Sunday, August 21, 2011

Free the Glutens!

About six months ago I was diagnosed with Coeliac's Disease. For those who don't know, this means that my body produces antibodies that attack my small intestine when I eat gluten. Gluten is found primarily in Wheat, Barley, and Rye... which means that the only treatment for Coeliac's is a completely gluten free diet.

For someone that has never really been a confident cook - or even liked cooking when it was just for myself - this has necessitated a big change in food preparation for me!

The biggest thing that has altered lately has been that I have started baking. I never would have expected that I would be someone that would take the time to bake things regularly, but in the last few months, there has rarely been a week that hasn't seen at least one batch of something made. (And I think my flatmates like it too! Not that they care that it is gluten free.)

My favourite things to make so far are Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins - with Banana Loaf and Blueberry Muffins following close behind. Each batch has been slightly different as I juggle the recipes to find out what works best. And some have been a LOT more successful than others.... (The complete failures have gone straight in the bin.)

The problem now is that after I make these things... I eat them! So I do my best to foist them off on as many other people as possible and generally leave them openly accessible for my flatmates. Here's hoping they aren't getting sick of it any time soon - because as funny as it is for me to admit, I like baking!

1 comment:

  1. Did you ever talk to Caroline ( after I gave you her number a while back?