Date: Thursday 27th February 2014
I was diagnosed with Coeliac Disease following a biopsy in February 2012, so have been on a strict gluten- and wheat-free diet ever since.
A great help for me was joining my local support group, Wessex Coeliac UK Voluntary Support Group, who were most helpful with advice. I am now on their very active committee.
Although the original diagnosis was daunting, I now love my gluten-free diet, which has encouraged me to be much more adventurous with all the fresh meats, fish, vegetables, cheese and fruit that are easily part of a gluten-free diet.
I am now also really getting into all the baking, and cake, pudding and pastry-making that I thought would no longer be available to me, and Glutafin products are my staple go-to for this. My gluten-free cup-cakes made with Glutafin gluten-free multipurpose white mix are now legendary, having made 128 gluten-free iced cup-cakes for my son's wedding last May. All of the Glutafin pasta products are excellent, and my gluten-free lasagne dish is a favourite with everyone, with no-one noticing that the pasta is gluten-free! (I will send in my own delicious no-fail lasagne recipe next.) I also love the DS frozen pastry, which melts in the mouth, and my favourite nibbles are the DS pretzels.
I often make a gluten-free crumble with Glutafin multi-purpose white mix, as it is such an easy pudding, and is also a favourite with menfolk! The apple, rhubarb and orange crumble came about when I did not have enough rhubarb from the garden to make just a rhubarb crumble, so added apple and orange to make up the quantities. The resulting pudding was such a hit that it has become a regular. Another successful fruit mix is apple and raspberry. If you are short of time on the day, the crumble mix can be prepared in advance, and left covered in a cool place until needed.
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