing pudding recipe. I’ve also included a couple of variations I like to make occasionally, especially if we’ve got guests. By adding a bit of Kirsch and some cherries, you get something like a puddingy Black Forest Cake. And everyone knows that chocolate and orange is a match made in heaven. So I also like to make a Chocolate Jaffa version of my pudding too.

So, here’s the recipe for you. Try “adulting” it up with some Kirsch or Grand Marnier for an extra taste bud tickle.

Until next week, take care and eat well.

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